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Small Business Saturday's big impact on the local community

Shoppers explore everything small businesses had to offer at Sky Armory in downtown Syracuse on Saturday. (Photo: cnycentral)

After the Black Friday bustle, shoppers still hit the streets this weekend for Small Business Saturday.

"When you do local you get to talk to people, see what they do and see what they put into it," said shopper Cosmo Renna. "You see all the hard work, and it's great!"

The Small Business Saturday event stretched three floors at Sky Armory in downtown Syracuse.

Navy veteran Rich Schuler started 'Riches Apiary' roughly five years ago. A passion for bees and honey that led him to Small Business Saturday for the first time.

"I think it gives you a little bit more initiative," said Schuler. "It gets your name out there, and people see the different products that you have. They can actually buy locally instead of buying honey that's imported."

Upstairs we found Michala Schram who just went official with her business 'Jade & Stone Design' in April. The lettering artist said she's already feeling the support from central New Yorkers.

"It's really nice and heartwarming to see people devoting their time to small businesses," said Shram. "In this area, I've noticed people really take the time to hear what you're doing and what you have to say. "

This was the sixth year for Small Business Saturday in Syracuse. The day was created in 2010 to bring attention to local businesses around the holidays.

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