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Small Business Saturday offers local shopping alternatives

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By LIZ GOTTHELF
Staff Writer

SACO — Small businesses are offering an alternative to the frenzied crowds of big box stores on Black Friday with unique items and holiday sales.

Sharon Sevigny, owner of Lacava, a boutique in Biddeford, said she was offering 20 percent off everything in the store on Small Business Saturday, held the day after Black Friday and decided to bring on the holiday sale on Black Friday as well.

“People are out, so I decided, ‘I’m going for it,'” she said.

Near the check-out counter was a display of stocking stuffers and Maine made sand dollar Christmas tree ornaments. Other items included beer towels, locally made bow ties, hand made soaps, jewelry and vintage items.

“We have a very eclectic mix here, a little bit of everything,” she said. “A lot of times we have one-of-a-kind things you can’t find anywhere else.”

Sevigny said the advantage to going to a small local boutique rather than online to find a unique present is the shopper gets to see and touch the present, and knows exactly what they are purchasing. Also, they don’t have to pay or wait for it to be shipped.

Sevigny said shopping local rather than big box stores keeps more money in the local community. She said she does her shopping, banking and restaurant dining locally.

Across the river in Saco downtown boutique, Nabos was offering 20 percent off all black apparel items in honor of Black Friday.

Staff member Kathy Nelson, said owner Sue Smith is also planning a men’s night in December, where men can shop for a special lady in their life and get a discount. The store features many locally hand-made products, including tapestry bags, fleece-lined gloves and glass jewelry, and high quality women’s clothing and accessories.

Nelson said though small shops like Nabos might not be able to compete with the large sales at big box stores, they not only offer unique items, but also personalized customer service and are conveniently located closer to home.

“You don’t have to go all the way to the mall,” she said, to go holiday shopping.

— Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 325 or egotthelf@journaltribune.com.

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