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Central New York bargain hunters were out and about Friday trying to land those limited black Friday specials.  But Syracuse University professor of retail practice Amanda Nicholson says there’s no reason to rush for most items.

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The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York has issued a challenge for the month of September: eat as locally and organically as possible to support businesses and sustainable farming in your community. The “Locavore Challenge” involves everything from shopping for local and thoughtfully-grown produce at the market to experimenting with various preservation methods like freezing, canning and fermentation. 

The Regional Farmers Market is the first stop in a series where we document some of the local farms, businesses, and ideas that are shaping the locavore landscape in Central New York.

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Central New York business leaders got an optimistic economic forecast Thursday at the CenterState CEO, but also found out that their own attitudes may be holding the area back.  The corporation hosted a breakfast at the OnCenter to release its economic forecast, which suggests better times for 2014.  An M&T Bank economist says business growth should be about 2.8%.  But CenterState President Rob Simpson says he hears the area is stagnant and flat.

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The holiday shopping season is now in full swing, but while it’s true a snowy winter wonderland can get consumers in the Christmas shopping spirit, New York State Retail Council Vice President Ted Potrikus cautions that the chilly weather can result in some frustrating situations for retailers: 

With Christmas now just a week away, procrastinating consumers are simply running out of time - and even the most treacherous weather around New York State isn’t stopping that final Christmas rush.  

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Not every holiday shopper wants to compete with everyone else for gifts during annual Black Friday sales at malls.  There are plenty of people who are experiencing a leisurely pace this weekend, walking from store to store at Armory Square in Downtown Syracuse.  The secret shoppers we spoke with are searching for those special gifts such as Greg (yes, a man who actually shops early) from the city.