Business owners hoping residents will shop more local this holiday season

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) — As COVID-19 cases rise again, there’s growing concern over whether many small businesses will be able to survive the pandemic.And we’re now moving into a crucial time of year for them and now there’s a push to help small businesses stay alive.Donna Overy, the owner of Naturally Inspired Gifts in Kirkwood, said she normally puts together custom gift baskets for corporate but hasn’t really been able to this year because of the pandemic and people working from home, not the office. 

Like a lot of businesses she’s been a struggle this year. Business is down 50%.”Putting me way behind, just trying to get people to come in,” Overy said. “Nowadays people just don’t want to come out.”

Some stores have upped their online presence. They’re offering deals to get people in the door and those we spoke with say they’re providing a safe environment for those who do come in.Next week, Nov. 28 will be Small Business Saturday when shoppers are encouraged to make a special effort to support smaller, locally-owned businesses. One store owner said the push to help smaller businesses is more important than ever.——KEEP IT LOCALThe Women’s Creative teamed …

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