| Jan 27, 2014
| 6:35 PM
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...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 4:32 PM
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...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 2:27 PM
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...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 5:32 AM
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.
| Nov 23, 2013
| 1:25 PM
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...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 3:05 AM
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...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 6:46 AM
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...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 4:46 PM
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...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 4:49 PM
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...
| Dec 21, 2013
| 11:39 AM
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...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 1:11 PM
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...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 4:30 AM
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...