PRAWNS, PRAWNS, PRAWNS: Emily Coggin, Anne-Marie Ferguson, Mark Knaggs and Bridi Knaggs have been kept busy in the lead up to Christmas. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMSFive tonnes of prawns will be sold at DMC Meat and Seafood in the lead up to Christmas.
Owner Mark Knaggs said prawns were the biggest seller for the festive feast, and give or take a couple of hundred kilograms, he was confident five tonnes would be going out the door.
Regardless of what is filling the shopping basket, be it food or clothing, Dubbo retailers are happy with the biggest shopping month of the year.
The Gift Closet owner Krissy Smith said her store had been consistently busy since last Thursday, and she only expected trade to increase in the coming days.
Meanwhile shoppers had been buying Christmas presents since September at The Swish Gallery, owner and operatorSusie Rowley said.
All three business owners said they were expecting Christmas Eve to be the busiest day, and praised Dubbo residents for shopping locally.
Keeping money in local pockets was a “very big deal”, Mr Knaggs said.
“It’s been a hard year for retail in general. A lot of retailers are actually looking for that Christmas boost and the more you spend in townthe better off everything is,” he said.
“I think a lot of people these days are starting to do that. I know the internet has a lot of power but I think a lot of people still like walking in-especially with what we do-they like walking in and having a look.”
As Ms Rowley said she had posted on her Facebook page “when you buy from a small business an actual person does a little happy dance”.
SEASON OF GIVING: The Gift Closet owner Krissy Smith and Christmas Elf Courtenay Mace, encouraging shoppers to spend their money locally. Photo: Belinda Soole
Dubbo Regional Council has also been encouraging shoppers to spend their money within the CBD, through the ‘smile. it’s Christmas’ campaign.
More than 70 gift cards from the CBD elf will be handed out to local shoppers by the time council’s promotion finishes.
Not only was it locals shopping at DMC, Mr Knaggs said customers were also coming from places such as Newcastle and Muswellbrook.
“You’ve got to have the product. We think we supply a good product and so we get people walking through the door,” he said.
It was looking to be a record year for the business, Mr Knaggs said.
“It’s been busy for about a week, ever since it rained. Because it’s been a good season, good harvest, everyone has plenty of dollars and if they’re in town they want to spend it,” he said.
When it came to the big sellers this Christmas, Ms Smith said “everything” had been popular at The Gift Closet, but the Glasshouse candles had been the biggest seller.
Ms Smith said the candles had been going out the door faster than she could restock them.
“I don’t know if it’s because we’re a newer store, but we’ve found the response has been wonderful. Since Thursday last week it’s been constant. And there’s still people who haven’t done their shopping yet,” Ms Smith said.
Meanwhile, Ms Rowley said her biggest seller was anything with animal hide.
Mr Knaggs said he wanted to thank all his customers for shopping local and staying loyalto the business.
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