With fall officially underway, it is time to start looking forward to the wonderful activities and events the holiday season has to offer, from strolls through autumn foliage and fall festivals to Halloween and Thanksgiving. Not to mention, the fun activities you could do in Federal Way this winter.
Another highlight of the season for many people is the thrilling frenzy that is Black Friday. This unofficial shopping holiday provides a variety of perks, depending on the person. Some enjoy the experience of hunting for good deals while others appreciate the opportunity to get a jump on their holiday shopping amid hundreds of discounts.
The best part is that Black Friday is an experience shoppers of all ages can enjoy, as you are certain to find more than a few retailers in the Federal Way area that you like and which partake in the holiday.
As you prepare to take on Black Friday shopping this fall, on your own or with a group of friends from your retirement community, here are a few establishments in Federal Way that offer exceptional deals:
The Commons at Federal Way
In many ways, The Commons at Federal Way can give you a rich, rewarding one-stop-shopping experience if you want your fill of all the sales you could desire in a single location. The Commons is the only indoor shopping center in the city, which makes it the perfect environment for older shoppers who want to browse stores for hours without being exposed to cold, wet Washington weather.
With more than 70 restaurants, retailers and service providers, The Commons makes Black Friday shopping easy and convenient, whether you’re looking for apparel, jewelry, toiletries, or presents for your children and grandchildren. In between hitting up Target, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Bath and Body Works, Kay Jewelers, and other shops, you have a variety of options for where to grab a bite to eat.
If you don’t want to drive to The Commons, Village Green provides bus transportation to the shopping center, giving you one less thing to worry about.
SeaTac Village Shopping Center
Situated nearly adjacent to The Commons, the SeaTac Village Shopping Center offers its own selection of stores where you can accomplish additional Black Friday shopping. The outdoor center contains a T.J. Maxx, Trader Joe’s, HomeGoods, Ulta Beauty, Big 5 Sporting Goods, and Maurices. Start your morning with a cup of coffee from Starbucks or a pastry from Ma Boulangerie to get yourself ready for a day of deal-hunting.
Fred Meyer is another shopping center that is well-known for its vast array of Black Friday deals. At the Fred Meyer in Federal Way, located at 33702 21st Ave. SW, you can find apparel, toys, electronics, houseware, and much more. The store is located less than 3 miles from Village Green, so you can get there and back again quickly if you’re only in the mood for a couple hours of shopping.
Fred Meyer also tends to release information ahead of time, online and print, about the Black Friday deals that will be going on, so you can be prepared for your shopping spree and don't get carried away when you're out there. After all, it defeats the purpose of downsizing before you move to a retirement community.
Walmart, located at 34520 16th Ave. S. in Federal Way, is a good option for finding deals all year. However, SuperCenter also participates in the Black Friday ritual. Walmart’s inventory includes a wide variety of beauty products, apparel, electronics, and gift items. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or your loved ones, you will find what you’re looking for at Walmart.
Costco in Federal Way is known for its bulk groceries and household goods, but you can also find clothes, electronics and entertainment items. The one caveat for shopping at Costco, for Black Friday or any other time, is you need a membership. Without a membership, you can still shop it’s online deals, but you will have to pay a surcharge.
Shopping: A Year-Round Activity
Even if you don’t enjoy going out to shop during Black Friday, you will have opportunities to do so throughout the year if you live at Village Green Retirement Village. The retirement community provides transportation twice per week, on Mondays and Fridays, to take residents shopping, although it’s important you reserve your spot to go on the outing. If you have your own car, you can visit the variety of retailers and shopping establishments in close proximity to the retirement community any time you want.