While many big-name retail stores had doorbuster sales for Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Perham took a calmer approach with participation in Small Business Saturday.
This weekend's snowy weather only put a small damper on events.
As people went about supporting small local businesses, they also got a start on their Perham Christmas Shopping Passports, which they had stamped while shopping Saturday.
"Lots of out-of-town shoppers," said Sarah Hayden, owner of Bay Window Quilt Shop. These out-of-town shoppers are people who are doing some shopping that they cannot do outside of Perham while visiting family for the holiday, and people coming in from the surrounding areas to shop.
The Bay Window Quilt Shop was one of the local businesses that took part in Black Friday this year. From 9 a.m. until noon Friday the store ran a 20% off sale.
Brew Ale and Eats also had a Black Friday sale and brunch on Friday morning. They ran a sale where customers paid $50 for $75 worth of a gift cards and gift certificates. More people came in to take advantage of the sale on gift cards than the brunch, but Cassie Hahn, manager at Brew Ale and Eats, hoped that the brunch crowd would pick up as the morning went on.
"The snow hurt us," said Baille Schissel, the manager and a designer at Refreshing Designs. The store closed early at 3:30 p.m. Friday for the safety of the employees and of the shoppers, instead of its usual 5 p.m.
For The Willow Bookstore, which celebrated its one-year anniversary on Small Business Saturday, the storm did not seem to have a negative effect on business. Instead, it seemed many people came in to take advantage of the store's deals and then hunker down with their new books. Those who braved the snow Saturday got a free book when they bought $25 or more worth of books.
The Christmas Shopping Passports event goes through Dec. 31. Participants can have their passports stamped at participating local businesses. Shoppers receive stamps for the amount of their purchase and can receive a free stamp every day at the Perham area Chamber of Commerce and PeopleReady.
When the passport is full it can be dropped off at any participating business to be entered in the weekly drawing. The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 in Perham Bucks. The Christmas Shopping Passport helps support shopping local.