LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Small businesses in Lufkin are hoping to not get left out of the holiday shopping craze this weekend.
While shoppers will be hitting the big box stores on Friday, Lufkin Main Street Director Barbara Thompson is hoping they make their way into downtown and hit up businesses on Shop Small Saturday.
"We want to most definently keep our tax dollars here in our local community where we know our money stays here," Thompson said. "There are so many great shops for both men and women in downtown."
The movement to support small businesses was started to make sure small local businesses were given the chance to get those holiday sales dollars. The businesses believe the money from the weekend can go a long way in helping the economy.
"It keeps me in business," said Angelina Jewelry and Repair owner Jesus Mondragon.
Caitlyn Kirlkland owns the Rubie and Jane dress store in downtown Lufkin and said the holidays make shopping special.
"You're here with mom and grandma, so it such a great time with them to shop and get it done early," Kirkland said. "We have wedding dresses and prom dresses, so it is a good weekend to come out and see what you might need for that special event."
Lufkin City Councilwoman Sarah Murray is concerned that the foot traffic to downtown has declined over the past year. Murray said she has started a Facebook campaign to promote a different business everyday.
"The signs are going up, the wreaths are up," Murray said. "[The] Poles are being wrapped. We are ready for Christmas. I want people to not just go on the main stretch of shops. There are so many shops on the side street. Just take a corner and go down it. You will see some great stuff, and if you go there enough they will start to call you by your name."
Thompson said special Shop Small bags and ,other items will be handed out to customers on Saturday and there will possibly be a musical act playing outside depending on the weather.