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  1. Amazon Go grocery store will take out the checkout


    Amazon on Monday revealed that it will open a brick-and-mortar grocery store called Amazon Go, an ambitious bid by the once online-only retailer to gobble up more of Americans' shopping dollars by taking the fight more directly to traditional supermarkets and big-box stores.

    Amazon Go grocery stores allow you to avoid checkout after you check in to a store with your smartphone. [Associated Press]
  2. Four changes shoppers will see as they buy on their phones


    NEW YORK — Shoppers buying on their phones this holiday season will see new ways stores are making it easier and faster as they try to lock in sales before people swipe to the next site.

    Mobile shopping accounted for $4.61 billion in sales from Thanksgiving through Monday, according to Adobe Digital Insights. Some 54 percent of visits to retailers' sites and 36 percent of sales for the five-day period came from phones and tablets. [Associated Press]
  3. Long-awaited cupcake ATM serving up sweetness in Hyde Park


    TAMPA — For more than six months, the new sweet shop in Hyde Park Village was missing a key ingredient: Its signature cupcake ATM.

    A cupcake ATM is ready for buiness after weeks of delay at Sprinkles  in  Hyde Park Village. The machine can hold as many as 540 cupcakes at a cost of $4.55 apiece. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  4. 5 things to do under $5 Dec. 1-7: Streetcar concert, snow play, Train Weekend


    1Streetcar Live: This month's segment of concerts performed live on the TECO Line Streetcar System is an evening of hip-hop with Mike Mass, the New York-born MC and producer, with Demi Nova, Asher and Vern Senior. 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. Trolley fare is $2.50 one way, $5 all …

  5. Unused vacation days? Here are some last minute travel ideas


    We really stink at vacations. • The average American will end this year with at least three unused vacation days — and half of us will have taken no vacation at all. And even when we do go, too many of us are checking our work email while we are supposed to be relaxing. And don't even get us started on how …

    Pack up the car and take a holiday before the end of the year.
  6. With deals offered early, will shoppers buy on Cyber Monday?


    NEW YORK — Cyber Monday may be in danger of losing its online sales title.

    Each year, during the busy holiday shopping weekend that kicks off on Thanksgiving and the Friday after, known as Black Friday, more and more shoppers decide to skip the mayhem in stores and shop online. [Associated Press]
  7. Black Friday's online shoppers beat the Cyber Monday rush


    Holiday shoppers eager to snag big discounts turned to the internet in record fashion this week, one tracking company said, driving online sales on Black Friday to a new high.

    Sloan Dalley, of Pomona, Calif., gets excited as she finds one of the few remaining 55-inch Samsung televisions at a Best Buy  in Costa Mesa on Black Friday. Stores are trying to better cater to savvier shoppers, who are splitting their spending back and forth online and in stores. That was apparent on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, as shoppers were careful about what deals they'd jump at and retailers pushed different ways to connect with customers. [Orange County Register via AP]
  8. Shop local on Small Business Saturday around Tampa Bay


    If waiting in line and shoving through crowds on Black Friday isn't your thing, maybe try Small Business Saturday, a relatively new annual shopping day that falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

    Keep St. Pete Local is an independent business alliance in St. Petersburg that has more than 600 members. Many of the local stores hope to see a bump from Small Business Saturday. Photos courtesy of Keep St. Pete Local
  9. A relatively quiet Black Friday across Tampa Bay


    The days of waiting in line at crazy, early morning hours for a chance to get a flat screen TV at a good price might be largely behind us.

    Brandon Powell, a 29-year-old from Riverview, browses figurines for sale at GameStop inside the Westfield Brandon Mall during Black Friday. Powell said he had already shopped for his big-ticket items the previous day, during Thanksgiving, and was now looking for a specific video game. "Round two, still awake," he said. [ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times]
  10. Proino Breakfast Club, named 'Best of Largo,' has trail of money problems, records show


    LARGO — A restaurant once voted "Best of Largo" and a magnet to the city's aspiring downtown is facing several lawsuits claiming the owner has missed rent payments and left thousands of dollars in debts unpaid.

    Proino Breakfast Club, in the center of the downtown redevelopment area, was voted “Best of Largo’’ in 2015.