Reasons to stay in Los Alamos this weekend

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By Katy Korkos

Television ads are encouraging people to set their alarms for 5 a.m. on Friday, to get the best deals at big box stores in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

Los Alamos’ business community has seen the ads, too, and merchants here are extending their hours to accommodate shoppers.

Not to be outdone, Otowi Station will be offering its own “redeye” sale on Friday morning. Otowi Station has scheduled a door-buster special from 6-10 a.m. on Friday. Everything in the store is 25 percent off for those four hours, from maps to science toys, from t-shirts to books.

UPEX is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month with new products, sales, and extended hours beginning in December.

As Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa approach, UPEX will be open from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and will be open on two Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. in December for the convenience of shippers, shoppers and printers. UPEX also will save both time and money with its sale on color copies on sale for just 39 cents between Dec. 1-6. Why waste ink and time printing out holiday letters when you can just make copies?

Check out the gorgeous new layout in Bennett’s fine jewelry and gifts. Melanie Bennett has developed relationships with many Native American artists, who help her to stock the store with silver and turquoise jewelry as well as some fine pots and Kachina figures. Non-native jewelers work with such media as dichroic glass and semi-precious stones to create unique pieces.

Another way to eliminate crowd-fighting is by shopping locally over the Internet. Sit home and order greeting cards while in pajamas. Don Taylor’s Photos is offering a greeting card special. Order 25 cards from personal photos and receive five additional cards at no cost.

Backdrops are all set up At Don Taylor’s and he’s offering a children’s portrait special. Go to www.dontaylors.com to order greeting cards.

Los Alamos Fitness will have a special “Turkey Blast” weight class, led by Katie Alano, at 9:30 a.m. Friday to help people take off the Thanksgiving pounds before they really settle in.

CB Fox has added some extra hours on to their already packed schedule to accommodate local shoppers on weekends, along with offering up lots of free gifts and treasures.

CB Fox will raffle off a fully decorated Christmas tree, on display at CB Fox’s front door on Friday and Saturday.

All proceeds from the raffle will go immediately to LA Cares, to help provide meals for those in need in Los Alamos County. Raffle tickets are just $2 each, or three tickets for $5.

Santa Claus will be on hand every Saturday in December until Christmas, and CB Fox will be open on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. throughout December.

Thanksgiving weekend is an especially good weekend to shop in Los Alamos to support local charitable organizations.

The Locals Care loyalty card program channels a portion of each purchase made at participating merchants back to Los Alamos not-for-profits.

During the Thanksgiving weekend and two additional weekends in December, Los Alamos National Bank will double the points earned by matching the funds from the merchants. 

Shoppers who don’t have a Locals Care card can pick up a community card at the Chamber of Commerce and register it online or over the phone through Los Alamos National Bank.

LANB credit and debit cards can also be designated to Locals Care by calling LANB at 662-5171 or by registering them online at www.localscareLA.com.