Saturday, November 24, 2012
Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in Peabody. "Think it doesn't make a difference?" says Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Deanne Healey. "If just half of the employed population of Peabody spent just $50 each at small businesses, it would generate over $600,000 in…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
An AFC East matchup between the Patriots and Jets will mean some bars will be open on Thanksgiving night.
The Patriots are coming off a big win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday and are now headed into a hot AFC east matchup with the Jets. This week’s game is a rare Thanksgiving night game, kicking off 8:20 p.m. Most restaurants and bars will be closed because it is Thanksgiving, but some are opening up in time for kickoff. Know another bar or restaurant that will be open on Thanksgiving night for the game? Let us know in the comments. Peabody Courthouse Pub Address: 43 Central St. Phone: 978-531-9791 Hours: 6 p.m. - 1 a.m. Paddy Kelly's Address: 154 Washington St. Phone: 978-532-2370 Hours: 6 p.m. - 1 a.m. (kitchen closes at midnight). Full menu available. Twelve HDTVs and a DJ for after the game. Sylvan Street Grille: Address: 12 Sylvan …
Consumers are encouraged to shop locally for holiday gifts and otherwise just support small businesses this Saturday.
Big name national retailers take the spotlight on Black Friday as their deep price cuts pull in shoppers in droves, and then there's Cyber Monday. But what about those brick-and-mortar mom-and-pop businesses all over Peabody and beyond that are the backbone of America’s economy? Just when do they get their day? That's what Small Business Saturday is for this weekend. Consumers are encouraged to shop locally for holiday gifts and otherwise just support small businesses. Some shops will be offering special deals on Saturday -- visit the Small Business Saturday website to find participating Peabody retailers -- but more on that later. First, what are your favorite small businesses in Peabody? Are there any local shops you love to stop in? …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Blue laws prohibit retailers from opening before midnight on Black Friday.
Black Friday is starting earlier than ever, as some national retailers have announced they will open the night of Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22. However, here in Massachusetts, state blue laws prohibit stores from opening until midnight, according to an article in the Boston Globe. Current blue laws prohibit retailers in the state from opening on Thanksgiving, thus preventing them from getting an early start on Black Friday sales, according to the Globe article. Some exceptions are restaurants, health care facilities and gas stations. The laws, instituted in the 17th century, are intended to make sure holidays are properly observed, according to the Boston Globe. Are Massachusetts' blue laws outdated? Should they be eliminated? Tell …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Newbury Comics is moving from 240 Andover St. to the Northshore Mall.
As you may have heard, Newbury Comics is moving up the street and inside the Northshore Mall near Macy's. The staff says the move will be completed by the end of the month. Once that happens, the sizeable storefront the shop occupies in a retail plaza on Route 114 will be empty. So what would you like to see come in to replace Newbury Comics? The store currently shares the plaza with Starbucks, FedEx/Kinko's, Big Picture Framing and Omni Fitness Equipment. Let us know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below.
A look at restaurants around the North Shore who will be open on Thanksgiving.
Want to have the weight lifted off your shoulders and have someone else serve your family on Thanksgiving? Here's a look at restaurants around the North Shore that will be open on Thanksgiving. If you know of another restaurant that will be open on Thanksgiving, let us know in the comments. Century House: Champions Pub: Legal Seafoods: Paddy Kelly's: Peabody Diner: Red's Kitchen & Tavern: Sylvan Street Bar & Grille The Lobster Shanty Passage to India I Pazzi TGI Friday's Brutole Danversport Yacht Club Beverly Depot The Farm Tom Shea's 1640 Hart House Samuel’s Restaurant at the Andover Inn On the Bone at the Wyndham Hotel Uno's Bar & Grille
Start planning your Black Friday shopping now.
The Thanksgiving tradition of flipping through the Black Friday newspaper circulars won’t be quite the same this year as many national retailers have already released their Black Friday ads online. Here are just a handful of the circulars, previews and deals you can find online today: This list is just a sampling of the many online circulars and specials. To search for more, check out these sites for Black Friday sales or check each individual business:
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Karl's Sausage Kitchen & European Market is finding itself right at home in its new Peabody location.
The mood was festive and upbeat inside Karl's Sausage Kitchen & European Market on Friday afternoon, and that wasn't just because of the three-piece band providing some traditional musical entertainment. Regular customers, city officials and other fans of the European shop streamed in and out to pick up some specialty meats or imported goods, grab a bite to eat and celebrate the official grand opening of Karl's. In addition to members of the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Ted Bettencourt, Claudia Schütt, Deputy Consul of the German Consulate, also traveled up to Peabody for the day. "It's been a very long road getting here. Bob and I had the vision about four years ago to create a space for the German community to come together…
Friday, November 2, 2012
Here's what's happening around the North Shore area with businesses large and small.
Have you noticed a new store while driving around the North Shore recently? Patch loves small business and we try to cover every new opening. Here is a look at some recent business openings and happenings on the North Shore. Have you noticed a new shop and have been wondering what it is? Leave us a note in the comment section and we will check it out. DSW Opens for Business at the Mall If you're in the market for designer shoeware, you're in luck, DSW (Designer Shoes Warehouse) opens its Peabody location at the Northshore Mall today (Oct. 25). The store is located in the lower level of the mall by the Food Court. City Liquor Board Denies New License for Martino's Peabody liquor licensing authorities sent Frank Martino away empty-handed …