Despite worries that consumer concerns about the economy would hurt holiday sales, retailers have had a promising early season. To see what the talk around town is, this week we visited the staff at Gumas Restaurant in West Chazy to ask if they were planning to spend more, less or the same on their holiday shopping this year. Talk Around Town is a new feature that will appear periodically in the North Countryman. If you have a question youd like asked, contact editor Jeremiah S. Papineau via e-mail at
and well look into it.