Shoppers Encouraged to Shop Local

November 26, 2011 Updated Nov 26, 2011 at 4:03 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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November 26, 2011 Updated Nov 26, 2011 at 4:03 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW-TV) - Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said "look at Buffalo as one big mall."

He is encouraging shoppers to check out all of Buffalo's unique shopping districts this Saturday, which is being labeled as "Small Business Saturday."

Small businesses play an important role in the vibrancy and health of a community.

"if (small businesses) they're not here something is lost," said Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, D-26th District they're the ones that support our little leagues, the spaghetti dinners they contribute to our community in so many vibrant ways and we can never lose site of those contributions of small businesses."