Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois allows customers to shop with dogs
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Take your fashionable fren inside of 58 stores and bask in the glory that only a full-service canine retail encounter can provide. With comfort stations complete with bags, wipes, and trash receptacles (you *must* clean up any accidents immediately!) conveniently sprinkled throughout the shopping center, we are truly unsure as to why you’d shop anywhere else. Ever.
Tippy-tap on over every third Thursday from 5-7 p.m. for Yappy Hour complete with snacks, or grab a tasty bite on the dog-friendly patio at BRIO Tuscan Grille. Just make sure you’re on your best behavior. Oh, and your pup’s gotta follow some rules too.
Pals need to use non-retractable leashes no longer than 6 feet, be supervised at all times, be up-to-date on licenses and vaccines, and follow each individual store’s policies (look for a pawprint sticker to know your furkid is welcome). And not like your dog ever would, but he’s gotta be sure not to approach any human or doggo shoppers without consent (we know–he’s woke).
For more information, check out Yorktown’s Canine Code of Conduct. (Seriously. Do not mess this up. This is the best thing that has ever happened to us).
Happy shopping, friendos! And for dog’s sake, get that kid an extra pretzel. He deserves it.
Where does your pup like to get his shop on? Woof at us in the comments–we’re all ears!
(Photo by Braedon McLeod)
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This year, there are six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That means a shorter holiday shopping blitz, beginning in earnest on Black Friday.
“It’s been a very interesting November,” says Casey Runyan, managing editor of Brad’s Deals, a discount tracking website. “I’ve never seen this volume of Black Friday-worthy pricing actually coming out early.”
So if that rush is adding to your stress levels, consider this Black Friday shopping guide.
Shoppers should use caution when it comes to some of the Black Friday doorbusters on televisions, Runyan said.
“They’re on sort of outdated technology, and so it may sound like a really good deal, but if you spent a little bit more, you would actually be a lot happier with your purchase,” the Elgin native said.
Her top Black Friday TV deals?
At Best Buy, a 70-inch Samsung 4K Smart TV with high dynamic range, or HDR, is selling for $549.99, or $350 off the previous $899.99 price.
Her other pick is a 65-inch Vizio 4K ultrahigh definition, or UHD, TV for $599.99 at Costco (was $629.97).
In terms of discounts, Black Friday is one of the best times of the year to buy a 4K TV, according to Kristin McGrath, editor and shopping expert at BlackFriday.com. Shoppers can expect $100 off and much more on high-end sets, with Best Buy, Target, Walmart and Amazon featuring the most impressive discounts, McGrath said via email.
“Don’t stop at the price tag. Check the model number and look it up online to be sure you’re not getting a low-quality model or derivative model made just for Black Friday,” McGrath said. “Looking up the model number also tells you if you’re looking at an older TV set the retailer just wants to unload.”
There’s still plenty of hype around the Instant Pot, a pressure cooker and slow cooker in one. Walmart has a standard model for $49.
“With most kitchen appliances, I would say Black Friday is the time to buy,” Runyan said.
In the circulars, retailers also are promoting weighted blankets and at deeper discounts than in 2018.
“Last year, one of the breakout hits was weighted blankets, but the interesting thing was it was sort of a new trend,” Runyan said.
As for kid wish lists, “Baby Shark” merchandise and Scruff-a-Luv electronic pets are among the most popular toys, Runyan said.
Newcomers in the trendy mystery toy genre are Blume Dolls and Poopsie Surprise kits, according to an annual BlackFriday.com list of the hottest holiday toys. But shoppers will find more savings on toys and games that aren’t in such high demand, McGrath said.
Above all else, do your research. Plan what you’re going to buy — when and where — to keep your impulses in check during the Thanksgiving weekend.
Retailers “may be changing up some of the offers day to day,” Runyan said.
“So it’s important to take note, if you’re really wanting to be very aggressive in your Black Friday shopping, to make sure that you know when the different sales are starting. And I recommend using calendar reminders or just making a list.”
McGrath recommends using a price comparison tool such as camelcamelcamel for Amazon to know if you’re actually getting the best deal.
“And stay focused on the sticker price — not the advertised discount,” she said. “A retailer might advertise a dramatic 75% off, but the original price might be a price it has never offered,” she said. “That 75% off might simply be a few bucks off the usual price — or even the same price you might find at an online retailer.”
At the start of the month, Target announced free shipping on online orders through Dec. 21, with no minimum purchase required.
“There’s lots of other retailers that are doing similar things, where they’re either lowering their threshold for free shipping or just having entirely free shipping to encourage people to shop with them,” Runyan said.
But make sure your gifts will arrive for free in time for the holidays, McGrath said, or look into the retailer’s buy-online-pick-up-in-store option.
“Yes, you have to make a trip to the store,” she said. “But the retailer will likely bag up your purchases for you and have it ready for you at a designated pickup kiosk — and you won’t have to pay for expedited shipping if you order last minute.”
Santa’s posing with pets on Mondays through Dec. 16, 2019 at Yorktown Center mall in Lombard.
Photos by Andrew Johnston on the Chicago Tribune website.
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LOMBARD, Ill. (WLS) — Dogs and their owners gathered in a west suburb Sunday to fight cancer in both canines and humans.
The one-mile PuppyUp Walk was held Sunday morning at the dog-friendly Yorktown Center in Lombard.The Puppy Up Foundation facilitates grants to fund comparative oncology, a type of cancer research that looks at similarities of human and canine cancer.
ABC7’s Traffic Reporter Roz Varon, who’s a breast cancer survivor, emceed the event.
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Malls offer consumers everything they could ever want and didn’t know they wanted, all in one convenient place. They’re packed full of restaurants, activities and stores to keep humans entertained for hours, but what about dogs? Customers are likely to spend even more time and money if they don’t have to worry about being home for Fido’s afternoon neck rub and snack. Fortunately, these pet-friendly shopping centers give you plenty of reasons to stay all day and spend your pooch’s hard-earned paw-ket money.
Yorktown Center is a popular dog-friendly shopping mall in Chicago’s western suburbs. Take your canine companion inside 58 stores with a paw print sticker in the window, including Gap and other big chains. There are a number of comfort stations for pets located throughout the shopping center with bags, wipes and garbage cans for clean up. When you’re hungry, dine on the dog-friendly patio at BRIO Tuscan Grille. Every third Thursday of the month from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the canine public is invited to enjoy doggie food samples and crafts at Yorktown’s Yappy Hour. Pet owners can text WOOF to 89881 to get instant pupdates on Yappy Hour activities.
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