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November 22, 2012

I remember as a kid in New Jersey when the Bambergers (now part of Macy’s) started building stores all around it, forming an outdoor mall. And a few years later, they roofed it all, creating the first indoor mall in our area. What an amazing concept: to provide one place to go to shop many places, to park your car and then be indoors out of the weather.

Of course, it really hurt many small town downtowns and Huntington experienced a major decline when the Huntington Mall was built in Barboursville because all of us preferred to go to the mall and we forgot to do some shopping at the stores that had been downtown for decades…or longer.

Now, however, there is a resurgence of commerce in the downtown area again. Many new shops have opened and owners are still hoping residents value the concept of buying local and supporting small businesses. It’s up to us, isn’t it? We can help this rebirth.

This Friday is the beginning of the most commercial season of the year. Black Friday sales, which used to start at normal business opening, have crept earlier and earlier each year to 5 a.m. to 3 a.m. to 12:01 a.m. and now some stores are opening for Black Friday on Thanksgiving evening.  I even heard several commercials which touted Black Friday starting this past Tuesday.

They want your dollars.  Most of the stores that advertise heavily are part of national chains and they are staffed by employees, many who were hired just for the holiday shopping season and don’t know much about the store and its services.

Compare, if you please, the local stores that still line 3rd and 4th Avenues, the crossing Streets and a few other areas such as Heritage Station and Route 60/29th Street.

There you will find many family owned and operated shops that have provided a service or items for sale for years. People who know their inventory. People who can knowledgeably answer questions. People who are our neighbors,

These stores also have a day for kicking off the shopping season. Small Business Saturday is this Saturday.

The Wild Ramp Market is not family owned and operated. It is a community run local market.  Which means that The Wild Ramp Market is you!   We urge you to consider purchasing a gift certificate of Wild Ramp Dollars as gifts for local friends and family. Gift cards are available in $5, $10 and $20 amounts.

On Small Business Saturday the Wild Ramp is open from 10-4. Anyone who purchases over $20 in the shop that day will have their name entered into a drawing for a free $5  Wild Ramp Dollars certificate.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Dubrovniklady permalink
    November 23, 2012 4:40 am

    One of the many things I do not miss, Black Friday.

    • November 23, 2012 11:55 am

      But the bargains! LOL. Years ago I did gain one pretty good deal. That was when Black Friday sales started at 8am and I remember standing in the cold in Connecticut waiting for the appliance store to open. Everyone else ran to the tv section. We were able to grab one of the 3 freezers they had on sale. I’ve always been a bit different from most people in what I considered important.

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