Local businesses prepare for holiday shopping season

PADUCAH, KY — It’s not the holidays without a little sparkle. Brandi McClaran, owner of McClaran Manner in downtown Paducah, is decorating her store like a Christmas fairy tale. This will be her first holiday season as a new business owner.

“It’s a little different, being on this side of it now,” says McClaran. “I don’t really know what to expect this holiday. I know how the mall gets, and it gets really busy and crazy. So, I’m hoping that it gets that way for downtown as well.”

McClaran will have her first practice run on Sunday during the annual Holiday Open House.

“I’m excited to see everyone come downtown,” says McClaran.

Paducah Main Street Director Melinda Winchester says the event attracts shoppers from across the region.

“It’s an opportunity for the whole city to take advantage of it,” says Winchester.

Winchester says when people spend money in the community, it’s a boost to the economy.

“Get the shoppers excited and build that excitement,” says Winchester. “Then people have the whole rest of the season to come back downtown. So, this gives them a little bit of a taste of what we have down here to offer. And then they can come back down to bring their friends and family.”

Local businesses say it’s an experience you can’t get when shopping online.

“That personal touch and being able to handle it and walk out with it, that’s kind of exciting,” says Susan Edwards, owner of Wildhair Studios’ Rock Shop. “At this point, we’re not overly concerned about online.”

“It’s definitely the shopping experience,” says McClaran.

More than 20 stores and restaurants, typically closed on Sundays, are staying open for the event. Scroll down to see what businesses are participating and how you can enter for a chance to win a shopping spree.

Paducah’s Holiday Open House is Sunday, March 5 from noon to 5 p.m.

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