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the iheart retail enews

November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving, Y'all!
Are you thankful, stuffed, and ready to shop? I sure am... and our local retailers here in the Raleigh and Cary area have made it so very easy to shop often, shop hard, and save some serious money and time this year!

I'll keep this intro short because I know what you're here for... the local specials that the I Heart Retail team has diligently compiled for you just below! But first, I have to send out a quick "thank you!" to those who sent me their local retail tips for this enews (and throughout the past two years) and have always supported this project: Mandy at Swagger Gifts, all the local PR pros (Pat, Jessica, Anna, Lindsay, and Chelsea), Scottie at Fleur, Bryce at Clothes Hound, Jennifer (and the entire membership and board) at Shop Local Raleigh, the Fred's Beds family, the Hankins at Joint Venture, Julie at Denim & Lace, Allison at Cute Buttons, Sarah and Mary Lauren (Go Wolfpack!), my fantastic girlfriends and Pi Phi for life sisters, and my always wonderful family! If I forgot to list you personally, please forgive me but know that I appreciate each and every person who has had a hand in this project and continues to read the emails, hang out on facebook with us, tweet along, and most importantly... those who continue to shop local! I am SO thankful for you all!

Thanks for the support and best wishes for a happy end to 2010 and great start to 2011, y'all!

lisa j. - editor in chief
for the i heart retail team

The Second Annual I Heart Retail Black Friday Shopping List

Black Friday Only Sales and Specials
Come early and save big! Friday, November 26 from 8am until 12 noon: 25% off entire purchase when buying 2 items, 30% off entire purchase when buying 3 or more items. Plus, some in-store surprises that you will need to come see to enjoy! Cameron Village offers great gift certificates: spend between $150 and $250 and receive a $25 certificate, over $250 and receive a $50 certificate. Again, this is only good from 8am to 12 noon. 20% Store-wide Sale will last through Sunday, November 28!
15% off all regularly priced lighting and accessories on Friday, from 10am until 9pm.
Tired of shopping? (Does the man in your life refuse to shop?) Here's another great local option! Big Boss Beer is part of the Black Friday Cask Party taking place Friday, starting at 3pm at Triangle Brewing in Durham! The 4th Annual Black Friday Cask Festival is $30 per ticket in advance online or $40 at the door. Proceeds benefit the North Carolina Brewers Guild.  Big Boss will be bringing ACES and ATES!
Put Calm and Sense on your list for Black Friday shopping and they will show you their appreciation with 25% off everything in the store. And some things are on sale for even greater savings, like 30% off neck pillows and Nuddle Blankets and 50% off selected teas and tea pots! Stop on by and give the gift of relaxation - for less! Offer good Friday, November 26, 10am until 6pm.
Restore the Sanity at Cameron Village with fabulous Black Friday shopping starting at the very reasonable hour of 8am! (Thanks to Jessica and Pat for sharing these details - our retail-industry readers rock!) Cameron Village is giving away $12,000 in gift certificates to the first 250 qualifying guests! Check out their website at for the latest list of deals and steals!
The "Back in Black" Friday Sale is one is for all the gentlemen: 25% off for the gents all day on Black Friday!
20% off everything Friday and Saturday - so you can find gifts for your loved ones, and yourself *wink wink*! (Thanks for the tip, Scottie!)
Save 20% off store-wide, 10% off Sleep to Live (the first time it has ever gone on sale, and for Friday only), 25% off in-stock bean bag chairs, 50% off older style DreamFit Sheets (20% off newer version), 35% off in-stock T-em-pur-ped-ic pillows, and 20% off floor model mattresses (excluding clouds)!
Join the gang at Ornamentea on Friday from 10am until 2pm for their annual Elf Workshop! Your child can make top-secret gifts with the help of their talented elf staff. They'll even wrap the gifts! Gift projects are top-secret, so mom and dad and grandma will really be surprised. The workshop is from 10:00-2:00 and the projects are most appropriate for children 4 and older. Each gift is $2 and the projects take about 20 minutes to make. Don't have your own children? Call a neighbor or friend and bring their children to the workshop. You will have given the gift of time to their mom or dad and you'll have an excuse to hang out at the bead store. Everyone wins! Friday are you thinking about hitting some stupid-big sale at the mega mall? Why? You'll only make yourself miserable. Visit Ornamentea instead for hot tea, a few snacks, and a nice seat at one of their work tables! You can make a gift for someone else or just work. (And they won't even tell anyone you are there!) Crafty peace. Ahh..., plus 30% off select chains, glitters, felts, and more in-store and online.
