Local shop owners celebrate Small Business Saturday - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Local shop owners celebrate Small Business Saturday

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MYSTIC, CT (WFSB) -

Local store owners across the state will be open in celebration of Small Business Saturday.

The event is part of a nationwide push by local retailers to compete with the "big stores".

Small business owners and managers like the Mystic Depot Roasters hope curious customers check them out tomorrow instead of the national stores.

"Everyday is small business day for me. I shop only in town. If they don't have what I need I still don't go to the mall," shopper Grace Smith, of Mystic, said.

Brian Norman, who works at Mystic Depot Roasters, said the town gives lots of support to local businesses.

"We're very Mom and Pop driven all the restaurants and shops in town are Mom and Pop owned we support them, they support us," said Norman.

Unique shops line downtown Mystic, like they do on every Main Street in many communities.

Local business owners pay taxes and contribute to the local economy.

That's why small business owners like Peter and Lisa Marcus believe it's important for customers to re-connect with local businesses.

After 64 years, they can provide the best customer service.

"That means greeting you in the door, helping you find that present for that special someone," Lisa Marcus said.

Six years ago Melody Barr an her daughter Shaylynn opened a unique gift shop in downtown Niantic that offers beading lessons.

"I'm getting ready for small business Saturday. We're going to be doing ornaments for the kids and I'll be making these little candy-canes," said Barr.

The 13th annual Holiday Stroll will be held Saturday afternoon, with Santa's arrival by tug.

There will be a tree lighting and a lighted boat parade.

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