PITTSBURG — Both Small Business Saturday and the Kansas High School Football 5A Championship brought business to Pittsburg this weekend.
While families came into town from Wichita and Overland Park this weekend during Small Business Saturday, it wasn’t local boutiques and shops that saw the biggest boost from the added population.
Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce President Blake Benson said a few visitors in town for the championship made it downtown to shop, but many more attended local restaurants.
“The game started at 1 p.m., and many families came to tailgate,” he said. “By the time the game was over around 4 p.m., the increase in patronage was mostly seen by our local restaurants.”
Even without a large boost from out of town, Benson said local businesses had a good weekend. Businesses offered promotions as part of Small Business Saturday and saw a good turnout, according to Benson, but many saw increased business on Friday as well.
“The weather was very nice for late November, so downtown saw a lot of activity on Saturday,” he said. “But many shoppers actually didn’t wait until Saturday and visited our smaller businesses on Black Friday as well.”
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.