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Columbia Businesses Benefit from Increased Easter Spending

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One young shopper checks out a baby doll at Bumble Boutique in Columbia One young shopper checks out a baby doll at Bumble Boutique in Columbia

By Justin Fabiano

The National Retail Federation expects Easter spending to reach $14.6 billion, and that's good news for Marilyn Molkenthin.

She is the manager of Bumble Boutique, a clothing store in Columbia. Her boutique benefited from increased consumer spending.

"We actually have had a great Easter so far, we are up 15% in sales compared to last year," Molkenthin said.

One of the reasons people spent more money this Easter is because they have more money in their pockets.

"I think that the economy is probably picked up a little bit, and I know we have two young children and it's a fun time for everybody to do a little bit of shopping and get the Easter baskets ready," Shopper Melony Lemotte said.

But it's not just the improving economy that has shoppers spending this Easter.

"Easter's a pretty special occasion in Columbia. People have pride in what they wear on Easter so they've been coming in and they've been making sure their kids look the best they can," Molkenthin said.

Easter is the busiest season at Bumble Boutique, but that's not the only reason Molkenthin enjoys the Easter season.

"One of my favorite things about Easter is I love the color palette of Easter, but I also love when the kids come in and they get to try their Easter outfits on," Molkenthin said.

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