Marie Powell, left, 68, and her grand daughter Hannah Rodriguez, 10, look at Christmas tree ornaments at a kiosk called "Personalized by Santa" on Saturday in the Coastland Center Mall. Powell buys an ornament every year for each of her six grand children. "I actually expected a lot more people," said Powell about the amount of people shopping at the mall the first Saturday of the holiday shopping season. "I'm disappointed. I like the hustle and bustle of Christmas."
The shopping frenzy that started Friday on the day after Thanksgiving seemed to be over by Saturday across Southwest Florida. Yet, business at Shirley Street Antique Mall on Goodlette-Frank Road was booming, luring a crowd of more than 300 people in the morning with its sidewalk sales.