Midtown Pop-Up Shops open for business in Oklahoma City

Mark A. Carlson

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Plenty of folks are in Oklahoma City’s Midtown district, searching for the perfect Christmas gifts for their loved ones.

The Midtown Holiday Pop-Up Shops are back for their ninth year at Northwest 10th and Hudson.

Organizers say it’s one-stop shopping for everyone on your list, out in the cool, open air, away from the hustle and bustle usually found in shopping malls this time of year.

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Midtown Holiday Pop-Up Shops

The pop-up shops are local businesses that rely on community support. Some of the businesses are still struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizers say you’re bound to find something for even the toughest person on your shopping list.

“We have women’s

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7 businesses to support online in 2021

Mark A. Carlson

After a difficult year for businesses everywhere, shopping at local mom and pop shops is more important now than ever. If you are looking for a reason to shop beyond Black Friday, Small Business Saturday has finally arrived and is the perfect time to show some love to your favorite local stores. Plus, it is a great way to get some gift shopping done ahead of the holidays.

To help you make the most of Small Business Saturday, Meaghan Murphy, a lifestyle expert and the editor-in-chief of Woman’s Day, kicked off Hoda & Jenna’s “Ho-Ho-Holiday Shopping” to share seven small businesses across the country to support.

Keep reading to shop mugs, jewelry, nail polish and more.

Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s 2021 Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!

Aloha & Light was founded by Janel Santa Ana, a Honolulu mother with four

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Iowa’s COVID-induced support for shopping local shows staying power

Mark A. Carlson

While Des Moines metro shop owners hope to greet throngs of customers on Small Business Saturday this weekend, some say they’re even happier to see consumers embracing shopping local year-round.

Many central Iowa consumers began prioritizing local shopping to help neighborhood businesses survive the pandemic, but the habit has stuck, small business owners said.

“It hit most people that these stores aren’t going to be able to survive unless we can find some way to show them some support,” said Kelsey Mihalovich, owner of Hinge on 5th, a women’s boutique in Valley Junction that sells apparel and home décor.

Iowans’ increased focus on shopping local this holiday season was borne out by results of a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll conducted Nov. 7-10. In this second holiday season since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, 55% of Iowans say they’re patronizing local stores more for their shopping than

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On Small Business Saturday, shop women-owned stores in New England

Mark A. Carlson

All pandemic long, women who own small businesses have hustled to make ends meet and see their dreams realized.

And Saturday, Nov. 27 will provide an opportunity to support them wherever you live, as shopping for the holiday season gets underway with the 12th annual Small Business Saturday.

Backed by American Express beginning in 2010, Small Business Saturday always occurs on the weekend after Thanksgiving. The idea is to get people to “shop small” or “shop local,” a contrast to doing business at big box stores owned by large corporations, which many do the frenzied day before, on Black Friday.

More:Female small-business owners faced extra hurdles during pandemic shutdowns

Women business ownership in the U.S. is on the rise, according to Census data, but it still lags that of men. For women of color specifically, the likelihood of owning a business is even less, due to structural racism and

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The Dedham Exchange is a century-old gift shop readers still love

Mark A. Carlson

Readers Weigh In

“We work hard in the shop and then all the money that we earned goes back out into the community.”

Readers named The Dedham Exchange, a non-profit, artisan gift shop, as one of the best stores in the Greater Boston area.

To call the Dedham Exchange an old standby of the Greater Boston area would undersell what it means to its devoted customer base. The artisan gift shop, which has been in Dedham since 1914, and has stood the test of time serving the community that keeps it thriving. 

Ahead of the holiday season, we asked Boston.com readers to reflect on the local businesses they most love and several of our readers named the Dedham Exchange as one of their favorites. Their finely-crafted gifts bring customers to the store, but for some readers, its the mission of the place that keeps them coming back. 

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Shop for a good cause this weekend

Mark A. Carlson

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – You can help support a local organization this weekend simply by going shopping. Dress for Success is hosting its fall closet sale.

