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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘Target’
Posted: February 5th, 2014

caramel - CopyNatural, gluten- and GMO-free candy? With a name like The Lovely Candy Company, you gotta love it. The company makes delicious, caramels, chocolate chews, licorice drops, super fruit chews and fruit chews.

In 2013, Chicago’s Mike and Jackie Nakamura wanted an all-natural candy line, so they made their own. Mike is also the CEO of Bem Wireless in Chicago.

The all-natural line is soy-free and contains no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives — a perfect choice for people with food sensitivities and celiac disease. Flavors include:

  • Lovely Candy Original Chewy Caramels — these were the biggest hit at our office. Everyone loved them.
  • Lovely Candy Chocolate Swirl Caramels
  • Lovely Candy Super Fruit Chews (in Cranberry, Raspberry and Blueberry)
  • Lovely Candy Fruit Chews (in Apple, Cherry and Blackberry)
  • Lovely Candy Organic Cherry Licorice Drops

You can buy the candy at national retailers including Giant Eagle Market District, Target, Hallmark, Home Goods, Fresh Market, Lassen’s, Bristol Farms, Eli Zabar and Metropolitan City Market. Or you can online — click here — buy three bags and get free shipping  for $13.48, a discount on the regular $17.97 price.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: November 12th, 2012

If you are a “Revenge” viewer on ABC-TV’s Sunday night lineup, you had to catch the clever commercials that appeared to be a part of the show last night.

The ads were exclusive and told their own story using “Revenge” stars, thanks to Target and Neiman Marcus — the ad sponsors. Could be a wave of the future in TV advertising.

Here’s the full behind-the-scenes article from Ad Age. Here’s what folks are saying on Twitter.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: September 5th, 2012

In all the houses I tour, I am so impressed with the cool and colorful appliances.

BELLA Dots Collection sent me a heads up on their slow cookers, toasters and coffee makers in red, pink, blue, purple, gray, orange, green, black and pearl white.

And the prices won’t break the bank. The coffee maker is $34.99. The toaster is $24.99 and the  slow cooker is $39.99.

These colorful devils will hit exclusively at Target stores Sept. 9 with pearl white and red in stock, but all the colors are online at Target.com with more retailers adding the hot colors.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Timesand House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.


Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: April 20th, 2010

Tuesdays are “I Tried It Tuesdays” where I’ll tell you about something I recently tried — an item, a movie, an activity, etc.

Today’s Topic: www.Target.com

What I tried: Combining free shipping with online discounts at Target.com to score a great deal on a storage ottoman I’d had my eye for months.

Why I tried it: I was complaining to a friend that I didn’t want to spend my only free evening of this week at Target, but that the ottoman I wanted was on sale. I sent her a link to the ottoman on line and…my eagle-eye friend noticed that it said “free shipping.”  She also noticed that it said “15% off if you spend $125.” Hmmmm….

What I did: I went home and scrounged up my Target credit card (Hey, may as well earn some money for the kids’ school…they give money to schools who sign up)  and logged on.

What I bought: I decided to order two of the ottomans — one for the bedroom and one for the living room — to take advantage of the 15% off if you spend $125.

Checkout: I fully expected the site to tell me that there was a mistake and that my order was too large for free shipping, but NO…I got free shipping and 15% off my order.

Total: $120.47 for two storage ottomans (on sale for $67 each) delivered to my house!

What I saved: At least $20…and probably closer to $100. I got the ottomans $20 cheaper than I would have if I’d driven up to the store & bought them myself. And, honestly, if I’d gone to that store, I’d have a spent a whole lot more because I don’t have the guy shopping gene (the one where they can walk into a store, go directly to what they are looking for, pick it up and walk right to the registers without even stopping to look at the sale table or browse the clearance racks they pass on the way.

Note: As I was debating about whether to order the two ottomans or find something else I wanted to buy, I noticed that only SOME items offer free shipping and almost none of those in the clearance area do. So….watch carefully as you shop.

Posted in: Shopping
Posted: December 1st, 2009

I’m not your typical Black Friday bargain shopper. There is no bargain,  no amount of money, that is is worth standing in line for hours on end, camping in front of an electronics store on Thanksgiving night or fighting with angry shoppers for.

I don’t even like shopping in general anymore because I just don’t have the time or energy for it.

And, yet, every Black Friday, there I am with the sister and the sister-in-laws and my mom and nieces (those old enough to keep up) standing in ridiculously long lines that snake to the back of the store.

I have to go. It’s tradition.

Truth be told, I’m in it for the free lunch and frozen margaritas (my mom always buys us lunch at Ruby Tuesdays…it’s tradition, you know).

Over the years, we’ve seen the local department stores make huge improvements in their Black Friday customer service strategies. Old Navy has a couple of employees to entertain & play games with customers in line (they even hand out coupons you can use at the register). Kohl’s has two lines that serve the two groups of registers and, most importantly, an employee who feeds those registers one shopper at a time and stands guard to be sure things don’t get unruly.

And, then, there’s Target.

This is the store that I now consider the epicenter of Black Friday Hell in Erie, Pa.

They’ve got bargains, no doubt. But a cart? You’re going to have to steal one or find one that was abandoned by a shopper who gives up on the 19,000 long lines to the registers.

The lines at Target (and this is two years running now) are not only long, but completely unorganized and chaotic. There were some people standing in looooooonnnngggg lines (I heard for up to 90 minutes) that were supposed to be feeding 5 or 6 registers, but…then, some people would just get in line at those registers, completely unaware that they were “cutting.”  The ones in the long line got angry at the “cutters” and the yelling and heated discussions began.

Another incident this year stuck in my craw. The manager (I’m assuming it was a manager, but I don’t know that) actually came out and asked the two black guys in front of me if they had cut in line. Now, why single them out….all these people (including myself and my posse) had supposedly “cut,” too?  Maybe it was nothing, but it bothered me.

The bottom line is this: Target should have had an employee (or two or three) managing the lines up front and keeping shoppers orderly instead of allowing angry, tired, crabby shoppers to fight it out for themselves.

I don’t care what kind of bargains they have next Black Friday, I won’t be shopping at Target on Black Friday until they get their crap together. (They are what Kohl’s used to be.)

Despite my lousy experience at Target, I had a successful Black Friday shopping day, crossing off nearly everyone on my list which I now keep on my oh-so-handy Blackberry.

Did you go Black Friday shopping? Any nightmare stores we should avoid? Any stores who had their stuff together and are worth a stop next year? Post a reply!