Consumers and storekeepers alike took advantage of the Friday after Thanksgiving commercial tradition otherwise known as Black Friday. While one side potentially begins the quest for the perfect Christmas gift, the other enjoys a boost in profits.
Annapolis happily participates in this yearly craze, welcoming guests from all over Maryland and beyond to indulge in all that the historic city has to offer.
A soggy morning led to a slow start to Black Friday madness in downtown Annapolis. But historic Annapolis’ sidewalks, and its parking spaces, started filling up as the rain subsided and the sun came out.
One of the shops on Main Street enjoying the start of the holiday shopping season is FatFace, a clothing store that originated in the United Kingdom but now has several shops in the U.S. from Vermont to Virginia.
“It’s the first day of Christmas shopping,” said Linda Thoms, an associate with FatFace who has been working at the Annapolis store for more than a year . “It’s a really nice feeling around here this time of year. This is Annapolis at its best I think.”
Thoms said the day started off messy with rain when she first arrived at 9 a.m., but by noon the city was bustling, and she was preparing for more foot traffic.
While Thoms tended to FatFace through the slower hours, shoppers like Adrienne Lofton, 58 and David Petty, 61, decided to wait until the sun came out.
“We don’t usually shop on Black Friday, but we live down here and it turned out to be such a beautiful day,” said Lofton.
Lofton says she also enjoys shopping locally because there’s a much better chance to find something unique as opposed all of the standard options at big-box retailers.
“It’s like a different atmosphere down here as opposed to the mall,” said Petty. “A hometown feel with a beautiful backdrop.”
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Petty and Lofton came to window shop, but Seasons Olive Oil and Vinegar Taproom turned them into real shoppers.
“We ended up being blown away by their assortment of infused olive oils and seasoning, so I had to make a purchase,” Petty said.
And it wasn’t just locals taking part in what historic Annapolis has to offer. Visitors like Lawrence Brooks, 54, from New Jersey got in some shopping.
Brooks was visiting family in Annapolis but likes to take advantage of an opportunity to shop local wherever he can.
“We like to spend the money where hopefully it stays local and doesn’t all end up back with the big corporations,” Brooks said.
Brooks was navigating Main Street with his dog, a Pekingese named Pac-Man.
“I was able to find a lot of things I was looking for today actually,” Brooks said. “I found some new martini glasses, a couple of new dog toys of course, and I got some new sunglasses for my wife. I’m glad I came out.”