From shoes, to coats, to jewelry – there’s a lit bit of everything ready for shoppers at this weekend’s closet sale.

It opened to the public this morning at the EmBe downtown location at 11th and Dakota.

The event serves as a fundraiser for the organization.

“It’s a great way to replenish your wardrobe but then also make a donation to support what we do because our services are free for the clients that we serve and free for the agencies that refer them and so we do need to keep funding those services,” volunteer and client coordinator, Julia Price Lee said.

Courtney Middendorff volunteers as a career and suiting coach and knows the

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COVID Changed Women’s Shopping Behaviors, Desires, And Expectations According To New National Study From Meredith And The Harris Poll

Mark A. Carlson

More than 8 in 10 women say their shopping habits have permanently changed since the pandemic

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The COVID-19 pandemic has created space for women to reprioritize their energy and resources, including re-evaluating what matters most when it comes to retail, according to a new exclusive national study from Meredith Corporation and The Harris Poll.

“Women are using their time during the pandemic to re-evaluate all aspects of their lives, from everyday routines to deeper evolution around their life goals and health,” said Britta Cleveland, Meredith’s Senior Vice President for Research Solutions. “This means change ahead for retail, as women look to turn their new priorities into action.”

Among the many other notable findings, the Meredith-Harris Poll study reveals three key shopping trends accelerated by the pandemic:

#1: Creating demand now starts with digital
#2: In-store retail needs a glow-up as digital

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Scoop: Girl Tribe’s opening an experiential retail store in Birkdale

Mark A. Carlson

Rendering: Courtesy of Girl Tribe

Girl Supply, an Instagrammable immersive shopping experience from the creators of Girl Tribe, plans to open in early 2022 in Huntersville’s Birkdale Village. Expect hands-on stations like a balloon bar and DIY candle-making.

What’s happening: Girl Supply is the next step for Girl Tribe, the powerhouse brand co-founded by Sarah Baucom and Carrie Barker that’s known for its support of women, trendy tees and clothing and pop-ups.

  • “What we learned is that we have three main skills: providing large-scale experience events, unique retail and having a ton of fun doing all of it,” Lindsay Harden, Girl Tribe’s public relations and marketing coordinator, said.
  • Girl Supply will be a culmination of those things with a curated selected of women-owned brands, local vendors, photo ops and hands-on experiences.

Why it matters: Unlike traditional brick-and-mortar, Girl Supply will be a destination where shoppers will get to know the

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Police investigating recent robberies targeting women at local shopping centers | News

Mark A. Carlson


We’re learning more about a purse snatching outside Holyoke Mall on Wednesday. Now, police are asking for the community’s help to find the suspects.







HOLYOKE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) — We’re learning more about a purse snatching outside Holyoke Mall on Wednesday. Now, police are asking for the community’s help to find the suspects.

We’ve been following developments as police in at least two communities are investigating robberies targeting female shoppers. The most recent involved a woman being assaulted in the Holyoke Mall parking lot. The suspect running off with her purse.

A string of purse snatchings in western Massachusetts has female shoppers feeling on edge.

“Makes me feel nervous and sad,” said Michelle Bienia.

Holyoke Police told Western Mass News that an 80-year-old woman was assaulted in the Holyoke Mall parking lot, outside Macy’s, around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday. Officers said a

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14 Women-Owned Shops Shifting the Home and Design Space in America

Mark A. Carlson

You don’t have to be a certified shopping expert to understand that no retail experience would be possible without the humans running the whole operation. When you choose to support a small business, your purchase is making an even bigger impact on the lives of the people behind them. So often shop owners go uncredited for their labor of love at the expense of staying humble and focused on the grind. We know that with a great eye comes even greater responsibility and want to celebrate some of the women who have been on our radar.

These 13 design retailers are bringing new life and meaning to homes across the U.S. with their covetable vintage finds and impeccably diverse discoveries. (While we’ve compiled lists of the best home decor shops in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and the Pacific Northwest, there are so many other regions in America worth exploring.)

