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Local shops adapt to supply chain issues for Small Business Saturday

Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 6:33 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The big shopping weekend following Thanksgiving includes Small Business Saturday where shoppers are encouraged to buy gifts from locally-owned shops and businesses, taking a break from the big box stores and nationwide companies.

While some larger corporations have been able to manage supply chain issues, many smaller shops expecting more business this weekend, had to act early to make sure they were stocked ahead of the holiday season. If you need help finding finding ways to shop small this Saturday, Visit Wichita has a guide to all the local stores.

“Whether you’re looking for holiday gift items or something for yourself, Wichita’s many eclectic shopping districts deliver big on unique gift items you can only find in Wichita. Pair your shopping excursion with a bite to eat from a nearby local eatery,” Visit Wichita said, encouraging shoppers to take part in Small Business Saturday.

The Friday after Thanksgiving was busy for Nifty Nut House as the business looked ahead to an even busier weekend.

“We’re trying to be ready and we’ve got a lot of extra elves this year,” Nifty Nut House owner Steve Jahn said. “We’ve had pretty good luck getting labor. It was difficult early on but it seems to have corrected itself somewhat,”

Jahn said the store is buying in bulk to compensate for shipping delays.

“We are fairly stocked with a lot of our high-end chocolate items from now through the end of the year, so that’s the only way around it, because shipping is an issue, trucks are an issue, and I hear this from other companies,” Jahn said.

Down the street from the Nifty Nut House, another store was busy Friday in preparation for the holiday rush.

“This is our first Black Friday, Small Business Saturday we have ever done as a shop,” said Dead Center Vintage Co-Owner Kenzie Borland. “WE canceled because of COVID last year to limit the amount of people in our shop, so this is our first time doing it.”

Borland said her store hasn’t faced many issues with shipping.

“We haven’t had any problems with sourcing any of our products and merchandise because of how great Wichita has been,” she said. “We are going to have to pick up the pace and restock the next couple weeks.”

Both businesses are hopeful for a big turnout on Saturday.

American Express started Small Business Saturday in the midst of the recession in 2010. You can learn more about the annual day promoting small businesses here: AmericanExpress.com.

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