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South Coast Plaza opens ‘The Pavilion’ for in-person shopping by appointment in a parking garage

Past an ivy partition, a concierge greets a guest with bottled water.

As staff bustles back and forth asking customers for their names to confirm their appointments, partitions for 14 newly-built suites — each labeled with a different plant, such as camellia, jasmine and peony — are pulled backward to reveal the interior, equipped with a fitting room and minor furnishings for displays.

One guest examines a clothing rack while others wait in chairs for their boutique associate to escort them to their suite.

On Friday, Costa Mesa’s South Coast Plaza officially opened “the Pavilion” in its northern parking structure,

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Off the News: Virtual shopping for those in need

Since March, due to coronavirus-related hardship, demand for food assistance has spiraled. In response, the Hawaii Foodbank, which has a typical annual budget of $400,000, has purchased more than $4.75 million in emergency food. Given that the nonprofit cannot sustain this level of purchasing, its flagship fundraiser holds heightened importance this year.

Slated for Aug. 15, Food Drive Day will be conducted with a virtual shopping cart, allowing donors to select some of the most-needed items. Also, the food bank’s affiliation with Feeding America allows further stretching of dollars, with a donation of $10 helping provide food for 25 meals.

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Back-to-school shopping in 2020: How to save amid uncertainty | Tulsa National News

Back-to-school shopping is an expensive chore in a normal year; this year is anything but normal. But with August upon us, stores are putting out back-to-school displays in anticipation of children needing to learn, whether in the classroom or at home.

Two-fifths (40%) of parents with children in K-12 or college anticipate their children will be attending classes in a hybrid environment (both in-person and remote) in the fall of 2020, according to a new NerdWallet survey conducted online July 16-20 by The Harris Poll among over 600 parents. Planning for multiple scenarios could result in the need for increased

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Big Tech Goes on Shopping Spree, Brushing Off Antitrust Scrutiny


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The biggest U.S. technology companies have gone on a buying spree this year, waving off intense scrutiny from competition watchdogs and critics who say they’ve bolstered their power by snatching up nascent rivals.

The number of acquisitions by the five largest companies — Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc., and Microsoft Corp. — came at the fastest pace through June since 2015, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Tech deals are accelerating even in the face of stepped-up antitrust scrutiny under the Trump administration. Federal

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Black Friday and Thanksgiving shopping 2020: What we know so far


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Black Friday 2020 is shaping up to be a very different kind of shopping experience than any holiday shopping weekend in recent memory. With ongoing inventory issues due to the extended global pandemic — not to mention the need for retailers to maintain a safe environment for customers and employees — it’s likely that there will be no throngs of expectant customers lining up for hours ahead of massive doorbuster sales. But as we head toward fall, it’s possible to piece together a picture of what to expect on Black Friday this year. Here is what we

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