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Business owners, officials invite people to shop small in Cloquet

A variety of businesses are offering promotions and deals on Nov. 26 to encourage people to shop small this holiday season.

Dave Cochran, owner of Dave’s Cloquet Mattress & Furniture, holds onto a shovel as he stands near a Shop Small poster hanging in the shop
Dave Cochran, owner of Dave’s Cloquet Mattress and Furniture, holds onto a shovel as he stands near a Shop Small poster hanging in the shop Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 15.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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CLOQUET — Local business owners and officials are urging people to shop small Nov. 26.

Small Business Saturday happens every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. On this day small businesses are celebrated, and patrons and community members shop local to support their friends and neighbors.

“Shopping small businesses on Small Business Saturday is critically important to retain businesses in our downtown storefronts and bricks and mortar buildings across our City,” said Holly Hansen, Community Development director for the city of Cloquet.

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The annual Saturday venture invites the community to come together, officials said.

Dave Cochran, right, owner of Dave’s Cloquet Mattress & Furniture, helps a customer looking for a bed in the store
Dave Cochran, right, owner of Dave’s Cloquet Mattress and Furniture, helps a customer looking for a bed in the store Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 15.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

“Small Business Saturday brings people into Cloquet for this event who are drawn by these promotions. In the process they meet our awesome business owners and likely grab a bite to eat or drink as well along the way,” Hansen said.

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“By highlighting these businesses, it allows vendors to promote what they have to offer, but also shows customers how much time and effort they put into giving the Cloquet area the best possible products, at reasonable prices,” said Jacob Richardson, owner of B&B Market.

Dave Cochran, owner of Dave’s Cloquet Furniture and Mattress, agreed.

“Small Business Saturday means that people are made aware that there are local alternatives to the big box businesses,” Cochran said.

Not only do local businesses get visibility on Small Business Saturday, but many also offer special discounts that day, as well.

“We have a number of products ordered and received that are good values,” Cochran added.

Shopping locally means getting hands-on service and attention.

“While shopping online is easy and convenient, it doesn’t always lead to an effective experience where you can, for example, try a series of vacuums, sit in the chair, pull the door of an appliance, or try on the clothes, shoes, boots, and other items,” Hansen said.

Dave Cochran, owner of Dave’s Cloquet Mattress & Furniture, poses in his store on Cloquet Avenue
Dave Cochran, owner of Dave’s Cloquet Mattress and Furniture, poses in his store on Cloquet Avenue on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 15.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

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Shopping small benefits all

More money is kept in the community when people shop small, said Kelly Zink, president of the Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce.

“When you support Small Business Saturday, the businesses in turn support our community financially. Local and state taxes that are paid by small businesses benefit our schools, infrastructure, etc.” Zink said. “In addition, small businesses provide local jobs. When shopping a small business, much of the money goes back into our community.”

Officials invite community members to mark the date in their calendars and shop local on Nov. 26. Cloquet Community Development has put together a Facebook event page that includes promotions and deals from participating Cloquet businesses.

“Shopping is still an experience, and being intentional about shopping small and locally with our knowledgeable business owners who have their businesses in Cloquet, pay their taxes, and support numerous community groups through donations are important to support and consider,” Hansen said.

The lights are on inside of Dave’s Cloquet Mattress & Furniture on Cloquet Avenue as the light fades outside
The lights are on inside of Dave’s Cloquet Mattress and Furniture on Cloquet Avenue as the light fades outside Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 15.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

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Molly Milroy contributes to the Cloquet Pine Journal as a freelance reporter. She often covers feature stories and business.
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