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Brady Clem and Connor Van Fossen work to tie a Christmas tree to a vehicle Friday afternoon at Bob’s Market and Greenhouse in Belpre. (Photo by Michèle Newbanks)

MARIETTA – Shoppers have flocked to Black Friday sales, but Small Business Saturday is shaping up to be important to local businesses in Marietta.

“We had a great day today” said Charlie Clay, owner of Dad’s Primitive Workbench. “People were buying Christmas decorations and new clothes.”

He said some people said they were shopping on Friday because they would be out of town for Saturday’s small business sales.

“Our big Black Friday is Small Business Saturday” Clay explained. “(Saturday) is the big day for most of us downtown.”

Stephanie Starkey of Putnam Chocolates said they were “On top occupied” Friday.

Poinsettias in a variety of shades of yellow and red were sold on Friday as people began to decorate for Christmas. (Photo by Michèle Newbanks)

“We had the store full and people were standing on the sidewalk”, she said. “We’re always busy, so it’s a typical Black Friday for us. (Saturday) will be even busier.

She said it was a revolving door of buyers all day.

“Some do Christmas shopping. Others come by saying that it was for them ”, Starkey said.

People would visit their families for Thanksgiving and stop to buy a Christmas present for themselves or to take home.

Jon Neff, store manager at Bob’s Market and Greenhouse in Belpre, said they had a busier Black Friday than usual.

“As a small business on Black Friday … in general we don’t have a lot of foot traffic” Neff said. “This year was different. It has been a lot busier.

He said they were excited about the amount of Friday sales and “People were thrilled to come out. “

He said they ran out of business last year because people weren’t buying items for their churches or dinners, but people seem to want to come back to that this year.

“They seem to have a better grip on things this year”, he said. “Sales of poinsettias have increased significantly. Today is the kick-off. You are inside Christmas tree season now.

He said they have around 100 standing Christmas trees with another 100 as backup. The first five customers of the day bought trees.

“People know there is a shortage of trees and wanted the cream of the crop” Neff explained. “We sold about a dozen trees in 45 minutes.

Michele Newbanks can be contacted at [email protected]

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