LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- With Black Friday behind us and Cyber Monday still ahead, Saturday was a day for local small businesses to shine.
"Small Business Saturday is really important to us today. We love being a part of the Louisville community and they are great supporters of us and we appreciate it so much, so it's a day to see our regular customers as well as new customers and just be really thankful," said Jack Mathis, who owns Work the Metal, one of the four stores inside the Butchertown Market.
Work the Metal is an eclectic store that sells everything from home furnishings to jewelry to children's toys.
"You've got to have the passion for it and the drive for it. It's a lot of fun. Every day is a new adventure. Every day comes with great fun and problems as well, but overall it is the best thing to own a local business and be part of the Louisville community," said Mathis.
It's retailers like Mathis that the "Small Business Saturday" movement aims to support.
Mayor Greg Fischer and Congressman John Yarmuth kicked off the day at locally-owned Heine Brothers Coffee. Both spoke on the importance of shopping local.
"Shop local has tremendous momentum. It's a great incentive and it really spurs our economy. It kind of gives us the soul of our city when people are out going to our local restaurants and our local shops so get out and shop local here today," said Mayor Greg Fischer.
"So whether its things we manufacture here, things we craft here, things we distill here, there are plenty of local options for wonderful, wonderful holiday gifts so shop local get out and do it," said Yarmuth.
Yarmuth said supporting small businesses is especially close to his heart, since so many of them have contributed to the success of Leo Weekly, which he founded 25 years ago.
"One other important thing to say about shopping local, every dollar that is spent in an independent local business stays in the community and turns through the community day after day after day. That is not true of things that you buy online, it's not true of things you buy in the big national retailers. So from an emotional standpoint, from a cultural standpoint and from a strictly economic standpoint, shopping local is an incredibly important thing to do," said Yarmuth.