It’s the weekend for shopping.
Small business owner Lakesha Cole says having an online presence during Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday allows her to connect with customers.
Cole, along with many other businesses in the area, have been slashing prices and offering attractive deals to holiday shoppers.
“Being online really allows us to touch the hearts and homes of our customers, we’re able to reach more customers in 50 states and five countries (and that’s) mainly due to our e-commerce presence and being online,” Cole said.
Cole owns She Swank Too, a boutique with an online presence at SheSwank.com and a store located at 715 Gum Branch Road in Jacksonville.
“We’re looking forward to seeing (customers) on Saturday, but have Cyber Monday as well. We have customers all over and Cyber Monday allows us to connect with them,” Cole said.
She Swank Too ran a 50 percent discount on select styles on Small Business Saturday, as well as offering “a monthly subscription box Oh, My Glam Box” with prices 50 percent off annual subscriptions, 40 percent off six-month subscriptions and 30 percent off a three-month subscription.
Small business owner Latoya Choice says she’s excited her local and online boutique, Sarah and Jessie, is part of the community now.
“(Sarah and Jessie) did pretty good last year for Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday,” Choice said.
Online, Sarah and Jessie wares will be 30 percent off for Cyber Monday.
“We’re just excited to be a part of the community now,” Choice said.
While many have focused on holiday shopping, local nonprofits and organizations are focusing on acquiring supplies and meeting the needs of the community.
Area Red Cross spokeswoman Charlotte Rodriguez says they need volunteers to “do a gift wrap at the mall starting (Thanksgiving) until Dec. 1, where (volunteers) are just on weekends.”
“This is a good time (to volunteer) when people don’t want to do it all year long, it’s just a one time thing. If they just want to come for a few hours, we’ll take them. All we need is some helping hands,” Rodriguez said.
To donate funds to the Red Cross, text 90999 to donate $10. For more information on volunteer opportunities at the Red Cross, call 910-347-3581.
As Giving Tuesday approaches on Nov. 29, this weekend is a perfect time to pick up a few donations.
The Onslow County Animal Services is requesting certain items such as food, toys, cleaning products and fleece blankets to keep shelter animals safe and well cared for this year.
The shelter also has a Amazon wish list, which can be found in this link: http://a.co/7IMM6Q4,
Onslow Community Outreach also has a public wish list.
While the nonprofit asks for financial contributions, they are also in need of a variety of items ranging from canned soups to blankets and hygiene products. A full list can be seen at onslowco.org/wish-list.
At the Onslow Women’s Center, office supplies, cleaning supplies and groceries are requested, according to their wish list. The most needed items, however, are bathroom rugs, twin and double bed comforters, twin sheet sets, laundry soap, toilet paper, paper towels, women’s underwear, kleenex and feminine hygiene products.
For the center’s full wish list, visit onslowwc.org/owc-wish-list