If it’s anything like when I was in high school, there are always plenty of interesting characters at the Oxford Valley Mall. (Once I saw a dude with three-foot mohawk spikes!) And while shopping on Black Friday at the Oxford Valley Mall, Northampton’s Ryan Berk saw a man in army fatigues.
Much like a big Eagles dork can spot a bootleg jersey from across the stadium, Berk — formerly a sergeant in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan — says he noticed several problems with the supposed veteran’s uniform. Berk says the man displayed awards he couldn’t have earned. He told the Bucks County Courier Times he warned a store employee not to give the man a military discount. Then, in the Courier, this great sentence by Jo Ciavaglia:
What inspired him to confront the man, Berk said, was a 20-minute conversation he overheard during which the alleged soldier told a small boy about his military experiences.
Twenty minutes! I feel bad for that kid — he deserves a medal of some sort. Berk filmed the confrontation, and later posted it to YouTube. It since has caught fire.
If you’re taking to Center City to do your Black Friday shopping, you’re going to need a bite (and drink) to recover. Aldine, at 19th and Chestnut, will be open early, at 3 p.m., to accommodate anyone who’s looking for a shopping respite.
But it gets better, George Sabatino’s new restaurant will be offering half off draft beer, $5 house red and white wines, $2 oysters, $3 popcorn, and $5 rabbit rillettes crostini.
Get a drink and have a snack at Aldine. That way, you won’t feel badly about spending a ton of money on food after spending so much all day.
Another day, another slew of Black Friday sale emails. We’ve added a whopping 15 sales to our already jam-packed list of sales and deals on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Go here to seem them all—there are 65 in total!—but be sure to check out our latest additions, particularly the sales at Govberg, Vince, Madewell, Peter Kate and Posh. (Spoiler alert: One of these shops is giving away a free handbag of your choice if you’re the first person to make a purchase on Friday.)
Three Philly Sweat Fitness locations are hosting boozy yoga classes on Friday that are free and open to the public. The classes are at 5:30 p.m. at the following locations: Sweat Queen Village (700 Passyunk Avenue), Sweat South Philly (1509 E. Passyunk Avenue) and Sweat Manayunk (4151 Main Street).
• If you’re in the market for some new fitness gear, pencil in some time to shop this week, as retailers like REI, Nike and Lucy offer deep discounts for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. [POPSUGAR Fitness]
With the booziest days of the year quickly approaching, why not brush up on your speciality cocktail skills? The Market & Shops at Comcast Center will host a free demonstration and tasting event this Tuesday, with some of the best mixologists from the city's hottest bars shaking up their most creative and mouth-watering concoctions. With any luck, you'll learn a thing or two to impress your holiday guests–or at least perfect the drink that will help you make it to 2015. Each attendee of the Mixology Mixer will receive a $5 voucher for use in the market and shops. Tuesday, November 25, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., 21+, The Market & Shops at Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
If you have little ones, this is a must. Arden Theatre Company is reimagining a classic fairytale into a better-than-a-Disney-version play, sure to please the young and old alike. Opening this Wednesday, Beauty and the Beasthas been boldly recreated by Whit McLaughlin, who has directed 13 wildly popular productions for Arden Children's Theatre. For more information and a full schedule, click here. Tickets are available for purchase online. Wednesday, November 26th-Saturday, February 1st, various times, $18-$36, Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd Street.
Longwood Gardens will open its magical Christmas display this Thanksgiving Day, complete with an 18-foot tree, ceilings adorned with glistening snowflakes, thousands of twinkling lights, holiday music, and illuminated fountain shows. A Longwood Christmas features a new theme each year, with this season centered around all things birds. Guests can expect trees filled with nests and faux feathered friends, topiary swans, a peacock room, and much more. Special live musical performances will run throughout the holiday season as well, so be sure to check out the schedule here. Tickets (which vary in price during peak and non-peak times) are available for purchase online. Thursday, November 27th-Sunday, January 11th, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA.
1812 Productions–the theatre company that specializes in hilarity at all times–will reopen its annual hit show, This Is the Week That Is, this Friday. The political comedy pokes fun at the latest news headlines and pop culture sensations, covering everything from the mid-term elections to our obsession with hashtags. The perfect comic relief to ease that #holidayseasonstress. For more information, click here. Tickets are available for purchase online. Friday, November 28th-Wednesday, December 31st, various times, $26-$40, Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Street.
See all that black merchandise? It’s on sale now. | Photo via Joan Shepp.
This week is pretty much the Superbowl week of shopping. We’ve already given you your game plan for Black Friday shopping (we’re adding more sales and events to the list every day, so keep checking back!). But for the shoppers who can’t deal with Friday’s crowds, we have sale salvation in Joan Shepp.