SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) – The city of Sharon is recognizing its small businesses on Small Business Saturday.

Shoppers crossed items off their Christmas lists while supporting local businesses during the event.

The festivities included a downtown ribbon cutting, meeting with the Grinch and more.

It isn’t the first time city officials have shown their local business owners love. City manager Bob Fiscus said business owners are able to apply for grant money allocated from the American Rescue Plan.

He said they have big goals for next year.

“We’ll have a lot of good news coming out on whether it’s financial support or support in renovating the front of your buildings. There’s a lot of good stuff coming,” Fiscus said.

The Gifted at Applegate store focuses on offering unique items from local artists and small manufacturers. The store’s owner said they rely on local shoppers as it can be hard to compete with the big box stores and online retailers.