‘Tis the season for giving and for Stateline residents they didn’t need to travel very far to kick off their holiday shopping.
According to Chief Economist At Illinois Policy Institute, Orphe Divounguy he says it’s a great way for locals to get involved.

“Small business are the backbone of our communities and small  business Saturday is a good reminder of that.
Small business have been the primary drivers of illinois economic recovery from the recession , during that period small business accounted for nearly 130 thousand new jobs or  62 percent of all Illinois job creation. ” Said Divounguy.

Keith Watson owns Bygone Brand with his wife Amy and say local shops add an extra ingredient to the service they provide.

” It’s good to get it locally from a local business and it helps support the local community and a mom and pop and somebody that really puts their heart and soul into it.” Said Watson.

Another bonus they add is the unique gifts shoppers can find all while supporting the local economy.

“You spend 24 dollars here, that money really does stay in the community, rather than spending 15 dollars at Walmart where it goes to help in Arkansas.”

But the local dollar goes further, it contributes to the overall health of the state’s economy, that’s according to

“Not just for those business but for all Illinoisans because we see it reflected their profits, their revenues  and profits are reflected in the number of jobs they create, so when these businesses do very well  , the economy does well, jobs are being created and illinoisans thrive.”

Businesses like Culture Shock had  a full house of locals sifting though rows of items looking for the perfect gifts.
Local shopper Megan Brechon says she skips the traditional black Friday shopping to help the community she lives in.

“Support other local artists, local vendors and products that are made here in America and so I think that that’s all really important and if i’m going to put my money where my mouth is i’m going to support local business.” said Brechon.

Culture Shock owner Lauren Davis says it takes a village to keep businesses growing,  the lights on and the doors open.  

“We firmly believe as local business we need to help each other out so we always try to do different things to collaborate with other local businesses owners, for instance we carry tons of local products in our store so that way people can buy locally all in one location.”