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The things that keep small businesses going in typical times – loyal customers, word of mouth and a strong local economic network – have been magnified by the challenges of this year. A great way to help ensure your favorites are still around for next year? Make sure your holiday shopping is deliberate and purposeful. No matter what your budget, choose a local business you love and show them that you care by placing an order and spreading the word. Among the many grassroots businesses here in the Upstate, three entrepreneurs shared what it means to carry on in uncertain times.

GIFTED HANDS ARTISAN SOAP

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Javela Singleton is the owner and operator of Gifted Hands Artisan Soap  (Photo: Nathan Gray/Staff, TALK Greenville)

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