The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

December 2, 2013

Christmas Walk brings people to small businesses



"It's been really steady," she said of the flow of customers to the store.

Plate said the Christmas Walk crowd was about the same as the Black Friday crowd: "pretty steady."

The most popular items at H&S Feed were pet-related merchandise, Christmas gifts and jewelry. Plate said there were sales on horse-related items, dog food and wild bird seed.

The staff at Hunter's in downtown Oskaloosa was getting ready for a good crowd on Saturday.

Owner Shirley Hunter said the staff was getting the flavored coffees and snacks ready in the store's coffee shop for an influx of customers.

"It's usually our best day," she said. "'Big Box stores' have Black Friday. People do their regular shopping this day."

Hunter said the popular items at her store during the holiday season include Christmas items, reindeer, Christmas candles and carved Santas.

"We're almost out already," she said of the carved Santas.

Jane Bambrook of Oskaloosa was at Hunter's shopping Saturday. Bambrook said she likes to shop during the Christmas Walk.

"It's fun to go into all the shops you don't usually go to," she said.

Bambrook said she was shopping for "holiday stuff — ornaments and stuff like that."

Ruthi Rogers was working in her kitchen at The Book Vault to get ready for the Christmas Walk. She was arranging some holiday goodies for customers to sample.

"It's a good day," Rogers said of the Christmas Walk. "We get a lot of people from out of town. They like the specials."

"We coincide our Christmas Open House with this. There are specials through out the store," she said.

Rogers said Christmas Walk is a good event as it is also a small business shopping day.

"It's one of our best days of the year," she said.

Rogers said Black Friday was a good day for the book store. Business picked up in the afternoon, she added.

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