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Holiday Shopping

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The holiday season is upon us, and, for many, that means, among other things...time to shop.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Jun Li, an associate professor of technology and operations at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, about what that means to local retailers and the overall shopping trends now and once the coronavirus pandemic has passed.


Midnight Madness Kicks Off In Ann Arbor

Dec 4, 2020
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Ann Arbor’s annual holiday shopping tradition Midnight Madness kicked off Friday, December 4th on Main Street.  


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As Cyber Monday gets underway, the Ann Arbor Main Street Area Association is encouraging consumers to shop local. 


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The Kerrytown, State Street, and Main Street shopping districts in Ann Arbor have joined forces to help local businesses thrive during the pandemic and the holiday season.  

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As the holiday shopping season gets underway, it might be helpful to stop and think about what you plan to spend and why you do it.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to University of Michigan associate professor of marketing Scott Rick about his research on our spending habits, which he says may be formed as young as five years old.


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With a lot of people shopping at major retail stores today on Black Friday, there is a growing trend to make Saturday more about supporting local businesses.


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Black Friday continues to play a big role in our local economy.  But another shopping day is also becoming very popular.


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Black Friday actually started on Wednesday for one area woman who works and shops in Ann Arbor.  That means Thanksgiving dinner has been pushed back a day to accommodate her holiday shopping tradition.


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  It's certainly fun to put up holiday decorations and buy those trinkets and gifts for loved ones. Unfortunately, depending on where you shop, you may be putting at risk the health of all of them. In this week's 'Issues of the Environment,' David Fair talks with Ecology Center Staff Scientist Gillian Miller about those dangers and what we can do to continue improving our product choices.


Think Local First

Locally owned businesses are hoping holiday shoppers out today will make sure they shop at their stores, not just the big box retailers. 

Ingrid Ault is the executive director of Think Local First.  Ault says they want shoppers to think of today as "Plaid Friday" and support locally owned, independent stores and restaurants.

Ault says tomorrow is also Small Business Saturday which was created by American Express.   Shoppers get a discount for using their card at small independently owned businesses Saturday.  She says unlike many chain stores, most locally owned businesses opted to stay closed yesterday to let their employees celebrate Thanksgiving.