Topeka leaders and business owners are eager for the public to support local business owners in the capital city for Small Business Saturday.
Essentia Salon & Spa, 5900 S.W. Huntoon, Suite A2, opened its doors five years ago and has seen consistent business.
Salon owner Y’Sondra Dixon said watching her business grow has been exciting. Dixon said the community continues to support her even during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The salon is an Aveda concept salon, a salon carrying earth-friendly products made with organic and natural pure flower and plant ingredients.
Dixon said a lot of people think being a small business owner is easy, but it isn’t when you’re competing against larger brands in your service field.
“You have to make sure your business plan is airtight. You have to be mentally prepared and strong for this,” Dixon said. “You have deal with the public and your employees, so you have to have strength for sure.”
An anniversary celebration for Essentia Salon will be Dec. 11 for all staff and clients.
City leaders urge public to ‘Shop local, shop Topeka, shop small’
Having that airtight plan is what Topeka leaders had in mind earlier this month after gathering to encourage the public to “Shop local, shop Topeka, shop small.”
On Nov. 9, The Greater Topeka Partnership leaders and Michael Barrera, district director for the U.S. Small Business administration Kansas City office, gathered to present a Small Business Saturday proclamation.
“It’s so important for our local businesses to be supportive by our community,” said Laurie Pieper, GTP’s vice president of entrepreneurship and small business. “They’re our friends, our neighbors. They contribute to our economy. They provide the products and services and all the things we need to make Topeka a great place to live.”
Before reading the proclamation, Barrera said it’s important that Topeka does well as he sees many “small business warriors.”
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“Being a small business right now, it’s challenging,” he said. “It’s never going to be easy, but those that love it — that believe in it — will always do well.”
Pieper said it’s important that businesses take advantage of the resources available in order to grow and be sustainable.
“We’ve been working very hard to support our small business ecosystem and entrepreneurial ecosystem here in Topeka,” she said. “We’ve really been putting together programming and unique initiatives to support our small businesses and keep them in the community.”
Small business owners who are interested in assistance for their business are encouraged to visit the Greater Topeka Partnership website.
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You can support small businesses in Topeka at these Saturday events
Hunter & Laine Boutique & Gift Shop
Hunter & Laine Boutique, 826 S. Kansas Ave., will have a Santa Claus appearance for children at 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., along with snack and beverages, along with special discounts and sales. Pictures with Santa will be available, said the boutique’s event page.
Paper June, 927 N. Kansas Ave., will celebrate at 10:30 a.m. with Scarlett Hoffman, 12-year-old Missourian and publisher of her debut book, “The Adventures of Sage Hawkins.”
Show proof of a purchase from another small, locally owned business on Saturday and receive a 10% discount on your entire purchase with Paper June. After checkout, customers will have a chance to spin the wheel and win a gift certificate to a local business.
Milk & Honey Coffee Co., 2200 S.E. 29th St., will host its second annual small business market at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market will include more than 10 small business vendors to help you get an advance start in your holiday shopping.
Keishera Lately is the business reporter for the Topeka Capital-Journal. She can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @Lately_KT.