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Last-minute shoppers take to SCV shops

Posted: December 23, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 23, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Shoppers fill the the Westfield Valencia Town Center for some last-minute holiday shopping on Sunday. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea for The Signal.

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‘Tis the season to be a polite, happy shopper joining thousands of others in the Santa Clarita Valley for the crush of last minute Christmas shopping — but then there’s still two days of shopping left.

Shoppers, sellers and kids playing Christmas carols all told The Signal Sunday that shoppers were plentiful, stores were packed and Christmas good cheer was evident in the Santa Clarita Valley.

“It gets a thousand times more busy the closer it gets to Christmas but it’s all fun,” said Melissa Stavropoulos who works at the Ignition Clothing Shop, across from the Westfield Valencia Town Center mall.

“Then the week after Christmas it’ll be dead,” she said. “So we might as well have fun with the customers while it lasts.”

The mall was packed, but a tour from Sears to the food court proved unhurried, pleasant and without incident. The parking lot was filled right to its perimeter along Magic Mountain Parkway and Citrus Street.

Around the corner from Ignition, a five-member band of seniors from Valencia High School played Christmas music for shoppers coming and going from Kohl’s Department Store.

“A lot of people are actually stopping and listening,” said senior Joshua Malone, dressed in an elf outfit at the center of the band. Musicians included David Eagan, William Wong, Michael Smalley and Shawdee Azamian.

“People don’t see carollers anymore,” Malone said. “They’ve been saying ‘good job’ and things like that.”

Shopper Frank Esposito and his 9-year-old daughter, Aja, emerged from an afternoon of shopping at Kohl’s with smiles and nice things to say about the experience.

“It was good,” Aja said, adding she and he father experienced no crowding and no waiting.

Janie Miller, who works at Kohl’s, worked as a volunteer wrapping gifts for customers in an effort to raise money for the Valencia High School band.

“The wrapping has been very busy — a lot of clothing and toys,” she said.

“It’s been very busy but everybody is enjoying their shopping,” she said. “Their spirits are good.”

She credited the Christmas carol band with promoting the Christmas spirit.

“These kids get them in the Christmas mood,” she said.
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