Cecil Whig - - WE ATHE R -

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.

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