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Shop – and Eat! – Local During the Holidays

Good morning – and happy Winter Solstice!

Yes, today is the shortest day of the year, and winter officially starts tonight at 9:30 (pacific time).

This is just a quick reminder to those of you who still need to do some holiday shopping – please SHOP LOCAL! You can get everything you need for holiday gifts and entertaining right here in Redwood City. You’ll be helping our local businesses and contributing to the City’s revenues, which of course are used to provide services to the community.

In addition, please see the articles below from the Redwood City Patch, noting some of the businesses and restaurants that will actually be open on Christmas Day.

Thanks, ~ Malcolm

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Redwood City Patch
12/21/11

10 Businesses Still Open on Christmas Day
This Christmas you can grocery shop, rent a video, or grab a bagel, or a latte, because these local stores will be open for Christmas.
Kimberly Ewertz

Century 20 Downtown Redwood City 825 Middlefield Road:
The theater is open 365 days a year.  Christmas day the hours of operation will be slightly altered, opening at 12:00 p.m. and closing at 11:00 p.m.  This is typically one of the busiest days of the year for movie theaters due to the release of the big blockbuster movies during the holiday season.

Safeway (Sequoia Station):
Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  You can still do some last-second grocery shopping, but the pharmacy will be closed.

Starbuck’s (Sequoia Station):
Open 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stay caffeinated as you put the final touches on your holiday feast.

Noah’s Bagels (Sequoia Station):
Open 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

CVS (Sequoia Station):
Open 24 hours, pharmacy open: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Still need to fill your prescription on Christmas day? Get it done at CVS.

Rite Aid 2150 Roosevelt Avenue:
Open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For those emergencies, when little Timmy needs a band-aid, Rite Aid will be waiting for you.

Rite Aid 340 Woodside Plaza:
Open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There are two locations to even more convenience.

Blockbuster Video (Sequoia Station):
Open 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Rent your favorite holiday movie and share it with the family.

Espresso Lane 865 Woodside Road:
Open 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  An express café offering coffees, teas, and all the caffeine you need to get you through the holidays when all you want to do is sleep.

Tacone Flavor Grill 865 Middlefield Road:
Open 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Want some spicy variety to complement your holiday ham? Tacone will still be open!

Don’t want to cook on Christmas Day at all? Stay tuned tomorrow as we list sit-down restaurants that are open.

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Redwood City Patch
12/21/11

Dine Out on Christmas at These Restaurants
Don’t have time or the energy to cook a giant dinner for the family? Stacie Chan

Let’s face it. With all the holiday shopping completed just in the nick of time, who has the energy to cook a five-course meal for their family? People will just scoff at the pre-cooked turkey from Safeway anyway, so why not treat everyone to a dinner out where everyone can order exactly what they want.

Crouching Tiger, 2644 Broadway Street; 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. (650) 298-8881
It’s almost too cliché, but having a delicious Chinese dinner on Christmas at a big round table is almost as good as having a home-cooked meal. They’re open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. so you can still go there for lunch and dinner.

Margaritas, 2098 Broadway Street, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (650) 701-0709
There’s nothing like Mexican food to spice up the cold weather on Christmas Day. Bring your family to this festive restaurant, which is also offering a 60% off coupon at Restaurant.com! With a full bar and extensive menu, you’ll be celebrating Christmas all night, or until 9 p.m.

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