NEW ULM - Local businesses enjoyed a small bump Saturday thanks to New Ulm Business and Retail Association's second year of emphasizing Small Business Saturday, a national movement that aims at giving local businesses an equal chance at the shopping weekend customers since big box stores tend to dominate Black Friday.
Curt Lambrecht, owner of Lambrecht's Gifts, said his store was one of many to enjoy a modest boost. He said that Friday's sales still overshadowed Saturday's sales, which has been typical for years. However, he said the day brought a little more local business than usual.
"It's been a good weekend all the way around. It seems everybody had a good turkey weekend, so they were out and about [shopping]," said Lambrecht, "It's been nice that it was cold outside, but we didn't have to deal with any snow."
New Ulm Businss and Retail Association President Cathy Olson, of Clifton Larson Allen, and Jack Gronholz sell Chamber Dollars to Mayor Bob and Cheryl Beussman at the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce as part of the Small Business Saturday promotion.
At the Chamber offices, the New Ulm Business and Retail Association had 169 people participate in its one-day promotion for Small Business Saturday, which involved provided $10 New Ulm Chamber dollars free with each $100 purchased. Since the Chamber dollars can only be spent on local businesses, the promotion was aimed at encouraging local spending for holiday gifts. The promotion was limited to one per person.
Officials with the promotion said they were pleased with the number of participants, and they said they hoped it would help local businesses.