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Highland Park Village’s new women-owned boutiques blend rich stories with unique styles

Mark A. Carlson

Highland Park Village has a glittery reputation, really worldwide in some echelons, but even regulars may not realize the Dallas shopping center has a soft spot for lifting local designers.

While Highland Park’s town square is known for European and American designer brands, from Hermès and Chanel to Tom Ford and Alice + Olivia, and really expensive jewelry shopping, Highland Park Village has reserved a row of its sought-after real estate for local designer merchants.

“While we do have incredible brands known worldwide, we want to support local designers,” said Victoria Snee, chief marketing officer for the 90-year-old shopping center at Preston Road and Mockingbird Lane. “It’s intentional that designers from our community can have a great spot in Highland Park Village.”

The row of shops on the south side of the center’s middle building houses longtime local businesses: Deno’s shoe repair shop (since 1960), Peepers eyewear and optical (1976),

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Dream of Buying a Home Gets Harder for Single Mothers

Mark A. Carlson

Karlet Hewitt decided to make major lifestyle changes after experiencing the shocks of the pandemic: the income hit, the confinement, the view of the padlocked park through her third-floor apartment window. In February, Ms. Hewitt — a single mother to a 9-year-old boy — left Mount Vernon, N.Y., and headed south.

“The goal for me was to buy a home in North Carolina because it was a better market,” she said. But Ms. Hewitt burned through a lot of her savings as she refocused her event-planning business on virtual gatherings, all while home prices shot up.

“Now,” she said, “how does one even entertain this?”

Even without the benefit of a second earner, single mothers — those who have never married — have made up a growing share of home buyers over the past three decades. Although they still lag single fathers and married couples, a quarter of single mothers

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Pop-up shops offer ‘variety’ and ‘vibrancy’ in downtown Colorado Springs | Business

Mark A. Carlson

Holiday shoppers gained a wider selection of stores from which to buy gifts this season after three new pop-up shops opened this month in downtown Colorado Springs.

Mountain Standard Goods, Maggie M Boutique and Good Eye teamed up with the Downtown Partnership advocacy group to set up storefronts inside empty properties for the partnership’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop program.

The program gives business owners a chance to test out running a brick-and-mortar store, while bolstering retail shopping opportunities downtown and filling otherwise vacant spaces.

“Being a small business owner is no small feat,” said Katie Frank, the Downtown Partnership’s economic development director. “So being able to have the opportunity to kind of do a trial run … to get some kinks out and see if they really like it and want to dive head in is just a really good opportunity.”

Sisters Jessie and Hannah Gingrich started Mountain Standard Goods,

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Lakeview’s Love, Charlie Boutique Aims To Offer Uplifting Shopping Experience For Women With Curated, Affordable Options

Mark A. Carlson

LAKEVIEW — When Megan Morrison was unsure of her decision to drop out of speech pathology school to pursue her interest in fashion, it was her grandfather, Charlie Arie, who reassured her.

“I would talk to him about it because I really didn’t know if it was the right thing to do at the time, and he used to hug me in the driveway and say, ‘Don’t worry. You’ll have your own store someday,’” Morrison said.

Those dreams will come true Saturday with the opening of Morrison’s first boutique, Love, Charlie, 3352 N. Paulina St. The store, named after Morrison’s grandfather, pays tribute to Arie, who died in 2009. There are photos of him placed throughout the boutique.

“He and I had a really special relationship, and although he’s no longer here, I think he’s watching down and smiling to see me finally opening my own store,” Morrison said.

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Annual Women’s EXPO in Centereach kicks off holiday shopping

Mark A. Carlson










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Millennial Women Face Shopping Challenge Due to Pandemic, Environment

Mark A. Carlson
  • Many millennial women say they don’t know where to shop now, especially for items like work clothes.
  • Whereas Gen Z still relies on fast-fashion, millennials are trying to shop more sustainably. 
  • “Now, I think people are looking for better options instead of more,” stylist Liz Teich said.

