Find out what special sales shops around the county are having.
Friday, November 23, 2012
If it's deals you want, you'll have to pay the price in traffic delays.
Washington, DC, will have the fifth worst traffic congestion on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, according to a Huffington Post report. In the DC region, rush hour will peak Wednesday between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., according to the report. Travel will take 30 percent longer than usual on average. Black Friday shoppers will be clogging the roads as well. On Friday, traffic across the country is expected to peak between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., according to the report. Read the full story on the Huffington Post. Getting ready to head out of town? Check our live traffic map and avoid delays.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Local and area businesses host sales on Black Friday, Nov. 23.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Early Thanksgiving means more shopping time.
While you may just be putting the Halloween decorations away, retailers are already getting out the Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs and Kwanzaa candleholders, prepping for the longest holiday shopping season possible. For decades, now, Black Friday has heralded the start to the month-long holiday shopping season. Thanksgiving, celebrated the fourth Thursday in November since 1941 when Congress passed a law, falls on Nov. 22 this year, which means that there are a whopping 32 days of shopping, assuming you are not the type who buys gifts of lottery tickets and beef jerky from the convenience store on the way to your Christmas celebration. In that case, you have 32 days during which to procrastinate. According to the National Retail …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Check out Black Friday sales at major retailers and small businesses around the county.
Black Friday can be a tortorous event. On the one hand there are (occasionally dangerous) crowds at major retailers and outlets, but at the same time there are some great sales. This year, many large retailers such as Target and Walmart are opening on Thanksgiving evening, giving early bird shoppers the opportunity to shop until they drop—quite literally if they've had enough turkey. In addition, many local small businesses will be offering sales on their products. Below, we've compiled a list of local major retailers and small businesses that are offering Black Friday sales around Howard County on Nov. 23. For the big shops, you can click on the link in their name to view their full Black Friday flyers. Patch will continue to update …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Midnight opening at The Mall in Columbia is a trend that will continue, according to a mall official.
Despite some national outcry from both consumers and store employees, earlier Black Friday shopping hours are here to stay, if the crowds at The Mall in Columbia are any indication. "The crowds we had this year are a good indicator that the trend will continue," mall General Manager Katie Essing said. "The stores did well." For the second year, mall officials gave retailers the opportunity to open at midnight, and 20 stores — up from about a dozen last year — took advantage of that chance, according to Essing. Macy's joined the midnight brigade this year, which no doubt helped bring customers to the retail center, Essing said. "We heard from all 20 stores that it was successful and worthwhile," Essing said of the mall's midnight opening. …
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Have retailers gone too far this year?
Friday, November 25, 2011
Shoppers flocked to The Mall in Columbia.
Macy's at The Mall in Columbia, a major shopping attraction in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore suburbs, attracted hundreds of bargain hunters who lined up for deals on jewelry, clothing, luggage and other goods Thanksgiving night. The store was set to open at midnight in what some have called an encroachment on Thanksgiving's spirit of family togetherness. Others say they welcome not having to get up for 5 a.m. doorbusters.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Stores are competing for consumers looking for deals in a tough economy.
It appears holiday promotions will be more aggressive than ever this year. Walmart, Toys "R" Us and Gap are among the retailers who have said they’ll be open Thanksgiving Day. Target, Macy’s, Kohls and Best Buy will open at midnight for Black Friday deals, according to the Contra Costa Times, which said it was only a few years ago when Black Friday didn’t start until 5 a.m. And the promotions for Christmas shopping are already well underway. The week after Halloween, Arundel Mills had its Santa house up and running. Mr. Claus started making the rounds in the Mall at Columbia on Nov. 11. Costco started its Christmas decorating in August, according to The Consumerist, a subsidiary of Consumer Reports. Will you be shopping on Thanksgiving? …