Local Businesses Hope For Black Friday Boost

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HONESDALE -- Today it's Black Friday. Tomorrow it's Small Business Saturday, a nationwide effort meant to celebrate smaller, local businesses.

Some retailers in Wayne County are glad for whatever keeps shoppers coming through their doors.

Black Friday often belongs to the malls and chain stores, with great deals to be had pretty much everywhere you look. While you might be snagging a great deal at a big store, or online, for the rest of the holidays shopping season, business are hoping you stop by and shop local.

Chris Michalczyk was ordering new ski boots at Guenther's Ski Haus in downtown Honesdale.

“I just like supporting my local shops, and buying locally.”

The Erbis family was doing the same, in for a little shopping from Brooklyn, New York.

“Partly because people know what they're doing in small stores, you know?  More expert advice,” Brian Erbis explained.

“Little more help, mom and pop type stores, which is refreshing to see. “

Guenther's has been on Main street For 15 years.

“If you shop local, it keeps all family businesses, local businesses, busy.  Keeps the mom and pops going versus the big stores,” said Amy Hopkins at Guenther’s Ski Haus.

Sheryl Gregory is a happy shopper who scored a handbag from Finders Keepers consignment store.

“It supports the local economy.  There's a nice, personal experience than going to a big box store.  I really encourage local shopping.”

Just down the road, Jerry Land Jewelers was very busy on Black Friday. It's a third generation family business.

Worker Jessi Sullum knows there are a number of places you could buy jewelry, but likes seeing repeat customers in the store.

“It's nice to have people come in and see we have deals here, too,” Sullum said.