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Small businesses in Five Points worry about their biggest day of the year being overshadowed by the 'big game'

Several local shops opened their doors for Black Friday this year, and are hoping to catch a second wind from Small Business Saturday.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Columbia's 'small business hub' has been excitedly waiting for Small Business Saturday to come. Local store owners in Five Points are hoping to see a boost in sales.

Sid & Nancy is a clothing store on Saluda Avenue that chose to keep its doors open for Black Friday. Manager, Megan Yelton says she's anticipating their preparation to pay off.

"We had a good day today, and I'm hoping tomorrow is even better," Yelton said with a smile.

Scoopy DooGelato Shop is right down the street and shares the same sentiment. Owner, Shane McCrossin, says there seems to be more of a push to spend locally, which he loves to see. 

"There's definitely a buzz here in Columbia about shopping locally, I feel like people really harness that in this city," McCrossin said. "I'm about shopping local, I try to keep it in the neighborhood because I feel like it's important for any community to help to keep its community wheels going."

According to the Small Business Administration, U.S. Consumers who shopped at local businesses and restaurants on small business Saturday reached an estimated $23.3 billion according to last year's small business Saturday consumer insights survey. 

With shop local campaigns becoming more popular on social media, stores in Five Points are hoping for a boost. 

However, the owner of The Gourmet Shop, Amy Beth Franks, who runs the gourmet shop says, she's anticipating a bit of a lull.

"I think it's tough for our market, and I've always had this feedback that it's in competition with the Clemson vs. Carolina game. We understand that people aren't necessarily going to be shopping but there will always be some people that do shop, so we love to prepare by putting out all of our holiday and seasonal inventory," Franks explained.

Despite competing with the big game, these businesses are all just hoping to get a boost from being open both Friday and Saturday and encourage anyone to come out and shop.


  • 2G’s - Save an additional 25%—50% off our already discounted prices STOREWIDE | FREE GIFT WRAPPING 11/26
  • Anton & Maxine, LLC - Small Business Saturday 10% off on available garments in the studio shop 11/26
  • Bluetile Skateboards - Sale shoes will be 3 pairs for $100!!! Bluetile branded products will be 20% off 11/26
  • Corbeau - Small Business Saturday offering 20% off in store and online plus 50% off on all of our sale items 11/26
  • DRIP & Scoopy Doo! - We will be offering 10 percent off gift cards from
    Black Friday thru December 24th
  • Flying Biscuit - Small Business Saturday Special 11/26 Bacons & Eggs Breakfast and a Mimosa for only $12
  • Good for the Sole - Special Sales throughout the Store with drinks & lite bites 11/26
  • Oops! Co. - Promos and giveaways for the holiday season every Friday 
  • Papa Jazz - Limited edition vinyl available on Black Friday 11/25
  • Publico Five Points is bringing back Santa’s Pub, Cola’s favorite holiday pop up!
    Full of Christmas cheer, holiday cocktails, decorations, music, movies, and more! Come visit us this season!
  • Revente - 15% off all full priced items including designer items
    11/25, 11/26, and 11/27
  • Sid & Nancy - 15% off all full priced items 11/25, 11/26, and 11/27
  • Sunrise Artisan Bath and Body - 20% off purchase on Small Business Saturday 11/26- 20% off your purchase December 3rd and 4th | Free hot chocolate and cookies with purchase
  • Uniquely MC - 10% off on Small Business Saturday 11/26
  • Vivid Color Cut Style - offering $10 any service from NOW thru
    2/28/2023, only valid one time per customer
  • Vestique - 30% off all weekend Nov 25th-27th 
    Extended hours on Black Friday --- 9am-7pm

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