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Jeffrey Connolly, co-owner of Great Harvest Bread Company in Burke and Lorton, shows a group of children a stalk of wheat, where the wheat berries are harvested on family farms in Montana, where the franchise is based.

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Holiday Shopping Trend

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Get ready to toss out the candy corn and grab the candy canes. Black Friday—the hottest holiday shopping day of the year—is right around the corner. What’s one of the biggest trends this year? Shopping locally. Below is a list of local “mom and pop” niche stores that make vital contributions to the local economy, generate jobs and offer unique products and stellar personal service. Unlike many big national chains, they know their products, and are able to accommodate special requests. When you call, you are more likely to get a real, live person to help you. Who could ask for a better holiday gift?

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