Hudson -- While shoppers across the country were busy camping out for pre-dawn Black Friday sales at big box stores, local merchants celebrated their own shopping extravaganza Nov. 29 with "Come to Hudson for the Holidays" and Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30.
"Overall is was an excellent weekend," said Michelle Sahr, owner of My Little Red Wagon, 220 North Main St. "Our sales on Friday were up a lot from last year and our sales from Saturday were up a little -- it was an excellent weekend."
The store saw an 8 percent increase in sales over last year on Nov. 29, and a 1 percent increase over last year on Nov. 30, Sahr said.
"It was pretty crowded Friday. Saturday started off slow but I think that's pretty typical with people being tired from Friday," she said. "We were very pleased and really enjoyed working with the customers over the weekend."
And, unlike some stores in the news, there were no problems reported at the local shops.
"I feel like our store is pretty friendly and it's contagious," Sahr said.
Sahr expects the upward sales trend to continue.
"Our sales have been up for the last three months and I expect that to continue through December," she said.
Nearby, the Land of Make Believe toy store, 190 North Main St., saw a similar sale increase.
Each day, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, the store saw an increase of 10 percent in sales over last year, according to Robert Harrison, one of the owners. Harrison hopes the upward trend in sales will continue through the holiday season, including the Dec. 8 Holiday Walk in downtown Hudson.
"It depends on what the traffic is going to be, with Thanksgiving being a week later this year" Harrison said. "We are hoping sales are actually a little better having one week less after Thanksgiving."
Shoppers were treated to sales at the downstairs shop as well as the upper level "Man Cave of Hudson" sports and video game shop.
"I think the sales we ran helped bring people in for the weekend," Harrison said.
Sales were also up at the Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 North Main St., according to owner Kate Schlademan.
"It was good, we were actually up a bit," Schlademan said of the sales figures as compared to last year.
However, Schlademan did not have the exact figures at press time.
"It was steady, all day, every day," Schlademan said.
She hopes the upward trend in sales will continue, she said.
"People were really positive and saying that were particularly coming out for Small Business Saturday," Schlademan said. "I'm just really thankful for all the support. It's been really fantastic."
There crowds visiting Epiphany, 105 First Street, "were good," according to owner Eric Pickering.
"Everyone seemed to be in the Christmas spirit," Pickering added.
Revenue from the weekend was about the same as last year, Pickering said.
"With Thanksgiving being a week later this year, I have a feeling that it's only [going to] get busier," Pickering said. "And that kids can meet Santa in our store this Sunday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m."
Karen Koch, the owner of Life Needs Art, 220 North Main St., also lives in Hudson. Her shop has been open just over a month.
"As a resident of Hudson for nine years, I've loved shopping in town and even more so at the holidays," Koch said. "It's convenient, the shops offer unique and personal items I can't find elsewhere, and the shopkeepers are always warm and welcoming."
Koch says her family enjoys the Hudson shopping habits.
"They all know that Aunt Karen gives the best gifts," she said.
Liz Murphy, of Destination Hudson, said the weekend shopping weather was "perfect."
"There was a little sun, not too cold, and after last year especially, no wind," Murphy said. "The Boy Scouts did a fabulous job with the luminaries."
The next major shopping event in Hudson will be the Dec. 8 Holiday Walk.