Mom and pop stores are also getting a piece of the action this holiday season. Local Chambers of Commerce say preliminary numbers for smaller communities are looking good.
The days of mom and pop stores being neglected during the holidays may be over.
Susan Nelson, a Perry shopper, says, "The majority of my shopping was actually done here in Perry. I hate going to the malls at holiday times because it's so crowded. The hour drive one way can be exhausting."
Residents of smaller communities without shopping malls usually travel for miles to find one, but some say they now realize the importance of spending their dollars locally.
Sharron adds, "That's what we need, that's what want, that's what we appreciate."
Many shoppers say they've noticed that the larger retailers have slowly driven away some of the smaller ones. The mom and pop merchants that are still around say business this holiday season was better than ever.
Sharron Dorman, owner of Sisters Mercantile, says, "I don't think it could've been any better; naturally you'll always take it if it is, but it was wonderful. We did have a lot of our folks staying at home shopping locally."
Susan adds, "I prefer to get things for people that I know that they'll really appreciate. I find it easier to find those little personal items here in some of the smaller shops."
Taylor County's Chamber of Commerce says the booming holiday business was surprising yet pleasing.