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Shoppers Enjoy Annual Reno's Buy Local Marketplace

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Folks got an early start on holiday shopping on Saturday, as the City of Reno and the National Automobile Museum hosted the first annual City of Reno's Buy Local Marketplace.

The classic cars were still in place at the museum, but they were surrounded by more than 100 local businesses.

"They're loving where it is and how it's situated, that we've given them room, that they're not crammed in," says Sharon Zadra, a Reno City Council member and organizer of the event.

Many of these businesses will take all the space they can get because the customers just kept coming. Kimmie Candy Company had to leave and get more supplies because they ran out so quickly.

"The selling points are the peanut-free, gluten-free and kosher dairies," says Kelli Post. "So, a lot of people are liking the candy, and the special blend of our chocolate."

Most of the vendors had some pretty creative stuff too. Channel 2's Kristen Remington had her Live at 5 Jewelry booth set up. We even came across an artist drawing portraits.

Some of the businesses run a small operation in town, including Clockwork Monster. Owner Shelly Jackson makes all the Victorian and steam punk jewelry from home.

"I don't do things anybody else does here, so I have a lot of really good responses and a lot of shoppers," she says.

The city says they've received nothing but positive feedback from vendors and customers. So, you can bet that next year, you'll be seeing this "buy local" event back for more.

Admission for the event was $2 or folks could have donated two cans of food. All the food collected will go to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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