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LA MESA -- Thanksgiving is Thursday and, well, you've either already started thawing your bird or you've made reservations.
(There are still some open seats at Centifonti's on La Mesa Boulevard if you're still casting about!).
So the real holiday planning has shifted to Black Friday shopping and the Christmas marathon.
In La Mesa, the two titans of Black Friday competition feature the eclectic merchants of the downtown Village versus the mall meisters of Grossmont Center.
Both have big plans to kick off the holiday season with style -- the Grossmont side amping up a bit as part of their on-going 50th Anniversary celebration.
Grossmont is boasting about new holiday decorations that evoke the '60s era this year and a number of special promotions to mark the anniversary.
The holiday starts off at 5 a.m. at Grossmont Center with an appearance by radio personality Dave Mason who will broadcast live in the Macy's courtyard. Bring a teddy bear to support the Rady Children's Hospital holiday efforts between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and enjoy a free pancake breakfast with Santa.
Just across town, the merchants in downtown La Mesa have already lit and decorated the trees along La Mesa Boulevard, but they are, as a group, pitching to shopper's wallets to boost Black Friday sales.
These businesses are offering various across-the-board sales on Black Friday:
Fashion Kiss 8209 LMBlvd. 20% Off Everything
Readers, Inc. 8219 LMBlvd. 15% Off Everything
Gentlement's Resale 8239 LMBlvd 10% Off Everything
Art & Light Gallery 8277 LMBlvd. 50% Off Paintings 10am-8pm
Act II 8243 & 8321 LMBlvd. 30% Off Everything 8am-1pm 20% Off after 1pm through Sunday
Rainbow Travel 8285 LMBlvd. 5% of Cruise Price given in Shipboard Credit
O'Dunn Fine Art 8325 LMBlvd. 10% Off Plus NO Sales Tax
Maxwell's House of Books 8285 LMBlvd. 20% Off
Handful of Wildflowers 8323 LMBlvd. Ornaments Buy 3 Get 1 FREE $20 Certificate w/$100 purchase
Pret-A-Porter 8043 LMBlvd. Free Gift w/$29 Gift Box purchase. Buy 3 Gift Boxes Spin Wheel of Beauty
Several Village Merchants are also participating in the Saturday American Express Small Business Saturday. Cardholders who have registered for the promotion can receive up to $25 credit when purchasing from small businesses.
Participating merchants include:
Pret-A-Porter 8043 La Mesa Blvd.
Fashion Kiss 8209 La Mesa Blvd.
Readers, Inc. 8219 La Mesa Blvd.
La Mesa Village also boasts a major event on the weekend of Dec. 9th and 10th when the downtown is transformed into a winter wonderland with horse drawn sleigh rides and community fire pits. In many ways, Christmas in the Village is the community's holiday focal point. Pray for no rain -- or snow!