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Parmida Home to hold grand opening this weekend

Parmida Home will hold the grand opening this weekend of its new store in The Village at Towne Centre, the open air section of in Spotsylvania Town Centre.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, with music, wine samples, finger foods and a chance to win a number of prizes.

Parmida Home is a furniture store with designer décor and a mix of products including wine and cheese accessories, imported coffees and teas, bath and body collections, kitchen accessories, candles and other gift items.

The Village at Towne Centre store is Texas-based Parmida Home’s nineteenth location.

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Jerry Dumas: Memories of Thanksgivings gone by

Once, not all that long ago, my wife and I invited long-time friends Janice and David Shaw to join us for Thanksgiving dinner. Their son, Tim, lived in Boston and wasn’t going to be able to be with them, so the Shaws were going to be alone.

They lived in a beautiful old farmhouse, white with black shutters, at 510 Valley Road, on the western bank of the Mianus River, where a small bridge carried traffic across into Stamford. David was an artist, a well-known painter and illustrator, and had been a big part of YANK Magazine in Italy during World War II.

They had been to our house quite often, and we to theirs, so I was surprised when he rejected our Thanksgiving offer.

“We never go to anyone’s house on Thanksgiving,” he said.

“But why?”

“Do you go to people’s house on Thanksgiving?”

“No, I’d rather others come here,” I said.

I told him how, early in our marriage, we had driven to Robert Lavine’s house on Long Island. Bob, also a famous painter, was the brother of Gail’s Uncle Hal, married to her Aunt Violet. Hal and Violet lived on 84th Street in Manhattan — a nice brownstone near York Avenue. Hal was a senior editor at Newsweek, and later at Forbes.

Our drive to and from Long Island on Thanksgiving had been lengthy and dreary. We didn’t want to try that again. The next year, Thanksgiving at Hal and Violet’s in New York had been intriguing and informative — it was the first time I had heard Richard Nixon referred to as “Tricky Dick.” We met the writer Elizabeth Janeway and Uncle Hal’s old buddy D’Arcy Champion, who also wrote books. After dinner, I hung around with the two male writers in the den, waiting to hear something interesting. They looked at me, said nothing, then asked me to fix them two scotches, which I went out and did. When I returned with the drinks, they were gone. Gone from the house. I was later informed that they wanted me out of the room so they could make a phone call to somebody’s girlfriend, I never knew whose.

So I said to David Shaw, why no Thanksgiving visits for you?

He said they had been invited once to a close friend and neighbor’s house. They had been let in by a grown son, who sat them down in the living room and said nothing. There was a long, awkward silence. Then they heard shouting in the kitchen, and pots and pans clanging against walls, and more shouting.

After a silence, their host appeared and said, “Would anyone care for a drink?”

Dinner was awkward — halting talk, interspersed with spirited exchanges behind closed kitchen doors involving hissing and flung cookware.

The Shaws departed as soon as they could.

Now, on the phone, I said to David, “That’s why you won’t come to our house on Thanksgiving? You think Gail and I are going to throw pots and pans around the kitchen?”

“You never know,” said David.

Jerry Dumas is a writer and cartoonist whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Smithsonian, The New Yorker and other periodicals. He lives in Greenwich.

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Thanks for Giving: Reaching out to help those in need

The requests are often simple and the response is often overwhelming.

This request from Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach was among the 60 or so received this year for Thanks for Giving: “Anthony is a modest man who works full time and takes care of his wife who has ALS and their 2-year-old daughter. He makes minimum wage, and earns just over the limit to prevent him from getting public assistance. He could use some help with grocery and gas cards. For his daughter, he would like clothing and PJs, size 18-24 months, and any age-appropriate toys. The family likes to spend time watching movies together.”

The requests appeared in the Nov. 14 Journal Star as part of the 29th annual project in which newspaper readers generously help those who are less fortunate.

Here’s the note Matt Talbot outreach special Sara Sunderman sent on Monday: “Anthony’s holiday wishes have been fulfilled beyond his wildest dreams. God bless and happy holidays!”

Anthony’s family seemed like a good choice for a follow-up story, and Sunderman asked on the paper’s behalf if he’d agree to an interview, then sent this response:

“He doesn’t think he is doing anything above and beyond what a man does for his family. So, he has graciously declined to be interviewed.”

