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Tipton to Celebrate Small Business Saturday

TIPTON, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Towns across the corridor are promoting local shopping this weekend by holding "Small Business Saturday, and for the first time ever, the small town of Tipton is planning to take part in the event.

In five days the plan is to have the downtown area packed with shoppers looking to enjoy local promotions.

Daisy Wingert owns Daisy's on the Square, a flower shop in Tipton.

She's been running things for almost 19 years now and if you ask her how business is going.

"It's okay. It could always be better. Sometimes things are a bit slow but we persevere," she said.

The City of Tipton wants more than that for local business owners like daisy.

That's why they are celebrating their first ever small business Saturday.

"Small Business Saturday is nationwide campaign to bring awareness for shopping local and to support independently owned businesses," said Abby Kisling, Tipton Economic Development Director. 

Kisling says it's also a chance for shoppers to take a break from big box stores and invest locally; something small business owners say is a better experience for shoppers.

"We just kind of make it a little more nicer atmosphere. We take the time, we always greet the person that come in. We take them around to show them the different things. You don't normally get that from the larger towns," said Jamie Woode, owner of T&M Clothing, and everyone stands to benefit from that local hospitality.

People should shop in towns like Tipton to keep the money local to support these small businesses that in turn support the community," Kisling said.

That's what small business Saturday is all about.

"I think if we're going to keep the little towns and keep the brick and mortar stores we are going to have to shop in them," said Wingert.

In addition to shopping there will also be various activities downtown from face painting to a toy drive. That's all day this Saturday.
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