Holiday shopping has officially begun and things are off to a great start.
“It has been wonderful for us,” said Merron McCormack, owner of Main Steet Mercantile. “People are shopping downtown and we love it.” She said her busiest time was Friday morning.
“From the time we opened yesterday until about 3:30, we did not sit down or eat,” McCormack said. “That was two of us going from 10 o’clock.” One of the key factors that drew some people in were the special prices.
“I have eight vendors in my store, so there are actually eight small businesses here. Some had 25 percent off. A lot have buy one get one half off — there’s something for everybody.”
Randy Smith, manager at Marquis Furniture, said that Friday and Saturday were busier at his store as well.
“We’ve had about 60 people over the last two days,” Smith said, adding that this number is about the same as last year, but that it is definitely busier than any other day of the year.
Annette Shirley, who co-ownes Threads with her daughter-in-law Jennifer, said this year Black Friday and Small Business Saturday have been the busiest they have had since they have been open.
“It’s been great,” Shirley said. “We’ve had a really good Black Friday.”
“We’ve sold a lot of our leather goods this year — belts, shoes and purses,” Shirley said.
She, like McCormack, said that her busiest time of the weekend was early Friday morning. She said that overall on Friday the store made more than 100 sales, a substantially higher amount of transactions than they do on a typical day.
Rachel Elmore, owner of the Pocket Shop said they too had a successful weekend.
“We’ve had a great weekend with lots of shoppers — lot’s of locals but also lots of people from out of town,” Elmore said. She concluded by saying why shopping local is so important.
“Small businesses give a town character,” Elmore said. “We’re also involved in supporting local schools and organizations. So I think it’s very important that we all support each other.”