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Black Friday isn’t so Bleak in These Nook Neighborhood Shopping Centers

Written by Cindy Marie Jenkins on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 at 3:05am.

When Nook Sales Experts match a buyer with their dream home, the only thing as important as architectural style is the neighborhood. That’s why we’re bringing you the #NookNeighborhoods series, where every Wednesday you’ll find cool history and culture to make sure you don’t overlook an area that could have the best nook for you.

Black Friday’s origin can be traced back to the 1950s, when the journal Factory Management and Maintenance used the term to describe traffic congestion due to the onslaught of the holiday shopping season. It didn’t catch on as a phenomenon until the mid 1990s; retailer accounts made it clear that the day after Thanksgiving is the day they turn a profit for the first time all year, or get “in the black” versus “in the red.” The description seemed too apt once people started getting mauled and trampled in a rush for the best deals, and Public Relations Specialists across the country have rallied for a new name, one that perhaps holds a more positive connotation to the world. The verbiage doesn’t seem to affect consumers’ feelings on spending money that day though; Black Friday brings over a billion dollars to retailers annually.

With larger retailers pushing the start time earlier and earlier in the morning until some stores actually open on the night of Thanksgiving, we thought you might want to plan ahead. So we dipped into the Nook Neighborhood businesses to highlight some great choices for you!

Orange County

  • I already detailed why Eastside Costa Mesa is a great place to live, and barely scratched the surface on where to shop. For those of you who want the genuine, real deal, high end boutique Black Friday sales, South Coast Plaza has a directory for days. I suggest prioritizing your stores, as many are opening as soon as midnight on the day.

  • The LAB (“Little American Business”) is perfect for finding your friend an artistic and unique gift. Their specials -- with free coffee -- actually start on Saturday, but I’m sure some of the businesses will sneak a deal or two on the floor earlier.

  • I would also check the South Coast Repertory website and social channels for specials on their upcoming shows. Theaters often post a Black Friday deal for their subscribers and giving experiences instead of physical gifts are always a hit.


Los Angeles & Long Beach

  • Speaking of theatrical experiences, keep an eye on Center Theatre Group as well. Rumor has it they offer Black Friday deals to those hit musicals from New York or groundbreaking new plays at the Kirk Douglas.

  • 3rd Street Promenade is the place that all the out-of-towners go. But get yourself a directory and a plan, and you’ll trounce the newbies with time to spare. You won’t only find the high end brands, but also local artisans and tastemakers of interior design.

  • Need something for the Angeleno who has everything? Visit the Sisters of Los Angeles’ city memorabilia and find the perfect city-inspired gift! They have tall candles, baby onesies, rocks glasses and beach totes, duh.


Bay Area

  • Union Square in San Francisco has a ton of fun shops and pretty much anything you could want. Keep an eye on shops like Ethos, San Francisco Luggage Co., Wolford and the Furla brand from Italy.

  • Stanford Shopping Center has all the possible deals, events and perks you could possibly need from a retail paradise. Holiday deals include Versace Wear and See’s Candies.

  • John C. Portman Jr. designed The Ferry Building Marketplace at Market St/Embarcadero, which covers 8 city blocks. Their focus is on local artisans, small regional farmers, and are committed to showcasing the diversity of the Bay.


San Diego

  • Del Mar Village has it all: Fair Trade Decor, Made in Earth with its handcrafted gemstone jewelry, lots of fun beach and surfwear, plus the Del Mar Farmer’s Market when you need that quick snack

  • 40 minutes north of San Diego, Carlsbad Village is run by the non profit Carlsbad Village Association, and they have the stores to match that devotion to their community. This is where you shop for the book lover and visit Farenheit 451, Paperback Book Exchange or Synergy Subscription.

  • Downtown Chula Vista is an outdoor shopping mall with all the signature flagship stores for the holidays. A recent renovation makes this shopping center a must visit for that family back home.


Santa Barbara

  • Paseo Nuevo is the perfect place to hunt down a gift for the very special person in your life. Besides the high end sales boutiques directly in the middle of Santa Barbara, they also have fun pop up shops and playdates for kids.

  • At La Cumbre Plaza , you’ll find really special deals like a new client special at The Bar Method and XCVI outfits over 80% off. Follow along at #TheBestBlackFriday.

  • To ogle over the perfect succulent arrangements or delightful garden scissors, stop at Diani Living. Owner Caroline Diani brings a sophisticated European flair to interior design and home staging.



  • Your first stop must be the Miami Design District, where architecture and fashion align for a creative shopping experience. Galleries, design showcase rooms and public art installations make this a perfect destination to find cultured gifts.

  • The Miami Merchandise Mart is another place to find the highest quality brand names in fashion at wholesale prices. Buyers curate a selection from the best international names, tailored to the tastes of Miami’s tastemakers.

  • The Falls would be a standard mall with some of your favorite flagship stores and dining selections, but its open air layout and water features turn your day of shopping into a truly pleasant experience -- yes, even on Black Friday!

Turn on Search With Style while you shop and drop into one of Nook’s open houses.


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