Smaller stores see influx of holiday traffic

Alicia Weed, left, and Millie Weed of Clovis browsed the gourmet items Saturday at Lizzie’s Menagerie. (Staff photo: Tonya Garner)

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer

Many local people chose to avoid the “mega-stores” and head downtown to the smaller, specialty shops Clovis has to offer.

Main Street was bustling with activity Saturday afternoon as residents took advantage of the balmy weather to continue their holiday shopping.

Verna Nussbaumer, owner of Lizzie’s Menagerie, was busy Saturday greeting customers, ringing up sales and taking orders for specialty gourmet baskets.

“This is my third Thanksgiving weekend at this store,” Nussbaumer said. “This is the best one ever as far as sales go.”

The store owner said she believes the weather was a contributing factor in her successful holiday sales. “The weather was so nice,” Nussbaumer said. “I think people just wanted to be outside.”

According to Nussbaumer, her custom gourmet gift baskets, which feature items such as cocoa and peanuts, are a large draw during Christmas.

“People love to order them for clients,” Nussbaumer said. “It is a great gift for people who have everything.”

The cinnamon-scented store features collectibles, candles, and unique gift items as well.

Clovis resident Millie Weed was one of the shoppers browsing the treasure-filled aisles of Lizzie’s Menagerie. Weed was showing downtown Clovis to visiting family with her 14-year-old daughter and husband. The petite brunette said she wasn’t looking for anything specific.

Across the street at Cydney’s Antiques, the scene was much the same. Soft music filled the candle-scented air as customers casually browsed the aisles.

Store employee Heather Sisson said business was good on what is traditionally one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. She said customers were “lined-up” Friday and “we had quite a few this morning (Saturday) too,” Sisson said.

“I think people come in to just ‘eye-shop,’” Sisson said. “But then they find something they just have to have.”

Allyson Lopez was exiting the antique store looking exhausted but pleased with both hands filled with shopping bags. The 23-year-old Farwell resident said she loves to shop on Clovis’ Main Street because she is able to find unique items without having to fight crowds.

“I can’t stand shopping in Lubbock,” Lopez said. “It just isn’t worth the hassle.”

She said she was able to find something special for almost everyone on her list in about two hours.

Holding up her multi-colored bags, she flashed a dimpled grin.

“I would consider today a huge success,” Lopez said. “Shop till you drop.”