WILTON, Conn. – The Christmas shopping season is over in Wilton and shop owner Lauren Robak is happy and thankful.
Robak, owner of clothing store Une Minette in Wilton Center, said she had plenty of customers coming through to get a few more things before the holiday. “We had a lot of shoppers coming every day, so I’m happy with the turnout,” said Robak, taking a moment Wednesday to take down her Christmas-themed window display, complete with fake trees. “We were very busy right until Christmas Eve.”
Things could have been better, she said, as Hurricane Sandy caused a slowdown that hampered business as the busy shopping period got started. Now, Robak is setting up her store for spring clothing and hopes winter will be as mild as it was last year.
Krik-it, the children’s clothing store neighboring Une Minette, had an even better shopping season than last year, according to co-owner Rosanna Coughlin. The store had parents who wanted to get more clothes for their kids, she said, attributing some of that to an increase in shoppers’ confidence in the economy.
“We’re happy with it,” Coughlin said. “It’s definitely an improvement over last year.”
Wilton Hardware, open since late October in advance of Hurricane Sandy, has been largely busy through the holiday shopping season, said store owner Tom Sato. From hammers to shovels, the town’s only hardware location did brisk business.
“We had a lot of new customers who found us,” Sato said. Christmas Eve business was so busy that the store stayed open for an extra hour. “We thought everyone would be done shopping” at 1 p.m. Monday, he said.
The Open House gift shop on Old Ridgefield Road had a solid holiday season, said store manager Karen Turner. The weekend before Christmas was probably the busiest time for the shop as last-minute buyers came in to finish their shopping. “We had a good season, and we have great customers,” Turner said.
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