PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Black Friday is the biggest shopping party of the year, but today shoppers are ready to spend the cash at their favorite mom and pop stores.
Small Business Saturday spotlights local stores that help keep the economy moving.
READ MORE: Disease management areas expanded after chronic wasting disease was detected in Jefferson County
Small businesses have high hopes this year, as many people say the pandemic has boosted their loyalty to small businesses.
And experts say they won’t hesitate to spend the money.
A Lending Tree survey indicates that nearly 50% of shoppers plan to visit their favorite local stores today.
And on average, they are expected to spend over $ 300 per person when shopping for Christmas presents.
Close to their homes, Penn Avenue business owners tell KDKA they expect to see more sales than they’ve ever had during this time of year.
READ MORE: Klavon’s plans to expand to Cleveland, serving free scoops of ice cream for 1 day to celebrate
Small businesses have struggled during the height of the pandemic, and business owners say they have tried to recover, but they are still not where they would like to be.
Study shows that while we are almost done in the second year of COVID-19, about 63% of people know of a small business that has had to shut down permanently.
But it’s not just small business Saturdays that you need to shop small – owners say you can still shop online, buy gift cards, and even plan to shop there.
And in honor of Small Business Saturday, the Pittsburgh Parking Authority offers free parking in all of its parking lots and metered parking spaces.
It’s part of an agreement between the city and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership to attract more people to the city’s small businesses.
NO MORE NEWS: Columbus, Ohio, records record number of homicides for second year in a row
And don’t forget that on-street parking is also free on Sundays.