Monday, December 3, 2012
Montgomery County has got it going on when it comes to holiday shopping.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Patch has editors on the ground covering news all around Montgomery County. But even hard-nosed journalists have to stop to think about the holidays and what gifts to give their families and friends. Knowing the best places to shop might be seen as one of the side benefits of being a Montgomery County Patch editor who has the inside story on business and development. Plus, each Patch site has a business directory where you can find store hours, addresses, photos and user reviews. If you've made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday with gifts still to buy, you've still got time left due to 2012's holiday shopping season of 32 days, perhaps the longest ever due to the way the calendar fell in 2012. We know the …
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Did you opt out of Black Friday in favor of Cyber Monday?
With the advent of the Internet, online shopping became popular, and with online shopping, sales became popular to lure customers. Over the past few years, Cyber Monday—an online shopping event meant to compete with Black Friday—has been gaining in popularity. Often, the deals are tech-related—computers, tablets, phones and mp3 players, but other types of goods are being offered. Sites like CyberMonday feature links to sites with some of the better deals out there.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Could you go cold turkey on consumerism for 24 hours?
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Holiday Weekend Sales, Pre-Christmas Sales, Post-Hanukah Clearance Sales, and Kwanzaa Clearance Events—it’s enough to make you go crazy as a consumer. One organization, AdBusters, has a solution to help you retain your sanity—“Buy Nothing Day.” The group’s website touts that “the journey towards a sane sustainable future begins with a single step” and sees capping your consumption for an entire day as that step. AdBusters, which also publishes a monthly anti-consumerist magazine, is also a proponent of the Occupy movement, and offers online and printable ads to help spread the word. The website also features guides to organized protests like a Credit Card Cut Up, Zombie Walk and Whirl-Mart. AdBusters claims …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
For Black Friday and beyond, here's your guide to the shopping districts, the deals and the big dates for holiday shopping.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett stood on East Montgomery Avenue in the heart of Rockville Town Center on Tuesday with the holiday shopping season on his mind. “I want to make sure everyone gets an opportunity to go out and shop in Montgomery County,” Leggett said at the close of a news conference to launch the county’s “Shop With a Cop” public safety initiative. “I’d add a little bit to the ‘Shop With a Cop,’” Leggett said. “I want you to shop ‘til you drop with a cop—in Montgomery County.” Today is Black Friday. If you’re looking to follow the county executive's advice and shop local this holiday season, be sure to check out Patch’s “Montgomery County Holiday Shopping Guide.” Get Rockville news in your inbox every morning. …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Travel will peak between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Huffington Post.
Washington, DC, will have the fifth worst traffic congestion in the nation today and on Black Friday, according to a Huffington Post report. In the DC region, rush hour will peak between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the report. Travel will take 30 percent longer than usual on average. Black Friday shoppers will be clogging the roads as well. On Friday, traffic across the country is expected to peak between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., according to the report. Read the full story on the Huffington Post. Getting ready to head out of town? Check our live traffic map see where the traffic is worst.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Employees of the retail giant hope to take advantage of one of the year's busiest shopping days.
Employees of DC-area Walmart and Sam's Club locations are joining a national strike effort this Black Friday to protest what they view as low wages, poor scheduling practices, and worker intimidation on the part of the retail giant. The campaign, organized by Making Change at Walmart and linked with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, is planning demonstrations outside dozens of stores nationwide on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. In the DC area, Nov. 23 protests are scheduled for Walmart and Sam's Club locations in Laurel, Hyattsville, Bowie, Gaithersburg, Woodlawn, Severn, Clinton, Abingdon, Alexandria, and Fairfax. (Both chains are owned by parent company Walmart Stores, Inc.) The strike action …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Early Thanksgiving means more shopping time.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
- Ben Gross
Saturday, November 3, 2012
While you may just be putting the Halloween decorations away, retailers are already getting out the Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs and Kwanzaa candleholders, prepping for the longest holiday shopping season possible. For decades, now, Black Friday has heralded the start to the month-long holiday shopping season. Thanksgiving, celebrated the fourth Thursday in November since 1941 when Congress passed a law, falls on Nov. 22 this year, which means that there are a whopping 32 days of shopping, assuming you are not the type who buys gifts of lottery tickets and beef jerky from the convenience store on the way to your Christmas celebration. In that case, you have 32 days during which to procrastinate. According to the National Retail …
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Many stores will open early on Friday.
For many, getting an early start on holiday shopping during the Black Friday weekend is as much a part of the Thanksgiving tradition as turkey and cranberry sauce. This year, the National Retail Federation is expecting 152 million shoppers to take advantage of Black Friday deals. If you're planning on hitting the metro area's malls, here's what you'll need to know. Westfield Montgomery Mall, Bethesda, Md. White Flint, North Bethesda, Md. Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, Md. Mazza Gallerie, Chevy Chase, D.C. The Shops at Georgetown Park, Georgetown, D.C. Tysons Corner Center, McLean, Va. Tysons Galleria, McLean, Va. Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, Va. Ballston Common Mall, Ballston, Va.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Stores are busy but not circus-like to kick off the holiday shopping season
Rockville Pike was more jammed than usual for noon on a Friday, with parking at a premium at the shopping centers that line the city's main thoroughfare. Throughout the region shoppers were early to rise (or decided to forgo sleep all together) in order to hit stores that opened at all hours of the morning. But a lack of lines at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda suggested a more subdued start to the holiday shopping season, as Potomac Patch's Sarah Beth Hensley reported throughout the early morning hours. At Congressional Plaza on Black Friday afternoon, Cpl. J.R. Howard kept it cool and hoped holiday shoppers would do the same. "During the holidays, people tend to be a bit more mellow," Howard said as he surveyed the plaza's busy …