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Consumers shop local on small business Saturday

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

From the Garland District to Main street in downtown Spokane. Local businesses were excited about Small Business Saturday.

"We really think that locally owned business is the lifeblood of the community," said Elizabeth Hooker with Downtown Spokane.

And they are. Over a hundred locally owned business are taking part. Cameo Townsand owns Sticks and Stones Art Gallery in the Garland District and thinks shopping local doesn't just help the store owners "it helps the people who are actually vendors or who like sell stuff to the store. It really helps everyone in the community," said Townsand.

Shoppers agree that small business Saturday is vital "it's a sense of community. Getting to know the people you live with but also keeping our dollars right where we live," said Gordon Matthews who is visiting from Vancouver, Washington. 

The American Express sponsored holiday is in its eighth year and has seen grassroots support for local businesses increase in a big way. In 2016, 112 million customers reported shopping local according to American Express, that is up from 95 million in 2015, with consumers spending more than $15 billion.

 And in the Garland District many shops depend on the local consumer  “our business rely on foot traffic and people shopping all year long and sometimes when the weather turns not as many people get out walking and it's important to us to have business all year long," said Julie Shepard-Hall President of the Garland District.

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