By Natalie Zarowny
Ever since small business Saturday after Thanksgiving, it's been a good holiday shopping season for local businesses in the Quad Cities.
That's thanks to customers who believe in shopping local.
"Everything seems like it's original, you can't find it anywhere else, I mean you can't go to Walmart or Target or wherever and find the stuff like this," said Heather Burney-Rush a shopper in the Village of East Davenport.
Folks also said it's a more personal experience when compared to chain mega stores.
"They will help you, where a lot of times, in the big areas you can't find anyone to start with cause they're so large," said Deena Christy a shopper in the Village of East Davenport.
At one shop in the Village of East Davenport, that personal experience has led to some big sales.
"It's crazy, but since Thanksgiving I've sold 936 of these games," said Tracy Pettett, referring to a game she sells at her store, ‘The Added Touch' in East Davenport.
The co-owner of another store in the same area says shopping local isn't just about making sales though.
It's a financial opportunity for everyone in the community.
"Money that we make is spent within our community; we go out to the restaurants and do our shopping as well," said DeEtte Sexton, the co-owner of Blue Sky Gifts in the Village of East Davenport.
That leaves just one more good reason to shop local.
"Just a good way to support your neighbors," said Sexton.
The two stores featured in this story, The Added Touch and Blue Sky Gifts, will be open from 10 to 2 on Christmas Eve day.