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Local retailers prepare for holiday sales success

2:23 PM, Nov. 27, 2013
Owner Shawn Foley displays Christmas decorations Nov. 21 at Design Lab Botanical Studio in Washington Square in downtown Wausau.
Owner Shawn Foley displays Christmas decorations Nov. 21 at Design Lab Botanical Studio in Washington Square in downtown Wausau.
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As retailers prepare for the busiest shopping season of the year, local merchants are using a variety of methods to lure customers from national big-box retail chains to buy from hometown stores.

At Design Lab Botanical Studio in downtown Wausau's Washington Square, Shawn Foley has been busy preparing for the upcoming holiday season for weeks. Foley said he will join other stores housed in the west wing of Washington Square for a two-day open house event Saturday and Sunday, that will offer complimentary gift wrap, prizes, refreshments and special discounts.

"We are constantly hearing ...

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