It’s that time of year when trees’ leaves change colors and fall to the ground, the time when families come together and celebrate Thanksgiving. Homes will be filled with the delicious aroma of turkey, stuffing and other holiday favorites on the day of, but it’s become just as much a family tradition to vacate the house to hit the mall the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday is the biggest shopping weekend of the entire year. Around 152 million people plan to shop this day. With all of these people and all the stores to choose from, it’s always key to leave home with a plan. These are the best places for 2012 black Friday shopping deals in Cleveland.

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Half Price Books

21623 Center Ridge Road
Rocky River, Ohio 44116
(440) 331-1661

Half Price Books will open for one of the biggest shopping days of the year with a special surprise for the first 100 customers. Leave with a free tote and a $5 certificate. One special customer will also $100 certificate. Enjoy specials including 15 percent off of orders of $50 or more and discounts throughout the store on select items perfect for the whole family.

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320 Southpark Center
Strongsville, Ohio 44136
(440) 878-1322

Build-a-Bear has been a fast-growing favorite among young children for more than a decade. This year it will offer specials for those looking for the perfect personalized stuffed animal the morning of black Friday. Expect special promos on holiday bears and snowmen. They will also offer a special: two bears for only $5 as well as a special on the Pumpkin Pals.

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Harbor Freight Tools

6272 Pearl Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44130
(440) 886-2170

Harbor Freight offers a three-day black Friday sale for all shoppers here. Its doors will open at 6 a.m. for all Harbor Freight Inside Track Club members and 7 a.m. for all non-members. It costs only $30 a year to become a member, so it may be a good idea to sign up in advance. Take advantage jumper cables starting at only $4.99 and ranging up to about $19.99 because you know you won’t need them until you need them one cold, early morning. Enjoy 50 percent off of select items store wide as well. Customers are asked to remember all items are of limited quantity, so make sure to get there early to snatch up goodies.

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3435 Steelyard Drive
Cleveland, Ohio 44109
(216) 661-5443

Gamestop will most definitely be a stopping point for all gamer lovers this black Friday, from the beginners to expert players. Its biggest attraction is most definitely the PS3 Bundle Deal for $299.99. This bundle will come with the Assassins Creed III game and dual shock wireless controller. In addition this game steal, Gamestop will also be offering up to 50 percent off of other games and consoles.

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Martini Skate and Snow

2122 S. Taylor Road
Cleveland Heights, OH  44118
(216) 371-0155

If you’re looking to play hard this winter and do it without spending a month’s wages on gear, stop by Martini Skate and Snow this black Friday. Enjoy 20% off black Friday and 15% off Saturday on most snow gear. The shop will offer extended hours, so check its website or call in for updates. Get the latest in boards, boots and bindings as well as all of the winter clothing and accessories you’ll need when you hit the slopes this winter at Martini’s in Cleveland Heights.

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