Salt Lake City Mayor-elect Erin Mendenhall talks to Gail Piccoli, owner of Commerce & Craft, right, while making a purchase at the shop during a Small Business Saturday event in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Small, unique shops pepper the streets of Salt Lake City and most other Utah communities, but how many have you stepped into?
During the second annual Shop Small Crawl on Saturday, dozens of local businesses joined up to help kick off the holiday shopping season and promote mom and pop shops in a time when big retailers often take the spotlight.
In Commerce and Craft, a store located in the Sugar House neighborhood at 1950 S. 1100 East, a small group of shoppers met up with Salt Lake City Mayor-elect Erin Mendenhall to browse quirky pieces of art, ornaments and winter wear.
Store owner Gail Piccoli said she stocks the shop with pieces made by crafters from around the country, and even Canada. She herself makes stained glass art.
“I do think the small businesses really make the character of a community. You know where you are because of the small businesses, and so I think it’s important to support small businesses for that reason,” Piccoli explained.
It’s also essential to support artists in order to keep art alive, she added.
“And anyone who’s able to open up their wallet to someone who makes something, I think it’s just a great thing.”
The holiday season is “extremely” important to the success of her business, she said. “I mean, I wish it wasn’t quite so, but it is very important, for sure.”
Though the administrative duties associated with owning a shop can be challenging, she said, the store receives a lot of support in Sugar House. Among …read more
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