Friday, November 23, 2012
Shops will be open for the most part today.
There's plenty of shopping to do in Jamaica Plain, and a few ways to do it. Here's a list of some local ideas for your Black Friday. City Feed will be open today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. You could spend $5 in Boston Bean currency, applicable only to participating JP stores. You could check out Hippie Hour at the Midway Cafe. The Merry Runaround will play songs from the Grateful Dead. How will you spend Black Friday in JP? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
A few facts, figures and tidbits before heading out with the other crazed shoppers.
1. BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING FORECAST: Friday: Partly sunny. Milder. Highs in mid/upper 50s. Saturday: Mainly cloudy with a few rain showers — it may end as a few wet snow showers in the Worcester hills. Highs in the upper 40s early then temps crash into the upper 30s by night. Sunday: Cold and windy. Clouds and sun. Maybe a flurry well NW? Upper 30s to near 40 for highs. 2. BLACK FRIDAY HISTORY: The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit. Ever since the start of the modern Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Some big box stores are now moving up their midnight hours to 8 or 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving in other parts of the country. Thanks to Massachusetts Blue Laws, that can't happen here. But should it?
First, it was more of an unspoken rule. Get your shopping done early, get it done on your day off after Thanksgiving. Then, stores responded in offering special deals to attract customers to their stores. That's when it started getting a little bit crazy. Many of the big box stores such as Target, Walmart and Sears have pushed their midnight openings even earlier, onto Thanksgiving Day itself in some parts of the country. Critics say Thanksgiving Day openings prevent employees from spending the holiday with their families, and call into question the true meaning of the holidays. Massachusetts Blue Laws prevent stores from opening on Thanksgiving, but many will be opening at midnight or at 1 a.m. on Friday. What do you think? Have we …
Friday, November 25, 2011
Share the savings with the rest of us in Patch-land.
It's Black Friday. If you're reading this, perhaps you were up early scouring the stores for sales. Or maybe you had your eye on a new television or appliance and knew just what pre-dawn line to wait in. Share your steals and deals by leaving a comment below. We want to hear what you scored so maybe we can share in the savings.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
The Black Friday sales start as early as 1 a.m. See the hours for businesses in Watertown, Newton and Waltham.
Planning is key to getting a good jump on Black Friday sales. Make sure you're ready for your shopping excursion tomorrow with the list of stores and deals below. Don't forget: visit your local independent businesses tomorrow for Small Business Saturday. Support your local economy and find some unique gifts for this holiday season. Atrium Mall & Mall at Chestnut Hill: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Needham Street Shopping District: Marshalls: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. TJ Maxx: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Modell's Sporting Goods: 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. Store circular with coupons. Filene's Basement: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Everything in the store 20 percent to 40 percent off. Newbury Comics: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. New England Mobile Book Fair: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Information about deals. …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The deals are out there to be had, but is it worth fighting the crowds?
Black Friday is less than two days away, and while I plan on going shopping that day, I'm not scouring the circulars or hunting down the best deals ahead of time. It's a Thanksgiving tradition in my family to go shopping on Black Friday. But we're a part of the crack-of-10 a.m.-club, not the type to bang down the doors of the big box stores at 5 a.m. I heard some stores are opening at midnight this year, which sounds more like bedtime then shopping time to me. Largely, our shopping tradition came about because I grew up in New Hampshire, where the nearest mall was an hour and a half away. So when we were in Boston to visit my aunt, uncle and cousins for Thanksgiving, the opportunity to shop at a mall (or even two!) was enticing to my mom. …