Stephanie Miller, co-owner of Leilani’s, which sells formal wear, jewelry and lingerie, said she had not heard of the campaign, but “it’s a great concept.” She opened the store two years ago and said she thinks people realize the importance of supporting the area businesses.
Business owners contacted in other communities also support the program. Cooper Country Crafts treasurer Judith Curry said the day is an important effort to help maintain local businesses. The business is a crafts cooperative.
“I try to do all my shopping locally,” and she said she was hoping others continue to do so. Without that, she said, “business just won’t survive locally.”
“Too many people head for the malls and don’t think about all that is offered” by stores in the area, Curry said.
At Main Street Cards & Gifts in Delhi, owner Will Outsen said shopping locally supports members of the community and the town itself. The store sells such items as housewares, cards, candles and jewelry. Some members of the community might take their small business for granted, he said. He encourages residents to see what their local stores have to offer. “They might be surprised.”