Dec 22, 2012 10:27 PM by Tony Spehar -

Last minute shoppers helping small businesses

In the final days of holiday shopping small businesses in Manitou Springs saw a much needed rush of customers.

On Saturday afternoon it was nearly impossible to find a parking spot along Manitou Avenue as last minute shoppers crowded the streets.

"There's a ton of people out on the streets going into shops," described Adam Archibald, Manager of Manitou Jack's Jewelry & Gifts. "We're extremely busy, a lot of people out, a lot people looking for those last minute gifts, whether it's jewelry or pottery or whatever it is, a lot of people out, it's good."

Business was also good for those feeding the holiday shoppers.

"Amazing, amazing, non-stop, I mean non-stop, I haven't even had a chance to sit-down," explained Heather Smith, an Assistant Manager at Patsy's Original Candy. "It's exciting and, not only that, everybody's got bags, you see people with bags all the time, so that's always nice and you know they're buying."

Holiday shopping is always vital to the locally owned retailers in Manitou Springs, but especially this year as the crucial summer season was hurt by the Waldo Canyon fire.

"I think everyone's appreciative of all the local traffic and people coming from a little bit away to come see us," Adam Archibald explained.

Small businesses also credit the mild weather in the days before Christmas with encouraging shoppers to hit the streets rather than head to shopping malls.


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