By Ken Stern 

Holiday hopes high for local businesses


December 1, 2021

NOVEMBER’S RAINS DID NOT KEEP TOURISTS AWAY – The steady drizzle last weekend might have slowed but did not stop folks from coming to La Conner and walking its downtown streets. It was wet, it was dreary, it is getting dark early and still the shoppers came. That is exactly what merchants want and need. – Photo by Ken Stern

Pac Nor Westy owner Rich Murphy agrees with La Conner Chamber of Commerce Director Heather Carter: the Jingle Belles Ladies Night of Shopping the week before Thanksgiving brought out shoppers. That night makes Carter optimistic. “Projections look great for holiday 2021!” she wrote in her email response to a Weekly News survey to businesses. Murphy has watched folks start their holiday shopping much earlier this year.

Christi King has seen steady business since Labor Day at her Tillinghast Postal & Business Center. She had a strong 2020 since the coronavirus pandemic led to increased nee...

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