Friday, November 23, 2012
Earlier and staggered store openings result in shorter lines, less frenzy the day after Thanksgiving.
Varied opening and sale times at retailers for the Black Friday rush seemed to spread out shoppers throughout North Jersey’s biggest stores this weekend. This year marked a new marketing tactic—more retailers opened Thanksgiving night. While some stores bought into the new trend, others stuck to the traditional early-morning opening times Friday, while others chose to open at 7 or 8 a.m. And, the different opening times gave shoppers a lot of options, and the ability to hit multiple stores. Long nighttime lines awaited shoppers at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall, which saw customers skipping Thanksgiving dinner to line up almost a day before some stores’ 8 and 9 p.m. openings. The line at the Walmart in Watchung started forming at 1 p.m. …
Area shops roll out red carpet to welcome Black Friday shoppers while looking forward to Small Business Saturday.
Karen Thompson of Warren fled the Black Friday crush of the mall and the long line at the Vera Bradley store she was trying to enter when she remembered her morning email about sales at Apogee in downtown Basking Ridge. "There had to be 70 people in line," at the store at the mall, Thompson said. By contrast, in the small shop later on Friday morning, she was receiving personalized attention while browsing through what she said was the same selection. "It was a mob scene," Thompson said of her Friday morning trip to the mall. "Plus, it's good to support local businesses," she added. After leaving the fashion boutique, she said she was heading down South Finley Avenue to Down Cellar, a collectibles and crafts store also in Basking Ridge. …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
We've got some Black Friday sales and what's happening nearby.
You won't have to interrupt any after-dinner naps to go shopping in Warren Thursday—local stores are closed—but we've got the low-down on where to do your shopping in the area. On Friday, be sure to check the specials at Hillary's Fashion Boutique and TRU Salon+Spa, both of which are offering holiday specials. Hillary's Fashion Boutique is offering 50 percent off all boots and shoes; 30 percent off jeans and 20 percent off "everything else." Early shoppers will find a special ghift with each purchase (as long as suppies last). TRU Salon+Spa is offering special discounts with its membership programs, which begin at just $29 per month and offer discounts off facials, hair and nail services. Stop in at the salon for details. Heading to the …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
What's open, what's closed Thanksgiving and how to get around during the holiday season.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The day before Thanksgiving is known as the most traveled day of the year. Getting around North Jersey can be a difficult task any time, but with the start of the holiday season Thursday, traffic will be more congested. Want to find a better way to get around our area? From trains, to buses, to light rails, here’s a Patch list to help you plan how to get around this holiday weekend and what’s open and closed for Thanksgiving and Black Friday. • NJ Transit trains will run on a weekend/major holiday schedule, with extra trains running on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley and Morris & Essex lines to accommodate customers traveling to and from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Gladstone branch remains suspended…