As shoppers were asked to support small businesses nationwide Saturday, local small-business owners said it takes a lot to be successful in a tough economy, including providing a unique shopping experience, selling products that can’t be found anywhere else and looking for untapped revenue streams.
Montrose Shopping Park draws shoppers with its small-town character and special events for the holidays, said Alyce Russell, president of the shopping park’s merchants association and owner of Andersen’s Pet Shop.
On Friday, the park held a tree-lighting event for the first time, which included a promotion called White Friday, where participating stores wrote off the sales tax on items.
The festivities continued Saturday with pony rides, a horse-drawn carriage, Santa and live musicians playing holiday favorites, all of which will be offered Saturdays until Christmas Day.
Ken Grayson, who owns Grayson’s Tune Town in the Montrose distinct, said he’s had to make a major shift in his business over the years.