Local Shoppers Hunt For Holiday Bargains On Black Friday

Mason Premo, owner of The Premo Workshop, showcases his products at the Chautauqua Mall on Black Friday. Activity commenced yesterday at 6 a.m. as shoppers made their way to stores to find doorbusters and Black Friday deals — as much as 50 percent off an entire purchase. P-J photo by Jimmy McCarthy

LAKEWOOD — The holiday hustle and bustle is in full swing as shoppers made their way to Chautauqua Mall to find that right gift for a good price.

Mall activity commenced Friday at 6 a.m. as shoppers made their way to stores to find doorbusters and Black Friday deals — as much as 50 percent off an entire purchase. Lines were backed up in stores as shoppers, with hands and shopping carts full, took advantage of those special offers and deals.

The mall was open Thanksgiving Day from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. to give early bird shoppers a head start. JCPenny, Old Navy, Justice and Bon Ton were among the retail stores that opened their doors on the holiday.

Shopping volume held steady throughout Friday morning and picked up moving on into the day as Santa Claus greeted children and their families.

Putting mall goers into the Black Friday shopping spirit, Chautauqua Mall gave away goodie bags and a chance to win a $1,500 shopping spree as part of the Black Friday Fanatic promotion.

“All shoppers had to do was take a picture with their best friend and post it to Instagram or Twitter and tell us why they were a Black Friday Fanatic,” said Cynde Johnson, marketing director for Chautauqua Mall. “We’re making it a fun day for mall shoppers.”

Various small retailers and shops were located throughout the mall for Black Friday. Local owners Mason Premo and Brendan Halbohm were stationed near RadioShack as they showcased their homemade and hand-crafted goods. Premo, originally from California, is the owner of The Premo Workshop in Jamestown, which sells quality American leather goods. Halbohm, who grew up in Bemus Point, is owner of MADE Custom Candles in Jamestown, which produces custom-made woodtop candles. The two began to set up their displays around 5:15 a.m.

“We’re getting busier as the morning goes on,” Premo said. “It’s definitely picking up.”

From belts and straps to holsters, The Premo Shop displayed hand-crafted products for shoppers to buy. Halbohm showcased homemade woodtop candles of various scents.

A Tupperware setup near Kay Jewelers was active throughout the morning. Margie Johnson, director of Tupperware, said they’ve been coming to the mall for Black Friday for a few years.

“It’s been quite busy this morning,” she said.

The mall will hold extended hours throughout the holiday season to give shoppers more time to purchase gifts. For a complete list of extended holiday shopping hours, a store listing, events and happenings, visit chautauquamall.com; Facebook at facebook.com/ChautauquaMall; follow the Chautauqua Mall on Twitter @ChautauquaMall; and on Instagram @ChautauquaMall.

The National Retail Federation states that sales in November and December are expected to increase by 3.6 percent to $655.8 billion this year. The 2015 holiday season saw around $626 billion in U.S. sales, 3 percent more than the previous year.