Local shopping draws include Plaid Friday, Small Business Saturday – The Oakland Press

Chrishelle Griffin spent Thursday helping her mom prepare food for their small family’s celebration, but her mind was focused on plans for a pop-up shop from noon to 5 pm Saturday inside the Flagstar Strand Theatre, 12 N. Saginaw St. in Pontiac.

More than 30 entrepreneurs, all of whom have home-based businesses, will be on hand and hoping to see people supporting Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26. American Express in started the campaign to shop locally in 2010 and the US Small Business Administration became a co-sponsor in 2011.

It’s an annual effort to showcase small businesses, locally based outlets, rev the engines of commerce and showcase communities as places people want to live and work. This year, many are still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saturday’s pop-up shop is one of many shop-local campaigns in Oakland County and the first of its kind at the Strand, said Griffin owner of Consult Chris, LLC. She praised the Strand’s president, Alex Resnik, for being so supportive. Griffin organized the event with fellow entrepreneur Mia Brooks.

“Pontiac has an abundance of amazing entrepreneurs and small businesses,” Resnik said.

Griffin said home-based entrepreneurs face stiff competition from bigger stores, brick-and-mortar small businesses and online shoppers.

“I don’t think there’s such a thing as Cyber ​​Monday anymore. I think it’s all weekend now,” she said, adding she shops online to avoid winter weather and wandering around a mall.

Another vendor is Griffin’s mom, a New York native who operates Harold’s Italian Ice, with such unique flavors and one that blends cherries and pineapple.

Another vendor makes custom all-natural raw juices, while Mia Brooks, who owns Luminosity Naturals, sells handmade body butters and oils.

Other booths will have handmade candles; another vendor’s new take on the traditional Philly cheesesteak sandwiches and Asian wings, other food vendors who make small cheesecakes, custom chocolates and specialty desserts. Shoppers will also find clothing and accessories not found elsewhere.

Shoppers will hear music by DJ Monk, Go Farr Selfie Station, and get a chance at giveaways. Pontiac District 1 Councilwoman Melanie Rutherford will emcee the event.

Oakland County is promoting the “Shop Small and Local” campaign for the 2022 holiday season.


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