Herald-Whig

Shop Local Saturday shoppers hit downtown retailers

Pilar Yates Brumbaugh shops at For Home and Her during Shop Local Saturday on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. For Home and Her was one of several shops in The District participating in the local shopping event before Valentine's Day. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 9, 2019 9:30 pm Updated: Feb. 9, 2019 9:31 pm

QUINCY -- A Saturday with no snow and some sun after a frigid week was the formula needed to bring some shoppers to downtown Quincy for Shop Local Saturday.

Chris Taylor, owner of For Home and Her at 644 Maine, said it was busy day at his store.

"The last few Saturdays the weather has been kind of yucky, and I think a combination of a shop-local event and a day when it's not snowing fruited a wonderful afternoon for lots of local businesses," Taylor said.

Shop Local Saturday featured 12 businesses downtown that offered various specials and details for customers.

At Shaker Hill, 638 Maine, owner Casey McGartland said events like Shop Local Saturday help bring customers -- both new and regular -- to the store.

"We've had a lot of out-of-town customers, and a lady just came in and said it was her first time coming in," McGartland said. "I think it's been successful."

She's noticed that during Shop Local Saturday events that she will see many of the same families going out together.

Shaker Hill offered customers 10 percent off if they bought a "Hearts that Help" for $1. Money raised benefits the Heart and Vascular Fund at the Blessing Foundation.

Kelsey Deters, assistant director of the District, said this is the first of three Shop Local Saturday events, with the others set for May 11 and Aug. 17. Though chilly, she thought the sun brought some people out.

"I think people were ready to get out of the house and spend some time outdoors walking around downtown," Deters said.

The District office was open Saturday offering "The District -- The Heart of Quincy" merchandise. The new slogan and logo was unveiled at the District's annual meeting Jan. 30.

"This is place where the community can come and spend time together, support a bunch of local retailers and just enjoy everything that downtown has to offer," Deters said. "We like to think of ourselves as the heart of Quincy."

Taylor said even if someone forgot about Shop Local Saturday, there is always time to visit locally-owned businesses.

"If you weren't able to make it to Shop Local Saturday, you make it to Shop Local Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday or Saturday next week, too," he said. "It doesn't have to be a special occasion to come down, because most of your downtown retailers will have fresh delivers all season long."