Archive for category holiday shopping

Pottsville Offers Free Downtown Parking for Holiday Shoppers

POTTSVILLE —  Starting Monday, people won’t have to worry about feeding the meter in downtown Pottsville. The city is offering free parking for holiday shoppers. Patrick Murphy, the owner of Murphy Jewelers, in downtown Pottsville loves the idea. “It’s a great idea to help promote local businesses downtown and it is a great way to let people know that Pottsville is alive and well and thriving,” Murphy said. The owner of Bake Shop VI, Brian Setlock does, too. “I’m not […]

Playing It Safe over the Holidays: Preventing Identity Theft

Banks around the country and in our area report that identity theft is on the rise over the holidays because more people are traveling and using their credit and debit cards in a lot more places than usual. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey tackled this topic with help from the professionals at Fidelity Bank in the Scranton area. Area bankers warn holiday shoppers to be on the lookout for “skimmers.” They’re people who steal your credit card information by connecting a device to […]

Wet Weather Doesn’t Dampen ‘Late Shoppers Night’ in Selinsgrove

SELINSGROVE — The dreary, wet weather didn’t dampen spirits as one community in Snyder County kicked off its holiday shopping season. “Late Shoppers Night” was held in downtown Selinsgrove on Tuesday. It’s the day when local businesses keep their doors open late into the night. Stores stay open well into the night to both promote local businesses as well as kick off the holiday shopping season. “Yeah, I think it’s a great community thing. It brings people together,” said shopper Karen Teisher. […]

Ready, Set, Spend: Inside Look at Black Friday

It’s considered one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Black Friday is upon us. It’s the time retailers get out of the red a.k.a. debt, and into the black, also known as their profit margins. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey hit stores early in the Wilkes-Barre to check out the Black Friday landscape. Although Black Friday is a busy shopping day, many in our area believe the whole event has been diluted over the years since most retailers roll […]

Black Friday Game Plan: Shopping Tips from a Bargain Mom

If you’re among the many in our area planning to shop on Thanksgiving or Black Friday, Newswatch 16 has some inside tips from bargain mom Jenna Urban to help you bag bargains. Jenna joined Newswatch16’s Ryan Leckey Thanksgiving morning to offer some “news you can use” ideas to help you maximize your time and money while you’re out and about. If you’re planning to shop at our area’s brick and mortar stores, Jenna suggests downloading the free smartphone app “Flipp.” Essentially, […]

Getting Some Holiday Shopping Done

PLAINS TOWNSHIP — For those of us who didn’t feel like waiting for Jolly Old St. Nick to squeeze down the chimney, a shopping expo helped to kick off the holidays in one part of Luzerne County. The Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center hosted dozens of vendors in Plains Township on Saturday. Vendors had a little something for everyone’s holiday wish list. The marketplace also featured basket raffles and door prizes and even some food in case shoppers got […]

Returning Gifts and Snagging Sales After Christmas in Lycoming County

LYCOMING COUNTY — During the holiday, Teresa Parker of Milton likes to see family, after the holiday, she likes to see sale signs. “They have stuff for 40 percent off, stuff for 50 percent off, stuff for 30. I guess it depends on what you want,” said Milton. At Maurice’s inside the Lycoming Mall Teresa told Newswatch 16 she picked up some pants and shirts. One day after Christmas, Teresa braved the lines and the crowds of shoppers that came […]

Online Holiday Return Tips

SCRANTON — It’s the day after Christmas. So if you received a gift that you really didn’t want and are looking to ship it back, how can you make sure you’re maximizing your time and your money? For some tips, Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey teamed up with the United States Postal Service at the post office just off of Stafford Avenue in Scranton.  Karen,  what’s your advice? U. S. P. S. spokeswoman Karen Mazurkiewicz said, “Most retailers will give you a label […]

Holiday Shopping: A New Era?

HAZLE TOWNSHIP — It may be hard to believe, but the holiday season is nearly upon us. The Laurel Mall near Hazleton is decked out for the holidays. The lights are lit, the garland hung, the goodies on display, ready for the shopping rush. “I like to come and just mingle with people and shop in the stores so I can actually feel and try things on,” said Sueanne Begg of White Haven. A new survey by IPSOS Public Affairs […]

Christmas Gift Ideas and Other Holiday Happenings

DICKSON CITY — Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey is in Dickson City with some Christmas and Secret Santa gift ideas, along with other holiday happenings going on at the Viewmont Mall. Finding the perfect gift can be difficult, especially for those hard to buy for family members, friends and co-workers.  Everything from large gifts to stocking […]