Holiday shopping rush impacts local economy

‘Come see what’s set in Stone’ that’s the motto for businesses in Stone County heading into the holiday season.

Stone County’s economy is already seeing the positive effects of holiday shopping, with more than two weeks left until Christmas Day. Economic Development Partnership Marketing Director Kristi Harris said, “We had a lot of new businesses opening here in Stone County. We have a lot of innovative businesses, a lot of multi-generational businesses who are investing in store fronts, changing the layout, remodeling what they have and that really brought us into the holiday season.”

Stone County’s holiday shopping season was in full swing for small business Saturday on November 27.

Harris says on that day, business was booming. Customers were in good spirits, spending thousands of dollars shopping locally.  Harris says that’s a good sign for what’s to come. “We definitely expect to see our shoppers more comfortable, getting out. We’ve had lots of Santa events, where we’ve had Santa sightings. We have businesses that are hosting Santa picture opportunities. We really see our customers and visitors, everybody is starting to feel comfortable again. You see that joy. You see them hanging out longer in our stores.”

And if you need to take a break from all of that holiday shopping, step inside Southern Turnings, take a seat, have yourself a nice cup of coffee and get back at it.  Scott Maddox is the owner of Southern Turnings, a retail shop with a flavorful twist.  2021 marks the fifth holiday shopping season for Maddox’s store. “Business is wonderful. It is truly wonderful. We’ve blown all records. Our Shop Small Saturday, blew it off the charts, doubled last year’s sales. We’re excited. We’re also excited about the line that we are carrying, pottery. So, we are excited about this season.”

Maddox says shoppers won’t leave Stone County empty-handed or disappointed.

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