Local businesses are encouraging the public to think of them this holiday season.

Saturday marks the annual Shop Small Saturday, a focus on the businesses and entrepreneurs viewed largely as the backbone of most communities. Downtown Manhattan, Inc. Executive Director Gina Snyder says for every $100 spent locally, $68 stays in Manhattan and re-circulates.

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A new service for those going back and forth between downtown and Aggieville is the free ATA bus shuttle, something that began as a pilot program last weekend. Manhattan Mayor Wynn Butler says the idea to ease up some of the parking concerns in the area.

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Feedback for the shuttle loop has been positive with Snyder saying if it continues to go well, there may eventually be opportunities for shuttles to continue later into the overnight hours, so stay tuned.

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