Mother’s Day success for small businesses

By Rich Evans

Mother’s Day Street of Flowers gets the tick of approval from retailers and the public.

Despite chilly weather on Thursday evening, first hand reports are indicating that the retailers that took part in the Council led promotion had a fabulous evening, with many doing a days takings after 5pm.

The entire week had a festive feel for locals as the streets were adorned with flower installations, shop owners spent time and money decorating their own premises and the Valley Plaza also got into the theme.

“It was a fabulous atmosphere; the whole of Main Street had a great feeling. The flowers were beautiful. Thursday, during the day was excellent and the night was good. Overall the week was just great,” said Rebecca Giokaris, owner of Stitchings on Main Street.

Other business owners were similarly positive about the event.

“It was such a great night! At one stage I had 6 customers in the shop at the same time and that hasn’t happened since Christmas! Financially, the whole day and the entire week was fantastic! I had a lot of customers comment on the beautiful flowers and wonderful atmosphere,” said Kelley Crane, owner of Naturally by Kelley.

The cold weather may have been a surprise for some, but many families rugged up and enjoyed the displays and shopping on the night.

“Mother’s Day 15 Street of Flowers has been extremely well received by the community of Lithgow including the many business who participated in the week long shop local promotion,” said Matthew Brewster, Council’s Economic Development Officer.

“For a first year promotion I think it was a great success with many businesses reporting a lift in sales and shopper foot traffic.  We got some great media coverage via the WIN news and ABC Central West and this shows the rest of the region what a great place Lithgow is to visit and shop,” he continued.

Hopefully all the mums of Lithgow were spoilt last Sunday, and hopefully the success of this year sees the event cemented in the calendar for years to come.

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