Central Pa. shopping center holiday guide: Thanksgiving hours, reservations for Santa and more

This year has not been like any other, and there’s little reason to expect the holiday shopping season will be any different.

Area malls and centers will be open, but as you might imagine there will be restrictions for COVID-19 and shorter operating hours.

Most retailers will be closed on Thanksgiving, moving back from a trend in recent years to open on the holiday.

We’ve compiled a list that includes a number of shopping centers in the Harrisburg, Lancaster and York regions, with some important information about the upcoming season.

Please note that while all these shopping centers and malls are closed on Thanksgiving, stores with outside entrances might choose to open on the holiday.

Our guide is below:

Dauphin County reopens

The Colonial Park Mall as businesses reopen in Dauphin County on June 19, 2020. Joe Hermitt | [email protected]

Colonial Park Mall

4600 Jonestown Road, Lower Paxton Township

The Colonial Park Mall will not be open on Thanksgiving. The mall will open at 6 a.m., Nov. 27, for Black Friday and will close at 8 p.m.

Santa Claus will arrive at the mall on Dec. 5 and will be located in the space between Designer Suits and T-Mobile. The mall said that Santa will have his own store space this year in order to control the traffic and keep the experience within COVID-19 guidelines. The mall said a link to make reservations for pictures with Santa will be made available on both the mall’s Facebook page and its website.

Shalom House will provide gift wrapping, directly across the hall from Santa Claus, beginning Dec. 12.

Go! Calendars and Games, and Cupboard Maker Books are back at the mall for the holiday season. Beauty Sleep Collection, Pizza Anela and Ms. Cottons Cafe are new to the mall this year.

The mall is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Santa's first day at Capital City Mall

Visits with Santa, with safety protocols in place, start today at Capital City Mall in Lower Allen Township, November 11, 2020. Dan Gleiter | [email protected]

Capital City Mall

3506 Capital City Mall Drive, Lower Allen Township

The mall will be closed on Thanksgiving and will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 27, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 28. The mall will be open from 11 .am. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday from Nov. 29 through Dec. 24.

Santa Claus arrived at the mall on Nov. 11. Reservations are required this year for all photos and can be made at this link: www.vipholidayphotos.com/MakeReservation.aspx. He will be at the mall until Dec. 24. Santa’s hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

All Capital City Mall employees will wear face masks, have their temperatures taken daily and have hand sanitizer provided to them. Santa’s set will be sanitized after each visit. A greeter will check in each reservation and take temperatures of all

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Nissley Vineyards opens wine shop and tasting room at central Pa. shopping center

Just in time for the holiday season, Nissley Vineyards has opened another wine shop in Lancaster County but the new shop is different than its other three shops. It has a tasting room with tables and chairs.

Nissley Vineyards Wine Shop and Tasting Room opened on Nov. 9 at Tanger Outlets Lancaster in East Lampeter Township, 311 Stanley K. Tanger Blvd. in suite 301. The space is around 3,000 square feet and is located between Book Warehouse and the Yankee Candle Outlet. The store features a wine shop, where customers can purchase wines by the bottle or case, as well as several locally produced beers.

The tasting room seats around 30 people and customers can sip on Nissley Vineyards wines and local beers and choose from a selection of specialty meats, cheeses and snacks. The food options are available to comply with the state COVID-19 requirement that alcohol be consumed with food.

For curbside service, customers can call the shop and then call again when they arrive at the curb, and employees at the shop will bring the order outside. For curbside orders, payment is by credit card only.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Nissley Vineyards’ winery is located in Conoy Township, Lancaster County near Bainbridge and in addition to the new store, the company also has stores in the Capital City Mall in Lower Allen Township, Park City Center in Lancaster and at the Shops @Rockvale in East Lampeter Township. Nissley Vinyard was founded in 1978.

