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.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Shoppers filled Downtown Naperville retailers on Friday looking for deals.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
- Bob Bajek
Monday, November 28, 2011
Waking up early isn't Naperville resident Kimi Jalali's favorite thing to do, but it’s no problem when Black Friday rolls around. The Naperville Central senior excitedly drove to Aurora's Fox Valley Mall at 6 a.m. and shopped for five hours to get the best deals on clothes, lotion, necklaces and accessories. Jalali who was perusing the shops in Downtown Naperville Friday afternoon said she loves Black Friday shopping and searching for Christmas presents for herself and others. Naperville resident Sarah Rooney also is a regular Black Friday shopper, but she and her mom Bridget are not up early and out the door. The pair does not start hitting the stores until 3 p.m. to "recover from their Thanksgiving food comas," the pair said. Rooney, …
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Special promotion or not, locals willingly shopped at small businesses around Naperville on Saturday.
When Jennifer White of Nona Jo's Creative Consultants goes shopping, she considers the impact of her purchase. "I own this company, so I shop small," White said. "If I go out to eat or buy a gift, I always think before I shop." Hoping to get others to do the same, American Express, partnering with more than 20 organizations throughout the country, declared Nov. 27 "Small Business Saturday." Earlier this week, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity issued a news release urging consumers to take the time between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to patronize local merchants. "It is important that we continue doing everything we can do help small businesses succeed because they are the key to keeping our economy moving …
Friday, November 26, 2010
The city of Naperville estimates 500 people attended the holiday photo shoot on Friday.
The Lowe family brought along hot cocoa, knowing it was a cold day. The Lowes joined their neighbors, the Archambaults — and hundreds of other Naperville residents — to have their photo taken for posterity. Though the entire Naperville community didn't gather for Friday's photo shoot, many locals braved the cold temperatures and biting winds to memorialize the 2010 holiday season with a photograph. The City of Naperville and Mayor George Pradel invited residents to pose for the photo, spelling out the word "Peace." With photographers posted up in the Millennium Carillon, the attendees were put into formation to spell out the word. The photo will be available online and will be sent to Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, Governor Pat Quinn, …
Shoppers were out in droves Friday morning looking for — and finding — deals at stores all over Naperville.
On Black Friday, it's no surprise to find parking lots packed with cars and shoppers coming and going in droves to and from Big Box retailers. Friday's single-digit wind chills had those shoppers moving just a bit faster than usual. Whether it was along the Route 59 corridor or in Downtown Naperville, there were sales galore and shoppers seeking bargains. Kyle Gibson, of Chicago, and Monica Slonski, of Norridge, were at the Naperville Target on Friday morning. They came to Naperville to shop specifically at American Sales, but also made a stop at Target. What was inside their bags? A lot of board games, including Chutes and Ladders. But the best buy of the day at the store, according to Gibson, was his new Black & Decker cordless drill. He…
Owner Cindy Meals makes it easy for shoppers to find the perfect gifts.
Jewelry is one item that always sells well at Bella Caley. With Black Friday underway, the boutique, which opened in June, will experience its first holiday season. The bijoux and baubles will be finding new homes, and owner Cindy Meals is ready to send them off in gift-wrapped boxes. "In this economy you may not buy anything else, but you may buy jewelry," Meals said. While it's hard for shoppers to ignore the sparkling jewelry on display, the boutique's distinctive clothing has been its biggest seller, she said. "It's what people love about the store," Meals said. During the Hometown Holidays promotion in Downtown Naperville from Friday through Sunday, the boutique will offer refreshments along with sales promotions. For those truly …
Thursday, November 25, 2010
A snippet of local activities this weekend to enjoy with family and friends.
The holidays are officially upon us and, as usual, Naperville is bustling with activities for people of all ages. If you're looking to get away from holiday shopping, long lines or daunting traffic, we've compiled some options for you. Do you have guests in town for the weekend? Show them what your city is all about by letting them choose from the events we're presenting for Your Next Three Days. If these holiday-related goodies don't tickle your fancy, don't be shy. Suggest other ideas in the comments, add activities as announcements or events, or simply scroll through our collection of things to do. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Today, we're thankful to have you as a reader. Friday If you or your soccer-playing kids don't …