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WNY Benefits From Canadians Spending More Money Here

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- More and more Canadians are crossing the border to take advantage of bargains at Western New York businesses this Black Friday.

According to a study from the Bank of Montreal, up to 25 percent of residents in Ontario said they would shop in America this holiday. Many of those will travel from the Toronto and Niagara areas of Canada into Niagara and Erie Counties.

Friday, 2 On Your Side spoke with many Canadians at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, the Walden Galleria and other local shopping plazas.

Canadians said the savings they find in the U.S. far outweigh their expenses.

And instead of just travelling across the border to shop and head home, more Canadians are staying overnight and even all weekend.

Cheryl Cooper was among a bus load from Toronto that stopped by the outlets.

Niagara Falls Holiday Market Opens

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - The Niagara Holiday Market is finally taking shape now on Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls. Workers were busy on Friday finishing up work on the booths for vendors who will be part of the European style market.

Mark Rivers, who is coordinating the project, says they are trying to offer some unique merchants with boutique type shopping for the Christmas season. Some have come in from California and Vermont. 

The market will be open for the next 36 days into New Year's Day with entertainment ranging from concerts from Aaron Neville, the BPO, and local school choirs to street performers who will lend a festive air. There will also be nightly Christmas tree lightings and an outdoor skating rink for ice skating and pond hockey.

Find out more by checking their website at www.niagaramarket.com.      

Niagara County Scrap Yards Stay Away From Stolen Metals

Niagara Falls, NY - It's an ongoing problem in Niagara County with no immediate end in sight.  The theft of copper from vacant homes and businesses are not only keeping the police busy, but scrap yards throughout the county as well. 

In the past few months, 2 On Your Side has reported on just over a half dozen stories related to the theft of copper in Niagara County alone, and that's not counting the ones we've done in other counties. While many blame the economy, scrap yards tell us they're doing everything they can to protect themselves.

Niagara Metals is one business in particular that buys copper everyday from people they say are not only legitimate sellers, but are also repeat customers.

Jon Marantz, the company's Special Projects Coordinator tells us used copper is worth up to $2.70 per pound. He says a person would have to bring in well over 50-pounds just to make a decent amount of money.

Holiday Market Open For Business in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Niagara Falls opened its first Holiday Market Friday on Old Falls Street. It was designed to resemble that of a European-style Market for shoppers to easily access each booth and to visit vendors.

Coordinator of the project, Mark Rivers, says the Market will hopefully offer both unique merchants and host a boutique-style shopping just in time for the Christmas season. Both local and outside the area merchants arrived, some as far as California, to display and sell their products right here in Niagara Falls.

In addition to shopping, the Holiday Market will offer entertainment ranging from concerts by BPO and local school choirs, to street performers. Nightly Christmas tree lightings will take place, and there is also an outdoor skating rink for both ice skating and pond hockey.

Falls Holiday Market Set To Open Friday

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Niagara Falls is known for it's tourism during the summer months... but what about during the winter months? The Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation has come up with a plan to make tourism last year-round.

For this first time this year, Niagara Falls will be hosting a Holiday Market in true holiday fashion.

President of Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation John Percy spoke with 2 On Your Side on what this will do for the city. "Holiday Market gives us a chance to promote the destination during what is typically a slower period for Niagara Falls, so it helps us extend the season which is typically the summer season here in Niagara Falls," he said.

The market opens Friday November 25 and will remain open for the 37 days of the holidays until January 1, 2012.

Holiday Lights Shine in Hyde Park

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Families can now visit the Holiday Lights of the Niagara Trail. The first lighting took place Wednesday night.

There are 50 displays located throughout Hyde Park in Niagara Falls. There are an additional 10 displays on Pine Avenue, Main Street and the new Holiday Market.

The Holiday Lights of Niagara Trail is free and open to the public every night from 5-10 p.m. through December 31st.

Black Friday: Stock Lists & Doorbusters for 47 Stores

A reminder, we'll have every single big Black Friday Deal online, complete with additional savings and built-in coupons right here beginning at 4am on wgrz.com

Over the past several months, with the help of our friends at CheapCheapCheap.com, I've gathered and verified Black Friday Stock Lists for 47 major retailers. The lists showcase which products will be on sale Black Friday, and the products marked [Early Bird] are limited quantitiy, door-buster items. Please keep in mind that stock of the hottest items will sell-out extremely quickly, may vary by location and stores sometimes make last-minute adjustments.

Enjoy!

- Matt (@MattGranite on Twitter)

Plan your Black Friday shopping now by clicking the store names below and downloading the detailed stock lists.