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December 15, 2013

Biggest shopping day of the year still to come

VALDOSTA — Although there were some records broken this year due to the early opening hours on Thanksgiving Day, Grey Thursday and Black Friday are not the biggest shopping days of the year. That honor is typically reserved for the Saturday before Christmas, which means that next Saturday, Dec. 21, will be one happy, crowded, crazy day at retailers.

Apparently most people who shop around Thanksgiving are doing so for specific items that they want to get a really good deal on or that they think are going to run out before Christmas. While there are some who are finishing their shopping that weekend, there are many more of us whose procrastination generally makes retailers very happy. We’ll be in the stores all week, all next weekend, and right up to the time that stores start kicking us out on Christmas Eve. Yes, I include myself in that group, partly due to a hectic life that doesn’t lend itself to a lot of leisure time to browse, but mostly because the thrill of finding that last-minute bargain is just too compelling to pass up.

So shopping next Saturday especially is not for the faint of heart nor the impatient. You will need to venture forth with every ounce of humor intact, a reserve of holiday cheer and lots and lots of time. Smiling, being friendly and a willingness to wait in lines at the checkout and crowded parking lots and roads around the mall area are essential to having a happy holiday experience.

And don’t forget to be nice to those who wait on you. This time of year is brutal for retail workers, so a little courtesy will go a long way.

Business Roundup

It looks like the corner of Northside and North Patterson is going to be a Dunkin’ Donuts. I’ve heard it from several fairly credible sources, so we’ll see if it comes to fruition.

Apparently, the Medicine Shoppe will be moving to the corner lot being cleared in the North Ashley development.

And the site next to Chick-Fil-A and Goodwill on Norman is the Aspen Dental Clinic. As soon as I know more about any of these, I’ll pass it on.

The new Raceway in Lake Park is opening this week and they’re holding  a customer appreciation day from noon to 4 on Dec. 19.

The new Kennedy’s Family Steakhouse in Lake Park in the Tavern’s former location has been packed. Everyone always wants to try the new places the first couple of weeks.

There are two new businesses in Sugar Creek Plaza on Baytree by the mall. The first, Carnation Boutique, is already open and Plato’s Closet will open by mid-January. They’re a chain of upscale resell boutiques.

I keep getting asked about the Golden Corral and no clue what’s going on. They have the land by the Drury Inn but no plans in motion to build. If anyone knows, please share.

It looks like Willie’s Restaurant on North Ashley Street is now closed. Does anyone know if it’s a permanent closure?

That’s all for this week, but if there’s something I missed, please let me know!

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