How holiday shopping will look different in Phoenix

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Gone are the days when local news stations would broadcast footage of crowds pouring into big-box stores right after Thanksgiving dinner.

In a time when in-person gatherings are risky, retailers are moving away from Black Friday as a single day of deals and making discounts available over an extended period of time. The COVID-19 pandemic has also accelerated the transition of Black Friday from being an in-store experience to an online shopping event.

“This year is far different than years past,” Gabrielle Ochoa, general manager for the Tanger Outlets Westgate, told The Arizona Republic.

In a first, the outlet in Glendale will be closed for Thanksgiving. While there will be a “Great Tanger Friday” the day after Thanksgiving, stores have been offering deals since Nov. 6 to prevent a crush of Black Friday shoppers.

Other malls and stores have similar monthlong deals as a safety precaution.

The Arizona Department of Health Services lists “shopping at a mall” as a “moderate” risk activity during COVID-19, though whether indoors or outdoors is not specified.

As of Nov. 17, COVID-19 cases per 100,000 individuals, hospital visits for COVID-like illnesses and percent positivity had been rising in Arizona since September. Spread of the coronavirus had been classified as “moderate” in Maricopa County as of ADHS’ most recent update on Nov. 12.

Here are four ways stores are adapting for Black Friday in metro Phoenix.

Walmart, Target and more will be closed Thanksgiving Day

Employees and shoppers alike can take a break on Thanksgiving as major retailers such as Walmart, Costco, Best Buy and Target are closed for the national holiday.

While this isn’t unusual for stores such as Costco and Apple, the move marks a change for Walmart, Target and Best Buy.

A number of metro Phoenix malls will not be open Thanksgiving Day, including:

  • Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale.
  • Biltmore Fashion Park, 2502 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix.
  • Tanger Outlets Westgate, 6800 N. 95th Ave., Glendale.
  • Kierland Commons, 15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale.
  • Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler.
  • Phoenix Premium Outlets, 4976 Premium Outlet Way, Chandler.
  • Outlets at Anthem, 4250 W. Anthem Way, Phoenix.
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Several nationwide stores with multiple Valley locations that will be closed include:

  • Walmart.
  • Target.
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods.
  • Best Buy.
  • Kohl’s.
  • Office Depot.
  • Home Depot.
  • Apple.
  • Costco.

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Shoppers can expect season-long deals

Black Friday isn’t a single day this year; it’s a season.

At Tanger Outlets, the “best deals of the season” began Nov. 6 in an effort the expand the timeframe of Black Friday, Ochoa said.

Best Buy, Target and Walmart have also rolled out deals throughout the month.

“By spreading deals out across multiple days and making our hottest deals available online, we expect the Black Friday experience in our stores will be safer and

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From bookstores to beauty shops, 25 Black-owned businesses in metro Phoenix

Corrections & Clarifications: In a previous version of this article, the name of Grassrootz Bookstore and Juice Bar was misspelled. 

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Phoenix home invasion victim says armed robber demanded cash and jewelry | Arizona News

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – The victim of a recent home invasion in Phoenix says the armed robber told her he came in because her garage door was open. 

The robbery happened earlier this month around 8:50 a.m. near 26th Street and Union Hills Drive.

Jill Hovland said she was at her kitchen counter after getting home 10 minutes prior. She left her garage door open because she was waiting for a tree trimmer and was about to head back outside. Then, she heard an alarm go off, saying, “garage door open.” 

“I thought, ‘Well my husband, why is he home from work at this time of day?’ And I looked up and the man was holding a gun to my face,” said Hovland. “In my mind I was thinking, this is real. This, this is real.”

As they stood face to face in the kitchen, her dog jumped off the couch and ran up to the man. Hovland says the man bent down and hit her dog. 

“I think he realized there was tension. I think and that’s when he come up off that couch and went after him,” Hovland said. “He reached down and hit my dog and the dog yelped, went back on the couch.” 

