Local businesses weigh in on economy

Reported by: Alyx Sacks
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Updated: 11/11/2012 11:01 pm

It's no secret during the economic down turn Nevada suffered some of the highest unemployment and foreclosure rates in the country.

In preliminary exit polls more voters said they felt the economy was getting better than ones who thought it was getting worse.

Now that the political race is over and the holiday season is here News 4 checked in with local shops and owners to see how business is faring.

Whitney Lampson is a single mom who had to pick up a second job to make ends meet.

"My services are a bonus for their lives it's a life-style thing, it's not something you have to have, it doesn't help you put food on your table," Lampson says.

Lampson is a skin care therapist, working part time at Reno Mountain Sports, but she says things are picking up for her as an esthetician.

"My clients seem to have more disposable income. Clients who's husbands had lost their jobs have jobs now," Lampson says.

Scott Schwarts is a manager at Reno Mountain Sports and in the last seven years he's seen the ups and downs.

"People were scared at first and not spending much money and when they were spending money they were spending on their family, their kids," Schwarts says.

Schwarts is skeptical and isn't too ready to say the economy is getting better though he is seeing a lot more foot traffic coming in and out of the store.

But he wonders from the shop's perspective if it's just the early snow.

"It's hard to tell if stuff is improving in this area a ton, you don't see the job growth," Schwarts says.

So from improving to skeptical locals just hope the worst is over and its time to move on.

Terri O'Brien, owner of Boutique Elegante, believes patience is key in times like this.

"It takes a long time I mean, but I think it has built even over the past year," O'Brien says.

Maybe soon, Lampson hopes she can say good bye to her second job.

All in all the majority of locals who spoke with News 4 say they're seeing improvements, but are cautious and hopeful heading into the holiday season.

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