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Bryanna Hovestol sorts chocolate at Chocolates Plus on Nov. 21. Janel Hart, who owns the store in downtown Bemidji, is one of many retailers expecting positive sales numbers during the coming holiday shopping season. Zach Kayser | Bemidji Pioneer

Local small businesses optimistic for this year’s sales numbers

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BEMIDJI— Local business owners have some extra holiday cheer about this year’s annual bump in sales.

Steve Patterson is the most recent member of his family to own Patterson’s, a clothing store in Bemidji since 1930. He said based on sales so far, the holiday season is looking good.

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Zach Kayser
Zach Kayser covers local government and city issues for the Pioneer. He previously worked for the Wadena Pioneer Journal, and is an alumni of the University of Minnesota, Morris. 
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