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How some small local businesses survive

GREG LAHAM, owner of Sullivan’s Pharmacy, expanded his business model. He sells and services medical equipment, and does sterile drug compounding.
GREG LAHAM, owner of Sullivan’s Pharmacy, expanded his business model. He sells and services medical equipment, and does sterile drug compounding. Credit: Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

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A lot of small, locally owned businesses — some of which had been around for decades — fell victim to the relentless downward pull of the last recession. For others, however, the economic slump from which the state is slowly recovering was just another in a series of challenges they have faced and conquered over the years. They have done it through a combination of determination, adaptability, customer loyalty, and — sometimes — a bit of old-fashioned luck.

Here are profiles of three venerable companies that continue to prosper in the 21st century.

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