Tonawanda News —
Because she accepts American Express cards, the company also sent her a welcome mat and sign that promote the small business, both of which are now situated in and around her shop.
“We do rely on local customers to stay in business,” she said. “We need foot traffic year-round but we count on it at Christmas time.”
Learned, who organized the Downtown Winter Walk in the Gateway Cities that will be held Dec. 7, said she and other local business owners have been using their own efforts as well to draw more residents to the shop local concept.
“They see our shops as having unique things,”she said. “They’re looking for niche items, they’re curious about shops that are different.”
Kalisiak, a lifelong North Tonawanda resident, will change the name of her shop and move part of it to Webster Street this week. She said when shoppers decide to spend their money locally it stays here, adding that she makes all of her products by hand and tries to buy her supplies as close to Western New York as possible.
“I like getting away from the Walmart mentality and more of the money is going to stay in the area,” she said. “When you buy something here you’re paying my daughter’s orthodontist bills, you’re helping my family.”
By Michael Regan firstname.lastname@example.org