After the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, what better way to wind down than with shopping local businesses with plenty of deals, giveaways, food and candy?
Candy Outfitters, the hub of this year’s Small Business Saturday in Copperas Cove, sponsored an event that featured free candy, pictures with Mr. Jelly Belly and holiday music by DJ Willy Be Event Services, with free food from Tops Donuts, Bits n Bites, Starbucks, Unwind Tasting Room and Cafe, and Jersey Mikes.
Other offers included a free keepsake passport map of participating businesses a grand prize package made up of donated gifts by participating businesses and incentives, giveaways and specials from local small businesses to be found on the community passport map.
About 300 shoppers ventured around town Saturday to support 28 small businesses, shop local, and get their passports stamped.
Customers would then bring their passports back to Candy Outfitters to be entered in the grand prize package raffle drawing.
Jennifer White, co-owner of Candy Outfitters, has hosted Small Business Saturday twice for the City of Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce.
“I looked forward to bringing awareness for all of our small businesses here in our community,” she said. “We have over 849 small businesses that people don’t know about.
“There’s just a small percentage that people might see on a day-to-day basis. So this kind of event brings the community together — not just for the brick-and-mortars, but also for the home-based businesses. It gives them an opportunity to get some awareness for the products and the wares that they sell.”
Michael White, co-owner of Candy Outfitters and Jennifer’s husband, said he appreciated the chance to get people connected with small businesses within Copperas Cove.
“Seeing all the customers that get to go out to all the businesses and discover ones they haven’t been to before is special,” he said. “This event brings a lot of attention to Copperas Cove and helps businesses. It’s designed to promote growth within our small-business community.”
For Diane Dillinger, of Colorado Springs, and her daughter, Melissa Oyster, of Copperas Cove, it was their first time attending Small Business Saturday in town.
“I’m a big supporter of small business,” Dillinger said. “I used to work for the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs and we supported local businesses. I love when you give money to a small business because you’re supporting somebody, putting their kids through school or paying for dance lessons, rather than supporting some nationwide organization.”
“I actually have a small business at my house called the Pretty Pearl Boutique where I make outfits, tutus, shirts, bows, and pillows, ” Oyster said. “I’m always up for supporting small business.”
You can learn more about Oyster’s crafts at www.facebook.com/theprettypearlboutique.
Candy Outfitters’ next event will be Caroling Karaoke from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 9.