As the stuffing begins to settle in the bellies of Thanksgiving diners across the country, some will already have their eyes on the newest and hottest holiday gifts as they head to the malls on Black Friday.
Others will ditch the chaos and packed parking lots to shop local.
Black Friday, the day when the Christmas shopping season officially begins, means something to not only big-box retailers, but small businesses as well. In the tri-boro, business owners are proving it by offering specials and deals on Friday only to kick off the holiday season.
Antonelli's Jewelry will be offering several Black Friday specials on a variety of pieces in the store. Certain showcases will feature jewelry at 10 percent off, with some fine jewelry discounted at 20 percent off, according to a store employee. Silver products will also be 10 percent off.
Lynne Sterenson, owner of Lynne's Hallmark, said her store will also be featuring many deals on Friday, including a Lenox-exclusive deal where customers who spend $100 on Lenox products will receive a $30 rebate from the company. There are also several Yankee Candle promotions happening at the store, Sterenson said.
"If [customers] buy two, they get one free," she said.
Retired Vera Bradley patterned items will be on sale and Christmas cards will be sold on a buy one, get one free deal.
Black Friday does not only apply to shopping items but fitness specials as well. Innovation Fitness Solutions, in Butler, is offering two Black Friday deals for new members. Unlimited group personal training and "Fitness, Nutrition and Life Coaching Sessions," which typically cost $235 per month, will be discounted to $75 for a one-month trial on Black Friday for new members only. Also, Ironbell Integrated Kettlebell Conditioning Sessions (a package of 10), which typically costs $200, will be $100 (limited to two per customer).
On Black Friday only, Traditional Okinawan Karate of Kinnelon Owner Christopher Miller is also offering a deal where new students can sign up for five weeks of classes for $35 each.
Butler Dollar Plus and Party is offering a Black Friday special that will run through the weekend where every item in the store will be available for buy one, get one free deals, with the exception of cigarettes and milk, to customers who mention Tri-Boro Patch. Throughout the holiday season after Sunday (until Dec. 31), store manager Ketan Kakkad said all items will be on sale for buy two items, get one free.
Longfellow's Coffee will also be offering deals this weekend, according to Owner Bruce Jed. On both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, the drive-thru kiosk will offer discounts on 1-lb. bags of Dark Roast, Medium Roads and Medium Roast Decaf coffee.
"A pound of coffee is a wonderfully thoughtful holiday gift," Jed said. "When its being brewed, its aroma complements the other seasonal scents and its warmth and taste can’t be beat on chilly winter days."
Customers will also be able to order coffee on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday to take advantage of the deal and pick up the products on Nov. 30.
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