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Shoppers, more come out for Small Business Saturday

Posted: November 27, 2017 4:25 p.m.
Updated: November 28, 2017 1:00 a.m.
Martin L. Cahn/C-I

Four “Shop Small/Small Business Saturday” balloons flutter in the breeze outside TenEleven Galleria near the corner of Broad and Rutledge streets. The balloons were one of the many ways the city of Camden and Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce advertised the early opening of various downtown businesses offering holiday sales on the day after “Black Friday.”

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Residents and visitors alike took advantage of special holiday hours and sales during the city of Camden and Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce’s “Small Business Saturday” event on Saturday.

Many shops not normally open on Saturday, or at least not until later in the day, opened around 8 a.m., which also marked the start of a “Shop Small” celebration in the city’s pocket park next to TenEleven Galleria at the corner of Broad and Rutledge streets.

Many people also took advantage of a fun photo opportunity by getting inside a giant inflatable “snowglobe.” Kool 102.7 FM broadcast for several hours from the event, and the chamber offered both information and goodies, along with hot cocoa for those who came by.

Among the items available at a chamber table were brochures on holiday safety from the Camden Police Department, a flyer with the names of all the businesses open early Saturday, goodie bags for kids and totes for shopping.

Kat Spadacenta, director of the city’s Main Street program, said at least one merchant had said participating in the event was worth it.

“The woman running The Lily Pad Antiques and Mercantile said they opened early and had already made a sale by 8:45 a.m. that paid for being open early,” Spadacenta said.

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