As shoppers gear up for the frenzy of the post-Thanksgiving holiday weekend, retailers in the Northwest offer a calmer option for Black Friday shopping. While many local stores will offer alluring discounts, overall they expect a more modest turnout on the “biggest shopping day of the year.”
Hardcore shoppers who can stand the crowds will be travelling to malls, leaving minimal lines for Northwest Philadelphia shoppers.
Seida, an employee of the GameStop at 45 West Chelten Ave., in Germantown, mentioned she expects a small line when the store opens its doors early at 5 a.m.; however, she doesn’t think the store will get busy until closer to regular opening hours. “The last Black Friday I worked, it started off a little slow until around 7 a .m.”
Stores in Chestnut Hill will be offering some bargains to help drive up business, but Chestnut Hill is not the shoppers’ hub that the malls are. Peggy Miller of the Chestnut Hill Business Association said that while people will be out and shopping, she conceded that Chestnut Hill is “not a great place for waiting on lines.”
“Chestnut Hill is not quite as big on [Black Friday]. We don’t open early; we let people sleep in on Thanksgiving,” said Miller.
In Mt. Airy, they’ve bypassed the hysteria of Black Friday for their own sales celebration. Our folks tend to get more excited about Small Business Saturday”,said Elizabeth Moeselle of Mt. Airy USA. “Black Fridays traditionally haven’t been a strong day for Mt. Airy retailers, with folks tending to go to the malls and big box stores”.
Small Business Saturdays in Mt. Airy highlight the small businesses that don’t normally get the attention on a commercial-friendly day like Black Friday, while encouraging residents to buy local.
However for Northwest residents looking for more of the traditionally busy Black Friday, Nicole Miller at 4249 Main Street in Manayunk is continuing their yearly “doorbuster” tradition offering bridal gowns and gala dresses.
Samantha Sciola, an employee of Nicole Miller said, “We have something called White Friday and… they line up at the doors. Even if you’re not necessarily looking for a bridal gown, dresses cater to all kinds of events. It’s great way to own a Nicole Miller dress.”
If you insist on running around on Black Friday, The Bryn Mawr Running Company store at 4320 Main St, is hosting their Shop Near, Run Far 5K. You can walk, or run down the refurbished Manayunk Towpath.
The base-level entry is $25, but higher fees are offset by gift cards to the Running Company and Winnie’s LeBus. For more information and to register online go to www.brynmawrrunningco.com.