Shop­pers flock to Ce­cil for Small Busi­ness Satur­day

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JOE ANTOSHAK

jan­toshak@ches­pub.com

— A tra­di­tion that started na­tion­ally in 2010 has con­tin­ued to draw shop­pers into this county for deals on goods sold by lo­cal busi­nesses.

On North East’s Main Street, Small Busi­ness Satur­day — an event de­signed to boost sales at mom and pop shops — was ev­i­dently a suc­cess. Lo­cal mer­chants noted an uptick in foot traf­fic and shop­pers com­pli­mented the quaint en­vi­ron­ment that ac­com­pa­nied the sales.

NORTH EAST

Penny Ro­bitailly, a Bel Air res­i­dent, had never been to North East be­fore the week­end.

“We were out, and I wanted to sur­prise her,” said her friend, Joyce Rom­mel, who is also from Bel Air. “I love lit­tle shops, I love lit­tle towns.”

With Christ­mas mu­sic play­ing through speak­ers above town hall, Ro­bitailly and Rom­mel seemed to en­joy what they con­sid­ered to be North East’s small town charm.

“It is very nice,” Ro­bitailly said.

To walk into many of the shops on Satur­day was to pre­pare to say ‘Ex­cuse me,’ as you nudged your way fur­ther in­side. Peo­ple waited pa­tiently in line at North East Choco­lates (15 per­cent off) and Kathy’s Corner Shop (10 to 40 per­cent off se­lect items). Some came with fam­ily, some came with friends. Some came from near, some came from afar.

Joe Cronin, who lives in Ne­wark, Del., but has a condo in Per­ryville, had vis­ited North East “a mil­lion times,” he said, in­clud­ing

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JOE ANTOSHAK

Joyce Rom­mel and Penny Ro­bitailly, both Bel Air res­i­dents, spent time shop­ping on North East’s Main Street for Small Busi­ness Satur­day.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JOE ANTOSHAK

Be­fore and af­ter the tree light­ing, North East Mid­dle School’s band played Christ­mas-themed mu­sic from the Gil­bert Light­house.

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