Shop Owensboro set for Saturday

46 stores participating in this year’s event

On Nov. 27, 2010, merchants in Roslindale Village, Massachusetts — a Boston suburb — promoted “Small Business Saturday” to counter Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation sponsored the event.

And then, American Express turned it into a national movement.

In 2013, the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce began promoting it in Owensboro. And it’s continued to grow every year, Candance Brake, the chamber’s president and chief executive officer, said last week.

Forty-six stores have already signed up for the big shopping day on Saturday.

Last year, the chamber began calling it “Shop Owensboro Saturday.”

And people did just that.

“Last year was so outstanding,” Brake said. “Businesses and shoppers both were excited. We heard phenomenal sales reports.”

She said, “It built awareness of businesses. People need to be reminded to keep their money in Owensboro. It just felt more like a movement last year.”

Brake said the day helps businesses build both customer bases and relationships with other businesses.

“We have a sense of community here,” she said.

“Businesses are very excited,” Jessica Kirk, the chamber’s programs and events manager, said last week. “Several reported record sales days last year.”

New businesses have “jumped on board this year,” she said. “We have several downtown, in Wesleyan Park Plaza and on Kentucky 54 that are in clusters.”

Businesses have to belong to the chamber to participate, Kirk said.

But this year’s lineup is about double the number of stores that participated last year, she said.

Jessica McKinley, a partner in Blossoms Apparel & Gifts, 801 Frederica St., with her mother, Vicki Mills, says that store has participated in the event every year since it began.

“Last year was the biggest so far,” she said. “I’d say our business was up 10 fold over a normal Saturday. The chamber’s initiative has really helped.”

McKinley said Shop Owensboro Saturday “brings in people who don’t usually shop with us. Everything in the store is discounted and we have giveaways and food and drinks. It’s really a neat way to kick off the season.”

Independence Bank sponsors the event.

The main office at 2425 Frederica St. and the Kentucky 54 branch will both be giving away free Shop Owensboro bags from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday.

The bank says the 9 to 10 a.m. kick-off is “an open house format where shoppers can pop-in to pick up their shopping bags, win door prizes and fuel up on Starbucks coffee. Maps with participating stores are included in the shopping bags, along with coupons, special offers and hours of operation.”


Participating businesses:

1. Kuntry Kutter

2. Balance 54

3. Byron & Barclay

4. The Pink Poppy Boutique

5. Bella Ragazza Boutique

6. Studio Slant

7. Blossoms Apparel & Gifts

8. Boutique 54

9. Excursions, Inc.

10. Studio 105 Art & Frame Gallery

11. The Bakers Rack

12. The Earle

13. Lance & Co. Jewelers

14. Patti’s Resale

15. Kidstop Children’s Boutique

16. En Vogue

17. Crazy Me Gifts & Apparel

18. The Crowne

19. Cotton Cottage

20. The Scrub Shoppe

21. Trunnell’s Farm Market

22. Robin’s Resale & Boutique

23. Peacocks and Pearls Boutique

24. Party Paper Place

25. Trison’s Gifts

26. Embellish

27. Shoe Stop

28. Nick T. Arnold Jewelers

29. Simply Chic Home Accents

30. J’s Liquor and Cheese Shop

31. Preservation Station

32. Lil Bit Sassy Children’s Boutique

33. Legends Team Sports

34. Pure Barre

35. Single Thread Boutique

36. Gene’s Health Food, Inc.

37. Tom Blue Furniture

38. Bushay’s

40. Epoch Revival

41. David P. Taylor Antiques

42. The Willow Tree

43. The Red Door Boutique

44. Starbucks

45. The Sturdy Hinge

46. Black-Eyed Susan’s

By Keith Lawrence Messenger-Inquirer