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Saco celebrates Small Business Saturday with vouchers, free shopping bags

WMTW Portland ME logo WMTW Portland ME 11/27/2021
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Small Business Saturday brought out the shoppers in Saco, as a city nonprofit organization offered $5 vouchers for any downtown business to drive up traffic to the area.

"It helps drive business into the shops that you may not have even been into yet," said Holly Gordon, the program director of Saco Main Street, which handed out the vouchers at the Saco Scoop ice cream parlor. "Maybe you got your big business shopping done yesterday, but we're trying to help these small businesses get some commerce today."

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Shoppers like Shelly LeJoy-Carlson took advantage of the vouchers and the shopping bags also being handed out at Saco Scoop.

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“I like to shop small business," Lejoy-Carlson said as she shopped at Nabos gift store. "I like to be local. I like to give gifts that are different so that I'm not getting big box store gifts.”

The day was even more important for business owners such as Crystal Blow of AllKinds Boutique, which struggled throughout 2020.

“Some days there would be no money at all," Blow said. "Nobody would even walk through the door. This is literally helping me feed my family. These are real people. These your neighbors.”

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