Local businesses want you to shop "small" this holiday season
Toledo, Ohio (WNWO)-- "I sew so I needed a space that was outside the spare bedroom of my house"
What started as a way to make some extra cash at craft fairs has turned into a budding business—Handmade Toledo.
"I would sell my work in shops similar to this one," said owner Jessica Crossfield describing the shop. It's been around for 5 years. For former art teacher Crossfield it's a way to help other local and regional artists show off their handmade goods.
"We have events and workshops and we just had a couple weddings here this summer."
Handmade Toledo is centered around the city itself, but also relies on community support.
Which is why this holiday season it's encouraging Toledoans to shop small. This small business Saturday they're offering deals off gift cards along with handmade swag.
"We're the people that are supporting each other that are staying in the community"
In Ohio there are nearly 100,000 small businesses.They make up 46% of employees in the state.
"I like to keep our dollars in Toledo versus going out and blowing way too much money on electronics or something like that at a big box store which are just going to take the dollars elsewhere," said shopper Chris Shoee
On small business Saturday local businesses ranging from clothes to coffee are highlighted.
" We love the idea of like, having these spaces where people can come and meet and be inspired and collaborate, plus also have some really great coffee," said Andrew Trumbull co-owner of Claro coffee bar .
For them,, being a small business gives them a chance to support others . They, like many of the other coffee shops, source some of their products from local bakeries and businesses.
"A lot of them downtown, they make their own syrups, we all use like really great milks,uhm some people roast their own coffee."
Small business Saturday also supports entrepreneurs, like fitness instructor Michael Riley who started his gym keeping family in mind.
"We welcome ages 8 to 80," said Riley.
In addition to classes and personal training sessions, his gym focuses on philanthropy and mentoring local youth, like 13-year-old Thomas Foust. He's been training with Riley for a year. he wants to play football in High school.
"Toledo is a very small but very big place on the map so you know we have a lot of great athletes and by keeping it local, you're also supporting them," said Riley.
Whether handmade goods, local food or fitness, this small business Saturday don't forget to keep local in mind as you're out shopping.