Small Business Saturday helps Hannibal businesses get back on their feet

Published: Nov. 27, 2021 at 5:02 PM CST
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HANNIBAL (WGEM) - Crowds flocked to Hannibal businesses for Small Business Saturday, a sight local establishments say they’re glad to see.

According to a Lending Tree survey, 49 percent of American consumers said they planned to shop on Small Business Saturday with each estimated to spend just over $300.

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on local businesses; the survey found 63 percent of Americans know a small business in their community that closed as a result of the pandemic.

Bits and Pieces owner Cynthia Hannold said although they sold more sewing machines than usual when the pandemic first hit, they did not get the commerce they needed to keep up.

She said Small Business Saturday and other events that draw people to the downtown area have been helping her store get back to normal.

“I’m optimistic in that days like this people are gonna come out,” she said. “Not to mention it’s in the 50s and not raining, that helps a lot too.”

Iowa City resident Libby Beaman took her nieces to check out what downtown Hannibal had to offer.

“We started off with coffee and then we came back for more coffee and cookies and pastries,” she said. “I think coffee tastes better when it’s local.”

The survey found 63 percent of Americans said the pandemic strengthened their commitment to local businesses. 49 percent said the pandemic gave them a more positive view about small businesses in their community.

Beaman said everyone support local businesses, especially on a holiday like Small Business Saturday.

“I think part of it is being a good citizen and supporting the community as well but I think it’s special to find things that nobody really else has seen and something that has a story to it as well and having stuff that’s made locally around here especially is just a unique thing to have,” she said.

She said she prides herself on the fact that Bits and Pieces sells goods made both locally and in the state of Missouri.

“I will search out gifts that are Missouri made so that they’re available to our customers,” Hannold said. “We have writers that are from Missouri that run great book series.”

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