TAKING A STAND—Bartender Latika Pamplin and Pittsburgh police officer Brenda Tate pose with signs on the Black Beauty Lounge’s windows, warning shoplifters never to come inside. (Photos by J.L. Martello) Within hours of the Hicks family opening their SHOP ‘n SAVE in the Hill District in the 1980s, boosters were selling cartloads of merchandise two blocks away. Add to that the employees “giving away” huge quantities of inventory and the store failed in short order; killing any chance of revitalizing the Hill for 30 years. The term “booster,” said Pittsburgh Police Spokesperson Diane Richard, is a professional shoplifter, as opposed to, say, a teenager taking a pack of gum.
AT LAST—Linda Imani Barett celebrates finally being able to buy groceries in her neighborhood. (Photo by J.L. Martello) by Christian MorrowCourier Staff WriterApparently, waiting 30 years and one day for a new grocery store is too long for some Hill District residents. The day before its scheduled opening, Heldman Plaza SHOP ‘n SAVE operator Jeff Ross went to check on the store and found “shoppers” roaming the aisles.
THE ART OF NAILS—Gerald Stevenson relishes the artwork of Dingbat, a local nail artist. Gerald Stevenson has an eye for fine assets. More than 30 years ago, before he moved to New Jersey and began a career in the antique business, he worked with youth and men dealing with addiction. Populations of people that after time like antiques develop to have significant value. Forty years later offering a wealth of knowledge and charisma, Stevenson, known as one of the best antique dealers in the country, is operating an antique company in his home town; the Pittsburgh Antique Company.
by Alonzo Kittrells (NNPA)—This year is going extremely fast. Some homeowners have already started to put up their Halloween decorations. Merchants, far ahead of themselves, are advertising Thanksgiving food items.
This Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 screen shot taken from a Ticketmaster website shows a seating chart for the Dolphins-Falcons football game on Sept. 22, 2013, on the Ticketmaster website displaying resale tickets in red and unsold tickets in blue. (AP Photo/Ticketmaster) by Ryan NakashimaAP Business Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans of popular artists or sports teams are painfully aware how difficult it is to find good seats to live events at affordable prices. With a new ticket resale system, Ticketmaster is trying to show you what seats are available in one place — both unsold ones and those up for resale — so you can price-shop more easily.
In this July 31, 2013, photo, school uniforms by Izod are displayed at JC Penney in New York. Shoppers, worried about their finances, showed they…
DEBBIE NORRELL The new school year is more than a month away, but back-to-school sales are already in full swing. To get real steals on school and office supplies, shoppers should hit stores during the first days of August. The September 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, features five easy tricks for saving on educational essentials.
CHERYL PEARSON-MCNEIL I have a black belt in retail therapy, so I was thrilled when I first saw Nielsen’s new in-depth report, Brick by Brick: the State of the Shopping Center because it confirms two very important things: our economy is growing stronger because jobs are being created and money is being spent; and as consumers, we are stronger than ever.