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Holiday Shopping Season Well Underway - Brevard, NC

 

November 27, 2017

Matt McGregor

Sales were ticking over nicely Friday at D.D. Bullwinkel's in downtown Brevard. (Below) John Taylor, owner of O.P. Taylor's, said that "anything that flies" was selling well.

Black Friday shopping in Brevard brought new and old retail experiences for downtown this year.

"What I like most about Black Friday," said John Taylor, owner of O.P. Taylor's, "is that I get to see the kids who grew up here in Brevard, and grew up coming into my store when they were little."

Now, with children of their own and living in far-off places, Taylor said he gets to see them again.

"So, they come back here to see their parents and their kids' grandparents, and they stop by the store, and I usually won't remember their names, but I will recognize them. I get to see the third generation of families that have grown up and have kids of their own, and kids that were kids when I opened this place are now grandparents," Taylor said.

Taylor said that while last year's top-selling toy was the animatronic Hatchimal, this year's top selling toys for Black Friday were the more interactive Lego Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V and the Lego Fishing Village.

Taylor said he's also selling "anything that flies," and demonstrated an Odyssey X-V7 Drone that he said can fly "completely out of site, and it's pretty durable."

At D.D. Bullwinkle's first Black Friday, employees said they were selling a lot of clothing from the Patagonia clothing line, according to employee Jerica Klinker, and socks.

"An incredible amount of socks," said employee Callie Driver.

Lee Mobley, who was working in the shoe department during what he called the "lunch-time lull," said the morning was "much busier."

"We had a line going out the door," Mobley said.

Jimmy Perkins, co-owner of D.D. Bullwinkel's, said it was a great day for their first Black Friday.

"We opened the doors at 8 a.m. and it's been wide open ever since," Perkins said. "The weather is beautiful and everybody is in a good mood and people are spending money. It was considerably busier this morning with wall-to-wall people."

Perkins said they offered a 30 percent discount for "early birds" from 8 to 11 a.m.

At Main Street Limited, employee Laura Johnson said they are "trending toward doing more business this year than last year."

Matt McGregor

Hickory Hollow entertained customers at The Cherry Tree on East Main Street.

Misty Prichard, owner at Hunters and Gatherers in downtown Brevard, said she too had been doing more business than last year.

"We opened at 9 a.m.," she said, "and we didn't start getting busy till noon, and it's still going."

Martha Carlton, owner at Theophilus on East Main Street, said they were "slammed."

"It's been better than ever, and we've had a line at the register ever since we opened at 8 a.m.," she said.

At The Cherry Tree on East Main, owner Rose Cherry had the bluegrass band Hickory Hollow playing in her store. She said the store wasn't just doing great Friday, but it had been busy all year.

"This is our third-year anniversary, and it's been awesome," Cherry said.

 
 

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