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May 31, 2012

Buy one, get in free at 16 SoFla museums for Broward Attractions and Museums Month

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Learn more about South Florida’s culture and save in June with the Broward Attraction and Museums Month (BAMM) promotion, kicking off Friday.

Buy an annual membership to one of 16 South Florida museums or attractions and get free entry at the others with purchase of an annual membership of your choice.

Learn more about the rich culture of the Seminole Tribe of Florida at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum in Clewiston, or check out fossils and artifacts at Boca Raton Children’s Museum, and then get free visits to the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach or the Bonnet House and Gardens in Fort Lauderdale.

“BAMM is a wonderful way to discover the cultural treasures in South Florida’s back yard while supporting these institutions at the same time,” says Mary Birch-Hanson, the membership coordinator for Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum.

Other noteworthy attractions include the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale and the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center.

Annual memberships for individuals can cost from $25 to $75, Birch-Hanson says.

There is plenty to see and do at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. An individual membership costs $35.

“We have a living village with tribal elders making traditional crafts, like beading and weaving,” Birch-Hanson says. “Take a walk along our mile-long boardwalk through the Cypress head and see birds, alligators and other wildlife.

“People are always surprised at how beautiful and modern our museum is. Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki is a Miccosukee word which means ‘a place to learn.’ “

The BAMM program, which runs through June 30, is open to current members, too, Birch-Hanson says. “This is a great opportunity to learn and save at the same time.”

Click here to see the list of venues, hours and addresses.

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BAMM: Buy one museum membership, get into 16 others for free in June

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Broward Attractions & Museum Month (BAMM) kicks off in June where you can join one South Florida museum or cultural attraction and get in to 16 others for free. Best part: If you're already a member of one, you can enjoy the others for free all month long.

Participating cultural centers include: African American Research Library & Cultural Center; Art and Culture Center of Hollywood; Bonnet House Museum & Gardens; Boca Raton Children's Museum; Boca Raton Historical Society; Cinema Paradiso; Fort Lauderdale History Center; Historic Stranahan House Museum; IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame; International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum; Old Davie School Historical Museum; Old Dillard School Historial Museum; Plantation Historical Museum and the Seminole Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum.

Click here for the deal and to see a fun events and exhibits planned at each venue.

Another options is Bank of America's Museum on Us program where cardholders get in free to more than 150 museums on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month.

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Kids bowl for free through August 31

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Kids can bowl two free games a day at participating Central and South Florida bowling centers through the end of the summer.

KidsBowlFree.com offers coupons for the free games at participating lanes in Tamarac, Miami, Lake Worth, Greenacres, West Palm Beach, Miami and Orlando.

Each alley sets the rules, so click on the link for lanes nearest your house for days, hours and ages. Most offers are for children ages 15 and under.

Then, fill the out the online form to get the coupons. There also is a Family Pass which offers two games per day up to four adults starting at $24.95.

Click here for the deal. The offer runs through Aug. 31.

Another option: Sign up for the Brunswick Bonus Zone, with lanes in Margate, and get coupons e-mailed for kids 18 and under to receive a game of bowling every day through August.

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May 29, 2012

Nominate a teacher, get a free $4.25 meal at Pollo Tropical

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As the school year comes to a close, here's a way to show a teacher your appreciation and get something for yourself.

Nominate a favorite Central or South Florida educator in Pollo Tropical's Teacher of the Year campaign and you'll get a free meal.

Parents can nominate a student's favorite teacher through May 31 and get a coupon for a free $4.25 Tropichop meal with a fountain drink purchase.

According to the rules, 13 Florida teachers (one from each county) will win free Pollo Tropical for a year, valued at $780. The school with the most overall nominations gets a $500 donation. Entries must include the teacher's full name, school name, school address and phone number along with the subject and grade. Winners are selected on or about June 1.

Click here for the deal. Nominations close on May 31.

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Free plug-and-play speaker from Pringles

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Blast your favorite tunes around the pool or at the beach with a free plug-and-play speaker from Pringles with a mail-in offer.

We got one last year when the promotion was offered and it's awesome!

Buy four cans of Pringles Super Stacks, print out the form and mail it with the receipt to get the speaker that pops into an empty Pringles can. Purchases must be made by Oct. 31 and postmarked by Nov. 30.