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These 8 shopping centers in central Pa. will close on Thanksgiving

a group of people standing in front of a building: Customers line up to enter the Capital City Mall

© Cumberland County moves to the green phase of the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan today, which means…
Customers line up to enter the Capital City Mall

Last year the Colonial Park Mall, the Park City Center, Tanger Outlets Hershey and Tanger Outlets Lancaster were all open on Thanksgiving

But this year regional shopping centers and malls have all announced on their websites that they will close on the holiday. this comes as a number of larger retailers like Walmart have announced they will do the same.

The Colonial Park Mall in Lower Paxton Township; the Capital City Mall in Lower Allen Township; The Harrisburg Mall in Swatara Township; Tanger Outlets Hershey in Derry Township; the York Galleria Mall in Springettsbury Township; Tanger Outlets Lancaster in East Lampeter Township; the Park City Center in Lancaster and the Shops @Rockvale in East Lampeter Township will all be closed on Thanksgiving.

a group of people walking in front of a building: Customers line up to enter the Capital City Mall

© Cumberland County moves to the green phase of the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan today, which means…
Customers line up to enter the Capital City Mall

Bass Pro Shops, 2nd and Charles and DXL, which all have outside entrances at the Harrisburg Mall will be open. And it’s not clear if some of the larger retailers with outside entrances will open for business on the holiday at other regional malls.

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Hyde Park gets a new men’s clothing store, plus more business news from North Central Austin

Texas Standard Men’s Clothing Co. opened a brick-and-mortar location in Hyde Park in October. (Courtesy Texas Standard Men’s Clothing Co.)

The following businesses have recently opened in North Central Austin.

1. Another Broken Egg Cafe opened Nov. 16 at 8012 Mesa Drive, Austin. The national breakfast, brunch and lunch chain opened in 1996 in Louisiana and has expanded to dozens of locations nationwide, including eight others in Texas. 512-842-4022. www.anotherbrokenegg.com

2. The Bon Aire opened its doors to customers July 1 at 9070 Research Blvd., Ste. 101, Austin. The sports bar and eatery offers a menu and atmosphere inspired by Midwestern cities, such as Chicago and St. Louis. The Bon Aire serves bratwurst, burgers, kebabs and chicken wings. 512-284-7038. www.bonaireatx.com

3. Los Chilakillers opened in May at 13000 N. I-35, Bldg. 12, Ste. 204, Austin. The restaurant is led by Head Chef Mina Ibañez, who has more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry. 512-505-8363. www.loschilakillers.com

4. Texas Standard Men’s Clothing Co. announced Oct. 27 the opening of its first physical retail location at 4401 Guadalupe St., Austin. “This new space will give us the opportunity to show Austin and the rest of the state what we’re building on a personal level,” co-owners Christine and Drew Bagot said in a press release. www.texas-standard.com

5. Thrive Craft House opened Nov. 1 at 519 W. 37th St., Austin. The family-owned restaurant and taproom from locals Bobby Delmonico, Matt Kellams and Sean Moore serves more than 40 craft beers on tap and features indoor and outdoor seating. 512-502-5346. www.thrivecrafthouse.com

6. Williams Sonoma opened its second Austin location Sept. 18 at 4001 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin. The California-based kitchenware and home store is open for in-person shopping as well as curbside pickup for online orders. Williams Sonoma has an additional Austin location in the Barton Creek Square Mall. 512-206-4088. www.williams-sonoma.com

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How Rabih Mokbel Is Supporting Lebanese Fashion Designers With Cairo’s First Ever Fashion Central Week

Thirty-four-year-old Rabih Mokbel is one of the Middle East’s top events entrepreneurs. Based in Cairo, Egypt Mokbel, got his start working in his family’s catering business in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. With his company Venture Lifestyle, Mokbel has planned, organized and executed some of the region’s top events and concerts, including his bringing Jennifer Lopez to Cairo in 2019. But it’s his Lebanese roots that sparked Mokbel to create an event in Egypt to help Lebanese designers who are still affected by the August 4th explosion.

