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Small Business Saturday Success?

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Residents in Texoma not only participated in Black Friday shopping, but also supported small local businesses on 'Small Business Saturday.' 

This past weekend was the busiest time of the year for retail stores. With all the Pre-Thanksgiving sales, Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday sales business was booming. 

Local business owners like Steve Fairchild, owner of Hamilton Bryant Furniture and Appliances store said, he saw a significant increase in the amount of customers he normally serves on Saturdays. 

"We didn't sit down too much, said Steve. "We keep traffic counts of our weekend traffic and we were up 30-percent this weekend."

Right down the street at the Shoe Closet, longtime boutique owner Becky Lindemann said, her shop was busy with some familiar and unfamiliar customers. 

"We have great loyal customers that always support us. Small Business Saturday was awesome, said Becky. "We had great support. A lot of out of town people came by to see what we had in for them and we had a really busy, busy weekend."

In addition to out-of-town shoppers, local residents also visited local mom-and-pop shops to purchase holiday items. 

Claudia Kelly, a lifelong resident says she has been shopping at Finishing Touch for over 20 years. 

"They have such a good variety of everything and its just amazing to just come and look around," said Kelly. "I like to support my community, where I live."

And just as area residents love supporting local businesses, local owners love the bonds they create with the community they serve. 

"You know I love it. I love to see the customers that I have known since I was six, seven years old. Matter of a fact just this past weekend I had my first grade teacher come in," said Brad Wetherbee, General Manager of Finishing Touch. "We got to see a lot of customers, we know our customers by name. We know their kids, we know their families. That's what makes small businesses special. You get that special attention that you don't necessarily get at big businesses.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6