Tag Archives: Thanksgiving

airport

Sky Harbor offers incentive to beat holiday traffic

The evening before Thanksgiving is the busiest of the year on Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s roadways, especially for travelers entering from the east.  In an effort to ease roadway congestion, America’s Friendliest Airport® is offering a special incentive for using the 44th Street PHX Sky Train® station for pick-up and drop off.

On November 26, from 2 p.m. – 9 p.m., Airport staff will be outside the 44th Street PHX Sky Train® Station handing out goodies to those using the station to drop off or pick up passengers.  The treats are courtesy of HMSHost and SSP America, Inc., the two operators who manage Sky Harbor’s new restaurants in Terminal 4.

One of the Airport’s best kept secrets, the 44th Street PHX Sky Train® Station offers a quick, five minute ride on the PHX Sky Train® from the station to Terminal 4.  Picking up and dropping off at the 44th Street Station will help travelers avoid traffic tie ups on the busiest night of the year. There is even a cell phone lot where drivers may wait, free of charge, while their loved ones take the PHX Sky Train® from Terminal 4.  Terminal 4 serves 85 percent of Sky Harbor’s passengers on American/US Airways, Air Canada, British Airways, Southwest, Volaris and WestJet.

From the East Valley, drivers have two options to access the Station:
• Take the 202 west to the 44th Street exit and proceed south
• Drive north on State Route 143 to the Washington Street exit, drive west on Washington to 44th Street, then turn south.

Here are some other Thanksgiving travel tips from America’s Friendliest Airport®:

• Arrive at the Airport at least two hours before your flight departs.

• Look through your purse or carry-on bag before you come to the Airport. Visit tsa.gov for information about what can be placed in your carry-on.

• Take advantage of Early Bag Check, a handy service for travelers flying American/US Airways, Southwest or United.  Travelers may check their bags before they arrive at the terminal and avoid the ticket counter lines. The service is available at East Economy Parking, the 44th Street PHX Sky Train Station® and at the Rental Car Center. Early Bag Check is free, though airline bag fees still apply. For additional information, including hours of operation at each location, visit skyharbor.com/earlybagcheck

• Looking for the most convenient parking option?  Reserve your parking in advance at skyharbor.com/prepaidparking to save money on terminal garage parking.  And, for up-to-the-minute parking availability call 602-273-4545 or visit skyharbor.com/FindASpot

• Visit skyharbor.com on your smartphone or tablet to access our mobile website. Check your flight status and find out which shops and restaurants are near your gate.  America’s Friendliest Airport is also America’s Tastiest Airport with a variety of new food options from HMSHost and SSP America.  Options in Terminal 4 include Cowboy Ciao, Four Peaks Brewery, Matt’s Big Breakfast, Chelsea’s Kitchen and much, much more.

• Watch Freeway Signs.  Drivers should watch for freeway signs providing Airport traffic updates and recommending alternate routes.  Drivers are also asked to watch their speed as they enter Sky Harbor and keep an eye out for officers directing traffic. Whether you’re traveling for Thanksgiving or picking up a friend or loved one, give yourself extra time and expect busy roadways. For the latest information on Thanksgiving traffic conditions, follow Phoenix Sky Harbor on Facebook or Twitter @PHXskyharbor.

T. Cook's Interior

Thanksgiving menu offered at T. Cook’s at Royal Palms

This Thanksgiving, leave the cooking to T. Cook’s, the renowned restaurant at Royal Palms Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel, and enjoy two dining opportunities with a buffet or specialty menu from Chef Paul McCabe.

Guests of T. Cook’s have the opportunity to choose from a prix-fixe menu or holiday buffet featuring Carved Free-Range Turkey and other Thanksgiving dishes. Details include…

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu at T. Cook’s

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Available from 10:30am to 8:00pm

Prix-fixe menu with your choice of three courses including Carved Free-Range Turkey, Crispy Duck Confit, Loch Duart Salmon, Bourbon Pecan and Dates dessert and more.
$80 per person, $29 for children ages 6-12 years old, gratis 5 years or younger. Does not include tax or gratuity. Reservations are required.

