As the holiday season approaches, the public cannot help but wonder what holiday shopping will look like for them this year. Black Friday, and its infamous deals, is a beloved shopping day for so many leading up to the holidays. This year is going to look a lot different, as shopping in crowded malls and stores is placed on the list of high-risk activities by the Center for Disease Control.
With the pandemic changing so many policies and procedures, Black Friday shopping is going to look a lot different than in years past. As the holiday quickly approaches, many retailers have already announced that they will be closed all Thanksgiving Day. This does not mean, however, that Black Friday is dissolved all together. Big retailers like Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and Home Depot have announced that they will be extending their Black Friday deals as well as applying their deals to online shoppers as well.
Options like curbside pickup, and online ordering will be available for most big retailers this year. Companies are getting creative when it comes to following CDC guidelines. For example, Best Buy is offering appointments to come in and shop, while Walmart has a feature on their website where kids can try out their toys. Walmart, among others, will be enforcing social distancing and of course, require masks upon entry of their store. The store capacity limits will continue to be closely monitored, if not more during the holiday shopping season. If you are among the Americans who would prefer to shop online, do not fret, you can count on Black Friday deals to be carried online as well.
We are excited to welcome Emily as the new center manager of Creve Coeur Workspace! Read more about her:
I served 3 years in the United States Air Force where I earned my Associates degree in Hospitality Management. I spent my entire contract, and some, on Andersen AFB, Guam; a beautiful little gem in the Mariana Islands. I had the amazing privilege of traveling, snorkeling, experiencing different cultures, and meeting my husband, James. We met during my second year in Guam and were recently married. We have an energetic 2-year-old son, Elijah, and a sweet little girl, Alannah. After we both separated, we built a home in Fenton, Missouri, about 15 minutes away from my home town.
I love spending my spare time with my family, camping, swimming, and pretty much anything outdoors! One of my favorite thrill-seeking activities is zip lining! I also appreciate our lazy days spent on the couch watching Netflix and ordering door dash. A fun fact about me is that I love to sketch and design interior spaces.
This year’s school supply shopping is going to look a little different. In place of notebooks and pens, some students will be utilizing laptops and chrome books for virtual learning. School supply policies differ from each school district. Some districts, such as the Parkway School District in St. Louis, are purchasing school supplies in bulk for student use at a fraction of the cost. This prevents cross-contamination and provides a stress-free advantage for parents.
For those whose school district is not purchasing supplies, Tax-Free Weekend in Missouri will start on Friday, August 7 at 12:01 am and will end on Sunday, August 9 at 11:59 pm. Many stores have already started gearing up for school supply shopping by putting these items in the easiest to see shopping areas and will include online sales when items are purchased during the above-mentioned dates.
Back to school-related items that are included in the tax-free weekend are:
Be sure to take advantage of tax-free shopping for all your school supply needs!
When it is that time of year to talk about what you are doing for the 4th of July, fireworks are always a part of the conversation. Unfortunately, this year is a bit different because of the current pandemic. However, there are still cities that will be shooting off their spectacular displays.
Which one will you be going to?
If you are opting to go purchase fireworks this year, check out this interactive catalog from Phantom Fireworks!
Whatever you end up doing this year, please be safe and enjoy the holiday!
In the 1920s commercial radio broadcasting began overtaking living rooms across the country. Music, comedy, mystery, celebrities- listening to a favorite program was a way to gather and entertain the family.
Are podcasts the new, modern day radio show? According to www.convinceandconvert.com in 2019, 70 percent of Americans have heard of podcasts and 51 percent have listened to one. About one-quarter of Americans listen on a weekly basis. Many use podcasts to pass the time spent in the car during rush hour/road trip, power through a workout, or even put themselves to sleep. There is probably a podcast for almost any subject you can think of… even some you might never dream existed (see "How to Rob a Bank" here)!
Here is a shortlist of staff favorites:
Terrible, Thanks for Asking- “You know how when someone asks ‘How are you?’ you just say ‘Fine,’ even if you’re totally dying inside, so everyone can go about their day? Terrible, Thanks For Asking is the opposite of that. Nora McInerny asks real people to share their complicated and honest feelings about how they really are. It’s sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and often both. TTFA was named one of the best podcasts three years in a row by The Atlantic. The New York Times calls it ‘a gift to be able to listen.’”
