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Archive for November, 2011

Death at Snows Cut Park

Friday, November 25th, 2011

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Downtown Wilmington gives gift of free on-street parking

Friday, November 25th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — To kick of the holiday season, downtown on-street parking was free both on Thanksgiving day and Friday.

Parking downtown can be a hassle with the crowds and meter parking, but for two days visitors got to come down free of charge. Business owners say they hope the incentive will bring Black Friday shoppers downtown and spend money at their stores.

“The stores downtown are so unique,” said Michael Lambrix, owner of Candles Etc. “They have different items than you’re going to find at the big corporate stores in the mall. I think once people have that little bit of incentive such as the free parking a lot more people will come down. Downtown is a great place and we have some great things down here.”

City parking decks were also free of charge Thanksgiving day.

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Black Friday shoppers scour Wilmington stores for best deals

Friday, November 25th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thousands lined up outside stores like Target, Best Buy and J-C Penney in
Wilmington today, all in hopes of scoring some bargains on Black Friday.

Several of the businesses tried to lure even more customers in this year, opening their doors a little earlier. Target opened its doors at midnight this year, which meant people lined up even earlier to get their hands on bargains.

“Everybody was like, ‘Oh this kind of TV, do you have this? Where’s this at?’” said Sarah McDevitt, a Target employee. “So we were all just trying to direct traffic. This is where it’s going, this is where it’s at, so overall it was kind of overwhelming, but it was pretty peaceful.”

TVs were a big ticket item at Target and Tiffany Andrews, like hundreds of others had her eyes set on a flat screen. When the doors opened Andrews said people went nuts.

“Where were two girls, one grabbed the box at one end, one grabbed the other end and they were literally standing in the middle of the aisle,” she said. “Each was holding the end of a box and they would not let it go.”

The Independence Mall parking lot was nearly full Friday morning. Belk opened its doors at 3 a.m. and JC Penney opened up 30 minutes later. One seasoned Black Friday shopper at the mall says this year has been way more hectic than years past

“I’ve been doing Black Friday for 15 years and this has been the worst,” said Shani Dilena. “I think it’s because they opened four hours earlier and everybody seems to find it easier to do it at 12 instead of getting up and going at four.”

More than 150 million Americans are expected to shop over Black Friday weekend.

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Tensions lighten, but crowds abundant after noon

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Black Friday goes off with a bang

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O, Christmas tree! Real tree lovers say fake ones can’t compete

Friday, November 25th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tons of shoppers in the stores and tree lots lining the roads must mean Christmas is here.

While many families have moved toward artificial trees, many still find joy in picking out that favorite fir. Whether you prefer a 10-footer or a Charlie Brown-style tree, you can find it all this season.

Real tree lovers say it’s all about the scent when it comes to fake versus for real.

“It’s just more magical,” said Cindy Richey of Carolina Girl Flowers. “It just brings life into the Christmas scene at home with the smell and everything. Even the artificial smells just can’t compete with a good live tree. With the economy and everything going kind of strange on us right now, I think having a live tree and a fresh tree just brings back the spirit of a good Christmas.”

Richey says a fresh cut tree is important because it will last longer and smell fresher.

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