She tried again, then wrote: “I tried my best, it would have brought great awareness about this terrible disease. His words, ‘I am a very simple man doing what any man would do for his family.'”

ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a brutal, debilitating, always fatal disease. Some would say taking care of a toddler is a full-time job as well.

Then there was the couple who adopted four siblings this year, expanding their family from three to seven so the four could stay together.

“Mike and Sue … have embraced the changes and challenges that have come along with such a big family, but they’ve had to give up certain luxuries. They would love to be able to treat the kids to dinner out and a movie. They’d also like to be able to take the kids to the Lincoln Zoo and Children’s Museum, so a dual membership for next season would get much use.”

The request was filled and then some, wrote Jame Cartwright of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. “I had such an amazing response … I had five people call to offer the membership to the zoo and museum, (and) I got other things for the family as well. So far, I’ve gotten the membership, $100 gift card to Valentinos, 17 movie passes, a pretend kitchen and accessories and am waiting to hear what someone else is getting the family too!”

Mike and Sue also declined an interview in the interest of protecting their family.

“I know she is overwhelmed with the generosity of others and is so excited to give these kids a Christmas like they’ve never had before,” said Cartwright.

Well done, readers.

Here are the needs yet to be filled. If you can help, call the number listed with the individual request. And remember, some agencies will be closed Friday for the holiday so make a note to call them on Monday.

Family Service

Christine is a survivor of difficult issues of childhood sexual abuse, and she has met a diagnosis of bi-polar head-on. Her youngest son is receiving intensive services, which requires a specialized living setting out of town. The family car needs repairs so she can safely visit and support him. Repair needs include front tie rods, wheel bearings and strut work. Any help toward repairs would be greatly appreciated. Call Sherri at 402-441-7949.

Lancaster County Adult Drug Court

Taylor is struggling and is worried about being able to buy Christmas gifts for her teenagers. Her son, 14, enjoys playing Xbox and skate boarding. He’d also love a pair of DC shoes (size 11), hoodies or skate board clothing, “Rob Dyrdek stuff” and Xbox games and an Xbox live card. Her twin girls, 12, are interested in jewelry, earrings, sweatpants, cute or Miss Me jeans, North Face Roo and North Face black jackets (size 10-12), shoes (size 7), hair stuff and Justin Bieber. Gift cards also would be appreciated. Call Deb at 402-441-7501.

Most of the people involved in the drug court are starting over from rock bottom and any assistance with household items — towels, sheets, bedding, dishes, kitchenware, small appliances like toasters, coffee pots, blenders or gift cards to purchase these items — is greatly appreciated. Call Deb at 402-441-7501.

Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big sister Vanessa stood by her little sister Kellie as Kellie got older and her struggles intensified. Today, she visits her at Boys Town, and could use gas cards to get there. So could other mentors. Contact Dana at 402-464-2227, ext. 203.

Mary is a single mother to Sally, 10. Mary has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease and arthritis. She could use help with monthly bills, food and necessities. Contact Shawn at 402-464-2227, ext. 212.

Maggie has three pre-teens and works hard, but could use some help with food, clothes and necessities — especially with the holidays and cold weather coming. Call Amy at 402-464-2227, ext. 201.

St. Monica’s

The 50 women dealing with substance abuse issues could always use warm winter clothing for themselves and their kids, diapers and yarn, crochet hooks, knitting needles and other craft projects to help with art therapy as part of their treatment. Call Becki at 402-434-2812.

Food Bank of Lincoln

This November, the Food Bank of Lincoln anticipates distributing more than 833,000 meals. If you can help, call 402-466-8170. 

Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department

Anna has two kids and has always worked at least one job. One of her children has a life-threatening syndrome and Anna had to quit her job to take care of him and has no money for Christmas presents. Call Amity at 402-441-4678.

Samantha has been helping her mom, who has cancer, and she and her husband have five kids and need some warm clothes (sizes 5T, 3-4T, 20W, XL shirts, 36-38 pants). They could also use diapers and baby stuff for their newborn girl, plus Enfamil newborn. Call Catalina at 402-441-6706.

Amanda is a single mom whose hours at work have been cut and she is struggling. She would love some toys for kids, 2 and 10, and could use grocery cards. Call Catalina at 402-441-6706.

Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach

Patty is single, lives on a fixed income and rides the bus to her volunteer job. She’d like thermal underwear (size 12) and gloves (medium/large), and gift cards to Russ’s would help. Call Janet at 402-477-4116.