This is the first ‘Fashion Central’ edition for Mokbel and Uptown Cairo Emaar, an Emirati real estate developer with property in Egypt. “Every year I do a fashion event for Emaar,” says Mokbel. “Last year I brought Lebanese couture designer Nicholas Jebran to Cairo. I organized a fashion show for him here in Egypt. This year I decided that instead of one designer, it would be for many designers over four days in a row of fashion, art, and food and beverage.”

The four-day event is bringing all aspects of art under one roof where Arab fashion designers are getting the opportunity to present their collections and accessories in Cairo. Done in a collaborative effort along side content and concept creators CONTEGRAM, and design studio THE CULT- the event is filled with a bazaar of Lebanese, Jordanian and Egyptian designers, along with workshops, manicures, and talks revolving around all things fashion. L’Aterlier Nawbar, Roni Helou, and Dina Shaker are some of the few designers showcasing.

“We’re doing this to help the Lebanese designers who are not making any money right now due to the recent explosion in Lebanon,” he says. “We flew them in on our expenses so that they can sell their products. We’re not taking money and they are getting an opportunity to make a profit and sell their designs. But from the local designers like Okhtein and Kojak, we are taking from them. We have top of the line food and beverage companies serving as well. Every day starts at 3pm with panels, workshops, and the bazaar, and in the evening, we have a band from 8-12pm.Next year we plan to have bigger names in entertainment and fashion,” he says.

Mokbel’s success is really one of being self-made with lots of opportunities mixed in. He calls them mistakes but divine guidance and blessing has enabled him to be one of the top entertainment entrepreneurs in the Middle East. He has the know-how of putting together top concerts and events.

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Austin School of Fashion Design moves to Georgetown and more Central Texas news

The Austin School of Fashion Design, or ASFD, relocated from North Austin to Georgetown in October. (Courtesy The Austin School of Fashion Design)

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Northwest Austin’s Delaware Sub Shop marks 40 years of serving authentic Philly-style hoagies

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From the virtual Texas Book Festival to ghost tours in Georgetown, find an event to attend this October and November.

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After canceling the Día de los Muertos Festival, the New Braunfels Hispanic Business Alliance created a new way to celebrate

The HBA is partnering with Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theatre to show “Coco” as part of a Día de los Muertos celebration.

State-of-the-art diabetes center now open in New Braunfels

The Diabetes & Metabolic Wellness Center, located at 66 Gruene Park Drive, Ste. 210, New Braunfels, is now open.

Several businesses are coming soon to the New Braunfels MarketPlace

The shopping center will soon be home to BBVA Bank, SynergenX and the new location of Ernesto’s Jewelry.

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Artist and brand collective The Unknown Concept now open in San Marcos

The Unknown Concept, a collection of local brands and artists located at 218 Guadalupe St., San Marcos, opened Sept. 6.

76-acre, 863,000-square-foot industrial park coming to Kyle

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Central Florida women could sway 2020 election. Meet 8 of them.

As women go to the polls on the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment giving them the right to vote, their political might could be on display come Election Night.

And candidates know it.

At a campaign stop in Ocala last week, President Donald Trump touted women’s support.

“Do they like Donald Trump? Yeah, they like Donald Trump,” he said. “You know why? Because they want safety and security. And they don’t want low-income housing built next to their beautiful suburban dream.”

But nearly every national poll shows women favor Vice President Joe Biden by a double-digit margin over Trump.

In Florida, likely the most critical swing state determining who will control the White House, women outnumber men statewide and in Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties.

A poll of Florida women by the University of North Florida this month found women going for Biden, with 56% statewide saying they planned to back the former vice president, with 39% breaking for Trump.

As campaigns hit their apex and early voting is already under way, the Orlando Sentinel spoke with eight women representing a range of political beliefs, socioeconomic backgrounds and ethnicities from across the I-4 Corridor, providing a snapshot of the key region’s viewpoints.

