| Feb 1, 2014
| 4:00 AM
In the days after a gunman killed two people and himself at The Mall in Columbia, the Nail Trix salon heard from many nervous customers canceling appointments.
Manicurist Van Le took several of those calls, struck 15 appointments off his calendar and...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 8:12 AM
J.C. Penney Co., the retailer attempting a return to glory using deep discounts and Super Bowl tweets typed with mittens, said its holiday sales grew last year for the first time since 2011.
The Plano, Texas, company said sales at stores open at least a...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 10:21 AM
The following items were taken from police reports:
A 47-year-old Orland Park woman was charged with retail theft for taking merchandise retailing for $106.58 from Michael's Arts and Crafts, 15102 LaGrange Road, on Jan. 19.
| Dec 22, 2013
| 4:36 AM
We're down to the last few shopping days before Christmas and I have a sleigh full of coupon savings, dining deals and freebies as well as fun things to do. Kohl's and Toys R Us are open around the clock until Tuesday and most other stores have extended...
| Dec 21, 2013
Many of us who grew up believing in Santa Claus can recall that moment when we started having our doubts.
If we were lucky, we had a special someone in our lives willing to quash the ugly rumors for a little bit longer.
That was my mother. She had her...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 5:43 AM
Big box retailers and department stores like Toys "R" Us and Kohl's will offer more consecutive store hours than ever before in anticipation of Christmas this year.
Kohl’s stores will be open for more than 100 hours straight, beginning at 6 a.m....
| Dec 23, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Editor's note: These tips appeared in a Daily Press article about shopping on Black Friday, but the advice remains valid.
As you bustle to finish those last-minute gifts on your Christmas list, here are some suggestions for navigating the traffic and...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 9:22 PM
Feb. 9 will mark 50 years since The Beatles made its historic first appearance before 73 million viewers on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” the start of a years-long dominance of the U.S. pop charts and it becoming the most celebrated......
| Dec 25, 2013
| 12:23 AM
The hottest holiday commercials this season have ditched the heartwarming, home-for-the-holidays scenes to strike a dramatically different chord.
Advertising executives have instead chosen sly humor over sentiment, as major marketers including...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 8:53 AM
Las Vegas is no longer the gambling capitol of the world. Not by a long shot.
The tiny Chinese city of Macau reported a whopping $45 billion of gambling revenue in 2013, a figure analysts expect will be about seven times as much as casinos on the iconic...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 7:31 AM
J.C. Penney Co. said it’s “pleased with its performance for the holiday period” and reaffirmed its forecast for the fourth quarter.
The Plano, Texas, company, which has struggled with an identity crisis in recent years, said...