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This year, Small Business Saturday is taking on added meaning as locally owned retailers hope to see many customers come through their doors as the start of the holiday shopping season begins.

Downtown Longview's newest business, Ollie's Skate Shop, opened this weekend in a push driven by a new addition to the city's parks system — the new Dodson Action Sports Complex at Ingram Park.

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Longview-area home sales continue to outpace 2019 activity, according to a recent report from the Longview Area Association of Realtors.

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Jim Bartlett Fine Jewelry adapted to changing governmental regulations related to the coronavirus pandemic. But for this locally owned jeweler, the effects of COVID-19 were even more personal.

Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series about how locally-owned, small businesses in the Longview area are faring — and in some cases surviving — in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Longview Economic Development Corp. expects an analysis of this area’s broadband networking capabilities will identify strengths and weaknesses and provide an opportunity to help market this region’s strength to companies considering locating in the city.

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The Lakeport Skinner’s Grocery & Market will soon convert to a Spring Market, with Brookshire Grocery Co. announcing the acquisition Monday afternoon.

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A new antique store will focus on vintage and nostalgia items when it opens Friday at 1107 Evergreen St. in Longview, with expectations for the store to become a local attraction.

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Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series about how locally-owned, small businesses in the Longview area are faring — and in some cases surviving — in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Kilgore Economic Development Corp. has been recognized by the International Economic Development Council as the national economic development organization of the year for cities with a population less than 25,000.

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For Justice Boersma, owning and managing Brown’s Shoe Fit Co. isn’t just about selling shoes — it’s about helping people.

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CARTHAGE — Luminant plans to build a new solar farm on the site of its retired Oak Hill lignite mine south of Longview and on the west side of Martin Lake Power Plant.

The Longview Economic Development Corp. has contracted to sell two pieces of land in the Longview Business Park and North Business Park to Galveston-based Focus Commercial Real Estate. The company has local ties, though, and was founded in 2002 by Kilgore native Trey Smith.