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MAPLEWOOD, MO (KTVI) - With Black Friday shopping winding down, a lot of small stores are hoping Small Business Saturday will be their day to make big bucks.

It is a national retail promotion that began three years ago and takes place the day after Black Friday.

"The first year I don’t think anyone knew about it," said Paul Buenger, owner of Paramount Jewelers on Manchester Road in Maplewood.

"Last year was better and tomorrow I know there is going to be some big effort up and down the street, so we’re excited," he added.

One new Maplewood store making a big effort to be open for business in time for Small Business Saturday is The Book House, which was forced to relocate its 300,000 books at the end of September from its previous home in Rock Hill, which was an actual old house.

When the property was sold to a developer, The Book House lost its lease.

Most of its new location at 7352 Manchester is still under construction, but owner Michelle Barron thought it was important to be open by this weekend to take advantage of the exposure to holiday shoppers.

"This week we got permission to open this small part so me, my family and a couple of employees worked all day Wednesday to set up this small part of the store," Barron explained.

One way The Book House is raising money to pay for its move to Maplewood is through the internet fundraising site called Kickstarter.

Next week, it will begin raising money another way; selling off pieces of the old Book House building, which will be demolished starting Monday.

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