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Black Friday ushers in holiday shopping season
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Leader photo by LAURA SLOAN Ashley Hurt, of Saline, looks at electronics at RadioShack in Ruston on Black Friday.

For many merchants around the parish, the Thanksgiving shopping event brought an early Christmas present.

“We did over 72 percent better than last year,” Stage Store Manager Tia Culpepper said. “However this was our fist year to open on Thanksgiving. We were handing out coupons at the door and ran out.

“I would say we had nearly 70 people on Thursday night. We did a lot better than expected with such short hours, between 8 p.m. and midnight. Friday did really well also, but we were opened for a much longer time, between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.”

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