Riverton business owners get ready for shop small business Saturday.
Internet shopping changes the way many people shop and small businesses feel the hit.
Owner of Jerry’s Flowers and Things Jerry Kintzler said “we’ve been in business 41 years on Riverton’s main street. You used to have to fight for a location down town and fight for a parking place. We have fewer businesses because people are shopping the internet, they’re going to the box stores, they’re going to where they can do one stop shopping, where it used to be they walked the street and saw their neighbor, saw their friends and they have to support small businesses or they won’t be here.”
Many small businesses carry products made right in Wyoming which helps the State’s economy.
Employee at Wind River Mercantile Kaylee Urbanski said “here a lot of the things are local; a lot of them are Wyoming made. Again with her signing up for the double points on a credit card it helps the consumer as well as our store, you know it just keep us in business.”
Small business owners can only donate to local fundraisers and charities if you support them first.
High Plains Reflections Gallery Co-owner Jim Brown “helps the community I mean when you come in here and buy something we’re able when you come in here and need a donation for your charities and stuff we’re able to give that and so that’s the most important thing is supporting your local businesses.”
Kintzler said “we’re the ones that support the activities that go on with the fundraisers and so forth so we have to have the support from the customers and from the communities and surrounding communities to be here to carry on throughout the year.”
It’s not just about shopping; it’s also about socializing and getting personalized service from a friend.
Brown stated “you want to make for sure when a friend’s mother comes in and wants to buy a picture that she’s completely happy with it and it fits what she wanted out of the art so absolutely you don’t get that at Walmart.”
Chamber of commerce directors say every dollar spent locally turns around 7 times to create a stronger community.
Many Riverton businesses will serve refreshment, have entertainment, and of course sales during shop small Saturday.