Henry County holiday selling off to good start

November 29, 2017 - garden totes

Small Business Saturday, now in a seventh year given credit label association American Express launched it in 2010 as a approach to support mom-and-pop shops, has been embraced by Henry County retailers and shoppers.

All a city Main Street programs promoted Shop Small as an choice to Black Friday, a decades-old tradition of mall offered and big-box clientele celebrated a day after Thanksgiving.

In Stockbridge, a same series of downtown businesses participated as final year, 30, though with a difference.

Main Street Stockbridge Program Assistant Lisa Fareed pronounced there were few repeat participants from 2016, though a greeting was many some-more enthusiastic.

“It was indeed a many successful one we’ve had,” she pronounced about a city’s four-year record with a promotion. “There was a lot some-more feet traffic.”

Even a non-traditional holiday vendor, Power House Termite and Pest Control, combined an outward arrangement to support a effort, charity a $50 discount, and reported offered services to passersby, Fareed said.

Pedestrians came to demeanour during flashy windows, Fareed said, and ventured by a merchants’ doors, like during home furnishings tradesman BarnBeautiful, a downtown’s newest shop, that reported “phenomenal” traffic.

“They never had that many people in a store during once,” she said.

Social media played a role, as merchants and city legislature members posted photos via a day.

So did a new strategy, suggested by a credit label company, involving shoppers in removing stickers from stores, pasting them into a pamphlet and afterwards entering a competition for a present basket, set to be awarded Dec. 1.

It served as an introduction to shoppers who detected new places they might condescend again in a future.

“The pass unequivocally worked well,” Fareed said. “Customers had something in their hand. We upheld them out a week in advance. The people designed on where they would go. They literally went to places they had never been before.”

Small Business Saturday support rippled outward a downtown area, she said, to a Drip-Thru Coffee kiosk on Highway 138.

“They routinely get complicated trade on weekday mornings,” Fareed said. “They had as many trade as they would on a Monday.”

Main Street Hampton Director Denise McKay pronounced participants there were pleased.

“They pronounced they were adult over final year, so that’s unequivocally good,” she said. “All of my businesses were really happy.”

On a McDonough Square, home décor and accessories store Secret Garden owners Joan Wheat pronounced Small Business Saturday sales were prosaic though feet trade was up.

“Lots of people took advantage of a store specials and we totally ran out of a Vera Bradley totes we gave divided with a $100 purchase,” she said. “Everyone seemed to be carrying a good time and many done it a indicate to contend they were offered currently to uncover their support for tiny businesses.”

In Locust Grove, epicurean emporium Olive In A Bottle had about 10 percent some-more shoppers and aloft sales than expected, owners Kathy Carroll reported, and a full parking lot.

Crumbles by Nicole not usually has a luminary cook in owners and baker Nicole Silva, though a Shop Small graduation also brought in customers.

Sales were aloft than she expected by about 10 percent, offered out a gluten-free cakes and cookies.

“We had 50 present bags and handed them all out,” Silva said.

Traditional shoppers helped Tanger Outlets in Locust Grove have a gratifying kickoff to a holiday offered season, General Manager Holly R. Duffey said.

“Tanger shoppers came out this weekend to find good deals on sell from their favorite brands all in one available location,” she said. “Moonlight Madness and Black Friday offered have always been sparkling events for a shoppers and this year was no exception, formed on a lines of business watchful to get into stores, a full parking lot, a smiling faces and a hands filled with offered bags.”

The opening mall has over 69 brands of attire and home goods, that Duffy pronounced supposing good variety.

“We have something for everybody on a offered list,” she said.

While brands have online storefronts as well, Duffy said, “shopping in store allows a business to knowledge in-season, on-trend sell during select assets in person.”

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