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By DON AINES | | November 25, 2011
Research and strategy were among the requirements for fruitful shopping trips as thousands of residents descended on area stores on Black Friday. "We got started at 7:30 last night," said Candice Gilliland of Shirleysburg, Pa., in Huntingdon County. With her husband, Brett, and neighbor, Tricia Morgan, they came directly to Hagerstown, hitting Walmart first. "We scoped out all the electronics we wanted and strategically placed ourselves" around the store to limit shopping and checkout time, Gilliland said.
Bill Kohler | November 24, 2011
As you read this, I likely will be out there among the people. I've run out of excuses, so I'm jumping into the Black Friday fray today. Maybe because I haven't done the Black Friday shopping thing in six or seven years, I'm saying to my wife, “Let's go out there and have some fun.” Huh? Yeah, what could be more fun than being on your feet for hours, waiting in line with people - some of whom are smelly and a little scary - that you don't know? Pushing and shoving - and even running - for the hot toy that is only three bucks less than it will be on Tuesday, when no one is in the store.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | May 10, 2012
The clouds, wind, and chilly weather swirling around Maymart in downtown Hagerstown Thursday morning didn't keep everyone inside. “It was nice to get everything quick,” Hagerstown resident Lolita Spangler said. “(Maymart) brings everything in one place where you can shop and find out about services without having to go far.” Spangler, 35, was in the Public Square taking advantage of the city's annual Maymart celebration, in which area businesses set up booths to sell goods directly to customers.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | January 9, 2011
One’s wedding day is often regarded as the biggest — and often most difficult — day to plan. Packed inside Laird Hall at Wilson College for the J&B Bridals Show on Sunday, about 500 people were treated to some of the latest fashion trends in gowns, but also got to talk with 35 professional vendors that specialize in making that special day perfect. Jim Resh, co-owner with his wife, Barb, of J&B Bridals, said the show has been held annually for about the past 25 years, including 15 years at Wilson.
by TIFFANY ARNOLD | November 23, 2006
TRI-STATE - For Black Friday shoppers, it's all about the "experience. " Like the experience Kim Brown, 37, and her aunt, Bonnie Forsyth, 58, once shared outside Bon-Ton at 5:30 a.m. They were waiting for an early-bird sale upon the store's 6 a.m. opening - only to remember a half-hour later that the item they wanted was at Hecht's, not Bon-Ton. "I don't even remember what it was we were there to get," said Forsyth, of Clear Spring. "All I know is we waited outside all that time and we were at the wrong store.
by TIM ROWLAND | June 29, 2004
MONTREAL - This city is proud to tell you that it has 38 kilometers (for those of you unfamiliar with the metric system, that's 284 tons) of underground shopping malls. Many readers who are quick on the uptake will have already surmised by now why this was bad news for me. The Retail Sector in High Heels took it as a challenge, nay, a duty, to cover every last inch, with me tagging along in tow like a dingy after a sailing vessel. In the interest of fairness, we always alternate our vacation-site selection and this was, sadly, a selection of mine.
by LYNN F. LITTLE | September 5, 2003
The beginning of school can be an exciting time, but back-to-school costs can stress parents. Piled on the bills already accrued for new shoes and clothing, come incidental costs, such as a class field trip, admission to sporting events or a school play. Thinking like a businessperson can, however, help parents reduce the stress of shopping. Following good business practices also may help stretch funds. First, make a list of fixed expenses, including enrollment costs, lunch fees and supplies.
By ERIN JULIUS | November 29, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Polly Mellott arrived at Prime Outlets at Hagerstown Thursday at 10:45 p.m. to get a good parking spot for the midnight opening. By Friday at 7:30 a.m., Mellott was resting on a bench outside J.C. Penney at Valley Mall. Mellott was shopping with her daughter, Ann Bittinger of Artemas, Pa., and her daughter-in-law, Kim Mellott. After shopping at the outlets, the women went to Wal-Mart, then arrived at the mall after 7 a.m. Mellott was shopping for gifts and found good specials, she said.
by TAMELA BAKER | September 24, 2006
With so many historical and outdoor attractions in Washington County, tourism has long been a strong component of the local economy. With the development and expansion of several retail centers in recent years, Washington County has emerged as a destination for shopaholics. Prime Outlets, the top destination for out-of-county residents for the past five years, annually reports more than 4.5 million shopping visits. About 80 percent of those shoppers come from outside the county, according to Tom Riford, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)
January 31, 1999
By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer At 5:55 p.m. Sunday, Jeffrey Bittinger was not settling in to watch the kick-off of the Super Bowl game. Instead, he was out picking up a movie for his wife to watch. [cont. from front page ] His wife, Trenda, who was at home caring for their 2-month-old daughter, asked him to get a movie that she could watch on one television while he was viewing the game on another.
