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Toys, clothes, and figurines line the shelves at Big Fun in Cleveland Heights. The Coventry shop is a staple, and it’s all thanks to the people who continue to shop at small businesses.

“We’re part of your community. We’re actually the fabric of your neighborhood, so it’s really important to support your local businesses,” said owner Steve Presser.

There’s no better time to shop small than during the holidays, including on Small Business Saturday (Nov. 26).

“People understand the importance of mom and pops and brick and mortar stores,” said Mac’s Backs owner Susan Degaetano. “They’re not homogeneous. You can come in and browse and find all different kinds of things.”

From shopping for gifts to grabbing a bite to eat, people said they understand and appreciate how small, local stores serve the community.

“I think it’s important to be able to shop at small businesses and support them. They’re the mainstay of our communities,” said shopper Jacqueline


Workers said customers can tell a difference when they do business at small shops compared to the big box stops.

“Here we know all of our clients personally and it’s just like a warmth you might feel when you go into a small business and they know your name and

what you like,” said Crazy Mullets receptionist Chelsea Konst.

To read on what Cleveland Heights is doing on Small Business Saturday, click here:

Article and Video Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

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