Forever Books’ official bookstore dog, Poppy, will be there to greet shoppers on Small Business Saturday.

ST. JOSEPH — Downtown St. Joseph businesses are gearing up for Small Business Saturday with deals, free treats and more.

The day is meant to encourage people to support local when shopping for Christmas presents. To celebrate, local businesses and economic organizations will have giveaways and discounted shopping.

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