With the Thanksgiving holiday shopping weekend spread out over four days this year, the shoppers came in waves at Richmond stores starting Thursday evening.
More laid-back shoppers were meandering through the businesses by Friday afternoon, content with not being first in line but still getting some good deals.
“We made a list of what we need,” said Kayla Grey.
Kayla was making the rounds at Hobby Lobby with her husband, Austin, and 18-month-old son, Aeron. The family is from Richmond.
“We come out to take advantage of the sales, not to go crazy,” Kayla Grey said, noting they didn’t get started shopping until 11 a.m. and had only gone to Kohl’s before coming to Hobby Lobby.
The couple said they planned on getting some simple toys for Aeron, and they weren’t foreseeing any pricey splurges this holiday season.
“We keep it simple,” Austin said.
Meghan Scott, of Richmond, was shopping with her mother, Barbara Scott, who lives in Cynthiana. They were checking out Hobby Lobby’s jewelry-making supplies, and Meghan said she’d found a bracelet on the internet she’d like to make as a Christmas gift.
This is the fourth year the two have gotten together to shop Black Friday in Richmond.
“We’ve been coming here to avoid Lexington,” Barbara Scott said.
She added that it’s not just the store crowds but also the heavy traffic and parking snarls that make Lexington holiday shopping a hassle.
JCPenney, one of the national retailers that started sales on Thanksgiving, had people packed into the glassed-in lobby at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. By Friday afternoon, customers could get in the doors with no problem, but lines at the cash registers were still long.
National sales numbers won't be available until Saturday, according to the Associated Press. The National Retail Federation said 140 million people planned to shop during the four-day holiday weekend.
IBM Benchmark, which tracks e-commerce for 800 retailers, said online sales rose 19.7 percent on Thanksgiving.
Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, started its holiday sales events at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, two hours earlier than last year. Walmart said customers bought at least 2.8 million towels, 2 million TVs, 1.4 million tablets, 300,000 bicycles and 1.9 million dolls, according to the AP.
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Is it spring yet?
Spring doesn’t arrive until March 20, but with a high temperature above 72, Tuesday felt like a preview of spring.
The warm weather drew a number of children and parents to Irvine-McDowell Park where they enjoyed blowing bubbles, swinging and going down the slides.
Madison County residents can expect a rude reminder tonight that spring has not yet arrived as forecasts call for a low temperature in the teens. Some snow was even forecast for this afternoon.
The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for the area effective from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today calling for steady winds as strong as 30 mph and gusts up to 45 mph.
Bids for EOC expansion opened
Dozens of contractors packed into the Madison Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday morning as 42 bids were opened for the expansion of the county’s Emergency Operations Center.
The project was divided into a dozen separate categories, such as paving, roofing and electrical work. Contractors also could bid on combinations of the categories for one price. After being opened and read, the bids will be reviewed before a decision is made, said Judge/Executive Kent Clark.
Man charged with assaulting BPD officers
A Berea man was charged Tuesday with felony assault after spitting blood at police officers, according to a Berea Police Department report.
Troy R. Collins, 24, also was charged with third-degree terroristic threatening, disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication in a public place.
Democratic House leaders release budget
Democratic House leaders unveiled their 2014-2016 state budget Tuesday amid complaints from Republicans that it was hatched in the dark and lawmakers were asked to vote on it without sufficient time to study it.
The two-year, $20.3 billion dollar spending plan looks a lot like that proposed by Gov. Steve Beshear, but it makes some changes including spending a bit less on school textbooks and preschool and adds about $1 billion in debt.
RAAC Celtic Festival is Friday
Irish music, dancing and food will be featured as the Richmond Area Arts Council celebrates Kentucky’s Celtic heritage Friday evening.
The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. at RAAC, 399 W. Water St.
Fundraising concert for international tour Sunday
The Berea College Concert Choir will travel on a 15-day concert tour to Spain and Portugal from May 7 to May 21.
Music faculty members Dr. Stephen Bolster, conductor; Lindsay Clavere, pianist; Dr. Javier Clavere, organist; and math professor Sandra Bolster, chaperone; will lead choir members on a trip to several Spanish and Portuguese cities, including Barcelona, Valencia, Cordoba, Granada, Seville, Faro and Lisbon.
St. Baldrick’s and St. Patrick’s
You may walk into the Paddy Wagon Irish Pub this weekend with an empty stomach and a full head of hair.
Police: Heroin found in home
A Detroit man and two Richmond residents were charged Friday morning after Richmond bike patrol officers and narcotics detectives executed a search warrant on a Dee Dee Drive home.
Unveiling set for today
FRANKFORT — Monday is typically a light day in the General Assembly – few committee meetings and a late starting time to allow lawmakers to travel back to Frankfort.
Kentucky State Police accepting applications for next cadet class
The Kentucky State Police are now accepting applications for its 92nd cadet class scheduled to begin Aug. 3.
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