continued Chris Nemec of Nemec’s Farm, Garden & Sporting Goods said his store was busy.
“We had quite a few people walking around in our store,” Nemec said. “Some customers said they were “shopped out” on Black Friday, so they wanted to shop locally today.”
Todd Trulli of George Henry’s Restaurant said he was pleased with the turnout.
“This Buy Local event has certainly brought in far more traffic than we’d see on a normal winter Saturday,” he said. “The promotion has people talking about a new winter event here in town.”
One woman from Greene County, who declined to divulge her name, thumbed through Buy Local raffle tickets as well as receipts for $3,150 in home furnishings she had bought an hour earlier at Adirondack Interiors.
“I bought beautiful custom furniture for far less than I’d pay downstate for similar items,” she said as she listened to Buy Local organizers calling out winners of their raffle drawing.
Business Alliance member Linda Marcella, owner of Adirondack Real Estate LLC, said her new office on Main St. in the former McPhillips Northern Insurance building was a popular destination during the event. She had offered a credit off home fix-up to people who listed properties with her on Saturday.
“We were busy — and I had no retail items to sell,” she said, noting that 28 businesses around town had signed on for the Buy Local promotion. “This event is all about creating relationships.”
She said that the promotion was such a success, similar Buy Local campaigns would undoubtedly be held in the future. Marcella is the chairwoman of the Warrensburg Economic Development Committee.
“This is a great beginning,” she said.
Event organizer Kathy Mosher Hill echoed the point.
“I hope people are now aware of the benefits of shopping locally,” she said. “Really, there are 365 ‘Buy Local days per year!”