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For Amanda James, the shopping crisis began when it was time to return to the office. 

After 18 months of working from home, James, who works in alumni relations at the University of Louisville, wanted a few new tops to refresh her work wardrobe. But after scouring her go-to stores from the before times, she came up empty-handed. 

“I was looking on Macy’s, I was looking on Loft,” James, 35, told Insider. “I felt like I was

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Women Accused Of Retail Thefts, One Charged With Fleeing Cops

Mark A. Carlson
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Two women have been charged with several retail thefts in Middletown and Newtown townships.

Middletown Township police were dispatched on August 26 around 12:55 p.m. for a retail theft in progress at the Burlington Coat Factory store on Lincoln Highway. The flash over the radio included suspect descriptions consistent with those from other area retail thefts, according to court papers.

Responding officers were advised by staff at the store the suspects had stolen a large amount of merchandise and fled in a red Dodge Neon, police said.

Officers spotted the vehicle a short time later at the Langhorne Square Shopping Center not far away on East Lincoln Highway. The suspects were near the Marshalls’ store with shopping bags, police said.

In court papers, police said the two suspects fled and a chase went from the area into Trenton, where Sasha T. Howard, 30, and Mahogany Danielle Caldwell, 26,

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Two Women Inmates Who “Walked Away” From Job Site Last Month Are Still Unaccounted For

Mark A. Carlson

Two women who were incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Ore., are still unaccounted for nearly a month after walking away from a job site at the Oregon Department of Corrections’ commissary building in Salem on Oct. 11.

ODOC spokeswoman Jennifer Black confirms to WW that the agency does not know the whereabouts of Shelly Radan or Brandy Woodward.

“They are still unaccounted for,” Black says, “and we will actively pursue them until they are back in Department of Corrections custody.”

Over three weeks ago, ODOC announced the pair had walked away from an on-site work crew shortly after 9 am on Oct. 11, and that they had last been seen on Lancaster Drive heading toward Dick’s Sporting Goods. That store is located within walking distance of a convergence of freeways, including Interstate 5, Oregon Route 99 and North Santiam Highway.

According to court records, Radan pleaded guilty

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Ladies Day Out: Meadville stores dedicating day of shopping to women | News

Mark A. Carlson

Break out the credit cards and Christmas lists, ladies, because this Sunday downtown Meadville stores are giving a day of shopping dedicated entirely to you.

Meadville Independent Business Alliance’s (MIBA) annual Ladies Day Out returns Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A total of 21 businesses will open its doors, ranging from clothing stores like The Woolen Mill and Harmony Formals, to those designed to satisfy sweet-tooth cravings like Save Room for Dessert and Confections of a Cake Lover.

Christine Yamrick, owner of Chateau Christine, said Ladies Day Out regularly brings 350 to 400 women to downtown Meadville. Many businesses offer special sales or serve free food or drinks during the event.

There’s even a prize drawing for participants. Anyone who takes part in the event can get a punch-card passport and have it stamped at each of the participating businesses. Those who turn in a completed passport will

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Shop for presents at Women’s Biz Net’s Bliss Shopping Boutique & Luncheon

Mark A. Carlson

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce Women’s Biz Net will host its annual Bliss Holiday Boutique and Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at Makray Memorial Golf Club, 1010 S. Northwest Hwy., Barrington.

This event kicks off the season with preholiday shopping, a plated lunch and live entertainment provided by the Barrington High School Madrigals.

Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at www.BarringtonChamber.com.

All attendees will receive a free metallic shopping bag and have the opportunity to shop with an array of unique local vendors, including: ANUYU Boutique, B Love Bath Boutique, Defining Moments, Designed by Stacey Jewelry, Fine Jewelry by Karen, Gianelli Designs, Savvy Spirit Women’s Clothing and Accessories, Tastefully Simple and The Sheet Lady, as well as holiday treat vendors Cold Stone Creamery & Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Popcorn Bar.

For details or tickets, call (847)

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