(WLNS) – With Christmas approaching last minute shoppers may be seen out this weekend. But what does this mean for local businesses? Our Jordanne Jaskiw takes us to Old Town to find out.
With a successful holiday season small businesses are seeing an increase in sales from last year.
“Last year we had the ice storm, and that was really hard on a lot of us and this year it’s been good, and were really thankful,” said Carol Lamb, owner of Lambs’ Gate Antiques.
For all those last minute shoppers out looking for their gifts, sales are expected to continue throughout Saturday.
“Traditionally the Saturday before Christmas is, if not the busiest day of the year, it’s probably about the second busiest day of the year. It kind of alternates with the day after Thanksgiving,” said Tom Scott, Sr. Vice President, Michigan Retailers Association.
Business owners are looking forward to the expected turn out.
“I’m expecting everybody to come out and shop old town, that would be great and find some customized unique gifts for everybody and their family,” said Jennifer Hinze, owner of Polka Dots.
“Yeah I believe Saturday’s probably going to be the biggest shopping day we’ve had yet,” said Lynn Ross, owner of Mother and Earth Baby Boutique.
“Sounds like it’s a very strong season, there are a lot more people out shopping people are spending you know, they’re feeling good about shopping,” said Tom Scott, Sr. Vice President, Michigan Retailers Association.
With influences such as dropping gas prices, lower unemployment rates and warm weather, Scott says this Saturday’s shopping is expected to be a huge success.