Monday, November 19, 2012
Royal Oak stores to participate in Nov. 24 promotion that features $25 incentive from American Express to 'shop small.'
This seasonal greeting comes from hometown merchants: Don't be in thrall to the mall. They're spreading the word via social media and window signs with help from American Express, organizer of the second annual Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24. The credit card issuer promotes a nationwide "day for everyone — from the business owners who create jobs to the customers who buy locally — to support small businesses that invigorate the economy and keep communities thriving," it explains online. "It began in 2010 when American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help small businesses get more exposure during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. Last year, over 100 million people came out to shop at independently-owned small …
Saturday, November 26, 2011
The second annual event has shoppers lining up inside city shops downtown.
Royal Oak, a mecca of restaurants, retail stores, entertainment venues and more, got the opportunity to show off all that it has to offer during the second annual Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26. “These businesses add to the interest of our city,” said Lorene Branch, downtown shopper and Royal Oak resident. "Royal Oak has always been a destination and having unique and creative, individual businesses keeps that going and makes people want to live here and makes people want to shop here.” Customers darted out first thing in the morning to support the local shops, and in turn, received discounts and deals from the stores themselves as well as a special $25 rebate incentive from American Express. “Shopping local is so important; if you …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Free Knit-in and Spin-in offered for holiday knitters.
There's some heavy shopping dates coming up this weekend. First there's Black Friday, then there's Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. It's a time to find that unique gift close to home and there's plenty of small businesses around Royal Oak to help with that mission. Our pick for today: Free Knit-in and Spin-in Visit our Events guide here. If you'd like to post your own event, watch this video tutorial.
Don't Mess With the Mitten Products have a powerful message, local shop owner says. Visit Shine on Saturday for T-shirts, and free gifts.
As the holidays approach, give a gift that’s not only made in Michigan, but sold at small businesses around the Mitten. “Don’t Mess with the Mitten” T-shirts are available exclusively at local small businesses, and Shine buyer Kelly Hadin says that makes them "double local." Hadin says the line can make a positive impact on patrons, not just because the products are locally made, but because of what they stand for. "The design is more than just words," she said. "It has an empowering message." The concept began after YesMichiCAN was founded in 2009 by friends Terri O’Brien of Northville and Lisa Burnia of Lyon Township after they witnessed people losing their jobs at the height of the economic meltdown. O'Brien and Burnia's products are …
There's no need hit the mall for holiday gift-giving deals.
There are some heavy shopping days up ahead, such as Black Friday the day after Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday. In between is Small Business Saturday. American Express card users who register their card will get a credit of $25 on their statement when they make a purchase with their card at any small business on Saturday. Check out where to shop to get the credit here. Royal Oak small businesses are offering some holiday deals for the big shopping weekend, such as: Support your community, get some special offerings and enjoy the weekend shopping around town. Here are some more events for holiday shoppers who want to support local shops: For more weekend-things-to-do options, visit our Events guide here. If you'd like to post your own event…
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The story behind the mannequins and messages gracing the downtown Royal Oak shop's ever-changing window display.
Regardless of their mode of transport, people on Washington Avenue tend to have one thing in common as they pass the corner of Washington at Lincoln: Their heads turn to the northwest corner. The cause of their rubbernecking? The unconventional, ever-changing window displays at That Girl Clothing Resale. Featuring a pair of mannequins with 6-foot banners stretching above their heads, the window displays on either side of the store’s entrance change almost every week, aiming to promote the store. But they’re not your run-of-the-mill mannequins, and the banners aren’t your typical "sale" signs. The life-size dummies have names, and the slogans in their respective windows help define their distinctly different identities. “People look forward…
Monday, November 21, 2011
Vintner's Cellar is offering a chance to unwind after Black Friday frenzy and another wine tasting to support small businesses.
Everyone knows about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but did you know that Saturday is Small Business Saturday? American Express card users who register their card here will get a credit of $25 on their statement when they make a purchase with their AmEx card at any participating small business Saturday. We'll count down the Black Friday and Small Business Saturday events happening this weekend at a few of Royal Oak's small businesses, so stay tuned! Our pick for today: Black Friday and Small Business Saturday wine tastings Come back to Royal Oak Patch tomorrow for more weekend-things-to-do options. Or, visit our Events guide here. If you'd like to post your own event, watch this video tutorial.
Royal Oak happenings include a City Commission meeting, winter concert, shopping and Thanksgiving dinner.
There's always a lot going on in Royal Oak. Here are some highlights this week: 1. City Commission meets Monday: The commission meeting at City Hall starts at 7:30 p.m. Click here for agenda. 2. Winter Choral Concert on Monday and Tuesday: The combined choirs of Royal Oak High School perform their Winter Concert at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the high school auditorium. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students. Click here for more information. 3. Thanksgiving dinner at Lily’s Seafood on Thursday: Sit back and relax this Thanksgiving and let the Grandma Lily’s crew do all the cooking. All-you-can-eat family-style Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings costs $22.99 for adults and $10.99 for children younger than 12. Children …