ABC News article by Biana Golodryga, Jay Shaylor and Steve Petyerak

The impact of the rising cost of fuel — the national average hit a record $3.29 a gallon today — has been so great that Alonso has been forced to cut back on distant deliveries and even has had to send orders to her competitors.

"We've made choices to actually send them out to other flower shops and not go outside of our local radius and that definitely has to do with gas prices going up," she said.

Alonso's flower shop is just one example of small businesses around the nation hurt by the higher gas prices.

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