ELIZABETHTON – Small Business Saturday wasn’t so small in Elizabethton.
In addition to the opening of Skate By The Doe at Covered Bridge Park, crowds of shoppers strolled through the shops of downtown Elizabethton to take advantage of the deals and promotions offered by the merchants.
Most business owners said it was a great day.
Many businesses not only have one-time sales but also have extended hours of operation. Some even had live music and other entertainment in their stores. The efforts of the businessmen drew not only crowds, but also a large number of people in the mood for shopping.
Rita Russell, owner and operator of Simple Blessings general store, 508 E. Elk Ave., took a sales read after lunch and said her business is on the verge of breaking records. She said it was not only the number of people visiting her store, but also the purchase of her merchandise.
“We had 100 sales at 1 pm,” Russell said. “It’s not the customers, it’s the transactions.” She said her store’s record was 137 transactions per day and with the store staying open until 6 p.m., Russell was sure the record would be broken.
Tracie Young, owner of Five One Eight, 518 E. Elk Ave., didn’t have to plan a record
At 2 p.m., she said her store had already had the best selling day in its history. At that time, the store had dozens of customers in the store.
The same was true for many businesses up and down the street in downtown Elizabethton.
Many people also crossed the Elk Avenue Bridge to witness the first day of operation of the Covered Bridge Park Ice Rink and other events, such as the Edwards Island outdoor movie and a boardwalk. in a free horse-drawn carriage in the city center.
Saturday was the first day of the Skate By The Doe rink at Covered Bridge Park, and many patrons took turns skating on the synthetic rink, which does not require freezing temperatures.
The ice rink will be open until January 16.
Saturday hours are 10 am to 10 pm; Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. There are also preparations for private rink rentals on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for private rentals for birthdays and other group events.