The day after Christmas is notorious as a big day for retailers getting a lot of returns and exchanges, but for some local shoppers, it's a day to use up those gift cards they got for Christmas and even start shopping for next year.
"We come every year, the day after Christmas and purchase gifts for next year," said Linda Sterling.
"They're better then the before sales because you get everything half off rather than 25 or whatever," said Julia Mckibben.
Colony Square Mall is staying open late for those last minute shoppers. Marketing Coordinator, Kevin Pinson says the mall hours will be extended starting on Friday.
"Today we are open from 9 a.m.-10 p.m, Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.- 8 p.m., 8 a.m.-10 p.m. again on Monday and we do close early on Christmas Eve so that employees can spend time with their families, we'll be open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Christmas Eve," Pinson explained.
The Y-Bridge Arts Festival is about nine months away, but planning has already begun.
The 2014 festival will be held at Zane's Landing. Co-director of the festival, Linda Regula, created the festival back in 2009. For the first three years it was held on the Y-Bridge, then in 2012 it was held at Zane's Landing and this past August, it was held at Colony Square Mall. Although the festival won't be on the bridge itself, Regula says she's happy it's back downtown.
The doors at Colony Square Mall have been open since 8 o'clock on Thanksgiving, but for most shoppers, they saved their spending for Black Friday. For Candace Cormack, it was her first time braving the crowds on Black Friday.
"I wanted to see what it was like, get in with the crowds and see the sales," said Cormack.
Cormack says her first Black Friday was a fun experience and says she found some pretty good deals. But for Karisa Young, who's made shopping on...
A large number of community members lined up in front of the Colony Square Mall to welcome Santa Claus to town.
The 11th Annual Santa's Arrival Parade took place on Saturday. Santa was there along with more than 30 other features, which included miniature horses, llamas, law enforcement agencies and more. Children were able to pick up candy and interact with all of the fun characters during the parade.
"That makes it all worth while." said Colony Square Mall Marketing...
Colony Square Mall Marketing Coordinator Kevin Pinson says with a variety of new stores at the mall, shoppers should be able to find something for everyone.
"We have everything from radio controlled toys for the kids to infinity lights, which are a great home decoration," said Pinson. "We have a place selling sweaters and hats and blankets so whatever the person on your list needs, you can probably find it here."
In attempts to dodge the rain, trick or treaters gathered at the Colony Square Mall for their annual trick or treat night.
For the past three decades the mall has provided an alternative Halloween option for families. Retailers provided candy for trick or treaters while they went from store to store collecting goodies in their best Halloween attire.
"I've seen a lot of great costumes," said Marketing Coordinator at Colony Square Mall, Kevin Pinson. I really like when...
For the past 17 years local bikers have ridden together to provide Christmas toys for area children.
In partnership with the Salvation Army, Rushing Wind Biker Church is hosting its annual Motorcyclists for Kids Toy Ride next month. The event will feature contests, live auctions and even a couple of special holiday characters for the children.
"We are going to having Santa Claus there, Misses Claus will be there at the Colony Square Mall where the event takes place,"...