Last Saturday (Nov. 26) was American Express sponsored Small Business Saturday, and as thoughts turn to gift shopping, folks were checking out their local independent stores for unique gifts that give in three ways: support small businesses and artisans, and are meaningful gifts that will surely be appreciated.
“We have a rotating system and today’s my day,” Beverly Powell, one of the operators of Ghosts in the Attic, on Second Street in Portsmouth, said. “We have hot cider, cookies, peppermint sticks and friendly smiles – and a lot of good bargains.”
What makes shopping small businesses special is their unique one-of-a-kind merchandise.
“We have a lot of different collectibles, very unique items,” Powell said.
When you visit Ghosts in the Attic, one thing that always draws a crowd is a section of the store devoted to antique clothing and hats.
“Andy (Osborne) runs a vintage shop here,” Powell said. “She has a little bit of everything, all high quality, nice condition, clean vintage clothes.”
As you leave Ghosts in the Attic and walk down Second Street, the shops are bustling.
William Spradlin stands behind the counter at Hidden Treasures and he sets the theme for any photos.
“I’m gonna keep my hat on if you don’t mind,” Spradlin says as he pulls down the brim on his western hat.
“We have antiques, old furniture, mix and match, new and old,” Spradlin said. “We’ve got costume jewelry – some higher end – some lower, and, of course, a lot of glassware.”
Spradlin shows off his Marine-issued merchandise too, along with original art work and photographs. In addition, in honor of Small Business Saturday, he had goodies on the table.
“I’ve got a bunch of different cookies. I baked them at home, and coffee,” Spradlin said. “You can’t leave the store unless you take it.”
Speaking of unique antiques, there just happens to be a store with that name on Second Street. Unique Antiques is operated by Tim Justice.
“We’ve got a variety of furniture and collectible items,” Justice said. “We’re offering 10 percent off of everything in the store.”
The thought behind Small Business Saturday is for people to change their shopping trends for a day and spend money with local merchants, helping the local economy and helping those businesses to stay in operation.
Small businesses in our community continue specials and an unique shopping experience throughout the holiday season.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.