COLORADO SPRINGS — The push to support local in 2020 was something everyone remembers, especially during the holiday season.
"We had a lot of people who emphasized and told us that they were coming out to support local businesses or that they did a lot of local shopping for their Christmas shopping which is really nice to see," said Cintia Kiss Davis, manager at Halo Boutique.
So what about now? Is the push to support local still alive?
Davis says customers are still supporting local, however sales have remained steady.
"We knew that things were not going to jump back into normal right away," said Davis.
Now that indoor dining is back, Davis believes to be seeing more customers who will stop in before or after they eat!
"We usually get a little bit of a pop because people are usually going out to dinner or Sunday brunch and now we have noticed a bit of a change in that which is really nice," said Davis.
Right down the street from Halo Boutique sits the Local Honey Collective, a store that just opened up in 2019.
Co-owner, Hailey Sardi, shares her experience in 2021 thus far, "it seems like we are moving in the right direction now that there is a vaccination out with COVID."
So even after that busy holiday season most stores experienced, "we did not have a whole lot of expectations."
Local stores, like Honey Collective, went into 2021 with high spirits," we are just so happy to be open and not be in another shut down."
A new year, with new hopes and expectations.