Click here for the deal.

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May 28, 2012

AAA offers free tipsy tow service on Memorial Day

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If you swill too much beer with that barbecue on Memorial Day, don't get behind the wheel and drive drunk. Get a free tow home from the American Automobile Association's Tow to Go program. The offer is open to everyone, no membership required, but should only be used as a last resort. The offer is based on availability of trucks and call volumes.

Call 1-800-AAA-Help and a tow truck will deliver you and your vehicle home safely, no charge and no questions asked. The free service, a partnership between AAA and Budweiser, is 100 percent confidential.

Tow to Go is offered at various times throughout the year, during New Year's Eve, Super Bowl and St. Patrick's Day.

In 2011, AAA received 3,000 calls; more than 18,000 intoxicated drivers have used Tow to Go vs. since the program began in 1998, according to a press release.

Free Tow to Go coverage is offered in Florida, Georgia and parts of Tennessee.

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Land of the Free: Memorial Day freebies, discounts for vets, active military

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On Memorial Day, we honor those who have so honored us with their service and sacrifice to keep America strong and free.

Hundreds of retailers and restaurants also salute the military, offering discounts to veterans, active duty and retired U.S. military, National Guard and reservists. In some cases, spouses and families members are included, too.

Many military discounts aren’t publicized, so be sure to ask if one available before making a purchase or dining and have your military identification so you can take advantage of the deal.

Home Depot: Veterans and immediate families can get 10 percent off purchases with a maximum discount up to $500 on Monday with some restrictions. The discount also is available to vets on Independence, Labor and Veterans Day. Active duty, career and disabled vets and reservist guards and family can get the discounts every day.

Lowe’s: Same deal as Home Depot, above.

Butterfly World: Veterans and active-duty military with ID get in free at the Coconut Creek attraction through Monday. That's a $24.95 value.

Blue Star Museum Program: Free entry to 1,600 museums for active-duty military and their families beginning Memorial Day through Sept. 3.

Apple’s Federal Government & Military Employee Purchase Program: Get discounts from 4 percent to 9 percent on Apple products. Call 877-377-6362 for details.

Hooters: Get 10 free wings for veterand and active duty military with ID on Monday at participating Central and South Florida restaurants.

GM Military Discount: General Motors offers savings of up to $500 on most Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles in what it claims is “the best military discount from any car company.” The offer is for active duty members, reserves and retirees and spouses.

National Parks Pass: Active military personnel and their dependents can get a free annual pass to U.S. National Parks and Fish and Wildlife Service sites. Those 62 and older can get a lifetime Seniors Pass for free entrance to more than 2,000 parks for $10.

Jo-Ann Fabric: 20 percent discount on Friday-Monday for past or present members of the armed forcesand their families on regular, sale and clearance
items with ID.

Disney's Armed Forces Salute: Walt Disney World is offering active and retired members of the U.S. military, Coast Guart, National Guard and Reservists and spouses may buy up to six 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for $138 each. Tickets must be purchased at U.S. military sales outlets, not at the gate. Plus, get up to 40 percent off at Disney Resorts by calling 407-939-7830. Offers expire Sept. 30.

Anheuser-Busch Here’s to the Heroes: This program offers free admission for active military and up to three direct dependents to SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and other theme parks through Dec. 31.

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May 27, 2012

Free popcorn from Muvico Theaters

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Muvico is offering a free popcorn for the first 1,000 fans through Memorial Day weekend through its Facebook page.

Also, sign for Muvico's e-Club and get a coupon good for a free popcorn on your next visit.

Click here for the deal.

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$10 off IMAX or 3-D movie tickets from KFC

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UPDATE: It's back! We posted this deal on Thursday and promo codes went fast. KFC has reloaded codes, but there is no telling how many or how long it will last, so don't wait.

Save $10 on two IMAX or 3-D movie tickets at South Florida theaters on Fandango from KFC.

Enter your zip code, select your IMAX or 3-D showtime and theater and follow the directions and up to $10 for up to two tickets will be deducted from your order. (There is a $2 convenience free added to orders.)

Click here for the deal. The offer ends on June 17 or while supplies last.

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Free admission to South Florida museums for military and family through September

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At ease, soldier!

Beginning on Memorial Day, military families can visit dozens of Central and South Florida museums through the Blue Star Museum program.

