Short North shops hoping Black Friday, Small Business Saturday bring shoppers

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Small business owners in central Ohio have been sitting on the edge of their seats for months now, waiting to see what the holiday shopping season will bring.

Between Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, these stores do a significant amount of their annual business, but they are worried they won’t see success like in previous years.

Normally, the Short North would be bustling, restaurants packed and shopping bags on everyone’s arm. But this year doesn’t quite look that way.

Even though the foot traffic isn’t there, that doesn’t mean local businesses aren’t seeing sales.

People like Jamie Wagers said despite COVID-19 concerns, they would rather visit local stores than shop online.

“I still like to try things on, so I still found myself shopping in store also,” Wagers said.

But clearly it isn’t everyone that feels comfortable following her

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Leaving the car behind: Residents in walkable neighborhoods find benefits from fitness to home values | Business

Special to the Post and Courier

The population shift from cities to suburbs began in the 1930s and was powered by the popularity of the automobile. With a car, there was no longer a reason to live relatively close to work. New homes were designed for the automobile with driveways and garages, and communities reflected that burgeoning mobility with stores, schools, and other places of interest geared not toward pedestrians, but drivers.



Cainhoy project - Point Hope

Trail systems have become one of the amenities most desired by home buyers. The new Point Hope community near Cainhoy weaves its miles of trails throughout the fabric of the neighborhood. (DI Development Company/Provided)


It was a sea change in how and where Americans lived, evident in the Charleston area by the growth of bedroom communities like Mount Pleasant and Summerville, as well as new subdivisions West of the Ashley. And yet today, another notable shift has occurred:

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Flying Spirit Airlines ‘shuttle’ Newark to Boston; review, pandemic

  • Spirit Airlines inaugurated service between Newark and Boston on November 18, becoming the fifth carrier on the busy route. 
  • The two daily flights join a competitive sector dominated by American, Delta, United, and JetBlue, primarily serving business travelers and offering bonus perks for flyers. 
  • We flew on the first flight from Newark to Boston to see if Spirit’s dirt-cheap fares held up to the competition on the 200-mile route.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Shipping up to Boston from New York just got a whole lot cheaper.

Spirit Airlines just launched its newest route between Newark and Boston on November 18, one of the shortest in its network. Starting with only two daily flights, the carrier joins a highly-competitive sector that sees four other airlines flying between the two cities with countless flights. 

The New York-Boston route typically serves the business traveler segment and is known for the

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Black Friday crowds thin as shoppers go online to avoid COVID

The raging coronavirus pandemic kept crowds thin at malls and stores across the country on Black Friday, but a surge in online shopping offered a beacon of hope for struggling retailers after months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy.

In normal times, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, drawing millions of people eager to get started on their holiday spending.

But these are not normal times: A spike in coronavirus cases is threatening the economy’s fitful recovery from the sudden plunge in the spring. Crowds at stores were dramatically diminished as shoppers shifted online.

Game consoles, cookware, robotic vacuum cleaners, slippers and pajamas were popular among shoppers preparing to spend a lot of time indoors this winter. 

Eric Kelly, a boxing gym owner, camped outside a store on Black Friday for the first time in his life, trying to score a PlayStation 5 for

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cheap 4K TVs, smart, OLED

Black Friday weekend is in full swing and there are some great Black Friday TV deals available. But how do you possibly dig out the real TV deals from the mountain of so-so offers doing the rounds? Actually, you don’t have to: we’ve already done the legwork to bring you this round-up of the best Black Friday TV deals that are still available in the UK right now.



graphical user interface: best Black Friday TV deals


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best Black Friday TV deals

There’s something for everyone here, from a super-cheap 32-inch Sony Smart TV, to bargain 50-inch and 55-inch Samsung 4K TVs, and even super savings on brilliant LG OLED TVs at 55- and 65-inch screen sizes. Yes, you can great performance from a cheap TV deal this Black Friday.

