Black Friday!

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It’s the day after Thanksgiving. You’ve watched the parades, cheered for your favorite football team, had great food and had quality time with friends and family.  Now what do you do? Go shopping of course! Black Friday, or the Friday after Thanksgiving, is the “official” kick-off to the Christmas shopping season. An average of 135 million people go shopping on Black Friday spending billions of dollars. Black Friday has been considered the busiest shopping day of the year for many retailers.

The term Black Friday actually was started by policemen in Philadelphia in 1966 to describe the crowd of shoppers that took over Philadelphia’s city center on the day after Thanksgiving. The name wasn’t really adopted by the media and retailers until the 1980’s. In the 1980’s, economists helped revive the term to say that retail stores don’t go “in the black” in profits until the start of the Christmas shopping season. Today, Black Friday is seen as a day to get incredible bargains on electronics, toys and clothing. There are many websites  set up just to let shoppers know the big sales at the stores. In the past 10 years, Cyber Monday has become a popular and busy day to shop. This is for people who didn’t venture out to the stores during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. They can shop for specific deals online.

How does Black Friday tie in with the self-storage industry? Actually, renting a self-storage unit for all of your Black Friday purchases is a great idea. A storage unit is perfect place to “hide” holiday presents from “snooping” family members. Renting a storage unit is a good place to store your holiday decorations such as Christmas trees, ornaments, lights and wreathes throughout the rest of the year.  This way, the items do not clutter up your home.  So, after you have hit the mall or shopped at your favorite shop (Don’t forget to shop locally!), think about reserving a storage unit  to store your purchased items in a safe and secure environment! Stop n Stor  wishes everyone Happy Shopping!

Thanksgiving in Savannah

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Thanksgiving is a time for family, lots of food and football. Even though this is a national holiday, each region of the country does have their own special traditions for their celebrations. Many families start their days watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, while the food preparation starts to get in full swing.  There are professional football games as well as localized and family football games on Thanksgiving. There are two NFL football games that day. The Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys traditionally host games on Thanksgiving. This year the Detroit Lions will take on Superbowl Champions, Green Bay Packers. The later game will be The Dallas Cowboys hosting the Buffalo Bills.

The Savannah area also has its own traditions on Thanksgiving Day and for the entire holiday weekend. The 3rd annual Unity Way Turkey Day Run, sponsored by Southcoast Medical Group , will take place at Daffin Park. The festivities, including a kids run and “diaper dash”, starts off at 8am. All proceeds from the race benefit the United Way of The Coastal Empire.   Savannah kicks off the Holly Days events with the 11th Annual Boat Parade of Lights  on Saturday, November 26, 2011. This event is sponsored by the Savannah Harbor Foundation. Festively decorated boats will cruise the Savannah River followed by fireworks.

The most important tradition of the day is the food! A feast is the central reason for
the holiday. In the past, this holiday was created to celebrate a bountiful harvest. There are the basic food dishes with any Thanksgiving dinner: turkey, stuffing, potatoes and pies. Savannah area families take these traditional dishes and turn them into masterpieces. The area is full of tidal marshes and rivers that provide the region with a bounty of oysters. Oysters have become a stable of the Thanksgiving dinner either as an appetizer, soup or part of a cornbread oyster stuffing. Recipes for oyster dressings have been handed down
for generations. Sweet potato casserole or sweet potato pie are must haves for any Thanksgiving dinner. Savannah’s own, Paula Dean is well-known for her down home cooking. She lists her favorite Thanksgiving family dishes every year.

As we take the time to reflect and give thanks for the past year, don’t forget to think
about those who are not sharing the holiday with their families. This is especially true for military families. Stop n Stor wishes our families, our friends and our customers a wonder Thanksgiving holiday!

Welcome to Port Wentworth!

In past posts, we’ve talked about Stop n Stor locations in Hinesville and Savannah, now it’s time to shed a bit of light on the city of Port Wentworth. Port Wentworth, in Chatham County, is a community of 5300 residents strategically placed near Savannah/Hilton Head
International Airport, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge , the Savannah River and the Georgia Port Authority. Port Wentworth is just minutes away from historic downtown Savannah. Port Wentworth has the distinct pleasure of being the fastest growing city in Chatham County. According to the Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce , Port Wentworth is the gateway to Georgia history, heritage and attractions including shopping, dining, arts & culture, golf, fishing, watersports and hunting. There are many historical places to see in and near Port Wentworth such as Mulberry Grove Plantation  where Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin in 1793.

Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce was created to help businesses grow through
networking events and referrals. The Chamber of Commerce helps to ensure business success and increased exposure in the community. The Chamber sponsors events such as ribbon cutting, ground breaking and grand opening events.  Stop n Stor is a proud member of the Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber also sponsors special events for its members.

The Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce recently hosted the 2nd annual Port Wentworth Chamber Oyster Roast and BBQ at the Lions Club Ballpark. Over 50
representatives of local businesses attended the event which was sponsored by Boyett Insurance and Port Wentworth Lions Club. There was great food, networking and a raffle for a flat screen TV with the proceeds going to the Houston Museum project. Stop n Stor’s very own Alan Dasher attended the event.  You can check out pictures from the event below. Stop n Stor looks forward to future events with the Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce. Check out our ad in the Port Wentworth City Guide. Stop by our Port Wentworth location at 315 GA Hwy 30 today!

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Savannah plays host to the Rock n Roll Marathon

Rock n Roll Marathon Training

Get ready to Rock n Roll in the Marathon this Saturday!

Saturday, November 5, 2011, Savannah will be hosting its first Rock n Roll Marathon. This marathon tour has stops  in cities across the country and across the world! There will be a half marathon (13.1 miles) and a full marathon (26.2 miles) that will wind through the streets of downtown Savannah. The Savannah race is sold out with over 23,000 runners participating in the event. The race starts for both the half and full marathons at 7:30am at Bay and Bull Streets and ends at Forsyth Park. There is going to be quite a few road closures for the event. Parking will be limited downtown because of the out-of-town visitors, so it is important for spectators and runners to plan ahead. Stop n Stor’s  very own, Catherine Cooper will be running in the half marathon.

There is a health expo being held at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center Halls A & B on Thursday, November 3, 2011 and Friday, November 4, 2011 in conjuncture with the marathon. Over 60 exhibitors will be offering free samples and showcasing the latest in running gear, health and nutritional information. The admission to the health expo is free.

To go along with the Rock n Roll theme, there will be more than 40 musical acts performing during the race. Bands will be stationed every mile along the course route with
the main stage being set up at the finish line (or Forsyth Park). The headliner for the concert is Carolina Liar. All concerts are free and open to the public.

This is a great event for the city of Savannah! Most hotel rooms in the city are booked
for the event. Over 30,000 people (runners and spectators) are expected to book
rooms and be in the city for the weekend. This will leave a huge economic
impact on the city. For more information on the race, check out the race’s Facebook
page. For more local information, check out keytosavannah.com. Good Luck in your half marathon, Catherine!