MOUNT VERNON — Downtown Mount Vernon is brimming with independently owned stores, but Small Business Saturday, a nationwide campaign, garnered additional business over the weekend for the local shops.

The Mount Vernon Downtown Association officially decided to participate in the campaign in 2013, which allows the city representation within the campaign and provides the association with marketing materials for the annual event.

“People don’t realize that where they spend their money has an impact,” Executive Director Ellen Gamson said. “This campaign helps remind people that these stores are here year-round, and that their support is critical.”

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