Briana Ross

For Briana Ross, 18 and voting in a general election for the first time this fall, the choice is clear.

“I am voting for Joe Biden,” she said.

Ross, who attends the University of Central Florida and lives in Kissimmee, said she’s paid more attention to current events and politics during the past couple of years.

“As a voter, being a minority, a woman and an African American, there’s a lot of different factors that come into how I vote,” she said. “I want to pick somebody who will put everybody first, but will not overlook minorities – that is the thing that President Trump does.”

She was disappointed by Trump’s response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer and the Black Lives Matter protests that followed.

“It seemed like he had no remorse for what happened to George Floyd, and that’s something that really impacted my point of view,” Ross said.

People of color, she said, pay taxes and deserve “equal and fair treatment” under the law.

She also worries about the lasting effects of the coronavirus pandemic and said Trump is unfairly blaming China for the spread of the disease in the United States.

“I believe our country should have closed sooner,” Ross said. “We should have taken more precautions earlier. We should’ve started social distancing earlier, wearing masks.”

Trump, she said, acts like “wearing masks is not such a big deal, when it is.”

“It protects us and the people around us,” she added.

While Ross said she appreciates Kamala Harris’ historic nomination as the first woman of color running on a major party ticket, she said she’s concerned about Harris’ track record as a prosecutor. The vice presidential candidate had a reputation

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Inside the COVID Unit at Central California Women’s Facility Prison

Kandice Ortega cleaned the tables and phones in building 503 with a sanitary pad. There were no fresh rags, but she didn’t want to live in filth — cleanliness had taken on a new, pressing importance.

Like many, Ortega worried about getting COVID-19. But unlike much of the country, Ortega had few options to limit her exposure. She is incarcerated at the Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF), the largest women’s prison in the world.

When CCWF officials began to limit activities and movement to safeguard against the coronavirus, building 503 was turned into a quarantine unit with 100 beds for isolation. Ortega was moved to 503 after her roommate tested positive for COVID in mid-July.

Ortega, however, said she never tested positive for the coronavirus. And after multiple negative COVID tests, she said she remained in the quarantine unit for weeks.

As she wiped down surfaces, Ortega couldn’t shake the feeling that cleaning the building she shared with COVID patients would inevitably infect her too. Would it come from the air vents? The seldom cleaned showers? The guards?

When the second-shift correctional officer came to check her cell for contraband, Ortega said he rummaged through her things without a face covering. She suspected that he was wearing the same gloves he wore among COVID patients. She was uncomfortable, but refusing searches could have led to disciplinary repercussions like losing her spot in the honor dorm, and possibly standing before the Board of Prisons to explain why she disobeyed a direct order from a correctional officer.

“On the streets they are asking for you not to have people over your house and to social distance,” Ortega said in an email to The 19th. “I am not given a choice in here. I am not allowed to say no.”

So, Ortega, out of options, did the only thing she could to keep the virus at bay: She unfolded menstrual products and started to clean.

“I am forced to make a choice on what’s more important, my freedom or my health,” Ortega said.

Via email, The 19th interviewed nine people incarcerated at CCWF. Eight of them told The 19th that CCWF was holding prisoners who had tested negative for the virus in 503, quarantining people who were COVID-19 negative in close proximity to those who had the virus. The ninth discussed lack of safety related to the virus in the prison but did not reference building 503.

Nearly half of the people interviewed live with pre-existing conditions— asthma, heart conditions, a compromised immune system—that put them at heightened risk for complications of COVID-19. All described dirty, unsafe conditions that left them wondering if their lives will end in prison.

In mid-August, after The 19th submitted questions to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) about its alleged practice of housing COVID-positive and negative people together, those incarcerated inside CCWF said administrators began sending people who had tested negative back to their assigned housing. All of the people The 19th interviewed are

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