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  1. Shoppers hesitant to splurge for the holidays


    Falling gas prices. Soaring stock market. Unemployment at a six-year low.

    Customers navigate through a Target store in Tampa last Thanksgiving, which opened at 8 p.m. Today, Target will be opening two hours earlier, hoping to lure shoppers away from rivals, many of which have also extended Thanksgiving hours.
  2. Sony to offer partial refunds for gaming console


    WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of people who bought the handheld gaming console PlayStation Vita are in line for a partial refund from Sony because of questionable claims in its advertising.

    The Federal Trade Commission says that Sony’s advertising claims about the handheld gaming console PlayStation Vita were misleading.
  3. Up for some Thanksgiving shopping? Here's what's open and when


    Those looking to get a jump on Black Friday can get their fill at several stores opening on Thanksgiving Day.

  4. Tampa Bay's fresh and craft markets teeming with unique holiday gift ideas


    We're in the thick of this year's fresh and craft market season, when snowbirds descend on Tampa Bay and vendors cluster together in droves to supply them with fresh fruits, veggies, baked goods and hand-made arts, jewelry and decor.

    iamsonotcool sells acorn cap earrings for $18, or two for $30. [LUIS SANTANA | TIMES]
  5. Martin Jewelers keeps ticking after 60 years


    BRANDON — A three-year promise to his father has turned into a lifelong passion for Freddie "Joe" Martin Jr., the oldest of Fred Martin's eight children.

    Freddie Martin, who died in 1969, founded Martin’s Jewelers as a watch repair business out of his Brandon home in 1954. 
  6. 5 things to do under $5 Nov. 27-Dec. 3


    1 Local craft festivals: Black Friday shoppers, take note: Local artisans will be set up at three beach communities this weekend to sell their work in festive, old-fashioned market atmosphere. Take the 100 Artist Show at St. Pete Beach's Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach, where from …

    There will be plenty of pretty things to look at during Saturday’s Madeira Beach Craft Festival.
  7. St. Petersburg's Stash threads the needle of niche yarn market


    All Kristin Lohr wanted was a nice place to knit with like-minded friends. But when her search for such a place in Tampa Bay turned fruitless, it was clear she needed to make her own.

    Knitting the holiday cheer. The star ornament ($16) is knitted and then fired into a kiln by artists at Craftsman House in St. Petersburg so it retains its shape and has some weight to it.
  8. Ranks of super-rich Floridians on the rise

    Personal Finance

    Amid recent reports showing stagnant income growth and nearly half of Floridians struggling to afford basic needs comes this fresh insight into the Sunshine State's financial fortunes:

    The ranks of super-rich Floridians jumped nearly 12 percent last year, adding nearly 500 individuals with net assets of $30 million or more. [iStockphoto]
  9. Surprise jump in Florida consumer confidence

    Personal Finance

    Floridians haven't been this confident about economic conditions in a long time — nearly eight years — based on a monthly University of Florida survey released Tuesday.

  10. Wish granted: Same day delivery for the holidays


    NEW YORK — A procrastinator's holiday wish come true: Presents ordered at the last minute can now show up under the Christmas tree that same day.

    Ricardo Sandoval sorts packages at an Amazon fulfillment center in Phoenix. Amazon has expanded its same-day delivery service.