While many people crowded into big stores like Walmart looking for deals on Black Friday (which, for some, started Thursday night), several smaller, local shops also held sales.
Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday and, same as last year, the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a special event to encourage people to Shop Small.
Magnolia’s has always done a Black Friday event, according to owner Beverly Davis. This year and last the women’s clothing store has held a special sale, opening Thursday afternoon in conjunction with Shop Small.
“Everything is going wonderful,” Davis said. “It’s been a great start to the holiday season.”
So far, participating shops have seen an increased number of people wandering through their doors. Many of these people aren’t spending money — yet.
Shop Small has helped to make people aware of businesses they might not have even known existed before now.
Michael Goudey of Tom’s Menswear feels his traffic will increase when the number of troops on Fort Riley increases. With so many soldiers (many of them male) deployed, there are fewer potential customers around.
“Maybe when they get back, things will change a little bit again,” he said.
Alan Bontrager of Home Lumber and Floors to Go said he usually doesn’t have much Black Friday traffic — with or without the passport. Most Black Friday shoppers aren’t looking at lumber yards for deals.
“We do a few gift cards ... we just don’t do that much Christmas. We never have,” he said. “Ten, 15 years ago we had some pretty good Christmas business, and now walk-in traffic’s just not what it used to be. We just don’t get that many.”
He feels business has decreased for Home Lumber in part because of his location — he’s away from the main drag at 201 Grant Ave.
This year’s event is expected to be more successful than the last one. Last year, an ice storm knocked out many people’s plans.
Participants this year include Acorns Resort, Champions Car Wash, City Cycle Sales, Coach’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Country Floral and Gift, the Daily Union, F&S Electronics, Frontier Spirits, Garden Gate Antiques, Glamazon Wax Bar, Home Lumber and Floors to Go, Key Office Supply, Magnolias Boutique, NetQuest Computer Sales and Repair, Quilter’s Yard, R/C Hobbies, Screen Machine Sports, Steppin’ Out, Studio Pink Candy Boutique, Three Rivers Engraving, Tom’s Menswear, and Vernon’s Custom Jewelry.
If you haven’t had your passport stamped — or if you don’t have a passport at all — stop by a participating business and pick one up. You need 10 stamps to enter the final contest, in which $250 is being given away to be spent at a participating business. After your passport is signed, bring it by the Chamber office at 222 W. Sixth St. to enter the drawing.