Stay local, shop local

| 30 Nov 2017 | 06:02

— Stores in the Village of Warwick didn't open at midnight for Black Friday.
And they weren't hurt by the Woodbury exit ramp closure due to holiday traffic congestion.
But on Nov. 25, the eighth annual "Small Business Saturday," a campaign backed by American Express, shoppers came out in droves to the downtown business district.
Merchants reported excellent sales, not only for Saturday but also for the entire weekend.
Small Business Saturday, sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, was created to attract shoppers to local businesses nationwide.
Mary Beth Schlichting, past president of the Warwick Merchant Guild and owner of Frazzleberries Gift Shop, said that the unseasonably mild weather also encouraged many people to enjoy the pleasant small business experience in downtown Warwick. And all the shops left their doors open for fresh air and easy access.
"It's an open door day," she said.
Merchant Guild President Tom Roberts, owner of Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe, reported that sales on Small Business Saturday were very good and the entire weekend should prove much better than last year.
Other shops like Newhard's Gift Shop, Etched in Time and Style Counsel, just to name a few, enjoyed excellent sales throughout the weekend.
Business owners cited the many advantages of shopping local including personal service, saving fuel and time, free parking, avoiding unnecessary aggravation and fueling the local economy.
- Roger Gavan