All the naysayers about brick-and-mortar retail should experience Black Friday in a local mall.
Shopping with my daughter early Friday morning at Eastview Mall, we were in a sea of people. The National Retail Federation says more than 164 million consumers planned to shop over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend. Black Friday remains the busiest retail day of the weekend, with 71 percent planning to shop that day.
Shoppers might have noticed some new stores at Eastview. Wine University, a gift shop for the wine lover in your life, opened this fall. Wine University offers personalized stemware and wine gifts.