It is not secret that small businesses can hard time engage with box stores. This is especially true during holidays, when money can be tight and gift lists can be long.
However, in Helena there is a diverse range of local small businesses. From toy stores to music stores to store stores. From coffee shops to a design studio to sports products and from costume shops to tailors and much more.
It is a small business on Saturday to allow some of these businesses to open their doors and to invite customers to go to; look at a better environment. The windows face is decorated for holidays, tire lights and everyone. Welded sticks will be placed in market colors and smells of season smell; warming on tea lights.
This day is an opportunity for business owners to put forward their efforts to show the public why they love what they are doing. do.
Throughout the town of Helena, businesses are preparing for one of the best days of the year.
"A small home is a small business event Saturday," said Lisa Abelin, Funky Trunk's laird, a center of dedication to the middle.
Abelin promotes small business shops on her Facebook page and match them for the season just in time for the event. On November 24th, it will set out holiday rentals for visitors and will provide a piece of free complaints with $ 50 or more until it is made available.
"This is one of the best times for small business businesses," said Abelin. "Indeed anytime is the best time."
Cathy Burwell, director of Helena District Chamber of Commerce, encourages the community to make a small day of shops.
"It's a fun activity to spend the day on its walking venue shop, eating food and watching the local businesses," said Burwell.
Rex Seeley, proprietor of Montana Outdoor Sports local sports supplies resource, has more than just his shelves with outdoor needs. He expresses his care and interest for his pursuits. The store sells hunting, fishing and supplies for different sports and other outdoor activities.
"We'll sell what we do," said Seeley. "We are also aware of prices. We try to have an online or lower price and a large box price."
Seeley recognizes that people are compare prices and sell around. It will maintain the prices online and in the area and change its price options to stay competitive.
Seeley's experience promotes its & # 39; He has something that is popular with sellers. A shop is easier when the seller knows more about the producer.
"There's a storey store," said Burwell. "And they often have experts about what they are selling where there are no experts on every product on big shows."
Although Seeley has a price and service competition, others will Competition by offering things or expertise in particular.
Car Copperleaf Design Center is a Carla Martens, a special home cinema selling store and a & Hold classes where users can learn to make their own items.
For Small Business Saturday, Martens hosts an open house from 1-4 p.m. She invites the community to go to; Enjoy drinking when they shop.
Martens has been a great deal to build stuff. She'll spend a lot of time; Finding old things and then giving them a new life. This makes almost everything in its resource in particular 100 per cent.
"There's no cookie-cut-in-made-Jane-made product in my shop," said Martens. "Everything is one-kind."
This is an idea with which Amy Barrett, the owner of Lasso's 23-year-old Las Vegas software, agrees.
"That's where small businesses are coming in," said Barrett. "There is a similar box and many of the same products."
Barrett said that her own unique toy stores have a different philosophy than the box box stores.
"Users understand that when you come to this source, you usually get something different and higher, but it is not much cheaper," she said.
However, Barrett is challenging because she does not. Most of the toys in her store on advertising on television. It is to give people into her store for seeing this beautiful specialty the biggest problem.
Barrett said she's a bigger box because they want buyers to buy them.
Special and one-kind products make a lot to bring people into local businesses. Martens says that everything in her store is one-kind. She gets a senseless price when she gets home to a buyer from one of her workshops with a unique thing she did.
Melisa Syness, owner of Buzz Boutique, also offers goods and special services compared to a large box and is a bit different from the usual store.
"I'm buying from other service shops in places like Seattle and Portland," she said. "Then I'll bring those things back-to-back to Helena to offer customers at discounting."
Synness said that he was one of the most important things that he had; She has got her wealth in 400-plus themes from Eileen Fisher, who is a photographer. Believe in the recycling of clothes and clothes to make clothes more sustainable. She said that this logo empowers people from across the region to their resources.
Buzz Boutique also offers services to change, tailor and repair. Synness works on any clothes, including a banner.
"Offers offered services offered at department shops but it's away," she said. Much of Buzz Boutique's tailoring work is the man who purchases us online and then the business is tailored to them.
"In general, the area remains competitive because we offer something completely different from anywhere else," said Synness. "We serve our customers, we know what they like."
This is a view that Martens and Barrett agree.
"We have small businesses to tailor our customers. We offer a variety of shopping options," said Barrett. "Knowledge and memory to users is a big part of that."
"You will find a friendly clerk every time in a while, but I will be personally involved in many of my users' home designs," said Martens. As well as the materials that create and sell, Martens is teaching art classes and working with customers to help and decorate their homes. These are unfamiliar services; offered at box stores.
Barrett said at their business; going out of the way to have their fun shops. The resource offers children's playgrounds and a free gift collection for customers. Barrett, who offers a huge service to important users for him.
"It's so important that shops have different purchases, specials or purchases in a place that represents their community," said Barrett.
"It's important for small towns to be in their own position with special places," said Martens, describing Barrett's statement. "He also has to save the money in the local community to large companies."
Martens named small businesses "backbone of the community."
Holding local money in Helena is a great place for many small businesses.
"We're local recruitment and the money we make will stay local," said Seeley. "We deliver 10 per cent of our profits back to local groups."
Synness said she is investing a lot of her money. advertising jobs by local businesses.
"I also donate a lot of fun to nonprofit organizations. I'm happy to do that because I spent 30 years as a nonprofit officer," she said. "It is important that the communities support local businesses because their relationship is both.
"When people help me, I can restore it to the community."
Seeley, who is very much involved in community groups, also encourages all his staff to be involved in the community.
"We have small businesses trying to make Helena a better place," he said. "Large box shops just try to make more money."
Burwell said he was "a round of support" to be able to go. Buying locally where community members are constantly shopping together.
"Remember that these businesses are a major part of our tax base. The town needs a small business," said Burwell.
Reporter Tom Kuglin can be reached at 447-4076 @IR_TomKuglin