Monday, December 12, 2011
The city's Magic of Birmingham brought bustling activity to the downtown stores Saturday.
The first day of this season's Magic of Birmingham had shoppers busy Saturday, as hundreds flooded downtown streets to buy local as part of the holiday shopping season. As part of the event, dozens of red ornanaments were handed out to downtown shoppers throughout the day, with notes inside directing shoppers to pick up a special gift, one of 2,000 to be given away throughout the two-weekend-long event. This weekend's lucky shopper was Rosemary Kelly of Macomb, who recieved a free diamond necklace from Astrein's Creative Jewelry. The Magic of Birmingham continues next weekend, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Dec. 17. We asked Birmingham business owners how the shopping season has been going so far this year. This is what they had to say:
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Heading downtown for the Magic of Birmingham or the Kid's Holiday Parade today? Here's what you need to know.
1. Deals and more all day: The Magic of Birmingham annual shopping event, sponsored by the Principal Shopping District, goes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and next Saturday, Dec. 17. More than 40 stores throughout downtown Birmingham are participating, featuring special deals and more. 2. More than 2,000 gifts to be given away: While you're downtown, be on the lookout for Santa's special helpers, who will be handing out red ornaments. Inside are directions to head to specific downtown shops, restaurants and salons, where you can then pick up one of 2,000 special gifts. 3. Win plane tickets or a diamond necklace: If you're lucky, you might receive the special red ornament telling you to head to Astrein's Creative Jewelry or Departure Travel …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The 2011 Magic of Birmingham event will feature grand prizes from Departure Travel and Astrein's Creative Jewelers.
Need to do some Christmas shopping this weekend? Take your shopping trip to downtown Birmingham and you might have the chance to win some serious prizes as part of the city's annual Magic of Birmingham event. The city will celebrate the annual shopping event from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. this Saturday and Dec. 17, during which 2,000 shoppers will take home specific gifts while browsing discounted merchandise at dozens of participating retailers. Here's how it works: According to John Heiney, executive director of the Birmingham Principal Shopping District, which is partly sponsoring the event, all prizes have been donated by Birmingham merchants and are worth a combined value of more than $20,000. "Each store's generosity makes this event even more …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Macy's, Kohl's, Target and Best Buy will open their doors at midnight the night of Thanksgiving.
It will be a little harder to tell where Thanksgiving ends and Black Friday begins this year as many big box stores plan to open their doors at midnight Nov. 25 in preparation for the biggest shopping day of the year. Macy's, Kohl's, Target and Best Buy will open earlier than ever before. Last year, stores opened at 4 a.m. This year, many stores are opening at midnight instead, luring shoppers with "early-bird deals" and more. Target is changing its hours this year for customer convenience, spokeswoman Kristy Welker said. "Every holiday at Target is different," Welker said. "We work hard to ensure the entire experience delivers on what our guests want and need. We have heard from our guests that they want Target to be their first stop for …
From Hall Road to Twelve Oaks, and Laurel Place to Somerset, stores are opening earlier than ever this day after Thanksgiving, if not on Thanksgiving. What do you think is appropriate?
Early birds are getting even earlier this year. With few big box stories in Birmingham city limits, Moosejaw and Radio Shack are getting into the Black Friday action but only opening their doors at 5:30 a.m. Meanwhile, the Target, Kohl's Macy's in nearby Troy are both opening at midnight on Black Friday, as is the Best Buy in Bloomfield Hills. What do you think of stores opening even earlier on Black Friday?
Friday, November 18, 2011
Nov. 26 promotion features $25 incentive from American Express to 'shop small.'
This seasonal greeting comes from hometown merchants: Don't be in thrall to the mall. They're spreading the word via social media and window signs with help from American Express, organizer of the second annual Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26. The credit card issuer promotes a nationwide "day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends," it explains online. "We’re asking millions of Americans to 'shop small' at their favorite local stores and help fuel the economy. When we all shop small, it will be huge." The firm puts money where its promotion is by offering a one-time $25 rebate to shoppers spending at least $25 at a small business after registering their credit card here. Any non-franchised, …