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December 26, 2006

Thomasville --    As post-holiday shoppers begin exchanging gifts or look for after Christmas sales, Thomasville business owners take a look at their sales.   A couple of new downtown businesses say it was a very Merry Christmas for them.   

"Christmas was phenomenal, better than we ever anticipated," said Relish owner Dana Davidoff.  "It was a huge, fabulous surprise."

At Home owner Jose Gonzalez says, "We're very happy with the sales that we had.  It just progressively kept getting busier and busier, up to the last minute.  So it was very nice."

This is the first Christmas in Thomasville for At Home, a home furnishing store.  Owner Jose Gonzalez couldn't be happier with their sales. "It exceeded our expectations," Gonzalez said. "We didn't expect to be as busy as we were and we're a little low on inventory today, being the day after the holiday, but it's a great problem to have."

This is also the first Thomasville Christmas for the fine foods store Relish.  Owner Dana Davidoff credits their success to the support of the community.  "We thanked them for their support and they thanked us back for making it so much fun to shop in Thomasville," Davidoff said. "I think it's definitely a great relationship between retailer and people who come and visit the stores."

According to the U. S. Small Business Administration, over 50% of small businesses fail in their first year.  So how well you do at Christmas time, could play a big factor in your overall success.  "It's definitely a boost it's probably the biggest dollar amount that we'll do throughout the year," Gonzalez says.

Both the At Home and Relish owners say downtown businesses largely work together to make downtown Thomasville the best it can be for all of their customers.

Most downtown Thomasville businesses now are back open for business, after some limited hours during the holiday season.

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