Beth and her son, Sam, 10, who is autistic, are homeless but will soon get a place to call home. They could use bus passes and two single beds, plus winter boots (size 11 boys), and a long winter coat with a hood (women’s M). Call Ann at 402-477-4116. 

Theresa has been working tirelessly while her husband goes through kidney dialysis. They’d love for their boys to have a good Christmas. They need shoes (size 9.5 and 11), jeans (34/34) and winter coats (XL). Call Sara at 402-477-4116.

Latisha is disabled and recently got housing and is in job training. She could use queen-size sheets, bathroom towels or a gift card to Shopko. Call Ann at 402-477-4116.

Cedars Home for Children

Rachel’s dad is in prison and her mom has been in and out of jail. Rachel’s daughter, Dominique, is 1, and could use some developmental toys and a toy to push around. She’d also appreciate any newly released movies on DVD, fun games to play with friends, an MP3 player and cookware. Call Tracy at Cedars, 402-437-8820.

Jasmine was abused by her dad and has no family. She is in her first apartment and going to college. Her son, Chance, 2, would love a ride-on toy, zoo or farm play set and a toddler bed sheet and comforter set. Jasmine could use a microwave, toaster or “kitchen in a box,” and scents from Victoria’s Secret. Call Tracy at 402-437-8820.

Abby and Nolan’s parents are getting a divorce and their dad was recently incarcerated. Abby would like a tunic and leggings or a hoodie and sweatpants, plus pajamas (junior L). Nolan (men’s M) would like a pair of jeans or a Nebraska hoodie and sweatpants. If possible, their mom would like to have a new vacuum, but wants the kids to come first. Call Tracy at 402-437-8820.

Amanda has a son with challenging behavior and a daughter. She could use some help paying bills, a gas card and gifts for the kids — an MP3 player and charger for her son and a snowsuit (2T) with mittens and hat for her daughter, plus children’s DVDs and a winter coat (women’s L) and scarf. Call Tracy at 402-437-8820.


Gloria is working on her recovery from addiction, and overcoming mental illness that has kept her isolated. She is feeling more confident every day, and she needs clothes that can help her feel good about herself — a winter coat (2X) and a gift card to Wal-Mart to shop for clothes. Call Rena at 402-475-5161.

Voices of Hope

Voices of Hope is a crisis center for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Gas cards are a constant need. If you can help, call Patsy at 402-476-2110.

Terri has a 5-year-old boy and works two jobs but struggles without child support. She is worried about cold weather and utility bills. She hates to ask for help, but could use gas cards or help paying utility bills. Call Patsy at 402-476-2110.

Fresh Start

Ellen, 45, went through treatment for mental health and addiction, has been sober for 8 months, volunteers while she looks for a job and is ready to have a place of her own. She’d like hygiene items such as shampoo, body wash and lotion and could use a robe (size 2XL or 3XL) and a shower tote. Call 402-475-7777.

Amanda, 30, escaped domestic violence and has gotten a part-time job and registered for classes at Southeast Community College. She’d like a bus pass, personal hygiene items and calling card to connect with her family. Call 402-475-7777.

Carla is in her own apartment and recently celebrated her two-year anniversary at work but sometimes struggles to make ends meet. She’d appreciate items including cleaning supplies, laundry soap, toilet paper, paper towels or grocery gift card, plus gift cards for Christmas presents for her kids. Call 402-475-7777.

Lincoln Housing Authority

Sarah had a stroke, can’t work and is not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid. She and her husband are making progress on medical bills, but he was in an accident and totaled their vehicle so now they rely on public transportation. Bus passes and grocery gift cards would help. Call Linda at Mahoney Manor, 402-434-5570.

Megan has children ages 15, 12, 11 and 7. She works part-time and goes to school. The family’s vehicle broke down and they are in great need of a dependable used vehicle. Call Susan at 402-434-5528.

Malone Community Center

The Malone Community Center has helped thousands of clients and visitors over the years, and now the table has turned. The center is in desperate need of a new HVAC system and would appreciate any donations toward the $220,000 system. Call Nate Woods at 402-474-1116.

Indian Center Inc.

