Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday® has quickly become a nationally recognized day to support local independent merchants with the power of local dollars. Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center would like to encourage you to Dine Small on Saturday, November 26.

When you Dine Small, not only are you supporting the community you live in, you are also getting the freshest food and beverages available, and the experience in and of itself cannot be beaten. Local small business owners take pride in what they do, and it shows in their products and in the fact that many of them know you by name.

As Kandi Medford of Kandi’s Cakes explains, what you get at her shop is something you know was baked right there.

“We are here to give customers what they want. If they don’t see what they came in here for, they peek around the corner and ask for it. Nine times out of 10, we have it. We just haven’t had time to get it out here.”

For Medford, being a small business means she gets to know her customers by name. “I like it when people come in here for the first time and are in awe, but I also want to see the ones I recognize. I see their faces all the time and eventually get to know their story.”

Kandi’s Cakes will be open Saturday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Dining small means more money stays in the community. “When you buy our products,” says Megan Brown of the Waynesville Soda Jerks, “you are supporting all the farmers we use. The flavors of our sodas are mainly developed as a way to highlight what’s available in the area. Every flavor with the exception of citrus features local fruits from Western North Carolina.”

Their products are super fresh with all natural ingredients, no preservatives, and no chemicals. About 40 places in the region carry the products of Waynesville Soda Jerks, some of which are the Coffee Cup Café, Sunburst Market, and The Strand.

The Waynesville Soda Jerks’ retail shop will be open on Small Business Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at 144 Industrial Park Drive, Waynesville.  

Another benefit of Dining Small is the unique experience that customers get. While Danny Barrett’s Ten Acre Garden is closed for the season now, in the warm months, there’s nothing to compare to going to the farm and picking your own berries.

“We offer a good experience and what may be a rare experience,” Barrett explains. “There are some areas where this option is not available. People just really love coming here.”

And you know it’s fresh. Barrett also works with local restaurants such as Frogs Leap Public House, Boojum Brewing Company, and the Bourbon Barrel Beef & Ale to supply them with the freshest produce.

“It’s a win win situation,” Barret says. “I appreciate doing business with these restaurants, and customers appreciate it when they get fresh food.”

For Matt Kuver, Executive Chef at Bourbon Barrel Beef & Ale, he has a true friendship and partnership with Barret that started years ago. “I grew up buying produce from Danny. I almost predominantly use his produce in the spring and summer.”

Kuver says he appreciates the importance of locally grown produce. “I can go pick it myself and know that it is travelling less than 20 miles. This means it is the freshest available. Danny can tailor to my needs, and I can tailor the menu by what I get.”

Kuver notes that by dining small, there’s quality in the ingredients. “The quality shows in small places with passion. We win with details. The Waynesville food scene has made strides in being sustainable.”

Small Business Saturday® was founded by American Express in 2010 as a day to celebrate local businesses through the holiday shopping season. The day has since grown into a powerful movement in support of local small businesses that make communities unique.

Small Business Saturday® is an opportunity to support the local small businesses that provide economic vitality and quality of life to communities. The NC Small Business Center Network encourages shopping local and shopping small #ShopSmallForAll on November 26 in order to make a lasting impact in the place you call home.

Visit SBC.Haywood.edu or call 828.627.4512 for additional information or to register today. Thinking about starting a business in Haywood County or growing an existing business? Take advantage of the programs, services and resources provided by the Small Business Center. The NC Community College’s Small Business Center Network assists in starting an average of more than 600 businesses each year. Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90% of all NC Counties each year, helping to create and retain nearly 3,000 jobs annually.

 Donated photos. HCC’s Small Business Center would like to encourage you to Dine Small on Saturday, November 26. Pictured are Chris Allen and Megan Brown of the Waynesville Soda Jerks. Their retail shop will be open on Small Business Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at 144 Industrial Park Drive, Waynesville. Kandi Medford of Kandi’s Cakes explains that being a small business means she gets to know her customers by name. Pictures are some of the treats that will be available on Small Business Saturday at her bakery. While Danny Barrett’s Ten Acre Garden is closed for the season now, in the warm months, there’s nothing to compare to going to the farm and picking your own berries. Farm fresh produce is the specialty at Ten Acre Garden. Pictured is an example.