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Kentucky Artisan Center offers discount on Black Friday, kicking off holiday shopping season

The Kentucky Artisan Center kicks off the traditional holiday shopping season with a Black Friday Sale, on Friday, Nov. 29, offering a 10% discount off all retail items. The Center offers unique works by over 850 Kentucky artists, including musicians, authors, and specialty food and beauty product producers.   Visitors that day can enjoy the center’s gallery exhibit, “The Art of the Book: 45 Years...

BBB: Put these shopping tips on your nice list for this holiday season as you plot spending strategies

By Mallory Weidenbacher Better Business Bureau Black Friday and its popular sidekick Cyber Monday mark the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season. According to a Deloitte study, this year’s holiday retail spending is expected to exceed $1.1 trillion—almost $1500 per household. Mark your list, check it twice. With less than two weeks until Thanksgiving, Americans are plotting their...

New LG&E/KU Marketplace offers consumers energy-wise information, purchases ahead of holidays

Just ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a new resource offers consumers help in making decisions and purchases through the holidays and year ‘round. Recently launched by Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company, the new “LG&E and KU Marketplace” provides a one-stop-shop for those looking for energy-smart buys on a variety of different items. Created...

Keven Moore: Christmas shopping means toys for the kids, but beware of unsafe gift items

This is the week after Thanksgiving, and if you survived Black Friday with only sleep deprivation and a couple of bruises you should consider yourself lucky. Christmas time is what retailers live for, and toys are always a hot item on most people’s shopping list. According to Toy Association.org, the total toy industry is approximately $27 billion in the U.S. market alone and year-end sales data...

BBB Trends: Unofficial start of holiday shopping season is Black Friday. Is it the day for best deal?

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Black Friday marks the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season, and in years past, that meant long lines at brick-and-mortar locations on the Friday after Thanksgiving. While this is still true, recent studies show that there’s a shift in the way shoppers are researching and buying: they want the best deals and are willing to buy online with a coupon...

Chef John Foster: Really, Christmas is coming; so is another way of cooking, eating, finding ‘comfort’

Christmas is coming!! No really, it is. I heard my first Christmas music this week and some of my neighbors still have their decorations up from last year. You want more proof? Black Friday sales which used to be advertised for the day after Thanksgiving are now the subject of a race to see who has enough hutzpah to announce theirs before Thanksgiving. I’m not talking the night before, but a month...

Keven Moore: Get ready for Black Friday invasion, and protect yourself from hazards of shopping

The day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, is the biggest shopping day of the year, where people team up and devise coordinated invasion plans to get their hands on those doorbuster shopping deals and where elbows are flying as eager shoppers try to box out their opponents. It’s where well-organized families coordinate recon missions well in advanced to collect the proper Intel,...

Kentucky Education Savings Plan providing ‘Black Friday’ incentive start a new kysaves.com account

Black Friday is known for the retail industry’s frenzy of deals and discounts, but this Black Friday the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust (KESPT) is inviting families to invest in the gift of education. On Nov. 25, KESPT will make a one-time matching contribution of $25 into any new account established online between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EST. KESPT is Kentucky’s official 529 College Savings...

BBB Trends: Be an ‘involved’ shopper, support your local small business on Small Business Saturday

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Somewhere in a bustling little store sits that unique, last-minute item that would perfectly round out your holiday shopping list. Small Business Saturday – the day after Black Friday – is a perfect time to stop in and support your local independent business retailers that sell specialized, unexpected pieces. Local economies and small businesses thrive...

BBB Trends: Be warned — is the Black Friday deal for real? Check it out before you spend your money

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Dubbed Black Friday because of the traffic, crowds, and hostile behavior many shoppers have to deal with, the day after Thanksgiving is still expected to be exceptionally busy for both retailers and consumers across the United States. Nearly 151 million shoppers hit the stores last year and spent approximately $300 each according to a National Retail Federation...

#GivingTuesday – a global day of giving – kicks off charitable season, aims to bring about real change

Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. And it’s here. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that...

Small Business Spotlight: Shopping small on Nov. 28 – and every day – good for America’s communities

“Shopping small is a concrete way to support small businesses – the same small businesses that generate 67 percent of net new jobs and deliver products and services to America’s communities year-round.” — Cassius F. Butts, regional administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration First there was Black Friday, followed by Cyber Monday. Then, in 2010, the first Small Business Saturday...

Lex What Wear: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday – here we come!

By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   After a few years working in retail and eCommerce, I’d like to think I’m pretty knowledgable about the sport of shopping. Yes, it is a sport – and getting in plenty of practice and following a game plan make you that much better at it!   (Photo from visitlex.com) Although I’ve had to check myself into shoppers anonymous and won’t...

Keven Moore on Insurance: Black Friday craziness requires good defensive skills

The day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, is the biggest shopping day of the year, where people team up and devise coordinated invasion plans to get their hands on those doorbuster shopping deals and where elbows are flying as eager shoppers try to box out their opponents.   It’s where well-organized families coordinate recon missions well in advanced to collect the proper Intel,...