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Shops ready for the big day
By Terri Harber
Local businesses are preparing for the holiday shopping season.
A large number of local retailers plan to entice shoppers by offering specials or expanding their hours of operation to varying degrees until Christmas.
Many local businesses have big plans for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.
And many intend to make Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, profitable for local businesses (some eateries and even a motel or two, participate) and pleasant for shoppers.
The Trolley will run through the city’s major retail areas between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., to allow shoppers to ride for free from store to store — or even to and from the Chamber of Commerce office at 480 Campbell St.
Stops will be marked with white and blue balloons. The Trolley operator will have copies of the route map as well as participating businesses.
Here is what some Baker City businesses are planning:
• The Sycamore Tree, 2108 Main St., will be cooking up special flavors of fudge for the holidays, such as peppermint stick, the brown-sugar fudge treat penuchi, and some seasonal divinities, said owner Jacki Adams.
The gift and flower store will close a bit early this afternoon, at 4 p.m., to open an hour earlier on Black Friday for a Basement Sale, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
And on Saturday there will be giveaways, she said.
And the store will be open on the three Sundays leading up to Christmas: Dec. 8, 15 and 22, Adams said.
• Black Friday at Marilyn’s Music Plus, 1821 Main St., means 40 percent off of merchandise between 10 a.m. and noon — except for consignment items, said owner Damon Rose.
There will be more savings opportunities during the rest of the holiday shopping season.
Hours will be extended as well, he said.
“There are a lot of people who play music here, per capita,” he said.
• Kicks Sportswear, 1801 Main St., starts off Black Friday with 30 percent savings from 8 a.m. to noon; 20 percent off from noon to 3 p.m.; and, 10 percent less from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Turkey Trot participants can receive 10 percent off on purchases throughout the holiday season, said owner Kaylin Chaves.
• The Sears Hometown Store, 2017 Main St., is among chain retailers opening on Thanksgiving. There will be “Over 1,000 store busters.”
Sears will operate during the evening from 7 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. It’ll reopen at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
• Clothes Outlet, 1924 Broadway St., will offer specials this Saturday and also extend its hours next Saturday, Dec. 7, for the annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony.
• Courtesy Home Furnishings, 2170 Main St., will reduce the cost of accessories by 20 percent on Friday and Saturday, along with other price-reduction opportunities.
• Betty’s Books, 1813 Main St., will open on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. through Christmas.
• Flagstaff Sports, 2101 Main St., will stay open a little longer as well on Black Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• BiMart, 700 Campbell St., opens at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.
• Radio Shack, 2034 Main St., opens at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.