Local merchants feeling benefit of early holiday sales

by Bill Nachman - Posted on Dec 04, 2013 - 12:59 PM
Photo: Karyn Austyn, owner of Dilly Dally Emporium, Mathews, welcomes Ben Richardson, owner of Put-In Creek Carvings/Frenchy’s to her shop Tuesday. Both said they benefited from the Small Business Saturday and the Made in Mathews Open Studio Tour. Photo by Bill Nachman

Karyn Austyn, owner of Dilly Dally Emporium, Mathews, welcomes Ben Richardson, owner of Put-In Creek Carvings/Frenchy’s to her shop Tuesday. Both said they benefited from the Small Business Saturday and the Made in Mathews Open Studio Tour. Photo by Bill Nachman

Photo: Peebles Department Store, Hayes, was busy during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Here, store manager Sue Bittner assists customer Marvin Barnes of Gloucester Point. Photo by Bill Nachman

Peebles Department Store, Hayes, was busy during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Here, store manager Sue Bittner assists customer Marvin Barnes of Gloucester Point. Photo by Bill Nachman

Lots of shoppers brought smiles to a number of local merchants this past weekend as a sampling of Gloucester and Mathews businesses showed most were pleased with early holiday sales.
 
A check with some residents out shopping indicated many plan to spend a bit less this year, while others said they plan to open their wallets a little more.
 
Sales were exceptionally good at 4 U’R Health at White Marsh Shopping Center, owner Linda Friesen said. Her shop, along with many others in the two counties, benefited from the Small Business Saturday promotion.
 
“This is significant for a small business,” Friesen said. To show her appreciation, she surprised customers with a 10 percent discount on their purchases Saturday, noting that health books and oils sold well.
 
Boots were the big seller at Payless ShoeSource at York River Crossing shopping center, Hayes. Manager Cheryl Cooper said they were moving off the shelves in all styles and colors.
 
Nearby, Peebles Department Store began its Thanksgiving sales at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, manager Sue Bittner said, and saw steady traffic throughout the weekend. Fragrances, gift sets and sweaters were all selling well, she said, and colder weather arriving early helped generate interest—and sales—for warm clothing.