Good day to shop
Small Business Saturday brings crowds to Greenwood
Monday, December 02, 2013 7:15 PM
It was a day for local boutiques, bookstores and bargains.
Greenwood shopper Brittany Smith looks as a store clerk rings up her order at Blossom Shoes and Such in Uptown Greenwood during Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday swept through Greenwood this weekend and blew a legion of shoppers into the city.
It was the third installment of the nationwide shopping holiday, which began in November 2010 and runs in conjunction with other consumer observances, such as "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday." Thanksgiving weekend is regarded as the most popular shopping bonanza of the year, with projections that about 140 million consumers will hit the stores at some point during the four-day period and spend more than $600 billion nationwide.
Some of that windfall sprinkled into the heart of Uptown on Saturday as shoppers were seen strolling about Greenwood's boutique district. Area store owners seemed to suggest that the shopping holiday has begun to catch on with customers, and many said they enjoyed a pretty good flow of shoppers Saturday.
"I think definitely more people are aware that it's going on," said Kimberly Stephans, owner of Blossom Shoes and Such, 227 Main St. "It's just continuing to get bigger and bigger over the years. I think people have started Christmas shopping, which helps. And they're just out and about taking advantage of this nice weather."
Many lured customers in with weekend sales specials, such as the Frilly Frog, where they had slashed prices 25 percent of several items. Store owner Lisa Lloyd indicated there would likely be specials at the children's boutique through the holiday shopping season. She sat in her shop through the afternoon watching as bargain hunters sauntered in and casually peruse the selection of hand-made items she offers.
"It's been good. Between people coming in and the website, I can't complain," Lloyd said. "It's just been a steady stream of people all day. Not like masses in here, but just a steady stream."
The impetus behind Small Business Saturday is to encourage consumers to shop at local businesses, to help support small shops after the craze of Black Friday. However, at David Lindsey Clothier, 223 Main St., store owner Ed Moore said he was coming off a huge day for his 15-year-old men's wear clothing boutique.
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