Lynn Little | September 6, 2013
Shopping online offers 24/7 convenience and unlimited choices but can also cause concern for the level of security regarding credit card and personal information. Be a savvy online shopper by educating yourself on safe shopping tips. According to The Better Business Bureau, many online shoppers say the reliability of business as a major concern. The BBB addresses this concern by offering the BBBOnLine Reliability Seal and encourages shoppers to look for the seal before doing business with an online vendor.
By KAUSTUV BASU | | August 24, 2013
The streets of downtown Williamsport were packed Saturday with people enjoying offerings from an assortment of vendors as the town celebrated its annual C&O Canal Days. Visitors gulped fresh-squeezed lemonade as children watched a puppet show, including a paper Elvis Presley puppet playing a guitar, at Byron Memorial Park. At another end of the park, excited children examined tractors that were on display. Jaime Fiery of Hagerstown brought her two children, Patience Frye, 6, and Jayden Frye, 3, to the festival.
By DON AINES | | August 17, 2013
There was plenty of back-to-school shopping going on Saturday at Valley Mall and, for any parents or children who were stumped on what the latest student fashions are, there was a fashion show to offer some tips. J.C. Penney, The Bon-Ton, Macy's, Aeropostale, P.S. from Aeropostale, Hot Topic and Deb Shops were showing off their fall lines, with student models strutting their stuff on the runway in the mall's concourse. Saturday's conclusion of the two-day School Dayz Mall Bash was sponsored by Valley Mall in partnership with Verstandig Broadcasting, said Michele Wills, the mall's marketing director.
BY KAUSTUV BASU | | August 14, 2013
With Maryland's restrictive new gun laws poised to take effect on Oct. 1, firearm sales have increased to the point it is taking Maryland State Police about 100 days to complete background checks, according to an agency official. State police spokesman Gregory Shipley said an “unprecedented” demand for firearms has led to the backlog. As a result of the delay, some gun shops are releasing weapons to their purchasers after a seven-day waiting period without the results of the background checks - something state law permits them to do. “Maryland law states that a firearms dealer must hold a firearm for seven days after forwarding the purchase application to Maryland State Police for a background investigation.
By TERESA DUNHAM CAVAGNARO | Special to The Herald-Mail | August 12, 2013
A new wave of coffee is brewing in Shepherdstown. Hypnocoffee Roastery, just off the beaten path at 104 S. King St., around the corner from the Sweet Shop Bakery and the Shepherdstown Public Library on German Street, is the little shop that offers what coffee aficionados refer to as the “third wave” of coffee. The third-wave movement is more about quality and less about speed, treating coffee more like a culinary experience, such as drinking wine, than a quick way to give you a morning jolt.
By HOLLY SHOK | | August 11, 2013
They were reminded Sunday that shopping is not one of their favorite pastimes. Not by a longshot. “I don't enjoy shopping at all - I don't want to be here,” joked 43-year-old Woody Williamson, his hands clutching plastic hangers attached to blue gym shorts at Valley Mall in Halfway. Nevertheless, Williamson's 12-year-old son, Tyler, who starts seventh grade Aug. 19 at Spring Mills Middle School in Berkeley County, W.Va., needed a few clothing essentials and, most importantly, a new pair of Nike “Lebron” sneakers.
By KAREN MAWDSLEY | | August 4, 2013
You might be buying a calculator, but you don't need one to know that the cost of back-to-school shopping adds up. But there are ways to save when shopping for school supplies, as local residents have found out. Strategies include using coupons and rebates, comparing prices, hitting sales and buying in bulk. You can even go with a friend and split the supplies and the cost. With the first day of school less than a month away, area residents have already begun shopping for notebooks, folders, backpacks and the other supplies their children will need in the classroom.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | July 28, 2013
The Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter's fashion show held Sunday afternoon featured models not yet booked for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. The models were each known by one name - not unlike Tyra, Gisele and Heidi. However, Panda, Tia and Leda strutted down the runway and licked the people in the front row. The model dogs donned scarves and outfits to join the human models displaying fashions available in the shelter's thrift shop. “We have a lot of nice stuff here, and it's a way for our volunteers to show it off,” Jennifer Vanderau said, adding that many of the clothes are familiar brands with tags still attached.
July 25, 2013
The Maryland Food Bank-Western Branch and the Washington County Commission on Aging Inc. in early July launched the Mobile Information and Assistance Program to reach seniors throughout Washington County. The program provides a one-stop shop at various community sites, where seniors can find out if they are eligible for assistance programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, Renters and Homeowners Tax Credit Assistance, the Maryland Senior Prescription Drug Program and services to help pay for Medicare premiums.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | July 9, 2013
The Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority could be looking for another tenant if the West Virginia National Guard is unable to find funding to continue leasing space at the historic Baltimore & Ohio Railroad shops in Martinsburg. Laura Gassler, acting chairwoman of the roundhouse authority's board, said Tuesday she was formally notified last month that federal budget cuts have forced the National Guard to try to find alternative funding. “The guard is fully committed to staying there.
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