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Small businesses step out of Black Friday's shadow

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Adrienne Sherard relaxes as she gets a spa treatment at Eden Organix spa from owner Valerie Mason-Robinson, in Highland Park, N.J. After the crowds have shopped at large stores and sprawling malls on Black Friday, many smaller businesses are hoping Saturday will be their day. Eden Organix, a spa in Highland Park, N.J., will give customers a 10 percent discount on the products it sells from 9 a.m. to noon, says Robinson, who is promoting the event on Facebook, Twitter and on her own website. She doesn't expect to get a big revenue boost from the day, but she hopes it draws in new clients and cements her relationship with current ones.

associated press/Nov. 17, 2012

Adrienne Sherard relaxes as she gets a spa treatment at Eden Organix spa from owner Valerie Mason-Robinson, in Highland Park, N.J. After the crowds have shopped at large stores and sprawling malls on Black Friday, many smaller businesses are hoping Saturday will be their day.

associated press/Nov. 17, 2012

Eden Organix spa owner Valerie Mason-Robinson poses for a photograph in her spa in Highland Park, N.J.

associated press/Nov. 17, 2012

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After the crowds have shopped at large stores and sprawling malls on Black Friday, many smaller businesses are hoping Saturday will be their day. Thousands of small stores, restaurants, spas -- and even dry cleaners -- across the U.S. will offer their own discounts and promotions to draw holiday shoppers on what's known as Small Business Saturday. American Express created the day three years ago, it says, to help small businesses struggling during the recession.
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    • Adrienne Sherard relaxes as she gets a spa treatment at Eden Organix spa from owner Valerie Mason-Robinson, in Highland Park, N.J. After the crowds have shopped at large stores and sprawling malls on Black Friday, many smaller businesses are hoping Saturday will be their day. Eden Organix, a spa in Highland Park, N.J., will give customers a 10 percent discount on the products it sells from 9 a.m. to noon, says Robinson, who is promoting the event on Facebook, Twitter and on her own website. She doesn’t expect to get a big revenue boost from the day, but she hopes it draws in new clients and cements her relationship with current ones.
    • Adrienne Sherard relaxes as she gets a spa treatment at Eden Organix spa from owner Valerie Mason-Robinson, in Highland Park, N.J. After the crowds have shopped at large stores and sprawling malls on Black Friday, many smaller businesses are hoping Saturday will be their day.
    • Eden Organix spa owner Valerie Mason-Robinson poses for a photograph in her spa in Highland Park, N.J.
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