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Thanks for Being Open Saturday Afternoon
Date posted - April 27, 2013
I would like to use this forum to thank the handful of downtown stores that were open on Saturday afternoon after 1 or 2 p.m. After a morning of doing chores around the house and making sure that my family had everything they needed, I decided to treat myself to a rare shopping trip.
I was looking forward to shopping at one of the four womens clothing stores that we now have. I was disappointed that only two were open. I was able to buy a new outfit for myself at Lady B’s. I thanked the women working there for being open. There were three other ladies shopping besides myself. I went into Carl’s footwear and there were two other ladies ahead of me waiting to try on shoes.
I understand that it takes money for stores to pay for electricity and employees wages during business hours. I understand that paying for things such as the bump-outs will be challenging. As my signature states, I really try to support downtown, even if it means paying a little more.
But I wonder… if the store owners worry about income, perhaps they could think outside the box a little more. Why wait until hotdog days or sidewalk days to come outside? Team up with another business and offer specials together on a Saturday afternoon. What if a restaurant teamed up with a clothing store and had a ladies day out? Pump in your own music and do something creative and crazy!
Thanks again to those downtown workers who sacrificed their time to stay open on a Saturday afternoon. Many of us will continue to support your business. Perhaps businesses stepping outside the normal way of conducting retail business will liven up downtown.