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Local shops thrive on Small Business Saturday

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Karen Garnes has been spending the past few Saturdays teaching kids and their parents how to make clay snowmen mugs.

Garnes moved her Capitol Clay Arts Company to South Charleston. The switch for her and her small number of employees means much more business.

"We've found that being here on a busy street has been very excellent for us," Garnes said.

American Express created Small Business Saturday a few years ago in hopes of catering to small shops such as Capitol Clay Arts; it's Mom and Pop's answer to Black Friday.

In downtown Charleston, SavvyChic, a shop that's living the local mantra, buys clothes from the around region.

"Keep those costs down so the bulk of your money can go to the product," said the owner of SavvyChic. "In this economy, consumers need alternatives."

Back at Capitol Clay, Garnes has a secret for making the perfect ceramic mug, which she also applies to business.

"Life's too short, "Garnes said.