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Black Friday draws shoppers to downtown for deals, sales

Friday morning, stores all around Bainbridge saw local and out of town shoppers alike scouring the racks for the best deals on Black Friday.

Located just off the square, Avie Lou & Brother offered 20% the entire store from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Store associate Carley Brogdon said the store saw a lot of their regular customers come in for the sale, but they also saw several out of town families who were visiting for the holidays. One of the hottest items in the store was Christmas clothing for children.

Reeves Gifts Jewelry & More also held a storewide discount. They offered 15% storewide with some exclusions on specialty items.

Co- owner Amanda Rentz said the store opened at 9 a.m. and offered gift cards to the first 25 people.
“We’ve had a great turnout,” Rentz said. “It’s really exciting to see people out Christmas shopping and in the Christmas spirit.”

While COVID-19 was a concern for small business owners this holiday season, Rentz said so far the sales have been on par with what they were last year at this time.

“We are just very fortunate for the participation in all of our downtown activities,” she said.

Flint River Outfitters store associate Carlie Maxwell agreed with Rentz, saying Friday’s sales were awesome.

Maxwell said this year Flint River Outfitters didn’t offer many sales on home décor or clothing, but they did have several sale items in the gun room and all shoes are 50% off until they are gone.

“We’ve sold a variety of everything and it’s just been an awesome day,” Maxwell said.

She said associates saw customers purchasing Christmas gifts, but personal purchases as well. Customers were not just limited to Bainbridge either. Maxwell said they saw customers from as far as Columbus today.

All of the small business owners were extremely happy with the turnout of Friday’s sales and look forward to the rest of the holiday shopping season to come.