Coates said the community needs to support small business instead of shopping at the big-box stores and that small business owners in return need to provide the utmost customer service.

But the effect Small Business Saturday could have is unknown among store owners, according to Coates.

"Right now, they (business owners) are hoping that folks will just come out and don't forget about them," he said.

Moe acknowledged the times are difficult for Main Street business owners dependent upon their store and the stock they're trying to sell.


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"It's been tough and it's still tough out there," he said. "People are still struggling, people are still looking for jobs."

Improving the vitality of the Laurel business community will depend upon educating residents on the importance of small businesses and by continuing to promote Laurel's small businesses, Moe said.

The city government has targeted the Route 1 corridor and Main Street area through grant programs, including façade improvements, to help as well.

But most important, Moe said, is to listen to the business community for their feedback.

"As a local government, we need to listen and adjust accordingly," he said.

While some businesses may be struggling in Laurel, Currence said sales have been up over the past month with new products and the new location.

Currence and his brother chose Laurel more than 20 years ago to open their card shop because of its centralized location to so many major roads.

"You can get to Laurel from so many places within 20 to 30 minutes," he said.

Even though business could always be better, Currence said it also could have been a lot worse.

"It's been about what I expected it to be," he said of his 21 years in Laurel. "Laurel's been good to us."