The program's Operation Appreciation offers active duty military personnel, reserve and National Guar and their families free admission to more than 1,600 Central and South Florida museums through September 3. If you're traveling this summer, check to see which participating museums you can visit for free.

South Florida venues:
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Historic Stranahan House Museum
International Swimming Hall of Fame Museumin Fort Lauderdale
Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Boca Raton
Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum
Boca Raton Museum of Art
Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum in Boynton Beach
South Florida Science Museum
Schoolhouse Children's Museum & Learning Center in Boynton Beach
Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami
Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach
History Miami
Miami Science Museum
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Coral Gables
Coral Gables Museum
Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami


Central Florida venues:

Orange County Regional History Center
Orlando Museum of Art
VT&M - Museum of Military History in Kissimmee

The program, founded in 2010, is a collaboration between Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Department of Defense.

Free admission is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty military in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve members and up to five immediate family members.

Click here for a full list of participants in all 50 states.

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May 25, 2012

Find a date: eHarmony.com is free through Monday

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Shopping for a mate? Here's a way to save!

The dating site eHarmony.com is offering a free communication event with no strings attached through Monday.

The site promises no credit cards are needed and there's no obligation.

Click here for the deal. The offer ends May 28.

(Be sure to send us an invitation to the wedding!)

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May 24, 2012

Coupon: Free Bush's Grillin' Beans ($1.50 value)

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Just in time for Memorial Day barbecues, get a coupon for a free can of Bush's Sweet Mesquite Grillin' Beans valued at $1.50 through Facebook.

Don't forget to hit the back button to get two!

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Aug. 22.


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Swim & Save: 30 percent off on Dolphin Encounters at Miami Seaquarium

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Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Get up close and personal with dolphins and fish during Miami Seaquarium’s Florida resident promotion through June 8.

Save 30 percent on the Dolphin Encounter where kids and adults can touch, feed and play with a friendly mammal ($68-$94). Other options include hitching a ride across the pool on the back of a dolphin in the Dolphin Odyssey ($134) and the Sea Trek Reef Encounter ($79), where you take an undersea walk through the 300,000 gallon tropical reef.

Reservations are required. Be sure to mention you’re a resident when booking

Go to MiamiSeaquarium.com or call 305-365-2501 for hours.

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Pollo Tropical opens third restaurant in Venezuela

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South Florida-based Pollo Tropical continues to spread its wings overseas. The chain recently opened its third restaurant in Venezuela, in Caracas.

The quick-service grilled chicken chain has two other Venezuelan franchisee stores in Barquisimeto and Punto Fijo, which have been open since 2010. The chain, which serves traditional Caribbean and Latin cuisine, hopes to continue expanding into Canada, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and the Caribbean soon.

“Venezuela is one of Latin America's largest economies so it makes sense that we would partner with a strong restaurant operator to build out this Pollo Tropical market quickly,” said Marc Mushkin, senior vice president of international development at Pollo Tropical, in a news release.

The chain recently began accepting payments from the Google Wallet smartphone platform for all purchases.

Pollo Tropical has 90 stores in Florida and Georgia and others in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Ecuador, Honduras and Costa Rica.

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Score a free blue IKEA tote in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Thursday

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IKEA is giving away free IKEA blue bags in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Thursday morning.

From 8 to 10 a.m. the Sunrise-based retailer will be giving out the large, flexible totes at the corner of Southeast 1st Street and 2nd Avenue.

These are the same roomy, eco-friendly bags used in stores. The Swedish retailer is giving away 35,000 across the country as part of its "Random Acts of Life Improvement" campaign. Each individual store is tweeting it's location's giveaway on Twitter.

In Orlando, IKEA is giving them away the tent at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival in Orlando Loch Haven Park.

Click here for more info.

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May 23, 2012

Red Mango opens first mall store in The Galleria

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Red Mango, a frozen yogurt and smoothie chain, opened its first in-mall location in Florida inside The Galleria Mall.

The frozen yogurt chain is known its all natural and gluten-free yogurt. Red Mango offers more than 40 tart and tangy flavors, among other items. The company has more than 150 stores across the U.S.

The location inside the Galleria Mall is located near Dillard’s on the upper Palm Court level. Red Mango is the No. 1 Zagat-rated brand of frozen yogurt and smoothies in 2011, edging out competitors like Pinkberry and Jamba Juice.

