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Store owners hopeful for Small Business Saturday boost

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)- If standing in long lines and trying to beat the massive Black Friday crowds is not for you, there are other places you can look for deals this weekend that are not at big retail stores. 

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is known as "Small Business Saturday," a national push to get people to shop locally.

Here in the Grant Strand there are several small business owners hoping for a boost in business this weekend.

"It's huge we absolutely thrive only on our local customers," said Randall Ulrikson who owns a coffee shop in the Market Common.  "The tourists come in the tourist season but every day in day out we need our local customers."

Up the street, Murray Stahler and his brother run their deli shop. Stahler says small businesses offer a better product than major chains because the owners care a lot more about the product.

"We put care into everything that we do," said Stahler. "We actually over emphasize what we do and put a lot more love into it than what these other stores will do and they just take it for granted."

A few years ago, Mike Van opened his Apple device repair shop.  He said when people buy locally and shop small, everyone benefits.

"I mean it just comes down to being able to support the community as a store owner being able to provide jobs, provide taxes," said Van.

American Express sponsors Small Business Saturday, the company said 100 million people shop locally at independently owned stores during 2011's Small Business Saturday.

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