Small business Saturday brings in large crowds to local shops

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PARK SLOPE (PIX 11) — Shop owners in Park Slope kicked off the holiday season by combining Small Business Saturday with a celebration called Festive Fifth along 5th avenue.  The goal is to get people to shop and spend their money locally in their community where it helps to create jobs.

Small business Saturday was created by American Express during the economic downturn in 2010 and sandwiched in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

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Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to support local shops.

It’s been hugely successful.  Last year 70 million customers spent an estimated 5 and a half billion dollars. For some it’s now a must do event.

Operators off small businesses say they offer some things you won’t get in the big box stores. The crowds are smaller and  the gifts are often unique.

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