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Hopes Are High For Shops On ‘Small Business Saturday’

The Black Friday holiday shopping blitz has now stretched into a four-day shopping excursion. For mom and pop stores, the competition is bigger than ever. Sara Moulton spent Small Business Saturday shopping at one of her local favorites in Minneapolis, Patina. “The big stores are taking over holidays,” Moulton said. “I just love supporting local businesses and giving back to the community.” Patina manager Karin Tepparo says they don’t tout deep discounts, but instead rely on their one-of-a-kind items to bring in customers.

11/30/2013

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MOA Reports Brisk Black Friday Business

Black Friday is the official start to the holiday shopping season, and it started earlier than ever — 8 p.m. at the Mall of America. A new report by the University of St. Thomas says this is the mall where most Minnesotans will do their holiday shopping. “We love the bonding experience, hanging out with each other,” said shopper Nicole Klinkhammer, who was at the mall Friday. There was a lot of buzz about starting Black Friday too early, but the Mall of America team says as long as people want to shop, they will be open. And it’s working out fine so far. They project a higher turn-out than last year, when the mall opened at midnight.

11/29/2013

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DeBlog: Best Holiday Restaurant Gift Card Deals

It’s the best time of the year if you’re looking for a great deal on restaurant gift cards. Spend $100, get $20. Spend $100, get $25. Spend $25, get $5. It’s the perfect way to say “thank you” to coworkers, or your babysitter, or a great gift for family and friends.

11/26/2013

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Tips For Holiday Decorating, Buying Gifts For The Host

As the weather cools and Thanksgiving approaches, people are beginning to think about Holiday decorating. Renae Keller from Renae Keller Interior Design talked with Natalie Nyhus about the trends to hit home interiors this season.

11/26/2013

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Survey Predicts A Very Spendy Holiday Season

A late Thanksgiving means the shortest possible holiday shopping season, but a local survey shows Minnesotans will spend more. The University of St. Thomas just released a survey that says people will spend more than they have in the past 12 years.

11/21/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Black Friday Creep

Last year there was a furor over Target opening at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This year, Target will open one hour earlier on Thanskgiving. It is of course not just Target; almost every major retailer this year is opening on Thanksgiving Day. Even one of last year’s big holdouts — Macy’s — will open at 6 p.m.

11/16/2013

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Walmart To Offer Black Friday Deals On Thanksgiving

Officials announced Tuesday that while Walmart Supercenters are open 24 hours, they’ll be offering their Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving night. It’s a continuing trend with Thanksgiving happening later than normal this year.

11/12/2013

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Maiden Minnesota Kicks Off Holiday Shopping Season

It’s the first day of November. Like it or not, with that comes the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. One early shopping event will be taking place Friday night in the Twin Cities. The people behind the event are entrepreneurs, but you can call them “fair maidens.”

11/01/2013

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10-25-13 The Rash Report On The Morning News With Dave Lee

Are retailers getting blowback for pushing the Holiday Shopping Season so early on?

10/25/2013

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Target’s Top Toys This Holiday Season

Halloween is next week. Thanksgiving is next month. And right after that, many of us will be opening holiday gifts from our loved ones. But first, we have to shop for them.

10/22/2013

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What Will We Spend This Holiday Season?

A new holiday shopping survey shows people plan to spend more this holiday shopping season, but for the first time ever, stores are not the first place people are going. Most consumers, who were surveyed by the finance company Deloitte, said the Internet is their top shopping destination.

10/22/2013

Back To School Pencils

Curiocity: Top 5 Back-To-School Trends For 2013

A new year, a new chance to redefine your look — but where to begin? Back-to-school shopping doesn’t have to be stressful, especially if you have an expert making sure you know exactly what’s in and the trends to look for this fall. Carly Gatzlaff, of À La Mode Wardrobe Consulting, is a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant in the Twin Cities. She says it’s time to pack away the summer neons and focus on earthy tones for fall. Here’s her top 5 trends for back-to-school.

08/26/2013

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Best Buy 4th Quarter Loss Narrows

Best Buy Co. says its fourth-quarter loss narrowed as it cut costs to offset nearly flat sales during the key holiday quarter. It also says a deadline passed without a bid from its co-founder, Richard Schulze.

03/01/2013

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Last-Minute Shoppers Take Their Chances

Christmas shopping sales aren’t expected to be as good as retailers had hoped, but lots of shoppers out Monday might make up some of that difference.

12/24/2012

Retailers Hope For Strong Christmas Season

Waiting Pays Off For Holiday Bargain Hunters

The number of last-minute holiday shoppers could actually beat the crowds seen on Black Friday.

12/21/2012

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Stores Open Longer For Last-Minute Holiday Push

With just four days until Christmas, many stores are packed with customers doing their holiday shopping. And there’s a new trend to help those who wait until the last minute.

12/21/2012

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Rainy Winter Weather Dampens Holiday Shopping

Winter weather tried to slow down another big shopping weekend, causing consumers to grab their umbrellas in December. With nine shopping days to go until Christmas, it’s fair to say that Mother Nature has terrible timing.

12/15/2012

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Celebrate The Holiday Season

Welcome to your 2012 Holiday Guide! Don’t miss our gift-giving ideas, shopping advice, food & drink recipes, and movie & music recommendations. Share some holiday cheer with your friends!

12/11/2012

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Wish Lists For Christmas Are Going Digital

When it comes to letters to Santa, some are ditching the pen and paper and looking to their tablets and smartphones instead.

12/10/2012

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Gift Ideas For Your Holiday Party

When someone throws a holiday party and invites you to come, it’s best not to arrive empty-handed. Guests often give what are typically called hostess gifts, a little something to show your appreciation to the people who are inviting you into their home.

11/27/2012

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CNET Editor Brian Cooley Hot Tech Gifts On WCCO

Dave Lee was able to get a head start on holiday gift giving when he talked Wednesday morning with CNET technology editor Brian Cooley.

11/23/2012

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Black Friday Shopping Do’s & Don’ts

For some, Black Friday is as much a holiday as the holidays themselves. Like the anticipation of opening a present, shoppers can’t wait to find out what “deals” Black Friday has to offer.

11/21/2012

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Mall Of America Decks The Halls For Black Friday

Mall of America is getting ready for the big rush of shoppers. The plan is to have all the decorations set for Black Friday. Extra help is hired to put up all the tinsel and lights. The work started right after Halloween, and is still going on.

11/21/2012

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Need Help Holiday Shopping At MOA? There’s An App For That

The Holiday shopping season is in full swing at the Mall of America, and this year there’s something new to help make shopping even easier – an app.

11/20/2012

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Forget Black Friday, Shop Local For Small Biz Saturday

This holiday season local business owners want you to put your money where your home is.

11/19/2012

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