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OGDEN — From Thanksgiving to Black Friday, Saturday in Utah is also known as Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday marks a day to celebrate and support the small businesses in a community, many of which depend on the influx of shoppers coming in.

Beehive Naturals is a local, family-owned small business with a storefront on Ogden's historic 25th Street.

On Small Business Saturday, business tends to be more significant. In fact, store owner Stephanie Ginn said Small Business Saturday is one of their biggest days for business in the year.

From farm to table, Stephanie and Sam Ginn and their family raise goats, bees, and other animals in Plain City to source the bulk of products they sell.

"Soaps and lotions, lip balm, bath salts," said Stephanie Ginn.

It's a family business as much as a lifestyle.

"My grandparents had a farm, and I spent all my time there," said Sam Ginn.

Coming from a business and lifestyle perspective is one big reason why they understand inflation is hitting shoppers' pockets as much as their own.

"We haven't done a ton of sales, but that's to kind of keep our prices the same everyday price," Stephanie Ginn said.

It's one big reason they're encouraging shoppers to choose local.

"It's just huge. If people don't want this to disappear, you need to come out and support local businesses, so it's here. It's still in the community, and your dollars are still here in the community. It's huge," Sam Ginn said.

Some Beehive Native shoppers said they want to support small businesses, especially in today's economy.

"I mean, everything's expensive. So, you know, come support local and just make it count," said Justina Martinez, one of the local residents supporting the Utah business.

"Especially in this crazy economy where everything is so expensive, they're struggling to sometimes stay open, and we like what they offer," said Jen Pookchan.

The Ginn family said a lot of the money they earn at the shop goes right back into their farm animals and then back into the shop as a cycle to keep things going. This effort makes every dollar count for their family, their business, and the community.

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