Customers Shopping Locally Owned Stores on Black Friday
For Stephen Brooks, spreading holiday cheer comes natural as customers admire items in a calmer environment on Black Friday in downtown Prattville.
"We get the music going and we just get them back into the spirit of Christmas again rather than all the frenzy from going out and getting all those packages and goodies."
Brooks is the co-owner of Carol Brooks Home and Holiday Shop. During this time of the year, the shop's major must have items include candles and jewelry.
"The list goes on and on down to the pre-packaged items we have where you can pick them up right away."
While Black Friday lasts for a day, this shop shares Christmas year-round with a loft full of gifts.
"Folks can work all-year long planning on what they want to put together, especially in the department 56 area and if they want to pick up some up some of the Christmas ornaments throughout the year."
In addition to shopping locally, some customers prefer online shopping for Black Friday.
"I would prefer to do that and I feel like you get the same deals and you don't have to deal with the crowds and the lines," says Cindy Locklear.
Less crowds but the same savings.
"I care about them staying in our city and I just enjoy shopping down here."
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