Make it easy at these North Jersey local shops

Fears of supply chain woes causing long wait times for shipping could cause more people to seek an old-fashioned shopping experience in local downtowns this Black Friday.

According to Forbes, the top two trends for Black Friday 2021 are in-store shopping and shopping local

“Given the choice between a mass-produced item or a local product, customers will increasingly buy local. American-made products will also see more sales in 2021,” said the Forbes article.

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Denville, for example, will close its downtown for a “Holiday Shopping Open House on Ice” event from 5:30 to 9 p.m. It will include an outside holiday bar serving “hot toddies” and more.

“I’m calling it the Snowball Lounge,”  Ellen Sandman, executive director of the Downtown Denville Business Improvement District, told the Daily Record. “There’ll be libations, and they’ll be S’mores and hot chocolate for the kids.”