By Jessica Crawford
Shoppers rushed to stores this Black Friday in Southeast Texas, but it’s not only the big box retailers that are staying busy.
Cars lined the streets of Boston Avenue in Nederland as shoppers began their holiday shopping at small businesses in the area.
Small business owners are encouraging people to buy from local retailers ahead of Small Business Saturday (11/25).
“We’re parents and I’m a mother of twins and this is my life also,” says Jill Provost, owner of Chatzkie’s Home Decor.
She shares a building with her friend owns the Sassy Trendz Boutique in Nederland.
“We want people to come and support us small businesses,” says Provost. “We’ve worked so hard to get it together.”
According to a statement from Governor Greg Abbott, more than 98 percent of all businesses in Texas are considered “small businesses.”
Last year, more than $14 billion was spent at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, according to the Texas Retailers Association.
Read More: http://kfdm.com/news/local/southeast-texans-shopping-small-on-black-friday
By Chris Davis
AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Retailers Association is predicting a big season for businesses big and small as the holiday shopping season officially kicks off this week.
That’s despite a slow start to Black Friday for stores in the shopping center at Interstate 35 and 51st Street in north Austin. Metal barricades lined the front of the Best Buy there, but just a handful of people waited behind them for the store to open. A few people shopped at the other stores in the strip mall, but the parking lot was empty for the most part through the traditional early-morning retail rush.
George Kelemen, president and CEO of the TRA, said the forecast looks strong for big box stores. “The economy’s good, consumers are ready to spend, and retailers are ready to provide them what they need,” he told KXAN this week.
Kelemen also expects this year to be good for smaller, local businesses, who in recent years have started merging a digital footprint with their brick-and-mortar storefronts.
Precision Camera and Video in Austin takes advantage of the big crowds expected through Friday and the weekend. Sales manager Mike Luxenberg said like the big box stores, they rely on sales to drive revenue that they rely on in the early part of the holiday shopping season.
“Most of our business is derived through people coming into the store,” Luxenberg said. “I think they see a great value in interacting with our salespeople and learning about the product before they purchase.”
The store sees two to three times as much business on Black Friday weekend as a normal weekend, he said, and they’ve seen increases in foot traffic in recent years. Having an online presence drives sales, not through their website, Luxenberg said, but by bringing more people through the doors.
That’s one of the keys, Kelemen said, to a successful weekend for local businesses.
“The ones that do a great job find a way to connect with those consumers and customers of theirs in multiple ways,” he said, “the traditional mailers, but also online, through social media.”
The TRA expects to see an uptick in total dollars spent this year, as the shopping season continues to start earlier. Some sales had already been drawing people to stores for a couple days as Black Friday approached and many will continue through the weekend.
Read More: http://kxan.com/2017/11/24/texas-retailers-forecast-a-strong-shopping-weekend-amid-strengthening-economy/
San Antonio Express-News
By Joshua Fetcher
The holidays are expected to bring cheer to U.S. retailers this season with projections of record sales and a 4 percent rise in spending.
Read More: http://www.expressnews.com/business/local/article/Holidays-will-bring-cheer-to-Amazon-and-other-12371838.php
Below are some frequently asked questions about Texas’s new “open carry” law. This is not legal advice.
What does this new “Open Carry” law mean?
Texans will now be able to openly carry blades: Machetes, Daggers, Spears, Bowie Knives, Swords. Anything with a blade longer than 5.5 inches is now legal to be openly carried.
Where can’t someone openly carry something with a blade now?
My place of business isn’t on the list. What if I don’t want someone openly carrying a blade in my store?
Are there any age restrictions on openly carrying something with a blade?
What’s the punishment if someone violates the new “Open Carry” law?
Below are some frequently asked questions about Texas’s new texting and driving ban. This is not legal advice.
What is actually banned?
What can I still do on my phone while driving?
Can I get pulled over if the police think I am texting?
Do I need to get a hands-free device?
Please note that some local ordinances may be stricter when it comes to using a cellphone while driving.