Other South Florida locations include the Fort Lauderdale International Airport in terminal three, the Tower Shops at 2124 S. University Drive in Davie and 111 5th St. on South Beach.

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Free Slurpees at 7-Eleven stores on Wednesday

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Keep your cool on Wednesday with a free Slurpee at 7-Eleven stores. No purchase, or coupon, is necessary.

Get a free 7.11 ounce Slurpee from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at participating convenience stores.

The "SlurpFREE" event is promoting the new Lite Fanta Sugar-Free Mango frozen treat. It has 50 percent fewer calories than a regular cold one.

Click here for the deal.

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May 22, 2012

Save $20 on iTunes gift cards at Best Buy

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Save $20 on $100 Apple iTunes gift cards from Best Buy. This would make an awesome graduation gift.

Redeem cards for music, movies, eBooks, apps and more at the iTunes Store, iBookstore or the App Store.

Buy the gift card to come via mail or elect for immediate digital delivery with a $100 credit via coupon code.

Click here for the deal.

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Coupon: $10 off at Pet Supermarket

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This makes our tails wag: Get $10 off a $50 purchase at Pet Supermarket with a coupon on Facebook.

Print it out and bring to the store or use it online with coupon code 10off50M.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires Friday, May 25. The offer is one per household.

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Free box of Ritz Crackerfuls via Twitter

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Get a coupon for a free box of Ritz Crackerfuls when you follow @RitzCrackerfuls on Twitter.com.

The company is giving away free boxes to the first 10,000 followers. There are more than 7,000 coupons left. After you follow, a link to a printable coupon will arrive via direct mesage.

Click here for the deal.

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May 21, 2012

Yard House to open in Mizner Park June 3

Yard House will open its newest restaurant in Mizner Park on June 3rd.

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The 11,407-square-foot restaurant located at 201 Plaza Real, Suite 1201, will have 140 different kinds of draft beer.

The company hired 200 people for this new location.

Yard House serves American fare, cocktails and craft beer. The company has locations in Palm Beach Gardens, Coral Gables and Hallandale Beach.

The restaurant is moving into the former Cartoon Museum in Mizner Park.

The new Boca Raton location is one of five new stores the chain will open across the country this year.

Read a review about the Yard House in Hallandale Beach by John Tanasychuk here.

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Free $15 3-D movie tickets from Kellogg's cereal

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Get free $15 3-D movie tickets from Kellogg's with codes inside specially marked boxes of cereal for a Spider-Man promotion.

Collect Spidey codes printed inside boxes of Kellogg's products and redeem them online and then print out your free ticket to area theaters. Besides free tickets (6 points), use codes to get free $3 3-D movie ticket upgrades (two points), free Spider-Man wallpaper and other "Amazing Rewards." Tickets are good to see any movie, not just "Spider-Man," which hits theaters on July 3.

Get one point per box inside eligible boxes of Kellogg's Raisin Bran, Frosted Flakes, Frosted Mini Wheats, Fruit Loops, Corn Pops, Nutrigrain Cereal Bars, Keebler cookies and Cheez-It crackers, among other products.

You also can get exclusive Spider-Man bonus content when you download the "Kellogg's Amazing Spider-Man Exclusive" app for iPhone or Android. After downloading the app, aim your smartphone at Peter Parker on boxes to see three exclusive scenes from the new movie.

Click here for the deal. The offer expires on June 30, 2013.

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May 20, 2012

Coupon: Free Cherry Berry Chiller at McDonald's ($1.99 value)

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Get a coupon for a free Cherry Berry Chiller valued at $1.99 at McDonald's with a coupon in USA Weekend magazine inside Sunday's Sun Sentinel.

If you don't get home delivery, we have a coupon for 50-cent off Sunday's Sun Sentinel.

The fast-food chain also is offering a $1-off coupon on its website (good at participating locations) to entice you to try its latest McCafe concoctions. The coupon also is good on a Frappe or Real Fruit Smoothie. There are a limited number of coupons loaded each day. If you don't get one today, try again tomorrow.

Click here for the $1-off coupon. It expires on June 15.

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Free gas from CVS/Pharmacy through August

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Get free gas on select weeks when you buy specially-marked products at CVS/Pharmacy beginning Sunday, May 20, through the end of August.

