Starkville retailers participate in Black Friday Bonanza

Special to Starkville Daily News

The Greater Starkville Development Partnership is kicking off the holiday season with Black Friday Bonanza, a shopping event aimed at drawing retail traffic downtown and to local retailers in Starkville.

The event will take place on Black Friday, Nov. 24. This is the second consecutive year for the event in collaboration with the Egg Bowl being at home. The goal is to capture visitors during the biggest shopping day of the year with an easy shopping experience.

“We have worked with our retailers to create really clear and concise specials and be able to promote that to the public,” said Jennifer Prather, director of tourism for the GSDP.

Local retailers will open as early as 6 a.m. with giveaways, gift cards and special discounts for shoppers this Black Friday.

There is a list of participating businesses in Starkville and their store hours for the event on

“You’re going to get the best deals on most things. It’ll be a great way for people to get their Christmas in advance and of course get some stuff for themselves as well,” said Paige Watson, special events and projects coordinator for GSDP.

Businesses such as Deep South Pout, George Sherman, It’s a Date, Sportscenter, Uptown Rustic, and more will have a range of deals for customers to take advantage of.

Deep South Pout will give free T-shirts to the first 50 customers. George Shuman has half-price game day apparel, and It’s a Date will have 50 percent off bridesmaids, pageant and bridal gowns.

Sportcenter will have 50 percent off Drake Waterfowl and Columbia Sportswear, and Uptown Rustic will have 40 percent off clothes and furniture, as well as a giveaway.

“The more we shop locally with our stores here, the better it is for our economy as a whole,” Prather said. “That money is reinvested back into our community so that more people will want to open businesses here, and we’re able to do more and create a better quality of life for everyone in Starkville.”

Black Friday is known to be a hectic day, but the best advice for local shoppers is to create a game plan to frequent as many stores as possible based on store hours on the website.

“Use your time wisely, but definitely take advantage of the deals. Especially our Starkville retailers,” Watson said.