Saturday, November 24, 2012
Two business owners explain how their small business competes with the big-box stores.
The craziness of Black Friday is behind and now Small Business Saturday has its turn this weekend, minus some of the craziness. Shopping local helps smaller businesses to thrive and it’s a way to show your support for your community, said Tia Brooks from the Village of Oswego. In Oswego, many of the downtown shops are participating in Small Business Saturday with their program “Downtown Dollars.” Five winners for $100 in Downtown Dollars will be drawn – the prize can be used just like cash at any of the participating stores. Read below for a list of participating stores. When it comes to small businesses competing with the big-box stores, Dawn Aagesen and Nancy Tyl, co-owners of Savvy Fashions and More in Mason Square, both agreed it’s the…
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Charter One Bank, with ATM machines in area Speedway locations, offers the following tips.
This year, if you want to take advantage of the Black Friday deals, you don't even have to get up early on Friday morning. You can just have one or two extra slices of pumkin pie and head out to area retailers just after midnight. Heck, Wal-Mart is opening its doors at 8 p.m. on Thursday for the shoppers who just can't take another minute of Aunt Martha. For a list of more stores opening early, click here. But, all those great deals can still have a terrible effect on household budgets. So, the folks at Charter One Bank, who have ATMs in area Speedway locations, including 4032 Us Highway 34., put together the following tips: Build a budget – To manage your holiday spending, an important first step is to create a realistic budget that will…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Target, Best Buy, Kohl's, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart all hoping for 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 you out. Below is a compiled list of local-area stores with the “big deals” that get you out of the house at 2:00 a.m. in the morning. 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 that it would open its doors at 8 p.m. on 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 …
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.