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Expert advice for your Black Friday shopping

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videoAs we celebrate today as a day to give thanks, some will be giving thanks for great deals. But how do you know where to find the best deals without having to pitch a tent and wait all week? We asked the senior editor of Consumer Reports Jim Willcox for some expert advice Full story...
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Small NC retailers seeking shoppers on Saturday

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A Forsyth County goat dairy, a Winston-Salem book publisher and a Charlotte lawn sign company are among the North Carolina companies holding special events or offering unexpected discounts to draw shoppers on Small Business Saturday. Full story...
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Black Friday offers special deal for music lovers

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videoRecord Store Day may be a hidden gem among the Black Friday doorbusters, but you won't find it at those big box stores. Smaller shops like Gravity Records on Castle Street in Wilmington will feature limited edition music that will only be on the shelves Friday. Full story...
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CATCHING UP WITH KELLY: Merewif Jewelry

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video Living by the coast has its effect on lifestyles, hobbies and fashion. One local designer crafts her jewelry into treasures, all in the name of nature. Kelly Oliver shows us in this week's Catching up with Kelly. Full story...
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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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