IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT — Liesl Nuereurther, owner of Lulu Belle’s on Main Street in Springville, welcomed customers to her shop. Photos by Andrew Manzella.
SPRINGVILLE — A blanket of snow decorated the shops on East Main Street as Springville denizens did their holiday shopping. Many people were inspired by Very Merry Main Street to shop local, according to organizers.
Very Merry Main Street participating merchants offered a $500 drawing. People who shopped at all 24 participating businesses on East Main Street were able to enter the contest.
No purchase was necessary, to get signed off on the drawing card.
Liesl Neureuther, owner of LuLu Belle’s, said that it is becoming a tradition for some folks, as she has seen return customers from the first “shop local” event.
Many business owners on East Main Street agreed that shopping local not only helps the local economy, but provides an unparalleled shopping experience.
Beans to Brew barista Caroline Francisco said, “I would say there is definitely a difference in business. People are shopping and looking for hot drinks.”
THE ROYAL TANNENBAUM — The Springville Area Chamber of Commerce put up a tree in the front yard of Concord Land Realty that was lit, during the event.
Laurel Ebert, who works at Anything Printed on East Main Street, was shopping at My Best Friend’s Closet during the event. She said that big-name stores aren’t going to have the same items as small businesses.
My Best Friend’s Closet owner Kim Carrow said that Very Merry Main Street was a great success.
“People are making an effort to shop local,” Carrow said.
Ebert noted that the local business owners should collaborate more, and keep each other in the loop. She said that if there is a show going on, then the restaurants should stay open a little longer, to catch the wave of people after the show.
Neureuther said that people from around Springville like to support where they live, and she enjoys seeing people come into her shop for events like this. Neureuther’s mother works in the storefront, during the week.
Ebert said that the businesses on Main Street are “real people,” and their sales are their “whole livelihood.
“Shopping local keeps money local,” she added.
Stacie Decker, owner of Carpet World, said that she had a lot of activity from the local shopping event.
“People were in and out all the time,” Decker said. “They were asking questions about products and a lot of people said they would come back.”
Decker said she saw a couple shopping who said they bought everything for their home at local businesses, this year.
“I think it gets people excited about shopping local,” she noted.
The Springville Area Chamber of Commerce decorated a tree that was hosted by Concord Land Realty, this year.
Jake’s Greenhouse donated the tree and the stand was provided by Ethan Waterman of Waterman’s Greenhouse. The lights went on during the event, officially kicking off the holiday season in Springville.
“I think, if we continue to do it every year, it will be a good thing,” Decker said, of the success the event had, in local shopping centers.
“I think the town has a lot of hope,” Neureuther added.