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Wednesday, October 28, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Sue Lani Madsen: Expansion of shopping holidays clutters the calendar

Did you celebrate Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day this year? Both holidays are informally scheduled on the Friday after Thanksgiving on the expanding seasonal calendar of named days. According to Sarah Pruitt’s reporting on the History Channel website, two myths about Black Friday deserve to be busted. One is a twisted internet-driven rumor connecting the term to discount slave auctions. Squash that one.

WSU study: Shoppers support brick-and-mortar stores

Despite the availability of online retail, many consumers in the Pacific Northwest still prefer to do their holiday shopping at brick-and-mortar stores, according to a Washington State University study.

Amazon workers stage strike on Black Friday

Workers at Amazon distribution centers in Germany have gone on strike for better pay on Black Friday, one of the busiest days of the year for the online retailer.

Black Friday crowds small, but determined, at locations throughout Spokane

Stores were bustling Friday morning but most early bargain hunters said it didn’t seem like the rush was as intense as it had been in past years. With several stores opening Thursday evening and deals available online, those who did brave the early morning chill said they had specific items in mind and were mostly shopping for themselves.

Shoppers get a day early start on Black Friday shopping

Firas Alhasani had a plan. Get in. Get the TV. Get out. Such is the life of a Black Friday shopper. Especially one who shows up three hours early to get the coveted first spot in line. Only, it wasn’t Friday. It was Thursday – 30 minutes before J.C. Penney at the NorthTown Mall was set to open at 2 p.m. for early Thanksgiving shopping.

A holiday miracle? Stores try to cut down on long lines

Retailers will once again offer big deals and early hours to lure shoppers into their stores for the start of the holiday season. But they’ll also try to get shoppers out of their stores faster than ever by minimizing the thing they hate most: long lines.

Fish Black Friday for big rainbow trout

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering anglers opportunities for tight lines rather than long lines on the day after Thanksgiving.