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Published December 27, 2011, 09:57 PM

Local Shops See Booming Holiday Business

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Target, Best Buy, and Wal-mart weren't the only stores raking in cash this holiday season. Some local stores had booming business as well.

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Target, Best Buy, and Wal-mart weren't the only stores raking in cash this holiday season. Some local stores had booming business as well.

Although they're not known nation-wide, a couple local businesses drew in crowds from all over the state, even folks from Canada came down to spend some money and enjoy the local shopping Grand Forks has to offer.

"We bring something unique to the community that we haven't seen in Grand Forks and when people come in they come back," said owner of True Colors, Mickie Nakonechny.

Loyal customers strolled up and down 3rd Street this shopping season, giving local shops a hard time keeping items on the shelf.

"Our sales over Christmas was about triple of what we expected, uh, we had a hard time keeping things stalked but I guess that was a good problem to have especially this time of year," said co-owner of Kittson & 3rd, Nicole Schiller.

Kittson & 3rd has only been open less than two months and business is already booming with help from holiday shoppers.

"Wonderful exposure and it was just optimal timing for getting ourselves established," said Schiller.

Down the street, True Colors, a boutique that's been in town for more than 6 years had great business, too.

"The weather helped a little bit, being nice out and I also think that because our product mix has changed and we are unique in the region that that has drawn more customers to us and word of mouth has been excellent advertising," said Nakonechny.

"A lot of people say oh I heard it from my sister from my friend and just getting those referrals from us is huge and just seeing a lot of repeat faces has been a wonderful boost of confidence too," said Schiller.

Word-of-mouth and affordable items brought customers into the stores.

"We want women to feel like they're shopping in a high quality place but not having to pay for it with overpriced price tags," said Schiller.

"They come in looking for a gift, often they'll pick up something for themselves and buy two of a product to give and to keep," said Nakonechny.

Even though both stores may compete for the same customers this time of year, they enjoy the small business community downtown.

"It's really nice to have others downtown like Kittson & 3rd so it's good to have company down here and its nice to see that traffic is picking up downtown we really love being downtown," said Nakonechny.

The stores kicked off their shopping season with "Small Business Saturday" instead of Black Friday which they say gave customers extra time to shop instead of rushing from store to store.

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