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Fri November 23, 2012
Business and the Economy

Dressed Up for Black Friday

First there was “Black Friday,” and then “Cyber Monday.”  Now, consumers are urged to shop local on Saturday.  Holiday sales are also important to small retailers.  Lexington’s Bella Rose, which is a clothing boutique near the University of Kentucky, has displayed dresses in its window for more than 30 years.  Store founder Betty Spain says the staff specializes in customer service…finding the ‘right dress’ for the ‘right woman’.

“We are into pulling your accessories together and getting you ready to march out the door.  We have been known to cut price tags off as you’re headed out the door to go to a party, a wedding, Keeneland, the Derby,” said Spain.

Betty Spain says Thanksgiving weekend is like ‘old home week.’

“It’s a tradition.  People who live out of state, out of town as they come to visit families, we have repeat business on Friday.   We don’t consider it a ‘black Friday,’ we consider it a bright Friday,” added Spain.

Store Manager Alison Herrington adds many people like to ‘support local businesses.’  Herrington says the clothing boutique will also participate in “Small Business Saturday.’