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Hattiesburg residents encouraged to shop local on Small Business Saturday

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Local merchants are encouraging customers to get out and shop locally this Saturday.

“Shop small Saturday is just a way to encourage people to shop locally after Thanksgiving,” said Andrea Saffle, Executive Director of the Hattiesburg Historic Downtown Association. “We just really want to remind people of the importance of shopping local. This is the time of the year that makes their entire year.”

This year, the association is encouraging shoppers with the Downtown Passport of Savings, sponsored by American Express.

“We have the Downtown Passport of Savings, which basically is you make any purchases whatsoever at the participating businesses and it will lead you to a free gift at the next business," Saffle said. “We want to encourage people to try and go into as many businesses as possible and commit to spending at least $25 with a local retailer.”

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