Small Business Saturday brings large crowds, bump in business

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) –  Shoppers headed out to support Small Business Saturday.

Hatman Jack’s in the Delano District has served the Wichita community for 43 years.

Owner Jack Kellogg says they saw several hundred people flock to the store, looking for a one of kind hat.

“It adds to the crowds, Small Business Saturday does, but here we are just after Thanksgiving, we have a lot of out-of-town customers, whole families come in,” said Kellogg.

Just a couple of doors down at Bungalow 26, a similar steady flow of traffic coming in and out of the store.

Owner Kelsey Metzinger says candles and bath and body products were the biggest sellers of the day.

Metzinger says Small Business Saturday is the biggest day of the year for her business.

“It has been crazy, in a good way, in the best possible way, I think we hit our sales all day last year by one o’clock today,” said Metzinger.

Business owners stressed the importance and impact shopping local has, not only on their businesses but the community as a whole.

Owners we spoke with say every dollar spent at the small, local businesses today goes right back into the community.