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'Sales were as good as last year, if not better'

Zoe Greszler • Nov 27, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Shop Small Saturday was a big day for the downtown Norwalk community as a great crowd gathered down Main Street to snag local deals and enjoy the activities planned for the evening. 

Daniel’s Hobbies, at 34 E. Main St., said it enjoyed a full day of customers, which kept the toying hobbies shop packed most of the day. 

“Sales weren’t too bad and we had a lot of people,” co-owner Rob Gornek said. 

“There were so many people it was hard to keep up with everyone. We got a lot of compliments from people who hadn’t been in a while saying they enjoyed the changes and the new look of the store and people who were in for the first time were very complimentory.”

Duncan & Co. Home Galleries chose to hold its grand opening at the new downtown location — 9 W. Main St. — an opportunity owner Julie Duncan earlier said she was glad to take advantage of.

Employee Chris Morris said it was far from disappointing.

“I would say it exceeded our expectations,” she said. “I don’t think we really expected too much I think it was more about the exposure. ... It was awesome. We had so many people in here and got a lot of good feedback from the people that came in here.

Morris said customers seemed to be most impressed by the decor the store offers.

“We had a lot of questions too about the chalk paint we use,” she said. “They weren’t familiar with it and that was neat.”

“What a wonderful day so far,” Duncan posted on the company’s Facebook page during the Shop Small Saturday rush. “Our ribbon cutting ceremony was heartfelt and emotional because we are so grateful for all of the people in our lives that have supported a dream come true. Beautiful store, beautiful town.”

“(Julie) was pretty excited; we were all pretty excited,” Morris said.

Gornek said he attributes the amount of success the businesses experience to the Light Up Norwalk festivities, which took place from 4 to 7 p.m. the same day as Shop Small Saturday.

“I think if it weren’t coincided with Light Up Norwalk, we wouldn’t have had nearly as many people, but sales were as good as last year, if not better,” he said. 

“As long as they do Light Up Norwalk at the same time, as long as they keep doing it that would be a great help for any retailers in the area.”

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