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Black Friday http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/1144/all en Retailers see quick start to the holidays http://addisonindependent.com/201112retailers-see-quick-start-holidays <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-10095" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201112retailers-see-quick-start-holidays"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/honeylights1582.thumbnail.jpg" alt="honeylights1582.jpg" title="honeylights1582.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BONITA BEDARD, LEFT, and Shawna Sherwin, owners of the Bristol business Vermont Honey Lights, report that sales are up 40 percent from last year. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; Over the past few years, Addison County retailers have been battered by a nationwide recession, stiff competition from the Internet, stressed household budgets and, this year, the crippling effects of Tropical Storm Irene.</p> <p class="Bodycopy"> But many local shop owners are cautiously optimistic about the holiday shopping season that they say kicked off with a bang this past weekend.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/10092">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201112retailers-see-quick-start-holidays" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison Black Friday business holiday Thu, 01 Dec 2011 17:00:10 +0000 Andrew Stein 10092 at http://addisonindependent.com