Shoppers get early start on Black Friday in Streetsboro

by Mike Lesko | reporter Published:

Streetsboro -- Every year, Alliance's Stephanie Vickers said she visits her friend in Rootstown on Black Friday, then they shop in Streetsboro.

This time, Vickers was looking for electronics, board games and anything related to the Disney Channel for her two daughters. She spotted a Doc McStuffins doll on the shelf and hoped to find the board games HedBanz and Life.

"It's fun shopping for kids," she said. "They love all the board games."

Vickers planned to visit Kmart, Walmart and Target in Streetsboro, then head to Aurora Farms Premium Outlets.

Throughout the major retail stores in Aurora and Streetsboro, shoppers were out in force Thanksgiving evening and the morning of Black Friday.

At the Coach Factory at Aurora Farms, a line of several dozen people stood outside the store, waiting for shoppers to exit so they could enter.

"That line was like that at 6 o'clock [on Thanksgiving] and it's there again [on Black Friday morning]," said a woman as she walked past.

By the late morning on Black Friday at Aurora Farms, vehicles had filled every parking space in the center rectangle, and the parking area in the rear was filling up quickly.

Streetsboro's Sam Dilts was at the Streetsboro Target looking for Pokémon for her boyfriend along with Barbie dolls for her cousins. She started shopping on Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. and continued on Black Friday at 8 a.m.

Aurora's Barb Orosz was at the Streetsboro Target on Black Friday morning, searching for gifts for her two grandchildren, ages 4 and 2, including Lego Duplo blocks. She said the "hot item" is a FurReal Friends' stuffed monkey.

"We can't find it [in a store]," Orosz said. "I'm hoping we'll find it, but I'm not getting my hopes up."

Instead, Orosz' daughter, Streetsboro's Leslie Bolyard, found a FurReal Friends' stuffed cat that purrs.

"My real cat is going to go crazy," she said with a smile.

Bolyard came across a 16-inch girls bicycle for her 4-year-old daughter along with a car DVD player at the Streetsboro Target.

"It's been a successful trip," she said.

North Royalton's Christy Koestner departed her home at 4:30 a.m. on Black Friday to head to Aurora Farms, where she arrived shortly after 5 a.m.

"We always start at Aurora Farms [on Black Friday]," Koestner said. "It's a good area to shop. You can find random good deals. We've done that the last 3-4 years."

At Aurora Farms, Koestner said she likes to go to the Ann Taylor Factory Store and Banana Republic. Later that morning, she headed to the Streetsboro Target store, where she was looking for gifts for her two nephews.

"One of them wants a train and the other wants anything to do with animals," she said. "It's been a productive day."

At the Ann Taylor store at Aurora Farms, Aurora's Joyce Helter searched through a stack of brightly colored women's sweaters late on Black Friday morning, when she began shopping at 7 a.m.

"I love getting an early start," she said. "You've got to take advantage of the sales."

Outside Banana Republic, shoppers stopped to munch on sandwiches provided by vendors in large trucks.

Hudson's Carrie Denges said she did a lot of online shopping Thanksgiving night, then went to Streetsboro's Target store on Black Friday morning.

She referred to a list on Amazon that her sister-in-law created, providing gift ideas for Denges' three young children and her four nephews. The items included Disney planes, Fisher Price Little People, Sofia I toys and a book about the movie "Frozen."

"It's a lot of fun buying things for little children," she said. "I have a lot of little people to shop for."

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