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  • Mall security in the spotlight in wake of shootings

    Mall security in the spotlight in wake of shootings
    The security apparatus at a shopping center like The Mall in Columbia is designed to be as sophisticated as it is unobtrusive — off-hours training and drills to prepare employees for shootings and other calamities, surveillance cameras that can...
  • Last-minute shoppers rush to meet deadline

    Last-minute shoppers rush to meet deadline
    At this time of year, as Morstein's Jewelers fields calls from shoppers trying to make the Christmas Day deadline, third-generation owner Sonny Morstein finds himself asking the same question. "This is probably over 45 years of saying, 'Why are they...
  • Holiday shoppers are feeling time-crunched

    Holiday shoppers are feeling time-crunched
    With a shortened holiday season punctuated by weekend winter storms, holiday shoppers in Maryland are feeling the pressure. There are six fewer days this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas than last year. And three Baltimore-area snowfalls in three...
  • Halloween party-goers hire pro makeup artists to perfect their costumes

    Halloween party-goers hire pro makeup artists to perfect their costumes
    Christina Murphy wanted her Halloween party to be epic. Rooms were given ghoulish themes. Everything was cobwebbed. Each light bulb was switched out into autumn colors. She even hired a professional makeup artist for herself and guests. Murphy...
  • Black Friday stretches into long weekend of buying

    Black Friday stretches into long weekend of buying
    Although the traditional start to the holiday shopping season is still days away, Morgan Somerville has already mapped out her bargain-hunting strategy. The student employment manager at Stevenson University will pass up Thanksgiving specials to focus...
  • Move over Black Friday, many county shoppers will start Thanksgiving Day

    Move over Black Friday, many county shoppers will start Thanksgiving Day
    As many families retire to the couch Thursday after their annual Thanksgiving meal, Stephanie McClellan will pull on her sneakers, grab her purse and head out the door for an all-nighter. The Clarksville resident and her lifelong friend, Lara...
  • For some, Black Friday shopping began on Thanksgiving

    For some, Black Friday shopping began on Thanksgiving
    Anna Szuba of Pasadena shopped on Thanksgiving last year -- two hours in line to get in the store and three hours in line to get out. No thanks, she said. This year she started around midnight Friday and worked through her gift list among much smaller...
  • Despite more time to shop, Black Friday weekend customers spend less

    Despite more time to shop, Black Friday weekend customers spend less
    Despite extra time to shop as more retailers opened for business on Thanksgiving Day, consumers spent less money this year during the first four days of the official start of the holiday shopping season, according to a survey released Sunday by the...
  • Cyber Monday, while less significant, could account for $2 billion in sales

    Cyber Monday, while less significant, could account for $2 billion in sales
    Consumers went in search of cyber deals Monday amid a barrage of emails and Web offers from retailers. But Cyber Monday may be losing its significance as the biggest online day of the season, thanks to this year's earlier and more diluted kickoff to...
  • Furby, Barbie and other old-school toys a hit for holidays

    Furby, Barbie and other old-school toys a hit for holidays
    Straight from the '90s, Furby is back on store shelves this holiday season, along with classic toys that never left: Barbie, Hot Wheels and Elmo, to name a few. But more than ever, tech-related playthings are elbowing their way onto the traditional...
  • Uncertainty of future shutdown could dampen holiday spending

    Uncertainty of future shutdown could dampen holiday spending
    Though the federal government shutdown ended last week, the economic impact is likely to be felt in Maryland for months, dimming prospects for a robust holiday shopping season. With Congress funding the government only through Jan. 15 — raising...
  • Consumers will spend $285 on average for back-to-school

    Consumers will spend $285 on average for back-to-school
    Consumers plan to spend an average of several hundred dollars to upward of $600 getting kids ready for school, and plenty aren't waiting until August, the busiest back-to-school spending period. The National Retail Federation expects families with...