Winter weather affecting Christmas shopping
There are less than two weeks left before Christmas and holiday shopping isgoing full throttle. With just two weekends shoppers are going to have to
kick their act into high gear in order to get everything done. With
Thanksgiving falling on such a late date the entire shopping season has
been compressed which has affected both shoppers and businesses. The lastthing we need now is bad weather, but in many places around the country,that’s exactly what we’ve been getting.
Snowy days discourage shoppers in Virginia
In Alexandria, Va., for instance, bad weather this week has been a blow to
local store owners. Reporter Michelle Basch spoke with a few store owners,
including Kate McMahon, manager of shopping mall Ten Thousand Villages.
“This year it just seems more rushed and compressed, and plus the weatherisn’t helping,” McMahon said. “I’m hoping that everyone’s just going to[realize] . . . ‘Christmas is two weeks [away]’ and the next two weekendsare going to be gangbusters, and we’ll have lots of people in here andshopping.”
Another store owner in that area, Amy Rutherford, who’s business is Red
Barn Mercantile, said November sales were good, but with the snowy day’s
they’ve gotten recently, sales have fallen. “It has hurt us—those two
[snowy] days—because this is the critical part of the year that we get in
the black.” However, she has high hopes for the next few weeks. She said
she spoke to a woman just today who had barely started her Christmas
shopping. Rutherford is betting there are plenty more out there like her.
Washington shoppers see cold but sunny weather
Meanwhile, in Bellingham, Wa., there has been no significant snow
accumulation and store owners are hoping it stays that way. Colleen
Mitchell, owner of Culinary Creations said, “I think people are just
getting into the swing of things. I’ve seen a lot of people shopping
around, with more starting to make purchases lately.” Ross Driscoll owns
Drizzle Olive Oil & Vinegar, a great place to stock up on holiday cooking
ingredients. He said that despite there’s no snow, but it’s been plenty
cold. It’s sunny, though, which he said “makes things a little more
accessible, while the dusting of snow reminds people that it could change.”
Online shopping avoids bad weather
People who want to avoid the cold and snow can do a lot of their Christmasshopping online. And there are a lot of stores that are exclusively onlinethese days, including JumpinJammerz.com, a retailer of adult-sized footedpajamas. Their selection is vast with more than 220 colors and designs, sothere’s sure to be a style for everyone on your shopping list.