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Small Business Saturday sees strong turnout

ALPENA, Mich.– After Black Friday comes Small Business Saturday.

Alpena’s businesses offered their own Black–Friday–like deals.

Christmas items were especially popular. The Parallel 45 bookstore sold out of Dr. Suess’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Owner Chanda Stafford said people have been shopping for more than their immediate family.

“People are really looking for books for their kids and to send away for relatives and family who may not be able to travel for the season.”

Just across the street at Noise and Toys, owner Steve Szucks said he sold over a hundred records Friday and had plenty of shoppers Saturday.

He says he’s thankful for community support.

“We’ve had a lot of people come in an wish us well. People have been very supportive and I love Alpena.”

Many local businesses have more events and sales in store for the holiday season.