Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Mountain Business Association is holding its second “Late ‘til 8” event, in which mountain merchants stay open until 8 p.m. once a month, on Thursday, Oct. 11.
Cutting Corners Framing and Gifts owner Linda Roberts-Harris said her store had a good turnout for the inaugural Late ‘til 8 in September, especially considering that it was the first event.
“The people that came by to shop were complimentary that the merchants decided to stay open later,” she said, adding that most shoppers that evening told her they work during the day and are therefore typically unable to shop on Signal. “When I told them it would be monthly, the response was very positive.”
Organizers said they expect the flow of shoppers to pick up even more as word begins to spread about the monthly series.
Several merchants, including Mountain Top Toys owner Karen Dolmovich, offer special discounts to further sweeten the deal for event attendees. She said she plans to offer customers who come in from 6-8 p.m. during the next event 10 percent off all science items in the store, such as microscopes, planetariums and talking globes.
Roberts-Harris said she expects that more shoppers will also take advantage of the extended hours as Christmas gift crunch time approaches.
“The closer it gets to the holidays, I think this will be a good service for the community and a nice opportunity for more people to see what we have and look around,” she said.
The same group of stores is participating in October’s Late ‘til 8 as the first event, including Signal Mountain Sports Zone, J & S Shoes, 12 Paws, Accents, Cutting Corners, Treehouse Kids, Wild Hare Books and Mountain Top Toys.