CHARLOTTE, N.C. --Katie Tebbit is a shopper. Much to my husband s chagrin, yes she said.

She moved to Charlotte from Durham, and has loved discovering the city's shops -- like Boulevard at South End.

I think I've really begun to appreciate, because this is now our community, Tebbit expressed.

That s the idea behind Small Business Saturday-- a movement started three years ago to help give local shops a boost.

It s people that want to help small business; people have a heart for helping small businesses, said Carmen Ellis, the owner of the small boutique, Boulevard at South End.

The Blank Canvas is only open a month; they're hanging their hat on hopes of a big weekend.

Owner Harold Jordan said, A lot of people shop here don t like the mall at all cause of the hassle. They come here for the customer service.

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