Owner of B.P. Skinner Clothiers Brent Skinner opens his doors for every Vista Lights hoping to attract some new business.
Robert Towne opened The Casual Pint four months ago. He was eager to participate in the restuarant's first Vista Lights.
By Katie Davis
Columbia kicked off the holiday season with the 31st Annual Vista Lights Thursday night.
Gervais street traded crowds of cars for crowds of people. Restaurants were filled and shops stayed open late while people waited the tree lighting.
Stores generally see less business during the event, but the night allows them to be seen. Owner of B.P. Skinner Clothiers Brent Skinner opens his doors every year for Vista Lights.
“A lot of people think the Vista is just restaurants and it gets a lot of people walking the streets and seeing that we’re here and other retail stores are here. There’s more than just restaurants,” said Skinner.
Even if people don’t actually buy anything, the stores still gain some new customers.
“We get a lot of business for the future,” said Skinner.
Skinner’s Vista store has been open for three years, but Robert Towne just opened The Casual Pint and could not wait to participate in Vista Lights.
“We opened about four months ago so this is a great way to open our doors and let people know what we’re about,” said Towne.
The Casual Pint, like many Vista restaurants, was offering up refreshments at a discounted price for people to enjoy.
The Vista Lights lit up the Christmas tree and the holiday spirit that businesses hope will bring customers throughout the season.