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Small businesses see spike in holiday sales

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With the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping now over, holiday sales were at their weakest increase since 2008, according to Spending Tracker. However, that trend is not the case for small businesses in the area.

Suzie Schwartz, Co-Owner of District Designs in Quincy, says she's been in the retail business for 15 years and this year was definitely a busy one.

"The holiday season was fantastic. It blew out our expectations," said Schwartz.

And, for being a new store that just opened this past March, customers were rushing in for those holiday buys.

"Usually it takes 2 to 3 years to really develop a consistent client base and we just saw loads and loads and loads of people coming in," said Schwartz.

Second String Music is a Quincy business that's been in operation for about 2 years and they were yet another business that saw big sales.

"For us it was an adventure because we're new to this location and we're still only in our second year so we really had no idea what to expect, but lets just say we are extremely pleased with the way things have gone right here."

Travis Brown, Executive Director of the Historic Quincy Business District, attributes the spike in sales to small business initiatives.

"Things like the Small Business Saturday have really helped draw that awareness," adds Brown.

And, earning your business isn't just something they work on during the holidays, it's something store owners strive to improve on throughout the year.

"The more we do throughout the year the better chances are that we're going to have a very good holiday season when people are spending the most of their shopping dollars," said Brown.

The city is expected to release sales tax numbers soon, and that's when Brown says he'll get an idea just how much revenue was brought in over the holiday season.

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