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      On Small Business Saturday, local stores capitalizing on holiday shoppers

      Small businesses are sometimes overlooked on Black Friday, as shoppers flood the department stores and malls, but Teresa Addy at Craig Reagin Clothiers says business was good on Main Street in Lexington.

      LEXINGTON, S.C. (WACH) -- Each year Small Business Saturday falls on the weekend of Thanksgiving. It's a day aimed at encouraging shoppers to buy local during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year.

      Small businesses are sometimes overlooked on Black Friday, as shoppers flood the department stores and malls, but Teresa Addy at Craig Reagin Clothiers says business was good on Main Street in Lexington.

      "We opened [Friday] morning at eight o'clock and we closed at eight o'clock, and I was so glad to hear the locks on that door turn," said Addy. "I was really tired."

      Customers continued to come for Small Business Saturday, but Addy says she wasn't always sure the store would have good business -- having helped her son open it last year in the tough economy.

      "When we first started out, I was real scared 'cause I thought [of] the economy in the way it is," said Addy. "I thought, now is not a good time to start a business, but the community has been really good to us. They really have."

      On Small Business Saturday many people encourage shopping at a small business as a way to reinvest in local communities, helping friends, neighbors and the local economy. Addy says it's a shopping experience you don't get at a chain store.

      "I know your name when you walk through that door, or if I don't know your name, I'm gonna find out your name before you leave," said Addy."That one-on-one is the biggest part about shopping local. You get that one-on-one attention."

      Addy says the success of Main Street shops like hers is a sign that things are heading in the right direction.

      "With this I think the economy is coming back," said Addy. "The economy is gonna bounce back here, and we're gonna do what we have to do."