BAKERSFIELD - Many people survived turkey day with the family and dealing with the massive crowds during Black Friday.
Now, it's Small Business Saturday and area shoppers are taking a break from all that spending to help support local restaurants.
Rick Smoot loves being his own boss.
"I like being able to see people that have been eating here for 28, almost 29 years. We have a lot of them that still come in and its fun having to see them and visit with them and talk to them and see how they are doing," said Smoot.
He runs Too Fat Sandwiches and Catering in downtown Bakersfield.
It’s a small business he's worked hard to keep open.
“I think we have a really good product and we try to maintain good service which is always a challenge, but we just have a lot of loyal customers," he said.
Smoot says small businesses like his helps boost the economy. Too Fat Sandwiches and Catering employees close to thirty people.
“It's nice to be able to have local favorites, local establishments that identify a town or community giving it something unique and special and I think that's something to be proud of," said Smoot.
The restaurant helps feed hungry businessmen and women during the week. On the weekends, it relies heavily on shoppers who visit nearby stores.
"They're better. The food is a lot better and I don't know they're good," said local shopper, Yvette Romero.
There's a lot of competition when it comes to food. Some restaurant goers say they stay local because of the friendly atmosphere.
"These people work hard for their living and it’s not easy and it’s kind of awesome to see local people come up and see their doors open,” said local shopper, Ashley Guzman.
Owners of the restaurant say their small business is thriving because of new stores moving in and downtown development.
"Our Saturdays have certainly picked up. We've noticed a little bit of an increase in our Saturday traffic and I think that's from shoppers coming down here,” said Smoot.