Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Here's what discounts retailers are offering and what times they will be opening their doors.
Westfield Annapolis Mall: The mall will open at 5 a.m., but select stores will open at midnight on Thanksgiving. Target: The store will open at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. To preview their discounts for Black Friday, click here. Kohls: The store will open at midnight on Thanksgiving. To preview their discount catalogue for Black Friday, click here. Premier Fitness: The gym will open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday; 33 percent off one month of group personal training; 30 percent off four packs of 30-minute personal training packages; 20 percent off massages (maximum of four per person); 20 percent off all pro shop items. DSW Shoes: The store will open at 8 a.m.; it won't offer any Black Friday specials, but rewards members can get a free tote bag …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Analysts say a strong Black Friday number could predict a big season for retailers.
Monday, November 19, 2012
During the holidays, financial analysts try to anticipate whether there will be a strong Christmas shopping season based on the amount of money people spend on Black Friday. As the retail frenzy approaches in just a few days, Patch wants to know if you plan on going out into the shopping madness to snag that "perfect gift." Business Insider produced an article last year that broke down the numbers, and how that correlated to overall holiday shopping. In 2009, the Black Friday numbers ($345 per person) showed a downturn in per-person spending over the previous year. That foreshadowed low numbers for retailers during the 2009 holiday season. The Business Insider article said that in 2010, a strong Black Friday showing (average $365 per …
Thursday, December 22, 2011
If there's one thing Annapolis has no shortage of, it's shopping.
Annapolis is filled with unique local shops that offer a variety of items from trendy boutiques to pottery to children's clothing. Parole is a regional shopping destination with Westfield Annapolis mall and the Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole. There are many special events around the holidays to encourage residents to buy local and shop in general. Midnight Madness was held earlier this month downtown and shoppers filled the streets to purchase gifts and enjoy holiday music and snacks. West Annapolis also has its own event each year where shoppers can enjoy free carriage rides and kids get to meet Santa. For the first time Westfield Annapolis opened at 12:01 a.m. on Black Friday to jump start the holiday shopping season. So the question…
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Just in case you missed something this week, Patch brings you the week that was in Greater Annapolis and the top stories that everyone's talking about.
Patch articles always stay on the site, even when they're not posted as a top story, and we encourage you to grab a cup of coffee and spend some time exploring some of the older articles. We have some more information if you'd like to know more about how to use the Patch site. Each week, we'll highlight the top five stories of the week so you can join in the conversation. Remember that you can sign up to receive daily or weekly updates from Patch. We're also active on Facebook and Twitter, too. This week's top five stories (in no particular order):
Saturday, November 26, 2011
For hours before the stroke of midnight, shoppers lined up outside of stores throughout Parole to be the first to snag some Black Friday deals.
The first couple of people in line outside of Best Buy in Parole at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday said they had been there since 3 p.m. Wednesday. The next group in line said they'd been there since 9 p.m. Wednesday. That may have been the extreme example, but shoppers also packed the parking lot of Toys R Us and a line of eager shoppers snaked around the second floor parking lot at Target in the Annaponlis Towne Centre at Parole. Several entrances at Westfield Annapolis mall also had lines outside of them leading up to the 12:01 a.m. Black Friday opening. Inside, people packed the halls, sitting on the floor waiting for individual stores to open. WRNR also broadcasted live from midnight to 6 a.m. and awarded shoppers with swag bags and other …
Friday, November 25, 2011
With a live broadcast from WRNR and specials at just about every store, shoppers crowded the mall and packed the shops well into the morning.
Whether shopping for themselves, gifts or just people watching, crowds of shoppers packed into Westfield Annapolis mall late Thursday night and into early Friday morning to kick off the holiday shopping season. The Parole mall's first early morning Black Friday event saw shoppers lining up at multiple entrances, then packing the hallways to sit outside their favorite stores. Athletic shoe stores were particularly popular as eager teenagers awaited the release of the new Jordan Concrete 3 sneaker. The crowds maintained throughout the early morning and as of 3 a.m. Friday, appeared to still be going strong. Also, check out a replay of our live blog from the mall and share your Black Friday photos, stories or biggest deals.
The SPCA of Anne Arundel County offers a sale on all animals with black fur, as well as a merchandise sale this Black Friday.
Staff at The SPCA of Anne Arundel County found a unique way to be a part of Black Friday. As noted on the organization's website, “all black (or slightly black) animals” will be half-priced. This deal applies to all qualified applicants. In addition, the SPCA is holding a merchandise sale on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. According to the website, sale items include SPCA merchandise, cages, toys and other pet products. Sue Beatty, executive director of the county SPCA, said via email that she heard about an animal shelter on the west coast having a sale on Black Friday and liked the idea. “We held it in 2009 just for black animals—but didn't have a big merchandise sale as well. We (decided) this year to make it really big …
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Greater Annapolis Patch provides a list of sales and discounts.
Braving the crowds? Sacrificing sleep? Wondering what all the fuss is about?
Thanksgiving is all about family, friends, gratitude ... and, well, turkey. But once the dishes are washed and the football games have all been played, Greater Annapolis retailers are hoping your thoughts turn to shopping. And there's certainly no shortage of early morning options to take advantage of in the area. Westfield Annapolis mall will be providing specials and discounts and a few giveaways. Stores such as Target, Best Buy and Kohl's will be offering their own Black Friday specials when they open at 12:01 a.m. Also, don't forget to log on to Greater Annapolis Patch late Thursday night to participate in a live blog from Westfield Annapolis or follow along on our Twitter feed.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Westfield Annapolis mall is just one spot to hit in the wee hours of Friday morning.
Black Friday is nearly upon us and the specials and long hours are popping up in advertisements all over Greater Annapolis. As we reported earlier, Westfield Annapolis mall will be offering specials and discounts (not to mention fun giveaways) throughout the night and day starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday. But they're not the only ones opening their doors in the early morning hours after all the turkey and stuffing has been put away. According to a story in The Baltimore Sun, Target, Best Buy and Kohl's in Parole will also be holding midnight sales, as opposed to previous years when they featured pre-dawn specials later in the morning. Also, we'll be blogging live from Westfield Annapolis mall starting just before midnight Thursday. Log on to …