Bonamici visits local stores to support “Small Business Saturday”

Local businesses encourage residents to ‘shop small’ this holiday season

Representing Suzanne Bonamici visited stores in Northwest Portland, to mark Small Business Saturday.

The pandemic has caused many people to turn to online shopping, straining local small businesses.

During the shopping vacation, a KOIN 6 News report looked at the unique challenges small stores face this year and what residents can do to help.

Local stores told KOIN 6 News that the best way to help their success is to do some of your vacation shopping at local small businesses.

With many stores now reopened, Small Business Saturday is a timely reminder that shopping locally can help keep dollars in the local community.

On Saturday, MP Bonamici visited several stores in northwest Portland, including Garnish the clothes, Oblation Paperweight, and the American outdoor store.

Bonamici told KOIN 6 News that she had worked in her mother’s small business before, so she understands the challenges of keeping a business running.

“I know how hard small business owners and their employees work,” Bonamici said. “Today is a day to celebrate this and give them our support, because it has been very difficult years for them.”

KOIN 6 News spoke to employees of Oblation Papers and Press, a company that still produces personalized greeting cards, after more than 20 years in business.

Employees said that despite the increased challenges of recent years, due to the pandemic and the increase in downtown protests, things are looking up this holiday season.

Workers told KOIN 6 News they saw an increase in foot traffic during the Saturday shopping vacation.