JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – As Black Friday approaches, small businesses want to remind you to buy local.
Mahoney’s Outfitters, a family business in Johnson City, has seen the effects of price hikes and has done its best not to let it interfere too much with its in-store prices.
Owner Dan Mahoney says more money spent locally directly benefits the community.
“We are seeing a lot more people coming out. We want more people to shop locally because local pays the taxes. They are the ones who pay for the police, firefighters, schools and everything else. And the internet, sorry to say, doesn’t pay much for taxes,” Mahoney said.
Owlsnest Downtown owner Jessica Moore says you can find better deals at consignment stores.
“Many of our items are like new, and I promise you if it’s a sweater, they probably won’t care if it has a tag on it, or if it’s a toy for a child, they usually don’t care if it comes in a box,” Moore said.
Owlsnest Downtown opened in 2010 when American Express launched its Small Business Saturday initiative, and Moore said it has grown exponentially.
“We saw exponential small business growth on Saturday and it’s still, to this day, our first day of the year, more so than Black Friday.”