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BY: Jessie Owen | December 14, 2012

SPRINGVILLE — Springville merchants celebrated Black Friday and Small Business Saturday on Nov. 23 and 24 by opening their doors to the public, with the offer of doorbusters, deals and a cash prize.

Local resident Shelly Baronich took home the $500 prize and Santa Claus and Christmas carolers made an appearance on the evening of Nov. 23. The “A Very Merry Main Street” event also included a Christmas tree lighting and community tree ornament drawing. Katie Krezmien, Kelcie Illig, McKenna Illig and Julie Bartoszek each won a $25 chamber bucks gift certificate, donated by Cooper Planning Group.

Lulu Belle’s owner Liesl Neureuther said that the holiday shopping week was so successful that those involved have decided to make the endeavor a monthly affair.

“At our last meeting, we just decided that we want to do something every month,” she said, about the newly dubbed “Shop Small, Shop Local, Shop Springville.”

All merchants in the village of Springville are invited to participate in this local shopping endeavor. Neureuther said that, while not all of the details have been hashed out yet, those participating are hoping to host the first monthly shopping weekend as soon as the holidays are over.

“We want to get everyone involved,” she said. “It’s not exclusive. Everyone is invited. We don’t want to leave anyone out. Don’t be shy.”

The merchants planning Shop Small, Shop Local, Shop Springville said that they are open to anything. “There will be good deals everywhere,” Neureuther said. “The more the merrier.”

In addition to deals offered in the participating stores, the shop local endeavor may also include village-wide events. Look for more information in upcoming Springville Journal editions.

“We are just thrilled,” Neureuther said, about the development of this shop local program. “We want to say thank you to all of the people who come out and support local. So many people told us [during A Very Merry Main Street] that they were solely buying local gifts.”

For more information, call Rhapsodys owner Mary James, at 860-8824.

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