Stores in Five Points ‘surprised’ by holiday traffic

Columbia, South Carolina (WIS) - Columbia, South Carolina (WIS) - Columbia’s downtown Five Points area is reporting a second string of pre-Black Friday sales. And while the weekend is winding down, many storefronts say it’s never too late to stock up on temporary specials and seasonal offers.

said Megan Yelton, director Syed and Nancy Clothing store on Saluda Street.

Yelton says this year’s holiday traffic outperformed 2020 and 2021 and credits the celebration of Small Business Day on Saturday. Her store is offering 15% off all fully priced items through 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Right next door, consignment store Revente says holiday numbers are back to pre-pandemic levels.

“We’re, in fact, doing a better job now. We have a much more user-friendly site through Shopify,” said AnnaSofia, sales lead and key holder at AnaSofia. Revente.

Plus, the luxury retailer is offering 15% off all fully priced items. Sophia says this is the first year that Revente has been dropping designer products, including but not limited to Louis Vuitton duffle bags, Dior bags, and Givenchy bags.

Around the corner, the Papa Jazz Record Shop On Greene Street they are selling a limited edition vinyl they received for Black Friday.

“What are these… things that haven’t been recorded before, or things that haven’t been reissued in a very long time,” said Bethany Colcasore, assistant manager at Papa Jazz.

Culclasure says customers started lining up the limited edition vinyl after 3 a.m. on Friday. As of Saturday, the storefront still has a bunch of exclusive vinyl that they’re preparing to sell out by next week. Such records include Duran Duran Live at Hammersmith ’82, a five-piece set from the Grateful Dead’s European ’72 tour and Ahmed Jamal’s two-volume Emerald City Nights.

“I was very surprised by the number of visits we get. It was an incredibly great two weeks,” Colcassur concluded.

This is a list of small businesses in Five Points offering deals through Sunday:

  • Drip & Scooby-Doo! - We’ll be offering 10 percent off Black Friday gift cards through December 24th
  • Oops! Inc. - Promotions and giveaways for the festive season every Friday
  • Papa Jazz - Limited Edition Vinyl Record Available while supplies last
  • Publico Five Points brings back Santa’s Bar, Cola’s holiday favourite! Filled with Christmas cheer, holiday cocktails, decorations, music, movies, and more! Come visit us this season!
  • Revente - 15% off all fully priced items including designer items 11/25, 11/26 and 11/27.
  • Sid & Nancy - 15% off all fully priced items 11/25, 11/26, and 11/27.
  • Sunrise Artisan Bath and Body - 20% off purchase on Small Business Saturday 11/26 - 20% off purchase Dec 3 & 4 | Free hot chocolate and biscuits with purchase
  • Vivid Color Cut Style - Offer $10 off any service between now and 2/28/2023, valid only once per customer.
  • Vestique - 30% off all weekend of November 25-27

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