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Goodbye Black Friday! Shoppers set out for Small Business Saturday

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Goodbye Black Friday! Shoppers set out for Small Business Saturday

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Nov 30, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Shoppers set out for another day of deals, this time targeting small businesses.

"We live here, we pay taxes here so it makes sense to shop on Small Business Saturday," says shopper Sarah Hargis.

Congressman Ron Barber and his wife made a stop at Summit Hut on Speedway Boulevard to get stocking stuffers for their children and grandchildren.

"I always shop at small businesses whenever possible," he said.

Congressman Barber owned a small business before his political career and now serves on the Small Business Committee in the House.

"If we really want our community to have that strong community feel to it, if we want to help the major economic drivers of our economy, we have to support small businesses," said Barber.

Jeremy Davis, co-owner of Summit Hut says competition from big chains helps him improve his store.

"It made us a better retailer," he said.

Down on Fourth Avenue, most of the shops and restaurants participated, offering discounts and deals.

"That's one of the strengths of Fourth Avenue," said Bob Hyde, co-owner of Tucson Gift Gallery. "We do have a lot of unique items you can't find anywhere else."

Hyde co-owns the store with his wife. Even though Streetcar Construction has finished in front of his store, he says he still feels the effect.

"People got out of the habit of coming down here and they may have forgotten a little bit about the unique things we do have," said Hyde.

And that's a big reason why some shoppers set out Saturday.

"There's so many great little quirky places that are fun to shop at," said Hargis.

Rikki Mitchell

Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports as a video journalist for the evening and weekend newscasts.