Since so many shoppers will be hitting major retailers on Black Friday, Blue Kite Boutique is trying to bring awareness to local businesses with Small Business Week beginning Monday.

A new deal will be announced each morning online on, Instagram @bluekiteboutique and Twitter @bluekitebtq with the biggest deals on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

"If there’s one thing that someone has had their eye on, but hasn’t gotten yet, this would be a good week because everything will wind up being discounted in some way," said Marla Stanton, owner.

Blue Kite Boutique sells local items made by the people of Faulkner County, so when customers shop, Stanton said, they are supporting their neighbors.

"The people who own these businesses live in this town, and they send their children to these schools and go to churches in the area, so it’s not just a corporation that moved in. It’s someone who lives here," she said.

New clothes and handmade items will arrive in for the sale including leggings in 20 different patterns.

Blue Kite Boutique’s Small Business Week is being held in conjunction with Small Business Saturday, founded by American Express in 2010 as a day dedicated to supporting businesses nationwide the day after Black Friday.

"I think it started as a way to stimulate small business because so many people only thought about electronics stores and department stores, so I think small businesses got forgotten or overlooked," Stanton said.

Stanton has ordered Shop Small shopping bags and a Shop Small door mat to use on Small Business Saturday. Stanton said a lot of local businesses may not yet know about Small Business Saturday since it was created in recent years and since gained popularity.

She celebrated Small Business Saturday for the first time last year, making a day of it by ordering coffee from a small business, working at her small business and eating lunch and dinner at a small business.

"It’s really important, because I think it’s really hard for local businesses to have the same resources that big corporations have, but the great thing about a small business is that you’re going to have a more unique offering than a chain, and you’re really going to plug into your community more," Stanton said.

Stanton said she’d like to see more local shop and restaurant owners recognize Small Business Saturday bringing more business to downtown Conway during the holiday shopping season.

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