Women entrepreneurs prepare for Small Business Saturday

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A PERFECT MATCH—Renay Warren of Sircles Accessories lets Deborah Skillings match her outfit with her own creation.

A PERFECT MATCH—Renay Warren of Sircles Accessories lets Deborah Skillings match her outfit with her own creation.

Unlike McNair, Desiree Scott owner of Posh Nail Boutique is not participating in her first Small Business Saturday promotion. She has been in business for nearly five years. But she does share McNair’s excitement. “I enjoy Small Business Saturday because it is a way to help the small business community thrive and survive. Small businesses are the life blood of the community. People have to pledge to shop small and look at it as a movement,” she pointed out.

Posh Nair Boutique is located at 605 Amity St. in Homestead across the railroad tracks from the entrance to the Waterfront Mall.

GETTING READY—Mother and daughter team of Something Borrowed Boutique organize their holiday inventory for a busy weekend. Naomi Johnson and Deborah Skillings.

GETTING READY—Mother and daughter team of Something Borrowed Boutique organize their holiday inventory for a busy weekend. Naomi Johnson and Deborah Skillings.

With the mission to provide her customers a relaxing, positive, and motivational atmosphere, Scott classifies Posh Nails as a trendy full service nail salon, body waxing studio and fashion boutique. She specializes in Minx Nails, two to three week Gel Manicures, Solar Nails, 3-D Nail Art, nail designing, body waxing, fashion accessories, and four manicure and five pedicure varieties. Posh also serves as the host to special events and parties.

For Saturday, Scott says her specials will include discounts on Gel Polish petite manicures and pedicures, and jewelry will be 50 per cent off in the Jewelry Room. “During the holidays customers step their game up by wanting holiday designs, which makes it fun for my staff and me. We have replenished our nail polish colors and are excited about what’s ahead.”

To ensure you don’t start your Small Business Saturday shopping venture off on an empty stomach, Roxanne Easley owner of Roxanne’s Take-Out and Catering is offering shoppers a buy one item get one half off on this Saturday morning’s breakfast. “Our breakfasts include salmon croquettes, deep fried French toast, omelets made to order and more,” she described. Located at 4124 Main Street in Bloomfield since August of last year, Roxanne’s Take-Out and Catering offers daily specials such as chicken, beef, pork, fish and seafood.  Easley says she also specializes in gourmet sandwiches, vegetarian, and home-style cuisine, makes a Mexican Lasagna and carries a variety of deserts. She makes her own Bar-B-Que and dipping sauce that she calls Honey-A-Must Sauce which recently won the WPXI.com award for Pittsburgh’s Best Ribs.

POLISH A PLENTY—Desiree Scott owner of Posh Nail Boutique stocks Gel Nail Polish for her Small Business Saturday promotion.

POLISH A PLENTY—Desiree Scott owner of Posh Nail Boutique stocks Gel Nail Polish for her Small Business Saturday promotion.

Since 2006 Roxanne has been handling large and small jobs inclusive of corporate events, weddings, and private parties. Easley says she not only caters the event, but her business serves as a one-stop shop to handle all event organizational needs from beginning to end.

From actresses like Angelia Bassett, Paula Patton, Sheryl Lee Ralph, MoNique, Regina Taylor and Wendy Raquel Robinson, to the everyday women is a typical customer for Renay Warren the creator of Sircles Accessories. A designer of wearable accessories like necklaces, bracelets and earrings, Warren labels her jewelry as pieces that “shout not whisper.”
“I make statement pieces that’s costume jewelry made of stones and crystals infused with wire wrap,” she described. In preparation for Saturday and the holiday season, Warren is constantly designing and making her art work. Until December 28 her designs will be sold at the New Allegheny Market House at 502 E. Ohio Street on the North Side. Her merchandise is also sold at the Added Touch in Fifth Avenue Place Downtown and Something Borrowed Boutique at 4707 Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield.

Deborah Skillings and Naomi Johnson, the mother daughter team of Something Borrowed describes their establishment as a bridal salon that offers an affordable variety of gowns for special occasions. With an inventory of more than 400 dresses, Johnson says Something Borrowed provides a full range of sizes in formal wear such as weddings, mother of the bride, prom and homecoming. “The unique concept of our business is that our gowns are for sale or rent,” said Skillings.

“We offer our customers options they can’t refuse.” In preparation for the weekend and holiday season Skillings and Johnson say they have increased their orders to include party dresses in a range of sizes for sale from $75 and up on new arrivals.

Like Culture Cloz, Something Borrowed is experiencing their first Small Business Saturday and holiday buying season. Both are anticipating a fun and prosperous time of the year. They agree that the most important aspect of the promotion is for customers to be introduced to their establishments in hopes that they become consistent patrons.

Founded by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country and all they do within their communities. The day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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