2012 HOLIDAYS

Shop local & save!

Why it really pays to visit downtown stores this holiday season Small-town stores are back. For years they withered while malls, big-box stores, and national chains gobbled up shoppers. But things seem to be turning around for downtown America. Lots of us are looking to eat local, and hand...

Getting it there: Happy holiday shipping

The holidays are usually pretty hectic, and the last thing you need is to stress over shipping your holiday gifts. With millions of packages moving across the country every day, knowing how to pack and when to ship your gifts can save you time and money, taking the hassle out of holiday shipping....

What's new downtown

Small Business Saturday. Now in its third year, Small Business Saturday takes place this year on Nov. 24, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The event is sponsored by American Express, and its aim is to encourage cardholders to shop locally for the holidays. Cardholders can sign up on the Small Bus...

Give the gift of creativity

Looking for some creative gift ideas for the kids on your holiday list? Why not give them gifts that encourage creativity? “Creativity in kids isn’t about being accomplished artists,” said Michelle Atkinson, Vice President, North America Marketing for Energizer. “It...

Gifts from the heart

The holidays have arrived. Let the shopping begin! And so it begins’ the days and days of shopping on end for the perfect gift for each and every person on your list. You’re all gung-ho at first with the best of intentions, but as the days whittle down and you realize you haven’...

Holiday entertainment for the family

You don’t have to leave Lewiston-Auburn to find an array of holiday entertainment offerings suitable for families. Here are a few upcoming events that you won’t want to miss. Just Us Entertainers Christmas Show, December 1 & 2 Just Us is a local choral group that fea...

Guest lists: The magic number

The holiday season is fast approaching, and this year, you’re going all out and hosting your first party ever! You’ll need a date, time and location for the party first and then you can start work on the guest list. Creating a guest list is not always as simple as it sounds. Yo...

Games: Christmas tunes challenge

Turn on the radio any day in December, and chances are you will catch a Christmas tune or two. Some stations, in fact, play nothing but Christmas music throughout the month. We all have our favorite holiday tunes, but how many of us know who penned them? Did you know, for example, that Irving Ber...

Proper etiquette for gift-giving

The rules of etiquette have loosened a bit from centuries past. No longer are people held accountable for the slightest misstep, and sometimes the rule-breakers are revered. However, when it comes to holiday gifting, erring on the side of caution and following proper etiquette can make exchanging...

When it comes to pets as gifts, think gift certificate

We’ve all seen the television commercials showing an adorable little puppy poking its head out of a package under the Christmas tree. Such a picture can melt the heart of the most hardened Scrooge. Perhaps your four-year-old child has been teasing for a puppy and you can just picture...