Despite a number of gloom and doom forecasts for the economy, Black Friday this year was reported to be as busy as last year by many small businesses in Bryan county.
Cadre Shops owner Roy Sasser said his Richmond Hill store had a typical Black Friday crowd. He said customers came through the door in spurts, looking mainly for more personal items, such as purses and jewelry.
Mary Ann Tiedemann drove into Savannah to shop, but ended up driving back to Richmond Hill by early afternoon.
"There’s more variety here," Tiedemann said while picking out gifts at Cadre Shops.
She enjoyed the selection of items at the store, noting that the gifts she planned to buy would likely be better received than an item from a national chain store. While the shopping conditions in Richmond Hill were more pleasant than in Savannah, she said that she wished there was a place to buy electronics in the area.
At Ella’s in Richmond Hill, owner Dana Lewis reported that her shop was busier this year than last year on Black Friday.
"Holiday items are selling well," Lewis said.
Moments after saying that, a customer brought a few Christmas decorations to the front counter. Meanwhile, a half dozen customers were browsing the selection of holiday décor.
"Everything’s unique," customer Angela Quintanilla said about the items at Ella’s.
Mikela Critzer at ALCO in Pembroke also reported that her retail store was busier this Friday than last Black Friday. Electronics were the biggest seller Friday, due in part to several half price deals, she said.
-Read more in the Bryan County News.