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Sunday, November 25, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Big deals afoot throughout the weekend.
If you are looking to spend Thursday trying to break records on the number of pairs of shoes you own, a local shop will have some real bargains. Madison Street Shoes, 7500 Madison St., in fact will be offering the same deal from now through Sunday. Everything in the store will be 40 percent off on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Shop Local Day Saturday and on Sunday. That includes shoes, clothing and accessories. The store will be open from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. (depending on how traffic goes, an employee said). Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. There may be a few give-aways, but you have to pop in to find out what they are. Call 708-488-2190 for more information.
Deals to be had throughout the month; free shipping on Cyber Monday.
If you have a tea drinker in the house or in your family, a Forest Park establishment has brewed up some good deals for Black Friday and throughout November. All items will be 15 percent off from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. this Friday at Todd & Holland Tea Merchants, 7311 W. Madison St. Through Nov. 30, four different boxed sets of tea - three different flavors in a set - will be 20 percent off through Nov. 30. The sets contain some of the shop's most popular teas, said Marianne Richards, one of the owners. One features popular flavored green teas, another is a medley of herbal teas, a third has customer favored favorites. And a fourth has the kind of teas served at afternoon tea, which is the name of the boxed set. The shop will be open from 7 a.…
After a late night of shopping (or for those fueling up for a long Friday) stop by The Brown Cow in Forest Park for their annual waffle sunday bar.
If you're not still stuffed from Thanksgiving dinner the morning after, a local ice cream parlor has a treat sure to draw crowds to Forest Park on Black Friday. The Brown Cow will be holding its annual Black Friday Waffle Bar from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Nov. 23. "It was started as a way for shoppers to refuel while heading out to the local shops," said owner Connie Brown. Now in its ninth year, Brown said she expects to serve some 130 shoppers looking for a special treat. The Brown Cow cooks up Belgium-style waffles made to order, which is then topped with a scoop of your favorite ice cream flavor, before letting customers loose on their expansive topping selection. Toppings include nuts, fruits, whipped cream, a selection of syrups and a …
The biggest shopping day of the year starts as early as 8 p.m. Turkey Day for at least one local big-box store.
Shopping list - check; wish list - check; cash or whatever - be sure you have enough. And it might even be a good idea to make sure you have all of that in line as some big box store plan to open its doors for the biggest shopping day of the year even before the biggest day starts. Some of the competition for shoppers on this day will play out right here in Forest Park. Walmart, 1300 Des Plaines Ave., in Forest Park, plans opening its doors at 10 p.m. Thanksgiving Day to accommodate all the shoppers who want to take in bargains early. The store will be open at For those who like the convenience of sitting at their computer screens, there are bargains to be had through Wednesday.The store on Black Friday will open at 5 a.m. Not to be …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
It used to be Black Friday was for the earliest of early shoppers. Not anymore. Look around. The stores are ready now.
Look around the Chicago area and you'll see all the signs: The early birds no longer wait until Black Friday to do their Christmas shopping. This year, Black Friday is on Nov. 23, but big retailers and mail-order companies are starting well in advance. Amazon, for example, is beginning its Black Friday on Nov. 14. Crazy or crazy smart? Just how early is too early to shop for Christmas 2012 gifts? Take our poll.
Friday, November 26, 2010
So-called busiest shopping day of the year draws very small gathering to local chain stores before dawn Friday--which may not be such a bad thing.
It's called the busiest shopping day of the year. It's the day when stores put out their best items for the lowest prices. It is, of course, Black Friday, the unofficial beginning of the holiday shopping season. Why spending money has its own season is beyond me and beside the point. I'm new to Oak Park. Last year I woke up at 3 a.m. to buy my father a new flat-screen television from the Best Buy in North Riverside. This year I wanted to do some shopping a little closer to town, so I took a nap and filled myself with enough caffeine to keep me going for the next three days. Turns out I wouldn't even need enough for the next three hours. See, Oak Park isn't what I'd call a shopper's haven. Although there is a good deal of fun, innovative …