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Local communities celebrate Small Business Saturday

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Communities around the St. Louis Metropolitan area celebrated Small Business Saturday; a tradition that’s been going on for several years. 

Last year alone 95 million consumers shopped local the day after Thanksgiving – spending more than $16 billion.

It’s that type of support which gets the attention of shoppers to support local businesses, since they rely on it to keep thriving.

“It’s really important,” Candace Edgar said, who works at Happy Hop Homebrew and Gourmet. “I think it gets the word out that it’s important to shop small. Small businesses do rely on (this day) quite a bit because it is a big shopping day.  It brings a lot of people to downtown Belleville.”

Research shows more than half of all jobs added every single year are from small businesses. When you shop local the tax money ends up going back into the community to fund roads, schools and other infrastructure.

“I think it’s important to support the local businesses because they work so hard and they always have unique gifts for people this time of year.  I’m looking for something not everyone has,” shopper Emily Brune said.

“It makes such a big impact because they realize what is here and what they can do without going somewhere and stopping in five different parking lots,” Circa Boutique owner Andria Powell said.

“We like to come down and see the local businesses.  Circa is one of our favorites.  Our daughter-in-law loves clothes from there.  We know the owner and love to support her and keep her business going,” shopper Sheri Luecking said.

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