Guest Post: SouthFlorida.com party girl Micaela Hood says skip all the Black Friday early sales. South Florida department stores offer deals and ways to relax for ladies who lunch.
If holiday shopping on Thanksgiving makes you feel like a Grinch, we have a Black Friday plan that will let you sleep in and still score at sales.
Not only are some South Florida department stores opening at a civilized hour, they also are offering ways to relax on the busiest shopping day of the year. Many offer restaurants, bars and spa and beauty services in salons.
"It doesn't have to be a frenzy experience. Go in, shop and then have a nice ladies' lunch," says Ginger Reeder, spokeswoman for Neiman Marcus, which has stores in Fort Laudredale and Boca Raton.
Following is a rundown of stores, hours and Black Friday specials and events.
Bloomingdale's: Shop and then wine and dine at Petrossian Rendez-vous Cafe and Forty Carrots from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Boca Raton, 561-394-2000; 59th and Lex Cafe will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Aventura, 305-792-1000.
Dillard's: Find plenty of the steals at this trendy department from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale, 954-565-5245, and Plantation, 954-370-8182.
H&M: The on-trend stores are offering $5 sweaters and $10 pants and other deals from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., so you can buy something for everyone on your list. 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561-626-9445, and 541 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 855-466-7467.
JC Penney: JCP is holding its "One Big Sale of the Year" from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and giving away 80 million buttons that can be redeemed for a chance to win prizes including vacations, merchandise and gift cards.
Neiman Marcus: Grab a friend, shop from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and then gossip over a glass (or two) of wine at the Little Mermaid Bar at the Galleria in Fort Lauderdale, 954-566-6666. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Boca Raton, get complimentary facials and then head to Mariposa, right, for a snack and a cocktail, 561-417-5151.
Nordstrom: Forget Thanksgiving leftovers and make a reservation at Bistro N. Yummy eats include crab bisque, steak au poivre and crispy chicken frites. Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Town Center at Boca Raton, 561-620-5555.
Saks Fifth Avenue: Open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., this high-end department store will offer specials and complimentary makeovers at Town Center at Boca Raton, 561-393-9100.
Doreen Christensen contributed to this report.