Shoppers Stay Local on Small Business Saturday

November 25, 2012 Updated Nov 25, 2012 at 1:09 AM EDT

By WKBW Internet

November 25, 2012 Updated Nov 25, 2012 at 1:09 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Between "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" sits an even bigger shopping day for many locally owned businesses.

Small Business Saturday.

"It helps everyone, shopping local...keep the money in our neighborhood," said Anna Hartog, who runs Park Edge Sweet Shoppe on Abbot Road in South Buffalo with her sister Maggie.

They made much of their own chocolate using mostly locally purchased ingredients. And in the spirit of helping the local community, they decided to share a portion of every sale made on Saturday to the Franciscan House.

"So not only will helping a local shop, but they will helping a local home as well," added Hartog.

Buying local also gives shoppers a chance to check out stores they might not otherwise visit, while receiving the treatment and attention they are not used to getting from big-box stores.

"It's great to be able to solve a persons problems for gift-giving, and try to pick out the perfect gift...and I think that, along with our gift-wrapping and all of the other services we provide, is what I think of when I think of a small business," explains Gaetana Schueckler, who, with her husband, own The Tree House toy store on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo.

Each item in the store is hand-picked by Schueckler, allowing shoppers to find unique, hard-to-find items, while helping to build up their local community.

Jude Hammer, an area resident who says she always tries to shop local, says it can also be a fun experience.

"Well it's unique. A lot of the things are made right here in Buffalo. You run into your neighbors, and it's just more fun and personal. Everything I get I think is unique."