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Black Friday and holiday shopping in a pandemic: Local toy store weighs in

Published: Nov. 17, 2020 at 5:10 PM EST
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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - Holiday shopping in a pandemic is something local and small retailers are trying to navigate. And with the holidays right around the corner, things will look different this year.

“We will be strictly enforcing policies of mask-wearing, sanitization and also to restricting the amount of people you have in the store at the same time,” said Adventure Hobbies and Toy’s owner Stacy Martin.

Local business owners believe it doesn’t matter what you buy; there are options on how you buy them locally for the holiday season.

Stacy Martin owns the Christiansburg and Roanoke locations of Adventure Hobbies and Toy store. He said you can contact local businesses to see if they’ve added more shopping options.

“Never assume they don’t have options. Call the store, ask them do they deliver, ask them do they do curbside, look and see if they have a website,” said Martin.

Some local stores are adding holiday catalogs and early or late shopping opportunities.

“This year, people are spacing out their shopping, we are seeing that a little bit more. A little more activity than we have normally see at this time of year, so people aren’t holding back to the last second, they’re doing more shopping ongoing — people are naturally spacing themselves out,” said Martin.

Martin said he does not know if Black Friday or holiday shopping will be enough to carry small businesses thought the pandemic, but he hopes people consider shopping local.

“I would encourage people to think about those if you’re wanting to make sure you have a vibrant community and you want local shopping options in the future and not have to wait on toilet paper in the mail, you better start shopping local,” said Martin.

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