Thanksgiving Palmera Holiday Buffet
Thursday, November 27, 2014, Available from 11:00am to 4:00pm

Specialty Holiday Buffet with carving stations will include Roasted Beet Salad, Carved Free-Range Turkey, Tahitian Squash Soup, Carved Herb Crusted NY Strip, Organic Apple Galettes and more. $65 per person, $20 for children ages 6-12 years old, gratis 5 years or younger. Does not include tax or gratuity. Reservations are required.

To book a reservation, click here or call 602-808-0766.

rawhide_photo

Rawhide Serves Up Spectacular Thanksgiving Buffet

The chefs at Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse will be cooking up a storm this Thanksgiving holiday in true western style, inviting families and visitors to celebrate the spirit of the season, enjoy the hometown hospitality and indulge in a holiday meal that’s guaranteed to please the palate.

On Thursday, November 27th from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, guests will enjoy an authentic western buffet of traditional holiday favorites that includes a mandarin orange cranberry salad, maple roasted turkey, honey baked ham, rosemary crusted prime rib, cornbread stuffing, garlic roasted mashed potatoes and homemade gravy, candied carrots and pumpkin bisque.  Dessert offerings top the list with pumpkin pie, apple crisp, fudge brownies, seasonal cookies and an ice cream bar.

Prices for Rawhide’s Thanksgiving menu are $18.95 for adults, $9.95 for children 12 and under.* Reservations are encouraged by calling 480-502-5600 or email reso@rawhide.com.  *(Prices do not include tax or gratuity.  An automatic gratuity of 12% will be applied to parties of 8 or more.)
All of Rawhide’s famed sites and attractions will be open on Thanksgiving Day including the zip line, petting zoo, panning for gold, mechanical bull, rock climbing wall, burro and hay wagon rides and the Six Gun Theater.  Rawhide’s specialty shops and boutiques offer a myriad of western themed gifts, leather goods and home decor – offering perfect holiday gifts for friends and family back home.

Salted Caramel Martini, WEB

Thirsty Thursday: Salted Caramel Martini

Happy Thanksgiving, Scottsdale Living readers! I hope you are enjoying this precious time spent with family and friends. This Thirsty Thursday is being brought to you by the friendly faces at Sandbar. So Friday night, when you’ve had too much family togetherness and you need to get away, you can head to one of their three Valley locations to try Sandbar’s new Salted Caramel Martini for $9.

Salted caramel anything has been my thing since last winter when I was first introduced to it, so I cannot wait to mix this drink up for the holidays. If you can’t wait ’til the weekend to try the Salted Caramel Martini at Sandbar, then attempt to make it on your own with the directions below. Share photos of your creation or enjoying this tasty drink this weekend on Instagram at @ScottsdaleLiving and make sure you #ThirstyThursday!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Pinnacle Whipped Vodka

  • 1 oz. Rumchata

  • 3 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps

  • Dash of whipped cream

  • Rim ½ martini glass with caramel

Instructions:

  1. Dip caramel soaked rim in salt

  2. Drizzle caramel in crazy zigzag design on martini glass

  3. Shake and strain drink into martini glass

  4. Dot of whipped cream garnish near edge of glass

Dance Club

Where to Shake Your Tailfeathers Thanksgiving Eve

Did you know Thanksgiving Eve is one of the most popular nights of the year for the bar scene? It makes sense, since everyone is off work and have got nothing to do but eat, watch a parade from their couch and maybe participate in a game of Turkey Day football.

The only question is which bars are going to have the best party this year? Here are three of the best places in Scottsdale to get down before Thanksgiving.

Talk Turkey to Me

The Crudo crew is offering a night of bird-related food and spirits. Beverages will be whipped up by Micah Olson and his guest bartenders, Jason Asher and Clint Spotleson, and will include Wild Turkey Whiskey, Black Grouse Scotch, Aylesbury Duck Vodka and more. The bird talk doesn’t end there. Chef Cullen Campbell will whip up dishes like Pastrami-style chicken wings with Mustard Vin.

Crudo is located at 3603 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, 85018. 602-358-8666. Open 9 p.m. to close.

Twerky” Day

Take note from Miley Cyrus and “twerk” your way to any of the three Sandbar locations for some pre-Thanksgiving celebrating. Sandbar is offering some sweet deals on holiday drinks and food, including $4 Wild Turkey 101’s and $5 cranberry margaritas. Don’t forget to wash down the turkey tacos with $4 pumpkin beer.

