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Big Gals say narrow focus a key for small biz to compete

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videoSmall Business Saturday is a chance for local stores to go up against the big box stores that get packed on Black Friday. We swung by Big Gals Boutique on S. Kerr Ave. in Wilmington to see how they are preparing for the holiday shopping season. Full story...
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Forget Black Friday, as Brown Thursday nears

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videoThe early bird gets the worm, but perhaps misses the whole turkey. Some stores are opening their doors before the table is even set this Thanksgiving. The earlier stores are opening, the more people are asking when is enough, enough. Full story...
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Elon Poll: Thankful for family & health, N.C. residents down on economy & retail spending

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With the approach of Thanksgiving and “Black Friday,” a third of North Carolinians say they plan to spend less money on gifts this holiday season than in previous years with just 20 percent planning to spend more, according to the latest Elon University Poll. Full story...
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Happening This Weekend: 3rd Annual Pleasure Island Shopping Spree

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videoHappening this weekend you can shop till you drop at the third annual Pleasure Island Shopping Spree. More than a dozen shops, restaurants and cafes will take part with special discounts, raffles and a party on Sunday to announce winners of awards. Full story...
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Final Energy Star tax-free holiday this weekend

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video Appliance retailers are hoping to cash in on North Carolina's last tax-exempt weekend for qualified Energy Star appliances. Retailers say since this program was introduced five years ago, this has become one of their busiest weekends. Full story...
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Good idea for Downtown Wilmington? Raleigh mayor announces Downtown Raleigh Alliance gift card program

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Mayor Nancy McFarlane announced Wednesday the Shop Downtown Raleigh gift card program sponsored by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, set to launch on Friday. For a one dollar activation fee, shoppers can purchase the plastic cards online at ShopDowntownRaleigh.com, and use them to make purchases at any participating downtown Raleigh business. All the money you spend on the card will return to businesses downtown. Full story...
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Go costume shopping with the GMC team

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video The GMC Team works hard...but they play hard too. It was tough keep a straight face during the fun assignment of costume shopping at Halloween & More in Wilmington. Full story...
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Amazon.com raises free shipping minimum to $35

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videoAmazon.com customers will need to spend more money on the site in order to qualify for free shipping. The online retailer raised the minimum order size needed for free shipping to $35 from $25. Full story...
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5 fall fashion essentials for women

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video Kelly Oliver steps away from her boutique, Oliver, to share the 5 'must haves' for the fall season. Full story...
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Check out the top selling back-to-school items

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video A local Staples employee shows off the most in-demand items for kids this school yea Full story...
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NC shoppers gear up for final sales tax holiday

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North Carolina shoppers are about to go hunting for bargains on back-to-school items and other assorted goods in the annual sales tax holiday, but it could be their last such foray in the state. Full story...
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Last sales tax holiday for North Carolina shoppers this weekend

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video Attention shoppers. The sales tax holiday weekend is only a few days away, but this will be the last tax free weekend for the state. The change comes as part of a major tax reform measure signed into law last week by Gov. Pat McCrory. Full story...
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Kroger to buy Harris Teeter for about $2.44B

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videoKroger says it has agreed to buy Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. for about $2.44 billion in cash. Full story...
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MARINO ON MONEY: Shopping secrets to help save you money

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videoIt's very easy to walk into a store with intentions to buy one thing and walk out with a bunch of other stuff. It turns out there are tricks stores use to get you to do that. Full story...
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Your new jeans could help Rape Crisis Center

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video A number of shops around town are donating some of their sales to the Rape Crisis Center's Jeans for Justice campaign. Tomorrow they'll donate 50 percent of purchases of denim items toward the campaign. Full story...
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