Downtown shops report mixed results for day after Thanksgiving
Downtown shops in Glenwood Springs had mixed results on what is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year.Some reported better-than-average shopper traffic, while others said the day, like every year, is rarely out of the ordinary. “We’ve had a little bit more business than I expected for the day after Thanksgiving,” said Matt MacQueen, owner of High Country Gems and Minerals on East Eighth Street. “Usually we’re more sluggish and it picks up as (Christmas) gets closer.”MacQueen said the Christmas season is typically his busiest. “We have the most unusual Christmas gifts here,” he said. “This is where you get the gift for the person who has everything.”Glenwood Music owner Larry Gruber said Friday was unusually quiet, suggesting that maybe the Glenwood Canyon closure could have contributed to the lull. “Maybe it’s because the people from Vail and Gypsum can’t come down because of the rockslide,” he said. Despite the slow Friday, Gruber said he anticipates a busy holiday season at his recently relocated Cooper Avenue store. David Osborne, owner of The Dark Room on Cooper Avenue, also reported a slow Friday. He surmises that Friday being a traditional shopping day holds true in malls and big cities more than in small-town stores. “Typically for us people go to the malls and the big box stores first, then come to see us later,” he said. Osborne said his shop is offering new services this year such as family Christmas portraits and “old-tyme” photography. Murray Reynolds, owner of One-of-a-Kind on East Eighth Street, described sales at his shop as “brisk.'”There were a lot of tourists in and a lot of locals,” he said. “We’re looking forward to a good holiday season.”The Watersweeper and the Dwarf, and the Candlestick Maker, two popular shops on the west side of Grand Avenue, also were busy on Friday. Kim Marquis, a sales clerk at the Watersweeper, said the shop has been busy and people have been full of holiday cheer. “We’ve had an awesome day,” she said. “Everyone’s in a great mood.”Candlestick Maker owner Joni Weir said the day was fine – considering the mess in Glenwood Canyon. “I’m not unhappy with the day seeing as how I-70 was closed,” she said. “This starts it and it builds from here.” A holiday open house will take place downtown from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2. The night will include Christmas carolers, a visit from Santa Claus, and downtown merchants will offer refreshments and holiday sales.Contact Greg Mass: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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