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Ingrid Ault

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Think Local First

Locally owned businesses are hoping holiday shoppers out today will make sure they shop at their stores, not just the big box retailers. 

Ingrid Ault is the executive director of Think Local First.  Ault says they want shoppers to think of today as "Plaid Friday" and support locally owned, independent stores and restaurants.

Ault says tomorrow is also Small Business Saturday which was created by American Express.   Shoppers get a discount for using their card at small independently owned businesses Saturday.  She says unlike many chain stores, most locally owned businesses opted to stay closed yesterday to let their employees celebrate Thanksgiving.