for Small Business Saturdays in years past. He came with his friend Susan Bewley, and the two were working their way up and down each side of the street.
“We’re going to stimulate the economy a little bit,” Cronin said.
By this time, they were both carrying bags full of goods. But they weren’t done yet — there were more shops to hit, they said.
“And it’s always good to end up at one of the bars for a drink afterward,” Bewley said.
Booksellers Antiques, which didn’t offer a sale for Small Business Saturday (“we feed them,” own- er Margie DeBoard said, gesturing to a plate of free cookies and sweet bread), also benefited from the extra visitors. DeBoard and her sister Geneva Rhoades, who was working at the shop, estimated that they had seen about two times as many customers as usual.
“We’ve sold a lot of local stuff,” DeBoard said, “both to Cecil residents and people from upstate New York and New Jersey. A lot of them grew up here, I think.”
At Primitive ‘ n Thyme, a decor shop in the West End Village that offered 10 percent off and no sales tax, owners Rita and Jim Rea said they’d done about three times better than usual on Friday, and guessed their numbers by the end of Saturday would be about the same.
The scene inside West End Village on Small Business Saturday, in full holiday mode. Merchants there noted a considerable increase in foot traffic.