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.
A highly regarded local shopping survey says we we will be spending more this holiday season than we have in the past 12 years. The University of St. Thomas survey says the average household will be spending $837 this Christmas season.
It’s got to be a sign that summer is on the way, and Thursday was the first day of the farmers market on Nicollet Mall.
Retailers are hoping today was a big day for people out looking for some deals. Because so far this holiday shopping season has been the weakest since 2008.
People are already lining up for holiday shopping deals. Yes, already. At the Best Buy store in Richfield, two tents are up and two anxious shoppers are waiting it out.
Friday and Saturday will be two of the busiest shopping days of 2011, and the Mall of America is expecting a strong finish to the holiday shopping season and the year.
Two hours before Black Friday officially began, many shoppers were already waiting in lines, hoping to be the first one through the door.
Do-it-yourself is pretty popular for a lot of shoppers, but a growing number of supermarket chains are doing away with it by shutting down self-serve checkout lanes.
Madison police arrested a 21-year-old woman after she allegedly threatened shoppers while trying to cut in line at a toy store.
Not all Americans tucked into turkey with their families on Thanksgiving. Some were out shopping, hitting sales ahead of the crowds expected Friday.