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  1. List of stores open on Thanksgiving or Black Friday


    NEW YORK — After the turkey and stuffing comes the kickoff of the holiday shopping season. And even though most retailers are offering the same deals online, many still plan to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day or in the early morning hours of Black Friday. So if you prefer to pick up those discounted TVs, toys …

    Best Buy employees wait in line outside the store at 1725 North Dale Mabry Highway during a simulation drill as part of training for "Black Friday" in Tampa on Saturday. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  2. As Thanks­giving and Black Friday draw near, Tampa Bay stores are getting ready



    A sea of blue shirts swarmed inside the Best Buy store on Dale Mabry Highway early Saturday morning as more than 90 sales associates, shelf stockers, managers and Geek Squad agents were drilled in preparation for the store's busiest day of the year: Black Friday.

    Best Buy employees wait in line Saturday outside the store on N Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa during a simulation drill. Workers received Black Friday training, which included studying maps of checkout queues and handling situations.
  3. After early Grinch warnings, holiday shopping forecasts gaining confidence


    Early fall predictions of the holiday shopping season were less than stellar, with respected firms like Morgan Stanley warning that the Grinch "could steal Christmas" this year.

    Sandy Kelly of Port Richey, second from left, fights the crowds at Gulf View Square mall in Port Richey with her daughter Laura, center, a few years back, before e-commerce had made the impact on holiday shopping that it has now and people preferred shopping at brick-and-mortar retailers.
  4. How Amazon's long game yielded a retail juggernaut


    To study the graph of Amazon's stock performance in 2015 is to witness a series of stepwise lurches toward commanding new heights. Overall, the stock market has been flat this year, and technology companies, as a group, haven't fared much better.

    A man delivers parcels in New York. In the flood of rapturous reviews from stock analysts over  Amazon's earnings report in October, several noted that Amazon's enormous investments in infrastructure and logistics have begun to pay off. [Angel Franco | New York Times]
  5. Universal Orlando announces new deal for Florida residents


    Florida residents can save on two- and three-day tickets at Universal Orlando available now and good through the next two months, Universal announced Wednesday.

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  6. The Write Stuff: a boutique with retro note cards, wedding invitations


    In a time when most notes are sent via text message and email, Lynn Kelyman keeps the paper tradition alive. The Write Stuff, her South Tampa boutique, has sold stationery and other paper goods for 12 years and though communications are increasingly going digital, her customers count on her now more than ever for an …

    New paper generation. Rifle Paper Co. products such as a journal ($18) and to-do list ($15) are popular with a younger crowd. The company is based in Winter Park.
  7. 5 things to do under $5 Nov. 19-25: Orchestra show for kids, Plant City Pig Jam, Festival of Trees


    1 Best Shredder Contest: In the final installment of the countywide Best Shredder Contest, skateboarders will show off their best street style techniques and tricks at Northwest Skate Park at Jackson Springs Park in Tampa from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, 8612 Jackson Springs Road. Prizes for first, second, and third …

    Skaters will show off their best tricks at Northwest Skate Park in Tampa.
  8. Meat Market steak house, Vineyard Vines to open in Hyde Park Village


    TAMPA — A pair of high-end clothing brands, a luxury home decor store and an upscale steak house are coming soon to Hyde Park Village, parent company WS Development announced Tuesday.

  9. He sells gas — and pumps it for you, too

    Working Life

    Dave Percival still remembers the man who used to work at his hometown gas station in a secluded part of Maine. Every time the family car would pull in for a fill up, this man would jog out from the adjacent store to pump the gas and clean the windshield.

    Dave Percival’s BP station on 4th St. N. in St. Petersburg.
  10. New traffic patterns for drop off and pick up at Tampa International Airport


    Travelers beware — because of new construction, drivers looking to pick up and drop offer passengers at Tampa International Airport's curbside pick up will no longer be able to circle the main terminal.