Study: Local businesses, shoppers feeling more optimistic

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- A new survey shows that small business confidence has reached its highest levels since 1983, and local shoppers and business owners seem to agree.

"I think things are looking good and customers seem upbeat and are purchasing when they do come in," said Mark Smith, the owner of Main Street Bagels in Grand Junction.

Smith said opening a small business has become so popular that it's creating local competition.

“We’ve gone from about two coffee shops to nine in about the last year, year and a half, so that’s pretty big," Smith said.

Shoppers on Tuesday said that with the economy being at a good point right now, they're spending more of their money locally.

"Sometimes, being on a budget you have to go to a big box retailer, but most people, I think, would want to spend their money locally," said Tim Jennings, a local shopper.

Shoppers are noticing the increase in local businesses.

"I’ve seen a lot of people who are opening up stores just because it’s good enough that they can sustain their business so it brings us out here, especially when it’s warm like this," said Jonathan Ficklin, another shopper.

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