Downtown upbeat about Christmas
MARY MEADER at the Placerville News Co. shows off a Melissa and Doug caterpillar plush toy that is one of the store's youthful gift items. Democrat photos by Krysten Kellum
The holiday season is usually a retail bonanza for merchants. This November, national retail sales were up by 4-5 percent, with the National Retail Federation predicting a whopping $616.9 billion in sales for this holiday season.
Downtown Placerville merchants have seen steady sales and some of them are hoping for the late season surge they experienced last year.
"Last year, there was a big surge about four days before Christmas," said Danielle Thorne, owner of Ecological, 320 Main Street, which specializes in fair-trade items. Continue Reading