Friday, November 23, 2012
Georgetown's small businesses compete with the malls and chain stores in their own way.
I was determined to get the best deals on Book Hill between 9 and 10 a.m. on Black Friday. There may not be as many stores here, but 25 to 30% off throughout the store is a great bargain. At 9 a.m. I was outside Sassanova when they propped open the door. But I was not the first customer. The store was offering great deals Friday morning: 30% off from 9 to 10 a.m., 25% off 10 to 11 a.m., 20% off starting at 11 a.m. and there is already one customer. Co-owner, Sarah Cannova, said she hoped for a "second bump" after customers go to the early morning sales. She expected to see familiar faces during the day as her regular clients stream in for the deals on shoes, clothes and gifts. Up Wisconsin Avenue at Sherman Pickey, customer Sarah Dahgren …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
In a stand against consumerism, or maybe because of work schedules, some Georgetown residents are not shopping on Black Friday.
Some Georgetown residents may be sleeping in, eating Thanksgiving leftovers and spending time with family and friends on Black Friday—doing anything but shopping—as a way of celebrating "Buy Nothing Day." A few people commented on Georgetown Patch's Facebook page that they'll be working Friday instead of shopping. One said the only thing she'd be purchasing is round-trip Metro fare. (By the way, Metro, will be back to its normal schedule after going on a Sunday schedule for Thanksgiving Day.) Another person said, "We NEVER shop on Black Friday." Buy Nothing Day is traditionally the day after Thanksgiving and is a movement to establish a counterbalance to the consumerism that can dominate Black Friday (and, increasingly, Thanksgiving …
Friday, November 25, 2011
For shoppers looking for less crowds on Black Friday, outdoor areas like Georgetown's M Street and Market Common Clarendon, or smaller malls such as The Ballston Common might be the way to go.
While the Pentagon City Mall and bigger box stores like Target and Walmart met with frenzied lines of shoppers when they opened their doors late Thursday night, smaller venues saw much quieter Black Fridays. "I'll tell you one thing, I'm never going to Walmart again anywhere near Black Friday," said Ballston shopper Cindy Lopez. "We went there last night because we were looking for an Xbox for my brother, and it was insane. Usually I love camping out, it's exciting and it gives me a rush. But the line went from the registers at the front to the back of the store, and in the electronics department, I heard one lady threatening to punch another lady in the face." Told from the calm, relatively quiet atmosphere of the Ballston Common Mall, …
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.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Organizations come together to encourage shoppers to support independent shops and boutiques to make shopping like a local a part of holiday traditions.
The day after Black Friday may soon be known as "Small Business Saturday" if American Express's try at creating a new tradition works out. Georgetown certainly did not see the bustle or madness of the day after Thanksgiving, perhaps because it is home to so many small businesses. Destination D.C., the official tourism and marketing office for the District, is supporting the idea of Small Business Saturday in neighborhoods like Georgetown. Bruce Gudenberg, vice president of partnerships and alliances at Destination D.C., said that beyond the monuments and museums, D.C. is full of "distinctive neighborhoods that are, like Georgetown, enriched by unique locations" like boutiques and independent hotels. These "small businesses add flavor…
Friday, November 26, 2010
Crowds do not match the hype.
The congested crowds, long lines and door-buster deals that define the most inflated shopping day of the year were scarcely seen in Georgetown on Black Friday. With the exception of large retail chains like H&M, the Gap and the Apple Store, employees working at less-publicized businesses noticed little to no change in foot traffic. Beauty retailer, L'Occitane, opened an hour earlier in anticipation for holiday shoppers seeking to take advantage of their Thanksgiving weekend-only special of 30 percent off gift sets. When the doors opened at 9am, however, the two associates scheduled to combat 'Black Friday mayhem' did anything but. "I expected to see a line out the door when we opened this morning, but only two people have come in so far—…
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Insiders know where to find all of the best deals. Outwit those tourists.
Friday, Nov. 26 marks what is usually the busiest shopping day of the year: Black Friday. Georgetown shops will no doubt be even busier than usual, but here are some deals that will make it worth braving the crowds: Stock up on statement pieces at jewelry and accessories boutique Charm, which will stay open a full two hours later (until 9 p.m.) and will offer 10 percent off purchases of $100 or more. The Ralph Lauren Rugby store will offer 25 percent off all merchandise between Tuesday, Nov. 23 and Monday, Nov. 29. Hu's Shoes and and Hu's Wear will kick off a sale with 30 to 50 percent off most of the fall and winter lines from designers such as Alexander McQueen, Proenza Schouler and Brian Atwood. Glam vintage mecca Annie Creamcheese (…