By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
Corinth merchants said they had a very successful weekend of business with Mother’s Day, the Coke 10k run and the Green Market all taking place at the same time.
“Sales were phenomenal for us,” said Brenda Barbour, owner of Lipchic Boutique in Corinth’s SoCo District. “It was a huge weekend.”
Lipchic has been open for 11 years, and Barbour thinks Mother’s Day sales may have been a little stronger this year.
“We were just swamped,” Barbour said.“We were just really busy and blessed.”
Leann Murphy, owner of Obsessions Boutique in the SoCo District, was also pleased with the amount of sales over the big weekend. Moreover, she thinks about 80 percent of the customers were new.
“That’s great,” Murphy said. “I hope they come back.”
Obsessions is a juniors and women clothing boutique that also sells accessories and gifts.
It seems that a lot of people who were in town for the Green Market and Coke race took advantage of the “great shopping downtown,” Murphy noted.
Obsessions opened last year, and this was the second year her store was open for the Coke race. Murphy said it is important to shop locally, and if she does not have what a customer is looking for, she will direct them to another local merchant. Local businesses give back to the community, including the schools, Murphy noted.
This was the first year that Rowan House in the SoCo District was open for the Coke 10k, and owner Emily McGrath was “very pleased” with the amount of business she had.
“We had a great crowd come through from all over – a lot of Corinthians, but we also had a lot of out-of-towners,” McGrath said. “It went exactly like we wanted it to go.”
Many people were buying Mother’s Day gifts, signing up for the bridal registry and checking out the new stationary line. Next week, Rowan House will celebrate its one-year anniversary.
Nicole Howard, owner of the Purple Daisy Boutique in the SoCo District, said she thinks her business had one of its best weekends since Christmas.
“We had a lot of people from out of town and a lot of new customers, and we made a lot of new relationships,” Howard said. “People said they would be back, which I think is very good for business.”
Purple Daisy has been in business for four years, and this past weekend many shoppers were looking for graduation dresses, Mother’s Day gifts and clothes to wear for high school award nights, she added.
Corinth Jewelers also had a “great” weekend mostly because of Mother’s Day, said owner Trish Parks.
“People seem to really care about their mothers,” Parks said, adding that the Ronaldo and Pandora jewelry brands were popular.
Parks also encouraged people to shop locally.
“We do give back to the community,” Parks said. “We’re involved in different community projects. We buy the ads for the schools kids.”
Brian Shirley, who owns Shirley Dawg’s with his wife Julie, said he was “definitely” pleased with the amount of business over the weekend.
“It was definitely a busy time in downtown Corinth,” he said.
Last year, Mother’s Day and the race fell on different weekends, Shirley said.
The Lauren James line and Patogonia shorts made for good Mother’s Day gifts, he added. Next is Father’s Day, and Shirley wants people to know that his store will have plenty for dad, such as button-down shirts and ties.
Buying locally helps improve the community by providing more tax base for services such as the police and street departments, Shirley noted.
Tadd Feazell, owner of t. feazell in downtown Corinth, also said he was very happy with sales over the big weekend.
And his store even gave out free roses for mom.