Friday, November 23, 2012
Earlier and staggered store openings result in shorter lines, less frenzy the day after Thanksgiving.
Varied opening and sale times at retailers for the Black Friday rush seemed to spread out shoppers throughout North Jersey’s biggest stores this weekend. This year marked a new marketing tactic—more retailers opened Thanksgiving night. While some stores bought into the new trend, others stuck to the traditional early-morning opening times Friday, while others chose to open at 7 or 8 a.m. And, the different opening times gave shoppers a lot of options, and the ability to hit multiple stores. Long nighttime lines awaited shoppers at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall, which saw customers skipping Thanksgiving dinner to line up almost a day before some stores’ 8 and 9 p.m. openings. The line at the Walmart in Watchung started forming at 1 p.m. …
Hoboken is open for business and many businesses are participating in Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24.
If Black Friday is too much craziness for you, there's another chance to shop and support local businesses. And local shopping is necessary, business owners say. On Saturday, Hoboken is participating in Small Business Saturday. The event, sponsored by American Express, will be hard to miss in Hoboken. Banners have been placed at multiple locations, according to Greg Dell'Aquila, president of Hoboken's Chamber of Commerce. Together with Eugene Flinn, the owner of Elysian Cafe and Amanda's, Dell'Aquila has been delivering banners and merchandise promoting the day. (merchandise includes t-shirts and tote bags). Some of the participating businesses include: If you're looking to find out which other businesses — and many restaurants and food …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
What's open, what's closed Thanksgiving and how to get around during the holiday season.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The day before Thanksgiving is known as the most traveled day of the year. Getting around North Jersey can be a difficult task any time, but with the start of the holiday season Thursday, traffic will be more congested. Want to find a better way to get around our area? From trains, to buses, to light rails, here’s a Patch list to help you plan how to get around this holiday weekend and what’s open and closed for Thanksgiving and Black Friday. • NJ Transit trains will run on a weekend/major holiday schedule, with extra trains running on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley and Morris & Essex lines to accommodate customers traveling to and from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Gladstone branch remains suspended…