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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS AND THE RECORD | December 1, 2011
In a more economically naive time, making reference to the Friday after Thanksgiving as Black Friday was something of an insider's comment. Most definitely, it had become a major shopping day long before the promise of door busters (another term once considered the jargon of retail insiders) drew crowds of shoppers out into the dark hours on a Friday morning to wait in line the way teenagers once waited in line for concert tickets. These days it would be easy to conclude that the black in Black Friday refers to the time of day when shoppers start lining up, or the dim prospect of finding a parking spot, but the origin of the name is much more upbeat: it was considered the day by which retail businesses had better be showing black ink on the books.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2013
At this time of year, as Morstein's Jewelers fields calls from shoppers trying to make the Christmas Day deadline, third-generation owner Sonny Morstein finds himself asking the same question. "This is probably over 45 years of saying, 'Why are they waiting until the last minute!'"he said, estimating that about 40 people swung through his doors on Light Street in Federal Hill Tuesday. "They call and we say, 'Well, if you're coming, we'll wait for you.'" As a slower-than-expected holiday season winds down, many retailers may be wishing they had Morstein's problem.
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NEWS
December 7, 2010
In a recent column, Jean Marbella asked if shopping is really good for the economy ( "Shopping for Christmas, and for economic recovery," Dec. 4). One way to help the economy is to shop locally. Every dollar spent in a neighborhood store returns about 45 cents to the community, whereas every dollar spent at the mall or with major retail chains only returns about 15 cents to the local area. Shopping in one of Baltimore's neighborhood stores triples the impact on the local economy.
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Lorraine Mirabella | November 20, 2013
  Baltimore will kick off its annual "Miracle on Main Streets" holiday shopping campaign Thursday in an effort to encourage residents to shop in the city's nine Main Street neighborhoods. The coordinated promotion among the neighborhoods features special events, free parking and street decorations to promote the city's small retailers and other independent businesses.  The kickoff will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with an appearance by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at 7 p.m., at the Mobtown Ballroom on Washington Boulevard in Pigtown.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2011
More than 70 Baltimore City schoolchildren went holiday shopping Saturday morning with school police officers during the annual "Shop with a Cop" event. City Schools Police Chief Marshall "Toby" Goodwin and 30 officers volunteered their time, picking the students up from their homes and taking them with lights and sirens activated to a Wal-Mart in Glen Burnie to shop for themselves and their families. Goodwin said police raised enough money for each child to have $100 to spend. Officers reached into their own pockets, too — Officer Dave Johnson, for example, bought a bicycle for one child who had already spent his $100, Goodwin said.
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Lorraine Mirabella | November 13, 2013
If you're thinking the holiday shopping season has crept up sooner in the year than usual, you might be right. The buying and selling "is off to an earlier start than any other holiday season I can remember," says Marshal Cohen, who follows retail as chief industry analyst for The NPD Group. Because most big national retailers already have announced their Black Friday (and Thanksgiving day) hours and specials, shoppers have started mapping out strategies while others have headed for the stores, Cohen said.
BUSINESS
November 9, 1991
The shaky economy has retailers and forecasters looking anxiously toward the holiday shopping season. In the coming weeks, The Sun will be taking a close look at consumers' plans, priorities and preferences. We are interested in your plans for holiday shopping, your views on the economy and your likes and dislikes about stores and malls.You can make your views known by taking part in SUNDIAL's shopping survey between now and Wednesday. To take part, call 783-1800 (268-7736 in Anne Arundel County)
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2011
Matthew Waylett has put down his cocktail to adjust the tilt of an Indiana Jones-esque fedora, admiring his reflection in the mirror set up at the bar. It's Men's Night Out at the Manor Tavern, and Waylett has been lured to the shopping event, not so much by the chance to buy as the promise of cigars, free-flowing bourbon and a steak dinner. "You won't catch me dead in a mall," says the Monkton man, back in his own John Deere cap. "But when you bring whiskey into the equation …" With its first Men's Night Out, the Baltimore County tavern joins what's looking like a nationwide experiment in testosterone-fueled retail this holiday season.
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Susan Reimer | December 21, 2011
Online shopping topped $30 billion with 10 days to go until Christmas, up an astonishing 15 percent over last year and providing a much-needed boost to the economic mood in this country. You're welcome. OK, I didn't spent the $30 billion myself. I had help. Online shopping has been available for Christmas for a while now, but this year I — and apparently a lot of other shoppers -- bought just about all my gifts with the simple click of a mouse. No traffic jams. No battle for a parking spot.
