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Mid-Ohio Valley stores ready for Small Business Saturday, Christmas

J&M’s Used Bookstore is one of many local businesses that deserve love this holiday season. (Photo by Jenna Pierson)

PARKERSBURG — Christmas is right around the corner, and local retailers are always an excellent option for both giving and receiving great gifts and supporting the local economy.

One day after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday is a perfect opportunity to participate in local businesses across the Mid-Ohio Valley.

From books to clothing and jewelry, local businesses can provide a plethora of options to make all ages happy during the holiday season.

“We are the largest indie bookstore in West Virginia and we have 35,000 total items,” said Jason McCrady, owner of J&M’s Used Bookstore, which is located off of 37th Street in Parkersburg after relocating from south side in June of 2019, according to McCrady.

J&M’s offers more than books. It also sells games, puzzles and recently opened an Escape Room.

J&M’s Used Bookstore is one of many local businesses that deserve love this holiday season. (Photo by Jenna Pierson)

“We opened our Escape Room three weeks ago and it’s the only one in the area,” McCrady said. “It is $45 for up to four people and an additional $10 for each additional person up to a six person max.”

Right now, J&M’s is offering a “buy two get one free” sale on art books, craft books and cookbooks. The store is also offering stocking grab bag deals throughout the month of December.

“If people want local businesses they need to shop local,” McCrady said. “They either get supported by the community or they close.”

Hornor & Harrison is a local clothing retailer that has been in the Mid-Ohio Valley for 93 years now, according to buyer manager Stephanie Miller.

“We really want to thank the community for standing by us during this challenging 2020 year,” Miller said.

Hornor & Harrison is offering a multitude of services and benefits for the community. Currently: customers can safely participate by shopping online, ordering items for curbside pick-up and even delivery.

“We also are offering 20 percent off the entire store now through November 30,” Miller said.

Hornor & Harrison will also be offering different discounted specials throughout the month of December and free gift wrapping.

“Over the years a person who wants to start a business depends on their community to support them,” Miller said. “By involving your community and being a part of your community it kind of goes both ways, if we have something for you in our store we would appreciate it if you shop local and we can really see over the years our community has supported Hornor & Harrison.”

The Gift Gallery of Vienna has been around for seven years now and is excited to celebrate the holiday season and Small Business Saturday.

“We are going to be doing giveaways (Saturday),” said Gift Gallery owner Victoria West. “Our shop small Saturday celebrations are like a big hug to the community.”

Moonglow, a brand that showcases different moon phases for important events in a customer’s life that can be displayed on jewelry and keychains, has provided West with a free item to give away in honor of Small Business Saturday, she said.

“We will also be offering curbside pickup and free delivery on Tuesdays in the month of December,” West said. “In order to save the small businesses in our community we are willing to do whatever we can to make you (the customer) comfortable … we want to stay here and we want to take our community into a brighter future out of this pandemic.”

Classic Plastics Toy Store, which sells both new and vintage collectible items in the Grand Central Mall, is also offering Small Business Saturday deals through Monday evening.

“If you spend $25 or more you get 25 percent off your whole purchase,” said Anthony Workman, owner of Classic Plastics Toy Store.

These deals are available both in-store and online, according to Workman. Classic Plastics will also likely have deals closer to Christmas as well.

“We all live here and we need to give support to the things and businesses that keep us living here,” Workman said.

Jenna Pierson may be reached at jpierson@newsandsentinel.com

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