The new ExtraCare Reward program lets customers earn free $10 gift cards to Exxon/Mobil or Shell when you spend $30 on certain "essential" items such as Kleenex Tissues and Scott toilet paper. This week's products are listed in the weekly CVS/pharmacy circular in Sunday's newspaper and at CVS.com.

How the program works:

Use your ExtraCare Rewards Card to purchase $30 in eligible items (you can mix and match) to get the free gas card.

After you reach the required amount in purchases, a coupon will print on your register receipt that can be redeemed immediately in stores for the $10 gas card of your choice. The limit is one redemption per card.

Sign up for a free ExtraCare Reward if you don't have one.

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May 19, 2012

Time to meet Dan Marino at Levinson Jewelers on Saturday

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It’s time to meet Dan Marino on Saturday.

The former Dolphin quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer will be on hand at the Levinson Jewelers Ultimate Watch Fair from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale.

Marino’s son Michael, aka DJ 1Tre, will be spinning smooth sounds at the event, too.

The fair features a collection of the latest in fine Swiss timepieces, from Backes & Strauss, IWC, Panerai, Bulgari, Piaget, Graham Watches and Jaeger-LeCoultre, among others. CEOs and presidents from many of the exclusive brands will also attend.

Levinson Jewelers is at 888 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-8880;

Visit LevinsonJewelers.com for more info.

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May 18, 2012

Kmart stores in Hollywood, Pembroke Pines to lay off workers

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More than 170 employees will be laid off from Kmart stores in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, as Sears Holding Corp. turns them into liquidation centers, according to Kimberly Freely, spokeswoman for the company.

About 81 employees from the Kmart store at 651 S. 60th Ave in Hollywood and 91 workers from the store at 10501 Pines Blvd. in Pembroke Pines will face layoffs near the end of July, said a worker adjustment and retraining notification notice issued on May 18.

The stores will remain open, but operate as liquidation centers, which function similar to outlet stores. The stores will sell only specialty items and last chance apparel. The hours of the stores will be cut to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., so the number of staff will be cut significantly, Freely said.

Sears Holding Corp. is converting stores like this in a handful of markets, she said.

The Pompano Beach and Davie Kmart stores were included in a list of closures Sears Holding Corp. issued earlier this year. The company will close up to 120 full-line Kmart and Sears stores across the country in order to generate up to $170 million in cash.

A Sears Essentials store in West Palm Beach also closed.

Kmart stores in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and North Miami will remain open for now.

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May 17, 2012

Ethan Allen opens design center in Boca Raton

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Furniture and interior design retailer, Ethan Allen, will open a new design center inside the former Robb & Stucky location in Boca Raton this summer.

The two-story, 19-230-square-foot space at 906 N. Federal Highway in Boca will open to shoppers in the summer, although a full renovation of the building won’t be completed until the fall.

"We first brought our new interactive design center concept to the southeastern region when we opened our Miami location, and we are thrilled to now bring it to this new location in Boca Raton,” said David R. Burton, senior district design manager, in a news release. “This design center will really be our flagship location in the south and will feature an inspiring new look and state-of-the-art software that allows clients to collaborate with our design pros.”

Customers can expect to see a brand new layout with 60 percent new products that Ethan Allen introduced in September. Shoppers will be able to view room design projections on an interactive, flat-screen monitor. Shoppers can use the touch screens to preview their purchases and for room planning. A new segment of the store called Ethan Allen Express, which will have affordable furniture sets with free local delivery, will launch this summer.

This is the second design center Ethan Allen has opened in South Florida. The first location opened in Miami in February.

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Free entry to Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale's new "Sharks" exhibit on Friday

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Take a deep dive with sharks and explore primordial demons, gods and beasts at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale for free on Friday to celebrate 2012 Art Museum Day.

The museum is waiving $10 entry fees to participate in 2012 AAMD Art Museum Day. Miami Art Museum and Orlando Museum of Art also are participating. No coupons are necessary.

Get in the swim with "Sharks," which opened May 12. Other fun activities planned include a free screening of the children’s film “Shark Riddle” as well as a 2 p.m. docent-led tour of the second floor galleries. MOA is also offering $25 off registration fees for classes and workshops at the Academy of Art + Design.

