Sunday, November 25, 2012
With Black Friday sales starting Thanksgiving Day, it's no wonder that Cyber Monday has become more than a one-day event, with online deals, in some cases, starting Sunday and lasting throughout the week.
“Cyber Monday” historically has been seen as the online equivalent to “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving, when box retailers open their doors in the off hours with steep discounts to create a buzz for holiday shopping. Retailers brought that "buzz" online in earnest on Cyber Monday, with hopes to further the passion for buying in the virtual world. All of which makes for an interesting holiday shopping season, which this year, moreso than in others, seems to have created a blending of special days and offers, with Black Friday deals starting early, on Thanksgiving Day, and Cyber Monday deals starting on Sunday and extending throughout the week. ______________ Don't miss out on Brandon Patch news, with posts like this delivered to…
Thursday, November 22, 2012
The Westfield Brandon shopping mall will open Nov. 23 at midnight, the earliest ever Black Friday opening. Mall officials are working overtime to ensure that merchant deals are promoted online throughout the day. Here's a quick guide to get started.
The Westfield Brandon shopping mall will open Black Friday at midnight, with stores throughout the center offering deals to entice the holiday rush of shoppers. With Thanksgiving Day dinner plates set to be washed, mall officials will be manning a Facebook page that promises to post live updates throughout the day Friday on the "must-shop sales and promotions." Here's a sampling of duly noted Black Friday deals being offered by Westfield Brandon merchants:
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Super Target in the Greater Brandon area of Riverview is set to join the Black Friday shopping craze with deals starting as early as 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. That would be Thursday, Nov. 22.
Hours before the Westfield Brandon shopping mall opens at midnight Thanksgiving Day, the Super Target on Bloomingdale Avenue is set to open its doors, with select Black Friday savings, at 9 p.m. Nov. 22. Additional Target doorbusters will go on sale Friday, Nov. 23, at 4 a.m. Super Target is in the Greater Brandon area of Riverview, at 10150 Bloomingdale Ave. Kathee Tesija, Target's executive vice president for merchandising, said in a news release: "We heard from our guests that they look forward to kicking off their holiday shopping with deal-hunting on Thanksgiving night. Opening at 9 p.m. gives Target's Black Friday guests a more convenient way to create an after-dinner shopping event that the entire family can enjoy." Sneak Peak Of …
Friday, November 16, 2012
How much is too much to spend on children and teens? We want to hear your thoughts Tampa Bay!
As the holiday shopping season goes into full swing, some people are maxing out their credit cards to pay for presents and others are setting budgets and sticking with them. Scour just about any Facebook stream or stop in a local coffee shop and chances are you’ll hear parents debating the merits of setting spending limits. Or, you'll hear them lamenting about just how much they've already spent. The ideas for a perfect limit do seem to vary rather greatly. Some parents say $100 per child is more than enough. Others tend to lean toward much more generous figures. After all, there’s nothing like seeing a child’s eyes light up as they unwrap gift after gift. And that’s what we want to hear from you about Tampa Bay! Do you set spending limits…
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Community spirit aims to counter tough economic times, with Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26 and local holiday shopping deals and unique offerings in the days and weeks ahead.
Whether it's a hot cup of coffee before hitting the road for your morning commute, a fantastic massage or a dry cleaner who always manages to resurrect your favorite suit, there are products and services in almost everyone's routine that boost the quality (and ease) of life in the Greater Brandon area. In recognition of Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26, we’re asking readers to post the products, businesses and practitioners in the Greater Brandon area that they find most necessary, relevant, interesting, affordable and unique, and especially so this holiday season. We’ve been scouting the area ourselves, which in turn will lead to postings of stories in the days and weeks ahead about great places to get the best gift for the right price …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
'Tis the season to avoid deals becoming steals with harried shoppers dropping their guards while hustling and bustling about their business in strip centers and malls. Refresh your knowledge and teach your kids well with these holiday safety tips.
“Black Friday” approaches and gives good reason to think twice about ways to prevent joy from turning into fear and deals from turning into steals as holiday shopping kicks off in earnest. Good reason, too, for the increasing number of warnings and tips filtering in to the Patch news desk from law enforcement agenices throughout the Tampa Bay area and beyond. “For many of us the holiday season is normally a joyous but busy time of the year,” said Cpl. Wendy McGinnis, spokesperson for the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. “We often get caught up in the hustle and bustle and tend to let down our guard as we scramble to make the final holiday preparations.” Unfortunately, she added, criminals “know this all too well and prey on distracted and…