Central Florida store owners gear up for Small Business Saturday

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL. – As thousands flock to department stores for Black Friday deaks, Volusia County store owners are hoping the crowds will turn up for Small Business on Saturday this weekend as well.

Some small business owners have said in the past that they’ve won up to three times what they did on a normal Saturday. They said that this year the revenue is needed due to higher costs due to supply chain issues and labor shortages.

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“Shipments seem to have increased a lot and there were a few items that had not been in stock for a while,” said Angela Clarke, owner of the Olio store.

Owners of small stores, like Clarke’s business in New Smyrna Beach, have learned to deal with the pandemic, apparently facing new challenges every day.

The hope is that the sales she and others are running on Flagler Avenue will attract more customers for much-needed income, and like many main streets in Central Florida, businesses are coming together this year to help each other.

“This year we have a wine walk and we have market days, which is a novelty where we have models on the street (Saturday),” she said.

What is in stock for buyers could be a little different or more expensive. Supply chain issues have increased the cost of items or severely delayed shipping.

“We have just increased the prices of our coffee for the first time in eight years. It was really hard for us to do it because we didn’t want to, ”said Kira Clawson, manager of the Island Roasters Coffee Company.

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She said they had no choice because they were struggling to bring in coffee from other countries.

“We’re kind of now getting back to where we were with coffee, but now we’re finding (issues with) other things, like milk, eggs,” she said.

She said they were finally full just in time for the holiday season after about a year of labor shortages.

Even with all the challenges she’s faced, she plans to help other small businesses on Saturday, like letting food trucks set up in the parking lot.

“Anyone who wants to come and set up in our parking lot or do it, we would love to see that happen,” she said.

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