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Nov 23, 2012 7:45 PM by Robin O'Day - KPAX News

Gearing up for Small Business Saturday

MISSOULA - Small businesses in downtown Missoula are getting ready for their big retail day, Small Business Saturday.

Black Friday is a little different in downtown Missoula, as opposed to other places where all the big box stores are. It's a little more quaint and subdued and that's what local shoppers say they're looking for.

"When I come to the block, I hit all the stores and I go get a cup of coffee and it's like a whole experience I do. I walk over the bridge and go to Butterfly Herbs and it's the whole thing. It's not just like rush into the store, can't find a parking spot, like other box stores," says Hip Strip shopper Katie Ghen Simpson.

Selvedge Studio says they don't have the buying power like many big retailers, but their unique inventory is attracting a steady following.

"Missoula definitely appreciates it. A lot of creative people who do a lot of research and they know what's out there and they really appreciate what we do," says Selvedge Studio co-owner Leah Marrow.

Upcycled Boutique is also locally owned and carries locally made products. Owner Donovan Peterson is offering 30% off any one purchase, if a shopper brings in a receipt from that day, from another downtown business.

He says Missoulians are catching on that shopping local, supports the community you live in.

"There are people out there who really get it, who are really interested in what we're doing, interested in shopping local. It's kind of amazing to live in this area," says Peterson.

"I don't even know what I would do without the hip strip. I love it here," Katie said.."

Many local businesses are offering quite a big savings for Small Business Saturday.

If you can't make it to the local stores this weekend, the MADE fair takes place December 9th at the downtown Holiday Inn with over 80 local and regional artists to buy from.

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