More than 50 million consumers are expected to shop this Saturday, Nov. 24 specifically to support small, local businesses on what has become known as Small Business Saturday. Carroll County, for the third straight year, is offering its passport program to incentivize patronizing local businesses.
Two Towson shopping centers, Towson Town Center and The Shops at Kenilworth, are gearing up for busy holiday shopping on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and later in December at Kenilworth, there will be "Procrastinators Night."
Did you get an Instant Pot for Christmas? The electric pressure cooker (which also serves as a slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker and more) was one of the hottest selling items this year, touted as a life- changing home appliance that sold out in many stores during early Christmas shopping.
Black Friday may be losing some of its luster to online buying and Thanksgiving day door-busters, but for shoppers like Dyane Munford, it’s as “exhilarating” as ever, a time to strategize, divide and conquer the best deals.
Even as some retailers pushed back against the recent trend of Thanksgiving hours and online shopping made it easier than ever to snag a deal from the comfort of the couch, the most dedicated deal-seekers still packed in their holiday dinner early to flock to the stores.
Whether they gather to run Turkey Trot races, watch the thoroughbreds at Laurel Park or squeeze in 18 holes at Baltimore’s municipal golf courses, plenty of people maintain Thanksgiving traditions that have nothing to do with pigskin.
For one local congregation 60 percent of their decreasing budget is spent on building repair and maintenance and almost 40 percent on salary and internal church items. They are spending almost zero on outreach and mission. And that raises the question “what is the mission of the church?”
Bryan Bartlett, the holiday lighting king of Ellicott City, works from September through Thanksgiving on his home's annual Christmas extravaganza, a month-long display that has drawn visitors from as far away as Lancaster, Pa.
Betty Okonski, the director of Southwest Emergency Services in Arbutus, has put together the nonprofit's annual toy giveaway for 34 years. She spends months searching for deals and helping local companies and community groups organize toy drives for the charity.
It started when I was asked to keep the grandkids for a day over the Christmas holidays a few years back. In an effort to make it more memorable I got online to find some fun Christmas craft ideas. The plan grew to include a few friends and a big pan of lasagna, assembled the night before so it was ready to bake the next day.
It seems logical to assume that the Ellicott City Station of the B&O Railroad Museum must have been among the hardest hit structures during the deadly flash flooding that nearly destroyed the historic mill town.
No matter how hard we try, the addiction problem gets more tragic. The "we" referenced above is all of us – the police, the county government, the state government, health officials, school personnel, family, friends, neighbors and, especially, the parents.
Online shopping has grown into a retail mainstay in recent years and is expected to reach all-time highs this holiday shopping season. Consumers can access most retailers in the palm of their hands through smartphones and other devices. The emergence of such online buying habits have helped reshaped the holiday season and diminished the significance of Black Friday for brands such as Under Armour and retailers large and small.
Black Friday might now be a shadow of its former self, as stores start holiday promotions earlier in the season, and more people shop online. Still, retailers such as JCPenney call in extra staff and launch some of their biggest promotions of the year.
Even though our celebration of Thanksgiving has been downgraded it will still keep its four "F's" of family, friendship, food and faith. The old song "count your blessings, name them one by one" reminds us of blessings to be thankful for. The joy of going around the dinner table and each person sharing one thing they are thankful for still has its meaning.
Shoppers around the Baltimore region were hitting the malls, plazas and retailers on Black Friday, fulfilling a tradition — even though for many, the holiday retail season has been underway for some time.