Small Business Saturday

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screen shot 2014-12-02 at 4.30.23 pmSt.Johnsbury - Compared to the crazy Black Friday, local businesses in Northeastern Kingdom focused more on Small Business Saturday to get more profits, which was set up in 2010. The Small Business Saturday sits between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and the results aren't too shabby.

Owner of Caplan's Army Store in St. Johnsbury, Gary Ely was satisfied with the day this year and he said it has been more successful than last year.

"I think we are in a recession in the past couple years. We are finally coming out of it now," said Ely. "I think the economy is relatively good for the state of Vermont. We've been doing well."

Local business owners did not pay too much attention to Cyber Monday, which has been the biggest online shopping day of the year.

Many stores and shops around here do not provide the online option for the customers. However, Ely said even though he admitted that going online helped on Cyber Monday, he didn't have too much worries on the sales number.

Ely said, "we are old-fashioned, and we use old minds. Like I said, I have been here for 61 years and the other guy has been here for 63 years, we have a pretty good feel. We have been fortunately maintain our numbers."

Although Ely realized there is a downside that they can't buy from some companies because they do not have online store, there is still a way around it.

"Our number one is service. You know your customers, and they usually come back if you treat them right. It has been our plus," said Ely. "So we have been successful."