Celebrating Small Business Saturday

To spice up, their work life, Amy and Scott Maccabe left corporate America about five years ago.

 “We just wanted to do something that we felt good about every day and enjoyed and we do that now,” said Amy.  “This isn’t a job this is just something that we love to do.”

So they began thinking of a niche to fill.

“We used to shop at spice shops all the time and we realize there wasn't anything like that here.”

The couple opened up their store on Small Business Saturday four years ago and they say since day one, have savored the sweet taste of success of running a small business.

“We had customers come through and we were so well-received.  They all had positive things to say I'm great feedback for us it felt right and see those customers come back over time it's just cut building on that.”

For customers like Pat Carter, it’s the experience that you don’t get at larger retailers that keeps them coming back to savory spice.

“It's more personal you get to have a conversation and you might talk to people of similar interests.”

Not far from the spice shop, there was a different flavor of small businesses that appealed to the guys.

Thirty-five vendors came together for the second annual “Dude-A-Palooza” at the Unknown Brewery, many of which typically sell online only.

“Dude-A-Pralooza gives us the opportunity to meet those people that support our shop locally and we're mainly online so having the opportunity to put faces to people and meet people eye to eye is great,” said Jerri Shepherd, owner of 704Shop.com, an online T-Shirt business.

Shepherd used today to promote shopping local.

 “With small businesses it's more of those people that do what they love and support means to support their craft and believe in what they do,” he said.

As for Amy and Scott, Small Business Saturday’s their biggest sales day of the year.

“Small business Saturday besides being our anniversary it's the embracement of the community, getting a larger group of folks because people go explore new small businesses,” said Scott.

But they say that support is needed every day, as it’s crucial to their livelihood.

“If a customer decides to go to the grocery store to buy their spice, that has an impact on our bottom line so for customers to come in every day not only on small business Saturday but you're around to purchase our products are really adds up and allows us to stay in business,” said Amy.

Savory Spice Shop has more than 400 spices available.