Busy Shopping Season Wraps Up In Honesdale

HONESDALE — It was a busy day at shops across our area, including small businesses.

We were in Wayne County back on Black Friday when local shops in Honesdale were hoping for a good holiday season, and on Christmas Eve they told us it has been.

We even found a familiar face doing his last minute shopping in Honesdale.  Yep, the guy in the white beard is shopping local.

“I have to get my last-minute pieces for my sleigh ride tonight,” he laughed.

And he’s not the only procrastinator choosing small businesses.

“I do the same thing every year; wait until the last-minute, start my shopping a week before Christmas, get it done on Christmas Eve,” said Dan Waitkus of Clarks Summit.

Waitkus was getting some gifts at Milkweed.  Quite a few people were.

“My wife and I, it’s really important to support local businesses and we found this a couple weeks ago when they had a local business event.”

The store is just one in Honesdale saying it has been a good holiday season.

“People are becoming much more aware of small businesses in their community,” said Paul Ludick of Milkweed.

It may not be a big box store or all under one roof like the mall, but if you head down the main street in Honesdale, you can find pretty much any gift you need at the last minute, of course just in time for Christmas.

Guenther’s Ski Haus reports a busy month, just what they were hoping for when we stopped by on Black Friday.  Here, the winter weather helped.

“Wonderful, the snow brought people out.  When snow is falling, people are out,” said Amy Hopkins at Guenther’s Ski Haus.

But soon all the stores will be closed and the gift giving can begin.

“I know you’ve been a good boy, just leave me some cookies!”

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