Thursday, November 15, 2012

Black Friday is Almost Here!

Believe it or not, it is that time of year again.  The time for falling leaves, giving thanks, and yes, shopping 'til you drop.  You may remember from last year's post on this subject that I am somewhat of a Black Friday connoisseur.  In just a week and a day I will be enjoying my favorite time of year watching others go to ridiculous lengths just to get a good deal.  I love it.

I don't want to get too repetitive, so for my complete Black Friday Survival Guide, check out last year's post here.  This year I thought I would provide a few helpful links for those of you who will be brave enough to leave your house on November 23.  Also, please don't forget that many local merchants will be open and having sales as well.  Once you get through with the craziness that is the mall, come downtown and visit some of our friends and buy some truly one of a kinds gifts.  More information about downtown merchants can be found here.

I found an article the other day written by former department store employees with a few Black Friday tips and tricks straight from the inside.  I don't generally shop the department stores, so I don't have much advice about getting a good deal at one.  So, if you are a department store shopper looking for a Black Friday guide, try this article.

Also, one of my biggest tips is to go into Black Friday with a plan.  The Big Three (Target, Walmart, and Best Buy) have already released their Black Friday ads online.  It's a great idea to check them out, see which stores have what you want, and then make a plan in advance.  Links to the ads can be found below:

Best Buy

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great time out shopping on Black Friday.  And don't forget, when you come back from all of that we will have just a few short weeks until Festival of Lights!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

FestQuest is Back!

Some of you may remember our debut scavenger hunt game, FestQuest, from last year's Festival of Lights.  I am pleased to announce that, due to the incredible popularity of the contest, we are bringing it back for another year!

For those of you who don't know, FestQuest is an interactive scavenger hunt game that leads players to downtown businesses and historical locations.  Everyone who completes FestQuest is entered to win prizes from our awesome downtown merchants, restaurants, museums, and theaters.

The big news this year is that Tried and True Tattoo Company has already donated a $200 gift certificate for our grand prize!  And there are more prizes yet to come!

FestQuest will run from December 1-9.  Entry forms will be posted on our website ( beginning the morning of December 1 and will be printed in the Greensboro News & Record on December 5.  And of course, everyone is welcome to play during Festival of Lights on December 7 from 6-9 pm.  Entry forms will be available that night throughout the festival area.

I can't wait to play with all of you!  Be sure to check out our Facebook page ( and follow us on Twitter (@GrassrootsGSO) for updates, hints, and giveaways leading up to the start of the contest.  Good luck!