Saturday, November 24, 2012
Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in Sharon. "It's the small merchant who provides the specialized, personalized service the Big Box dealers cannot," said Merry Cutler, owner of Annie's Book Stop in Sharon. "The Big Boxes have, indeed, more stock, and, most likely, lower prices. …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday rule the shopping roost after Thanksgiving.
Friday, November 23, 2012
If you have a black belt in Black Friday shopping, listen up: area big-box retailers are gearing up to dazzle bargain hunters on Black Friday! Not to be outdone, Target and Best Buy are also planning all-out holiday shopping assaults. According to an ad leaked online, Target's best deals will be for TVs, a Nook, a Nikon camera and an XBOX 360 Kinect bundle. At Best Buy, doorbusters include deals on TVs, phones and Samsung laptop bundles. Walmart will offer three items at low prices—an iPad, a TV and a Blu-ray player. According to TheBlackFriday.com, several other stores will also have doorbuster sales at midnight on Friday, including Kohl's. For the early morning traditionalists, some stores will open at 4 a.m. with special sales. If …
A few facts, figures and tidbits before heading out with the other crazed shoppers.
1. BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING FORECAST: 2. BLACK FRIDAY HISTORY: The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit. Ever since the start of the modern Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to a bustling holiday shopping season. 3. BLACK FRIDAY MYTHS: 4. BLACK FRIDAY FACTS: 5. BLACK FRIDAY STATS YOU MAY HAVE NOT KNOWN:
Monday, November 19, 2012
AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong gives advice to small business owners via Patch Partners.
There are several small businesses in Sharon. Some of them may be places you and your family frequent, businesses that have been in Sharon for as long as you can remember. And some may be your go-to places instead of national chains. AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong may stand behind a global brand, but he believes in the power of small businesses. In his recent interview with Patch Partners, a website connecting business owners to Patch in local communities, he offered his insight into what can set a small business above the rest of the competition. Small businesses can hold a lot of power if they are intuitive with their customer base, Armstrong said. “Small businesses can be nimble and can have intimate relationships with their …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Check out some of the top Sharon-centric pages available on Facebook.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
The following list is in no particular order. Know a really great Sharon-related Facebook page missing from the list? Tell us in the comments section!
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Small business owner Linda Fuller offers tips for growing your business and offering more services to expand cliental .
There are several small businesses in Sharon. Some of them may be places you and your family frequent, businesses that have been in Sharon for as long as you can remember. And some may be your go-to places instead of national chains. Small business owner Linda Fuller is no stranger to starting a business from the ground up. In her recent interview with Patch Partners, a website connecting business owners to Patch in local communities, she offers insight into how she expanded her business’s services from just flowers to wine, beer and gourmet gift baskets at Lake Anne Florist in Reston, Virginia. Homework must be done first, she said. “Research what’s compatible with your own products and services, what the current trends are and what your …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Unlike other establishments in the area, the local shop will not move its sale from its 7 a.m. start time the day after Thanksgiving.
While some businesses have attempted to push back their Black Friday openings this upcoming holiday, one local shop in Canton is chosing not to. The Village Toy Shop, located in Cobb Corner in Canton, will keep its 7 a.m. opening on Friday, Nov. 23. "When we started our Black Friday sale about 10 years ago, we thought we were catching early shoppers," Kathy Mabry of the Village Toy Shop said in an email to Patch. "Now it seems we will be catching shoppers as they come home from an all-night shopping spree."