Black Friday breaks loose

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Black Friday has turned a corner. The traditional start of the holiday shopping season has become a cultural phenomenon that spans days, and even weeks. While Black Friday naysayers criticize stores for pushing the opening of the day into Thanksgiving evening, American consumers simply shrug their shoulders, shop, and engage ...

Black Friday in a hardscrabble town

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Black Friday is like any other day in Phillips, Wisconsin. Nestled between the lakes and northwoods birch trees, Phillips is a hardscrabble town of 1,675 souls who by on summer tourism, winter hunting, and a lot of grit -- the kind of people you meet in the songs of Bruce Springsteen ...