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Cross off that list locally

Local businesses offer safe shopping and good deals

Photos by Janelle Patterson Debbie Lazorik grabs some wares from Dad’s Primitive Workbench in Marietta Friday to support local businesses this holiday season.

MARIETTA–Supporting local businesses is perhaps more important than ever with the coronavirus impacting sales this year and several stores are making it possible to take advantage of spectacular deals this weekend for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday in a safe manner.

Many people have at least one family member who is nearly impossible to buy for. Jennifer Sturgill, owner of Green Acres on Front Street in Marietta, said she has something for everyone at her shop.

With hundreds of unique and vintage items, Sturgill said nothing in her shop can be bought at a big box store.

“We put out 30 things a day. Walmart doesn’t not even put out 30 new items a day.We have a lot of estate jewelry, it’s unique and it’s quality. We have the quality that big box stores don’t have. That’s the one thing with vintage items, they (were) made better back then,” she said.

To engage with customers safely, Sturgill takes to Facebook every afternoon to show a “tray of the day,” featuring just a few of the one-of-a-kind items she sells.

Customers can call and say they’re looking for a particular gift and the people at Green Acres will help them find the right one. Sturgill also posts pictures on her Facebook page and website, greenacresofmarietta.com, for people to browse.

She offers curbside pickup, delivery and free gift wrapping.

“We work really hard to get whatever it is to somebody,” she said.

Dad’s Primitive Workbench on Front Street is also featuring special sales this weekend with several options to shop safety.

The store is presenting a couple deals this weekend that only come once a year. The signature candle scent “Butter Maple Syrup” is on sale for $19.99 over the weekend and those who spend $75 Saturday will receive a free gift.

“Our clothing and accessories are ‘buy two get one free.’ We have five $10 and $20 doorbusters throughout the store and vendors have sales throughout the store as well,” Charlie Clay, owner, said.

People who wish to shop virtually can set up an appointment for one of the employees to video chat and show them around the store.

“(We have) hit all the bases to make sure you can still shop local with us (while) also staying safe with COVID,” Clay said. “Instead of going out of town to do Christmas shopping, you can (shop) local. Most of what you need for local gifts is going to be here in our downtown.”

Poinsettias will be gifted to Teri Anne’s customers this weekend as a thank you for shopping at their store.

Any single item with the color black will be 20 percent off throughout the weekend.

Owner Teri Anne Zide said they will do whatever is necessary to accommodate all customers and their level of comfort.

“We have always shopped for people. We can shop and surprise people,” she said. “Whatever makes our customers comfortable is what we’ve always done and what we will continue to do.

Green Acres is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dad’s Primitive Workbench is open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Teri Anne’s is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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