Sales and Closures on Labor Day

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Labor Day is summer’s last hurrah, but it’s also the last day for shoppers to get their hands on some hot bargains. Although many places are closed during the holiday, a number of stores and malls will be bustling with shoppers. For many retailers, this is the last day that they can … Continue reading »

The Clothes Horse Opens New Shop

EUGENE, Ore. — A local used clothing store that likes to make shopping and trading fun and easy. More than 20 years ago, The Clothes Horse opened shop near the University of Oregon campus. But earlier this month, the store opened its doors at a new location. Co-owner Ann Hathway says the university area has … Continue reading »

DeFazio Fights SNAP Cuts

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The average American on food stamps gets just more than $30 a week to shop, but Congress is looking at cutting that already tight budget by 20 percent. Congressman Peter DeFazio is working to prevent those cuts by showing what shopping on food stamps is really like. DeFazio admits, he doesn’t usually … Continue reading »

JC Penney Urges Customers to Come Back

(CNN) — Attention shoppers–JC Penney wants you back. The company has released a new 30-second ad on its YouTube channel saying it has made mistakes and wants its customers to return. The ad is called “It’s No Secret” and says the company listened to what customers had to say after it changed some selling strategies. … Continue reading »

Corvallis Bag Ban Changes

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Changes could be coming to the plastic bag ban in Corvallis.  In July, small businesses with less than 50 employees will have to join the big retailers in enforcing the ban. But on April 17, the Administrative Services Committee voted to give small businesses a break. They no longer have to charge five … Continue reading »

Shop Pops Up on Broadway

EUGENE, Ore. — The recently renovated Broadway Commerce Center is out of retail space, but it’s allowing local vendors to sell to the community in a different way Friday night. The Eug Pop-up Shop will take over the Atrium starting at 6 p.m. Pop-up retail, or flash retailing, is a trend of opening short-term sale … Continue reading »

Valentine’s Day Spending Up

(CNN) — Love can be hard on the bank account, especially for men. Americans will spend an estimated $18.6 billion on Valentine’s candy, flowers, jewelry and gifts this year–that’s about $131 a person, up $5 from last year, according to the National Retail Foundation. And there seems to be a gender divide because men will … Continue reading »

Post-Christmas Shoppers Crowd Malls

EUGENE, Ore. — If Christmas is all about spending time with family and opening up gifts, the day after Christmas is about spending time in the mall, returning some of those gifts and doing a little more shopping. You would think folks would try to avoid the malls after spending so much time in them … Continue reading »

Last-Minute Shoppers Flood Mall

EUGENE, Ore. — Holiday shopping is down to the wire now. On Saturday, with only two days left till Christmas, the clock was ticking to get gifts under the tree come Christmas morning. It was a busy scene everywhere you looked at the Valley River Center Mall Saturday as folks hurried about trying to snag … Continue reading »

Consumer Spending Drops in October

(CNN) — If you went shopping last month, you might not have had much company in the stores. The Commerce Department says consumer spending fell point two percent in October. This is the first decline since May. Consumer spending accounts for more than two-thirds of the nation’s economy, so the pullback could be a worrisome … Continue reading »

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