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Small shops in south Georgia compete against retail chains

Locally-owned stores compete against big chain retailers this holiday season Locally-owned stores compete against big chain retailers this holiday season
Linens and Pearls Boutique owner Sandra Bushore Linens and Pearls Boutique owner Sandra Bushore
Thomasville Tourism Executive Director Karen Smith Thomasville Tourism Executive Director Karen Smith
CAMILLA, GA (WALB) - If fighting the crowds on Black Friday isn't for you, store owners in several small South Georgia towns are offering a more relaxed atmosphere.

Camilla store owner Sandra Bushore said she used to work at a big chain retail store.  

Now she's owned Linens and Pearls Boutique for three years, and she hasn't looked back since. 

Bushore said, “It's not always about a sale.  It's about the merchandise you have and the relationship you have with your customers.”

Most holiday shoppers try to check items off their wish list on Black Friday, but locally-owned store owners in Camilla and Thomasville said this Saturday is the time to shop small. 

Thomasville Tourism Executive Director Karen Smith said, “It's a concentrated effort to get people unchained from the big box stores and to come down and support local and support our downtown area.”

You're not just avoiding busy shopping malls and endless checkout lines, you're also helping out your city's economy. 

“When you spend a hundred dollars locally with a locally owned business, $68 stays right here in our community.  It doesn't go out to a big corporate office,” said Smith. 

But when you shop at those big chain stores? Only $48 stays local.  And when you buy online? Your town gets nothing. 

But Bushore said locally-owned store owners don't just focus on the numbers. 

Bushore said, “I would say everyone here in this community loves what they do. And they invite a certain atmosphere that you do not get when you're in a big box store.”

Small shops in Camilla and Thomasville will have major sales going on this weekend to compete with retail chains. 

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