Sandbar has three valley locations:  

Sandbar Peoria                     Sandbar Chandler                  Sandbar Desert Ridge
9868 W. Northern Ave.       7200 W. Ray Rd.                      21001 N. Tatum Blvd.
Peoria, AZ 85345                   Chandler, AZ 85226                Phoenix, AZ 85050
623-877-6444                         480-961-1700                          480-585-5900

Party like a Pilgrim

If you’re one of the lucky people who gets to leave the office a little early today, then head over to Hi-Fi Kitchen & Cocktails for its Harvest Hoedown block party that starts at 2 p.m. and doesn’t end until 2 a.m. Ole Smokey Moonshine is sponsoring this event, which will feature moonshine cocktails, happy hour and live music all day and night. Shake a tail feather on the two-story dance floor that will also extend into the street and turn the block into one big pre-Thanksgiving party. You can’t go wrong with $4 Old Smokey cocktails and shots.

Hi Fi Kitchen and Cocktails is located at 4420 N. Saddlebag Trail #110. 480.970.5000.

pie chart

The Dish: Pies, Tarts and More!

For many people (mainly me), dessert is as — if not more — important than the turkey on Thanksgiving. As an avid baker, I’m always trying to come up with new variations while still perfecting the classics.

Now, before we dive into our Pinterest boards searching for exotic twists on holiday pies, lets talk about crust. Crust is one of those classics that requires no alteration. Once you’ve found that perfect combination of flaky and rich you’ll never want to try anything else. With a fool-proof base, the sky’s the limit on what you put in it!

Below are a number of recipes that take classic crusts and fill them with amazing flavors perfect for Thanksgiving. And for the non-pie eaters (again mainly myself), I have a variety of of options that are still perfect for the season.

Here are my three master recipes for crusts that will give you a solid foundation for just about anything you bake. For baking information and slight variations on these recipes and many more, visit williamsonoma.com

Pie

Tart

Graham Cracker Crust

 

Liven up the end of your Thanksgiving feast with some of these interesting dessert ideas, all of which use classic crust recipes:

Bourbon Pecan Pie. Add 1 cup of chocolate chips to make this variation on a Derby Pie.

Tart Tatin. A French classic that will truly impress your Thanksgiving guests.

Pumpkin Plum Tart. If you can’t find plum butter, try apple butter or quince paste.

Hazelnut, Pear and Goat Cheese Tart. A fantastic option for those with less of a sweet tooth. Makes for an excellent cheese platter item as well.

S’more Pie. Put your marshmallow-making skills to the test with this campfire favorite!

Salted Caramel Swirled Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars. Sounds like a mouthful. Tastes like heaven.

Not a pie fan? Have a food restriction or trying to diet through the holidays? Well, there’s no reason why you can’t have dessert too!

Thanksgiving Brownies. These gluten free optional treats have become a tradition in my house.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Squares. Better than Tofurkey!

Panettone Bread Pudding. This Italian Christmas cake is great to use in baking throughout the season. Try making french toast with it for Christmas morning.

Paleo Chocolate Pecan Pie. This pie is so tasty, you won’t believe it’s paleo!

Sugar Free Apple Crisp. A great sugar-free dessert that still feels appropriate for the holiday.

Chai Poached Pears. An elegant light note to end the evening on. Can be made days ahead and reheated before serving.

Autumn Panzanella

The Dish: Autumn Panzanella

Working some greens into your Thanksgiving meal can be a daunting task. The traditional Brussels sprouts and green bean casserole aren’t the most appealing options and a regular salad just doesn’t cut it for the special occasion. Just when your Thanksgiving feast is about to become a carbs only affair, it’s panzanella to the rescue! This fall twist on the Italian summer staple is perfect for your harvest table.

Granted this dish has bread and squash adding to the carb count, but the mountain of arugula it sits upon and the wonderfully delicate dressing that accompanies it make this a light addition to your meal. With both squash and crispy bread representing in this dish, you could even forego the stuffing and candied sweet potatoes if you want!

All the components to this dish can be made in advance and assembled right before serving cutting down on your kitchen frenzy on the day.

