BOSTON (CBS) – From bookstores and bakeries to small boutiques, Small Business Saturday was a hit across the Boston area.
Roxbury’s Nubian Square black market was teeming with local vendors selling their artwork, craftsmanship and creativity. This is their fifth year of activity.
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âSmall Business Saturday is always our busiest day of the year. Our business has had a very difficult time during COVID because we are a gathering place, âsaid black market owner Kai Grant.
Many small businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic, so having the support of the local community is a big boost. Boston Mayor Michelle Wu visited several stores on Saturday.
âThis space is such a gift to Boston. The black market has been that intersection of arts and community and local vendors. I want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to get our businesses back on their feet after a very difficult time during the pandemic, âsaid Mayor Wu.
Elaine Ellis Phillip and her daughter SaiAnna launched their small business, Sweet Glam, amid the pandemic.
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âSweet Glam is a bakery and cosmetics company, so it’s pretty while you eat,â Elaine said. âWe came up with this concept of making everything tasty everywhere. So tasty in your mouth and tasty on your body.
At Flock in the South End, the registers are ringing.
âIt’s been a very busy holiday season which is fantastic,â said Elli Barkett of Flock.
Hiwott Taddesse was looking for party supplies and gifts for a friend and happy to support small businesses.
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âIt’s very important. Especially after the pandemic,â Taddesse said. âYou can get unique items when you shop, and then that helps everyone in the local community to stay employed and stay in business. â