Christmas is a busy time of year for many people. It is also a very important time for small businesses in our valley. Businesses hope to have a strong November and December to prepare for the quieter time of the year in January and February.
It looks as the local retailers had a stronger Christmas season than last year. "They (November and December) were great. There was a lot of local people supporting everyone around here, so it was great," said Tom Courtenay from The Faux Den.
It was not just local people supporting our small businesses but people from outside the area. "Certainly the majority would be local, but there were some strange faces. I don't know if they were people that had never been in my store before, or if they were tourists just passing through," remarked Larry Wasmann from Tugs Pop Culture and Sports.
It was also steady for some of the newer businesses downtown. "We've been well received by Drumheller and hopefully Three Hills does just as well. We're doing well," stated Karey Pliva from Traders Furniture in Drumheller and Three Hills.
Hopefully, this is a promising sign for local small businesses as they prepare for 2019.