Autumn Panzanella

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (2-2 1/4lbs) butternut squash peeled, seeded and cut into 1/4 inch cubes  (about 4 cups)
  • 12 oz. ciabatta, torn into 1½” pieces
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 10 oz. pancetta, cut into 2″ strips
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1½ tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped thyme
  • ½ tbsp. finely chopped rosemary
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 5 cups baby arugula
  • ½ cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • ½ cup dried cranberries

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 450°. Toss squash with 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a shallow baking pan and spread cubes in one layer. Season with salt and pepper. Roast in middle of oven, stirring once halfway through roasting, until squash is tender and pale golden, about 30 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack.
Lower oven to 400°. Toss ciabatta with ¼ cup olive oil, salt and pepper on a baking sheet; spread into an even layer. Bake, stirring occasionally, until golden and crisp, about 12–15 minutes; transfer to a large bowl and let cool.
Heat pancetta in a 12″ skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 20–22 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to bowl with bread; set aside. Add shallots to pan; cook until soft, about 4 minutes; transfer to bowl with bread.Whisk vinegar, lemon juice, thyme, rosemary, honey, salt and pepper in another bowl. While whisking, slowly drizzle in oil until dressing is emulsified.
Add squash, arugula, pine nuts, cranberries, salt and pepper to bowl with bread. Dress the salad and toss to combine.
Click below for a printable ingredient list and instructions
  Autumn Panzanella  Autumn Panzanella instructions
Tips for Preparing, Serving Thanksgiving Dinner

Sapporo's Tips For A Successful Thanksgiving Dinner

Whether you’re heading home for the holidays or you’re hosting your family, Thanksgiving can be a stressful time. A time to be spent with family and friends can quickly turn bad as the pressure is on to make a delicious and memorable meal. Thankfully, there are some tips to help alleviate some of that stress-at least in the kitchen.

At Sapporo, the chefs know a thing or two about the pressures that can exist in the kitchen, especially during the holidays. Create a delightful meal and beautiful experience for your family and friends with minimal time and effort. Wise in the ways of cooking and pleasing guests, here are a few tips and tidbits to help home cooks this holiday season and help get Thanksgiving dinner on the table with ease.

Plan your Thanksgiving menu early

Having your family, friends and neighbors over for the big dinner? You don’t need to be a top chef to make a delicious meal. Thanksgiving should be a time to relax, so don’t spend too much time slaving over the stove. Choose menu items that all guests will love, and prepare ahead of time to help alleviate stress on Turkey Day. Side dishes like soups, mashed potatoes and stuffing can be made and stored in the fridge. You can even get other family members involved, offering a potluck style Thanksgiving dinner and having everyone bring their own dish that day.

Fake it, don’t bake it

Not everyone can bake like Martha Stewart. So, if you don’t like baking or just aren’t good at it, save yourself the time, and don’t do it. Bakeries and grocery stores have all the pies and baked goods you could need for the holidays. Before the big day, stock up on all the traditional favorites and store in the freezer. When it’s time for dessert, serve them on decorative plates to give the illusion you made them. Turn a store-bought dessert into a semi-homemade treat by making your own dessert toppings like whipped cream and caramel sauce.

The quick and easy clean-up

Who wants to spend Thanksgiving evening doing dishes and cleaning the counters? Avoid the Thanksgiving aftermath by taking steps to make for a quick and easy clean-up. Don’t like doing dishes at all? Get out the plastic ware. Once guests are done eating, a simple toss in the trash will have clean up done in no time. Use cooking spray to help prevent food from sticking to the surfaces of your pots and pans. Avoid dishes piling up in the sink by cleaning as you go. In-between courses, load the dishwasher and wipe down counters. You’ll be able to enjoy your evening instead of being left with a mess when it’s over.

Thanksgiving is not only a time to indulge into delicious turkey; it is also a time to serve people around you. With an organized plan and no fuss clean-up, holiday gatherings this year will be fun for everyone — including the cook. By keeping things simple, you will be able to relax and enjoy the holiday with friends and family.

Holidays in the Workplace

Applying, Celebrating Holidays In The Workplace

As we move out of hibernation and into the months of spring, we notice beautiful pops of color in the trees, warmer and longer days, bounty from the garden and the start of an endless amount of holidays to celebrate. There is everything from the first day of spring to Easter, the Fourth of July, Halloween and Thanksgiving left to celebrate this year.

