For many families, standing in line in the cold waiting for stores to open on Black Friday has become a holiday tradition.


For many families, standing in line in the cold waiting for stores to open on Black Friday has become a holiday tradition.
But a national movement is trying to get people to skip the mayhem of the big box stores on Black Friday and shop locally at small business on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
American Express has promoted the day, dubbed Small Business Saturday. Gov. Sam Brownback signed a proclamation in support of the day, calling Kansas small business “the lifeblood of our communities.”
President Barack Obama even got in the act on Saturday by taking his daughters, Malia and Sasha, to a small bookstore a few blocks from the White House.
Locally, some business owners offered sales and specials throughout the big shopping weekend.
Local retailers said both Friday and Saturday were busy.
People were lined up to purchase cards, magazines and books at The Bookshelf in downtown McPherson during a book signing event Saturday morning.
Rick McMinn, a McPherson resident and customer, said he preferred to shop at local small businesses rather than at big national retailers.
“I will pay a little more to support small businesses and keep things downtown,” he said as he purchased a magazine at the bookstore.
Shopping downtown Saturday was not just for locals.
Nanette Lee of Houston was in McPherson over the holiday visiting relatives, and her sister-in-law brought her to Brooklyn’s to do a little shopping.
“We are getting some good deals,” she said.
Brenda Ebeling, Brooklyn’s owner, said the business had been busy both Friday and Saturday.
“We are very pleased with the local support,” she said. “We have had very good feedback and have had people tell us they are glad we are here. We appreciate the support that people have shown us so far.”
Tonya Schafer, co-owner of Artshirt of McPherson, said the business was running sales through the weekend and had been busy.
The business has expanded its hours to be open on Sundays through Christmas to accommodate more customers.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.