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Small local businesses find this holiday season successful

Kathy's Kandies, Main Street Books and Boutique Lori Ann all saw an increase in sales for the holiday.

Posted: Dec. 29, 2018 9:48 PM
Updated: Dec. 29, 2018 11:38 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — It was a successful holiday season for small businesses in Downtown Lafayette.

Kathy's Kandies, Main Street Books and Boutique Lori Ann all saw an increase in sales for the holiday.

“We were really, really busy, a lot more so than maybe last year. I always feel like each year we kind of grow a little bit,” said Kathy Logsdon, owner of Kathy's Kandies.

She said the hype of November's "Small Business Saturday” event carried on through the rest of the season.

“It was crazy, absolutely crazy. Trying to keep up and finally last Wednesday it was like, it's not going to happen so I have to do the best I can do,” said Logsdon.

Just a few blocks down at Boutique Lori Ann, owner Lori Schlaifer said she's felt that same hype this season, even though her store has only been open for three months.

“It was exciting, I don't know what to expect because I haven't done this before but it seemed to go really well,” said Schlaifer.

While it's unclear what exactly is leading more community members to shop local, Schlaifer said she's excited for the future of local businesses coming to downtown Lafayette.

“Our downtown I feel like is growing and it's so cute, it has so much potential,” said Schlaifer. “I'm really excited about the businesses that we have already and I've heard several others are hoping to come downtown.”

Owner of Main Street Books, Tamzin Malone said her sales saw a nice increase this season. Her sales increased 2.5% from last year.

“We had a lot more traffic than in previous years even though the parade was cancelled because of weather and usually that is a big draw for us so even without the parade, our sales were up,” said Malone.

The businesses owners said they're working on programs and activities to keep the community shopping local in the coming year.

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