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November 22, 2012

Small businesses gear up for special day

PLATTSBURGH — Holiday shoppers are being urged to support local businesses on Small-Business Saturday.

In its third year, Small Business Saturday, sponsored by American Express, comes on the heels of Black Friday, on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. The idea is to get shoppers to include small, locally owned businesses in their holiday shopping.

Owner Derrick Hackett of Grow Buddies Hydroponic Supplies in Plattsburgh said support for locally owned businesses is extremely important.

"If we can find each other a little more frequently, know who our small businesses are and shop with each other, that would be great," he said.

BECOMING FRIENDS

It becomes even more important when you realize the money spent at a local business stays local and often gets circulated through other area businesses, business advocates said.

Hackett said he prefers to dine at small, locally owned restaurants. Because they are family-owned businesses, the owners seem to pay more attention to detail, he said.

"They care," he said. "You're almost guaranteed to have a good time and a good meal."

One such restaurant is Donovan's Steak and Ale in Malone. Owners Dana and Donovan Reyome said their business wouldn't exist without local patronage.

"We wouldn't be able to function as a business entity without local support," Mrs. Reyome said.

That includes a lot of return customers, she said.

"We get to become friends with these people. They become like family."

When they travel, they try to dine at local, family-owned restaurants as much as possible, Mrs. Reyome said.

The entire staff at Donovan's Steak and Ale is from the Malone area. That means the money that comes into the restaurant stays local.

Mrs. Reyome said they plan to offer Tuesday-night dinner specials that feature locally grown produce and meats within the next few weeks. That includes locally brewed beers and ales, she said.

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