Many Utah residents have already wrapped up their Black Friday shopping today. But for those who are still on the hunt for holiday gifts, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is making a call to shift some of that spending to locally-owned businesses.
At The Old Flamingo, an art boutique in Millcreek, McAdams joined shop owner Shauna Barrett and Nan Seymour with the non-profit organization Local First Utah to stress the benefits of shopping at neighborhood stores like these.
Utah consumers and retailers are getting ready for the biggest shopping weekend of the year. Some stores are opening as early as tomorrow afternoon running through the night into Black Friday.
Some stores like Toys R Us open as early as 5 pm Thursday while Costco and other large retailers aren’t scheduled to open until 9 am on Friday. Niki Copeland is a Team Leader at the Downtown Target store in Salt Lake City opening at 8 pm Thursday. She says their preparation began weeks ago and focused on popular sales items.
A market for locally made arts and hand-made goods opened Friday at Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City. The Downtown Holiday Market consists of about a dozen festive red huts decorated with lights, and a large tent which houses numerous artists and crafts people. Emily Cooper is a vendor selling framed drawings of owls. Cooper told KUER that at the Market, it’s not Black Friday, it’s Plaid Friday.
City Creek Center is hosting its first ever Black Friday. No one is quite sure how much money the Salt Lake City shopping center will bring in this holiday, but expectations are high.
Linda Wardell is General Manager of City Creek Center. When asked about expectations for the holidays, she laughed.
“It’s a great question,” said Wardell, “We still have a lot of first-time visitors to City Creek Center. That does make it unique for us, and a bit daunting for us when we start thinking about our first time holiday season.”