Downtown merchants see mixed results this holiday season

December 28, 2017 GMT

Downtown Roseburg merchants reported a mix of holiday sales results this year.

Some experienced sales levels that were above last year’s, including Brett White, owner of Heroes Haven Comics.

“Sales were healthy this Christmas,” White said.

His sales were up a bit from last year, according to White. On Saturday, two days before Christmas, the store was swamped, as it usually is right before the holiday.

“Sales were really good on the 23rd,” White said.

For some other stores, the results were not as good as years past.

“It was a ramp up from what we do day to day, but it wasn’t like it was two or three years ago,” said Jason Byers, owner of Roseburg Book and Stationery.

Byers said this year has been one of the store’s worst years, which he attributes to a holdover from downtown construction last year, and not enough merchants to bring shoppers back after the work was done.

Even so, Byers said there were some pleasant surprises this holiday.

The Downtown Business Association did a great job with the holiday lighting this year, Byers said. And downtown had foot traffic this season.

“I was pleasantly surprised to see families walking around,” Byers said.

The store’s window display, which was voted as the best display this year, drew a family into the store. The next day one family member showed up again and shopped.

Charlie Weckerle, owner of Country Lady Quilt Shop, said business was “kind of slow, and still is.”

Her business is unusual in that holiday quiltmaking starts months before the holidays in order to provide enough time to complete the work to give as a gift.

Some stores reported sales that were comparable to last year.

“We’re just right in line with last year’s season,” said Todd Boyd, manager of Brown’s Shoe Fit Company.