It’s the most popular day of the year for in-store shopping. “Black Friday,” the Friday after Thanksgiving, marks the start of a bustling holiday shopping season. This year, Black Friday falls on November 23. While it’s not recognized as an official U.S. holiday, many employees have the day off – and will be rushing to the stores to rake in the bargains. For most Americans, being a part of the Black Friday mad dash is a rite of passage.
Why is it called Black Friday?
Although accounts vary on the origin of the Black Friday name, this is the story most widely told: Back in the day, when accounting records were kept by hand, red ink indicated a loss, and black, a profit. Stores adopted the term Black Friday to mark their annual move from the red to the black, thanks to huge crowds, humongous sales, and hefty profits.
What are shoppers shopping for?
Last year, heading into Black Friday, consumers said they were shopping for deals on the following: tablets/laptops/PCs/TVs (27%), clothing (24%), smart-home gadgets (15%), toys (15%), gift cards (11%), and travel (8%). Whatever you’re looking for, you can get a jumpstart by visiting websites that showcase the best bargains in San Antonio – and beyond!
When do the stores open?
Black Friday is a long day, with many retailers opening their doors at 5 a.m. or even the afternoon of Thanksgiving. As the hours have grown longer, so has the length of the holiday. Black Friday has morphed from a one-day bonanza into a four-day “shopathon” – spawning other retail holidays like Small Business Saturday/Sunday and Cyber Monday.
Refuel at Smokey Mo’s
Black Friday shopping can feel like a marathon. You’ll need all the energy you can muster! Chances are you camped out at a storefront in the wee morning hours – and by noon, you’re starving.
Refuel for more shopping with a visit to Smokey Mo’s BBQ. And bring your family and friends! Smokey Mo’s has restaurants in 16 locations, serving up an array of food choices for hungry shoppers. What could be a better break from Thanksgiving leftovers than a plateful of savory BBQ?
Fill up with scrumptious meat selections, like juicy baby-back ribs and tender brisket. Pile on the shopping “comfort food,” like creamed corn, mac and cheese, and Frito pie. Top it all off with an energizing sweet treat, like brownies or banana pudding.
While you’re at it, continue checking off your shopping list with a Smokey Mo’s Gift Card. For every $25 you load on a gift card, you’ll get a $5 “Mo Buck” back for you!
Smokey Mo’s is just the right place to take a blissful Black Friday break – and then, shop on!