CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Today marks the kickoff to the holiday shopping season and while you may be heading to your favorite brand name stores tonight, Saturday is all about shopping local.

It’s called Small Business Saturday – it’s a day where all are encouraged to buy and shop local to keep your holiday dollars flowing throughout the community.

“We wish every Saturday was small business. We wish everyone was more challenged to shop locally and to shop small,” said Jennifer Causby, an owner of Two Cumberland, a local apparel and jewelry boutique.

Causby says she creates a challenge for herself every year that keeps her money in Charleston.

“Shopping local is supporting your local economy,” she said. “We spend our money here. Every year at Christmas my challenge to myself is to shop local. Try to do 100-percent of it locally. Every year it ends up that about 98-percent of my shopping is done here.”

She says that by spending her dollars locally, she’s able to discover new products while supporting other small businesses.

“And I find unique things in other places. I get to meet other business owners and in turn, we spend our money in this economy,” she explained. “We eat in our restaurants, shop in other boutiques, donate to charities here. The money stays here instead of going to a big corporation.”

Some businesses include:

  • Bits of Lace
  • Coastal Kate
  • Fourteen & East
  • House of Sage
  • Itinerant Literate Books
  • Lowcountry Olive Oil
  • Palmetto Blended
  • The Charleston Mattress
  • Two Cumberland
  • Wonder Works

For a full list of local shops right here in Charleston, please click here.