Small business Saturday preperations

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Just because black Friday is nearly over, doesn't mean the holiday shopping has to end! Small Business Saturday is a day to not only shop small, but recognize the impact these businesses have on the surrounding communities.

The reasons to shop local are many, local businesses hire local employees and much more of your money stays right here on the Cape.

Some will also have giveaways!

Holiday shopping is in full swing, and on Small Business Saturday, some Louisville shoppers are skipping the big box stores and going local, instead.

"We know exactly what to give families once they tell us the ages of their children", Berg said.

Small Business Saturday came hot on the heels of Black Friday.

Shoppers were out and about on Small Business Saturday looking for those ideal gifts for loved ones.

Hutchison added that she has local artisans who have their items in the store.

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"Living in Huntington, I would always prefer to support local businesses", Santucci said. Wright added, "We usually see more people on Small Business Saturday".

Employee Dana Cuellar said she loves working at the wacky wonderland, a slice of Portland that's impossible to replicate.

"It brings attention to small business, which to me, are the heart of America, what runs our economy, so I think it's a great idea", said Diane Shepherd, co-owner of Main Street Books in Hattiesburg.

The Muse Book Shop's owner, Janet Bollum, said that she had giveaways for customers, including bookmarks emblazoned with Florida scenes, such as manatees. "We need to support them".

"We have a 65% off rack, we have a jewelry basket, and we have some great giveaways as well", Emon says.

Her business offers Swedish, deep tissue, and bamboo massage, as well as aromatherapy.

"Retail has been hurting very badly", he says, placing the blame on increased online shopping.

The Islandwide Christmas Crafts & Food Expo is open Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $6 for general admission and $5 for seniors and military.

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