Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce
At the time of writing, there are 67 days until Christmas. While 15 percent of the public begins their shopping prior to Oct. 1, the vast majority of us will wait until after Thanksgiving, giving us 38 days until the official start of gift buying season. Economists watch the numbers produced during the holiday season because it is a good indication of American confidence in the economy. On average, retail sales in the U.S. during the holiday season reach approximately $620 billion and employment increases by 800,000 during this time period.
We’ve been quite busy since moving back from Houston, our weekends full of partaking in the myriad activities the area offers. This weekend we attended the Beaumont Jazz and Blues Festival. It was quite nostalgic for me, as I brought together the committee that hosted the first festival 10 years ago when I was with Southeast Texas Arts Council. I feel a certain amount of pride in seeing the festival still taking place. I’m happy to report the quality of musicians remains stellar.