Friday, November 23, 2012
When people start lining up late Thanksgiving night to take advantage of door-buster deals in the wee hours Friday morning, will you be there?
Love it or hate it, Black Friday is the super bowl of shopping. And with its arrival only mere days away, Dedham is abuzz with people talking about the potential savings stores big and small have to offer. Some people create their own Black Friday “game plans” on what stores to hit and when after they've poured over the announced bargains various retailers have to offer. There are those so keen on saving they set alarms to wake them up in the wee hours of the night. These folks line up early and some even camp out all night to be able to scoop up the deals they’re after. Are you one of those shoppers? Do you do Black Friday or do you prefer to stay as far away from stores on the day after Thanksgiving as possible?
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Travelers and locals alike can enjoy Thanksgiving at Legacy Place.
Thanksgiving Day Black Friday and Weekend
Friday, November 16, 2012
Start planning your Black Friday shopping now.
The Thanksgiving tradition of flipping through the Black Friday newspaper circulars won’t be quite the same this year as many national retailers have already released their Black Friday ads online. Here are just a handful of circulars, previews and deals you can find online today: Walmart Target Michaels AC Moore Kohls Best Buy Toys R Us Sports Authority Modells Dick’s Sporting Goods Macys This list is just a sampling of the many online circulars and specials. To search for more, check out these sites for Black Friday sales or check each individual business: The Black Friday BF Ads
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Blue laws prohibit retailers from opening before midnight on Black Friday.
Black Friday is starting earlier than ever, as some national retailers have announced they will open the night of Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22. However, here in Massachusetts, state blue laws prohibit stores from opening until midnight, according to a report by the Boston Globe. Current blue laws prohibit retailers in the state from opening on Thanksgiving, thus preventing them from getting an early start on Black Friday sales, according to the Globe article. Some exceptions are restaurants, health care facilities and gas stations. The laws, instituted in the 17th century, are intended to make sure holidays are properly observed, according to the Boston Globe. Are Massachusetts' blue laws outdated? Should they be eliminated? Tell us …
Monday, December 19, 2011
The electronics giant came under fire on Thursday for their handling of large crowds on Black Friday.
Dedham Police Chief Michael d'Entremont and selectmen assailed Best Buy's handling of Black Friday for a lack of personnel on site and the store's inability to control a large crowd anticipating blockbuster deals. "That was the one problem spot for us," the chief said at a selectmen meeting Thursday. D'Entremont described three instances where police resources were called to the scene. The first at 8:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving night for a crowd disturbance, and found no store personnel on scene. The second just a half-hour later for a report of illegal drug use, and a third time at around 12:35 a.m. for another crowd disturbance that brought four cruisers and a police supervisor to assist. "The store personnel did not do a good job managing …
Monday, November 28, 2011
The following is an excerpt from the Dedham Police Department log from Nov. 22-28. Please note that this is a sampling of activity in the log, not a complete account.
The following information was supplied by the Dedham Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction. Tuesday, Nov. 22 Wednesday, Nov. 23 Thursday, Nov. 24 Friday, Nov. 25 Saturday, Nov. 26 Sunday, Nov. 27 Monday, Nov. 28
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Let us know why in the comment section below.
It's no question that retailers have taken over the holidays. First we had the rise-with-the-sun Black Friday events, which have now turned into never-go-to-bed days. Then, Internet retailers got in the swing and created Cyber Monday, for those who didn't want to get out of bed on Friday. Finally, last year American Express spearheaded Small Business Saturday to encourage shopping local and keeping retail profits in-town. But maybe you buck popularity and decide to wait until December 23 and rush to find someone to do the wrapping for you. Answer our poll below on when you complete your holiday shopping, and add what your holiday strategy is in the comment section.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Vote in our polls, or let people know in the comment section.
Ah, the greatest shopping day of the year is already upon us. Whether you are an old pro that draws out a map of your route - and the deals - after the Thanksgiving feast; or a new age techie that just needs Mapquest to plot your gameplan; or you are just the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants shopper - Black Friday is for you. Perhaps you're used to waking up at 3 a.m. to hit the stores by 5 a.m., but with plenty of stores open at midnight, maybe it's worth it to pull an all nighter. There is plenty of shopping to be done right here in Dedham, so where will you celebrate Black Friday? Vote in our poll below, or let people know in the comment section below.
Get you shopping done early in Dedham, then head out to a few holiday light displays this weekend.
It's Thursday, and you've got no idea what you'll do for the weekend. Dedham Patch is coming to the rescue.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
It's Black Friday, did you hit the stores?
Named for the color used to show that businesses have turned a profit, "Black Friday" has become a bellwether for predicting how well the holiday shopping season will be. The first official day of the holiday shopping season, Black Friday and its deep discounts offered by most retailers usually draw hordes of deal-hunting shoppers and could be a sign of a rebound in consumer spending. Others, meanwhile, prefer to beat the crowds by staying at home. So, which are you — a deal hunter, or someone who avoids Black Friday? Let us know by casting a vote in our poll. And if you are shopping on Friday, let us know where in the comment section below!