Local merchants offer holiday deals


While representatives from national retailer Target bragged that they sold 3,200 televisions a minute during the first four hours that doors were open on “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving, local merchants on the Madisonville Square and surrounding area weren’t quite so slammed.

The locals, however, were enthused about Small Business Saturday, an effort launched by American Express in 2010 to drive more traffic to the mom-and-pop shops.

Lindsey Hendricks and her mother Nancy Gilmore, who own Mule Barn on the Madisonville Square, were blessed with an influx of traffic on Black Friday due to residents who were in town to visit their families for Thanksgiving.

Amy Richman of San Antonio surveyed the large selection of cowboy boots, while Angela Daniels of Oklahoma checked out jewelry.

“Every day is a good day,” Hendricks said. “The boots are by far a best seller.”

This Friday, Dec. 2, Mule Barn along with five other local businesses – Lace Gift Boutique, Vintage Finds, Heart to Heart Florist, Lucille May Market and Standley Feed and Seed – will remain open late until 8 p.m. A group coupon for 15 percent off is available for use at any of the participating stores and can be picked up at any of the six locations.

The late night of shopping falls the day before the Madison County Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade, which rolls through the town square at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, so there are “two fun things to do in a row,” Hendricks said.