Big, huge Friday with 30% off at Scout & Molly's at North Hills! Plus, someone is going to win a $1000 giftcard from Scout & Molly's just for donating $10 to Saving Grace Animal Rescue! Open early at 8am with a local DJ spinning tunes, refreshments, and more. 30% discount does not apply to past sales or already discounted items and is only good at 4421-103B Six Forks Road, so hurry over!
Pretty simple and pretty fabulous! Everything in the store is 25% off from 6am-8am and 15% off from 8am until 10am!
Black Friday AND Small Business Saturday
American Express and Small Businesses Everywhere! American Express is putting their money where your card is! November 27, 2010 is the first-ever Small Business Saturday - a day to come together in support of the small businesses we love. The shops and restaurants that employ our neighbors and reinvest our money close to home. The businesses that are the heartbeat of our communities and local economies. Take the pledge to support small business. Join the movement. As part of AMEX's commitment to supporting small businesses, they will give you a $25 statement credit when you make a purchase at your favorite local stores and restaurants on Small Business Saturday. Enroll and use your registered American Express® Card at and visit the campaign on facebook at
Anna & Alice If you have other plans on Black Friday, shop all weekend with Anna & Alice and enjoy 25% off your entire purchase Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (excluding sale items). As an extra bonus, enjoy 40% off Friday from 10am until 12pm!
Anytime Wines This weekend, Anytime Wines has got the cure for the Black Friday blues! Wal-Mart, Target, Costco, Sears, Best Buy....all the "big box" retailers advertise "Black Friday" sales. Onine retailers encourage folks to shop on "Cyber Monday". When you shop at Anytime Wines (or at any small business) you won't be trampled by mobs of avaricious hyper-shoppers and you won't be greeted by a sterile and faceless "shopping cart" on a web site. No, when you shop at Anytime Wines you'll be greeted by friendly faces (Denise, Jac, and Susan) who'll be happy to talk with you about fine wines, fine beers, and fine chocolates. And this weekend you can also support several small, family-run wineries by checking out select wines, too!
Belle & Co. Enjoy "buy one item, get 50% off another item" on Friday from 10am utnil 5:30pm and "buy one item, get 30% off another item" on Saturday from 10am until 4pm at Wilson, NC's trendsetting boutique, Belle & Co.!
Cat Banjo Open at 8am on Black Friday with rockin'specials on jewelry and accessories! Buy one pair of earrings at regular price and get your second pair 50% off! This offer is unlimited! And, get a free pashmina with a $100 purchase! These specials are good on Friday and Saturday!
Cute Buttons Gift & Paper Boutique On Friday and Saturday, mention this email for 15% off all personalized and custom orders, 15% off all personalized stationery orders, and 15% off all holiday paper including personalized holiday cards, boxed cards, boxed photo cards, place cards, and holiday party invitations!
Epona & Oak Heather Bree, L.Ac is offering a special package from now until the end of February at Epona & Oak: three General Wellness Treatments in one month for $90 (for returning clients), $102 (for new clients there is an additional $12 intake fee). This is a great opportunity to help you manage any health-related issue and it also makes a great gift package for the upcoming holidays!
Joint Venture Estate Jewelry As you know, Joint Venture's jewelry is already priced right, so when they have reductions they're really terrific buys - be sure to take a look at their Liquidations section, where they've marked down quite a few just in time for the holidays!
Kerry Catherine Jewelry Kerry Catherine Jewelry in North Hills is having a Black Friday half-price sale on Friday and Saturday! (Thanks for the scoop, Jessica and Pat!)
Kristen's Shoe Boutique Shoe lovers delight in 25% off winter shoes and boots on Friday and Saturday at Kristen's Shoe Boutique in Cary's Arboretum at Westin Parkway.
Luxe Apothecary $10 off $25 purchase with email through Saturday at Luxe Apothecary in North Hills for all of your beauty and skin care needs!
Madison MADISON will be giving out a $15 gift certificate for every $75 their customers spend, starting on Black Friday and lasting through Sunday, November 28! Thanks for the email tip, Olivia!
Possibilities Boutique Possibilities shoppers take note: 25-75% off section at the Cary store, located at 1247 Kildaire Farm Road!
