POTSDAM - Small business owners in Potsdam and Massena reported a strong start to the holiday shopping season, noting that as the economy continues to recover they have once again noticed an increase in sales.
Black Friday was great, according to Jeremy Carney, who owns Northern Music & Video in Potsdam. It usually is our busiest day of the year.
Small Business Saturday didnt provide Northern Music & Video with the same kind of boost, but Mr. Carney said, it was still a better than average day.
It wasnt as big as Black Friday, but it was still a decent day, he said.
Also mentioning Cyber Monday, Mr. Carney said he thinks customers are unlikely to spend a large amount of money on each of the three days that mark the beginning of what this year is an abbreviated shopping season.
I think people are picking and choosing which days to spend their money, he said.
Up the street from Northern Music and Video, Tom H. Bronson, who co-owns The Cornerstore, said this years Black Friday sales were significantly better than last year and the best hes ever had.
We did pretty well, a lot better than last year, Mr. Bronson said, noting his Saturday sales were also well above what he would normally see.
They were both pretty equal, within dollars of each other, he said referring to both his Black Friday and Small Business Saturday sales.
Mr. Bronson noted last year was their first year in a new location after moving from one end of Market Street to other and that may have had some impact on their sales.
I think it helped, with this being our second Christmas here, he said.
In Massena, Jeramy P. Peets, who co-owns Peets Jewelers, said Black Friday sales increased, as did their sales on Small Business Saturday.
We did phenomenal. Friday was the best day, but Saturday was about as good as Friday, he said. Things seem to be getting better every year.
Mr. Peets said he thinks the increased business retailers are noticing each year is a sign that the economy is on the rebound.
Mr. Peets also said that he thinks another reason for their success this past weekend was their approach to the weekend, noting they held their sale for all day Friday and Saturday with extended hours both days.
We kind of let people shop at their leisure, he said,
Mr. Peets also pointed to this years abbreviated shopping season as another potential reason for the strong start.
Ive noticed a lot of people are shopping early, he said. I think thats because of the season being so short this year.