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The malls are fine.

So are the look alike big box stores.

Online is dandy and convenient, too.

Want to drive to Watertown? Maybe Syracuse?

For north country residents, the choices for Christmas shopping are varied and attractive.

But how about Ogdensburg? How about Ford Street? Small businesses along the city’s signature main thoroughfare are calling.

“Come to the city and see what the small businesses have to offer,” said Laurel Lee Roethel, owner, Roethel’s/River Rat Designs, 1801 Ford St., which recently merged with The Village Engraver. “People need to know what this city has to offer.”

Derek P. Bradley, manager, Northwoods Furniture and Art Gallery/Needful Things Gift Shop, 422 Ford St., agrees.

“I think it’s important to support the local businesses,” he said. “And we back everything that we sell.”

Rick J. Griffith, of Cobblestone Gifts, already knows that Ford Street is a great place to shop. Last month, the store relocated from 809 Ford St. to 1409 Ford st. It has turned out to be a good move.

“I’m surprised at how well we’ve done, old customers and new customers,” he said. “It’s very important that people come downtown.”

Shoppers can also break to eat nearby at any of several restaurants. They include: Busy Corner Cafe, 234 Ford St.; The Place, 1612 Ford St.; Phoenix On The Bay, 1702 Ford St.; Chick’s Pizza, 1608 Ford St. and Philips Diner, 415 Ford St.

They can also get their hair done at Salon 1020 at 1020 Ford St.

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