The hustle and bustle of the holidays has taken on new meaning through the years. When I was a child, I loved to go to the mall and look at all the lights and the beautifully decorated store fronts. Then as I got older and the Great Recession hit, the holidays were also about how is the economy doing? How much did people shop?
This year, positive news of the 2016 holiday season being up 4% was quickly followed with large department stores like Macy's and The Limited announcing store closures. Shoppers in an increasing amount were looking at store fronts in a new way through their computer screens, phones and tablets.