Open House brings in business

By Ivy Potter -

With the Holiday season upon us, and long lists of friends and loved ones to buy presents for, events like the Holiday Open House hosted this past Saturday by Main Street Portsmouth serve as an invitation, and also a reminder, to remember small businesses while doing shopping this season.

On Saturday, December 2nd, the stores and shops along Second Street in Portsmouth held their Holiday Open House as an extension of Small Business Saturday. The event gave community members and regional shoppers the opportunity to join the local business owners downtown for great deals, refreshments, and door prizes, among other things.

“I try to shop locally as much as I can. Even here in the Boneyfiddle area, Market Street Hardware and the different restaurants, you spend your money here and it stays here.” Doug Besco, owner of Remember When said. “In shops like these, rather than retail stores, you can find things that are 50-60 years old, things with history that have stood the tests of time. These items are American made, and one of a kind. You can find some very unique items that not everyone has, some really interesting items. “

Many individuals along Second Street also agreed with Mr. Besco, and the idea that antique items made in America can’t be beat.

“We have a lot of unique items in our store, items you can’t go out and buy at Walmart. Things made right here in the USA, a lot of items with a rich history and character that you can’t find anywhere else.” Mark Newman, employee of Ghosts in the Attic. “Shopping small gets people out and into all the local businesses, helping the local area and spreading business to small locally owned shops, really gets things going around here.”

This Holiday season when searching for that very special gift, remember to consider shopping small when looking for the “uniqueness a box store lacks.”

“We’ve had a successful series of holiday shopping weekend events downtown this year and hope people continue to give business to their neighbors as we delve deeper into the holidays. The gifts and services offered downtown are unique, special, and unlike what you find in a box store. Shopping locally also helps our friends and neighbors who own and work in small businesses have a merry season as well,” Joseph Pratt Executive Director of Main Street Portsmouth said.

“The Holiday Open House is a wonderful extension to the ‘shop small’ campaign that so many push this time of the year,” Pratt said. “It is an even better twist than Small Business Saturday, in my mind, because it involves all of the discounts and specials of SBS, but with holiday cheer, refreshments, giveaways, and so much more. It is a great way to get into the holiday spirit, find unique gifts, and support a neighbor.”

Pratt also shed light on the long term benefits of shopping in these small businesses.

“According to the Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, 73 percent of every dollar spent at a small business stays locally, which can really add up. Additionally, if the people of Scioto County made it a mission to spend just $100 more into shopping at a local small business, then we would see an additional $7,682,500 benefiting the local economy. This is an easy goal to make, too. Most of what we need can be found at a local business or cottage industry, from soaps, detergents, and candles, to clothing, gifts and so on,” Pratt said.

By Ivy Potter

Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932

Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932