Athens shoppers partake in Small Business Saturday

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Athens shoppers partake in Small Business Saturday

American Express also reported in 2016, small business owners nationwide made $15.4 Billion total.

Local shopkeepers spent Black Friday preparing for Small Business Saturday.

"It was a focus campaign to shop small".

Pointing down the street, Bronken said many new restaurants, boutiques, and pubs had recently opened, bringing life and new energy to the area.

Of course the stores we featured are just a few of the thousands of small businesses here in northwest Ohio. Wright added, "We usually see more people on Small Business Saturday".

"Opening a store was just one of those dreams every young girl has", says Marcy Messer Hudson, owner of The Classy Peacock off Nederland Avenue.

"We've been rockin' and rollin'", said a delighted Punzi as customers bustled about her Rockville Centre gift shop, The Giftologist.

"I think it's a nice incentive for people to come out", she said, "they don't have to worry about parking". "Now that we're here, we've been able to lease out six other spaces to entrepreneurs".

Even people from overseas see the value in shopping local.

"It's such a gift to all of our customers that the meters are free from Thanksgiving to Christmas starting at 11 o'clock", Brandy said.

"We did it past year and had a great time".

"This is my favorite holiday", she said.

As customers flooded Unglued Friday afternoon, Morken began blowing up balloons to spell out "SHOP SMALL" for her store Saturday morning. "I do believe there are a lot of people from the Main Line that come down".

"I can find things here I can't anywhere else, and I like to touch and feel", Mercer said.

"Our handsome lights are on, and we're putting up our wreaths, and it's actually going to be really great weather, really sunny." said Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District Executive Director Elizabeth Wurfbain, "The stores are ready they're in the mode of Christmas and the holidays and it's a great first shopping day really after thanksgiving so people are ready and excited".

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