Black Friday is apparently no longer the highlight of the Christmas shopping season–at least not for a couple of Manhattan businesses. RadioShack of Manhattan Co-owner Frank Beer says the retail market is ever-changing, with his store open Thursday. Beer says his business did okay Thursday, although it changes the dynamic on Friday–meaning mid to late morning is more the time to shop as the Thursday shoppers get some rest.
Pathfinder Store Manager David Colburn tells KMAN he’s had some customers on Black Friday, but that’s not really his focus either, as he concentrates more on Small Business Saturday. Beer agrees small business and local stores are an important emphasis and a way to check the unique shops in the Manhattan area.
Colburn says Pathfinder sells a lot of nice cozy fleece jackets from North Face and Patagonia, hats and gloves, and warm socks. Beer says drones are “all the rage,” especially those which can take pictures. He also mentions blue tooth devices as big sellers. Trey Vernon, Co-Owner of the Manhattan Running Company says activity trackers have been going pretty quickly and GPS watches.