The opening bell of the Christmas shopping season has rung, Black Friday.


The opening bell of the Christmas shopping season has rung, Black Friday.
And Main Street businesses here reported excellent foot traffic and sales as the great sprint to Christmas Eve begins.
“So far, so good,” said Joanne Bannon, co-owner of The Kountry Barn, 613 Main Street, a home decor boutique, at about 1:30 p.m. 
“We were very busy when we first opened at 6 (a.m.).  We had quite a few customers wanting to come in” then.
At the botique-slash-department store, Wallflower, 513 Main Street, Dean DeBastiani, co-owner, said he is experiencing “good traffic and a lot of people that seemed excited to be out.”
Overall, he said sales, so far, were about average - like any other day.
Dawn Rushik, owner of Country Dawn, 645 Main Street, which offers home decor and gifts, said she is “very busy.”
“We’re doing great ... ” said Rushik. “ ... constant traffic coming through the door. ... There’s a lot of people around.”
Rushik said her sales were “definately more than normal.”