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Shop Local Day returns to area Saturday

Chesapeake Bank and the Gloucester Chamber of Commerce will partner with local businesses in Gloucester and Mathews once again to co-sponsor Shop Local Day on Saturday.

The event will give local businesses an opportunity to showcase the goods and services they provide to their neighbors, said Chesapeake’s marketing director Paula Milsted, while shoppers get a chance to take advantage of many bargains and special offers available on that day.

As of last week, 70 businesses in Gloucester had signed up to participate, along with almost 40 Mathews businesses, Milsted said.

"That is awesome," said Makalia Records, executive director of the Gloucester Chamber, noting that a similar promotion last spring saw 62 Gloucester businesses participate.

Milsted said that Chesapeake Bank is a community bank—not part of a large regional or national bank. Because of that, she said, Chesapeake officials count on local businesses a great deal, and want residents to support them as we...

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