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Small Business Saturday brings out shoppers

SCHENECTADY -- It comes after Black Friday and what has now been dubbed "Brown Thursday." Small business Saturday, created 4 years ago by American Express to remind shoppers to keep their money here locally and businesses all around the Capital Region are cashing in.

"I think this community is made up of wonderful small businesses and we just really want people to keep that in mind when they're making their purchases," said Marylu Aragosa, owner of Ferri Formals and Bridals.

Marie Debrochy owns "Head to Tail Pet Wellness Center, and has been a part of Small Business Saturday since the very beginning.
Her, along with other business up and down Union Street are hoping to get you out of the malls, and into their doors.

"We have as much to offer as the big shops we just do it in a more homey and convenient way because we're right in your neighborhood. you're supporting local jobs, local taxes, as opposed to bigger corporate stores. so you can reinvest in your own community too by shopping small," she tells us. 

Just next door is Ferri Formals and Bridals is trying out Small Businesses Saturday for size. This is their first year taking part, and they are offering some big deals to entice shoppers to shop local. If 50 percent off holiday dresses and special giveaways is not enough to get foot traffic, they're hoping the thought of providing jobs is.

"We work really hard to keep people employed. we take risks to keep people employed. we invest our profits into our business as well as other small businesses, so I think that as business owners we're more conscious of the people around us," Aragosa tells us.

Business owners up and down Union Street in Schenectady tell us that each and every year it has grown in popularity.