Dozens of Wyandotte businesses opened their doors with discounts and giveaways on Saturday in honor of the nationwide Small Business Saturday campaign.
"Small Business Saturday is the day we celebrate the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S.," the project's Facebook page says.
The Wyandotte Downtown Development Authority and the Wyandotte Business Association are partnering to promote shopping at Wyandotte’s independently owned and operated businesses this holiday season.
To encourage downtown shopping on Saturday, there were free rides on the trolley and the horse and carriage. Live reindeer were on hand, along with strolling musicians and carolers. Complementary gift wrapping was available at The Box Depot.
Representatives from the Salvation Army accepted donations of canned goods. Members of the DDA and WBA also were on hand, surprising random shoppers with gift cards throughout the day to Wyandotte retailers.
DDA Director Natalie Rankine said the cold weather kept people from strolling down Biddle, but said shoppers still drove to the shops they wanted to visit.
"All of the businesses were busy today," Rankine said. "Some said that they were so busy, they didn’t have time to stop for lunch. ... I’d say it was a successful day."
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