Saturday, November 26, 2011
Wishes Under Wrap, of Greenville Avenue, designed and installed the holiday decor at the casino.
The accompanying video shows the holiday decor designed and installed by Wishes Under Wrap, of Greenville Avenue at Twin River Casino in Lincoln. Owner Laurie Langford gives a tour of the work she and her crew have done to bring the holiday spirit to Twin River. Along with large trees at each entrance, Langford's work include theme trees at two restaurants, wreaths at each entrance, and a special Christmas hearth scene in white and red.
Friday, November 25, 2011
JohnstonPatch is looking for business owners to tell our readers where they can find great local deals — and support small business.
Is your business going to be open tomorrow, Small Business Saturday? JohnstonPatch wants to give small businesses in Johnston a chance to post their hours, locations, and sales in one place so local shoppers can find you. Also, don't forget that the North Central Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to be open tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon to sign up new members and renew existing memberships. Every new or renewing member will get a $25 gift card to a local restaurant — perfect for a little pre-shopping dinner or a holiday gift. Just add your business name, address, hours, and telephone number in the comments below — and note some of the products you have. If you have a listing on the JohnstonPatch Places Directory, you can also add that link …
Black Friday poll; local Black Friday hours; Small Biz Saturday is tomorrow; learn about nature at PCM; and today in history: JFK laid to rest.
Black Friday: JohnstonPatch asks: Are you heading out to shop today? Take our poll and post comments. Sales: We've got the info on Black Friday hours at three local chain discounters — click here to find hours and locations. Shop Local: The North Central Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to open from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow in support of Small Business Saturday. Get Out Of The House: Are your kids climbing the walls? Take them over to Provience Children's Museum for a performance by Lindsay Adler as Mother Nature. Shows are at 1 and 3 p.m.; Admission is $8.50 per person. Somber Anniversary: On this date in 1963, assassinated President John F. Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington Nationla Cemetery.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Burlington Coat Factory and BJ's Wholesale Club in the Stone Hill Marketplace, and the newly-opened Ocean State Job Lot are scheduled to hold special hours this Friday.
While Johnston may not be home to a mall — or even a Wal-Mart (there's one over the line in Cranston) — there are a handful of stores who are advertising special hours for "Black Friday" on Nov. 25. Near the center of town, where Shaw's Supermarket used to be, the newly-opened Ocean State Job Lot is scheduled to open at midnight for early birds and stay open until 11 p.m. on Friday. And in the Stone Hill Marketplace, just off Route 6, both Burlington Coat Factory (on the lower level) and BJ's Wholesale Club (at the top of the hill) are set to open early — Burlington at 5 a.m. (open until 11 p.m.), and BJ's at 7 a.m. Follow the links above to each company's website for more information and special deals.
Monday, November 21, 2011
The North Central Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to open its doors from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 26.
As part of "Small Business Saturday," set for Nov. 26, the North Central Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to open its office from 9 a.m. to noon and offer incentives for business owners who start or renew their membership. "I've been looking online, and we are one of the few, if any, of the Chambers in the country who are participating in Small Business Saturday," Chamber President Deb Ramos said during a recent interview. "We're not only supporting it, but we're also going to participate." While Ramos said she wasn't ready to disclose the incentives for new and renewing members, she did mention that they can be used by the business owners for themselves, or work as gifts for the holiday season. Ramos said existing members can add a year …
There are only four days left till the big shopping day.
Named for the color used to show that businesses have turned a profit, "Black Friday" has become a bellwether for predicting how well the holiday shopping season will be. But with America still in the grip of The Great Recession and stubborn unemployment, there's a chance that this year's Black Friday may be proof of ongoing problems. Then again, the first official day of the holiday shopping season — and the deep discounts offered by most retailers — usually draw hordes of deal-hunting shoppers and could be a sign of a rebound in consumer spending. So, which are you — a deal hunter, or someone who avoids Black Friday? Let us know by casting a vote in our poll, and posting your comments below.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
The South Kingstown Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market,on Route 108 in Peace Dale is scheduled to be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Baffoni's Poultry Farm of Johnston is among the featured vendors scheduled to participate in the South Kingstown Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market, located at 1425 Kingstown Road (Route 108) in Peace Dale. According to a press release from the state Department of Environmental Management, the market will feature "seasonal vegetables and fruits, cornmeal, breads, harvest decorations, eggs, honey, maple syrup, candles, jams, RI wool blankets and yarns, artisan soaps, oilcloth bags, RI raised beef, pork, lamb, chicken, oysters, fish, baked goods, pottery, woodcrafts, and dog biscuits." For more information about the South Kingstown Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market, call 789-1388 or 789-1144, or visit its website at www.southkingstownfarmersmarket.…
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
JohnstonPatch columnist Johanna Corcoran organized the annual contest among five competitors to see who had the best lollipop.
The accompanying video shows the scene at the 2nd Annual Lollipop-A-Palooza event, held Nov. 6 at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket. Organized by JohnstonPatch columnist and Mom's Council member Johanna Corcoran, the event included a contest among five area businesses, plus activities provided by event sponsors, and a performance by the Toe Jam Puppet Band. Two businesses from East Greenwich swept the awards, with Scrumptions taking the Most Creative award for their apple pie pops, and Sweet Twist collecting the Tastiest and People's Choice awards for their "Peace, Love, and Pretzels" pops, made of two pretzels doused in caramel and dipped in chocolate. Also participating were Sweet Cakes of Peace Dale who brought cake-and-cream-cheese …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Bank of America announced Tuesday it is dropping its controversial plan to enact a $5 monthly debit card fee.
When Bank of America announced last month it would start charging customers a $5 monthly fee for use of a debit card, many consumers feared it was the beginning of a new trend in bank fees. They expected other banks would follow suit, and American consumers would see more money moving from their wallets to big businesses. It never happened. In a surprise move, Bank of America announced it is dropping the controversial plan, according to The Washington Post. The Post wrote: "the debit charge drew a torrent of fury from customers, lawmakers and even President Obama. Faced with consumer backlash, Wells Fargo recently abandoned its own testing of a fee. Regions Bank and SunTrust have also dropped their charges." Is this a victory for the …
JohnstonPatch Mom's Council member Johanna Corcoran is hosting the second annual competition featuring several Rhode Island businesses.
Next Sunday, Nov. 6, JohnstonPatch Mom's Council founding member Johanna Corcoran will look to uphold Rhode Island's reputation as host of a "Top Foodie City" at the second annual Lollipop-A-Palooza, featuring six Rhode Island confectioners competing for top honors. The contest, with the theme "Love, Peace, and Lollipops," is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket. NBC10's Barbara Morse is the master of ceremonies for the event. “The only direction we’ve given the competitors is 'anything sweet on a stick,'" explained Corcoran, the founder of Familytopia. "Last year’s competitors blew us away with their displays and concoctions — we can’t wait to see what this year’s competition has dreamed up.” Chocolate Dreams…