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Small businesses try to keep up during holiday shopping season

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -- Small businesses are holding their own this holiday shopping season.

While Hyde Park Square isn't as busy as Kenwood Mall, local store owners say sales are still strong.

"Our sales for this year are up 45 percent over last year and we're up 14 percent from 2008," says Jenalyn Schneider, co-owner of Knickers of Hyde Park.

Schneider says customers are changing their buying habits which is a sign the economy is slowly improving.

"Last year especially we dipped dramatically so this year we've seen that people are feeling more comfortable to maybe, 'I'll pick a couple things I need too in addition to the things on my gift list'," says Schneider.

In Mt. Lookout, Boardwalk Hobby Shop has been in business for 38 years but online competition is making it tough to turn an increasing profit.

"So far we're doing about the same as we did last year which was about the same as the previous year...with the additional online competition we're pretty happy with that," says owner Mike Shore.

In Mariemont, local businesses are also reporting stable numbers from last year.

"Last couple years have been flat but we're showing signs of life and finishing this year on an up note so we're optimistic of the future," says Chuck Warinner, owner of Dilly Cafe and Wine Shop.

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