Wednesday, November 21, 2012
A very warm Thanksgiving will give way to a cold and blustery Black Friday.
Call it global warming, call it coincidence, but as we head toward the end of November we are instead seeing temperatures that look more like outdoor-sports weather than the seasonal snow. If your Thanksgiving Day plans involve football in one of Shorewood's many parks or your own backyard, you will likely be enjoying some quite warm weather for the season. You could probably try barbecuing the turkey if you had a mind to! On the flip side, Black Friday is promising colder, windier temperatures that we're more used to seeing. If you're planning to get a head start on your holiday shopping, best to bring out the jacket again. Here's the weather for the holiday weekend, courtesy of AOL weather: Wednesday, Nov. 21: As you run around buying …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Family-owned jewelry stores say their clientele is much different than the crowd running to a mall jewelry store on Black Friday.
Back in 1990, a week after Black Friday, David Nelson Exquisite Jewelry opened its doors. And, they have been going strong ever since. The jeweler, which is owned by Joliet native David Nelson, believes that there is something more important than offering the biggest discount on Black Friday - customer service. "Instead of advertising, we try to keep the customers we already have," he said. To that end, the jewelry store sends ornaments every year to its top 2,500 customers. The ornament is not a sales gimmick. "It's just an ornament; a gift to hang on their tree," Nelson said. Nelson said his store is not crowded on Black Friday. "We're not usually busy on that Friday," Nelson said. "Most people swarm to the malls to do their power …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Target, Best Buy, Kohl's, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart all hoping for a stellar holiday shopping season.
Black Friday, or Black Thursday as it seems to be now, is fast approaching. As you try to plan out what great deals you’re going to hit up first, allow us to help out. Below is a compiled list of local-area stores with the “big deals” that get you out of the house at 2 a.m. READ MORE: What Time Do Stores Open on Black Friday? TELL US: Do you plan to go Black Friday shopping? What items are on your list?
A quick guide about who's opening when on Thanksgiving and the day after.
If you have a black belt in Black Friday shopping, listen up: area big-box retailers are gearing up to dazzle bargain hunters even earlier this year—starting on Thanksgiving Day. Last week, Walmart announced it would open its doors at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, and offer holiday doorbusters while supplies last. These include deals on TVs, iPads, an electric scooter for $79 and a steam mop for $39. Not to be outdone, Target and Best Buy are also planning all-out holiday shopping assaults. Target's deals begin at 9 p.m. According to an ad leaked online, the best deals will be for TVs, a Nook, a Nikon camera and an XBOX 360 Kinect bundle. At Best Buy, doors open at midnight. Doorbusters include deals on TVs, phones and Samsung laptop bundles. …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
It used to be Black Friday was for the earliest of early shoppers. Not anymore. Look around. The stores are ready now.
Look around the Chicago area and you'll see all the signs: The early birds no longer wait until Black Friday to do their Christmas shopping. This year, Black Friday is on Nov. 23, but big retailers and mail-order companies are starting well in advance. Amazon, for example, is beginning its Black Friday on Nov. 14. Crazy or crazy smart? Just how early is too early to shop for Christmas 2012 gifts? Take our poll.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Start the holiday season by shopping locally in the Channahon, Minooka and Shorewood areas.
The air is crisp, the wheel of the year is turning, and old man winter is right around the corner. With the cold weather comes the hustle and bustle of the impending winter holidays and of course, all the shopping that goes with it. It is with thoughts like these that I encourage everyone to buy local in the coming months. Why buy local? Locally owned and operated establishments in your community provide goods and services with everything from soup to nuts. Buying local is good for the environment because it saves energy by using less packaging and less transportation. Buying local preserves the individuality of your community; those cute mom and pop diners and quaint little boutiques are what make your community interesting. Keeping …