Hastings takes part in Small Business Saturday

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Published: Nov. 26, 2022 at 10:36 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 26, 2022 at 10:37 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Businesses throughout downtown Hastings saw an influx of visitors during Small Business Saturday.

The day after Black Friday the nation turns towards the mom and pop shops to help support shopping local and showing people what the businesses of Hastings have to offer.

People from neighboring states like Kansas and South Dakota also came to support the small businesses in downtown Hastings.

“It’s just a wonderful opportunity I think for all of the businesses downtown to really showcase all the different things that we have,” said Caroline Kemp, co-owner of What the Dickens British Bakery. “There’s a lot of independent shops here; independent restaurants, bakeries. It really draws people downtown to experience what we all have to offer here.”

Along with exposure it’s also an opportunity for businesses to get to know the community.

“It lets people that own stores in the community, get to know the people in the community better,” said Mike Nicolarsen, an attendee at the event. “My dad had a furniture store here for forty years. We did things like this. He did Christmas in July, and he’ll do a lot of different things to get people to come to town.”

The event is locally seen as the start of the holiday shopping season, making it an important for all.

“As a business we really just gain exposure I think,” said Kemp. “There’s a lot of foot traffic downtown; and so we have a lot of people who might not have been here before and come in and experience What the Dickens for the first time during shop small Saturday.”

Kemp hopes visitors from the event leave the event with a great understanding of what downtown Hastings has to offer.