As most Americans doze off in front of the TV after a few too many helpings of turkey and pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, some 20 million others will be heading out to work. Called on by their employers to work on the holiday, most feel they cannot say no — they need the money or fear reprisal.
Brace yourself for the epic convergence of two holidays – a celebration of rich dishes, piles of sweets and family togetherness the likes of which have never before been seen and won't be repeated for more than 77,000 years.
Black Friday got a jump start in some locations around Towson, including at some stores and outlets that opened Thanksgiving evening, but the biggest player in town, Towson Town Center, opted to wait for a slightly more traditional debut — at least waiting until the clock struck midnight.
More and more, participants in the annual day-after-Thanksgiving ritual of mass shopping are — like Townes — starting the day of. Lines for break-of-dawn deals get going early. And many of the big retailers now kick off the sales Thursday night.
Small Business Saturday is just the event, say area small businesses, retailers and boutique clothing stores to bring in customers the day after Black Friday. Among them are Corradetti glass-blowing studio in the Woodberry area, which will hold a Christmas ornament making workshop for families.
On a holiday morning that in bygone years meant deserted mall parking lots, crack-of-dawn consumers were lugging packages to their cars and wrestling flat-screen TVs into minivans shortly after the department store's 7 a.m. opening. Thanksgiving Day is now Black Thursday.