Shoppers flock to local businesses, craft show

joverman@fortmilltimes.comDecember 2, 2013 

— Shoppers flocked to two Fort Mill shopping areas on Saturday to take advantage of Small Business Saturday, a shopping day after Thanksgiving dedicated to supporting small businesses.

The Winter Wonderland Craft Fair at the Dairy Barn on the Anne Springs Close Greenway gave shoppers a chance to shop more than 50 local vendors in one location. Potters, woodturners, candle and jewelry makers were among the vendors that braved the cold outside and packed the interior of the Dairy Barn while hundreds of shoppers checked items off their Christmas lists.

All items at the craft fair were handmade or hand crafted.

Marvin Orellana, visiting from El Salvador, spotted a scarf at vendor Ashwini Sayanakar’s booth. Sayanakar has been selling her handmade and beaded scarves at the craft show for several years.

He excitedly wrapped it up to take home to a friend.

“This has been a great way to show him some of our local culture,” said Susan Scercy, who is hosting Orellana in Indian Land during his visit to the United States.

On Main Street, foot traffic seemed heavier than usual for a Saturday morning. Local Dish was packed with diners by noon and shops along the street, including the new Main and Gray, were prepared for holiday shoppers.

“We’re hopeful that it will be a big day,” said Lynn Blackwell, owner of Main and Gray.

With Main and Gray and Olive’s recently added to its lineup, Main Street offers more to shopper than ever before.

According to the Small Business Administration, Small Business Saturday began in 2010. Last year, almost 70 million people shopped on Small Business Saturday, at an estimated $5.5 billion in sales for small businesses.

Jenny Overman •  803-547-2353

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