One area business owner is putting a twist on the hectic Black Friday shopping experience. 



When thousands will be busting through store doors and pushing through crowds trying to get their hands on that prized item, John Kinsinger, owner of The Game Room, will be holding a gaming competition inside his shop at 8 a.m.


One area business owner is putting a twist on the hectic Black Friday shopping experience. 

When thousands will be busting through store doors and pushing through crowds trying to get their hands on that prized item, John Kinsinger, owner of The Game Room, will be holding a gaming competition inside his shop at 8 a.m.

“I figure all these guys’ wives are out shopping, might as well have something for them to do,” Kinsinger said. “This is my first year for the tournament.”

The store, which usually does not open until 3:30 p.m., will also hold sales on gaming equipment throughout the day.

Other local stores throughout town will hold early bird sales during the national retail holiday.

However, many know competing with the chain stores is impossible, so they are trying to offer a more unique shopping experience.

Bernie Camp, buyer and fit specialist at Russell’s Cycling and Fitness, said the store is opening at 6 a.m.

“We don’t call it a Black Friday sale,” he said, adding that instead it is a “welcome back” party for families returning to town for the holidays.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Santa will be at the shop for the kids, and a reading of the “Polar Express” will take place at 11 a.m.

Six $50 shopping sprees will also be given away through 10:30 a.m.

“It’s just fun,” Camp said. 

On the Square, Lori’s Kitchen Store is opening at 8 a.m. — two hours earlier than regular business hours — to accommodate the early shoppers.

Co-owner Lori Peifer said people should consider “shopping local” during the holidays.

“We have all kinds of gadgets and gifts,” Peifer said. “It’s also not hectic here.”
Others have avoided opening their shops early altogether.

While they are open the same hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Brunk’s Sports Center is still offering hourly specials on many items.

“We decided not to compete with the early bird places,” said employee Kris Ross. “We’re hoping once (early shoppers) are done, they will come in here and find whatever else they need.”
After 58 years in business, Foster Jewelry has given up holding Black Friday sales.

“We are a small town, small store. We don’t have the markups like some of the stores do,” said Steve Foster. “(People) are flooding the big stores.”

“They can put any price they want on it,” Ed Foster added.