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Minnie Lane owner Melody Blair rings up purchases during Saturday’s Shop Hop buy-local promotion. Citing a spurt of retail growth over the past four years, Blair said merchants working together on events like the twice-yearly Shop Hop have made a big difference toward rejuvenating the downtown business district. “Shop Hop does draw in people,” Blair said. “It really does. It’s a wonderful thing.”

Staff writer Anthony Brown can be reached at tbrown@maryvilledailyforum.com or by calling the newspaper at 660.562.2424.