Sunday, November 25, 2012
Have you trimmed your spending because of the economy or has good fortune enabled you to spend more?
Many of you might already be done with your holiday shopping. Still others might be waiting for even better deals that sometimes pop up prior to Christmas. But how does your spending compare to prior holiday seasons? Those who have lost jobs due to the economy, who feel their jobs might be threatened or who have suffered other setbacks might be a little tighter with the purse strings than someone who just got that promotion. With Black Friday and Small Business Saturday over, and Cyber Monday waiting for a business surge tomorrow, you should have a pretty good handle on your 2012 holiday budget. So how much do you plan to spend this holiday season? Let us know by voting in our poll. And tell us in the comments section why you are spending …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Give a shout out to your favorite local business owner.
Normally, Dormont-Brookline Patch runs a "restaurant spotlight" on Saturday and a "business spotlight" on Sunday to highlight a great local, small business that helps make these two communities unique. But today—Small Business Saturday—how could just one or two local businesses get the spotlight? Today, they all deserve to be recognized. There are dozens upon dozens of small, local businesses in Dormont, Brookline and Beechview, and nearly all of them can be found in the Dormont-Brookline Patch Business Directory. Take a look through the directory and leave a review on the listings! Give a shout out to your favorite local business, and tell Dormont-Brookline Patch which of these small businesses you just can't live without. Then go out and…
Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday is today, Nov. 24, and it's a day for everyone to support the small businesses Dormont, Brookline and Beechview thrive 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. Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business Saturday by shopping at locally owned stores to help boost the economy and their communities. Earlier this week, Dormont-Brookline Patch ran a list of local small businesses with Facebook pages. …
Friday, November 23, 2012
And don't forget—tomorrow is Small Business Saturday!
It's Black Friday! Did you go out early this morning? What deals did you find? How were the crowds? If you haven't been out yet, click here to see some local stores that have Black Friday specials. And if Black Friday isn't your thing, remember that tomorrow is Small Business Saturday. Click here to check out a list of local small businesses that have Facebook pages, where many are advertising Small Business Saturday specials. Also, click here to see a list of some local small businesses that are open today and tomorrow. Happy shopping! Follow Dormont-Brookline Patch on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, sign up for our email Newsletter.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Several local, small businesses have specials for Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.
With a holiday weekend starting tomorrow, several local businesses have specials planned for Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Check it out: These are just a few of many, many local businesses in Dormont, Brookline, Beechview and nearby communities to support this weekend. If you know of another small business hosting an event or a special, tell us in the comments! Follow Dormont-Brookline Patch on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, sign up for our email Newsletter.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
What small businesses do you want to see move into Dormont, Brookline or Beechview?
With Small Business Saturday just a few days away, we posed this question on the Dormont-Brookline Patch Facebook page: If you could open any small business in town, what would it be and why? Readers had some great answers. One reader said that if start-up money was available, she'd open a quilting store. Another reader suggested a yarn store. There were also ideas for music and record stores, candy shops, more thrift or consignment shops, and more stores offering specialty foods, such as gluten-free products. One reader suggested Pittsburgh Popcorn and—countering how delicious that would be—another suggested a fitness center with a smoothie bar, where various nutrition and health classes could be offered. Dormont-Brookline Patch also is …
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday rule the shopping roost after Thanksgiving.
If you have a black belt in Black Friday shopping, listen up: area big-box retailers are gearing up to dazzle bargain hunters even earlier this year—starting on Thanksgiving Day! Walmart announced that it would open its doors at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22 and offer holiday doorbusters while supplies last. These include deals on TVs, iPads, an electric scooter for $79 and a steam mop for $39. Not to be outdone, Target and Best Buy are also planning all-out holiday shopping assaults. Target's deals begin at 9 p.m. According to an ad leaked online, the best deals will be for TVs, a Nook, a Nikon camera and an XBOX 360 Kinect bundle. At Best Buy, doors open at midnight. Doorbusters include deals on TVs, phones and Samsung laptop bundles. …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
I asked this question on the Dormont-Brookline Patch Facebook page, and the response was great. See what people said.
Move over Halloween and Thanksgiving—it's Oct. 28, and I'm already seeing advertisements for Black Friday sales. But in my opinion, the day after Black Friday is much, much more important. That day is Small Business Saturday, the day we celebrate local small businesses and their contributions to the community. We're lucky, in Dormont and Brookline, to have thriving business districts full of small businesses. Yesterday on the Dormont-Brookline Patch Facebook page, I asked you to name one small business you can't live without, and the response was great! The local watering holes are favorites, and Cain's Saloon and Cip's Sports Bar made the list. Local restaurants It's Greek to Me, Don Campiti's, The DorStop, MeKong, Dormont Dogs, Pitaland …
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Kegs & Eggs on Black Friday? See how Dormont business owner Theo Giannoutsos’ added some spice to the biggest shopping day of the year.
Question: What do you get when you combine an Irish bar tradition, a Mexican restaurant and an ad hoc American shopping holiday? Answer: Black Friday Kegs & Eggs at Mexi-Casa, which is Dormont business-owner/chef Theo Giannoutsos’ way of adding some flavor to a familiar scene. Located on the corner of West Liberty and Hillsdale avenues in Dormont, Mexi-Casa has been tagged “Pittsburgh’s Least Authentic Mexican Restaurant” for its playful and delicious take on Tex-Mex barbecue dishes. Since Giannoutsos opened Mexi-Casa’s doors in 2003, the menu has evolved and expanded to feature a variety of Americanized Mexican dishes, and Mexicanized American dishes, some of which contain ingredients you don’t typically see encased in a tortilla. From …
Friday, November 25, 2011
Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, so show some love to your favorite local small business.
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Friday, November 25, 2011
Shoppers will be headed to local businesses in Dormont and Brookline tomorrow for Small Business Saturday deals. Small Business Saturday, conceived by American Express to help spotlight the efforts of local small businesses, encourages shoppers not to bypass Main Street for the mega-mall. Check out the stores on Potomac Avenue in Dormont, Brookline Boulevard in Brookline, and the shops and restaurants along West Liberty Avenue Dormont-Brookline Patch would love to hear which small businesses you can't live without in the area. Tell us in the comments which independently owned business is a must for shoppers this weekend and during the holiday season.