So whether you want a new blockbuster TV to upgrade your home cinema experience or a bargain for a second room, read on for

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Here are some central Pa. stores you can help support

Today is Small Business Saturday, the annual shopping event created by American Express to encourage customers to spend money at local stores instead of or in addition to the big name retailers this holiday season.

Last year, an estimated 110 million people participated in the event, and sales hit an estimated $19.6 billion in reported spending, according to the 2019 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey.

We’ve compiled a list below of some of the small businesses in central Pennsylvania that will be open and participating in today’s event. In addition, stores in York, Lebanon and Hummelstown are holding their own special Small Business Saturday functions.

READ MORE: Here are more than 100 central Pa. retailers that will be open on Small Business Saturday

Happy shopping!

Alliance Computers

5520 Derry St., Swatara Township, and 1201 Market St., Lemoyne

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

American Artisan Gallery

35 N. Hanover St.,

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45 Facts About Small Businesses in America

Small businesses accounted for a whopping 99.9% of companies in the U.S. in 2019, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The number can be partly attributed to the administration’s broad definition of a small business as any firm with fewer than 500 employees, but it also reflects how embedded entrepreneurship is in American culture. We watch in awe as once-small startups, like Twitter and Slack, transition into hugely successful ventures that are part of our everyday lives. We binge-watch old episodes of “Shark Tank,” eager for inspiration for the next great business idea. And many of us dream of starting our own companies by dipping our toes into entrepreneurship with side hustles.

Business ownership has always required grit, hard work, and old-fashioned luck to find success. But running a business during the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown all the usual rules to the sidelines, as restaurants and bars facilitate

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Is It Ever a Good Idea to Invest on Margin?

Investing with margin, or borrowed money, might seem like a good way to boost your returns. But it’s important for investors to realize that it’s not that simple. Using margin dramatically increases your risk. In this Nov. 17 Fool Live video clip, Fool.com contributors Matt Frankel, CFP, and Jason Hall discuss how investing with margin works and why it’s so important for new investors to know exactly what they’re getting into. 

Jason Hall: Let’s talk a little bit about what margin is. I just had this article pulled up. Did I already lose it? Here we go, found it. I’m going to share a link. I really did, I lost it. No, here it is. I got a link from our good friend, Chuck Saletta, one of our fellow contributors, to an article he wrote that talks about margin, options, and other practices. Here’s how he describes investing on margin.

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Training center in UAW scandal has big price tag, but will its role change?

If you’re in the market for 259,959 square feet of flex industrial, office and warehouse space that’s “centrally located in the heart of metro Detroit’s automotive epicenter” and you don’t blush at a $20 million price tag, then you might be in luck.



a sign in front of a flag: The UAW-Chrysler Training Center building on Nov. 11, 2020, in Warren. The facility is scheduled to stop operations in its current form for the year.


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The UAW-Chrysler Training Center building on Nov. 11, 2020, in Warren. The facility is scheduled to stop operations in its current form for the year.

The buildings housing the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center on East Nine Mile Road in Warren, complete with an auditorium and parking for 500 vehicles, are for sale.

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“Only one and a half miles from two major interstates (I-75 and I-696), this well-located property makes for an

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Trident Acquisitions Files Proxy Supplement Detailing Terms for Extension of Business …

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NEW YORK, Nov. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Trident Acquisitions Corp. (NASDAQ: TDACU, TDAC, TDACW) (“Trident”), a special purpose acquisition company, announced that it has filed a proxy supplement to its annual meeting proxy statement (the “Supplement”). The Supplement explains certain changes to the terms under which Trident can extend its available time to complete a business combination. If stockholders approve the amendment to Trident’s certificate of incorporation at the November 30, 2020 stockholder’s meeting (the “Annual Meeting”), which allows Trident the ability to extend the date by which it has to complete a business combination by an additional three months and with an ability to further extend for an additional three months if approved by Trident’s board of directors, Trident will be required to deposit additional funds into the

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