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Stores ready to cap off a busy holiday shopping season

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Time's running out to finish that list and check it twice. Businesses in the Gaffer District are hoping for one last push this weekend. So how did Market Street stores do from Black Friday until now? Our Katie Husband shows us how this year was busy from the start.

CORNING, N.Y. -- The 2012 holiday shopping season will soon come to a close, but for Crystal City store owners, they look back and say it was a good one.

"A lot of people who come in are saying, 'I did all my shopping here in Corning, right on Market Street or in the Gaffer District.' They aren't going as much online," said Pam Weachock, Market Street Coffee and Tea, owner.

We caught up with some merchants we spoke to before Black Friday and Small Business Saturday to reflect on the season.

"We had a lot of people both in town and out of town shopping local just visiting Corning," said Lisa Hickok, Connors Mercantile, sales associate.

And to keep the shoppers coming back, Connors Mercantile put themselves out into the community.

"We've had a lot of sales and really big events and sponsored different things in the community so we've really enjoyed a good holiday season for the most part," said Hickok.

Now that the final holiday shopping weekend is upon us, these local Gaffer District stores have prepared for the final push of an already successful season.

"Suppliers have been saying, if you can call and order we can get it to you overnight so, we're making sure we're getting as much as in as possible," said Hickok.

"Making coffee, grinding coffee, grinding coffee. I have somebody in here who has been wonderful. All he does is grind coffee for me," said Weachock.

And the final weekend might get a little crazy at times.

"You can see the urgency in some people. The last couple of hours of the night gets really, really hectic," said Hickok.

But, the shoppers seem to keep coming back.

"They really like shopping on Market Street," said Hickok.

Store owners say they'll be open early this weekend for the shopping blitz but not as early as 'Black Friday.'

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