The annual recognition of small businesses takes place this Saturday, Nov. 28, when Small Business Saturday is celebrated, with local residents and visitors encouraged to patronize those small businesses, particularly those located in historic downtown Waxahachie.
The recognition is intended to remind everyone of the importance of small businesses amidst Thanksgiving’s kickoff of the holiday shopping season.
“I think that shopping local is so important because the local businesses are the foundations that build communities,” said Arthelia Harris, co-owner of The Dessert Spot. “We need to keep that in mind. Communities were built by small businesses. It is so important to continue to support small businesses because they are the bread and butter of small communities.
“Our prayer and our wish are that the downtown area would continue to grow, and that the community would embrace downtown and really see a desire to shop local,” she said. “Especially now with the pandemic and the decline in business in the downtown it is so important that people continue to shop local and find ways to support small businesses.”
Surviving the pandemic as a small business owner has been challenging, Harris said, describing it as an “up and down year.”
“But, overall, we have had community support that has helped sustain us and keep us going,” she said. “There have been sometimes that have been really slow, but we have tried to stay steadfast.”
Harris and other small business owners downtown want to remind shoppers that when they’re supporting small businesses, they’re supporting families. They do this by by serving as full-time jobs and full-time means of income.
“Keep that in mind and continue to shop local,” Harris said.
To encourage people to visit downtown Waxahachie and see what all it has to offer, the city’s convention and visitors bureau has coordinated a list of holiday activities to complement all of the amenities that can be found.
“We just encourage residents and visitors alike to take advantage of all of the unique shopping and dining opportunities that downtown Waxahachie has to offer,” CVB director Laurie Mosley said. “Even though we have to modify some of the events that we are known and loved for at Christmas the one thing that we haven’t had to modify is shopping local and shopping downtown and supporting the individual merchants that support the community all year long.”
Downtown Waxahachie is widely known for its picturesque appearance, which has often served as backdrop to everything from TV commercials to Oscar-winning movies. Mosley encourages people to take their camera or smart phone along with them as they make their way around the historic courthouse square and adjoining blocks.
“The other cool thing is that you get to be the star of your own Hallmark movie whenever you’re shopping downtown,” she said. “The setting down there is just picture perfect.”
Keep up with all of the downtown activities via the Sun’s calendar on its website at www.waxahachiesun.com, via the Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association’s official Facebook page or by visiting the CVB’s website at http://www.waxahachiecvb.com/.