Seacoast companies in search of customers for Small Enterprise Saturday | Enterprise

Seacoast businesses seeking shoppers for Small Business Saturday | Business

DOVER — Companies on the Seacoast are inviting folks to come back and spend the weekend procuring whereas supporting native retailers.

Near 50 companies in Dover have signed as much as take part in Plaid Friday and Small Enterprise Saturday, providing offers to customers on each days.

Reid Weston, financial growth assistant for town of Dover, stated this weekend shall be hopping with vacation procuring and the annual parade occurring Sunday.

“There’s sufficient to fill an entire weekend right here,” Weston stated Tuesday afternoon.

Weston is difficult everybody in New Hampshire to assist small companies this season by shopping for at the least one present downtown, consuming at a restaurant owned by a small enterprise proprietor, seeing a present with performers from the world, shopping for a chunk of paintings and pampering themselves in an area salon.

Danielle Festa has been updating the web site,, with all the totally different specials out there within the historic Garrison Metropolis. Dover Primary Road is a nonprofit downtown revitalization group that operates beneath the auspices of the Nationwide Primary Road Middle.

Festa stated that, when she moved to Dover a couple of years in the past, she was impressed by how a lot is completed to assist small companies in the course of the vacation season. She stated town is the proper spot to take pleasure in a conventional New England storybook expertise.

“Dover is the place the place yow will discover that,” Festa stated. “It’s a quaint group, and I hope it’s bustling with folks. However there gained’t be folks pushing to get toys.”

In neighboring Durham and Rochester, retailers are attempting to seize that very same magic for the vacation season.

On Tuesday morning, Greta Johansson with the Small Enterprise Administration visited Durham to study extra about their efforts to draw customers for Small Enterprise Saturday.

At Durham Primary Road Makery, proprietor Sarah Grandy stated she works with 50 artists — many who reside inside strolling distance of the store — to offer distinctive gadgets for purchasers.

Jeweler Emily Slama, of Durham, crafts earrings, necklaces and bracelets from sterling silver and 14-karat gold. Not like chain shops, the gem stones she makes use of are pure.

On show is a pair of earrings made out of Ethiopian opals and tanzanites for lower than $50.

“I really feel very supported as an area jeweler to have my jewellery right here in Durham. It’s so satisfying to see folks carrying it,” Slama stated.

Subsequent door at The Sweet Bar, proprietor Chris Guerrette talked concerning the candies he imports from abroad specifically for the vacation season.

“What I love to do is figure with some distributors who purchase the whole lot from Europe and produce issues over from Germany, France, Spain, Italy, et cetera. And the rationale I like to try this is as a result of it’s a really top quality chocolate. It’s a really distinctive product you can’t discover essentially in different areas, and it offers us a giant, wide range,” Guerrette stated.

Guerrette additionally has a 5,000-square-foot retailer in Dover named Lickee’s and Chewy’s Candies and Creamery, the place he has 4 workers members making candies for each areas.

Guerrette was within the Air Power for nearly 25 years and stated he has at all times wished to personal a sweet store due to all of the touring he did within the service.

“I’ve beloved sweet my complete life. My spouse says I’ve sweet radar,” Guerrette stated.

Johansson additionally traveled to Rochester on Tuesday afternoon, the place U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen joined the tour of downtown companies, together with the Rochester Opera Home, Candy Peach’s Sweet and Confections in addition to The Artisans’ Gallery.

In an announcement, Shaheen stated New Hampshire’s small companies are the spine of the regional financial system.

“I used to be glad to cease by a few of our retailers in downtown Rochester at present with Mayor McCarley and Greta Johansson from New Hampshire’s Small Enterprise Administration to speak concerning the significance of procuring native this vacation season and supporting our nice companies proper down the road,” Shaheen stated.

In downtown Portsmouth on Tuesday night, the proprietor of Hazel Boutique was adorning her retailer home windows for the season. She is operating specials on each Plaid Friday and Small Enterprise Saturday, which features a Saturday raffle the place individuals who spend $150 are entered to win a Rewind Candle, Matt & Nat bag or a piano wire necklace.

Kerry LaJoie stated it’s an exquisite time of 12 months to be in Portsmouth due to the folks and distinctive gadgets present in all the native retailers.

“It’s festive since you get plenty of vacationers and individuals who reside on the town get their complete household out,” LaJoie stated. “Portsmouth is actually distinctive for items as a result of it’s a spot the place you’ll be able to meander the entire city and never discover the identical factor twice.”

Valerie Rochon, president of The Chamber Collaborative of Better Portsmouth, stated financial impression research estimate that the multiplier impact of procuring with native, independently owned and operated retailers recirculates 48 p.c of every buy again into the native financial system. That’s nearly 30 p.c greater than purchases from different retail operations, Rochon stated.

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