Shopping local at the holidays


POMEROY, Ohio — A picturesque slide working day greeted shoppers to the 19th once-a-year Pomeroy Merchants Open up Home on Monday.

Site visitors strolled by the streets of Pomeroy and perused the various outlets with the Ohio River and brightly coloured autumn hills of West Virginia as a background.

This historic village has develop into a place for customers on the lookout for a single-of-a-type gifts and clothes, and dwelling décor. Pomeroy Service provider President and Front Paige Outfitters proprietor Paige Cleek claimed almost everything arrived jointly to make the working day a superior 1 for retailers and shoppers alike.

“It was a best working day in so several means,” Cleek reported. “I believe I discuss for all the merchants in declaring this was a phenomenal day for all of us. The weather could not have been more perfect, and there have been even far more buyers than expected.”

Cleek claimed people were being waiting in line when the outlets opened at 9 a.m. on Friday.

“We are already full into the Xmas period folks seem to be to be browsing early this year,” Cleek said. “We had been occupied from beginning to end. It was unbelievable, men and women ended up waiting in line for stores to open, and they were being there until following closing. I however experienced people today in my keep following I closed at 9 p.m.”

She claimed it was also very good to see “out of towners” — a sign that the shops are bringing in new customers.

“This town has a large amount to supply,” she stated. “We are friendly with a huge selection of top quality goods, we have great area craftmanship, recognizable manufacturers, and also acquire from lesser business enterprise, so there are goods you could not have noticed just before, all in this little river town. We adore our area clients, but we also want Pomeroy to be a desired destination stage for men and women from out of town, a spot where by individuals want to make the vacation to arrive and store, have lunch or a cup of coffee, meet with pals, and make new types.”

When asked if the present-day provide chain concerns have been a difficulty, Cleek shared that there have been some issues, but typically with the bigger brands.

“We are all struggling a bit with provides, but for the reason that we are compact business enterprise owners, we can change gears,” she mentioned. “Speaking for myself, if I can’t get what I purchased from one put, I can locate a small useful resource business to fill in the hole for matters we are not finding. Also, mainly because we order a ton of items from more compact accounts, they are able to source us a lot more very easily than the even larger models. It presents me an prospect to seem at choices, to achieve out to other modest firms, where by I generally locate related products or types I could possibly have or else disregarded.”

When reflecting on a prosperous Open Dwelling, merchants are restocking in planning for Small Enterprise Saturday on Nov. 27. The weekend will be stuffed with pursuits, such as a Christmas parade.

Pomeroy Retailers would like to talk to buyers to continue on to “shop local”, and Cleek extra, “after shelling out cash at the major box outlets on Black Friday, keep in mind to assistance your area tiny organizations by searching with us the up coming day.”

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Kelly Barnett and Gracie Boso helping Paige Cleek at Entrance Paige Outfitters through their open residence on Monday.

Out of town consumers Becky Ideal, Mary Groves, Tammy Dickson, Sandi Roe, and Paula Edgar from Marietta, Ohio are pictured in front of a seasonal show at the Hartwell Household. The girls explained they were taking pleasure in their day procuring Properties and seem forward to the celebration each and every yr.

Weaving Stitches operator Eloise Drenner with mate Heidi Kinder all through the Pomeroy Merchants Open Property on Monday.

Consumers end in to uncover that distinctive product at Pomeroy’s Cloth Shop.

Buyers go to Clark’s Jewellery Retailer throughout Monday’s Open Home.

Window buying all through Monday’s Xmas Open Home in Pomeroy.

A window display at Weaving Stitches in Pomeroy.

Buyers inside of Chapman Sneakers all through Pomeroy’s Christmas Open House.

Pomeroy’s once-a-year Xmas Open up House

Lorna Hart is a freelance author for Ohio Valley Publishing.