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Small Business Saturday brings holiday shoppers to local store owners

Small Business Saturday brings holiday shoppers to local store owners

While shoppers hit the malls and big box retailers for Black Friday, small businesses throughout the area were gearing up for their big day.

The initiative is meant to help local store owners and small business owners. Meredith Sherman owns The Sophia Lustig Shop,"Small Business Saturday is a great start to the holiday season for us". It's a brand new store that just opened less than two weeks ago.

Although Wright attributes the small business's success to the unique merchandise, she says running the business is still hard. There's a lot of unusual little things that you find here that you can't find anywhere else. We wrap and even deliver presents. "And, if we can be that help to help promote somebody and they can come in here and show off their brand and that helps them out a little bit, especially around this time of year Thanksgiving it's what it's all about".

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More than 14,000 lights are now glowing on the downtown tree, and the twinkling city of roses and red noses is officially checked in to the holiday spirit.

Eddie James, co-owner of Brownie's, said that numerous store's regular patrons shop there during the Christmas season, but that it's also a time when new customers will buy items for what he called "grand-dogs".

Rauch, a licensed massage therapist, is offering gift certificate specials and crafts and gift sets, and the first six purchasing customers will receive a free tote bag full of "goodies".

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It's the same philosophy at Fiddle Stix.

A few miles away is a new concept for some, it's called a benevolent boutique where Rachel Viele is encouraging customers to shop in your backyard to help the local economy and those internationally. He says the recipes for his products were passed down for generations and his customers are like family. We offer complimentary gift wrapping.

"We are a stuff store", said Betty Orr, co-owner of Sisters Decor and More.

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Llalan Fowler said the event has been historically the best day of the year for her business, Main Street Books.