December 16, 2006
The mild temperatures on Saturday led some people out of the shopping mall and onto the downtown mall.
“Been out here on a few days where it's a little cold and stuff, and it was kind of thin on people, today has been wonderful. They had just an absolute bunch of people out,” said George Buckley from Ruckersville.
Many vendors who work on the downtown mall were thrilled about the crowds that warmer holiday weather is bringing.
“The outside mall with this kind of weather is important to us because it brings more people to the mall,” said Joe Marro, a vendor.
More people, means more money for businesses and vendors who have set up shop in downtown Charlottesville.
“When they're (shoppers) are not cold they tend to want to shop more on the downtown mall,” said Marro.
“I think that especially when you're down on the mall and the weather is nice you want to come to the mall because you're down here walking around and you're outside,” said Amy Hill, a shopper and resident of Charlottesville.
“It's a great place to vend and it's a great place for the people to come and the weather is the factor that helps it all,” said Marro.
The downtown mall is full of hand made and home made gifts and decorations for all types of holidays.
There are also a variety of vendors serving home made treats for those who might just want a bite to eat.
The holiday city market vendors will be set up every Friday and Saturday through Christmas.