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Early numbers show holiday shopping in Region 8 is off to a good start

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Money seems to make the Christmas season go round, and while we would like to think money has nothing to do with the holiday season, it does in this consumer driven country.

It is the only way to buy those toys and clothes which top the wish lists of many in region 8.

Speaking of lists they already seem to be long. "Making those lists and checking them twice which means we are too because fortunately for us we are too because we have to reorder inventory," said Mary Horne, the owner of local business J. Christopher Toys and Gifts.

Horne says sales seem to be up compared to this time last year. "People have been making earlier inquires," said Horne.

The owner of Rockstar Clothing and Guitars, Casey Johnson, says they too are reporting the same story. "We've had lots of shoppers coming in early," said Casey.

As for Casey and Mary, they both say the recent push for shopping local and cross promotion among the businesses is making a big difference. "Seems like it has been working," said Horne.

They say besides supporting the local economy there are many other pluses to shopping with them verses the giant stores. "The experience is better and you don't have to wait in the line at the mall," said Johnson.

While the local shopping season may be off to a lucrative start, neither entrepreneur says she is letting her guard down. They say especially in the face of the big competition who sometimes seem to have it all on Black Friday. "It's tough for us to do anything because of all the buying power," said Horne.

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