Gail Stevens was not sure what to expect in her store this Black Friday.
The COVID-19 pandemic had shut down her business — Park Place Boutique and Salon in Columbus — for several weeks between March and May. Brick-and-mortar stores like hers have taken hits as many customers turned to online shopping nationwide.
Sarah Barefield was pleased with her weekend, if not a little amazed.
As manager for The Purple Elephant on Wilkins Wise Road in Columbus, she saw crowds of customers during Black Friday and Shop Local Saturday move through the registers with holiday gift purchases, mostly Mississippi-made pottery items.
‘I got what I wanted, and that’s what matters’: Black Friday shoppers brave odd hours, cold weather for deals
Early-bird shoppers bundled up in their winter coats, ear warmers and scarves as they braved the cold in a Black Friday line nearing 75 people this morning at Belk.
With the shopping crowds out for Black Friday, local law enforcement are gearing up to increase patrol and doling out tips to shoppers who want to stay as safe and comfortable as possible.
Between Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday and retailers opening their doors in advance on Thanksgiving Day this year, Black Friday in Columbus looked like most other shopping days close to Christmastime, except shoppers were out at 6 a.m.
Deborah Phinisey stacked a pile of men’s button-up shirts on a table in the Belk men’s department on Tuesday in preparation for Belk’s Black Friday sale.
The FBI processed a record number of firearms background checks on Black Friday, the agency said Tuesday.
The annual ritual of Black Friday, as we know it, is over.
Hundreds of protesters blocked store entrances and shut down traffic in Chicago’s ritziest shopping district on Black Friday to draw attention to the 2014 police killing of a black teenager who was shot 16 times by a white officer.
A member of Ricky Ball’s family told The Dispatch Friday morning that they have nothing to do with a planned boycott of Black Friday shopping in response to Ball’s Oct. 16 shooting.