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Editorial: Take time to shop small and local biz in your town

With the Thanksgiving table cleared and the Black Friday shopping in full tilt today, it is time to look to tomorrow’s Small Business Saturday.

We encourage shoppers in the Willmar Lakes Area and the region to look to their local small businesses Saturday and all year long for some real deals and lots of great service.

Take time to read our page 1 story today on Small Business Saturday, which features numerous small business retailers in west central Minnesota.

The primary reason to Small Business Saturday is the quality and uniqueness of the products and services you will find in your local retailers.

Another positive reason to Small Business Saturday tomorrow is that you are supporting your local businesses, helping them build and grow. In turn, the money you spend stays in your community.

A major advantage to Small Business Saturday tomorrow is the personal and excellent service you will receive while shopping locally.

Started in 2010, Small Business Saturday has become a local event across many of the towns of west central Minnesota. Those mom-and-pop stores are the backbone of many of our communities.

So buy that cup of coffee at your local cafe or coffeeshop. Look for that unique gift for mom at your local retailer. Find that special gift for your special someone down on your town’s Main Street.

Take time on Saturday to visit Benson, Granite Falls, Litchfield, New London, Olivia, Paynesville, Spicer, Willmar and all the other towns in west central Minnesota.

These are great places to shop small and local.