By Betsy Cribb
Lexington business owners are optimistic after a successful Black Friday weekend.
“We saw a lot of people in downtown Lexington,” Pure Eats restaurant owner John Blackburn said. “It was really nice to see, you know, families walking around, obviously doing some shopping.”
A Washington-based retail tracking firm reported that 247 million people visited stores and websites this year.
Siobhan Deeds, the owner of Main Street boutique Pumpkinseeds, said she was pleased with shopper turnout.
“Friday was fantastic. I think it was even better than last year. And Saturday was great, too. We had just a really good weekend,” Deeds said.
The high number of sales was not limited to in-store purchases.
Laura de Maria, who owns the Cocoa Mill Chocolatier in Lexington and Staunton, she said that many of her sales were done online.
“Cyber Monday went really well for us…orders just flooded in, and we’re really happy about that,” said de Maria.
All three storeowners expect this high number of sales to carry over into the holiday season, which starts officially in about a week.