Knoxville small businesses gear up for holiday shopping rush

Knoxville small businesses gear up for holiday shopping rush

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At Union Avenue Books in downtown Knoxville, Christmas books were already on display. At Union Avenue Books in downtown Knoxville, Christmas books were already on display.
"We are absolutely gearing up for the holiday season," said Pattison. "We are absolutely gearing up for the holiday season," said Pattison.
Pattison customers were already scheduled to come in Thursday to place their orders for Christmas cards. Pattison customers were already scheduled to come in Thursday to place their orders for Christmas cards.
Kathryn Rouse, the owner of Fizz in Market Square, is also getting ready for Christmas shoppers. Kathryn Rouse, the owner of Fizz in Market Square, is also getting ready for Christmas shoppers.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Even though it is only Nov. 1, many retail stores have already started getting ready for the holiday rush.

This time of the season is very important for their bottom line and many will start early to lure in customers.

At Union Avenue Books in downtown Knoxville, Christmas books were already on display. The owners said this time of the season is vital for their business to thrive.

"It's what we count on, and as most independent book stores will say it keeps you going the rest of the year," said co-owner Fossie McNabb.

Sarah Pattison, the owner of The Happy Envelope, also on Union Avenue, said customers were already scheduled to come in Thursday to place their orders for Christmas cards.

"We are absolutely gearing up for the holiday season," said Pattison. "Typically if people, in a perfect world, can have their holiday cards in hand Thanksgiving, or right after Thanksgiving, then they can start addressing and send them out by the first week or second week of December."     

Pattison said Christmastime is very important for her business as well.

"Christmas cards sales and holiday sales are substantial," she said.

Kathryn Rouse, the owner of Fizz in Market Square, is already getting ready for Christmas shoppers.

"I have started to sell Christmas presents and I'm very happy for that," said Rouse. "We have extended our return policy to this January already because people are coming in for Christmas presents."

All the business owners 6 News spoke with said they do not mind the Christmas spirit starting so soon and feel this year is going to be great for sales.

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