By that point, Hovland handed the armed robber the cash that was on the counter for the tree trimmer. However, she said he wanted more. He walked her down the hall to her bedroom while pointing the gun at her and demanded that she put all of her jewelry into a pillowcase. 

“I was fumbling and I said, ‘This doesn’t happen all the time, sorry, I’m nervous’ and he said ‘Never mind, I’m not going to hurt you,'” Hovland recalled. 

She said the man was in and out of her house in about 10 minutes, but she said it felt like forever. 

“On the way out he said, ‘This wouldn’t have happened if your garage door wasn’t open,” Hovland said, holding back tears. “Kind of trying to make me feel bad and I just wanted him to be gone.” 

 

She said he grabbed her phone from the counter on his way out. As he drove off, she ran to a neighbor’s house for help. 

 

That same morning, about 20 minutes earlier, Phoenix police responded to another home invasion near Tatum and Grovers. They said it is too soon to tell if the cases are connected. 

 

Hovland said he took more than money and jewelry, he took her peace of mind. 

 

“When I hear the alarm say ‘Garage door open,’ my husband comes in and he goes ‘It’s just me!’ Because I get scared,” Hovland explained. “Now of course the garage door is closed, the door to the house from the garage is locked.” 



Police arrest 2 men allegedly linked to string of armed robberies in Phoenix area

Police  say the pair made statements connecting them to several armed robberies around town.

Hovland says she is meeting with detectives on Tuesday for an update on the case. And they may have some new information for her.

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Phoenix fashion designer is ‘putting in the work’ and her clothes are getting noticed

Amanda Litzinger’s clothing line, Stickybaby, went viral when model Bella Hadid rocked the label’s signature heartbreak patches in Paris.



a person sitting on a bed: Amanda Litzinger, owner of Stickybaby clothing line.


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Amanda Litzinger, owner of Stickybaby clothing line.

Now the Brooklyn-based designer is temporarily back in her home town of Phoenix working with Foot Locker on a new collection.

Litzinger was recently selected as one of three designers highlighted by Foot Locker for its “Behind Her Label” initiative. “Behind Her Label” is a national platform that aims to empower the next generation of female designers and close the gender pay gap in streetwear.

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“Being a designer has been my aspiration for as long as I can remember,” Litzinger said.

“I started a hairbow line in high school and I was always making dresses for the formal dances and just sewing up a storm learning as much as I could.”

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Litzinger, a graduate of Corona Del Sol high school in Tempe, launched her clothing line on Etsy in 2012. Stickybaby is a vintage repurposed and made-to-order clothing line that emphasizes the importance of low-impact production and sustainability in fashion.

How Foot Locker got involved



Bella Hadid et al. standing in a parking lot: Bella Hadid wearing jeans and a hoodie from Phoenix designer Amanda Litzinger's Stickybaby collection in 2017.


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Bella Hadid wearing jeans and a hoodie from Phoenix designer Amanda Litzinger’s Stickybaby collection in 2017.

“Foot Locker created ‘Behind Her Label’ in an effort to close the gender gap between male and female designers in streetwear by providing an elevated platform and the global reach of Foot Locker to grow their emerging brands,” Foot Locker Women’s director of marketing Alexis Stoll-Scigliano, said in a press release.

“We are excited to shine a light on three extremely talented designers to launch this program, creating exclusive products that will ultimately drive sales for each designer to grow and reinvest into her respective brand.”

Foot Locker worked with each designer to create an exclusive capsule collection influenced by their love of streetwear culture. Litzinger’s Foot Locker collection features large print words that make a statement like “Have a Heart,” and “Feel” stitched onto t-shirts and hoodies.

Litzinger’s clothes are inspired by the current moment

“I’m kind of like a quiet person so my clothes, I feel like I prefer to let that speak for me,” Litzinger said.

“I was working on those pieces over the summer when the Black Lives Matter movement was very prevalent and I was very inspired by the professional athletes using their jerseys or their warm-ups to voice their response.”

Litzinger joins two other women of color on the platform including, Shana Sadeghi-Ray, a multidisciplinary artist and Olivia Anthony, CEO of LIVSTREETWEAR.

