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Small businesses are booming this holiday season

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Sales are not so great for some retailers this holiday season, but business is booming for others.

The Empire Mall is as busy as you would expect it to be on the day before Christmas.  Retail sales are down nationwide so we also headed to downtown Sioux Falls to see how small businesses there are doing.

Child's Play Toys owner Nancy Savage told us sales are ringing this holiday season.

"November was interesting because of the shift of Thanksgiving, but it has just been non-stop since then. Just busy all the way through, December's been crazy. This last week I think has probably been the busiest week we've ever had," Savage said.

And Ten Thousand Villages is equally busy with shoppers.

Ten Thousand Villages manager Linda Watts said "I was here to open at 8:00 this morning and there were people waiting at the door. So not a big surprise, but I didn't know there would be that many people waiting at the door."

Some people say they actually prefer shopping downtown.

Shopper Lisa Weisbecker said "the feeling downtown is much more calm than the mall. The parking is actually easy. People kind of think that the parking would be bad downtown, but it's not, it's very simple."

And these downtown shoppers have small businesses booming.

"We've had a great holiday season. You know, our customers are very loyal and they like hearing the stories we have to tell about our artisans and the products that we sell. I think because they are very unique," Watts said.

"Yes, business is good," Savage said.

There are some great deals here at the mall, but if you think it's busy here today, just wait until the day after Christmas when people decide to head back to the mall with their returns.

According to Shopper Trak, in- store retail sales dropped 3.1 percent last
week, the last full week before Christmas, and foot traffic was down 21 percent compared to last year.

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