TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- Campbell Creek Artisan Shop on Wabash has only been open a few months. That's why store owner Jessica Fields was excited to see so many visitors in their shop Saturday.
"It’s actually been pretty busy this morning. I was surprised there were people waiting to get in the door when I came in which is a good thing," said Fields.
The shop sells everything from homemade candles to jewelry. The store is a place locals where can sell their goods especially in a difficult time for small businesses to survive.
"It used to be everything was mom and pop and we don't have those anymore and it’s very difficult to try to break in to a market when you are fighting against a box store. People don't understand the importance of small businesses," said Fields.
That’s why the chamber of commerce is proud to help promote businesses like Campbell Creek. Not only are these places ran by locals. It helps keep money in our communities.
"Its one thing with small business Saturday is you get to know that your money that you support that small business with stays here in the community,” said Stephanie Pence who is the downtown coordinator for the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce. “Once they build up that base hopefully they will be here for years and years."
An example of this is Pacesetter Sports. They have been serving the Wabash Valley for 35 years. They are thankful for their customers support. That's why they too participate in small business Saturday.
"We’re very lucky to be in such a great community that has such an affection for small businesses and family owned businesses like ours," said Pacesetters owner Brent Compton.
Whether big or small these local shops hope to keep serving the community. While also giving back to keep supporting them as well.
"I really didn't support small businesses all that much, i didn't think about it. Now that I am part of that group I realize the importance of it and really the foundation that it provides for our community," said Fields.
For a list of small businesses that participated in small business Saturday with the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce click here.