Shoppers flock to Cecil for Small Business Saturday
— 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.
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
Joyce Rommel and Penny Robitailly, both Bel Air residents, spent time shopping on North East’s Main Street for Small Business Saturday.
Before and after the tree lighting, North East Middle School’s band played Christmas-themed music from the Gilbert Lighthouse.