GREG LOWER

Shoppers began the holiday season over the weekend in Chanute, leaving merchants feeling jolly.

Stores welcomed shoppers for both Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday.

This was the 10th year for Main Street Chanute to promote Shop Small Saturday, and Director Ruthann Boatwright said it went well.

“The weather was helpful, too,” she said.

People reported it was nice to see others downtown, including friends they had not seen in a while. Main Street gave out 50 promotional bags containing coupons in two hours Saturday, including some bags that also had gift certificates.

Talk of the Town owner Sharon Harrison said it was nice to see a lot of people shopping locally.

“We did have some out-of-towners,” she said, noting that sales of clothing and giftware seem to be up, and Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday were really good.

“We don’t do the Cyber Monday, so to speak,” she said.

Merle Norman owner Denise Hastings said it was a great start to the season and the weekend had a good turnout.

“We were happy to see so many people shopping local,” she said, and that she felt the specials went over well.

“We’ve been super busy,” said Taryn Gregg with Consignment. “Whenever you’re busy helping people, that’s definitely a good problem to have.”

Employees of Cardinal Drug said they did pretty well, too. Haylee Rutledge said people are trying to shop more locally.

“It’s been a pretty good year so far,” she said.

Alicia Masters, owner of Tony’s Garden Center and Gift Shop, said there was a steady flow of customers Friday and Saturday.

She said the turnout was much as she expected and very comparable to recent years.

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