Registers in downtown Cape Coral shops hum during 'Small Business Saturday'
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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - 'Small Business Saturday' proved to be a boom for downtown Cape Coral shops and restaurants.
Four In Your Corner's Colleen Hogan checked in with shoppers and business owners Saturday afternoon.
"We have a little bit of everything," Judi Heller said, of Su Casa boutique on Cape Coral Parkway. "We have a lot of one of a kind pieces."
Those one of a kind pieces are exactly what Cape Coral residents Alice and Nancy Briggs are shopping for Saturday.
"We're shopping for ourselves!" Nancy Briggs laughed.
"This really is our favorite store in Cape Coral," daughter Alice said. "We come here a lot."
The mother and daughter are perusing pillows on Small Business Saturday but they're also leaving with Christmas cards and some home decor.
"We just always feel welcome when we come here," Alice said. "It's nice to take advantage of that and help out."
"We're very thankful," Su Casa owner Judi Heller said.
Small Business Saturday started in 2010 by American Express and the National Federation of Independent Business.
It's catching on. Last year on this day, more than 100 million people shopped at independent businesses.
"We have been so packed today," Heller said. "Thank you to all of Su Casa's wonderful customers. It's been a wonderful day, we feel so appreciated."
The register's been humming all day at Su Casa and many other stores and restaurants in downtown Cape Coral. Heller and her family own and run the store. She says none of her customers have minded waiting in the checkout line Saturday.
"I'm not saying the big box stores are bad," she said, "I'm just saying please remember us throughout the holiday season and throughout the year!"
This is the first year Su Casa's been open on Small Business Saturday. Heller says she relies on her Southwest Florida customers to keep the doors open.
Shoppers like Rick and Lynette Reeder like to oblige.
They've been shopping and dining all day on the Parkway and they're leaving Su Casa with several bags of goodies.
"We want to keep everything open," Lynette Reeder said. "We want to support the economy. We want people to people to come here and live here."
Colleen Hogan, reporter