Antiques Fair mall owners Laurie and Bob Lyman, pictured with their daughters, shop locally and
Antiques Fair mall owners Laurie and Bob Lyman, pictured with their daughters,
shop locally and hope Ramona residents do, too, this Saturday. (Angie Menter)
By EMILY WHIGHAM, RAMONA SENTINEL
NOV. 28, 2019 12 PM
On Nov. 30 there is a special day that is important to the community of Ramona that should not be overlooked: Small Business Saturday. Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday it could easily be missed, but that would be a detriment to our community.
American Express started Small Business Saturday 10 years ago when America was in the middle of a recession. According to a study AmEx commissioned, about two-thirds of every dollar spent at a small business (defined as less than 100 employees) stays in the local community, and a quarter of that dollar gets reinvested into other local small businesses. This movement of ‘Shop Small’ helps communities like Ramona thrive.
When local businesses are not supported, Ramona loses unique stores like Treasures Christian Store. Treasures was located at 649 Main St. (now one of two Subways) for almost 13 years until it closed its doors in April, 2013. Store owner Dolores Mortier said there were quite a few reasons the store could not continue to thrive. a big one being losing customers going to stores ‘down the hill.’
“Black Friday weekend was devastating to Ramona,” Mortier said, a sentiment that she feels was shared among other business owners at the time.
In support of local businesses, the Ramona Chamber of Commerce takes part in the Shop Small movement and participates in Small Business Saturday, ahead of which the chamber distributed Shop Small signage, flyers, brochures, and even door mats to businesses that are members of the Chamber.
“Our business owners are our hard working friends, neighbors and families who depend upon the products of their labor to support their families and stay available for our citizens,” said Bob Krysak, Chamber President. “The hours are long, the stresses are never ending, but the joy of independence and fulfilling people’s needs and desires makes it all worthwhile.”
“Take the time to cruise Main Street from one end to the other and other streets where businesses are located to remind you of the vast array of wonderful products and gifts available,” Krysak implored. “Then spend your dollars where they will be most appreciated, in our town for our townspeople.”
Bob Lyman owns the Antique Fair mall and its Old Fashion Candy Store on Main Street with wife Laura and agrees with Krysak.
“We’re a family business; my daughters and grandson help out on weekends, and we’re committed to shopping locally, too,” Lyman said. “We want our stores to be in business. We shop at the mini mart in the San Diego Country Estates, and come into town to the hardware stores and for anything we need. We have everything in Ramona now and the prices are competitive, even with Home Depot when you consider the gas and drive time.”
All the dealer booths at the Antique Fair are offering Shop Local discounts of 10% to 25% as part of the mall’s annual Black Friday Weekend sale. “We hope people come in and give us all a chance up here in Ramona and see what we have.”
Packards Coffee Shop owner Nora Seidl agrees. “It benefits everybody. If people come out on Nov. 30 to shop around it would show that our community cares about our small businesses. I’d be thankful that they acknowledge us.”
Local shoppers can purchase great gifts for all their friends and loved ones right in their backyard. Our town is home to wonderful antique stores, beauty stores, gardening stores, liveries, pet stores, hardware stores and more.
The Ramona Sentinel supports shopping locally. Join us in showing our merchants your love by saving gas, shopping around town, and enjoying a local restaurant this Small Business Saturday.
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