Small Business Has A Big Local Impact

By: 
Judy Kramer
County Reporter
The 10th Annual Small Business Saturday takes place November 30 in local neighborhoods throughout the U.S. It is between Black Friday and Cyber Monday and encourages people to do more holiday shopping at local small businesses. Stores on Warsaw’s Main Street are gearing up for what they expect to be a successful sales day as shoppers begin to get serious about buying Christmas gifts.
New Warsaw business, Redwing Coffee and Roastery, at 936B East Main Street, opened on December 4, 2018 with a “big boom,” and is seeing a buildup in business as the holidays get closer.
“My husband lives in Michigan and we see each other every two weeks,” said shop owner Victoria Redwing. “We used to spend a lot of time in coffee shops and developed an interest in that type of business.”
In addition to a variety of fresh-roasted coffees, the shop offers baked goods and many other drinks such as fruit smoothies, hot and iced teas in many flavors, and chai tea made from Redwing’s own recipe. Ice cream from Central Dairy in Jefferson City has also been recently added to the menu. Online sales for roasted coffee beans are available that can be delivered to a customer’s door. Redwing Coffee has eight employees, and is open from 7 AM to 5:30 PM Monday through Friday and from 7 AM to 2 PM on Saturday.
“We are holding our own,” said Redwing. “We started off with a boom, then slowed down in the winter. The summer could have been better, but the rain and flooding kept tourism down. Business is better with holiday gift shopping, and we are offering gift cards as well as gift baskets.”
Another relatively new business is Statuary Gardens, located at 939 East Main Street. It opened in May 2016 offering a boutique, gift shop, home décor, iron garden art, concrete statuary, seasonal plants and more. Owner Mary Langewisch also recently opened a satellite shop downtown at 303 Seminary on Friday, November 15, called Statuary Gardens Boutique & Gifts. The Seminary store does not have plants and statuary wares, but carries lines of jewelry and other items that are different than Statuary Gardens.
“We put the new store together in 10 days,” said Langewisch. “It has lodge and cabin décor plus men’s gifts. We have sold a lot of merchandise there.”
The two Statuary shops are already in the holiday shopping mode. Statuary Gardens held its Christmas Open House last weekend, and Statuary Boutique and Gifts will celebrate a Christmas Open House Friday, November 22 from 10 AM to 7 PM, and Saturday, November 23 from 10 AM to 5 PM. 
 When asked how she got into the business, Langewisch said that she has always been in retail including bulk foods, bar and restaurants and tea rooms. She said that likes to make people happy by offering them something nice when they come into her business.
Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 by American Express. The company stated online that “Small businesses are the fabric of our communities. They create jobs, help boost the economy, and enhance local neighborhoods in many ways. American Express reported that in 2011, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution in support of Small Business Saturday, and in 2013, more than 1,400 individuals and organizations signed up as Neighborhood Champions to rally and support their local communities. It also reported that for every dollar spent at a small business in the U.S., approximately 67 cents stays in the local community.
The Warsaw Chamber of Commerce works hard to support small business. Chamber Director, Mac Vorce, interviewed Ram Basnet from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) last week on BCE TV. Basnet said that his federal agency can walk new businesses through the steps that they need to get started and grow. SBA also partners with banks and credit unions to provide government-backed guarantees on parts of business loans. It also provides grants to entities like State Fair CC that provide services for small businesses. Vorce said that he is also working with the SBA and Missouri Job Centers for the benefit of small businesses. Missouri Job Centers help job seekers find quality jobs and employers find qualified workers.
 

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