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Small Business Saturday draws thousands to local shops in Colorado Springs

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Places like Downtown Colorado Springs and Old Colorado City were booming as people packed sidewalks, restaurants, and shops for Small Business Saturday. 

Many business owners say this is their big kickoff weekend for holiday shopping. They count on the day not only to make a big chunk of change, but to also get their name out. 

Anna Welch, manager at erbn boutique said, "People start to notice small businesses during Small Business Saturday." 

For newer shops like erbn boutique, Small Business Saturday is a big deal. 

Owner Emily Balsiger said, "They discover us and they come back throughout the holidays in December." 

It's a vital thing as small businesses like hers have to compete against big box retailers and online shopping. 

Laurel Prud'homme of Downtown Partnership said, "This is just a good reminder for people to support local businesses. More of every dollar spent at a local business stays in the local economy compared to shopping at big box stores and definitely compared to shopping online." 

Mazie Baalman, owner of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Old Colorado City, said, "You're helping a family survive and make a living, and doing what they do best...we're having a buy two, get one free on boxed chocolates so this is a good time to stock up, get those for Christmas." 

Balsiger said, "People should shop small because there's a lot of people like us who had dreams of owning our own stores and want to be super successful, and provide an awesome experience for our customers." 

Business owners do this by supplying unique and personalized options that shoppers may not find anywhere else. 

Shopper Bryce Yashamita said, "We got little stuff today. We got hand lotion, soap bombs, things like that for our kids for Christmas, just little knick-knacks...it's important to us just because...they're our friends. They're our neighbors. They really are the community." 

Besides finding some unique holiday gifts, shoppers also got to enjoy free parking, holiday coupon books, and reusable shopping bags. 

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