ABILENE, Texas (KTAB / KRBC) – While Black Friday is big savings day at big box stores, the following Saturday in Abilene was time to think small, with “Small Business Saturday” in town. The owners of a new local store spoke with KTAB / KRBC about their first experience with the event.
The Cotton Mill Market was opened in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, just before the well-known and chaotic Christmas rush, in the shopping plaza of River Oaks Village.
“We had a grand opening last week, and so if we could do that, or maybe even double it, that would be really exciting and amazing,” said Crystal Saling, co-owner of Cotton Mill Market.
According to Saling, having their very first Small Business Saturday was something they looked forward to with enthusiasm.
“We’re going to be thankful for everything that happens,” Saling told KTAB / KRBC, “but I have a feeling it’s going to be a great day.”
The Cotton Mill offers local shopping experiences for the men, women and children of Key City, like Abilene shopper Pamela Allen.
“I came here this morning and was so thankful they had everything I wanted,” Allen said.
Allen explained that the pandemic had kept her from shopping locally, but now says she feels the need to make up for lost time.
“Since it’s back, I’ve been going crazy,” Allen said, “so if you can do it for your community, why not? “
A patronage like Allen’s usually brings holiday cheer for small business owners like Saling.
“Now we can give back; by adding different events for other people, families and children. It’s really exciting to be able to do things for the community, ”said Saling.
In order to keep your vacation dollars at home, you can find the Cotton Mill Market at 3301 South 14th Street and visit the shop from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.