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November 24, 2017

With the big-box retailers being the focus on Black Friday, people looking to shop for more deals during the biggest shopping weekend of the year can also take advantage of them at local independent stores.

Several businesses in the Twin Counties will participate in the annual Small Business…


Small retailers aim for emotional ties big chains may lack

November 24, 2017

NEW YORK — Some smaller retailers will tug at shoppers’ heartstrings during the holidays, trying to create an emotional experience or connection that a big national chain might not provide.

Store owners are going well beyond the usual holiday decorations and music. Among their plans:…


Stocks mostly slip away from latest record highs

November 23, 2017

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks mostly slipped away from their latest record highs Wednesday as the two former halves of Hewlett-Packard both tumbled, while falling interest rates helped phone companies but hurt banks.

The price of oil jumped on reports OPEC and a group of other countries might extend…


Entrepreneur toasts brew mill

November 21, 2017

Cameron Schulz left a successful, high-paying job in the corporate world in search of another challenge.

Schulz, a graduate of Duke University, spent six years in Columbus, Ohio, working as a senior merchant for well-known upscale clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. Although Schulz said he…