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Businesses extend hours for shopping night

Biggest shopping night of the year for Hartsville

Seersucker Gypsy Boutique, Downtown Hartsville Seersucker Gypsy Boutique, Downtown Hartsville
Waiting in line for Santa Waiting in line for Santa

HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - Black Friday shopping started a week early in Downtown Hartsville. Holiday shoppers got a head start in downtown Thursday night, and the city called it the biggest shopping night of the year.

People filled the streets to take advantage of shopping deals. Typically businesses close at 6 p.m. but what set apart Thursday night is all businesses extended their hours to 9 p.m. just for those holiday shoppers.

Shop owners were setting up all day getting ready for the event. From hanging lights, to filling their shop windows with holiday decorations, businesses were in the holiday spirit.

Suzy Moyd, director of Main Street Hartsville, said this is just another opportunity to bring more people to Hartsville, so they can see all the growth in downtown over the past year. “This is the perfect complement to the holiday season because once you hit Thanksgiving or what they are calling Black Friday Eve.. it's just a big blue of cyber Monday and chaos. So I think this is still the quite time where people haven’t realized the season is upon us and its time to start getting excited about Christmas, and I think this really kicks off community and being together.”

Santa Clause also paid the town a visit, so in between the shopping, a line of people wrapped around City Hall to wait for their time with him. There were free drawn horse carriage rides around town, a snow machine, and cookies and crafts with Mrs. Claus.

Moyd said retailers count on the big crowds from this holiday open house for extra business. Seersucker Gypsy Boutique is the winner of the Startup Hartsville Business Competition last year, and her business opened up just one month ago. The owner, Roxie Gardner, is hoping the open house event will help show off their shop. “Before I opened, this was a night on the books for sure. So I’m looking forward to seeing what it does for the business. What’s going on in downtown Hartsville is something special," said Gardner.

 “We’ve seen a lot of improvements the city has done in our downtown, and they’ve just made it a real destination for shopping and dining," Moyd said. She commented an event like Thursday night's shows businesses what a difference it makes to be open until 9 p.m., and she hopes they will extend their hours throughout the year.

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