Christmas Sales Up Along the Coast

Christmas Sales Up Along the Coast

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No matter what your perfect Christmas present might be, you can probably find it far away from the big box stores.
"We've got some things but there is always a last minute gift that you need," says Mary Anderson from Meridian, Mississippi.

Those last minute shoppers are making a difference this Christmas for mom and pop shops all along the Alabama coast. "There's been a lot more shopping around town," says John Johnson at Souvenir City. "They know it helps the economy here and their money stays here so that's the main thing they like."

The push this season, shop local. And whether it's the big stores or small businesses it seems to be paying off.

"A lot of regulars and some last minute. There's been some fella's out and that's always good to see." In Orange Beach, Tallulah's owner Lynn Thomas has been in business for five years. It's been tough at times but those tough times are starting to turn around.

"It's been really good. We've been fortunate to have a lot of return customers and local support," she says.

That local support has boosted sales 20 percent higher than this time last year.

"We love shopping local, love shopping local," says Billie Caroll on a last minute shopping trip.

According to the Alabama Retail Association, Alabamians are expected to spend almost 9 billion dollars this holiday season. That is a two percent increase, or 175 million dollars more, than last year.

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