Mary Nell Veazy shops deals on dresses at Little Black Dress during Black Friday. | Alison James

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Shoppers show love

Published 12:07pm Saturday, November 24, 2012

Store owners in Alexander City said Black Friday had their business booming.

“It’s been very busy,” said Chelsea Lutz at Cloud Nine. “We opened at 10 a.m. and we have not stopped wrapping gifts and selling stuff.”

Numerous locally owned stores and local chains like Sears, Steele’s and Goody’s featured special sales and hours to help people get their Christmas shopping started right.

Little Black Dress was one such store, offering 25 percent off storewide and half-price gameday clothes. Owner Stephanie Smith said they got an even earlier start than they anticipated.

“We had opened the doors early just to go out and water the plants and didn’t lock them back,” Smith said. “At 9 a.m. people were pouring in the door. I said, ‘I guess we’re open.’”

Radio Shack has also been a busy place, said owner Cam Caldwell.

“At 6:30 a.m. there were about eight cars in the parking lot already, and by 7 a.m. there were about 15,” Caldwell said. “We had quite a full parking lot. We were very excited – very thankful.”

Lutz said jewelry and clothing had been their best sellers, and Smith said they had seen people grabbing a variety of merchandise.

“I think people are shopping for themselves,” Smith said with a laugh. “We haven’t had so many things getting wrapped.”

Caldwell said Radio Shack has stayed busy selling tablet PCs, Droid X cellphones and Apple iPads.

“We’re looking for a strong finish with the Amazon Kindles,” Caldwell said.

Shopping local for Black Friday had been touted by local business owners as well as the chamber of commerce in order to keep tax dollars in the city and support the community.

“This is our first Black Friday,” Smith said. “We were excited.”