Small businesses brace for cautious holiday shoppers

  • Hannah Nash places jewelry in a box that will be shipped out Oct. 14 in Noblesville, Ind. Nash has her small business at her home. Small businesses are stocking the shelves early this holiday season and waiting to see how many gifts inflation-weary shoppers feel like giving. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

NEW YORK — Small businesses are stocking the shelves early this holiday season and waiting to see how many gifts inflation-weary shoppers feel like giving.