“We don’t see a lot of representation of people like us,” Litzinger said.

“So for me, I was like, ‘finally this is happening’ because other girls and women want to see us and then they might think ‘Oh, I can do that’ or ‘I should keep going and keep putting in the

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7 Phoenix fashion designers you should get to know

The season is changing and if you’re looking for a cool look to go with the cooler weather, Phoenix fashion designers have new collections to keep you looking fresh, even if you’re just sitting at home.

Phoenix might not be known as the fashion capital of the country, but it has a vibrant fashion scene. Local designers are creating looks that get noticed and are showing up on celebrities such as Cynthia Bailey, Bella Hadid and Kat Von D.



Owen Parker et al. standing in a room: JC Donaldson is the founder and designer of Being Dapper, a Gatsby-inspired collection of sport coats, suits and polo shirts for men.


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JC Donaldson is the founder and designer of Being Dapper, a Gatsby-inspired collection of sport coats, suits and polo shirts for men.

With tens of thousands of social media followers, Phoenix designers have used their craft to make an impact on the fashion industry locally and beyond.

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Their looks include suits lined with velvet, pops of color, mesh detailing and eco-friendly upcycled garments. These local designers know what customers want and have something for everyone.

Related: Phoenix native is ” putting in the work” and getting noticed.

Here are seven local fashion brands and the designers behind them you should get to know.

Being Dapper

JC Donaldson is the founder and designer of Being Dapper, a Gatsby-inspired collection of sport coats, suits and polos for men. From form-fitting cotton suits to sport coats lined with velvet, Being Dapper has a unique look that makes dressing up look effortless.

Donaldson started the company in 2011 with men’s accessories and lapel flowers. Being Dapper made its Phoenix Fashion Week debut in 2018.

Under the House of Donaldson part of his company, Donaldson makes custom shirts, jackets, pants, vests and suits for men and women. A selection of dress shoes, sneakers, hats and accessories is also available in his online store.

Details: beingdapper.com.

Baby Teith

Tiffe Fermaint is the owner and designer behind Baby Teith, a clothing brand for kids. Inspired by new wave, 80s rock, goth and a post-punk aesthetic, Fermaint started the company on Etsy in 2013. Before starting a clothing line for children, Fermaint

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25 Restaurant Gift Card Deals in Greater Phoenix for the 2020 Holiday Season

We’re creeping up on Thanksgiving, and before we know it, Christmas and Hanukkah will be here. This year, you might not want to run around town finding elaborate presents. Good thing these greater Phoenix restaurants are making the shopping experience easier.

Take a look at our field guide to holiday gift card deals, broken down by cuisine, for some quick inspiration.

Several Fox Restaurant Concepts in the Valley are offering deals.EXPAND

Several Fox Restaurant Concepts in the Valley are offering deals.

Fox Restaurant Concepts

American

Liberty Station American Tavern and Smokehouse has two locations in Scottsdale — one in DC Ranch and the other at Terravita. With every $100 gift card bought at either location, purchasers will receive a bonus $25 gift card to pass on or keep for themselves.

Over at Miracle Mile Deli, there’s a Deal or No Deal Board consisting of gift cards ranging from $20 to $100. For every $100 in gift cards guests spend, they get to pick one gift card off the board.

Chompie’s is another deli favorite in the Valley with five locations from Chandler to Gilbert. With every gift card purchase of $50, guests will receive a bonus $10 gift card to use in 2021.

Several Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC) around greater Phoenix are offering deals. Culinary Dropout, The Arrogant Butcher, The Greene House, The Henry, Wildflower, and Zinburger are giving purchasers a $20 bonus card for every $100 spent on gift cards. Purchase in-store or online through December 31. What’s more, Flower Child is offering a $10 bonus card for every $50 in gift cards. Gift cards can be sent virtually as well if needed.

Roaring Fork in Scottsdale will give guests who purchase a $100 gift card a $20 bonus card.

At BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, give $50 in gift cards to get $10 or $100 to get $25 plus a 20 percent off VIP card. Bonus cards can be used from January 1 to February 13, 2021.

