We compiled tweets, links and videos from local online users preparing, or avoiding, the year's largest shopping day.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Whether you're shopping at a mall, department store, electronic store, etc this guide can help ease the pain.
Every year people all over the country go into a shopping frenzy on Black Friday. Some people love it and some people hate it. Negatives of Black Friday: Looking for parking Standing in the cold waiting for a store to open Pushing through the crowds Irritability Inevitable sleepiness So on… Positives of Black Friday: The great feeling of getting the best deal Enough said... To make this shopping experience fun and easygoing Patch sat down with Southridge Mall manager Mary Mokwa and pounded out some Black Friday shopping tips. Plan ahead! Know what stores you want to shop at and what kind of items you want. Budget, budget, budget. Know how much you want to spend ahead of time. “With all the online things you can look at now make a plan,” …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Politicos trying to force Wisconsin's governor into a recall election are planning to be out among the frenzy of shoppers.
As if Black Friday needed more craziness. The annual shopping frenzy will have a dash of the political this year as supporters of an effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker plan to circulate petitions among the deal-hungry masses. Wisconsin Democrats are planning to collect signatures in the Milwaukee area at several stores, including: Recall supporters won't have any luck at Southridge Mall, said Mary Mokwa, manager of the mall. Collecting signatures is a form of soliciting, Mokwa said, and the mall allows no soliciting inside of the building or in its parking lot. The closest recall supporters could get to the shopping center are the public sidewalks surrounding the Southridge property, she said. "If we would observe them and we would …
Looks like it's going to be a great shopping season.
'Tis the year for shopping. Southridge Mall is going through a major a $52 million renovation, but that is not stopping the mall from doing it big for Black Friday. Southridge will open at 3 a.m. while other area malls will be be opening at 5 a.m. The mall already has a dozen retailers, both anchor and non-anchor, that have announced that they are opening at midnight. Southridge manager Mary Mokwa says the list will continue to grow over the week. For the first time Old Navy will be opening on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The mall will be closed, but will have one entrance open for Old Navy customers. The store will then reopen again at midnight. Mokwa said that some stores last year said they regretted not opening at midnight…
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The craziness that comes with Black Friday.
I have a confession. For the past six years I have been one of those crazy people who stays up all night till the stores open on Black Friday. And yes, I have been known to elbow one or two people along the way. Some might already know that I am from Chicago. Every Thanksgiving I go home to have a feast at mom’s house and then I stay up all night waiting till the stores open. The first time I went shopping was the first year the Chicago Premium Outlets opened at midnight. Bad idea. Friends and family all jumped into two SUVs. We get on the highway only to find an unbelievable amount of traffic. It was so bad that the emergency lane became a regular lane. We were about five miles away when we realized there was no way we were going to get…