West Shore Shoppers indulge in Small Business Saturday

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The West Shore Plaza was buzzing with activity Saturday, as customers spent a little extra time at the small businesses.

Macris Chocolate is one of those places. It's been in the plaza for four years and is a fan favorite in the area.

"We're here every year!" says Jayne Johnson of New Cumberland. "Valentines Day, Christmas, special occasions, we’re here."

Johnson loves the warm atmosphere that the shop provides. She say it's clear small businesses appreciate their customers, recognize them and know them on a more personal level.

"This is where it's at. These people are working hard and working to keep businesses afloat."

Hard at work, they are. Julie Van Eman is one of the retail associates at the store. She says business has increased over the last several Small Business Saturday events. This year, though, was different, as it was the first ever Shop Small Crawl at the plaza.

"If people don’t shop at these places, we’re going to lose them and not have variety in our towns," Van Eman says. "We'll lose some of that hometown feel where it's special to this area."

Sue Campbell also shops locally, saying smaller businesses often provide higher quality products because they know their customers personally and rely on them for support.

"I love to shop where I can see, and touch, and feel what I'm buying," she says.

To kick off the Shop Small Crawl event, country music star and West Shore native, Ben Gallaher, performed at the True Value Hardware store. The event was created to encourage people to shop locally and support small business.

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