“Shark,” on view through January, contains sculptures, photographs and videos from 70 artists exploring all 400 species of the much-maligned ocean predator. A section also explores the impact of “Jaws,” Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller still terrorizing beachgoers today.

MOA organized the exhibition, which was curated by New York-based acclaimed wildlife artist Richard Ellis, in conjunction with Nova Southeastern University's Oceanographic Center in Port Everglades.

The companion film “Shark Riddles” features 20 shark species and aims to help kids develop empathy and positive feelings about the animals.

The tour will take you through the captivating and colorful glass works in “Primordial: Paintings and Sculpture by Isabel de Obaldia, 1985-2011.” The Panama City-based artists’ retrospective, on view through May 27, features demons and beasts inspired by pre-Columbian art.

Other exhibition include “Pablo Picaso Ceramics/Carlos Luna Paints,” “All in the Family: Paintings and Works on Paper by Members of the Glackens Family” as well as 6,000 works in the museum’s permanent collection.

The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-5500, MOAFL.org; Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler Street, Miami, 305-375-3000, MiamiArtMuseum.org
Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 North Mills Ave., Orlando, 407-896-4231, info@omart.org

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Half-priced drinks, slushes and shakes at Sonic

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Sonic is celebrating happy hours with half-priced drinks, slushes and shakes.

Stop in the Drive-In from 2 to 4 p.m. daily to cool off with 50-percent off drinks and slushes. Then, at 8 p.m., all shakes are half-off. No coupons are necessary.

The chain estimates that there are nearly 400,000 shush and fountain drink combinations to order, which is a whole lot of cool. Keep this promotion in mind as weather heats up.

Click here for the deal.

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Burger King Food Truck hands out free food at Town Center in Boca Raton

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The BK Food Truck Tour is handing out free samples at Town Center in Boca Raton on Thursday.

From 3 to 8 p.m., sample new menu items for free and get a free 5-ounce slurp of new Strawberry Banana and Tropical Mango Real Fruit Smoothies and Mocha and Caramel flavored Frappés. The offer is one sample per person, while supplies last.

Click here for more info on the Burger King Facebook page.

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May 15, 2012

Betsey Johnson going out of business sales begin

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Now's your chance to get your hands on some Betsey Johnson tops or dresses before the stores close for good in South Florida.

Going-out-of-business sales at all Betsey Johnson retail stores nationwide began on Friday and will continue until all merchandise has been sold, according to a news release.

Betsey Johnson, known for her use of bold color and designs in women’s fashion, filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

Shoppers can find savings of 20-50 percent off all Betsey Johnson apparel, jewelry, handbags and shoes. All store fixtures, like apparel racks, shelving and lighting are also for sale.

All Betsey Johnson gift cards will be honored until June 1. Sales made on or after Friday, May 11, are final.

The American designer’s first store opened 30 years ago in New York City, a press release said. The boutique line has 54 stores and nine outlet locations internationally.

Betsey Johnson stores are in the Town Center at Boca Raton, Aventura Mall, Sawgrass Mills, Dadeland Mall, the Gardens Mall and the Village of Merrick Park.

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Free 8-song playlist featuring Academy of Country Music Award nominees

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Download a free, 8-song country music playlist featuring 2012 Academy of County Music Award winners and nominees Scott McCreery, Montgomery Gentry and The Band Perry, compliments of People Magazine.

The iTunes.com playlist features New Artist of the Year winner McCreery's "Walk in the Country," "Damn Baby" by Montgomery Gentry, "All Your Life'" by The Band Perry as well as songs by Eli Young Band, Love and Theft, Chris Young and Hunter Hayes.

Click here for the deal. The offer expires on May 31.

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May 14, 2012

Miami Subs Grill to open restaurants in South America

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Miami Subs Grill is expanding overseas.

The South Florida-based sandwich chain announced that the company will expand its operations to South America. The deal includes opening four new restaurants in the Gorgetown region of Guyana later this year.

The first Miami Subs Grill will open by September and three more restaurants will open shortly after, according to an agreement between Miami Subs Grill and Teneze Food & Beverages.

Miami Subs Grill plans to open restaurants in Honduras and Brazil as well.

