SOUTH BEND -- The National Retail Federation says it expects holiday sales for the November-December period to rise 3.8 percent. The trade group had projected a rise for that same time frame but originally not as much, just 2.8 percent.
So how are local retailers doing? A snapshot of local shops show local businesses are also cashing in.
"We have a constant flow of traffic and people are buying too," said Made in Michiana Co-Owner Kitty Cooney Hoye.
Made in Michiana is a consignment shop that sells arts and crafts. It's one of about five pop-up shops that are occupying empty store fronts rent free during the holiday season. But Cooney Hoye says business is going so well they're thinking about staying.
"The response has been so positive that we're talking with folks and planning on moving forward after the pop-up season," Cooney Hoye said, "Whether it's here in the downtown location or somewhere else, we think we'll be moving forward."