Thursday, November 22, 2012
Here's the rundown on how to get in and get out.
When preparing for Black Friday shopping, transit and parking can be huge sources of stress, as you fight against the clock to get from your house to the mall in a reasonable amount of time. Fortunately, Patch is here to help. On Black Friday, most roads will be busier than usual, but if you check the Patch commuting tab, you can stay up to date on which roads are the most clogged, and choose an alternate route to the mall parking lot. The parking lot at Potomac Mills Mall is large, but on busy shopping days like Black Friday, shoppers' vehicles will probably spill over into neighboring parking lots. Arrive early and take advantage of the valet parking just outside of the mall entrance near the newly opened Cheesecake Factory. If you don…
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The independent bookstore specializing in cookbooks and cookware will likely see a bump in holiday traffic.
After the mad rush on Black Friday, Occoquan merchants like Salt & Pepper Books owner Christine Myskowski want shoppers to remember the small business community in Occoquan on Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24. Occoquan merchants can't compete with Black Friday sales, but Myskowski thinks that's a good thing. "This is a unique town and we can’t compete with those kinds of bargain deals that people get on Black Friday, because these are such small shops," she said. "I think people come here for a different reason. People are always more relaxed when they get here.” Myskowski doesn't rely as much on holiday traffic now that her business is more established. "But holidays are a bump up, that's for sure," she said. Small Business Saturday …
Monday, November 19, 2012
A few tips on beating the traffic while holiday shopping during Black Friday weekend.
This year, about 147 million people plan to go shopping during the Black Friday weekend, according to a recent National Retail Federation survey. The survey shows a slight decrease from last year’s 152 million who planned to shop during the same weekend. Specifically, NRF’s survey shows that 71 million said they would shop and another 76 million said they would wait and see what retailers have in-store that weekend. “Though the Black Friday tradition is here to stay, there’s no question that it has changed in recent years; already there is a tremendous amount of excitement and anticipation surrounding retailers’ Thanksgiving and Black Friday promotions,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. With that said, shopaholics everywhere are …
How will your finances affect your holiday spending?
Two-thirds of respondents to a recent poll by the NPD Group said they “plan to spend about the same” as last year, while 10 percent planned to “spend more.” With the economy and job situation still in flux for many families, we want to know what families in Prince William County plan to do for Christmas, Hanukah or Kwanzaa gifts in 2012. Will you be more creative with your gifting? Use sites like Groupon, Living Social, etc? Brave Black Friday sales? Cook or bake for familty and friends?
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Target, Kmart included in turkey day sales. Is it too early to start Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving Day?
If you have a black belt in Black Friday shopping, listen up: Woodbridge big-box retailers are gearing up to dazzle bargain hunters even earlier this year—starting Thanksgiving Day, right after you put away the pumpkin pie. Walmart, Target and Kmart are planning all-out holiday shopping assaults. Why doze off in a turkey slump watching football when you can be out taking care of holiday shopping business? Walmart will offer, beginning at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, holiday gifts for the entire family, while supplies last. That includes an electric scooter for $79, a steam mop for $39 or men's jeans for $9.50. (Why do Mom and Dad always get the boring presents?) Target's deals begin an hour later, at 9 p.m. According to an ad …