Despite the tough economy, this holiday season was profitable for many local businesses in Knoxville. It was the second holiday season for The Next Chapter bookstore and owner Tresa Mott says she was pleasantly surprised with how well it went for her business. She stated that The Next Chapter did well during the holidays in 2008 but 2009 was even better. Mott also added that several patrons told her they were trying hard to do the majority of their shopping locally. Rick Gibson, owner of Gibson Jewelry said they too had a successful year. He stated that they struggled a bit with the 2008 holiday season but he was happy to report that things made a turn for the better in 2009. Both Mott and Gibson would like to thank the community for making this holiday season a successful one.