Staying local for Black Friday shopping supports Norman community
Most of us know Black Friday as the holiday that celebrates corporate consumerism — when Americans go nuts and start riots over big-ticket electronics and spend billions of dollars at popular retail stores. Here’s a thought for your Black Friday: Skip those outrageously long lines at the malls, and support the small business community of Norman.
If you plan on heading back to OU for Bedlam, you can stop by several businesses on Campus Corner and in downtown Norman that will have deals for their local customers.
These businesses rely on community and student support. Last year, several local stores experienced a drop in sales because online shopping is being used more and more by consumers, said Antique Garden owner Barbara Fite.
“Local shopping is important because everyone is effected,” she said.
“Last year, I had to cut back on student staff and hours because of a drop in sales around Christmastime because students forget about us here in Norman when they go on break.”
On Friday, Antique Garden, Blush, and Threads will be having sales on all items throughout the day. From 9 to 10 a.m., all items will be 30 percent off. From 10 to 11 a.m., all items will be 20 percent off, and all items will be 10 percent off from 11 a.m. to noon.
“Many people say that just by spending $1 locally, the community gets back about $6, but I’d say it’s more like $600.” Fite said.
Guestroom Records will have its annual release party on Friday.
“We have a huge list of albums that are going to be released,” Guestroom employee Joey Powell said. “My advice is to get here early because there is a huge line to get in the store every year.”
Local clothing boutique LXXI will celebrate their first Black Friday with all items items buy one get one half off, owner Lauren Grybowski said.
“For Black Friday we just want to do something special for our customers who support us,” Blush owner Amanda Clark said.