PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – It’s the day after Black Friday, but the shopping doesn’t stop. More than 30 vendors set up shop in Panama City on Saturday for the first Saturday Small Business Market.
Maddie Cassell is the owner of Shop Otis’s Closet Boutique and the organizer of market events.
“I wanted to add one more small business Saturday experience, just another way for vendors to get out there and sell, there’s already a lot of great opportunities today, but I wanted to add another one to our community,” Cassell said.
The incident happened in the Northstar Church parking lot near Saint Andrews Boulevard and 23rd Street.
Hannah Gutcher owns a cafe inside Northstar Church. She says small businesses won’t thrive without community involvement.
“We are very pleased that this small business market is happening in our parking lot. We are a small business; you know we depend on the community to trust us and come try our product,” Gutcher said.
The fun wasn’t just for adults. The event was kid and dog friendly. It featured items such as children’s clothing, handmade jewelry, ice cream, and even hair braids.
Vendors like Maggie Winkler, owner of The Home Plant Company, say the pop-up market is a great way to network and cross a few names off your holiday gift shopping list.
“We’re here to get our face out there since we don’t have a storefront, it’s a great opportunity for other small businesses to come out here and meet our community,” Winkler said. “I, in addition to all the other vendors around here, we have so many wonderful holiday gifts, gifts, unique things and beautiful clothing that you can have. It’s a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping and support some local businesses here.”
Small Business Saturday is a national holiday established in 2010 to help boost the local economy.
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