Seaboard Wine Seaboard Wine has partnered with Nomacorc, TerraCycle, and the Frankie Lemmon Foundation in "upcycling" your used Thanksgiving holiday wine corks into usable consumer products! They are a collection point for all used wine corks including natural, synthetic, plastic, and composite corks, which are shipped to TerraCycle to be remanufactured into corkboards, playground equipment, garden products, trashcans, flower pots, and more - how fantastic! TerraCycle and Nomacorc will donate 2¢ for every cork collected to the Frankie Lemmon Foundation, a NC non-profit organization which provides specialized education and assistance for children ages 3 to 6 with developmental disabilities. Seaboard Wine's goal is to collect 20,000 corks per year, so save those corks and bring them in!
The Cotton Company Wake Forest readers get excited - The Cotton Company's Sip & Shop Weekends have arrived! With chilly weather approaching, shop and enjoy complimentary hot cider Saturdays and Sundays while you shop.
The Scrap Exchange The Scrap Exchange in Downtown Durham is joining a group of independent Durham retailers to promote shopping at local businesses during the holiday season and beyond. "Independent Durham" was started thanks to the efforts of Tom Campbell at The Regulator Bookshop. To launch the first Shop Independent Durham campaign, each participating retailer, including The Scrap Exchange, will host special events and sales specials during the week after Thanksgiving to encourage Durham residents to shop local, independent and small businesses. Sales specials at The Scrap Exchange (beginning the day after Thanksgiving) include: stocking stuffer gift certificates - purchase a $15 gift certificate for only $10 (gift bag included), Friend's Membership savings - receive $5 off the purchase of any Friend's Membership, and enter to win a Scrap Exchange gift certificate with any Green Gallery or Artist Marketplace purchase!
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, AND/OR Cyber Monday Sales and Specials!
Clothes Hound Bring on the holiday savings when you keep it local, y'all! Clothes Hound is having a huge sale starting on Black Friday, and lasting through Cyber Monday: 40% off and free shipping with code "blackfriday"!
Ambiente International Enjoy Black Friday savings on modern furniture at Ambiente International on Friday from 10am until 6pm, Saturday from 10am until 6pm, and Sunday from 12pm until 6pm - but be sure to shop early for best selection. (A new shipment of Skovby closeout Chairs has just arrived!) Chairs starting at $99. Ambiente has marked down hundreds of items throughout the showroom and warehouse, with many pieces marked below cost because they are overflowing with inventory and need to make room for all of the new items just purchased at market - they also need to make room for an exciting new Gallery coming soon!
Just Neem Holiday soaps on sale online from local brand Just Neem! Enjoy their favorite holiday soaps during this holiday season: fresh Winter Pine, warm Pumpkin Pie, friendly Apple Spice, and festive Frankincense and Myrrh! On sale now for $4.75... shop online at!
Rosenberry Rooms Another reason to support local retailers on the 'book - now through November 28 at 8pm, everyone who likes Rosenberry Rooms on facebook is entered to win a $1,500 gift certificate!
SmartMomma Deck the Halls with SmartMomma's BIG Holiday Sale: take an extra $10 off orders over $100, using code: HOLIDAY10 - and an extra $25 off orders over $200 with code: HOLIDAY25 at In the Raleigh store, save 15% on toys, apparel, diaper bags, books, and CDs, $50 off best chair rockers and gliders, and snag free adult bed rails with purchase of a crib (up to $120 value)!
Snap Totes Check out Snap Totes, the photo-personalized tote bags from Downtown Durham and enjoy free ground shipping until the end of the month! Use promo code FALALA10 for free ground shipping within the continental United States.
Swagger Gifts Shop online 24-7 for super, super cute "Merry Christmas, Y'all" t-shirts on sale for only $20.00 and so much more at! In store, enjoy Black Friday fun - featuring a Secret Santa sale with great promotions and discounts on jewelry, ornaments, Merry Christmas y'all shirts, and more!
ReTails Thrift Shop We caught this local tidbit in Jennifer Bringle's "Stylin'" column in the N&O: Help animals while you shop Sunday at ReTails Thrift Shop's monthly Clean Sweep sale. During the event, everything in the resale shop, which benefits the nonprofit AnimalKind, will be 50% off! Shoppers can save on clothing, housewares and electronics while helping the group, which assists low-income pet owners in getting their pets spayed or neutered. ReTails is at 1608 N. Market Drive in Raleigh.
Rocky Top Hospitality Forget about fighting the crowds and traffic on Black Friday. Shop in your PJs or from your desk (shhh - we won't tell) on Cyber Monday and snag Rocky Top Hospitality (Bogarts, Michael Deans, Tribeca Tavern, and Red Room) gift cards for a 50% discount! Check your Inbox on Monday the 29th and find out more about our HALF PRICED gift cards - be sure to sign up to receive this email offer online at!