Local businesses feel bite from cold weather

Reported by Casey Roman - bio|email
Posted by Lauren Thomson - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - It's the last shopping weekend before Christmas and Friday night's wintry weather put a cold chill on sales for some local businesses.

The Jingle Bell Walk is supposed to be a 12 vendor showcase of locally made crafts.

This morning only a few sellers set up shop. They said bad weather hurts good sales. That was true for the business owners we talked to today.

They said this year they're working hard against bad weather and a bad economy to keep their businesses alive.

Marlene McDonald, a glass artist from Wilmington says, "As far as sales go, it was extremely important. You always try to get that bank account padded a little bit to get you through those lean winter months of January and February, so that's what I was really gearing for and with shows, I enjoy doing this. This is what I do on almost every weekend starting in April. So part of it is also sad that it's ending on a sad note like this."

The event was sponsored by the Downtown Business Alliance as part of a series of weekend holiday events.

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