WTF with Marc Maron- “For over twenty years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy. In September 2009, Marc changed the podcast landscape when he started WTF with Marc Maron, featuring Marc's revelatory conversations with iconic personalities such as Conan O’Brien, Terry Gross, Robin Williams, Keith Richards, Ben Stiller, Lorne Michaels and President Barack Obama. It became a worldwide phenomenon, with more than six-million downloads each month and 250 million lifetime downloads within its first 6 years.“
Life in Commune- “with a decade of partnership, entrepreneurship, a few laps around the world, two yoga studios, and a dog under their belt (oh yeah, and a baby on the way), Patrick and Carling share their insight, successes, and failures with listeners each week. Episodes explore inside takes on the Yoga & Wellness industry, resources for yoga teachers, practitioners, and business owners, relationship perspectives, deep dives into mindfulness, industry guest interviews (and maybe a little pop culture thrown in) to see what it means to truly live a Life in Commune.”
The Clearing- “When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her suspicions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and eventual conviction on multiple murders — and tracks the emotional journey as she and host Josh Dean dig back into her childhood, unravel the truth of her father’s life, and overturn a viral online narrative that had turned Edward Wayne Edwards into a kind of serial killer caricature.”
Sidedoor: A Podcast from the Smithsonian- “More than 154 million treasures fill the Smithsonian’s vaults, but where public view ends, Sidedoor begins. With the help of biologists, artists, historians, archaeologists, zookeepers, and astrophysicists, host Lizzie Peabody sneaks listeners through Smithsonian’s side door to search for stories that can’t be found anywhere else. Follow us at @SidedoorPod for updates and bonus content.”
In the Bubble with Andy Slavitt- “We are now in the early stages of something we’ve never seen before: a global pandemic. In addition to our health, social isolation and economic uncertainty have left us scrambling to understand our new normal and wondering what the future holds. From his own bubble, health care leader, turnaround expert and #stayhome architect Andy Slavitt is making it his mission to give Americans critical information in real-time but also hope for a path forward. He reminds us of what we can achieve and the deep sense of solidarity that we need during these trying times. Andy is joined each week by leading scientists, cultural icons, and political leaders—together, they will help us process, understand, and adjust to the changes around us.”
Comment with your favorite podcasts... or, even some of the weird ones you can find. We're always looking for something new to listen to.
Mellissa at Creve Coeur Workspace!
1. Where are you from and where do you live now (general location)?
2. Do you have brothers and sisters? Oldest, middle or youngest child?
Angela 37 yrs
Megan 32 yrs
Mitchell 20 yrs
Michael 20 yrs
Kinzie 21 yrs
3. Do you have children?
4. What is your favorite food and drink?
5. What are your hobbies?
6. What is your favorite type of music, movie, TV show?
Favorite T.V. Show: Grey’s Anatomy
7. What is your favorite color?
8. If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
9. What is your favorite sport (to play or watch)?
10. Do you have pets?
AMG Corporate Offices and Creve Coeur Workspace are committed to providing professional services and office space to all businesses during this time of need. We have established an extreme level of cleanliness so that tenants, staff, and walk-in clients can feel safe and confident while working. Each conference room is thoroughly disinfected after each use. All surfaces and common areas are disinfected throughout the day to maintain a high standard of sanitation. We have posted signage in restrooms, breakrooms, and other areas to promote proper hygiene regarding hand washing. Hand sanitizer is located at the front desk reception area. In addition, we have made sure that all staff members at both locations have a mask.
We are proud to offer flexibility regarding scheduling, cancellations, witness requests, and tours. If you have a specific request, please reach out and let us know! We will be happy to accommodate. It is our goal to make sure that we maintain the health and safety of all staff, tenants, and walk-in clients.
With this crazy time we are facing as a nation we wanted to highlight some of the great food places around that are offering curbside/pickup options. We all know that food is the fuel to get us through our workdays and consuming healthy food options is not always easy to do. Especially with stores having a shortage of items you many regularly purchase. Below is a list of local restaurants offering either curbside, pickup or delivery.