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Local Retailers Gear Up for Small-Business Saturday

By Kerry Longobucco.
Busy box stores swarmed with shoppers throughout Black Friday -- but Saturday is a big day for local businesses, who are preparing for what's known as 'Small Business Saturday.'

Southern Tier locals working on checking off their shopping list don't need to go far. Small businesses, located right in our backyard, have plenty to offer this holiday.

That includes Local 607, a pop-up store in the Oakdale Mall. It's a one-stop shop that carries goods from more than twenty local retailers. Their shelves are stocked with everything from jewelry, to winter accessories, to specialty foods.

Nearly all their products are handmade -- so it's the place to go to find something unique -- and keep your cash in the community at the same time.

"It gives everybody the opportunity to step outside the box, the big box stores, and shop small and support local communities," Michelle Stupski, founder of Shop 607, said. "And the things that they do in that community, and keep that money rotating economically to keep us strong,"

Shop 607 is open in the mall throughout November and December, but it has a permanent location at 1250 Upper Front St., Binghamton.

Small businesses are a major part of the economic culture in Broome County.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau's County Business Patterns Report, 617 of the 726 retail establishments in Broome have less than 20 employees.