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Published: Saturday, 11/30/2013 - Updated: 11 months ago

Downtown Perrysburg merchants seem pleased with Black Friday turnout

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Shoppers weren't flooding downtown Perrysburg stores on the morning of Black Friday, bu shop owners said business would pick up later in the day. Shoppers weren't flooding downtown Perrysburg stores on the morning of Black Friday, bu shop owners said business would pick up later in the day.
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After the early morning mini-rush, there was only a small stream of shoppers in downtown Perrysburg on Black Friday, but retailers expect a busier Saturday and to get some sales on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Perrysburg's biggest retail center, Levis Commons, had a steady dose of shoppers through the day Friday.

Early bird in Perrysburg did work for some downtown shoppers. At 6 a.m., four hours earlier than usual, fashion store Ragazza opened its doors for a "snooze ya lose" sale and sales associated Janel Meszaros said people were waiting in their cars for the doors to open. Early sales indicated the store could have one of the busiest days of the year, she said.

Down the street at Dancer's Pointe, people were waiting for doors to open a hour early at 9 a.m.

"So far, we've been busy," co-owner Kristin Kear said a hour into the sale time. "With small business, Saturday, hopefully, that will be good too, and we're open on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. for the downtown open house."

The open house coincides with the city's holiday parade at 4 p.m. Sunday, which is expected to bring crowds downtown. 

Several of the downtown stores on Friday, though, didn't open until their normal time of 10 a.m. And mid-morning and midday, the sidewalks near the downtown stores weren't crowded.

But Kelly Heuss, a co-owner at Puttin' on the Glitz, said they had a busy afternoon Friday. She said that, this weekend with the parade on Sunday and small business Saturday, it is a big sales weekend for the store.

"Its the same way it has been the past couple of years," she said. "In the morning people go to the big box stores, then we get fairly busy in the afternoons at smaller stores. The little shops are more relaxing after a crazy morning."

At Levis Commons, smaller stores such as Second Sole had a steady stream of costumers on Friday even after the biggest discounts expired earlier. Zach Powell, sales associate for Second Sole, said the store was having a big sales day after opening at 8 a.m.

"At first, people go to the department stores for their sales, then with it being a big shopping day, come out here and shop," he said.

Casey Pogan, a spokesman for the Town Center at Levis Commons, said Perrysburg center off of State Rt. 25 near I-475/U.S. 23 experiences increased traffic about lunchtime on Black Friday, and that seems to be the case this year.

"The biggest sales day for Levis Commons is not usually Black Friday, but the Saturday before Christmas Day," Ms. Pogan said. "So this, year if that holds true, our busiest day will most likely be Dec. 21."

The center this year had all of its stores open at 8 a.m. Friday, with some open before that.

Mike Hickerson and many Perrysburg firefighters were on the streets of Levis Commons collecting money in their boots for Muscular Dystrophy Association.

"It is refreshing to see so much humanity from people on such a crazy day," he said. "We always get a real good turnout out here in Levis Commons."

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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