Friday, November 25, 2011
Approximately 30 protesters gathered along Cedar Road near Beachwood Place Mall to protest the sale of animal furs
Some 30 protesters led a Fur Free Friday protest at Beachwood Place Mall along Cedar Road just outside the mall's property. Leigh Davis of Cleveland Animal Rights Alliance said that forty-five million animals are killed a year at fur farms for their fur. The alliance has been in existence for 19 years. Davis urged shoppers to buy cruelty free products.
People started shopping at the stroke of midnight at Great Lakes Mall
Thousands of shoppers got the earliest possible start at midnight on Black Friday in Great Lakes Mall. One of those Mindi Kikel, who said she had never gone shopping on Black Friday before. "I just like the commotion because there's so many people. It's exciting," she said, standing outside of the Toys 'R Us store with a friend. Jennifer Praniewicz came to the mall with eight of her family members. "It's just for fun and adventure," she said. "We were all together for Thanksgiving, so we thought, 'Hey, let's go at midnight. They're giving away prizes.'" The first 100 shoppers in the Macy's concourse received a free goody bag. Additionally, DJ Jesse Webb entertained shoppers in the early morning hours and gave away gifts from stores in the …
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Some major retailers are opening at midnight or earlier for Black Friday
More than 187,000 people have signed a petition started by a Nebraska Target employee on Change.org to "save Thanksgiving" by having Black Friday sales start at 5 a.m. rather than at midnight. That started 26 other campaigns on Change.org to get Kohl's, Best Buy, Macy's and other stores to change their midnight openings, said Benjamin Joffe-Walt, director of communications for Change.org. What do you think? Take our poll – you can also explain your vote with a message in the "comments" box.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Rides encourage people to shop local, avoid malls after Thanksgiving
Main Street Kent, the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and PARTA are offering free bus rides to downtown Kent on Black Friday to encourage people to avoid long lines at big box stores and shop local. PARTA will use its 41/42 Suburban and 11/12 Kent Circulator routes to shuttle people to downtown Kent on Friday, Nov. 25. Full route times and schedule are available on PARTA's website. Main Street Kent is billing the free rides as a means to avoid the crowded parking lots and aisles at big-box stores and malls, where people begin camping out days before to get Black Friday deals.