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Cortland shoppers turn out for Small Business Saturday

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer

Magpie Custom Creations’ Sarah Tobey, center, helps Laura Seib, of Marathon, on Saturday at the Cortland Corset Company Building shopping center on East Court Street.

This year on Small Business Saturday, Marathon resident Laura Seib was doing what she does best: shopping locally.

“In my family, you try to do as much (shopping) locally as you can,” Seib said.

She was one of many people who hit the stores at Magpie Custom Creations. and Cinch Art Space, both located in the Cortland Corset Building on East Court Street.

Saturday, known as Small Business Saturday, was a day for people to go out and support their local business owners. Established in 2010, it is a way for people to get away from the hustle and bustle of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

There are two benefits of shopping locally, Seib said. First, the money goes back into the community and second, more unique, higher quality items can be found, she said.

Two shops over, Carrie Narrow and her stepdaughter, Emma, of Homer, were shopping for gifts at Cinch Art Space. One gift was for Emma’s grandmother and the other was for someone who helped return their dog home after this past week’s snow storm, Carrie Narrow said.

“It’s our first time in the store and there is a lot to choose from,” Narrow said. “I’m impressed by the amount of creativity from local artists.”

Narrow said it is important to support local artists while at the same time finding something unique that other people do not have.

One good thing that comes from Small Business Saturday is a reminder to people of how much talent and the level of quality that can be found locally, said Tina Minervini, co-owner of Cinch Art Space.

Minervini said since opening at 10 a.m. the store had been so busy with customers that both she and co-owner, Tammie Whitson, had to be on staff.

“This day is good because in my opinion the money not only goes back into the community, but also back to local artists,” Minervini said.

On Luker Road in Cortlandville, Cinnamon Apple Cottage Gift Shop saw an increase of customers Saturday, said Patricia Mones, co-owner of the shop.

The shop sells a diverse collection of gifts, such as home decor, candles, art and books, Mones said. As Mones puts it, the shop offers nice products which keep customers meandering throughout the 10-room shop.

Mones said that Small Business Saturday helps small businesses survive. “We hire locally and we sell locally crafted items,” Mones said.

The Saturday also makes community members aware of their neighbors who have businesses, Mones said.