Here at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, the Punctual Plumber, we love holidays and holiday traditions; we’ve even created a few traditions of our own, which have provided several amazing memories for our team and customers. I want to share with you why we celebrate them both national and quirky holidays related to our industry and how you can apply said holidays in your own workplace.

After you choose which holidays fit best within the mission and goals of your company, it’s time to decide not only what your celebrations will include but also who will be included. Activities will vary depending on your target audience, location, time of year, weather, etc. Once the variables are in control, you still have important decisions to make: Are you trying to boost work atmosphere? Increase community involvement? Attract company publicity?

Some of our favorite holidays to celebrate are the sweet ones. Although there is a day set aside to celebrate almost every baked good, we like to celebrate them all at once on National Dessert Day (October 14).  You can also use sweet treats as the theme for other holidays. Last year for National Toilet Day, we had handcrafted, custom cupcakes made. Each chocolate cupcake was topped with a handcrafted, edible porcelain toilet. We then dressed up in a Benjamin Franklin costume and delivered said cupcakes to our work personnel and local news outlets. Almost everyone can appreciate dessert-themed holidays, so find something worth celebrating, relevant to your line of work and have fun with it.

Create interactive events for well-known holidays, like pumpkin carving contests for Halloween or gingerbread house building competitions in the winter. You can put your own twist on these general ideas to represent your company or professional industry. For example, incorporating plumbing supplies in the house building kits or carved pumpkin design.

Remember to celebrate worker appreciation days. It’s easy to get caught up in job responsibilities, making sure you meet end of the month quotas and the bottom line. Make sure you take the time to thank your staff that makes things run smoothly, and thank your customers for being supportive of your business no matter what industry you’re in.

You can celebrate during the national holidays for customers and work personnel or simply choose to recognize individual employee’s birthdays. Taking the time to say thank you and show your appreciation is sure to strengthen and boost office moral.

Don’t be afraid to work outside of the norm. Put a fun spin on things by making a video and posting it to your social networks; highlight a different employee each month. This simple act not only helps us recognize our employees on a job well done but also helps us connect to the community.

Whatever your industry, however big or small your company is, there is a holiday out there just for you. It’s waiting to be celebrated. No matter what holidays fit best for you and your team, have fun and be creative.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday

Black Friday Deals And Cyber Monday Madness

It’s all about Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals this Thanksgiving, but what about deals before Black Friday?

Plenty of retailers, such as Target, Toys ‘R’ Us and Amazon.com, have already kicked off the holiday season with incredibly low prices on high-end items with online-only specials.

Pre-Black Friday Sales

Here are two retailers holding pre-Black Friday sales:

Target

Target has pre-Black Friday deals online and in-store until Wednesday, Nov. 23.

In addition to the great deals, Target is also supplying coupons for the items on sale on its website. Sale items include electronics, toys and household items.

But Black Friday sales are what it’s all about, and Target has a slew of hot items at great prices. In the electronics department, you can find hot buys on the Kindle 3G, a PS3 bundle and a TOMTOM GPS system. Then there are the toys, clothes and household items with door buster prices. And for those deals, you have to wait until Friday.

Toys ‘R’ Us

Toys ‘R’ Us has special deals on Leapfrog books and Leapster learning games, select LEGO games and Radio Flyer Scooters. Additional promotions include, buy one, get one 40 percent off for DS and 3DS video games, and an Olympus 12 mpx digital camera for $69.99, as well as saving up to 50 percent on board games. Customers get free shipping for an order of $49 or more. But hurry, you only have until Nov. 23 to pick up the savings.


Pre-Black Friday Online Retailers

Here are a couple online retailers holding pre-Black Friday sales:

Overstock.com

Overstock.com is overflowing with great pre-Black Friday red line deals. From cameras to televisions, some of these red line items are already sold out. There is also an extra 10 percent savings on select outerwear and boots, and don’t forget to stay cozy with some new winter bedding. Overstock.com also offers some great steals on jewelry and designer frocks.

