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Last minute Christmas shoppers boost small business sales

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

With a late Black Friday this year and Christmas falling on a Wednesday, plenty of last minute shoppers were out in Charlotte, Monday.

Typically when you think of Christmas shopping, big retail chains come to mind, but what about locally owned mom and pop shops?

WBTV spoke with one Charlotte small business owner who says she's already outdone last year's holiday sales and customers say shopping locally is a top priority.

"This is the busiest I've seen this store, so clearly I'm not the only person that hasn't finished their shopping," said shopper Molly Carroll.

Carroll is just one of many last minute shoppers deciding to buy locally to find the perfect gift this holiday season.

"I've been hesitant to go out because there are so many people and I wanted to get away from the rush and today was a good day for me and my girlfriend to shop together," said shopper Ryan Persaud.

The owners of Green With Envy in Uptown, a gift boutique, say they've been slammed with last minute shoppers to the point they've already surpassed last year's sales, leaving the only thing "green with envy" is their cash register.

"It gets better every year. Each year we do better than the year before," said Green With Envy Co-owner Tina Nardoci.

Last minute shoppers said they wouldn't even let the rain stop them from coming out, Monday.

WBTV spoke with one Green With Envy customer who comes down from New York every year to buy gifts.

"I have several items collected in my house," said visitor Peter Wigg.

Wigg has been coming from the Empire State for the past five years to shop at the boutique and although he won't see the benefits of shopping locally most customers WBTV spoke with say they will.

"Selfishly, it helps my neighborhood. I live around here, so I love making sure commerce is growing around here. Plus, it makes me feel like I'm giving back a little bit," said Carroll.

"Rain's not going to stop people. Sleet and snow might, but rain's not going to stop people," said Nardoci.

The National Retail Federation is projecting consumers will spend more than $602-billion this holiday season.

That's a 3.9% increase from last year when shoppers spent $579.5 billion during the holiday season.

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