Layla’s son has returned to her home after spending a couple of years with his grandparents while his mom addressed substance abuse issues. He needs a new sheet set and blankets for a twin bed. It would be cool if they had Native American-inspired prints or designs, but anything nice would do. Call Jacinda at 402-438-5231, ext. 105.

Aging Partners

Iris is living in a shelter and needs winter clothing. A gift card from Wal-Mart would help. Call Joyce at 402-441-7070.

Sally, a 61-year-old RN who had to quit due to health conditions, has no insurance. She likely needs all her teeth extracted and dentures. If you can help, call Jacki at 402-441-7070.

Clinton Elementary School

Valarie moved to Lincoln to provide a safer environment for her daughter only to have her cancer return. She goes to Omaha for treatment and could really use gas cards. Call Clare at 402-436-1132.

Teresa has adopted two of her grandchildren and now has severe medical issues. Christmas will be hard, and she could use some help with clothes for her granddaughter (size 12) and grandson (size 12) or some gift cards. Call Clare at 402-436-1132.

Tabitha Health Care Services

Sam, 78, lives alone on a fixed income and recently canceled his Meals on Wheels, saying the price of his prescription medications increased and he can’t afford the $5.50 cost per meal. If you can donate or volunteer, call Susie at 402-486-8589.

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Sandy victims gather with friends, strangers for subdued Thanksgiving

NEW YORK — The things that Marge Gatti once cherished are lying on what’s left of her deck, spattered in mud, like a yard sale gone awry.

The white fur coat she bought for $80 at an auction. Family videos. A peach-colored glass creamer from England. Books she never got a chance to read.

The stuff is ruined, just like her sodden Staten Island home, which was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy’s flood waters and will be demolished in the coming weeks. Of all things material, Gatti has nothing.

And yet, on Thanksgiving Day, she will be counting her blessings.

“My sons are alive. They were trapped here,” said Gatti, 67, who lived in the beige home down the block from the Atlantic Ocean for 32 years. “I’m thankful that I have all my family. And that my friends are still here, you know? We’re all friends now. There’s no strangers in life anymore.”

It will be a subdued Thanksgiving for families hit hard by the storm as they gather with friends and strangers alike, seeking to celebrate the people and things that were spared when so much was lost. But they will not be left to fend for themselves.

Restaurants are donating meals, strangers and churches are opening their doors, and people from across the nation have sent an outpouring of donations for those unable to roast their own turkey.

New York City and Macy’s have set aside 5,000 bleacher seats along the Thanksgiving Day Parade route for families affected by Superstorm Sandy. Occupy Sandy, the storm-relief offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, will host a Thanksgiving dinner in lower Manhattan.

Jennifer Kaufman of Washington Township, N.J., started a Facebook page called “A Place at the Table” that matches willing Thanksgiving hosts with families who have been displaced by Sandy.

“No one should eat alone on Thanksgiving,” Kaufman said.

In the Belle Harbor section of the Rockaways, Ray Marten is thankful his two teenage children are alive. At the height of the storm, he saw flames from burning homes dancing over the flood waters. The three of them narrowly escaped just before the blaze engulfed their house. A neighbour in a scuba suit materialized out of the darkness and towed Marten’s 13-year-old daughter to safety on a surfboard.

A restaurant in New Jersey is donating a catered Thanksgiving dinner for his family and other displaced relatives at his mother’s overcrowded Brooklyn home, where they are staying. His wife’s sister lost her home in the post-storm fire that destroyed more than 100 houses in the city’s Breezy Point section.

“We won’t be sitting at a dining room table. We’ll be eating off of paper plates,” said his wife, Linda. “But at least we’ll be together.”

The kitchen stove is still caked in mud at the mildewed Staten Island home of Amin and Rachael Alhadad, who have been running a borrowed generator for a few hours every night to keep themselves and their four children warm. In the living room, a dark line marks where the water rose almost to the ceiling. Their furniture consists of a couple of donated wicker chairs and a bench draped with Red Cross blankets and towels.

The Alhadads say they have nowhere else to go, no family or friends to rely on. And they refuse to live in a shelter.

“They keep asking, ‘Are we going to have turkey?’ ” said Rachael Alhadad, indicating her sons, ages 14 and 15, who were playing restlessly on their smartphones. “Nope. We can’t.”