All five Koibito Poke locations are offering gift card deals.

All five Koibito Poke locations are offering gift card deals.

Koibito Poke

Hawaiian

Koibito Poke brings the Hawaiian tradition of poke to locations in Chandler, Peoria, Scottsdale, and more. For every $30 in gift cards purchased, guests will receive an additional $10 gift card.

Japanese

At RA Sushi, buy $50 in gift cards (available online) to get a $10 promotional card or $200 to get $60. The promotional cards are valid from January 2 to March 31, 2021, and available while supplies last.

Mediterranean

Olive & Ivy (another member of FRC) is giving guests a $20 bonus for every $100 spent on gift cards.

Sauce has a deal going through the end of 2020.EXPAND

Sauce has a deal going through the end of 2020.

Sauce

Italian

FRC’s Dough Bird (known for its pizza and rotisserie chicken) is offering a $20 bonus for every $100 spent on gift cards.

Fired Pie has 20 locations in greater Phoenix, each offering Black Friday gift card deals on November 27. Buy $50 in gift cards and receive a $15 bonus, or buy a $25 gift card and get a $5 bonus card, all until

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Phoenix fashion designers known for styles from streetwear to couture

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The season is changing and if you’re looking for a cool look to go with the cooler weather, Phoenix fashion designers have new collections to keep you looking fresh, even if you’re just sitting at home.

Phoenix might not be known as the fashion capital of the country, but it has a vibrant fashion scene. Local designers are creating looks that get noticed and are showing up on celebrities such as Cynthia Bailey, Bella Hadid and Kat Von D.

With tens of thousands of social media followers, Phoenix designers have used their craft to make an impact on the fashion industry locally and beyond.

Their looks include suits lined with velvet, pops of color, mesh detailing and eco-friendly upcycled garments. These local designers know what customers want and have something for everyone.

Here are seven local fashion brands and the designers behind them you should get to know.

Being Dapper

JC Donaldson is the founder and designer of Being Dapper, a Gatsby-inspired collection of sport coats, suits and polo shirts for men. (Photo: Courtesy of Being Dapper)

JC Donaldson is the founder and designer of Being Dapper, a Gatsby-inspired collection of sport coats, suits and polos for men. From form-fitting cotton suits to sport coats lined with velvet, Being Dapper has a unique look that makes dressing up look effortless.

Donaldson started the company in 2011 with men’s accessories and lapel flowers. Being Dapper made its Phoenix Fashion Week debut in 2018.

Under the House of Donaldson part of his company, Donaldson makes custom shirts, jackets, pants, vests and suits for men and women. A selection of dress shoes, sneakers, hats and accessories is also available in his online store.

Details:beingdapper.com.

Baby Teith

Tiffe Fermaint is the owner and designer behind Baby Teith, a clothing brand for kids. Inspired by new wave, 80s rock, goth and a post-punk aesthetic, Fermaint started the company on Etsy in 2013. Before starting a clothing line for children, Fermaint created Avant-Garde runway designs for adults.

Baby Teith styles include onesies that say “baby bat” and a Joy Division inspired “Toy Division” and t-shirts that say “music and motherhood” and “spooky mom,” Baby Teith connects parents and their kids through clothes that celebrate their personalities and love of music. Tattoo artist Kat Von D is a fan of the clothing.

Fermaint recently launched Baby Teith Records, a music label serving up post-punk and new wave tracks for kids.

Details: www.babyteith.com.

K.S. Garner

Kelsey Garner, owner of K.S. Garner clothing line. (Photo: Courtesy Kelsey Garner)

Kelsey Garner is the owner of the popular clothing line K.S. Garner which offers clothing from size XXS to 4X. Garner’s clothing line includes the colorful form fitting velvet jumpsuits in her “Luna” collection and a variety of shorts and crop tops in her “Maddy” collection.

You can mix and match the pieces to coincide with your own personal style or buy them as a set. Each piece is handmade to order.

Garner released her first full women’s

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