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By Dan Rodricks | November 23, 2001
THIS IS a song I sing almost every year at this time because it's A Thing with me, the idea that if we are to spend - it's a patriotic duty, don't you know - gobs of money on holiday shopping, let's do some of it right down the street. Pardon the repetition, but here's my credo: I'm going Main Street for holiday shopping again this year. I'll patronize businesses that are not part of large chains, that are owned and operated by people with long and healthy roots in the community - the ones who take out ads in our kids' soccer yearbooks and the programs for the high school plays - businesses that must not die. OK, there I said it. It won't do much good, but I said it. You'll probably go to the malls and the outlets anyway, and thousands of you will flood into that massive place called Arundel Mills, formerly a perfectly nice swath of trees down by the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
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By Patrick Farrell, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
Ocean City Winterfest of Lights Sure, you've been to Ocean City . But have you been in the winter? Enjoy the offseason with one last beach trip before next summer. Head to Ocean City for the inaugural weekend of the 21st annual Winterfest of Lights. After you grab a cup of hot chocolate at Winterfest Pavillion, hop aboard the Winterfest Express tram to travel through 58 acres of Christmas-themed light displays overlooking the bay. While in town, be sure to check out some indoor entertainment options as well, including Old Pro Golf and the nearby Casino at Ocean Downs.
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Lorraine Mirabella | November 13, 2013
If you're thinking the holiday shopping season has crept up sooner in the year than usual, you might be right. The buying and selling "is off to an earlier start than any other holiday season I can remember," says Marshal Cohen, who follows retail as chief industry analyst for The NPD Group. Because most big national retailers already have announced their Black Friday (and Thanksgiving day) hours and specials, shoppers have started mapping out strategies while others have headed for the stores, Cohen said.
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Lorraine Mirabella | October 15, 2013
 Most consumers will spend the same as or more than last year on holiday shopping, the NPD Group Inc. reported late Tuesday. The group's annual holiday spending survey showed that nearly 80 percent of shoppers will spend about the same or more compared to the 2012 holiday season. About a fifth of those polled said they plan to spend less this year. “Consumers are feeling better about the economy compared to last year and they plan to take advantage of sales during key periods,” said Marshal Cohen, NPD's chief industry analyst.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
Kohl's Department Stores said Thursday that it will hire about 1,400 workers at its Edgewood distribution center as it temporarily staffs up for holiday shopping. The company said it began hiring at distribution centers in August and will continue for a few months in preparation for holiday shoppers and other seasonal purchases. Its Harford County e-commerce fulfillment center, at 1701 Trimble Rd., is hiring temporary workers for full- and part-time jobs. Kohl's expects that seasonal hiring in its stores will begin in October.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2012
Power has been restored to Annapolis homes and businesses and other nearby parts of Anne Arundel County after Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. reported a disruption to two main lines servicing the area Thursday night. Off-duty city police officers were called in to help direct traffic at blackened intersections throughout the city, and county officers had to assist in getting people out of the Annapolis Mall, said Lt. Glenn Shanahan, a county police spokesman. Anne Arundel Medical Center ran on generators, awaiting word as to when the power would return, a spokeswoman said.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, Lorraine Mirabella and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2012
Diane Townes waited in line for 12 hours to get her door-buster deals — printers, a laptop and a 50-inch television — so imagine her chagrin when it looked like she wouldn't be able to squeeze it all into her car Friday morning. The Owings Mills nurse shivered in the cold at 5:30 a.m. outside the Towson Walmart, watching store workers try unsuccessfully to fit her $298 Emerson TV in the trunk and back seat. She finally folded down her back seats and shoved it through the trunk, capping a shopping spree that had started Thanksgiving afternoon.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2012
Baltimore County will offer more than 1,700 free parking spots over Thanksgiving weekend and again in December to encourage people to buy locally for their holiday shopping. Between Thursday and Sunday, the spots will be marked with "free parking" bags over meters in Catonsville, Towson, Parkville, Essex, Pikesville, Arbutus, Stoneleigh and Dundalk. Visitors can get two hours of free parking a day. Free spots also will be available Dec. 20-25. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says officials hope the free parking spaces will encourage people to visit locally owned shops and restaurants.
FEATURES
Cassandra Berube, Bailey O'Malia and For The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2012
Mall info.: Arundel Mills Mall , 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, 410-540-5110 Holiday hours: Nov. 22: Closed Nov. 23: 12 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 24: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 25: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 26-29: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Nov. 30: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 1: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 2: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 3-6: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Dec. 7: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 8: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 9: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 10-15: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. ...
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