For Marge Gatti, who has blisters on her lips brought on by anxiety, the kindness of strangers has been almost too much to handle. There was the Australian man who raised $35,000 and handed out gift packages on the street from a U-Haul truck. An elderly rich man pulled up in a black Mercedes and peeled off $100 bills for everybody on the block. Dozens of girls cleaned debris off her front lawn.

“The caring was really from here,” she said, putting a hand over her heart.

Her younger son has invited the entire block over for Thanksgiving dinner at his house. But the Gatti family will not be completely reunited for the holiday. Her oldest son, Anthony, has been sleeping in a tent that he pitched among the ruins on the front lawn of the house where he grew up.

“I’m going to stay here and protect what we have left,” he said, his eyes filling with tears. “Which isn’t much. But it’s still ours.”

The Associated Press

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Breville, Black & Decker, KitchenAid Win 10rate Editors Choice Awards in the …

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Cuisinart SS700

A Cuisinart One Cup Coffee Maker

Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) October 29, 2012

10rate editors Brittany Rowland and John E. Moore cut through all the choices out there in the small appliance category to come up with their top choices. According to the Best One Cup Coffee Maker page at they selected their top choices based on the following criteria:

1. Ground coffee, K-Cup, or pod methods

2. Cup sizes offered

3. Time it takes to ready the machine and brew a cup

4. Features like water tank, variable temperatures, and auto shut-off

5. Ease of cleaning and dishwasher safe parts

6. Price

Breville, Bunn, and Keurig all had highly rated one cup coffee makers according to the reviewers. They said, “This is one of the top of the line one cup coffee makers on the list. It has all the options and features you will ever really need when using a K-Cup brewer. You can choose from 5 different cup sizes, different brewing temperatures, the 60oz water tank lets you make up to 10 cups without a refill,” when reviewing the Breville BKG700XL.

Editors also evaluated and selected the Best Food Processors based on the following:

1. Durable stainless steel blades that won’t wear down or become dull

2. Easy to disassemble parts that are safe for the dishwasher

3. A sturdy base that can be easily wiped clean

4. Slicing and shredding discs

5. A wide feed tube that fits large foods easily

According to reviewers KitchenAid and Cuisinart figured prominently in the rankings. When reviewing the KitchenAid food processor, editors noted some of the highlights. “A large, well-designed food processor from KitchenAid, this model can handle any chopping, pureeing, and grinding needs you have; it even kneads and mixes dough. While the vast 12-cup bowl handles the heavy-duty work, there’s an additional 4-cup bowl for smaller tasks like chopping spices.”

Lastly, editors chose the Best Irons with Black Decker, Hamilton Beach, and Osilo all being selected according the the Top 10 list. The Black Decker iron is “a convenient, affordable iron that takes most of the guesswork out of ironing various clothing items, this Black Decker model has a simple, easy-to-grip design ” conducts reviews in various product and services categories and publishes “Expert Top 10 Lists for Everything in your life.” The company’s web site strives to “Make it Easy” to select from the hundreds of choices there are in the product and service market place. All products and services are thoroughly researched by the companies expert editors prior to receiving a rating on a 1-10 scale. In addition to product reviews the companies editors write guidelines, buying guides and articles on various topics surrounding each product or service category covered to help educate the consumer.

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The best Black Friday deals in Toronto and where to find them

With American Thanksgiving nearly here, it’s time to brace for rampant, riot-like shopping. Yes, November 23 is Black Friday, the infamous American sale event when crazed holiday shoppers buy enough merchandise to put retailers “in the black” for the year. In recent years, the idea has migrated north, giving Canadians a chance to cash in on the often ridiculous discounts. Stores frequently try to keep the details of the sales hush-hush until the big day, but we’ve rounded up some of the spots in the city where you should be able to score a sale. Here, the best Black Friday deals in Toronto.

Eaton Centre: The doors open at 6 a.m. and won’t close until 9:30 p.m. Notable sales are taking place at the Apple Store, the Microsoft Holiday Pop-up Store, The Gap (up to 60 per cent off everything), Banana Republic (40 per cent off your entire purchase before noon) and Michael Kors. Willing to wake up before dawn for a deal? Show up early (like, first 100 people early) to snag a $10 gift card at Guest Services on level 2.

Yorkdale Shopping Centre: The newly expanded mall will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Retailers are being tight-lipped on what, if anything, they’re marking down, but some, including Anthropologie and Ann Taylor, are hinting at sales.

