By David F. Rooney
Call it Black Friday or call it Moonlight Madness the last Friday in November proved to be a real boon to local retailers ad hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of shoppers crowded into downtown shops in search of major-league savings.
The spending spree extended to cafes and restaurants, too, as bargain-hunters took a break from the cold to warm up and refuel. Unlike the kind of madness you see in other countries, Revelstoke’s big night was civilized and good-natured as you can see in the following photos:
Call it Black Friday or call it Moonlight Madness, the last Friday in November was a real boon to retailers like Home Hardware. David F. Rooney photo Consumers young and old spent the evening hours hunting for all kinds of things, such as Christmas decorations at the Red Apple. David F. Rooney photo Pharmasave was awash in shoppers. David F. Rooney photo And all those shoppers kept counter staff hopping. David F. Rooney photo Free Spirit Sports was over-run by people looking for bargains on sports wear and gear. David F. Rooney photo And next door at Work and Play over Lawrence Rebalkin worked doubly hard to make the sale. David F. Rooney photo These ladies obviously had a great time shopping at Style Trend. David F. Rooney photo Many members of the fair sex, like Laura Rooney, flocked to Bette’s Underthings and Clothing for, well, some tasteful unmentionables. David F. Rooney photo And if you needed a break from all that shopping you could grab a bite to eat at any of the city’s downtown restaurants, like Frisby Ridge. David F. Rooney photo Or if Indian was what you wanted then Paramjit’s, where owner Goldie Sanghera rules the kitchen, would be the place to go. David F. Rooney photo Gifts large and small pulled in plenty of people to Gifts and Beyond. David F. Rooney photo If you wanted some amazing art, like this hand-carved burl by Rod Aspeslet, then ArtFirst! was a must-stop-and-shop. David F. Rooney photo But shopping was just part of the fun as this camera-happy couple demonstrated. David F. Rooney photo Big Mountain Kitchen & Linen owner Nicole Cherlet prices more goods for sale as shoppers hunt for bargains. David F. Rooney photo Brand-new City Councillor Gary Sulz and his wife Chrissie were among the hundreds of shoppers who braved the cold on Friday night. And what was Gary looking for? Warm winter boots, of course. David F. Rooney photo By the time you’ve had dinner and shopped around a hot coffee or cocoa at The Modern probably seemed like a great idea… David F. Rooney photo … or maybe you’d decide, as Jeff and Eleanor Wilson did, that it was time to buy a little nighttime reading material. David F. Rooney photo