Local businesses compete with retailers on Black Friday

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Eau Claire, Wi. (WEAU)-- The busiest shopping day of the year is just around the corner. Most shoppers assume that Black Friday is only for big retail stores, but local shops are making sure their customers make a stop during their day of shopping.

Kate Beaton, crafter and sales person at Tangled Up in Hue in downtown Eau Claire, says the shop is extending their normal store hours on Black Friday.

“We think it’s really important for shoppers to shop locally and support their local artists and neighbors. We also have some really cool gifts that they might be interested in like Christmas presents and things like that,” says Beaton.

Beaton wants shoppers to know that they will be offering many deals just like the big name stores.

“It’s definitely important for us to have things local and unique and one of a kind. I also get the feeling from our customers that they’re really jazzed about the local merchandise that we offer. Most of the merchandise in the store is made locally or in the store by local artists. On Black Friday we will have some deals,” says Beaton.

Adam Arel, owner of The Hatch says although Black Friday is known for its department store saving he hopes people will come out to support their local businesses.

“I think people should hopefully want to shop locally because it puts money back in into the local economy rather than a big box retailer would,” says

“On Black Friday, people can certainly go to Walmart, but if they come here and all of downtown, they will find something unique and one of a kind and they’ll also be able to support their local economy,” says Beaton.

Tangled Up in Hue and The Hatch will both be open all day on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

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