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 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- For many businesses, Small Business Saturday is a lot different for stores around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic.  "In comparison to last year it's very different, but everything is different in comparison to last year," said Ellen Joy, owner of Alakazam Toys on the Downtown Mall.  Joy said business at Alakazam remained steady throughout Saturday.  Their online store has been a huge boost for their business. They launched their online store in March when the COVID-19 pandemic began.  "Less foot traffic for sure, but we have our store online now so that's making up the difference," said Joy. "We've been doing probably as many sales online as we have in store, so that's really helping us keep crowds under control and everybody is having a good time." She said parents are buying many toys, games and various activities to keep their children occupied.  "Outdoor toys have been a really big deal this year," said Joy. "I feel like with virtual schooling, people are like oh man, I got to get my kids busy. Puzzles are huge, games have been a really big deal this year and big this season as well." Thadd McQuade, co-owner of Market Street Wine, said they've received some business, but things are slower.  Market Street Wine has only been doing curbside delivery and home deliveries during the pandemic. "It's not like a normal year obviously, it's not like a normal fall," said McQuade. "These three months, October, November and December are usually are busiest months of the year and see this website there's so many things that aren't happening now." McQuade said customers are choosing quality over quantity this year.  "People who are trying to downsize their gatherings are maybe trying to upscale their experience, so rather than buying a couple cases of wine for a bunch of people, they're buying a couple of nicer bottles of wine" said McQuade. Despite the constraints, both stores remain thankful for the community's support.  "My family's made the commitment to shop locally this year for our holiday gifts and I really appreciate the people who take that same mindset," said Joy.