Concerns about shopping safety during holiday season

Multiple stores have been hit, prompting law enforcement to step up patrols and warn shoppers to be on the look out.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif — Black Friday officially kicks off the holiday shopping season, but now concerns about safety and security are being raised. There have been a series of burglaries at high-end stores across California in the last few days.

No one, including retailers, expect to be robbed especially while people are shopping. But in the past week multiple stores have been hit, prompting law enforcement to step up patrols and warn shoppers to be on the lookout.

Just east of San Francisco, three people were arrested after about 80 people stormed a Nordstrom store in Walnut Creek last weekend. In Hayward, a group of burglars also smashed jewelry cases at Sam’s, grabbing items and running out the door.

On Wednesday, police say at least 18 people broke

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Cyber Monday sales total $10.7B, down 1.4% from last year

U.S. consumers collectively spent $10.7 billion filling their virtual shopping carts on Cyber Monday, down 1.4% compared to a year ago, according to Adobe Analytics. 

Still, the total spend on Cyber Monday aligned with Adobe’s earlier projection that consumers would spend between $10.2 billion and $11.3 billion. 

And despite being $100 million shy of the $10.8 billion shoppers spent in 2020, “it still remains the biggest online shopping day of the year,” according to the Adobe Digital Economy Index, which tracks direct consumer transactions online. 


During the peak shopping hour – 11 p.m. to midnight ET – holiday shoppers spent $12 million every minute, according to Adobe.

This year, shoppers saw weaker discounts compared to 2020. For example, discount levels for electronics were at -12% vs. -27% last year.

Also, the number of out-of-stock messages remained

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How Los Angeles-based Face of Jules redefines esthetics with holistic health in mind

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In Los Angeles, aesthetic is everything for many that come to dwell in the glimmering City of Angels. While the American Society of Plastic Surgeons lists 72 plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills alone, across just six square miles, the demand for enhancing and perhaps perfecting one’s appearance is staggering in Los Angeles. Though in recent years, the plastic surgery industry has seen a new competitor— the medical esthetics industry. And while some of the most common treatments are Botox or fillers, a new trend within the esthetics industry has emerged, gaining popularity in consumers that aren’t just concerned with their looks, but with their health as well. One up-and-coming holistic skincare clinic is redefining the concept of a day spa with treatments that aren’t as focused on relaxation, but instead focused on holistic health and healing.

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