Small businesses collectively are the economic heart of many cities. They often are owned by local residents, with local employees. But they face lots of challenges from expanded Internet shopping and other economic forces.
"There are some excellent small businesses in Lakewood,” says Mayor Ron Piazza. “You get service with a personal touch there and you support our local economy.”
To encourage more shoppers to support local small businesses, Piazza joined other mayors throughout the nation in declaring Saturday, November 26 as Small Business Saturday. Piazza visited several small businesses in Lakewood that day to show his support and to present each owner with a special “I Made A Difference” Lakewood lapel pin.
Pictured above is Piazza visiting Foggia Italian Market and Deli at 5522 Del Amo Boulevard in Lakewood, with store owner Bob Quarto and store manager Katy Hoffer.
Also pictured from Small Business Saturday is Mayor Piazza visiting with Angie and Edgar Diaz, owners of the new Adobo Taco Grill at 5695 Woodruff Ave., and owner Aaron Lam and the youthful customers of the new Tag and Target indoor nerf game zone at 4007 Paramount Blvd., Suite #109.