Patty Guerra Blog
Posted by Patty Guerra on October 15, 2013
Macy's announced Monday it will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, joining a growing number of retailers who have been looking for business on what's traditionally been a holiday.
I have gone out to cover "Black Friday" shopping the last couple of years. Prior to that - much prior - I worked my way through college in retail. I can remember having to be at work at 7 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving and thinking how crazy early that was. Now, 7 a.m. is midday, and some folks are referring to Thanksgiving as "Gray Thursday".
Last year, if I recall correctly, Toys R Us and Walmart opened at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, followed by Target an hour later. Other stores, including most of Vintage Faire Mall, held out for midnight. But it seems as if - at least for the chain stores - the days of Black Friday starting with a cup of coffee and a line at 6 a.m. or so are gone forever.
Posted by Patty Guerra on August 6, 2013
A lot of times in my job, I find myself writing about awful things happening to people: assaults, homicides, accidents. But I also get to regularly meet people who are doing good things, big and small. Brett Dixon is one of those people.
Posted by Patty Guerra on July 16, 2013
It's no secret that the Stanislaus County Fair is an economic engine for the area. The amount spent each year on corndogs alone must be staggering. But outside the food and the community groups, there's also booming business at the annual 10-day event.
Posted by Patty Guerra on June 25, 2013
Restaurants are making great use of social media and other technology these days to deliver information, deals and more. Personally, I get emails from Cotta's Kitchen in Turlock with the weekly menu. Rockin' B's, a new burger place in Modesto, has a lively Facebook presence, as does Earl's Barbecue in Modesto.
Posted on May 1, 2013
On Saturday, we learned of the homicide in Calaveras County when the sheriff’s office posted a notice on Nixle. This week, the Boston Police Department released the latest developments in the marathon bombing investigation on Twitter. And the latest crime statistics in Newman can be found at the department’s Facebook page.