“We are very pleased and excited to expand our restaurants outside of the U.S. and into South America,” said Robert Haar, director of franchise development for Miami Subs Grill, in a news release.“We are eager to introduce our brand and menu to a new audience and to a new group of prospective business partners.”

The first Miami Subs Grill restaurant is located on Lahama and Albert Streets near the downtown business districtin Guyana. Teneze Food and Beverages, Inc CEO Aldron Alphonso will open be the first international franchisee for the company.

Miami Subs Grill sells Philly cheese steaks, wings, gyros and burgers.

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$10 off Lowes, American Express gift cards at Publix

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Mother's Day is over and Father's Day is coming up on June 17. Publix has two great ways to save on gift cards for Dad:

First, save $10 on a $100 American Express Gift Card with a $25 grocery purchase with a coupon in this week's flyer. Grab one as your enter the store. If you buy AMEX cards as gifts, you'll save a few bucks on top of the $5.95 activation fee. The offer expires on Wednesday, May 16.

Second, save $10 on a $50 Lowe's gift card, also with a $25 grocery purchase. That coupon is printed on the cover of the yellow "Happy Mother's Day" flyer in the lower, left-hand corner. Grab one at the store entrance. This offer expires on May 18.

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Free lens cloth and cleaner from Walmart Vision Centers

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See things a little clearer with a coupon for a free lens cloth and bottle of cleaner for glasses at Walmart Vision Centers.

Print out the coupon and bring it to one of several locations in Central and South Florida. The offer is one per customer, while supplies last.

Click here for the deal.

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May 13, 2012

Mother's Day dining deals, freebies and treats

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Happy Mother’s Day!

We’ve rounded up dining deals and fun things to do with the lady in your life, from free visits at South Florida attractions to free entrees at restaurants.

We have a few ways to save on last-minute gifts and cards, too, so you can let Mom know you appreciate her without breaking the bank.


EATS & TREATS:

IKEA: Mom gets a free breakfast at stores in Sunrise before 11 a.m. She gets scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon and a cup of coffee.

Champps: This gift keeps on giving: Moms who dine at participating locations get a gift card loaded with $10 off a $25 purchase and it reloads on the first of every month for a year

Pei Wei: Moms signed up for alerts got a coupon e-mailed for a free dinner select entree through Sunday.

Free entree: Quarterdeck Seafood Bar and Neighborhood Grill is offering a Facebook coupon for a free meal when you buy three entrees and four drinks good at participating locations . There are locations in Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Plantation and Jupiter. The offer, one per customer, expires Wednesday.

Olive Garden: Get a free appetizer or dessert valued at $9 at Oliver Garden with purchase of two adult dinner entrees with a coupon that expires May 27.

Duffy’s Sports Grills are giving mother a free $5 gift card to be used on a future visit. Treat her to a surf & turf meal for $14.95 at all 24 SoFla locations.

Denny's: You and mom get a free Skillet Cookie ala Mode when you send her a Mother's Day wish through its Facebook fan page. If you don't have Facebook, click here.

Ruby Tuesday's:: Dine at Ruby Tuesday and Mom get a voucher for a free "Simply Fresh" cookbook valued at $15, while supplies last.

Hooters: Moms get 10 free wings at Hooters on Sunday at particiating locations. Dine-in only.

TCBY: Moms get a free cup of frozen yogurt on Mother's Day at participating locations. No purchase necessary


Fleming's Prime Steakhouse: Take her to Mother's Day brunch and she'll get a free $25 gift card good on a future visit. There are locations in Coral Gables and Orlando. Reservations are recommended.

GIVE & TAKE:

Free admission to Butterfly World: Moms get in free entrance at the Coconut Creek attraction through Sunday, a $24.95 value for Ladies who identify themselves as a mom at the ticket booth. No coupon necessary. For everyone else, use a coupon for $4 off admission on Page 38 of Showtime, published in Friday's Sun Sentinel.

Flamingo Gardens in Davie Moms get free entrance with regular paid adult or kid admissions on Sunday ($18 ages 12 and up, $10 for kids 4-11, under 3 free). Extra treat: Plant-loving mothers can wander among hundreds of African violets and gesneriads during the Violet Patch of South Florida’s annual show and sale on Saturday and Sunday. Info at FlamingoGardens.org.

