by Laura Freeman | Reporter
Hudson - Many out-of-towers heard the cry, “Come to Hudson for the Holidays” Nov. 23 as the Merchants of Hudson offered a quieter shopping experience and holiday festivities for families.
Nicky Nicole owner, MJ Lehman, said the turnout was great for Plaid Friday — which local shop owners described as a gentler, kinder Black Friday experience — and Saturday’s Support Small Businesses initiative.
“The weather was good most of the day so there was a lot of traffic,” Lehman said.
Margaret Mortimer of Pittsburgh, who was shopping on Main Street that day, said it was the first time she has visited Hudson.
“It’s so charming,” she said.
Liz Newell of Williams, Mich., who brought her daughters, Leisya, 7, and Ana, 5, was also visiting Hudson for the first time. She and her family visited Santa Claus at Keller Williams/Chervenic Realty, 148 N. Main St.
The decorated storefront window at the realty office included a train and a 1940s Santa bought at a Polsky store by Realtor Gary Behrend’s grandmother.
“All the kids enjoy seeing it,” Realtor Ted Olson said. “Even old kids like me.”
Others enjoyed the relaxed shopping atmosphere, like Brooke Pamer of Barberton, who had done much of her shopping online to avoid standing in line.
“I don’t stand in line anymore, except for Santa,” she said.
Jeremy and Jenny Fauconer of Stow stopped at My Little Red Wagon on Main Street, where Triniti, 10, and Christian, 5, wrote letters to Santa.
“We saw the toy store and wanted to stop,” Jenny Fauconer said. “We have a lot of nephews and nieces to shop for.”
Resident Heather Gandy shopped early in the morning and then met up with family in town.
“Hudson is sort of magical over the holidays,” Gandy said. “We look forward to the lights coming on and the community coming together.”
Sean and Jen Donaldson of Twinsburg visit Hudson every year for the community festival.
“Hudson does so many cool things for families,” Donaldson said. “That’s why we love it so much.”