‘It’s definitely a different vibe’: Pandemic casts pall over in-person shopping on Black Friday | Local Business News

Online sales could enjoy a sharper uptick heading into the holidays. Black Friday is projected to generate $10 billion in online sales, a 39% bump from the year ago period, according to Adobe Analytics, which measures sales at 80 of the top 100 U.S. online retailers. And Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, will remain the largest online shopping day of the year with $12.7 billion in sales, a 35% jump.

Tulsan Drew Yamashita said he typically isn’t enticed by Black Friday bargains. But he and friend Lauren Katz joined a virtual waiting list at Lululemon, an athletic apparel store on Brookside, at about 8:50 a.m.

“We were driving by after the gym, so we stopped in,” he said. “We normally do most of the stuff online, but something is on sale here that we’d like to get.”

Major retailers have been offering discounts for more than a month to mitigate the post-Thanksgiving rush to stores.

Lindsay Rodgers of Tulsa and Brandie Loftis of Cushing began their shopping at 5 a.m. and were spotted at Utica Square several hours later.

“Smaller crowds, less stores open not as early,” Rodgers said, summing up the experience.

Both added they preferred shopping in-person.

“We’ll go home and do the online later,” Rodgers said.

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Damian Chapa Director Casts Asian Beauty Queen Crystal J. Huang in New Film LATIN HITMAN

The film is available on Amazon Prime.

Damian Chapa Director Casts Asian Beauty Queen Crystal J. Huang in New Film LATIN HITMAN

Damian Chapa’s film “Latin Hitman” is based on a true story surrounding the lead character called ‘Ramos Ferarri’ who is discriminated against by the mob in New York for his Latin roots. Ramos is hired to kill a young girl but he refuses. Crystal J Huang ex beauty queen turned actress plays a Chinese detective Haun who helps “Ramos” (Chapa) to escape from New York.

The movie was filmed in Los Angeles in Spring last year. Mr Chapa said “Crystal J Huang did not have a lot of time to prepare as the film was rushed due to Covid scare and filming was completed in less time as planned. She is one of the most professional actresses I’ve ever worked with in a long time, she has a charisma not unlike Faye Dunaway whom I have worked with several times. Ms Huang is intense, controlled, elegant and a team player.”

Crystal J Huang has also appeared in award winning short film “Cupid’s Paradise” directed by Ivy Liao, “Chinese speaking Vampire”, “Dream Lollipops”, “Graduation” among many other film and drama productions. Her performance in “Walk” got her the best leading actress award in Canada Golden Maple Film Festival this year.

Crystal J Huang is a Chinese actress that started her career in San Francisco. She has appeared in numerous award winning plays and movies. Ms Huang had a main role in the award winning drama production of the acclaimed Chinese American film “The Joyluck club.” She is also a Beauty Queen and placed in Lady Oriental Beauty Pageant in 2015.

Damian Chapa the Director of “Latin Hitman” has starred in many Hollywood movies. His most recent film is Woody Allen’s “Rifkin’s Festival”. He stared in “Street Fighter” based on the multimillion dollar video game along side Jean Claude Van Dame and “Under Siege”. He has directed Hollywood legends “Stacy Keach”, “Robert Wagner”, the late “David Carradine.” Luke Scorsese Chapa THE SON of Damian Chapa is collaborating as Director of Photography on the film.

The movie is on Amazon Prime and www.revolutionhollywoodmovies.com now.

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