Buyers in force in local small businesses

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA / KFTA) – Christmas is only three days away and shoppers are plentiful, making sure everyone is covered on their list.

The last Christmas season has been trying for many local small businesses. Arkansas was at the peak of its second wave of COVID-19, and fewer people were shopping in person.

This year, buyers are back and business is booming.

We chatted with one of the owners of Dandy Roll, a downtown Rogers store that sells everything from books to dresses.

He tells me that the last holiday season has been one of the most difficult they’ve ever experienced, but this year it seems fewer people are hesitant to shop.

But it’s not just gift shops that are benefiting from the holiday traffic; local restaurants are also seeing a sharp increase in business from last minute Christmas shopping.

“Yes, we noticed the same. The park across the street was great, and we noticed a lot more people are buying from small shops and local stores compared to big box stores, ”says Logan Pendergrant of Parkside Public.

Both businesses I spoke with say, especially after last year, that they couldn’t be more grateful to locals who choose to shop small.

Many businesses rely on vacation income to support them during the colder and slower months of the year.