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Small business sales in Anna, IL aim to keep residents shopping locally

A 2012 retail study by the University of Illinois Extension Educator Susan Odum reflected a retail trade leakage of $44 million for Union County, IL. (Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS) A 2012 retail study by the University of Illinois Extension Educator Susan Odum reflected a retail trade leakage of $44 million for Union County, IL. (Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS)
ANNA, IL (KFVS) -

Stores in downtown Anna saw sales flourish Saturday as part of their effort to keep people shopping locally for Small Business Saturday.

Stores like This N That and Kiki's Coffeehouse were just two of the stores that saw their businesses packed with shoppers.

"We depend on this day to get us through the rest of the year. I mean it's huge," This N That volunteer Tasha Faire said. "We've been actually really busy today. I'm so glad. I was worried. It's hit or miss but today has been a good day."

A 2012 retail study by the University of Illinois Extension Educator Susan Odum reflected a retail trade leakage of $44 million for Union County, Illinois. This suggests that local residents spend a significant amount of their money outside of the county.

A lot of those dollars were spent online, in Cape Girardeau, Marion, Carbondale among other places, according to the study.

Members of the Union County Women in Business have put out a Locally First Facebook Challenge recently in efforts to keep more sales in the county.

"If we can keep those dollars local, it actually ends up benefiting your schools, your roads, your children," Kathy Bryan, owner of KiKi's Coffeehouse, said. "So the more you shop locally, the better it is."

As part of the shopping experience, the Christmas in Downtown Anna event worked in conjunction with the Small Business Saturday to help bring in more people.

And it worked according to shop owners.

This also helped give the whole downtown area a Christmas and family wholesome atmosphere.

Many other stores did their part to invite the public in, too.

Whether it be setting up shop outside like Vienna Beef, displaying gingerbread houses in windows, or offering other deals inside, people didn't hesitate to get out in the rain and shop.

Kids were able to get their pictures taken with Santa at the Anna-Jonesboro National Bank, cookies and cupcakes were available for free at This N That, Kiki's Coffeehouse offered a Christmas themed background and props for people to get their pictures taken at, plus much, much more.

"It kind of brings people downtown, they get to see more what we have to offer," Bryan said. "Specifically here in Anna, our downtown is growing a little. We've added some new businesses. The more we do that, the more we're here."

"It's highly important," Jeannie Landis said. "It's a trickle down effect. You shop local, people spend local, there's more money in the area for people to do things."

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