GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Latest Cape Ann News

November 23, 2012

Black Friday shoppers shy away

Local buyers, stores avoid mall frenzies on Black Friday

GLOUCESTER — The term Black Friday may conjure up horrific images of long lines and pushy shoppers.

But Cape Ann businesses and shoppers alike honored this consumer tradition Friday in a busy but less frenetic style.

On Main Street in Gloucester, 26 shops opened up at 6 a.m., several hours earlier than normal, to encourage shoppers to spend their money in local stores.

Susan Parent, owner of Toodeloos! in Gloucester, helped organize the event’s early openings and they have paid off well.

“We’ve had a fantastic turnout so far,” Parent said Friday morning, serving cake to customers as they browsed the toys and board games.

Toodeloos! customer and Gloucester resident, Anne Lowe, said she usually stays away from the Black Friday masses. Lowe said the crowds are the reason she steers clear of the stores on the traditional first day of the holiday shopping season, but the local promotions this year brought her down to Main Street in Gloucester.

“I really like the shopping local idea,” she said.

Nathan Rowe, an employee of the toy store, said the most popular selling items of the day were Bruder toy trucks and Calico Critters doll houses.

Charlie Piscitello and his son Devin, both of Gloucester, were making stops early Friday morning at the Life is Good Store, the Lone Gull Cafe, and others.

Piscitello, like other shoppers, said his family has gotten over the post-Thanksgiving shopping craze.

“My wife and her sisters used to go to places like Best Buy and Sears around midnight, but not anymore,” he said. “In my opinion, once you’ve done that, you don’t want to do it again.”

Ed Muzio, owner of Sears Hometown store on Gloucester’s Eastern Avenue, opened his store at 12:30 a.m. on Friday morning, and found more than a dozen eager customers were waiting in line, he said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest Cape Ann News

Pictures of the Week
Your news, your way
Comments Tracker
AP Video Network
US Trying to Verify Video of American's Killing FBI Director Addresses Ferguson Shooting in Utah Raw: Police at Scene of St. Louis Shooting Police: 2 Calif. Boys Planned School Shooting NOLA Police Chief Retires Amid Violent Crimes Lunch Bus Delivers Meals to Kids Out of School Water Bottles Recalled for Safety Researcher Testing On-Field Concussion Scanners Rockets Fired From Gaza, in Breach of Ceasefire Raw: Japanese Military Live Fire Exercise Police, Protesters Clash in Ferguson Independent Autopsy Reveals Michael Brown Wounds Nashville Embraces Motley Crue Obama: 'Time to Listen, Not Just Shout' Lawyer: Gov. Perry Indictment a 'Nasty Attack' Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Crosses Into Ukraine Iowa Man Builds Statue of a Golfer Out of Balls Assange Gets Cryptic About Leaving Embassy in UK Raw: Building Collapse in South Africa, 9 Dead Raw: Pope Francis Meets 'Comfort Women'