ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Local stores in Southwest Georgia participated in Small Business Saturday.
Small businesses had one of their biggest shopping days of the year.
These shops say they do a lot more than just sell items, they consider themselves the backbone of the local economy.
During the busy holiday shopping season, small businesses don't want to be forgotten.
"It's a fantastic opportunity to get out and support all of these local business owners who are working really hard out there competing with those big guys," said Kelsey Brown, Place On the Pointe.
Small Business Saturday is all about supporting them during the holiday shopping season.
The growing campaign, which started in 2010, celebrates businesses run by people actually living in the community.
"It really boosts our economy. You know, it stays here. We get to spread it around. There are just so many good places around here that are locally owned," said Brown.
Place on Pointe is a gift shop serving the community of Albany.
They say locally owned stores offer items you can't get anywhere else.
"We'd surprise a lot of people with how much that we do have that's just one of a kind stuff," said Brown.
Down on Ledo Road is Blush Boutique.
The women's clothing boutique offered a two hour head start to customers and discounts all day.
They want to offer customers as much benefits as they can.
"It means a lot more than just giving a sale to people. It's more about supporting those local businesses and the families that own those local businesses," said Allison Ronanesk, Blush Boutique.
Small businesses like these have found the most important aspect of business is you, the customer.
"I have come in here before in a bad mood and been put in a better mood by customers just because we have the best people who come back. We know them by name and they know us. It's like home to a lot of people and it's home to me," said Brown.
"That is a big part of what keeps us here. We get feedback from you guys about what you like and what you don't like or what you could potentially want to see in the future. It really helps us as a business give you guys what you want and without y'all, we would not be where we are now," said Ronanesk.