Kona shopkeepers excited for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday : Big Island Now

After two years of in-person capacity restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Big Island businesses are banking on customers returning en masse for one of the biggest holiday shopping weekends of the year.

After Thanksgiving is over, retailers in Hawaiʻi and across the country will be opening their doors to offer Black Friday deals followed the next day by Small Business Saturday.

Local businesses are excited for this year’s Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Photo credit: Tiffany DeMasters/Big Island Now

“People are going to enjoy a tangible and tactical shopping experience,” said Wendy Laros, president and CEO of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce.

Laros said business is back to usual, with the exception of many businesses experiencing labor shortages.

“No one is going to take anything for granted,” Laros said. “We’re all going to be grateful to welcome…

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