Although it's Cyber Monday, it's just another day of work for The Mark-It owner Korey Massey, who says shopping local is key to help boost the local economy.
"It's just so important to support local businesses just because it keeps the money here in our community," Massey said.
Massey adds that there's just something about shopping in a brick and mortar store that buying online can't replace.
"You can actually feel the product, look at the product and see if that's exactly what you're wanting because sometimes it can be deceiving somewhere else," Massey said.
Massey has been The Mark-It owner since 2009 and appreciates all of the loyal customers that walk through their doors day after day.
"Just getting to interact with the people and the community, it's so rewarding in so many aspects. You make new friends, it's just a great feeling to help out," Massey said. "A lot of times people don't know that we're here, it's like a hidden gem. So just get out into your community and see what actually is going on. I like to shop local as much as I can and there are so many gems in St. Joe and I just wish people would see that."
Next door at Mommy Towne, owner Stephanie Ray says community support is crucial when it comes to local businesses continuing to thrive.
"We've had so much community support and people suggesting what we bring in, what they'd like to see more of. They've really helped us become a success in a very short amount of time. We support ourselves, we support eachother and St. Joe is just a special community in that way," Ray said.
Both businesses agree that they will only continue to get busier as Christmas is fastly approaching.
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