WATERTOWN — Residents in the north country can’t go much more than a couple of blocks without seeing a locally owned small business, and no day is more important to small businesses than the day after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday.

Julie M. Lichtenauer, who is originally from the Bay Area in California, and co-owns Crosstown Julie Brown ReMarket in the Washington Street Plaza across from Watertown High School, said that in prior years Small Business Saturday has been their busiest day of the year.

Small businesses prep for big Saturday

Co-owner Julie M. Lichtenauer stands in front of the sign in her store last week. Jonathon Wheeler/Watertown Daily Times

Small businesses prep for big Saturday

Pottery made by Catherine A. Ellsworth is available for purchase at Paddock Art & Antiques. Jonathon Wheeler/Watertown Daily Times

Small businesses prep for big Saturday

Inside of Crosstown Julie Brown ReMarket on Nov. 17. Jonathon Wheeler/Watertown Daily Times

Small businesses prep for big Saturday

Photo cards from Lee Ellsworth and charcoal drawings from Claire Ames are just some of the art available for purchase at Paddock Art & Antiques, Watertown. Jonathon Wheeler/Watertown Daily Times

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