BEAUFORT, S.C. (WTOC) - Many businesses were deeply impacted by the effects of COVID-19. But one business says a surprising trend, supportive locals, and the holiday shopping season is on track to make this year a good one.
The holiday season is starting and for one store in Beaufort, it’s not just the most wonderful time, it’s the busiest time of the year. Holiday shopping can be daunting. If the kids in your life have a long list, wrapping those toys on your list may be a bit easier.
“Well, like everybody else we have had to get creative. Especially in April and May,” Monkey’s Uncle owner Joe O’Brien said. “For us, for my business, things have been good. Relatively good.”
The toy shop has seen a lot of changes in the last few months.
“We have a lot of jigsaw puzzles. It’s been a good year for jigsaw puzzles,” O’Brien said.
And so, the owner changed for the times.
“Something we’ve never done before. We offer free local delivery. We did curbside pickup,” he said.
Now, he’s keeping those changes through the holidays.
“We do offer some personal shopping; you can make an appointment if you are not comfortable coming in. The city has a mask ordinance so hopefully everybody will have a comfort level coming out.”
He’s not the only one. Many of the businesses downtown are expanding their hours for COVID-era holiday shopping.
“A number of the businesses downtown are doing expanded hours on Thursday, Friday, Saturday to stay open later then they typically would. At least 7 p.m.”
The toy store and the stores surrounding it are approaching the holidays hopeful.
“We are cautiously optimistic. Like everybody else, we don’t know what comes next.”
They are just hopeful people take advantage of everything Beaufort has to offer, including their stores.
“I think Beaufort is the kind of place where people visit and can be outdoors and go to the beach and stay at their place at higher comfort levels.”