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Local stores celebrate Small Business Saturday

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

For locally owned business across the country, Saturday was designated as Small Business Saturday, a push for shoppers to check out local stores in their neighborhoods.

"This is our very first day in business, so we're really glad to be open," said Chad Baker of Spot's Pet Supply in East Nashville. "It's been a huge struggle to get open. It's been a year and a half of hard work and raising money."

Baker made a conscious decision to open his new store on Small Business Saturday.

"You know, the big guys have all these millions for marketing and advertising," said Baker. "Small guys just don't have as big of a budget. It's nice to piggyback something like that."

Some East Nashville businesses even passed out maps to other local stores while mobile shops gathered on Main Street.

"The event that we've started is called What The Truck," said Abby Franklin of Trunk Nashville. "Every one's put their heart and soul into each one of these businesses. It's not like someone in the corporate world telling us you do it like this, you run it like this."

Like Baker, Franklin hoped local residents support a big day for small retailers.

"It's something we need because it is easy to go and get a $200 TV and call that Christmas, but the money goes to another country," said Franklin. "It doesn't stay within the city, and it doesn't sustain your neighbor."

"It's not a faceless corporation," added Baker. "You're going to see me here every day. There's something nice about walking into a store and people know who you are. If you keep your dollars local, it makes a huge difference."

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