Black Friday brings in green holidays

Black Friday brought in the green for some local businesses, as the shopping holiday brought out Sweet Grass County citizens in droves last week.

While weather had to have helped keep those out and about walking from storefront to storefront, the deals were too good to pass up for some shoppers. Bonnie Ferguson, who’s owned Little Timber Quilts & Candy on McLeod Street, said it was the best Black Friday the store’s had in her five years of ownership.

“People are actually getting it in their heads that we need people to stay local and shop,” Ferguson said. “And the Chamber’s Buy Local Challenge really helped, too. It got people out and thinking about this.”

Ferguson said she had a couple deals she just happened to kind of come up with last minute, so she attributed a lot of her Black Friday success to local shoppers willing to stay close to home and find the gifts they needed right on their own main street. 

At Little Timber Quilts & Candy, Ferguson will continue to have some sales here and there for the rest of the year. So, if shoppers missed out last week, there’s still a chance to get those gifts for the holidays, while remaining local.

For Jancie Grosfield, the owner of Cinnabar Creek, there wasn’t much of an uptick in customer traffic this year, but rather just a steady flow of people throughout the morning, coming in and checking out the store.

Her biggest effort came in Black Friday specials, but also in trying to make her store unique. That’s the trick, she said. 

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