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Shop Small: El Pasoans support local businesses day after Black Friday
By: Gina Benitez
EL PASO, TEXAS -- It's the day after the busiest shopping day of the year.
But more than that, it's a day to highlight the homegrown stores in our area.
"I really like to support local businesses. You see a lot of the franchises and they just kind of channel money out of the city, you know?" said Eddy Soto, a local shopper.
Small Business Saturday was launched by American Express back in 2010.
What started out small, has now grown into a nationwide movement and pumped billions back into local economies.
"Teaze is a totally new concept in boba tea. We take fresh sweet leaf tea and mix it with fruit juice concentrate or fruit powders and we drop tapioka pearls in the bottom," said Paul Pasillas Jr, owner of Teaze.
Pasillas set up shop in the Sunland Park Mall almost two years ago.
"I don't think people know that we are a small business and that we are local. We've kind of tried to make it look as nice as possible and it's taken away from being a small business," Pasillas said.
Trend Society, another El Paso mom & pop, is a clothing boutique offering products at an affordable price.
"It's been very exciting because the response has been huge. We've had a lot of people come in throughout the day and it's just cool to see people go out and support local shops," said Cindy Karam, owner of Trend Society.
Karam said Small Business Saturday brings in more and more business each year.
"We've offered a lot of great sales and good deals, buy one get one free stuff. And people love promotions and a good bargain so we've been very busy," Karam said.
"Small businesses are the life blood of the United States right now. Without us, with all the turmoil in the economy, without people like myself taking the leap of faith, and employing others, the economy would fall on its face," Pasillas said.