Owego's Riverow Filled with Last Minute Shoppers
12/24/2013 (Updated 6:45:39 PM)Major retailers may offer the convenience of last minute holiday shopping, but for that added personal touch, there's just nothing quite like the local mom-and-pop shops.
In the village of Owego, shoppers were out and about doing their last minute shopping while also finding that unique gift.
It's little things like the curl of a ribbon and a carefully wrapped present that draw many to the shops on Owego's riverside.
There aren't too many places you can find something off the cuff like Abraham Lincoln bookends for your nephew than at the Riverow Bookstore.
"They come in and ask for strange things, and of course we're a store where they come in for odd things," said part owner of the Riverow Bookstore John Spence.
In the days leading up to Christmas, shop workers said the village has been hustling and bustling with last minute shoppers.
"It's been packed. People are meeting friends for lunch, and shopping together," said sale associate for The Goat Boy Nancy Della Pia.
Some said waiting to shop on Christmas Eve is a long standing tradition.
Robin Guiniss, an Owego native, is home for the holidays with her husband Kevin. "When we come home we have to stop down on River Road and do some Christmas shopping," said Robin.
"And the shops are so unique. you see things on River Road that are no where else," said Robin's mother Ruth Toal.
Since she was 8-years old, now an adult Kate Cox and her father Bob Haney have gone shopping for mom. "It's a great tradition that we've been doing forever," said Cox. "It's our daddy-daughter thing for the Christmas season," said Haney.
The personal touch that you may not get in the big box stores is what keeps locals and passerby coming back every Christmas.
"I come (to The Goat Boy) every year so they know me. So they know what I'm looking for. O you're looking for something for her and him, so that's really nice," said Owego resident Burt Caldwell.
At The Laughing Place toy store, children, parents, and grandparents could be seen picked up one last thing to put under the tree.
"I love seeing the kids in here. They love telling me about their elves on the shelves, and what they've done. It's just a great feeling overall. It really brings the Christmas spirit to Owego and the Laughing Place," said sale associate for The Laughing Place Ethan Eschler.
Many agreed by supporting the small local businesses, they're spreading large holiday joy.
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