The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

December 2, 2013

Christmas Walk brings people to small businesses

OSKALOOSA — Small businesses were buzzing with activity Saturday as people looked for good deals during the Oskaloosa Christmas Walk.

The Christmas Walk coincided with Small Business Saturday after Black Friday to kick off the Christmas holiday shopping season. People could shop in participating businesses and register for Osky Cash prizes or gift certificates.

"It's a staple event to kick off the Christmas spirit in Oskaloosa," Brown's Shoe Fit Store Manager Brian Myers said. "It seems like a good event to us. It brings a lot of traffic downtown."

The Christmas Walk follows a busy Black Friday for Myers and his staff.

"We were surprisingly busy," he said. "This was one of the best Black Fridays we've had in 12 years."

Myers said his store does the same specials on Black Friday and the Christmas Walk. Some of the specials include 20 percent off the entire store and a sock special where you buy three pairs of socks and you get the fourth for free.

"It's a way of giving back," he said.

Myers said the store opened at 7 a.m. Saturday and people came in to shop.

"I was surprised. We were busy," he said. "It's fun. I enjoy it."

Belinda LaFollette, of Harvey, came to Brown's Shoe Fit Saturday for a new pair of shoes.

LaFollette said this is the first time she has shopped during the Christmas Walk.

"I thought I'd come over and have this nice guy baby my feet," she said.

LaFollette said she prefers to shop on the Saturday after Black Friday.

"I wouldn't go out on Black Friday even if you'd pay me,” she said.

JoAnne Plate, of H&S Feed, said Saturday was a good business day for her store.

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