Colleen Paveglio is the deputy for downtown Traverse City Development Authority.
She said she thinks the strong weekend turnout was related to the nicer weather.
“ Early numbers and feedback from the merchants have told me that we had a really strong weekend in downtown for the kick off weekend. So we’re really pleased about that. And some are even saying that they even had a stronger weekend than last year.”
Paveglio said businesses in Traverse city are expecting the rest of the holiday season to be successful as well.
Businesses in cities like Bay city and Petoskey are also expecting strong sales through the holiday season.