Amazon.com

Another pre-Black Friday, retailer is Amazon.com. Amazon has started their time-released lightning deals on Monday, Nov. 21, and they will run all week long. Amazon.com did this last year to entice online holiday sales, and this year it’s taken off in force; in less than an hour from its 4 p.m. release time, a Haurex Italy Men’s Red Arrow U.C. Sampdoria Chronograph Tachymeter Rubber Watch that retails for $800, sold out for $99. The same goes for the Blu-Ray Pulp Fiction DVD for $3.99 from its $19.99 list price — and when it’s gone, it’s gone.

Deals are released approximately every hour with only a clue as to what the product might be.


Black Friday Deals

Many, many retailers are boasting great Black Friday deals, but here are a few:

Apple

Apple is known for set prices on its products and accessories, but this Black Friday Mac products will be 10 to 15 percent off. Mac’s will be approximately $101 off the regular price and iPad’s will be $41 – 61 off depending on storage size. The biggest savings will be the base level Macbook Air starting at $898. Apple is also discounting its accessories such as the iPad 2 Smart Cover, the Apple Wireless Keyboard and the Apple Wireless Magic Trackpad.

Macy’s

Macy’s is known for its historic Thanksgiving Day Parade (that airs 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET Thanksgiving Day), but they also have some incredible deals, such as ladies cashmere sweaters for $40 (regular retail value $109), as well as men’s Oscar de la Renta sweaters starting at $30. Men’s and women’s winter boots are up to 50 percent off and select kitchen appliances starting at $9.99.

Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart has some of the best deals on the market, according to its Black Friday sale paper. Select movies regular DVD and Blu-Ray are being advertised for $1.96 – $10.

A selection of Blu-Ray movies under 15 dollars? Only on Black Friday.

Wal-Mart is also attempting to one-up all the other retailers by starting Black Friday sales two hours earlier. While most retailers are starting sales at midnight following Thanksgiving, Wal-Mart is honoring some of their sale prices starting at 10 p.m.

Local Deals

Blissful Yoga Studio

Blissful Yoga, locally owned and operated with locations in Arrowhead, North Phoenix and Scottsdale Quarter, is offering an exclusive, online Black Friday special starting this Friday at midnight.

The special? Sign up for a membership, pay two months and receive two months FREE. This is valued at $270 and is only offered to the first 100-150 memberships. You can cancel after the four months if you wish; no penalties.

For more information about Blissful Yoga, visit blissfulyoga.net.

Phoenix Art Museum

The Phoenix Art Museum is having a Black Friday deal for art lovers. Only on Friday Nov. 25 can you purchase a museum membership for 20 percent off. You can purchase the membership online and enter the code: BLACKFRIDAY or you can visit the museum between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to get this great offer.

For more information about the Phoenix Art Museum, visit phxart.org.

Desert Ridge Marketplace

Desert Ridge Marketplace in Phoenix is also offering tons of coupons from its restaurants on locations and retailers, including Aeropostale, Barnes & Noble, DSW and many more. Although you cannot use these coupons on Black Friday, they are valid through December 31, 2011 — perfect for holiday shopping post-Black Friday.

Browse the list of coupons on Desert Ridge Marketplace’s website.


Cyber Monday

Many of the businesses mentioned above will be holding a Cyber Monday sale. Many of the items won’t be disclosed until the night before. But, you can get the inside scoop if you follow your favorite store on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Here are some Cyber Monday links:

Twitter: Cybermonday_fm
Facebook: Cyber Monday FM


Don’t Forget Small Business Saturday

There are incredible deals out there, but don’t forget to shop small businesses on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26.

Small businesses support the economy and create jobs in your community. Arizona has a plethora of local artisans, jewelers and boutiques. If you can complete even a portion of your holiday shopping at a local business, you’ll be doing something great for your community and yourself.

If you’d like to shop local, calculate your impact and find a local business by visiting shiftarizona.com.

Use Amazon to help you shop this holiday season

Amazon And Twitter Are Resources For Savvy Shoppers This Weekend

There are many Web resources for the frugal shopper, like Groupon, LivingSocial, SocialBuy and BuyWithMe, but there are still ways to save on the Web without printing a coupon.

Amazon

Amazon’s daily Gold Box deals were intensified this week with the addition of Black Friday Week Lightning Deals. Everything from atlases to car seats were available at an immensely discounted price for a short period of time and in limited quantities.

Black Friday deals at Amazon include ridiculously cheap DVDs, diamond earrings and even a Martha Stewart electronic cake cutting system – as if you didn’t already have one of those.

