| Mar 9, 2014
| 9:48 AM
Palm Beach Vapors, an e-cigarette franchise, has opened its ninth store overall and first Florida location in Oviedo.
The company is marketing its concept as a way for traditional cigarette smokers to kick the habit, saying the e-cigarettes supply users...
| Feb 2, 2014
Nordstrom is famously forgiving when shoppers change their minds about purchases.
Customers love it — especially those whose motives may be questionable. The Seattle retailer has been known to take back well-worn clothing, shoes bought years...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 10:30 AM
A well-intentioned uncle sent your eight-year-old a Toys R Us gift card for Christmas. But rather than Transformers or Legos, your youngster really wants a nice leather basketball from his favorite sporting goods store.
Call this an opportunity to...
| Jan 11, 2014
| 2:57 PM
A slew of Lehigh Valley retailers, including the Moravian Book Shop and Boscov's department store, are reporting holiday sales ranging from slightly down to slightly up compared with the same period in 2012. The figures fall in line with national...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 5:35 PM
The crush of last-minute online shopping that stymied Christmas deliveries for thousands of people served as a harsh lesson to retailers and shippers: The ever-exploding number of Internet orders is making on-time distribution more difficult.
| Dec 26, 2013
| 8:21 PM
The doors were open well before 9 a.m. Thursday at Spruce Home & Garden in West Hartford Center, literally wide open to the street, the way manager Mary Goodwin likes it. And markdowns were plentiful.
As light snow trickled, customers were slow to arrive...
| Dec 25, 2013
| 4:18 PM
Christmas is in the rearview mirror, but there's still no rest for retailers expecting yet another day of intense crowds Thursday.
The post-Noel mall scene this year won't just be marked by the annual stream of returns from dissatisfied gift...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 4:06 PM
Spoiler alert: There's a really good chance you'll get a gift card for Christmas.
That's not a news flash from the North Pole. It comes instead from the National Retail Federation, which estimated in a recent report that more than 80% of shoppers will...
| Dec 22, 2013
| 6:08 PM
Like millions of Americans, Jessica Hamilton of Pasadena will buy her friends and family a handful of gift cards this holiday season, drawn by their convenience.
Yet Hamilton, who carries reusable bags when she goes shopping, is bothered by the...
| Dec 21, 2013
| 2:13 PM
The parking lot was crowded. Streams of shoppers flowed around the Santa’s House erected in the middle of the center. Shoppers laden with bags jostled each other in long lines stretching from cashiers.
It’s "Super Saturday" at the Grove...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 8:55 AM
Welcome to Freebie Friday, where everything here is free. Find free events, museums, attractions, music, art exhibits, and galleries to see, absolutely free.
HOLIDAY SPOTLIGHT FREEBIE!
FLORIDA CITRUS PARADE: featuring floats, marching bands...