Local businesses participate in Cyber Monday


Monday, shoppers are expected to spend nearly $8 billion online. 

Across the country, retailers are offering Cyber Monday deals for consumers, including some businesses right here in the East. 

Votre Boutique in Greenville is offering 20 percent off customers’ entire purchases on its website. 

Owner Pam Carraway said her boutique is one of many locally owned businesses participating. 

“Even though we are locally owned here in Greenville, we are still competing with the chains,” Carraway said. “Once that credit card is pulled out and charged, that’s where the money goes.” 

AR Workshop is another business competing on this big online shopping day. 

“You actually get to do a free wood ornament with any design,” owner Denise Goudy said. 

Goudy shared the deal on the workshop’s Facebook. 

“Since putting Cyber Monday online, we have had eight registrations today, capitalizing on the free wood ornmanets and lots of likes and shares. 

Goudy said 80 percent of their traffic comes from online, making it a no brainer to participate. 

Peacock’s Plume is another boutique in New Bern participating, according to its Facebok page.

Carraway said it is important to sell items both in store and on the internet to reach customers where they are. 

“We want to provide the customer what they are looking for, and that is what they expect,” she said. “In order to be part of the market share of the revenue that will be spent during the holidays, you got to compete.” 

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