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Thanksgiving store openings have dampened my Black Friday enthusiasm

ShoppingBy Lynn R. Mitchell

I may be completely alone in feeling this way but after several years of seeing retail stores open on Thanksgiving to get a jump-start on Black Friday sales, I have to say it has put a damper on the typical beginning-of-the-Christmas-season shopping experience. This year is no exception.

This morning my sister and I watched our husbands head out at 5am for their annual manly shopping experience that consists of Home Depot and Lowe’s before taking a break at a local eatery for breakfast, but she and I slept in late with plans to meet later just for the ambiance of the holiday shopping season. We are two people who used to be out at 4:00 or 5:00 am and happily — even joyfully — stood in line to be among the first in Target or Kohl’s or Macy’s. But that ended when stores began opening on Thanksgiving.

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It’s Black Friday … are you shopping for bargains?

ShoppingBy Lynn R. Mitchell

A long-time tradition has fallen by the wayside for my sister and me. For years we enjoyed the morning bustle of joining the crowds on the Friday after Thanksgiving, looking for shopping deals while cheerful Christmas songs played in the background and shoppers crowded aisles to reach blockbuster items planted to entice us to part with our money.

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Small Business Saturday is November 29

by Lynn R. Mitchell

The National Small Business Association is urging small-business owners and their customers to participate in the annual Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29, 2014. Building on “Black Friday,” where most retailers do a significant amount of business, Small Business Saturday is a campaign to urge consumers to dedicate a portion of holiday shopping to local, independently-owned small businesses

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