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Mayor Byron Brown and city-wide retailers gathered recently at The Golden Cup on Jefferson Avenue  to encourage people to shop local this holiday season and support small businesses in Buffalo on ‘Small Business Saturday’ and beyond .  Mayor Brown stated, “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and usually owned by people who have a vested interest in the community, in its schools, in the quality of life.  American Express (AmEx) coordinates the annual Small Business Saturday campaign nationwide, which is aimed at helping independent small businesses compete with big-box stores and chains on the Saturday in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. ” Small business owners from city-wide shopping districts pictured with Mayor Brown above include: Ahmed Saleh of Mandela Market; Nadin Yousef of Macramé by Nadin;Vincent Mastrantonio of Music City; Kenchata Carter of Salon Soar; Ethan Cox of Community Beer Works;  Ma Theint of Moon Lady Arts & Crafts ; Melissa Parish of Lovely Day Photo; Tyra Johnson of Blue Sky Design Supply; Thomas Heneghan of Tara Gift Shoppe; Tom McDonald of Dog Ears Bookstore & Café; Larry and Jackie Stitts of The Golden Cup; Duane Madyun of Ansar Cellular Communication & Fragrance; Merline Bell of Promises Beauty Salon; Kellie Klos & Tera McElligott of Clayton’s Toys