The Medford Outlet mall is a mere fifty-minute drive south of Minneapolis-St. Paul on I-35, just north of Owatonna, Minnesota. It offers over 30 single outlet stores ranging from shoes, clothes, jewelry and a leather goods store, but it also sports famous names as Nike, Gymboree, The Gap, and Harry And David. In 2010, according to General Manager, Sharon Paulson, the center opened two new stores Country Goods and Purses Etc.
Country Goods offers Minnesota down home goods from jams, cider and the world famous Minnesota Wild Rice, but also caters to Garden and Home Décor, wall hangings, tapestry all evolving around country and everything Minnesota.
Purses Etc. offers discounted, chic purses with glitzy cosmopolitan class and other accessories for an average price of around $20.00. Who didn’t know a lady who didn’t want a new purse wrapped under the Christmas tree?
Soon to open for the Holidays is Man’s Alley. A unique artisan shop, which takes rare hub caps and recycles them into beautiful wall clocks and hangings. If you are looking for that unique gift idea for the man, Man’s Alley is the place to shop.
The Medford Outlet offers some unique fun and surprises for the 2010 Holiday season. Opening the Medford Outlet Mall at midnight Black Friday, an offer of a $10 gift card for every $100 spent at an outlet mall store (While supplies last) awaits the Mall Shopper. To claim this gift card, shoppers need to take their receipt totaling the $100 to the Commons Area Next to the Custom Coffee shop, once verified, you will be able to choose the gift card to your shop of choice. Most Outlet Mall Shops will have Holiday Door Busters for those wee hour shoppers.
During your midnight madness shopping, mall goers can relax and enjoy Holiday Wagon rides around the mall with full holiday decorative attire and enjoy festive holiday music. Last year Sharon described the wagon rides as one of the most exciting elements to the ‘Shop Till You Drop’ event. An added bonus, at the Custom Coffee shop a wonderful experience of coffee and a pumpkin roll for free, while supplies last, for all those hungry mall shoppers. ‘They are very popular and tasty, a real favorite’, Sharon described.
During the mid-term holiday shopping season, Sharon explained there is a planned festive pet photo opportunity for people to bring their pets in and receive a free holiday photo of their pet.
Sharon encourages mall goers to get up to the minute details of the exact dates by subscribing to their email blasts from the Medford Outlet Mall. Currently if you email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org, you will be added to their subscription service and details will soon by flying into your email box.
The North Branch Outlets Center is just fifty minutes north on I-35 of Minneapolis-St.Paul and offers over 30 shops for your convenience. Some of the outlet anchor stores are Nike Factory Store, GAP Outlet, Old Navy Outlet, Famous Footwear Outlet, Bath & Body Works Outlet, Carter’s and OshKosh, Kitchen Collection and Zales Jewelry. Two new offerings for stores are the Pizzaz Purses and Such offering chic, glitz and glammer upscale designer knock off purses with an average price of around $25. And if you have a senior member of your family you are searching for a special gift for during this busy holiday season, you need to check out the Bon Worth Store. Bon Worth is a clothier store with a casual dress line for the senior community. Their prices are extremely reasonable and they are known for their $9.99 knit pants line.
Some exciting things going on for the upcoming 2010 Holiday Season, kicking off the shopping frenzy beginning November 1 – 24th, North Branch Outlets is offering 20% Off Coupons at participating stores and a FREE Coupon Book. Along with that they are giving away a free GWP- Plush 14″ Golden Retriever, named Goldwyn (Made by Ty the beanie baby people) for people who purchase $75 worth of merchandise in same day receipts. Stop by the Mall Office located next to Bella Café and Famous Footwear Outlets to collect your 20% Off coupons and FREE Coupon Book before you begin shopping. When you reach $75 in same-day receipts go back to the Mall Office and pick up your GWP (Goldwyn). Just show your receipts and take Goldwyn home with you to place under the tree.
In addition the first 200 customers at the outlet mall on Thanksgiving Day, that arrive at 10:00 PM can collect a FREE $10.00 gift card and FREE coupon book to use at any shop in the center The earlier you shop the more you save. Early Bird discounts start at 10:00 PM and go throughout the entire Thanksgiving Weekend. All this is outlined on their website. Just click on the promotions and coupon page for Early Bird door busters and discounts posted November 15th.
On Saturdays beginning November 27th through December 18th Santa and his Elf will be present from 11 am to 4 pm in the customer lounge for free photos and a free North Branch Cinema Children’s ticket for any movie valid through February 2011. Everyone, including pets are welcome to stop by for a free picture with Santa Claus. For more updates on all the happenings at North Branch Outlet you can get their email blasts by signing up on their website. While you are signing up for their email blasts take advantage of the $5.00 gift certificate for your holiday or anytime shopping by just taking the printed voucher to the outlet mall office to exchange for the gift certificate.
Up northwest of the Twin Cities approximately 50 miles on Interstate 494, is the Albertville Premium Outlet Center. Kristie Zeller the Assistant General Manager had this to say in regards to kicking off the Holiday Season Shopping on the right foot, “The After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale featuring Midnight Madness is the biggest shopping event of the year. Almost all stores (approximately 95%) will open when the clock strikes midnight when Thanksgiving ends. Popular outlets such as Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren are crowd favorites. The amazing holiday savings will continue throughout the weekend with the sale ending on Sunday, November 28.”
New stores that have recently joined the center are Book Warehouse, Christopher & Banks, New York & Company, Tin’s Tailor and Toys “R” Us Express. Calendar Club + Go! Toys & Games will be opening a “pop up” store in November for ease of access to Holiday Shoppers.
For additional savings Albertville shoppers have a VIP club they can join through their website. This year they offer a voucher for a free VIP coupon book and online news blasts of upcoming specials.
To add to the Holiday Cheer, on select Saturdays through the month of December there will be live entertainment including the DeCantus Victorian Carolers on December 5.
Holiday hours, include:
After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale featuring Midnight Madness
Fri, Nov 26: Midnight-10pm
Sat, Nov 27: 8am-10pm
Sun, Nov 28: 9am-8pm
Mon, Nov 29 – Thu, Dec 23:
Mon-Sat: 9am-9pm, Sun: 10am-7pm
Fri, Dec 24: 9am-6pm
Sat, Dec 25: closed
Sun, Dec 26: 9am-8pm
In any direction, Minneapolis-St.Paul has a lot of opportunities to capitalize on for the 2010 Holiday Shopping season at the local outlet centers and the Holiday activities abound.