Christmas shopping impact on local businesses, vital part of their existence


Holiday sales increased 5.1% to more than $850 million this year.

That’s according to a Mastercard report.

It’s the highest it has been in the last six years.

That type of growth is important for small businesses.

Staff at locally-owned businesses, like the ones at Washington’s waterfront, said the holiday shopping season is a vital part of their existence.

Some said this year they did not have a lot of last-minute shoppers, but overall, they were busy.

“Christmas is very important to a small business because it will sustain us in January and February when everyone in hibernation mode,” said Little Shoppes co-owner, Rebecca Clark.

Local business owners said they rely on out-of-towners and tourism each holiday season to help drive sales. 

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