Looking for a deal close to home? Here are some ideas to help you shop local.

According to a recent article in Metroland, $68 out of every $100 that is spent at a local independent business stays in the community, versus only $43 at a chain store.  To help support local business, here's a small list of 5 local businesses that are offering Black Friday specials and great offers this Holiday season.

5. Romeo's Gifts, Lark Street, Albany

A variety of unique gifts to fit every personality. Get something that will make them laugh or increase thier novelty collection. 25% off everything in the store November 25-December 4.  One walk through this store and you'll be coming back for Birthday and Valentine shopping for sure!

4. Double M Western Store, Route 67, Malta

The Double M Western Store is stocked with great selections of Western Wear and Outdoor Clothing. From boots to kids toys, the Double M has something for the country boy or girl in your world.  Don't worry, they even have tack and feed for your big furry friends too.

3. Last Vestige Music Shop, Quail Street, Albany

From vintage Johnny Cash and Hank Williams recordings to DVDs, Last Vestige is the place to find perfect gifts for all different tastes.  Vinyl LPs, CDs, and tapes from every genre are here for you to enjoy.  Last Vestige is offering 20% off gift certificates on November 25th.

2. Ambition Coffee House, Jay Street, Schenectady

Enjoy fine food and drinks while picking up gift certificates and unique gifts in the Skinny and Sweet Candy and Gift Shop. You will love this downtown Schenectady treasure, owner Marc Renson even has a fun book about the shop titled 'Is The Coffee Fresh?'

1. Spa Virgo, Lark Street, Albany

Get one for yourself, then stuff some stockings with gift certificates for massages, facials and hair care. Everyone loves to be pampered, and Spa Virgo is one of the best spa experiences in the Albany area. From Black Friday through November 29th, buy a $100 gift certificate and get a $20 gift certificate added on for free!

What's your favorite 'local' store for holiday shopping?  Please leave you comments below and we'll help spread the word.