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Central VA Businesses Prep for Busy Shopping Weekend

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With only 13 days between now and Christmas morning, stores are busier than ever. Retailers are gearing up for a busy holiday shopping weekend ahead.

Many store owners, like the ones at the Barracks Road Shopping Center, are spending the day preparing for what they hope will be a busy Saturday.

This year is also the first for shoppers to check items off their Christmas lists at the Shops at Stonefield. Business owners say they are putting extra merchandise on the floors Friday and have more staff than normal coming in Saturday. 

"People seem to be when they're shopping in small local stores pretty happy and jovial," said Cassandra Mathis, owner of Alazkazam Toys and Gifts.

That's how Mathis hopes the busy shopping crowd is this weekend. Her pop-up toy shop is inside Palette at the Shops at Stonefield. It's the ever-changing lifestyle shops first holiday season in business. 

"We staff up, we usually have twice the staff that we normally do," said Mathis.

Down the street at Barracks Road Shopping Center, the manager at Blue Ridge Mountain Sports says this is typically one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, so they're loading extra merchandise into the store. 

"We've staffed up to meet the increased traffic and the increased demand, we've also brought in some additional inventory we're stocked in terms of winter coats and gloves and hats," said Tim Shultz, co-manager of Blue Ridge Mountain Sports.

The predicted winter weather could have an impact on how busy the shops are this weekend. Mathis and other store owners at Palette say they shut the store down during last week's winter storm.

"Lets hope that that doesn't happen tomorrow," said Mathis.

"The main thing is just making sure we have adequate coverage on the sales floor, which we do, so we are looking forward to serving our customers," said Shultz.

Store owners says it's hard to predict which day will be the busiest for shoppers this weekend, and that it will most likely depend on Saturday's weather.

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