by Melanie Pagan
As the end of the week approaches, stomachs growl in anticipation of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and other special dishes made exclusively on Thanksgiving. But food and fun with family members aren’t the only things that stir up excitement this holiday weekend.
Black Friday commences at the stroke of midnight and crowds of people race around to score some great deals on presents for loved ones (and, you know, maybe a gift of two for themselves). Our November/December issues of RSW Living, Gulf & Main, Bonita & Estero and Times of the Islands tell readers why Coconut Point and the Edison Mall are great places to shop on the big day.
And although Black Friday is widely recognized as the biggest shopping day of the year, Small Business Saturday is an equally great day to spend time hunting for cheap finds, all while supporting our local businesses.
Here are a few Southwest Florida-based establishments to keep in mind this Saturday:
Bonita/Estero/Naples – Mark Loren Designs (and Fort Myers), Norris Home Furnishings (Fort Myers and Sanibel), and Posh Plum.
Cape Coral/Fort Myers – Jennifer’s, Mirage Boutique, and The Open Door Shoppes.
Sanibel/Captiva – Cedar Chest Fine Jewelry, Eileen Fisher, H2O Outfitters, Island Pursuit, Lily & Co., Sanibel Book Shop, She Sells Sea Shells, Suncatchers’ Dream, and YOLO Water Sports.
Fuel up during your big shopping weekend at one of these tasty local restaurants:
Bonita/Estero/Naples – A Table Apart, Bellini on Fifth Italian Ristorante, Big Hickory Seafood Grille & Marina, Blu Sushi (and Fort Myers),Figs Grille, Ford’s Garage (and Fort Myers), Gordon’s on the River, Figs Grille, Home Thai Sushi Bar, Inca’s Kitchen, Masa, Pinchers (several Lee County locations), Old 41, Survey Café, and Tarpon Bay Restaurant,
Cape Coral/Fort Myers – Cristof’s on McGregor, The Edison, Firestone, Los Cabos Cantina, Prawnbroker, University Grill, and The Veranda.
Fort Myers Beach – Nervous Nellie’s
Sanibel/Captiva – Cantina Captiva, Captiva Pizza, Yogurt & Gift Emporium, Geppetto’s Beach Foodies, The Jacaranda, Island BBQ, Island Cow, Island Pizza, Keylime Bistro, Matzaluna, The Mucky Duck, The Old Captiva House, Pinocchio’s Ice cream, RC Otter’s, The Sandbar, Starfish Grill, Sunshine Seafood Café & Wine Bar, Sweet Melissa’s Café, Timbers, Thistle Lodge, and Traders.
On behalf of the entire TOTI Media family: have a very happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving and holiday weekend.
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