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Scotia, Glenville businesses report holiday highs

"We seemed to have our usual number both before and after Christmas. People are still going to buys gifts, ornaments, cards, so we didn't expect too much of a change," said Bauer.

Bauer said she did see a change in people's shopping habits this year, which may be a result of our slumping economy. She said consumers seemed to be more cautious while spending.

"I think shoppers tended to put more thought and care into what they were buying. They were more aware of how they were spending," said Bauer.

Other small businesses that seem to be weathering the economic storm are those benefiting from Mother Nature's ill moods. Wayside Hardware in Garden Center on Sacandaga Road had strong November and December sales due to the ice storm and early snowfalls. Owner Tony Dorazio said that his numbers were better than usual, and while the holidays do not usually affect his business, people shopping for products to protect themselves from the weather were also picking up stocking stuffers.

"While we don't sell items such as ornaments and Christmas dEcor, we did have an influx of customers due to the storms and that in turn did help overall sales," said Dorazio.

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