CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2013 |
When the lights were flipped on, the 90-foot Christmas tree at Fashion Island stood as another enormous sentry in the forest of arbors that sparkle to life during the holidays in shopping centers throughout Southern California. But the white fir, which cost roughly $1,000 a foot, still came up 25 feet short of being the tallest in the region. That's because the title of tallest tree comes at a premium and is covered by a contract so precise that the buyer is guaranteed a 15-foot height advantage over the next loftiest competitor.
November 5, 2013 |
If you're planning a Star of Honolulu dinner cruise in December, better check your calendar. Oahu's popular sailing trip will be closed part of the month. The ship , which has been welcoming guests aboard its sunset sailings for 55 years, will be in dry dock Dec. 11-23. Dinner cruising will resume on Christmas Eve and will also be available on Christmas Day. Whale watching trips return Dec. 26. At 232 feet long, the Star of Honolulu is the largest vessel of its kind in Hawaii.
November 4, 2013 |
Kings of Leon, Vampire Weekend and Queens of the Stone Age top the lineup for the first night of this year's KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas benefit shows scheduled for Dec. 7 and 8 at the Shrine Auditorium. Rounding out the bill are Arctic Monkeys, AFI, Cage the Elephant, Grouplove, Foals and New Politics. As has been the case historically with KROQ shows, the 24th Acoustic Christmas bill is overwhelmingly male dominated, with Hannah Hooper of L.A. indie rock band Grouplove being the only woman slated to perform, at least on the first night as announced.
November 3, 2013 |
Wal-Mart is worried about lousy holiday shopping, so the retail giant is pulling out its Christmas deals one whole month early -- hoping, perhaps, that the longer you are faced with a bargain, the more likely you will be to crumble. This move comes as Black Friday -- that holiday shopping landmark -- is rapidly morphing into Black Thursday. Some retailers aren't waiting for the crack of dawn on the Friday after Thanksgiving or even midnight. J.C. Penney and Macy's will both open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for a 25-hour overnight shopping extravaganza, the Associated Press has reported.
November 1, 2013 |
Most Halloween candy is still sitting uneaten in pillowcases, but retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are already kicking off their Christmas promotions in hopes of surviving harsh holiday conditions this year. Bargain basement deals normally reserved for Black Friday and Cyber Monday are already emerging -- a month earlier than usual -- as stores race to claim a share of what is forecast to be a lukewarm shopping season. Wal-Mart launched a slate of online offers Friday, including 36% savings on a JVC 42-inch LED television and 51% savings on a 10-inch Xelio tablet.
October 31, 2013 |
Researchers at Morgan Stanley have a pretty simple forecast for the coming holiday season: Expect coal. A new report from the financial services firm anticipates the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year to be the slowest and most promotion-heavy since 2008, which was the first holiday season affected by the recession. Same-store sales at retailers, including specialty and department stores, will rise 1.7%, according to the report. Strip out struggling J.C. Penney, which is expected to start offering deep discounts early in the season, and projected sales growth for the fourth quarter slips to 1.6%.