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Small Business Saturday big hit with local shops

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There were no campers. There was no mad rush for the door.

But for small businesses in the CSRA, Saturday was just as important as Black Friday.

"If you're in retail, you really depend on the sales that come in this season to carry you through the first part of the year, to get things rolling," says The Book Tavern Owner David Hutchison.

Hutchison is just one small business owner hoping for a good turnout on Small Business Saturday, a new tradition encouraging shoppers to stay local the day after Black Friday.

"We definitely have seen an increase in traffic down here, and we're already breaking through our Black Friday numbers," Hutchison says. "We're pretty pleased with the whole weekend."

Rivers and Glen Trading Company Owner Walker Hopkins is another one of those owners hoping business is booming Saturday.

He says Small Business Saturday not only provides a major sales day, but a chance to showcase why shoppers should look local during the rest of the year.

"It gives us a chance to show the customer what we can provide to them," Hopkins says. "We offer the customer service, the ability to interact with what you're buying."

That personal service is one reason Augusta shopper Kathleen Nohe shops at places like The Book Tavern.

She says Small Business Saturday only provides more incentive for her to shop locally before the holidays and help keep the local aspect of her community alive.

"It would be a shame not to have our local flavor," Nohe says. "Augusta has so many of them down here. It's just nothing like it really."

And for business owners like Hopkins and Hutchison, they hope it creates a push for residents to keep local businesses in mind all year long.

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