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Remember to shop local this holiday season

From online to mega-store, holiday shopping deals are everywhere this season. But as Channel Three's Jim Carmack explains, sometimes the best bargain can be found in our own backyard.

As you make that holiday shopping list and check it twice, local business owners are asking that before you head out and make those purchases, you consider keeping the dollars here locally.

Whatever the gift, you can find it nearby.  That's the message local business owners want you to know.

"The value that we bring with personal service and knowledge, it's sustained us all these years," said Jimmy Coe of Pensacola Hardware Company.

Buying locally means the money stays in the community.  It also ensures those businesses, some that have been here for decades, will still be around in the future.

"We're going to be here.  I've been in business for 15 years and I'm not going anywhere, so the longevity is really important, too," said Cheryl Clendenon of In Detail Interiors.

"I had a lady in this week and she came in and brought me an African Violet and she said I had potted in that pot for her 8 years ago," said Vermelle Perdue of Perdue's Pots and Plants. "So I took it and separated it for her and made 2 out of it and I told her in 8 years bring it back and I would do it again."

Another advantage is the relationships that are formed.

"It's great to go out in the community and hear comments about, 'man I love your business, you guys are doing a great job, please keep it up,' so that's where you get the instant gratification," said Carl Broussard of Cajun Speciality Meats.

"We have the children that their mother's brought here when they were babies when we began, now they're adults bringing their children and they know Ms. Perdue by name and they ask for Ms. Perdue and I'm always here."

"The fact that we're here, and we're going to be here, that we stand behind the products that we sell, that means something to a lot of people.  And I guess it's proven because we're here and been here for so long."