Support Locally Owned Small Business This Christmas

Looking for a great gift?  How about a gift certificate to Pottstown’s number 1 rated restaurant on Yelp and Trip Advisor!  Shopping small returns dividends to your community.  Buying from a big box chain does not help the local economy.  Buying from a locally owned business does!

Click here to purchase a great gift for the special people in your life: http://www.icreatecafe.org/?deeplink_referrer=ess#!product/prd1/1602198915/30%24-gift-card

Also, check out the new iCreate store on Facebook.  Click on SHOP to purchase computer classes, Arabic language classes, cooking classes and more. Click here for a direct link to the store: https://www.facebook.com/iCreateCafe/app_196248510415671

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Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem 2014 Re-Opens Thursday, 12/4 At 11am

Recognized by Travel+Leisure Magazine as one of the top holiday markets in the U.S., Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem showcases aisles of exquisite handmade works by the nation’s finest artisans, the heart-warming sounds of live Christmas music, delicious food and more.

Become an ArtsQuest member today and you’ll not only receive FREE admission to Christkindlmarkt but also an ArtsQuest gift card good for purchases at the ArtsQuest Center and the Stacks Shop at Christkindlmarkt!

Contact Samantha Kulp at 610-332-1365 for more information or visit http://www.christmascity.org/

Hidden Treasures Tour 2014 Reminder!!!!‏

Hidden Treasures

Artisans Studio Tour and Sale

featuring

7 Studios and 28 artists

Purchase that unique, hand crafted gift that will be cherished for years to come.

Rare and Beautiful Gifts!
November 15 and 16, 2014
Studios open 10am. to 5pm.

Lehigh Valley Hidden Treasures

Meet the artists. Choose from fibers, glass, leather, jewelry, pottery, wood and mosaic.

Enjoy the tour and find the perfect gifts for impressing friends and family this Holiday!!

Experience the joy of holiday shopping!

Visit www.hiddentreasurestour.com
for studio directions and details.

Lehigh Valley Arts Council
610.437.5915 ◊ info@lvartscouncil.org
www.LVArtsCouncil.orgwww.LVArtsBoxOffice.org

Target Still Feeling Effect Of Security Breach

English: Logo of Target, US-based retail chain

English: Logo of Target, US-based retail chain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Target Corp., the nation’s second-largest discount chain, continued to reel from its disclosure last week of a huge data breach that compromised 40 million credit- or debit-card accounts during the holiday season.

Shoppers posted comments last weekend on Target’s Facebook page saying the retailer needed to reissue its REDcard credit and debit cards. There were also mentions of long waits for customer service.

Craig Johnson, president of the retail consultancy Customer Growth Partners, said Monday that REDcard usage fell over the weekend and more Target shoppers bought with cash. Saturday, he noted, was a “terrific” sales day generally, although Target transactions declined slightly.

Target offered a 10 percent discount to placate angry customers Saturday and Sunday, hoping to salvage the busy weekend.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/consumer_news/20131224_Target_still_feeling_effect_of_security_breach.html#LJ8lKkvwhgbFzz5i.99

Scranton Shop Owners Hopeful ‘Small Business Saturday’ Takes Off

Retailers hope the third time will be a charm as they prepare for Small Business Saturday, the shopping season’s celebration of small boutiques and mom-and-pop stores.

In 2010, Small Business Saturday was a nonevent for customers of Lavish Body and Home in downtown Scranton.  Lavish was busy, but no one really knew about Small Business Saturday.

Last year, Lavish co-owner Jonathan Chernes said a good number of people came to the store solely because it was Small Business Saturday.  This year, more people are talking about it, he said.

“Merchants have gotten together, there is buzz in social media, and ever more advertising on television,” Mr. Chernes said.

Read more:  http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/local-shop-owners-hopeful-small-business-saturday-takes-off-1.1407292

First Annual Open House At Hodge Podge Unique Boutique In Boyertown

Friday, November 23rd at 11:00 am until Saturday, November 24th at 4:00 pm

The fun begins on Black Friday with Door Prizes and Specials all day.  Then, come wind down with us and share your Shopping Stories in a relaxing, no pressure atmosphere at our monthly Fourth Friday Event.  You’ll enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or iced tea along with a selection of fine cheeses – just what you’ll need to melt away the stress of the Big Box stores.

The festivities continue on Small Business Saturday! From 10:00 am until noon, meet Nadia Beck, designer and owner of the Grey Button clothing line.  Enjoy free coffee, tea and sweets as you get to know Nadia and the ins & outs of the fashion biz!  The new look of Avon arrives at noon until 3:00 pm.  If you haven’t seen what Avon’s been up to lately, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.  Avon offers so many gifts – truly something for everyone – that you can sit and shop while you snack on lite refreshments.  Door Prizes and Deals throughout the day!

Three door prizes will be awarded per day.  Need not be present to win.As Always, No Purchase Necessary.

Hodge Podge is located at 12 N. Reading Avenue, in downtown Boyertown, PA.

 

Grace Lutheran Preschool Craft Fair – Saturday, November 10th In Pottstown

Come join Grace Lutheran Preschool for a Vendor/Craft Fair on Saturday, November 10th from 9:00am – 2:00pm.

Vendors include:  Pampered Chef, Close to My Heart, Two Birds, One Sewn; Autism Speaks, Thirty One, InCare RX, It Works!, Origami Owl, and Silpada Designs are just a few of our vendors that will be available for this event.

Food will be available for purchase.  Begin your Christmas shopping early, and support our preschool!

Thank you very much!

Grace Lutheran Preschool is located at 660 North Charlotte Street in the North End of Pottstown.  There is plenty of free parking in our lot.

Philadelphia Region Shoppers More Optomistic About Economy

A recent survey of people in the Metropolitan Philadelphia Region, which includes southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and northern Delaware shows that people feel the economy is slowly recovering and 48% plan to spend a little more this year at Christmas.  People are cautiously optimistic but still have underlying concerns about their jobs and financial security.

Most likely holiday sales will be flat.  The good news is, things are not expected to continue declining and a few stores like WalMart and Kohl’s posted good third quarter profits.

About 50% of the people surveyed said they feel the economy will improve in 2010, which is up from 27% who felt the economy would improve this year.

Spending on non-gift items is expected to increase as people take advantage of holiday sales to update their wardrobe, for example, after putting their personal spending on hold.  Personally I fall into this category.  I will probably spend the normal amount on Christmas this year or less if I can take advantage of good sales.