Historic downtown sees last-minute shoppers out in droves

The night before Christmas Eve, many last minute shoppers were discovering that shops in Downtown Historic Craig provide many deadline gifts.

Many shops took part in men's shopping night, a push by the Downtown Business Association to get men to buy that last minute gift their loved ones locally by enticing them with a 10 percent discount.

The downtown shops have held men's shopping night for the last three or four years, Nadine Daszkiewicz, owner of The Kitchen Shop, said. But even just a little past 5 p.m., Daskiewicz said the night had never had as much of a response as Tuesday had, she said.

She credited much of the success to the discount. It was the first time the downtown businesses have offered one on men's shopping night, which ran from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

"It provides a motivation to come downtown," Sandi Davis, co-owner of KS Creations, said.

Many men who came through Davis' store had already done their Christmas shopping in Grand Junction. She said many men "rebought" unique gifts for their loved ones after visiting downtown.

Indeed, business appeared to be good Tuesday night. Carol Wilson, owner of Neolithics, was still waiting to take her lunch break at 5p.m.

Many stores were full, but women easily outnumbered men, perhaps belying the myth that men are the ones who always wait until the last minute to buy their gifts.

In Neolithics, Chris Brown was doing some last minute shopping for his girlfriend, Shala.

Brown hadn't started his shopping until Monday night, but in that small 24-hour time span, he'd managed to buy most everything he needed. Shala, his girlfriend of a month and a half, was the one person remaining on his list. He said she likes frogs and whales and was trying to find something along those lines for her.

Likewise, Ryan Ostrander was getting some last minute shopping done in The Kitchen Shop.

"Last year, I told my wife I want everything done by the end of November," Ostrander said. "I didn't want to be running around again at the end of the year. But I did something wrong and here I am again."

Of course, Ostrander was shopping for his wife. He wanted to get her some kitchen stuff, and was pleased to find almost everything in one store.

A more foresighted holiday shopper, Neal Fenton, dropped by The Kitchen Shop on the spur of the moment, to get one more gift for his wife, a regular customer at The Kitchen Shop.

He said he often finds the best gifts when he drops into a store spontaneously.

Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or by e-mail at rgebhart@craigdailypress.com.

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