CLINTON, N.Y. --- The Coronavirus Pandemic has caused many small businesses across the country a lot of problems. Small businesses in Clinton were elated to see the overwhelming support from the community this Small Business Saturday. Park Row in Clinton was busy on Saturday with shoppers looking to check items off of their holiday shopping lists.
While shopping, people were asked to abide by the Health Department guidelines. In case you forgot, Park Row was lined with signs reminding people to social distance and wear masks. Some shops even had employees standing at the door making sure, the number of people inside didn't go overcapacity.
"It's stressful just to adhere to the restrictions. It's something we're really taking to heart. We're trying to keep capacity inside as limited as possible. We're hoping people come back if we have to keep them outside for a bit," said Rachel Bartunek, owner of Almost Local.
Shopping local not only benefits the local business it benefits the local economy. Shoppers in Clinton were thrilled to be able to help ensure these local businesses had a bright future.
"I think this is important because this is the community that I live in and I try to support small businesses all year," said Mary Grabar of Clinton.
Every small business on Park Row offered deals on their products. Over In New Hartford, some shops planned on extending their Small Business Saturday deals into Sunday to prevent large crowds from forming.
Shoppers also made their way over to the Oneida County Public Market to support local businesses.
The market is now indoors and gearing up for the holiday season.
Market Manager, Beth Irons, says its nice to see so many people come out on Small Business Saturday!
She says all of the CDC coronavirus guidelines are in place and she is hoping for the best with the rising number of cases in Oneida County.
"There is always a little voice in the back of my head, we're hoping to get through the holiday season so the vendors can really maximize the revenue they haven't been able to make because of the COVID impact throughout the year," Irons said. "Public health always takes priority and everybody respects that, we're all well aware of that but we're hoping that the numbers don't tick up to the point where we have to face a shut down before the Christmas season."
The Oneida County Public Market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.