After Thanksgiving’s shop-till-you-drop marathon, Amazon’s Gold Box deals are available every day. You can sign up to receive daily e-mails or texts about the Gold Box deal, or you can follow the deal on Twitter.

Twitter

Twitter is another resource for shoppers this weekend.

If you’re a little behind the game and are still looking for Black Friday deals, try searching #blackfriday. No doubt people will be tweeting about their finds and stores will probably still be tweeting about their promotions.

Search #cybermonday and you’ll find people tweeting about deals. Check out the following Twitter pages for links to some great Cyber Monday deals.


If you still want to save after the holiday weekend, Twitter can still be a great resource.

For example, @RetailMeNot shares coupons for more than 65,000 retailers worldwide. You can also visit the Web site if you’re looking for a specific coupon.

Willing to search through thousands of tweets to find a deal? CheapTweet.com is the right place for you. The site indexes the deals on Twitter and allows you to search for deals by category and store.

If you’d like to learn more about how to use Groupon, read AZNow.Biz’s Groupon article.

Black Friday deals in Arizona

2010 Black Friday Deals

It’s almost Black Friday – get ready for crowded malls, packed parking lots and maybe even a bit of elbowing for that amazing deal.

The malls will be teeming with eager shoppers hungry for a deal, especially since the National Retail Federation predicted a holiday sales increase of 2.3 percent this year. That’s a big bump since last year there was only a .4 percent holiday sales increase.

Most, if not all, major chains are slashing prices in an attempt to boost this year’s retail sales. Some stores are even keeping their Black Friday deals going through the weekend or they’re open Thanksgiving Day.

Apple

Apple’s having Cyber Monday sales on Black Friday. Apple announced at one-day shopping event on Black Friday for the online store only. The announcement says: “You’ll find dozens of great iPad, iPod, and Mac gifts for everyone on your list.”

Macy’s

Open: 4 a.m.
Locations
Preview:

  • All remote-controlled helicopters are 60 percent off.
  • Selected bedding is 60 to 70 percent off.
  • Stock up on selected Christmas ornaments that are 50 percent off.

See the deals

Kohl’s

Open: Shop online Thanksgiving Day until 2 p.m. Stores open at 3 a.m. on Black Friday.
Locations
Preview:

  • Half off selected Fisher-Price, Playskool, Barbie and other children’s toys.
  • Selected fashion jewelry 50 to 60 percent off.
  • Save more than 50 percent on selected cookware sets.

See the deals

Best Buy

Open: 5 a.m. – But, to get these deals tickets will be handed out starting 2 hours prior to open. Tickets are necessary to buy certain products.
Locations
Preview:

  • Save $1,000 on an LG washer and dryer set.
  • Save $25 on several EA Sports Xbox360 and PS3 games.
  • Save $30 on Wii consoles.

See the deals

Target

Open: 4 a.m.
Locations
Preview:

  • Target is being rather tight-lipped about their Black Friday deals. All we know is Target’s having a two-day sale, Nov. 26 and 27, and you can sign up to get an e-mail alert about the Black Friday deals. You can also get alerts for Target’s Cyber Monday deals. But don’t worry if you forget, we’ll remind you again.

See the deals

For those who just can’t wait until Friday, Kmart and Sears are open Thanksgiving Day at 7 a.m. and 6 a.m., respectively.

Kmart

Open: 5 a.m. (Note: “Blue” Friday deals last from 5 – 11 a.m.)
Locations
Preview:

  • Six-foot Christmas tree for $19.99.
  • Billiard or air hockey table with table tennis attachment for $189.99.
  • Kids’ graphic tees for $2.99.

See the deals

Lowe’s

Open: 12:01 a.m. Nov. 25 (Yes, that’s one minute after midnight on Thanksgiving) online. 5 a.m. Nov. 26 in stores.
Locations
Preview:

  • DeWalt cordless drill with case for $99.
  • Frigidaire eight-bottle wine cooler for $49.
  • Skil 10-inch compound miter saw for $59.
  • Deals valid from Nov. 26 – 29.

See the deals

More Black Friday resources:
BFInsider.com | MyBlackFriday.com | 2010BlackFridayAds.com | BlackFriday.org