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"It was so hard to get started because no banks were lending at the time we did it.  We got turned down by five banks," Owner Rebecca Edwards remembers. "It was so hard to get started because no banks were lending at the time we did it.  We got turned down by five banks," Owner Rebecca Edwards remembers.

Opening a small business is often a difficult venture but the owners we talked to say it was worth it and are strong supporters of shopping locally. 

Tot Shots Photography Studio and Veda Lux Boutique in the Perry District are both small businesses that opened when the economy was bad.

"It was so hard to get started because no banks were lending at the time we did it.  We got turned down by five banks," Owner Rebecca Edwards remembers.

Edwards says it took a lot of tenacity to get Tot Shots off the ground.

"For the first two or three years I worked a separate day job to keep this job going," Edwards says.

Summer Hightower started Veda Lux. She says she just got started because it was a life long dream.

"It was just one of those things that I kind of threw myself into and hoped for the best. It was really hard."

Both owners got past those initial rough years and say it was all worth it,and for the clientele who shop small  they say it makes a difference. 

Small businesses don't usually have the deals that larger stores do but they often have more unique merchandise and a more personal experience.  

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