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The Holidays, 2008: The small-business retailer, Episode 1

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on Nov. 25, 2008 at 3:32 pm with No Comments »
November 25, 2008 3:32 pm

For the next few days, what with the holidays approaching, we’ll be speaking to small retail stores in the South Sound. How’s business? What’s up? What are customers saying?

If you’d like one of our reporters to speak with a business you’re curious about, let me know at

Thanks – and Happy Thanksgiving!

Today: Watermark

Address: 1115 A St., downtown Tacoma

On the phone: Karen McGrath, owner

Please give me a quick description of what you sell.

We sell distinctive gifts and decor, and a wide variety of cards.

When did your holiday season start?

Any minute now. Today is the first lunch hour I’ve see that it’s been busy. Actually, it started on Nov. 10. We had an open house.

How are sales so far?

It’s quiet. It’s slow. People are very cautious.

What are you hearing from your shoppers about their budgets?

They’re asking, ‘Is this going to be on sale after Thanksgiving?’ Everybody’s watching their budget. People are concerned.

Are you having any sales?

We typically don’t have a sale before the holidays. If you do, people always look for things to be on sale. We offer wonderful items at a reasonable price. I think they’re worth what the price is.

What are your most popular sellers so far this season?

So far, ornaments. This month and early December, lots of ornaments. Lots of office-exchange gifts. People are getting ready to decorate their homes.

Are there any particularly notable items you’ll be selling this season?

We have the "Yodeling Pickle" you press a button, and it yodels. We have all kinds of body-care items, for men and women. And Baggallini – it’s a line of contemporary, fabric bags, from Portland. And cards, ones with good quotes. We are selling more religious items, we have for some years.

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