Monday, December 3, 2012
Montgomery County has got it going on when it comes to holiday shopping.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Patch has editors on the ground covering news all around Montgomery County. But even hard-nosed journalists have to stop to think about the holidays and what gifts to give their families and friends. Knowing the best places to shop might be seen as one of the side benefits of being a Montgomery County Patch editor who has the inside story on business and development. Plus, each Patch site has a business directory where you can find store hours, addresses, photos and user reviews. If you've made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday with gifts still to buy, you've still got time left due to 2012's holiday shopping season of 32 days, perhaps the longest ever due to the way the calendar fell in 2012. We know the …
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Did you opt out of Black Friday in favor of Cyber Monday?
With the advent of the Internet, online shopping became popular, and with online shopping, sales became popular to lure customers. Over the past few years, Cyber Monday—an online shopping event meant to compete with Black Friday—has been gaining in popularity. Often, the deals are tech-related—computers, tablets, phones and mp3 players, but other types of goods are being offered. Sites like CyberMonday feature links to sites with some of the better deals out there.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Could you go cold turkey on consumerism for 24 hours?
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Holiday Weekend Sales, Pre-Christmas Sales, Post-Hanukah Clearance Sales, and Kwanzaa Clearance Events—it’s enough to make you go crazy as a consumer. One organization, AdBusters, has a solution to help you retain your sanity—“Buy Nothing Day.” The group’s website touts that “the journey towards a sane sustainable future begins with a single step” and sees capping your consumption for an entire day as that step. AdBusters, which also publishes a monthly anti-consumerist magazine, is also a proponent of the Occupy movement, and offers online and printable ads to help spread the word. The website also features guides to organized protests like a Credit Card Cut Up, Zombie Walk and Whirl-Mart. AdBusters claims …
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.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Hours and deals for local businesses and chains on Friday, Nov. 23.
Lace up your running shoes and wrap around the scarf—Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, is a mere 48 hours away. Here's our Silver Spring shopping guide, with store hours and locations plus a little info about the deals. (Click on the link, if provided, to be connected to the store's Black Friday circular.) If you're planning on leaving Silver Spring, check out deals around Wheaton on Wheaton Patch. Westfield Montgomery Mall has announced the following Black Friday deals, according to Potomac Patch. Westfield Montgomery Mall The Westfield Montgomery Mall will open at midnight on Nov. 23 for shoppers looking to get an early start. In addition to store specials, the mall will have hourly giveaways and an opportunity to win…
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Retail 'sale' creep hits the all-American holiday big time this year.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
If all you can wait to do after you chow down on your Thanksgiving meal is start the holiday shopping marathon, retailers are ready to help you. Other Americans, including some retail workers, are saying they want to keep one Thursday in November free of American capitalistic intrusion. Target, Walmart, Sears, Kmart and Toys 'R' Us have all announced they will open as early as 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, making 2012's holiday shopping season of 32 days and four hours perhaps the longest ever due to the way the calendar fell this year. At least one online petition says enough, already. A campaign on the site Change.org entitled, "Target: Take the high road and save Thanksgiving," had been signed by more than 230,000 users as of Friday night. …
Friday, November 16, 2012
See when big-box retailers plan to open doors after Thanksgiving.
We may need to come up with a new name for the evening after Thanksgiving dinner. That's when the Silver Spring Target and White Oak Sears plan to open doors for Black Friday. “We heard from our guests that they look forward to kicking off their holiday shopping with deal-hunting on Thanksgiving night,” Kathee Tesija, executive vice president for merchandising at Target, told Today.com. Target, located at 12000 Cherry Hill Road, will open at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22 and remain open until 11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23. On Saturday, shop 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Preview the sales listed in the Target ad here. Sign up for the Silver Spring Patch newsletter for more local holiday news. White Oak Sears, located at 11255 New Hampshire Ave., will …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Employees of the retail giant hope to take advantage of one of the year's busiest shopping days.
Employees of DC-area Walmart and Sam's Club locations are joining a national strike effort this Black Friday to protest what they view as low wages, poor scheduling practices, and worker intimidation on the part of the retail giant. The campaign, organized by Making Change at Walmart and linked with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, is planning demonstrations outside dozens of stores nationwide on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. In the DC area, Nov. 23 protests are scheduled for Walmart and Sam's Club locations in Laurel, Hyattsville, Bowie, Gaithersburg, Woodlawn, Severn, Clinton, Abingdon, Alexandria, and Fairfax. (Both chains are owned by parent company Walmart Stores, Inc.) The strike action …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Early Thanksgiving means more shopping time.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
- Ben Gross
Saturday, November 3, 2012
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 …
Friday, November 26, 2010
For Silver Spring resident Ben Gross, it's really no contest at all.
The definitive historical origin of the term "Black Friday" is murky at best. It may refer to September 24, 1869, when a failed attempt to corner the gold market caused a steep market crash, or the term the Philadelphia Police Department gave to the day following Thanksgiving which brought huge traffic jams and crowded sidewalks to Center City due to the start of the Christmas shopping season. However, the most commonly accepted modern definition refers to it being the biggest day of the year for retailers, which "puts them in the black," or makes them profitable. Nowadays, Black Friday offers some stunning bargains and vastly under-priced "teaser" merchandise that lures customers into stores on a day typically spent with family. …