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Residents shop local at Outdoor Marketplace

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Several businesses took to the streets on Peoria's southside for the outdoor marketplace.

People were able to shop from a variety of small local businesses selling items such as jewelry, clothes and purses.

Small business owners said they were thrilled to get out and promote their business despite the hot weather and the hurdles of the pandemic.

Chassidy Jackson, Owner and CEO of It Seems Right, said the pandemic actually helped her business take off.

"The masks took off really well with the pandemic and all. It's kind of slowing down with the masks but then it took off with the shirts," Jackson said. "Customizing the shirts, matching the masks. Considering it's been a pandemic, it's actually doing quite well."

Jackson said returning back to normalcy allows for more opportunities to sell merchandise.

Darnysha Mitchell

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