By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News
— DANVILLE – Several Mill Street businesses were well-served by this year’s holiday buying season.
“Our sales were great, we were very happy,” said Patty Nemchik, owner of home décor shop Eclectic Envy. Her shop opened this past July, making this its first holiday shopping season on Mill Street.
“We were very pleased. I think we had a lot of people who didn’t realize we were here” and had many come in for the first time, Nemchik said. Many customers inquired about the store’s custom window treatments and upholstery services. “We hope people will continue to learn we’re here and shop with us,” Nemchik said.
Skateboard and skateboard apparel shop Fun Box Boards continued to grow this year, according to Mario Tulino, who operates the store along with his wife, Lisa.
The store will have been open two years this March. “Slowly but surely its gradually growing,” Tulino said.
“The one thing that was nice is a lot of kids got their first skateboard for Christmas,” he said. The boards keep kids busy and get them active and busy outside of the house.
The biggest seller for Fun Box, though, was the apparel. “The biggest sellers were definitely the shoes, the Sanuks and the regular sneakers we carry,” Tulino said.
A Sanuk is a brand of footwear that combines both a sandal and a sneaker. “They’re always popular year-round,” he said. Hats and gift cards were also a big hit.
“December was very good,” said Jim Hill, owner of Collectibles Unlimited. Sales had been lower than expected last holiday, but this year they met expectations. His most popular items were jewelry, purses and art glass.
“We’re looking forward to the new year,” he said.
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