Local Businesses Preparing for Holiday Season

By: Lindsey Yates Email
By: Lindsey Yates Email

"I think the spirit of the holidays especially Thanksgiving and Christmas should be celebrated all year around."

In honor of Labor Day local businesses allowed shoppers to cash in on summer savings, while also providing a first look at Fall merchandise.

Even though temperatures are still on the rise Summer clothing prices are dropping.

Pappagallo clothing store in Bowling Green says now is the time for them to clear their shelves of Summer clothing to make room for fall apparel.

"We're rock bottom for summer. We're down to 75% off our summer goods because we have fall stuff coming in, and we find this is a great weekend to finish it up. People are still looking for items and the weather turned hot again so it was good to clear the summer out," says Nicki Smith, Owner of Pappagallo.

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"Any kind of leather. The new term is vegan, anything with leather trim is very big," says Smith.

Smith says with WKU in full swing and end of the season sales Labor Day business has been steady.

"Even though it was hot if they see something great they go ahead and pick it up."

It may still be hot outside but local businesses are already preparing for what they call their busiest time of the year, the holiday seasons, and customers say it's never to early to shop for fall or even Christmas decor.

"I think the spirit of the holidays especially Thanksgiving and Christmas should be celebrated all year around," says a customer at Trees and Trends.

Those at Trees and Trends and Candle Makers on the Square say why it may seem too early to be seeing Santa Clause those items are what drives their business.

"People are out looking to get the best stuff first. Like Christmas ornaments. They all pick over the stuff they like," says Doug Sheed, Manager at Trees and Trends.

"We do most of our business on holidays like most retail stores. As far as it being early, it is but at the same time people are coming in the Spring and they're like, where is the Christmas stuff? People buy Christmas gifts all year long," says Stephen Parks, Manager at Candle Makers on the Square.

Parks says they look forward to the cold months, when they cash in on the holidays.

Retail stores like Trees and Trends say they are busy unpacking and filling the shelves with Fall, Halloween, and Christmas decor, while also offering last minute sales on Summer items.

Area garden nursery's are also making the transition into the Fall season.

Hillview Garden and Floral says it is selling the last of its Summer flowers and stocking the shelves with Fall favorites such as Mums, and Cabbage.

Items that have only been available for a couple of weeks but are already selling quick.

"Everybody wants to push the season a little bit and get some Mums in. You started seeing them around town about two weeks ago and we just got ours in on Friday and are already selling Mums and Pansies," says Will Galbreath, Owner of Hillview Garden and Floral.

Galbreath says they are also having a large tree and shrub sale because from now until the middle of November is the prime time to plant them.

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