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Business Up In Cambridge Throughout 2014

 CAMBRIDGE, Md.- The holidays may be over, but there are still people shopping in downtown Cambridge.  It's been a great year for Jack Helgeson at Choptank Charlie's.

"It's been a very good year.  The best year since the market fell in 08," said Helgeson.

It's being felt all across town, too.  At Downtown Frame of Mine, Doug Turner is also having a year for the books.

"I looked at my numbers through the end of November in this year compared to last year, and I was already ahead for the full year.  So what I did in December, which I won't know for a couple of days yet, what I did in December will be the bonus," said Turner.

Helgeson attributes this climb to more money in customers' pockets.

"ne thing is gas prices are down; that's even helped me.  But I think people are more confident in letting go of their income, their disposable income," said Helgeson.

But now business owners are looking at how to keep the strong sales of 2014 flowing into the notoriously slow early months of the new year.

"Wish I had an answer to that secret for you, but one thing we try to do is refer people for things that I don't have, that they have," said Turner.

Turner now has a Dorchester artist wall to bring customers in as well.  And Helgeson is offering winter sales on his items as well.

"I have an after christmas sale right now, and that will turn into a winter sale, which is reduced prices on some stuff for the season."

Store owners hope the combination of referrals, sales, and unique items will keep customers coming in until business picks up in the spring.

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