Tahlequah stores prepare for holiday shoppers
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Tahlequah stores prepare for holiday shoppers

Published 11/5/18

Ebba Moberg

TNE Writer

As the weather gets cooler and the nights get darker, a light in the future is Black Friday. Black Friday is America’s largest shopping holiday of the year. Stores all over the country are preparing for the holiday shoppers, and Tahlequah is no exception.

Before Black Friday hits Tahlequah on Nov. 23, another popular shopping event in Tahlequah is Ladies Night Out. According to Tahlequah Main Street Association, Ladies Night Out is Tahlequah’s premiere shopping event of the year. Stores are open late offering exclusive downtown discounts and serving beverages and snacks to costumers.

“I worked at Ladies Night Out for three years, and it is so much fun,” said Molly Stocks, NSU alumna. “All the shops have lots of deals and most shops have free snacks which is the best part according to me.”

Stores participating in Ladies Night Out include Brat Vapor Lounge, The Branch, Start Internet Café and Felts Family Shoe Store. Other sales and deals are offered the following week during Black Friday. Many stores drop their prices in hopes of getting more customers. However, some Tahlequah stores are not open at all on Black Friday.

“We will not be open on Black Friday this year,” said Isabella Campos, ReStore Rack cashier. “Based on our sales last year, we cannot have the store open. We did not make enough profit since our prices are already low on normal days.”

The ReStore Rack offers 50 percent off the entire store every Monday and 20 percent off every Wednesday. The Rack offers a wide assortment of quality, used clothing and accessories for women, men and children. The Rack and the Tahlequah Area Habitat for Humanity always welcome donations of used clothing and accessories. Donations are encouraged as the holidays are coming up.

A local store open on Black Friday this year is Felt’s Family Shoes.

“We will have a sale, but I cannot say how much it will be before Black Friday,” said Drew Felts, store manager. “Last year was nothing special for us. Most people tend to go to the big stores in Tulsa for their holiday shopping needs.”

Decreasing profits is something reoccurring among the small businesses of Tahlequah since many customers tend to go to bigger cities for Black Friday or shop at larger chain stores. Small business cannot advertise as much as nationwide chains can, nor can they cut their prices to the same extent. Big box stores buy their stocks in huge volume, which means that they can afford to offer deeper discounts. Local stores and businesses simply cannot match those prices while remaining profitable.

If for some reason a student missed Black Friday or simply does not want to wrestle crowds of people to buy Christmas gifts at reasonable prices, a great deal of sales are presented online on Cyber Monday. This helps people who are busy for the holidays, or to those who work in retail on Black Friday, to be able to get the same bargain deals as in-store-shoppers.  

Regardless of a student’s preferred method of shopping, the Tahlequah community encourages shoppers to stay safe this Black Friday and support local businesses over big corporate chains.

The Restore Rack is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. but is closed on Black Friday. Donations can be made at the store location on 12 Plaza South, across the parking lot from the Tag Office, or online at http://tahlequahhabitat.org/how-to-help/donate.html.

Tahlequah’s Ladies Night Out starts at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15. For more information, visit their Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/events/274839573363939/


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