Small Business Saturday attracts big name guests

Officials from city of Lithonia added a twist to the city’s popular farmers market in downtown Lithonia Dec. 5. In response to cold weather, city officials and downtown business owners allowed several small businesses to set up shop inside Main Street businesses for Small Business Saturday.

Lithonia Main Street businesses such as Black Dot Cultural Center and Green Love Kitchen and the Lithonia Business Association sponsored Small Business Saturday which attracted DeKalb County officials and Georgia Senate Candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

“We’re having a small business pop-up to represent all the businesses on Main Street,” said Mayor Shameka Reynolds. “We’ve had the farmers market and saw the people it brought. With it getting cold, [Lithonia’s Main Street business owners] wanted to bring the vendors inside.”

Reynolds said the agreement helps the host businesses by bringing Small Business Saturday shoppers into their stores and gives vendors a chance to work during the winter. Reynolds also said it is important for Lithonia’s businesses to receive support from county officials and from Ossoff and Warnock, no matter who wins the Senate race.

Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock met with downtown Lithonia business owners on their tour of Small Business Saturday.

“It’s very important. It’s not about them winning or losing, it’s about them supporting. Whoever may win, we need them to come and show love and support us. A lot of attention gets paid to the outskirts of Atlanta, but we matter too,” added Reynolds.

According to Reynolds, Ossoff and Warnock were going to Rockdale County, and decided to stop in Lithonia while passing through.

Ossoff and Warnock toured the farmers market and went into downtown Lithonia businesses to meet business owners.

Georgia Senate candidates and DeKalb County officials visited Lithonia’s Small Business Saturday Dec. 5. Photos by Jay Phillips

“A lot of their supporters are in this area, so it was no-brainer,” said Reynolds.

City officials said participating parties plan to hold Small Business Saturdays every weekend, and downtown Lithonia businesses can be contacted directly for availability.

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