Small Business Saturday attracting customers

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November 26, 2011, 5:57 pm
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(NECN: Scot Yount, Wilmington, Mass.) - They have been doing this for 16 years. New England local small businesses working hard to be noticed.

Now, they are part of the 2nd annual Small Business Saturday® a a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.

"We've always been here.  We're all mom and pop businesses and knowing the community is supporting that too is really important," said Terry Mullen the fair's organizer.

It all takes place in communities around the country.  At the Castleberry Faire 250 small businesses, all with products made right in New England.

One of those is Chelsea Fire Hot Sauce.  Started just about a year ago, some of the proceeds go to support the National Fallen Firefighters Association.

"Everything at the Castleberry Faire and the Shriners is all American made it is all local products.  People can come out and support the local products," said John Brown of Chelsea Fire Hot Sauce.

Everywhere you look there is commerce, a down economy doesn't seem to be affecting the crowds here.  At Judy's Dough Ornaments, people keep coming back year after year to add to their collection.  Started in her kitchen, she has been making them 30 years flour salt and water become a piece of holiday memorabilia...sports figures and college, custom made.

"People really enjoy talking to the person that made the item, made in America and they like the personal touches like Lyndon State, smaller colleges, they get so excited they are jumping up and down," said Judy Caron.

As they were in Boston.  In Roslindale, the mayor is out shopping supporting local.

"It is important to build downtown, but more important to build neighborhoods where people live and raise their families.  Strong neighborhoods, strong city, have a small business district, have a strong neighborhood," said Mayor Thomas Menino.

And that is what it all about.

Tags: economy, Scot Yount, Small Business Saturday, local business
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