Local merchants say seasonal shopping deals are still to be had

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:51 AM.

On Dec. 12, the Red Raspberry Boutique on Main Street held a “12-12-12” sale, at which the first 12 customers and every 12th customer thereafter received a gift and 12 percent off select merchandise.

Store clerk Cindy Holobaugh and storeowner Donna Howard said they noticed an increase in Main Street business that began on Black Friday.

“I think Main Street is doing well. I look up and down the street and see more cars and a lot of foot traffic,” Holobaugh said. “Donna always encourages people to spend Crestview money here in Crestview. She wishes people would look to Crestview first and help the local economy.”

Kicking off the shopping season early with Thanksgiving evening sales, the Crestview Wal-Mart ended with a sluggish Black Friday morning. Other stores also noticed slower sales that day.

“Black Friday was a disappointment for us,” Rivers said. “We opened at 4 a.m. and it wasn’t the usual rush. About mid-morning, the Wal-Mart customers stopped by. We didn’t get busy until 9 a.m. but we stayed busy till 3.”

Business at Tractor Supply Co., which specializes in farm supplies, hardware and rural-themed giftware and toys, hasn’t slacked off since the holiday shopping season began Nov. 23, Assistant Manager Jeff Roush said.

“It’s been steady; nothing major, but steady,” he said.

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