Pa. small retailers eye Saturday holiday sales

November 24, 2012 • Business

Linda Esposito, owner of the Bella di Vita store in Boalsburg,Pa., which sells handmade soaps and other gifts, takes cash from a customer, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. Owners of small stores across Pennsylvania hope to get a boost from “Small Business Saturday” during a weekend when big box stores and online retailers draw much of the attention from holiday shoppers. (AP Photo/Genaro C. Armas)

BOALSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Black Friday may have belonged to big box retailers, but store owner Connie Harter would like consumers to think small Saturday.

Across Pennsylvania and the rest of the country, thousands of little toy stores, diners and other mom-and-pop shops plan to offer their own discounts and promotions to attract holiday shoppers on what’s become known as Small Business Saturday.

“It’s very important for small businesses in local communities to get that support,” Connie Harter, the owner of the Retrah clothing store in Lewisburg, said in a phone interview as she was ringing up customers at the cash register. “The money that’s spent downtown goes to local businesses to support local people with local jobs.”

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