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Spotlight focuses on small businesses

November 22, 2018

Small Business Saturday traditionally is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving to promote shopping at local businesses and Katy Budget Books again will observe the event.

The store at 2450 Fry Road will host Small Business Market on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The store parking lot will be closed for the day to feature local crafters and direct sales distributors. The event also will feature a food truck serving barbecue. Parking will be available in the lot of a nearby church.

American Express is credited for creating the event on Nov. 27, 2010, to stimulate the local economy and support nonprofits.

’We’re looking forward to it,” said Richard Deupree, Katy Budget Books store manager. “We have a lot of fun. It’s a great day for us.”

This is probably the fourth or fifth year that the store will be hosting the market. He credits the store founder/owner Tamra Doré as setting the pace for the event. “One of the things Tamra has always done is she prefers to use local businesses. She buys from local, family-owned businesses in the community,” said Deupree.

He explained that Doré is a Katy native who graduated from Katy High School. “She’s really spent all her business career reinvesting in the Katy community. I wish more people would do that.

“It’s really important that you support your local community,” he continued. “People smarter than I say the majority of money stays in the community rather than buying online. We use local vendors for everything that we can. It’s beneficial to the community you’re living in.”

Downtown Katy merchants don’t have an organized observance of Small Business Saturday.

“We’re all doing small little independent sales for small businesses,” said Betsy Proctor, who organizes the monthly Katy Market Day which in downtown Katy. the Nov. 17 Katy Market Day featured about 60 vendors in downtown Katy, plus all the stores were open, said Proctor. And she’s looking forward to the ninth annual Katy Old-Fashioned Christmas Festival in downtown Katy, which focuses on small businesses. The Dec. 1 event will have 180 vendors and 15 food trucks and be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., she said. The event is organized by Katy Market Day and No Label Brewing Co.

The traditional Small Business Saturday will receive some attention in Sugar Land, too.

Sugar Land Town Square, Texas 6 at U.S. 59, is participating in American Express’ Small Business Saturday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. It invites people to support local shops and restaurants in the community. Visit www.sugarlandtownsquare.com for information.

“We have quite a few small businesses here,” said Taylor Scott, Town Square event and marketing manager. American Express sends a box of items that includes shopping bags and stickers to promote Small Business Saturday, she added, and individual merchants have their own promotions. Town Square has participated in the event in prior years, she added.

karen.zurawski@chron.com

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