Local shopping draws include Plaid Friday, Small Business Saturday – The Oakland Press

Chrishelle Griffin spent Thursday helping her mother prepare food for their little family celebration, but her mind was on plans for a noon-5pm Saturday pop-up store inside the Flagstar Strand Theatre, 12 N. Saginaw St. in Pontiac.

More than 30 entrepreneurs, all with home businesses, will be in attendance and hoping to see people supporting Small Business on Saturday, November 26. American Express began the Shop Local campaign in 2010, and the US Small Business Administration became a co-sponsor in 2011.

It’s an annual effort to showcase small businesses, local outlets, rev the engines of commerce, and showcase communities as places where people want to live and work. This year, many are still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saturday’s pop-up shop is one of many local shop campaigns in Oakland County and the first of its kind at the Strand, said Griffin, owner of Consult Chris, LLC. He praised Strand chairman Alex Resnik for being so supportive. Griffin co-hosted the event with fellow entrepreneur Mia Brooks.

“Pontiac has an abundance of amazing entrepreneurs and small businesses,” Resnik said.

Griffin said home-based business owners face stiff competition from larger stores, small brick-and-mortar businesses and online shoppers.

“I don’t think there is Cyber ​​Monday anymore. I think it’s all weekend now,” she said, adding that she shops online to avoid the winter weather and hang around a mall.

Another vendor is Griffin’s mom, a New York native who runs Harold’s Italian Ice, with such unique flavors and one mixing cherries and pineapples.

Another vendor makes custom all-natural raw juices, while Mia Brooks, owner of Luminosity Naturals, sells handmade body butters and oils.

Other stands will have handmade candles; another vendor’s new take on traditional Philly cheesesteak sandwiches and Asian wings, other food vendors making little cheesecakes, custom chocolates, and specialty desserts. Shoppers will also find clothing and accessories not found anywhere else.

Shoppers will hear music from DJ Monk, Go Farr Selfie Station and have the option of freebies. Pontiac District 1 Councilwoman Melanie Rutherford will host the event.

Oakland County is promoting the “Shop Small and Local” campaign for the 2022 holiday season.

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