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Small Business Saturday in Providence

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By Dana Griffin

PROVIDENCE, RI- Inside the Seven Stars Bakery in Providence, Long lines don't generate the usual impatiently waiting stance. Instead, customers are happy to be inside a packed locally–owned business.

"Small business shopping is very individualistic. I mean, you really relate to the people who've worked to get that product onto the shelf. They made a decision; they want to know what you think," said customer, Linda Kushner.

One of those business owners is Priscilla O'Connor. For her, loyalty has kept her consignment shop open for forty years.

O'Connor said, "Some, even if they're not in to purchase immediately, they just come in to say hello and to me that's everything."

U.S. Congressman, David Cicilline said, "You go to a ‘big box' place and you're supporting a product often made in another country. Money's shipped out to pay for that product like in China or Vietnam or some other place, so it's really about supporting your neighbors, supporting good jobs in Rhode Island, and helping small businesses grow."

Although, Small Business Saturday isn't a deterrent for buying at big box stores, local residents say they prefer the local shops.

"I think Wal–Mart should go out of town. They should not be allowed. I think the smaller shops are much better," said Ann Weinstein.

Rhode Island has over 90, 000 small businesses.

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