The North Bend Eagle


Small Business Saturday sees mixed results in North Bend

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 11/30/11

North Bend’s participation in the second annual Small Business Saturday was successful for some, and no great change for others.

The second annual event, organized by a major credit card company, was promoted for the first time by the North Bend Eagle with a full page advertisement and column by the editor. Local businesses advertised what they had to offer to area residents for their Christmas shopping needs.

Mary Shanahan of Bob’s Custom Meats said they had extra customers and sold quite a bit of beef jerky.

“It was well received,” Shanahan said.

Yet Jan Schindler at Ron’s Pharmacy said they had their usual slow Saturday.

“There were maybe a few new shoppers,” Schindler said, “but the till didn’t show any increase in business.”

The pharmacy with a large gift selection is offering a new drawing for customers this year with a weekly drawing for a Christmas item.

Lynda Cerny at Floral Creations N’ D’Signs said she had a excellent day.

“A record number of people came through my door,” Cerny said. “Sales were good. Seems like everyone who came through the door purchased something.”

Cerny said there was lots of positive feedback for the Small Business Saturday promotion. She hopes it is done again next year.

Lori Bunn at L.A. Tanning and Somethin’ Special said she did not see a huge increase in the number of customers, but did say those who came in were shoppers.

Bunn is increasing the offerings of her store, teaming up with Andi Goosen to offer crafts in her back room. She has found new vendors, many local with the farthest away being from Valpariso. In her “bling” selections she will have lots of new items for the holidays.

Ed Gray at Gambino’s Pizza said their sales Friday and Sunday were better than the Saturday’s sales.

North Bend native Matthew Heller has taken over his father, Ze Heller’s Husker merchandise business and opened a holiday storefront, Santa’s Workshop, in Omaha. He is inviting his hometown friends and neighbors to visit the store with advertisements in the local paper.

Heller said they had their top day yet on Small Business Saturday.

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