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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

Small businesses are seeing big profits in one south Georgia town this holiday season.

Downtown Thomasville was swarming with customers Monday trying to get in that last minute shopping.

Business owners say they have been experiencing a steady stream of traffic from Black Friday through Monday.

And while many of Monday's patrons were local, Lesley Gunn and her family drove up from Tallahassee.

"A bookstore like this is a lot more fun to come to than the more corporate type book stores. So I think it makes a difference that you have a more individual characteristic kind of store. And when you have small businesses you are more able to do that sort of thing," said Gunn.

"We've had our best year ever this year. Sales are up 23 percent from last year. So we've been really pleased. Downtown wide, I'm hearing a lot of people are having increased sales this year, so I think everybody is pretty happy," said Bookshelf Owner Katie Chastain.

American Express reported a 21 percent increase in card member transactions during this year's Small Business Saturday.

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