The Shops at Don Mills: The Shops at Don Mills are also getting in on the action with sales and extended hours. Anthropologie and Leigh and Harlow will be be opening early, at 7 a.m., and even Coach is participating. Check out the details.

• Vaughan Mills: Want to shop but hate to park? Shuttles to Vaughan Mills will be leaving from Union Station at 7 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Retailers including J.Crew, Aritzia and Holt Renfrew Last Call are offering deep discounts (up to 80 per cent off!), and shopping will run from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Check out the details.

• Sears: Shoppers can stock up on discounted suits and separates, but kitchenware is a better bet. Everything from skillets to espresso machines will be marked down, and if you’re going big, stoves, refrigerators and dishwashers will be bargains, too. Check out the flyer.

• Best Buy: The big-box electronics retailer has drawn crowds in the thousands for its massive Black Friday sales in the States. Show up early, though; Best Buy’s Doorbuster sales–sharply reduced items available in limited quantities–are the real steals.

• Future Shop: The electronics retailer is opting for a Black Weekend sale, but true deal-hunters will show up for the Friday blitz.

• Walmart: With too many discounts to list, we doubt even Walmart knows the extent of its rollbacks (here’s a sample). It’ll be busy and it’ll be cheap.

The Bay: The quintessential Canadian retailer is eschewing the traditional Black Friday sale for single-day flash sales on specific items. Think $118 off Guess down puffer jackets, or nearly half off Lord and Taylor cashmere sweaters.

Urban Outfitters: We get it: You’re reluctant to shell out full price for out-there pieces like a skull cutout tee or Elephant paisley leggings that you might wear once or twice. However, the retailer is offering 50 per cent off already-reduced items, making it easier to pull the trigger on statement-making garments.

Ben Sherman: Ben Sherman is offering up to 50 per cent off menswear and accessories at its location at 734 Queen St. W. Bonus: you can avoid the malls, so shopping shouldn’t be quite so hectic.

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What Time do Big Box Stores in St. Michael, Rogers, Otsego and Elk River Open …

This year, big box stores will open earlier than ever for Black Friday sales, and most will actually start on Thanksgiving Thursday.

Here’s what the stores in the area are doing for the busiest shopping days of the season:

Wal-Mart in Elk River:

Wal-Mart in Elk River will open at 8 p.m. Thursday. But its sale will come in three phases: the first will roll out at 8 p.m., the second at 10 p.m. Thursday, and the last at 5 a.m. Friday.

8 p.m. Thursday: video games, Xbox, Wii, DVDs, children’s toys, bikes, board games, small kitchen appliances, power tools, vaccums, art supplies, music CDS, clothing, small furniture, bedding, towels, ping pong table, air hockey machine, trampolines.

10 p.m. Thursday: electronics, televisions, computers, printers, flat panel DVD players, touchscreen GPS, portable hard drives, phones, cameras, and camera accessories.

5 a.m. Friday: More TVs, smart phones,  guns, hunting gear, watches, children’s clothing,  jewelry, furniture, luggage,  musical instruments, sewing machines, craft supplies, skateboards, bikes,  electric toothbrushes, Christmas trees and holiday décor, electric stove heater, pressure washer,  tool cabinet, tires.

Shop all day on Thanksgiving online.

Target in Otsego and Rogers:

 Target in Otsego and Rogers will open 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Thursday until 11 p.m. Friday. The sale continues Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The weekly ad for Otsego and Rogers show several doorbusters listed, and when the store opens for the sale, there will be additional surprise doorbusters.

Kohls in Rogers:

Doors open midnight Thursday (12 a.m. Friday), and the sale ends 1 p.m. Friday. The ad shows more than 500 early-bird specials.

Everyone gets $15 Koh’s Cash for every $50 spent between Nov. 21 and Nov. 25.

Shop Black Friday online now through Friday at 3 p.m.

Walgreens in St. Michael:

The one-day sale at Walgreens will not be on Black Friday. Instead, it will be on Thanksgiving Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The ad shows items up to 50 percent off, a buy-one-get-one-free sale, and a buy-one-get-two-free sale.

The sale is only valid to Walgreens Balance Rewards customers, which is a rewards card that is free to sign-up for in the store at checkout.

Open Thanksgiving Day for a one-day sale, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

CVS in St. Michael:

CVS will hold a three-day sale, with a few items on sale Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Store hours on those days are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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