Small Business Saturday draws shoppers to downtown York

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YORK, Pa. -- Black Friday might be over, but cash registers are still ringing across Central Pennsylvania.

People packed into local shops and restaurants to support Small Business Saturday.

Sunrise Soap Company in York thrives on this day.

Christina Clarke, the owner of the natural soap shop, said, "I'm just exhilarated just because this is the day I wait for every year. This is my season and I love it. We want people to buy gifts and share it with people. Share in the love."

Clarke has owned the store on North Beaver Street for 12 years, and the shop had quite a crowd the day after Black Friday.

"At one point today we couldn't even fit any more people in and I saw somebody turn around and leave. And I was like, 'No, no, no!' But you know they couldn't handle the crowd," Clarke said.

Small Business Saturday is a holiday where people are encouraged to buy their gifts at local stores.

Meagan Feeser, the chief marketing and development officer for Downtown Inc., said, "Studies show that for every $100 that you spend at a local business, 68 of those dollars stay in your community."

Many shoppers in York feel what they are purchasing at these businesses is more special than what they could find at a chain.

Susan Everett, who lives in York, said, "But a lot of the products you find down here are really unique. And it's nice to support areas here in York."

Owners of those small businesses appreciate that support.

Caroline Morris, the owner of Kimman's Co. on North Beaver Street, said, "Today's been a little crazy. We actually had a record day. We have never had sales this high in 13 years."

And only a couple days after Thanksgiving, store owners said they are especially thankful for the business customers give them.

Clarke said, "We've had a really, really great crowd. Kind of expect it because now I believe this will probably be our best day of the year. People really want to come out for shop small and make a statement. We really appreciate that and we love them."