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Local Retailers Promoting Small Business Saturday Rather Than Black Friday

Reported by: Send eMail Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Nov. 27, 2013 5:13 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 27, 2013 8:46 PM EST

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Small Business Saturday
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Thanksgiving is just around the corner but will anyone actually be at the table this year? Some business owners are putting their foot down and urging you to do the same.

With Thanksgiving becoming synonymous with pre-Christmas shopping, local retailers are asking you to shop small, and shop local. They want you to stay home, enjoy time with your family, and pull out your Christmas list on "Small Business Saturday."

'Tis the season for shopping. Black Friday, Brown Thursday...deals, savings, bargains. But not all businesses buy into the madness.

"When the holiday is not celebrated, eventually it will go away," Charleston Department Store manager Dale Hayes said. The store has never been open on Thanksgiving.

That's the same story at Sport Mart. Also never open on the holidays, they are only opening an hour earlier than normal for Black Friday.

"There's got to be a limit on how far you go, and how many people are you actually going to pull out of their houses to shop," Buddie Clendenin, vice president of Sport Mart, said.

Shoppers are now being asked to make a big difference in another way through Small Business Saturday.

On Saturday, shopping small is as easy as walking into a business on your local main street.

At Baby Phases in Kanawha City, owner Adelle Woody made the decision to stay closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, hoping shoppers will help bolster small businesses like hers.

"They are your neighbors down the street, they go to the church with you, you see them at the grocery stores. They have that certain connection with you that you don't normally have in chain stores," Woody said.

She said it's an easy way to strengthen communities, and revitalize the local economy.

"That ensures that that money is reinvested exactly where is belongs, right here in the community," she said.

When you're mapping out your post Thanksgiving game-plan, these business owners hope they'll be your list.

For more information on local businesses participating in Small Business Saturday across the state, log on to http://www.wvcommerce.org



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