Several Roanoke businesses take part in Cyber Monday

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Shopping from home and snagging those bargains are always a perk. But only a few of our local businesses decided to partake on this day of online shopping deals.

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Valarie Angle manages the Ladles and Linens Kitchen Shoppe in downtown Roanoke. It's one of the only stores downtown that decided to hold a Cyber Monday deal.

"We are offering 20 percent off for our funny towels, we're kind of known in Roanoke for having really witty, funny gift towels," Angle said.

The store wanted to hold this online bargain mainly for the out-of-towners.

"We actually have a lot of really loyal customers who visit our store from out of town when they're traveling to Roanoke, so we get a lot of out-of-towners that love our store and want to continue to shop from us online, so we wanted to offer them something," Angle said
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And this day also gives those who live locally a way to scoop up deals while in the comfort of their own homes or workplaces.

"A lot of people, especially people in retail or restaurant business, can't get out and shop on the weekends when they have sales," Angle explained.

Since many larger businesses take part, she says it's a chance for local businesses to match those deals.

"Cyber Monday gives small businesses and local businesses a chance to compete with the global market," she said.

BitterSweet Clothing and Accessories also took part in the event, along with Urban Gypsy in Grandin Village. But most of the other local boutiques chose not to, including Shades of Color.

"For us, we don't normally take part in that because we are all small businesses downtown and we're still trying to get them to get downtown in the local buying," Pauline Wood, Owner of Shades of Color, said.

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