Under the drop ceiling at Palmer’s Jewelry, the plaster crown molding hearkens back to the birth of downtown Kokomo. Under the floors, there’s a layer of marble, left by a Depression-era bank.
The store has its history, but it has kept up with the times by remodeling and expanding, all of it taking place at the corner of Sycamore and Main streets downtown.
“You have to constantly change or you won’t make it,” Palmer’s manager John Martin said. “We’ve changed, constantly.”
Saturday is the fourth annual Small Business Saturday, an idea concocted by American Express to build on the momentum of the post-Thanksgiving Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping free-for-alls. It’s catching on nationwide, thanks to positive reviews from participating businesses.
It’s also a chance for small Kokomo businesses to introduce themselves to a larger client base, and take advantage of the heavy traffic of shoppers out and about during this year’s shortened holiday shopping season.
“Small-business owners contribute to their communities all year long by creating jobs, providing unparalleled products and services, and keeping communities healthy and vibrant,” said Dan Danner, CEO of the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
“Small Business Saturday is an opportunity for each of us to give back, to invest some of our hard-earned dollars back into our local and community businesses, and keep Main Street America strong. I encourage every American to shop small this coming Saturday.”
Small business is big business. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, the nation’s 23 million small businesses account for about 54 percent of all U.S. retail sales.
Laura Ullery, owner of Laura’s Fine Clothing & Gifts, 1502 W. Sycamore St., specializes in moderately priced, quality merchandise, with a focus on domestically produced goods and unique items.