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Local shops team up for Small Business Saturday

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It's become a movement. Almost 40 shops in Sharon, more than 30 in Cortland, and countless others - all connected through Small Business Saturday.

"It's one big festive day to get out and support local businesses," said Marissa Devantier, owner of The Shop on Liberty Street in Hubbard.

More than ever, they're working together. In Cortland, it's the Gingerbread Walk on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

"We have 12 specialty shops. We have 13 locations, and our 13th location which is the opera house, we have about 25 businesses represented there," said Christina Benton, who owns Just Pizzelles in Cortland.

In Sharon, Saturday kicks off Downtown ShopAround, featuring 39 more local shops; familiar faces, offering unique advantages.

"We can kind of go a little extra for people to keep the good reputation. That's important to us, our reputation. More than having a fancy store or doing a lot of volume and so forth," said Jay Laskey, co-owner of Laskey's Furniture in Sharon.

The Shop on Liberty Street in Hubbard is one of the examples of the "shop small" idea at work. Just in the last year alone, they've almost doubled their number of local artisans. This weekend, they're one of many local shops using the hashtag #ShopSmallYo to promote Small Business Saturday in Hubbard, Youngstown, North Lima, Columbiana, and Boardman.

"That might give you a clue on your adventure," said Devantier. "Like 'Wow, look at that cup of coffee, or look at that donut. I want to see where did they go to shop local. I want to go there too.'"

Local businesses supporting each other and hoping you do too.

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