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Better Business Bureau launches service to protect online shoppers
The Better Business Bureau has partnered with Azigo, a leader in user-centric technologies, to launch a new online search tool designed to help consumers find businesses they can trust when they research and shop online. The BBB's Accredited Business Locator is powered by Azigo's...
May 28, 2010 - 12:00am
March 24, 2010
Editorial - Ten reasons to keep shopping at home
An Alexandria business owner sent us something that he said should be printed every week to remind people about how important it is to shop locally. The information, "Ten Reasons to Shop Local," is originally from Tim Mitchell, included in the Northwest Earth Institute's Choices...
March 24, 2010 - 12:00am
March 12, 2010
Relax, stay awhile
People going to the Viking Plaza Mall may find themselves lingering a bit longer these days. New improvements are encouraging shoppers to stay...
March 12, 2010 - 12:05am
December 11, 2009
Shopping for children's gifts? Try these educational ideas
Editor's note: The following information was provided by the West Central Initiative (WCI) and the Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative. Are you at a loss for what to give that special child in your life? Sure, there's plenty to choose from - we're bombarded with toy gift ideas...
December 11, 2009 - 12:00am
November 29, 2009
BBB advises caution on Cyber Monday; anyone can create a website
After a heavy day of shopping at the malls on Black Friday, consumers will be looking to find some deals on the Internet on what has been called Cyber Monday - the Monday after Thanksgiving. According to Shop.org, 84 percent of retailers will have a Cyber Monday promotion this year,...
November 29, 2009 - 11:52am
November 26, 2009
Stop-N-Shop event helps Relay for Life
The Douglas County Relay for Life will be sponsoring the annual Stop-N-Shop on Thursday, December 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Alexandria Armory. Numerous independent consultants will be available under one roof, offering something for everyone just in time for Christmas shopping. Bring...
November 26, 2009 - 12:00am
Editorial - Black Friday advice: Shop smart, local
Today is "Black Friday" - traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year. It's a day when shoppers can scoop up all kinds of bargains but they can also get burned. Before we get into some shopping tips provided by the Better Business Bureau, here's our best advice for the day:...
November 26, 2009 - 12:00am
September 2, 2009
Editorial - Seven ideas to add to your back-to-school shopping list
With the first day of school less than a week away for most Douglas County students, now is a good time to set some academic goals for the future. Instead of focusing solely on getting good grades - or in some instances, just passing on to the next grade level - parents and their...
September 2, 2009 - 12:00am
August 19, 2009
Tomorrow's mall: Viking Plaza - Management hopes to add entrance, make many improvements
Imagine a shopping mall with a park-like atmosphere - inside and out. Shoppers driving into the mall don't just see a parking lot. There's a...
August 19, 2009 - 12:05am
July 15, 2009
Shop Alexandria? You bet! It has the highest 'pull factor' in the state
When it comes to pulling shoppers into town, Alexandria is tops. In fact, Alexandria has the highest retail sales "pull factor" in the state, according to a recently released report. The "Alexandria and Douglas County Retail Trade Analysis" was compiled by the University of Minnesota...
July 15, 2009 - 12:00am
January 14, 2009
Place your own classified ad
Looking for a quick, convenient way to sell that fish house, computer or variety of other items? The Echo Press has made it easier for its customers to place a classified ad. It now offers customers an option to place and pay for a classified ad online at its Web site, www.echopress.com. "We...
January 14, 2009 - 12:00am
December 1, 2008
Boomers expected to cut back on holiday giving, spending
Blame it on the Grinch - the market Grinch, that is.
December 1, 2008 - 12:00am
November 25, 2008
'Tis the season - to shop
Santa may already be working on his Christmas list and checking it twice, but what about this year's die-hard shoppers? The start of the holiday shopping season - the day after Thanksgiving, which is now better known as Black Friday - is right around the corner and local retailers...
November 25, 2008 - 12:00am