You’ve probably seen the crazy lady on the Target TV commercial. She’s prepping for Black Friday. Big box stores across the country are opening before you’ve had a chance to take a bite of turkey, much less clean your plate.

Black Friday shopping takes a strategic plan—or a better option.

Instead of getting up before the sun does and driving in the freezing cold and possibly snow all the way down the hill to snag great deals on Black Friday, Nov. 25, sleep in, enjoy a hot cup of coffee and do your holiday shopping in Big Bear.

Besides Black Friday deals, Saturday, Nov. 26, is Small Business Saturday, a nationwide campaign sponsored by American Express aimed at supporting small business on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. The campaign asks people to patronize their favorite local stores to help fuel the economy. For more information, visit www.bigbearchamber.com and click on the Small Business Saturday link.

The earliest Black Friday shopping opportunity in Big Bear is at Kmart. It opens at 5 a.m. with its “Blue Friday” specials that run through 11 a.m. The storewide sale runs all day Nov. 25 and 26. The new DIY Home Center in Interlaken Shopping Center opens at 7 a.m. and has advertised special deals throughout the day.

Do you have skiers and snowboarders on your list? Leroy’s Boardshops and Goldsmiths Board House plan Black Friday sales. For the bicycle enthusiasts, visit the Bear Valley Bikes website www.bvbikes.com for its special Black Friday ad.

Tan Yer Hide in the Stater Bros. Shopping Center suggests gifts of massage and beauty services that can be prepurchased at a discounted rate Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Products are also on sale.

The Village is full of locally-owned shops that have unique gift items. Specials and sales are offered throughout the day Nov. 25 at participating businesses.

Don’t overlook the restaurants. Stop in for the sustenance needed to continue a full day of shopping and you might leave with more than just a full belly. Le Dolce Vita is open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. to kick off the holidays with wine and art. Local artists display their work for sale from noon to 5 p.m.

This is just a small list of Big Bear shopping deals for the weekend. For more details on the deals to be had and where to go, check the ads in The Grizzly.

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