BURLINGAME (KPIX) — Burlingame enterprise house owners stated Small Enterprise Saturday efficiently introduced in additional prospects as the vacation season begins. Additionally they stated that beneficial properties they’ve seen in 2021 — though higher than 2019 for some shops — nonetheless don’t make up for the losses of 2020.
“Prospects are coming in. They aren’t solely shopping for one merchandise or two, they’re shopping for many gadgets,” stated John Kevranian, proprietor of Nuts For Sweet. “Lots of our prospects are having troublesome occasions discovering merchandise so we’re doing nicely due to that. We now have full stock, we’re stocked up for the vacations.”
Because the president of the Broadway Burlingame Enterprise Enchancment District, Kevranian helps 100 members work collectively to maintain their group thriving with locally-owned retailers. His retailer was closed for 74 days at first of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Final 12 months and half has been troublesome however our enterprise — we’re doing very well. We’re doing higher than pre-pandemic,” he stated.
Whereas Nuts for Sweet has benefited from provide chain points as a retailer capable of compete with a full stock, others say it was a problem to get all of the gadgets they wished this 12 months of their store.
Pot-Pourri has been in operation for greater than 20 years on Broadway.
“It’s been such a tough occasion for small retail companies. We’ve been so impacted by the modifications. This 12 months it’s been significantly difficult with the provision chain and making an attempt to get merchandise for the vacation season,” stated Christopher Diez, Pot-Pourri’s proprietor. “Small companies are vital to our communities, they’re vital to, you realize, maintaining issues native and maintaining our communities thriving.”
Weimax Wines & Spirits has maintained the identical location since 1961, it’s an anchor retailer within the district. Its present proprietor says Small Enterprise Saturday has turn out to be an necessary driver for gross sales annually, particularly in the course of the pandemic. However the future for all native retailers stays unsure with the persevering with development of main e-commerce retailers.
“Now that they’ve been doing this for a number of years, we’ve seen just a little bit extra exercise with folks conscious of the event,” stated Gerald Weisl. “There’s positively after-effects of final 12 months and the problem for small companies is competing with on-line firms.”
Prospects visiting shops on Saturday stated they had been proud to assist these companies, which they take into account the spine of the nation.
“I feel now greater than ever it’s necessary to assist small companies,” stated Tassie Jenkins.
One other girl on the identical retailer stated she prefers this expertise. They discovered it was Small Enterprise Saturday that afternoon and determined to spend extra alongside the road.
“I’m an old-school shopper and I actually like to enter shops and I like to the touch issues and see issues,” stated Lauren McCombs.
That bond between prospects and companies has created a group that continues to assist itself. Buyers maintain shops open that may go on to donate and assist native causes in the identical neighborhood.
“They assist us, we assist them, it’s all the time been an excellent relationship,” Diez stated. “The group helps to maintain us alive, it makes us in order that small shops can nonetheless exist and you realize they add shade and taste to the area people.”
The mission behind Small Enterprise Saturday stays related in keeping with Kevranian and different retailer house owners however they are saying that type of assist is required all 12 months. They’re a part of the San Mateo County initiative “Select Native,” an app launched earlier this 12 months.