Black Friday is upon us, and local businesses are getting ready

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) — With Thanksgiving here, that means Black Friday is upon us. Black Friday is known for its long lines and shoppers raiding store shelves for deals they can only find once a year.

Some people in Toledo say they are not planning to attend Black Friday this year.

“I’ve been shopping all year, so I don’t really need it,” says Heather Dunzweiler. “Everything I do, I plan to do online. I have no desire to fight crowds.

Many retail stores, like Target and Walmart, are choosing not to open their doors Thursday night to give their employees the opportunity to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Kristen Schira Lazoff says it’s a good decision.

“I used to love shopping, especially on Black Friday morning,” Lazoff says. “I love that they got rid of everything on Thursday night, Thanksgiving night, where you have to rush after your turkey dinner.”

Some people also say that the pandemic is also still worrying.

“It’s been more difficult just because you don’t want to be so close to socially distanced people,” Lazoff says.

Although some people do not plan to shop, stores in the neighborhood are preparing the shelves, especially small businesses. The Sylvania Toy Company says small businesses often offer items you won’t find elsewhere.

“We have a lot of one-of-a-kind items that you can’t see in the big box stores,” says Elle Spare, owner of The Sylvania Toy Company. “We have a lot of things that bring people’s nostalgia back, we have toys from your childhood. Things like He-Man, Star Wars and GI Joe. We even have Lego sets that aren’t in stores most of the world. time. “

Megan Aherne, director of Handmade Toledo, says there are more benefits to shopping local on Black Friday than getting exclusive items. She says it keeps the money in the community.

“Shopping at small businesses year-round is so crucial to sustaining our community economically and here we have over 200 artists in our shop and many of them are local,” says Aherne. “So it’s all about directly supporting our community with your small business support.”

If you don’t want to participate in Black Friday, stop by a small business on Saturday for small business Saturday deals.

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