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Thinking small

Holiday shoppers think local

Annual day boosts small businesses

Cashier Patty Locatelli, center, and owner Priscilla Mitchell, right, help check out Mary Anne Norris, of Binghamton, at Mysteries on Main Street in Johnstown on "Small Business Saturday", November 24, 2012.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Cashier Patty Locatelli, center, and owner Priscilla Mitchell, right, help check out Mary Anne Norris, of Binghamton, at Mysteries on Main Street in Johnstown on "Small Business Saturday", November 24, 2012.
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Local business owners were hoping to hear more creaking doors and chiming bells than usual on Saturday, a sure sign that the heavy promotion for Small Business Saturday was having an effect on consumers. While the American Express-created shopping holiday doesn’t cause the mania that Black Friday or Cyber Monday does, local business owners say it is picking up steam slowly but surely. Greg Rowe looked at the spices, salts and specialty items lining the ...

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