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Who Gets Your 'Small Business Saturday' Love?

Give a shout out to your favorite Toms River Mom-and-Pops here.

Let's face it: There are a lot of big, big businesses out there.

And, that's not necessarily a bad thing. Many of these large businesses provide us with some of our most needed services. Many of them employ our friends, our neighbors, our families–and, for that, we are grateful.

Still, there is something about a Mom-and-Pop Shop, the local place, the place where everyone recognizes your face. You know more of the money you spend there has a better chance of staying in your community. Not only do these places employ your friends, your neighbors, your families, a lot of these businesses are owned by them. Whatever your reason, there is something special about small business.

Thankfully, those in Toms River who support small business don't have to go very far. From a multitude of restaurants (both Toms River-exclusive and exclusive to this region of the state), to operations that provide some of our most basic, needed, or just wanted services, there are a lot of places that call Toms River home.

If you're headed downtown to Washington and Main streets, down the corridors of Silverton, Hooper Avenue, Fischer Boulevard, Route 37 or Route 9, there's no shortage of small business to celebrate.

The Toms River-Ocean County Chamber of Commerce offers a directory of small businesses that are offering holiday season deals to consumers.

So, when you celebrate "Small Business Saturday" on Nov. 26, where will you patronize? What business gets your money and time and, hopefully, a "thank you" for being a part of this varied and colorful Toms River canvas?

All this week, we'll be asking you to give your "shout outs" to your favorite local businesses in the comments section. Call it Patch's love letter to our small businesses, signed by all of you. Chime in below.

deb November 22, 2011 at 06:47 PM
Chinique and Sons Auto Parts in Lakewood on 9 just south of 70. Super nice to deal with and they always help you find what you need.
Billabong November 22, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Ocean Hut Surf Shop in Lavallette. Super-friendly staff, great selection of clothing, boards, and accessories, and a contributor to the culture of the real Jersey Shore.
Martin November 23, 2011 at 01:04 PM
Dockside Pizza & Grill at Kettle Creek Marina, Toms River... Nice, hard-working people serving good, affordable food in a picturesque location.
Shore Skeptic November 23, 2011 at 02:54 PM
Emery's Berry Patch in New Egypt. Best home made pies around! http://www.emerysfarm.com/
Catherine Galioto (Editor) November 23, 2011 at 03:13 PM
That's a good one!
Billabong November 23, 2011 at 06:52 PM
Shore, Emery's is getting my business today. Nothing beats an Emery's Apple-Cranberry pie on turkey day. Add in the pumpkin and cherry pies and everyone's satisfied.
Kiddos Cool Clothing November 26, 2011 at 02:40 PM
Today is small business Saturday, come shop at Kiddos Cool Clothing. We hve savings up to 25% on stocked store items thru Cyber Monday. www.kiddoscoolclothing.com
Jim George November 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM
I'd like to give a shout-out to Bada Bing Pizza, 214 West End Ave. in Island Heights ... They are behind the Exxon on the corner of Rt. 37 & Vaughn Ave .. kinda hard to see from the highway .. Owned by a high school friend of mine and her husband ... Great food ! .. they can also cater your next event .. subs, party platters, etc ... 732-929-3500 ..

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