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Warwick Sees Big Turnout for Small Business Saturday

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Small Business Saturday organizers and business owners reported record sales at Crowne Plaza Warwick, left, and CCRI, right on Nov. 30, 2019.

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Small Business Saturday organizers and business owners reported record sales at Crowne Plaza Warwick, left, and CCRI, right on Nov. 30, 2019.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Small Business Saturday organizers and business owners reported record sales at Crowne Plaza Warwick, left, and CCRI, right on Nov. 30, 2019.
WARWICK, RI — Small Business Saturday drew thousands of shoppers to Crowne Plaza Warwick and CCRI, where many business owners reported their best sales day of the year.

Some crafters and small businesses had to replenish their booths after selling out stock at SHOP RI’s Small Business Saturday expo at Crowne Plaza, said Sue Babin,’s SHOP RI Co-Chair.

The event drew more than 2,000 people, Babin said.

“We’ve got some people saying that it’s the best business day that they’ve had all year,” Babin noted.

At the Dyan’s Driftwood Trees table, Dyan Vaughan said she and her husband had filled up their table with their driftwood-sourced gifts, then filled it up again to nearly sell out a second time.

“For us, that’s a very good day,” Vaughan said.

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] From left, Steph and Dian Cerep reported brisk business at the Shop RI Small Business Saturday event at Crowne Plaza Warwick.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] From left, Steph and Dian Cerep reported brisk business at the Shop RI Small Business Saturday event at Crowne Plaza Warwick.
At the Favorables table, business was going, “Very well. Very well. It’s been a great day,” said Dian Cerep, who was helping at the table with her daughter, Steph, the owner of the business, “It’s been a great day,” Dian said.

Favorables sells “intentional act of kindness” — crafted three-dimensional favors filled with chocolate kisses. The gifts are perfect for showing someone your appreciation in a unique, thoughtful way that’ll appeal to a person’s sweet tooth and appreciative eye.

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“The idea behind this is that each person is able to make someone’s day, thereby making a difference in the world,” according to the company’s website.

Stock was also all but sold out at the Chepatchet Farms booth owned by Jody Esposito, said Pat Lindquist, who was serving customers what was left of the peanut brittle and maple syrup.

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Favorables sells "intentional act of kindness" — crafted three-dimensional favors filled with chocolate kisses.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Favorables sells “intentional act of kindness” — crafted three-dimensional favors filled with chocolate kisses.
In the middle aisle, husband and wife Mike and Rondel Dooley’s tables, his photography prints, Mike Dooley Photography and hers, crocheted creations, Roni’s Crafty Critters, were enjoying a brisk business.

“She moved a lot of yarn today,” Mike said.

“The whole purpose of this event, for us, is to show the diversity of the small business community,” said Babin.

A short drive west on East Avenue from Crowne Plaza, the Ocean State Artisans were enjoying a less brisk second day of business for their annual craft fair, about 1,700 people by about 3 p.m. visiting about 93 local crafters. Their first day, Friday, was much busier, said Mary Larson, coordinator for the event working for

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“It’s over 3,000 total in the two days,” said Larson. More than 1,700 of those people showed up Friday, the first day of the two-day event at the community college.

“Yesterday was one of the busiest days we’ve ever had,” Larson said.

Proceeds from ticket sales, about $3,000, will be donated to loal charities including Rite Care and the Ronald McDonald House.

Ocean State Artisans may gather at CCRI annually, but its members are in contact all through the intervening months.

“We work together all year long,” said Susan Keenan, president of the Ocean State Artisans.

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Mike Dooley with some of his photography prints at Crowne Plaza during Small Business Saturday.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Mike Dooley with some of his photography prints at Crowne Plaza during Small Business Saturday.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Rondel Dooley of Rondel's Crazy Critters with cousins John and Martha Costello at Crowne Plaza during Small Business Saturday.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Rondel Dooley of Rondel’s Crazy Critters with cousins John and Martha Costello at Crowne Plaza during Small Business Saturday.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Shoppers peruse the wares sold by 96 vendors at CCRI during Small Business Saturday.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Shoppers peruse the wares sold by 96 vendors at CCRI during Small Business Saturday.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] From left, Mary Larson, coordinator at the Ocean State Crafter's Small Business Saturday event at CCRI, and Susan Keenan, president of the Ocean State Crafters, at CCRI during Small Business Saturday.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] From left, Mary Larson, coordinator at the Ocean State Artisan’s Small Business Saturday event at CCRI, and Susan Keenan, president of the Ocean State Artisans, at CCRI during Small Business Saturday.

Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.