In Pa., Black Friday business usual

November 25, 2000

In Pa., Black Friday business usual

By RICHARD BELISLE / Staff Reporter

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - John R. Long, who has seen Christmas shoppers come to his 26 West Main Street store for 36 years, said Friday's business was average.

The proprietor of Long Jewelers Inc. hopes sales pick up before the holiday arrives in spite of harbingers to the contrary.

"People are telling me that they think things will be slow this year," Long said. "Some of my suppliers tell me they'd had the worst October ever, but it should start to pick up now."

Long's more than three decades of business history in the same location also tells him the 2000 Christmas shopping season will be as busy as ever.


Layaway purchases always increase around Christmas as people seek out their more expensive, special gifts at Long Jewelers, Long said. Watches and rings are always good sellers in the holiday season.

Down the street from Long Jewelers, Patrick and Kimberly Schultz are pinning their business hopes on the Christmas season at Schultz's Country Charmers, the gift, antique and collectible shop they just opened at 74 West Main St. in space previously opened by a paint-ball supply shop.

"Things are picking up with Christmas coming around," Patrick Schultz said.

He expects to see an increase in sales of his Longaberger baskets and Christmas ornaments and items that abound in the little shop.

Schultz, of Waynesboro, expressed misgivings about opening a store downtown with its many empty storefronts.

"I bet there have been 10 stores in this location in the last 10 years," he said.

Next door, James Shoe at 76 West Main is observing more than 50 years of doing business at the same location. Doug Hartzok and his parents have owned the business since 1977.

Hartzok, too, notices the changes in the downtown business community.

"Five years ago there were a lot more places to shop. Now we've become a destination store," he said.

"We have a very strong loyal customer base."

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