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Black Friday comes to Palma

Late night discount shopping, eating and drinking

The creeping, insidious Americanization (sic) of our culture continues this month in Palma as yet another of our transatlantic cousins' customs is adopted, but this time in a good way. The downward
trend headed by fast food burger joints, Halloween, dress down Friday and shopping centers is bucked by the arrival in Palma of Black Friday.

Traditionally seen as the start of the Christmas shopping season, the day after Thanksgiving, the fourth Friday in November, Black Friday is now being used by Palma's shops, bars and restaurants to
revitalise the city centre and kick-start the retail season.

The plan is that city centre shops will remain open until around midnight on Friday 28th November and will be offering discounts of about 30% - the same as the first day of the
traditional summer and winter sales – to attract shoppers. At the same time all the bars and restaurants will be open to provide welcome refreshment to retail therapists calling in for a pit stop.

It's a good plan, and one that gets better because it's going to be repeated the following week when the 10th annual TaPalma tapas route is underway. Scheduled for the 4th to
6th December it's a food fest which features cheap tapas in dozens of bars arranged in various routes around the city and draws thousands of people out to eat. Keep an eye open for the
details of TaPalma a little nearer the time.

What a great idea, I can see it now, me musing over Thai chicken rolls with coriander guacamole, Soller orange cream, sphere of liquid yogurt with cardamom and an air of Moroccan tea and a glass of
red whilst my wife is on an endless circuit of El Corte Ingles' lingerie department. Fantastic, and all thanks to the Yanks!