Small businesses push for big receipts

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by Larry Seward / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on November 24, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 24 at 8:09 PM

HOUSTON – Shoppers and small retailers made statements during Small Business Saturday in Houston.

American Express pushed the 2-year-old idea offering $25 to customers who spent at least that much at small businesses.

You can tell by its name and patterned clothing on racks that Uncle Funky’s Daughter is a boutique all about statements.

“Our main purpose is for you to come in and look like an individual,” Ray Reed, who owns the boutique, said.

Reed lost work in the oil and gas industry more than 10 years ago. However, he has found his passion selling handmade jewelry, clothes and more inside his boutique.

“(The challenge) is just staying competitive in pricing where you can go into boutique like ours and you can find something that’s really unique but not at a high price,” Reed said.

Big box stores annually toss Black Friday deals at customers to pad profits. In lower Westheimer, smaller stores used food.

“This is an idea that a few of us had about a couple of months ago,” Shawn Bermudez, who owns four small clothing stores, said.

Bermudez and others teamed with owners of six popular food trucks and Houston’s Food Bank.

“We heard all about it,” Thule Kinnison, a shopper, said. “So, we’re taking (the food trucks) some food too.”

Those food trucks here collecting canned goods for the food bank. Their festival, celebrating Small Business Saturday had its share of sales and red ticket deals. Still, even shoppers said the event was about making a difference.

“I feel when you come to a small store the people are friendlier and I just feel like I’m doing something good,” Clint Billington, another shopper, said.

“I think that’s a great thing,” Reed said.

It’s the kind of statement places like Uncle Funky’s Daughter can’t live without.

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