Kansas City-based Hallmark Cards Inc. scurried on Monday to alert retailers to remove a gift wrap design after a California shopper saw that the design of interlocking lines could be perceived as a swastika.
The Wichita Eagle’s annual Oscar Ballot Contest offers a top prize of $350 worth of gift certificates to the Warren Theatres that are good not only for movie admission but also for anything else the theater sells.
Small retailers say even if the day brings in a handful of additional customers, “it’s a positive.” They said they have seen some benefits in the shop-local movement in recent years, as well as from promotions such as credit card company American Express’ Small Business Saturday, set for Saturday.
Ikea, one of the world’s most sought after retailers, officially opened its doors in Merriam this morning — 20 minutes early to the delight of several hundred customers who had been standing in line in the rain. Some customers had been waiting in line for the planned 9 a.m. opening since Monday morning for the chance to win a free sofa and other giveaways.