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Updated: 12/01/2013 08:00:01AM

Small businesses stake holiday claims

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SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Bike mechanic Paul Pierce tunes up yesterday morning in preparation for Small Business Saturday at The Bicycle Center in Port Charlotte.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

At Fantasea Scuba, Nicole Powers of Port Charlotte tries a pair of fins on for size, to go along with the hood and gloves she's buying for a holiday vacation in the Keys.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Don, at left, and Phil Kline share a family business and much more at West Coast Mattress on U.S. 41 in Port Charlotte.

By GARY ROBERTS

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PORT CHARLOTTE — James Hawn, 83, use to ride his bicycle all around Port Charlotte, usually lasting two or three hours per trip, getting exercise and peace of mind. But since his wife’s back problems flared up, he needs to be at home more, ready to drive her to doctors appointments, or just help around the house.

“She was a real dancer. She used to be on the dance floor and never come off,” Hawn said of his wife. “She just doesn’t have the mobility she used to.”

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