Christmas is just four days away which means some people are kicking into high gear to get their last minute shopping done.
As the holiday shopping season wraps up people are flocking to Colony Square Mall.
"Uh, it's pretty crowded, it's pretty crowded. I worked retail for about ten years, so you'd think i wouldn't want to be out here, but it brings me back every year," said holiday shopper, Evette Myers.
For some procrastination wasn't the reason for waiting...
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.
With only fifteen days left until Christmas, crunch time for buying presents is upon us. The weekend before Christmas is notorious for being the busiest two days during the holiday season.
But Marketing Coordinator for the Colony Square Mall, Kevin Pinson, says the afternoon and evenings can be just as busy, "If you want to avoid the crowds, when we first open in the morning or closer to closing are the best times. We tend to be busiest weekday afternoons and evening and then...
Shoppers have already lined up outside the South Zanesville Kmart to take advantage of deals that start at 6:00 a.m. Thanksgiving day.
The store is passing out numbers as customers arrive to get the deals that are limited in number.
"We've got the 32 inch TV for $97, we've got the tablets for $39.99. DVD players for $9.99, so that's the biggest sales we've got going first thing in the morning." said Kmart Assistant Manager Debbie Smith.
Many shoppers and retailers are putting the finishing touches on one of the most well known shopping days of the year, Black Friday.
The Colony Square Mall in Zanesville will officially open it's doors at 6:00 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving, but more than twenty stores in the mall have chosen to begin their early bird specials at midnight.
"Organized chaos would be a good way to explain Black Friday out here at the mall. It's very busy, people are definitely out bargain-...
The weekend before Christmas is a busy time for last-minute shoppers.
The Colony Square Mall in Zanesville was packed with people buying gifts, and shoppers have a few more stores to choose from this holiday season. Calendar Club is one of several seasonal kiosks in the mall that survives on Christmas sales. Manager Matthew Bishop said despite the weak economy, sales are up this year.
"For these paperback calendars, it seems like a traditional thing for families...
The John Mcintire Library made shopping a little bit easier for some Zanesville residents this Black Friday.
The library hosted its first ever "Lighten Your Load" event. According to Customer Service Manager Blair Tom, after a long morning of shopping, residents were invited to the Library for a boxed lunch and were able to relax and learn about great holiday gifts including books, d-v-ds and music.
"We know during the holidays a lot of people give books and movies...
With temperatures in the 70's, it doesn't feel like the holiday season is quickly approaching, but people are already out tackling their holiday shopping lists, like Debbie Miller of Somerset. She says she started her shopping at the end of the summer and is down to the hard stuff right now-shopping for teenagers.
"Because they're so picky. I usually just take them, let them pick it out, and then we have to wrap it and put it under the tree. Then they have to open it and be...