BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - It's holiday season and for merchants that means business is picking up. In Bay St. Louis, they're making the most of it with the city's annual open house, Walkin' with Wassail.
Pam Collins, owner of Twin Light Creations, says "It's getting a lot better response this year, a lot better. People are getting into the holiday spirit."
The large number of shoppers getting a holiday preview is a good sign for merchants who look forward to the extra business. Earlier promos like the BP Funded Magnolia Money has also brought people back to these local shops.
"It leads us into the beginning of the new year. We all have our beginning of the year expenses to pay and it helps," says Collins.
Sherri Bevis of Bay St. Louis' Main Street Association says, "The merchants really are there, their shops are ready to go but they need people here."
At Twin Light Creations, store workers are selling a lot of yard art this season. They think its because people are spending more time at home thanks to the economy, another reason shoppers are buying more practically.
Collins says, "It's not just giving a gift to give; you're giving a gift that is needed."
Merchants say despite the harsh economy, local shops offering affordable goodies should have a very happy holiday season.
"People want people to buy local items like the local art in our area; we have a lot of that. Also, I think people are just looking forward to the holidays," says Bevis.
The Bay-Waveland Main Street Association also encourages shoppers to come out the Second Saturday event in old bay town, coming up in December.