Businesses report smaller-than-usual weekend crowds, but strong sales

ASHER SCHOFIELD, co-owner of Frog & Toad LCC, said that the Providence gift shop saw a significant increase in sales on Small Business Saturday and Black Friday this year compared to 2020 and 2019. PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA
PROVIDENCE - After a difficult holiday season in 2020, small businesses are hoping to see sales begin to bounce back or exceed pre-pandemic norms this year.  Some downtown businesses reported that while Small Business Saturday and Black Friday didn’t draw their usual crowds, holiday shopping seems to have started earlier and stronger this year.  At…

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