Friday, November 23, 2012
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Thursday, November 22, 2012
St. Louis Outlet Mall will also give away a free iPad and four $100 gift cards, one each hour from 5am to 10am. Many retailers will open early Friday morning or even Thursday.
St. Louis Outlet Mall will expand hours and offer sales for Black Friday. Cabela’s will entertain shoppers lining up outside with entertainment including TKO DJs, Let’s Make a Deal games, a line dancing contest, and hot holiday gift demonstrations, starting at Midnight. Cabela’s will also offer hot chocolate, hot coffee, heat lamps, heated portable bathrooms, and snacks and pancakes from Chris Cakes. Upon opening, Cabela’s prize giveaways include a Browning rifle, a Master Built electric smoker, Nikon Pro binoculars, Bushnell Legend binoculars, Cabela’s Real Tree Camo hoodie, and Cabela’s gift cards up to $100. Gun winners must undergo a standard federal background check. St. Louis Outlet Mall will also give away a free iPad and four $…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
There’s a game plan, an emergency plan, and lots of coffee. It’s Black Friday!
It’s the Super Bowl of shopping, the Oscars for retailers. It’s a time when below-the-radar soccer moms and soft-spoken grandpas take to the shopping cart raceways, weaving in and out of the throngs in search of the Holy Grail, that larger-than-life bargain. There’s a game plan, an emergency plan, and lots of coffee. It’s Black Friday! Black Friday hype increases every year, and this year, retailers are upping their game by opening earlier than ever. While Black Friday has traditionally begun the day after Thanksgiving, Wal-Mart was the first to announce they would be opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving to accommodate those shoppers looking for both great deals and a social experience. Now Target and Kmart have followed suit, opening Black …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Thousands are signing an online petitions against Black Friday store opening hours that have been pushed into Thanksgiving Day.
The trend for stores to open earlier and earlier to take advantage of Black Friday sales—even to the point of opening in the evening on Thanksgiving Day—has prompted an online petition drive to give Thanksgiving back to employees and their families. Do any Hazelwood residents work in retail and have to work Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comments section. - - - - - Read More: Black Friday Shopping in St. Louis to Start Earlier Than Ever - - - - - The original petition was reportedly created by a Target employee upset that the retail giant is opening on Thanksgiving and requiring employees to work instead of spending time with their families. Target stores, including the two near Hazelwood in Florissant and Bridgeton, will open their doors …
Walmart announced a Thanksgiving Day start to its sales. Target, Toys R Us, and Best Buy aren't far behind.
Serious shoppers know Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the day for bargains. Retailers are opening earlier than ever this year with sales to entice holiday shoppers. Walmart has set the bar at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for 2012 sales to start. Will other stores follow? Macy’s, Target and Toys R Us are among a growing number of shops kicking off Black Friday sales at midnight. Area mall doors will open at various times, though some of their stores may or may not be open then. Many sales haven't been announced yet. Target offers a signup to receive text messages of sales, and previews a 40-inch Toshiba TV, a Samsung laptop computer, a Playstation 3 and other sale items on its website. Want to get the most from your shopping? …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The Thanksgiving holiday falls as early as possible because November begins with a Thursday. You'll have more time to Christmas shop if "Black Friday" is the official start.
Some residents and businesses will start stringing up the Christmas lights as soon as the Halloween decorations come down, but hardcore shoppers know when their dream season begins. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has become the accepted if unofficial start time of the Christmas rush. It's a huge day for retailers but only the first of a roughly month-long extravaganza. And thanks to Abe Lincoln, who decreed Thanksgiving a national holiday, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who signed into law that it should fall on the fourth Thursday in November, and Pope Gregory XIII, who blessed the calendar we use by papal bull, 2012 has the longest possible shopping season. To explain: With Nov. 1 falling on Thursday, the fourth Thursday and …
Friday, April 13, 2012
Although the Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier ruling was handed down on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1988. The newspaper issue in question was the Friday, May 13, 1983 issue. Find out what other notable event occurred on an unlucky Friday the 13th.
Friday the 13th is believed to be a day of bad luck. Luckily it only occurs one more time this year on July 13. The fear associated with Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia. It is a real fear, and some people who have this disorder are even too afraid to say the words “Friday the 13th.” Others avoid public and social interaction on the day for fear of death. Hazelwood's Connections to Friday the 13th Did you know the US Supreme Court handed down its ruling in the infamous case Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier on Jan. 13, 1988? It's not a Friday, but, it was the marking on censorship in school newspapers and just about every high school journalism class since then learns about the historic decision. The ruling gave …
Friday, November 25, 2011
Many waited in line for days, even skipping Thanksgiving with their families.
Lines snaked around big box retail stores as early as Tuesday afternoon until doors were opened at the stroke of midnight Friday. People ran to scoop up a steal on a $600 TV and the hottest Justin Bieber doll. Some lines were shorter than others proving you don’t have to wait in line 60 hours beforehand, miss your family’s Thanksgiving dinner or risk hypothermia to score some sweet deals. Behold the sights of long and short which will help you begin mapping out next year’s day of dark deals.
Several St. Louis businesses were flooded with early, motivated shoppers today. Some of them had been waiting in line for days.
Find the latest on Black Friday lines, deals and news as it happens. If you see something we should know about, send us a tip at Lindsay.Toler@patch.com or tweet @StLouisLindsay.