Lincoln establishments ready for Small Business Saturday

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The holiday season is upon us, which means Small Business Saturday is in just a few days.

On Tuesday, Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and small business owners met at Hobby Town USA to boast about Lincoln’s small businesses.

For small businesses, it can be hard making ends meet, especially with such high inflation.

They lean into the season, especially days like Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, to get themselves out of the red and into the black.

“It’s been a hard year,” said Alicia Resinger, owner of candlemaker Wax Buffalo. “Costs have gone up, shipping has gone up, fulfillment has gone up. It costs a lot to be a small business.”

She said the cost of shipping for glass has gone up from $6,000 to $36,000 this year.

But even with inflation, now that the pandemic is mostly in the rearview mirror, people are ready to get back to brick-and-mortar stores.

Daniel Schmidt, owner of Hobby Town USA, said his stores sales and foot traffic have been increasing all year.

“People are kind of coming out of their caves a little bit and starting to get back into society, and we’re seeing it here locally for sure,” he said.

Small businesses are the “lifeblood of downtown,” said Todd Ogden, the president and CEO of the Downtown Lincoln Association said.

“It’s what makes us unique and makes downtown what it is,” he said. So the more that they thrive, the more our community as a whole is going to thrive and the more dollars stay in our community to help build all the wonderful infrastructure that we want to continue to try to build in our downtown and the city as a whole.”

Speaking of downtown, a brand-new event is coming to Lincoln to support small businesses.

Wax Buffalo is hosting an outdoor Christmas market, modeled after the traditional German Christmas market, with local vendors, food and drinks.

The event takes place Dec. 4 under the O Street overpass in the Haymarket and goes from noon to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Wax Buffalo or at the gate of the event.

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