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What's in Store: Black Friday

Local Black Friday deals, shopping safety tips, and Cyber Monday steals. Plus, an update on the Walnut Creek parking situation.

Blackhawk PlazaOff the Beaten Path

Danville’s Flaunt Boutique is offering 25 percent off the entire store. Check out my others picks for East Prospect Ave. shopping here.

At Convert, receive a $10 dollar gift certificate for every $100 dollars you spend. Shoppers can score up to $50 dollars when they spend $500 dollars.

At Prim in Pleasanton, the store will open at 9 a.m. Friday morning. Select items with be 20 percent off, and handmade accessories are buy one, get one half off. If you are one of the first 50 purchases, you get to have a little fun: Write down a wish list item, and give the card to family and friends. When they come in to purchase your wish list item, they will receive it for 20 percent off! This would be great to give boyfriends or husbands who keep asking what to get you.

Over at Oakland’s Plaid Friday event, stock up on jewelry. Find beaded items from Viv & Ingrid, as well as Crown Nine with a Sarah Swell metal pieces sample sale.

Blackhawk Plaza offers a multiple-store and restaurant setting, but will perhaps be more removed from the chaos of the larger places. Spend $250 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, and get $50 from guest services toward multiple places in Blackhawk Plaza.

In Benicia, Christina S will be offering 20 percent all day off anything black in the store (if you need a new LBD, this is the place to find it).

Kinsley James bridal is having a sample sale. Save up to 50 percent off on dresses from such designers as Bagdley Mischka and Liancarlo. Call today to make an appointment; slots are available from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Glamorous Boutique’s after Black Friday sale will take place this Saturday. Select items will be 50 percent off, and the first 20 customers who spend $75 dollars will receive a free pair of earrings.

Take part in Small Business Saturday, a day to appreciate and support small businesses in your area-all you have to do is shop at them. To find a list of participating businesses near you, or for more information, click here.

www.sxc.huMajor Mall Information for Black Friday

Broadway Plaza:
Macy’s opens at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night. The rest of Broadway Plaza will open starting at 8 a.m. Friday morning.

At Lanvie, find items 50-70 percent off.

The XCVI pop up shop will be offering 60 percent off from 8 a.m.-noon. After that, buy one item, get the second for 60 percent off all day.

Coldwater creek, the art of shaving, and L’Occitane will also have deals.

Stoneridge Mall:
There are simply too many deals to name at Stoneridge. Visit the link here for a complete listing of deals you will find. Stores will open beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday night, with Black Friday deals starting at midnight.

The Livermore Premium Outlets open at midnight on Thanksgiving. For a complete listing of stores opening before midnight, as well as this weekend’s hours, please click here. For a list of sales, click here.

Black Friday Safety

There’s no question that Black Friday shopping behavior has gotten more than a little bit out of hand as of late. Keep yourself and others safe with these tips from Livermore’s Signal 88 Security:

  • When store doors open, proceed with caution. Avoid running or pushing anyone, no matter how eager you are to purchase something.
  • Don’t leave your wallets or purses unattended, and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Hide purchases from plain sight in vehicles, and keep your vehicles locked at all times.
  • Keep serial numbers of big-ticket items, such as electronics, recorded. This will help track the items in case of a burglary.
  • Avoid leaving boxes outside showcasing your new items; even if the box is just trash, it shows burglars where big-ticket items are housed.

Online Deals

Lanvieusa.com is offering free shipping. For 20 percent off, simply enter the code FRIENDS at checkout.

At convertstyle.com, the same in-store gift certificate deal applies, but for online orders. This offer is valid on Monday only.

At mallsweepstakes.com, enter to win a $10,000 shopping spree to Broadway Plaza! 500 $10 prizes will also be out there.

Stoneridge is offering a very similar chance to win $10,000 here.

To find out about department store and well-known online sales, I recommend visiting Cybermonday.com. No matter what you are looking for, you’ll be able to find an appropriate sale through this site. It’s a one-stop shop for finding Cyber Monday specials.

Parking Situation in Broadway Plaza

About a month or so ago, I noticed that the parking lot next to The Cheesecake Factory had a newly metered bottom level. It’s about to get much worse than that. Sunday meters, extended hours until 8 p.m., and a price tag of $1 per hour on metered downtown parking will be taking effect. Luckily, these changes aren’t slated to happen until the spring of 2014, so you can get all of your holiday shopping done without worrying about the new parking laws.