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Utah keeps tabs on its missing Cyber Monday tax revenue

In Utah, the best estimates peg the state as losing $120 million to $160 million a year in sales tax from “tax-free” Internet purchases.

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Friday named 'Snowbasin Day' to honor valley's oldest resort

Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell made an official declaration and snow lovers can get discounts through the season for visiting often.

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Shop Local Saturday offers community deals

OGDEN – In the mood for a deal but don’t want to fight the crowds on Black Friday? Shop Local Saturday might be the perfect fit. The idea of Shop Local Saturday was created in 2010 with the idea that local stores would get a lift to counteract all the big-box store deals on Black Friday shopping the day after Thanksgiving. Jenny King-Francl, owner of Rainbow Gardens in the mouth of Ogden Canyon, and Kim Bowsher with the Historic 25th Street Alliance, value the extra foot traffic they get in their stores on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. “It’s always been one of our best shopping days,” King-Francl said. “People hit the big box stores and love to come here on Saturdays for a relaxed and fun shopping atmosphere,” she said. She always plans on great sales that day. Bowsher said many of the stores on Historic 25th Street are looking forward to a busy day. “Historic 25th Street retailers are kicking off the holiday season with extended shopping hours, in-store treats and special offerings. Most stores open at 11 a.m.,” Bowsher said. The shopping will continue through the Santa Run, which starts at 4:30 p.m., and into the evening while other downtown festivities are going on. “It’s nice that it’s got that more family feel, rather than chaotic retail madness,” Bowsher said. Local restaurants are getting on Shop Local Saturday too. Rooster’s, Union Grill and Lucky Slice are offering discounts on gift cards. Those deals will also be available on Black Friday, Bowsher said. Tona will offer gift card discounts on Black Friday only. Debra Peterson, owner of Ailuilia on 25th Street, said she enjoys seeing all the shoppers on Shop Local Saturday. “What I have is a quick in and quick out the door,” Peterson said. People can find what they want and not worry about long lines or not finding just the right thing. Vendors have created a Facebook page, Shop Local, Shop Small, Shop Historic 25th Street, where they are posting deals for Shop Local Saturday and Black Friday. According to a 2014 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, 88 million people nationwide participated in some sort of Shop Local Saturday event. Shoppers are also reminded to shop with small online business owners or those who sell out of their homes. Ogden resident Stephanie Howerton is one who sells her clothing, jewelry and children’s line, “Our Children’s Earth” out of her home and online at her Etsy Shop. “LOCALFIRST is the coupon code in our Etsy shop for 20 percent off your entire order for Buy Local Saturday,” Howerton said. Her etsy address is Visit #Shop small on small business Saturday on Facebook, for links to nationwide small business sales.

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The best places to shop on Black Friday 2015

Start your engines, Black Friday shoppers! To make sure you get the most bang for your buck, know which stores are offering the biggest discounts.  RELATED: What's closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday in Northern Utah According to a WalletHub survey, these are the top ten best retailers for Black Friday deals, in order of average biggest discounts offered: JCPenney 68.0 percent Kohl's 66.7 percent Stage 63.9 percent Groupon 63.7 percent Belk 59.5 percent Macy's 56.0 percent Kmart 50.1 percent Panasonic 47.0 percent Fred Meyer 45.3 percent Office Depot and OfficeMax 42.8 percent Where’s the worst place for Black Friday shopping? WalletHub says it’s Costco, with a measly 19.5 percent discount. And surprisingly, some of the most popular places to shop at on Black Friday didn’t even make the top 10 — with Target only offering a 37.3 percent average discount, and Wal-Mart offering 30.1 percent.  RELATED: What's open and closed on Thanksgiving? Franchises, restaurants Whether you’ll shop at Kohl’s or Target, a National Retail Federation survey reports you’ll be part of an estimated 135.7 million shoppers over the weekend — which is a little bit higher than the 133.7 million who shopped last year.  And how much are you planning on spending? According to the NRF, people spent an average of $380.95 per person Black Friday weekend in 2014.  You should also look out for the items predicted to be the best deals of the weekend — 60- and 65-inch 1080p TVs. ConsumerReports predicts secondary brands will fall to around $500, with some major brands in the $600 to $700 range. Contact digital producer Sonja Carlson at 801-625-4229 or Follow her on Twitter @sonjacSE and like her on Facebook at

Valdez resigns as director of local Catholic Community Services

She was at the post for more than 6 years. She will begin a job as the Davis Applied Technology College in the near future. 

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Legislative prospects for Starbucks and alcohol murky

Legislative sentiment has been not to take any action that helps liquor sales, which makes the Starbucks proposal a tough sell.


Plans for alcohol, wine at Utah Starbucks on hold

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah liquor bosses say they want state lawmakers to rule on whether Starbucks is considered a restaurant before they give the coffee company permission to serve beer and wine at Utah cafes. Starbucks has applied to serve alcohol at five Utah locations but commissioners with the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control declined to vote on the issue at their Tuesday meeting. • RELATED: Starbucks hopes to sell beer and wine in 5 Utah locations Chairman John T. Nielsen says the commission questioned whether Starbucks can be considered a restaurant because its food is heated and served rather than prepared on site. Starbucks already offers beer and wine at 75 stores in 10 states as part of their “Starbucks Evenings” menu. Two representatives for the company at the commission’s meeting declined to comment Tuesday. Messages left with the company’s corporate office were not returned.