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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – It’s a race against the clock as local shoppers hit the streets of Lexington.

Local business owners like Liza Betz of Failte Irish Import Shop said sales have been booming this holiday season compared to this time last year.

“I think people like to shop at little local shops. They understand that we need people to support us, that message has been ringing through and they’re shopping. We always get last-minute shoppers. We’re always busy busy busy up to the end,” Betz said.

Betz stated last year’s sales were still quite good despite the setback of covid related fears, as shoppers took advantage of curbside delivery for the most part.

“We altered our website a good bit last year so people would pull up for orders to take right out the door”.

The Meadowthrope Antique Mall is another locally owned business seeing the effects of in-person holiday shopping making a return.

Owner Evie Taylor said interacting with shoppers makes the experience much more memorable.

“We had a bad year, that’s for sure. but this year started out pretty good. it’s doing okay this year,” Taylor said.

Business owners said it’s because of loyal shoppers that they stay in business and that it’s good to be part of a community that shops locally.

“We’re in business 20 years this year, so that’s a big milestone for us. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for our customers. Thank you everybody for supporting us and supporting all the local businesses. It’s so important to get out there and shop local. We need you more than ever through the pandemic, but I think people really are getting out there and shopping local,” Betz said.