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After slow summer, Sodus Point small businesses seek strong holiday sales

November 10, 2017 06:05 PM

SODUS POINT, NY (WHEC) – As the temperature drops, the holiday shopping season is heating up. And this season, shopkeepers hope you shop small.

It was undoubtedly a hard summer season for small businesses in Sodus Point. After rising lake levels flooded the area, tourism trickled in slower than ever.

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“It was really rough. People weren’t coming out to open their cottages, they weren’t putting their boats in, they couldn’t go to the beach,” expressed Cathy Lukacs. She added, “The tourism was basically people coming down to see the flooding.”

Cathy and her husband own Lukacs Pottery Studios. They, like many others, depend on that summer tourism to survive. This year, they’re hoping to cash in on holiday shopping.

Years ago, Lukacs Pottery Studios teamed up with a handful of other businesses to create the Winter Wonderland Shopping Fling.

“We joined together to pay advertising costs and share customers. If someone comes in one shop, we encourage them to go into another,” she explained.

Shops participating in the Fling provide refreshments and free gifts to each shopper. Customers also get a stamp for each place they visit, which goes towards a drawing for a gift basket.

“It’s a good way to get people in the shops who haven’t been in before,” said Lukacs.

Around the corner, the owner of Pop’s House of Country Collectibles, Ruth Carter, runs the Facebook page for the event.

“We’re trying to bring awareness to the shops in our area. We’ve got small shops, some you’ve never been to before,” explained Carter.

Makayla LaRock, with Ye Olde Schoolhouse Country Store echoes that sentiment. “It brings everyone together, it shows you’re supporting each other,” she said. Adding, “Sodus Point got hit hard by the water. It was slow here, but hopefully with Christmas coming it will bring people over. That is what we’re all hoping for.”

The stores were already bustling on Friday, with the Shopping Fling lasting all weekend throughout Wayne County.

The stores participating include:

Thorpe Vineyard, 8150 Chimney Hts. Blvd, Wolcott Lukacs Pottery Studios, 7060 Rte 14, Sodus Point Pop’s House, 8101 Margaretta Rd, Sodus Point Ye Olde Schoolhouse Country Store, 7290 Maxwell Rd, Sodus Three Bears Olde Country Store, 6046 S. Geneva Rd, Sodus Katie Acres Alpaca & Gift Shop, 4864 Arcadia Zurich Norris Rd, Sodus Community Co-Op at Newberry, 46 Williams St, Lyons Evolve for the Home, 57 William St, Lyons The Apple Shed, 3391 Fairville Maple Ridge Rd, Newark EPFW Creative Workshop, 317 East Main St, Palmyra Village Bookmarket, 207 E Main St, Palmyra The Dog Eared Book, 208 E. Main St, Palmyra JD Wine Cellars, 1342 Eddy Rd, Macedon Ladybug Kisses XOXO, 2019 Ridge Rd, Ontario LW Emporium, 6355 Knickerbocker Rd, Ontario The Feathered Nest, 6365 Knickerbocker Rd, Ontario Whistle Stop Antique Center, 6363 Knickerbocker Rd, Ontario Lagoner Farms Lake Winds Florist & Gift Shot, 4102 Pearsall St, Williamson Lagoner Farms & Embark Ciderworks, 6895 Lake Ave, Williamson Young Sommer Winery, 4287 Jersey Rd, Williamson

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Stephanie Robusto

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