In Niles, kids go holiday shopping -- without their parents

By: Nick McGurk Email
By: Nick McGurk Email

If you’re one of those people who waits until the week before Christmas to start buying gifts, you’re not alone. On Thursday night, shoppers were out looking for great deals in Niles. But they weren’t just any shoppers. These were kids, out looking for presents, and they did so while parents and other family members watched and waited.

On Main Street in Niles, what looks almost like a vacant store from the outside houses two areas inside: a vast lobby, and a back room. In the lobby on Thursday night, family members waited for their children. A black wall, cut with boxes at eye level to allow family member to see children shopping inside, separated parents from kids.

“Parents can’t go in back, so I’m just standing out here patiently waiting,” said Amy Burke, with coffee cup in hand.

Many kids spent just a few dollars as family waited outside.

"I got all these things for just one dollar each, I mean, for me that's a good deal," said Alex Hurt.

It was effectively a holiday discount store--all for the kids, who took advantage of free gift wrapping too.

Nearby merchants donated money and toys. After Thursday evening, though, the “kids only” shopping events ended. Now, anybody can stop by for a good deal.

The shop is next to the Paris Soda Shop on Main Street in Niles.

Feel free to contact Elaine Tughan 269-687-5975

The money from the “Santa Shop” events will go toward improving downtown Niles.

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