Free admission to Cornell Museum of Art Old School Square in Delray Beach: Moms get in free from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday ($10 general, $6 seniors, $2 ages 4-12). Events include a fun afternoon featuring pirate myths and legends told through paintings of Don Maitz, the artist who created the buccaneer on bottles of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum.


STOP & SHOP:

$10 off AMEX Cards & BOGO Hallmark Cards: Publix is offering coupons for buy-one-get-one-free Hallmark cards and gift wrap and $10 off $100 AMEX Gift Cards with $25 grocery purchase; expires May 16.

$20 in freebies from Bath & Body Works: Send a free e-card with a coupon for a free $6 travel-sized product. Use another coupon to get a free $14 Fragrance Mist with any $10 purchase. VIP totes with $100 in products arrive in stores Friday, too.

Free movie rental and e-card: Mom gets a free movie rental on Sunday when you send a cute e-card from Redbox via Facebook. Sign up for text alerts and you'll get two free codes yourself.


Half-off deal: Get $10 off a $20 purchase with a coupon at the Body Shop through Sunday.

Free candle: Buy two, get one Yankee Candle large jar candles with a coupon good at select retailers through May 13.

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May 12, 2012

Free appetizers, desserts at Olive Garden

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Olive Garden is offering two dining coupons:

Get a free appetizer or dessert valued at $9 at Oliver Garden with purchase of two adult dinner entrees with a coupon.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires May 27.

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VIP totes, $20 in free Mother's Day gifts at Bath & Body Works

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UPDATE: We just found this $10 off $30 Purchase coupon; it expires Sunday, May 13.

If your'e searching for a last-minute Mother's Day gifts for family or friends, stop in Bath & Body Works. We've got coupons for you to get up to $20 in free gifts.

We have a coupon for a free $14 Fine Fragrande Mist with any $10 purchase and you can get a coupon for a free travel item valued at $6. wen you send a free BBW e-card through Facebook.

Visit the Bath & Body Works fan page and click the "Give Love at First Mist" tab. Then, choose a pretty card and write a note. The card and coupon for the free Signature Collection travel item will be sent via Facebook.

Beginning Friday, get a Mother’s Day V.I.P. Tote, right, filled with over $100 worth of products for $20 with any $40 purchase. They usually sell out quickly.

Click here for the Free Fine Fragrance coupon, which expires May 17.

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Moms get in free at Butterfly World through Sunday

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Moms get in free at Butterfly World in Coconut Creek through Sunday, May 11-13. That's a $24.95 value.

Ladies who identify themselves as a mom at the ticket booth get freen entrance and Happy Mother's Day wishes. No coupon necessary. For everyone else, get a coupon for $4 off admission inside the Showtime section, inserted in Friday's Sun Sentinel.

The South Florida attraction is offering the three-day promotion to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Adult admission is $24.95; children ages 3-11 are $19.95 and kids under 2 are free. Butterfly World is located inside Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road in Coconut Creek; 954-977-4400. There is a $1.50 per person gate fee to get into Tradewinds Park.

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May 11, 2012

Last minute gift guide for Mother's Day

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Still struggling to come up with a perfect present for mom? Here’s a list of some great last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas that won’t break the bank:

1. Calories don’t count on Mother’s Day: Bake mom a cake or buy her favorite dessert for her to enjoy on Sunday. Kids and dads can decorate desserts together for mom at local Winn-Dixie stores from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. Or pick up her favorite bottle of wine and the ingredients to her favorite cocktail and play bartender for the day.

2. Roses:Too late to schedule a delivery from a florist? Check out the fresh bouquets at your nearby grocery store. Bouquets start in the $16-$20 range.

3. A picture’s worth a thousand words: Shoppers can order one-hour photos online at most CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens stores. Upload a cute photo of you and your mom and pick it up on the way home. Might as well grab a photo frame while you’re there.

4. Breakfast in Bed: Dads and kids can stock up on breakfast goodies at the grocery store and give mom a delicious, homemade meal right in bed.

5. Mom mini makeover: Pamper your mom with do-it-yourself lotions and scrubs you made at home. Need some inspiration? Check out this list of DIY home spa ideas.

6. Digital downloads: Pick up a flash drive for under $30, and fill it with some of her favorite tunes and e-books. It’s the gift that keeps giving since she can enjoy the playlists and books on all her electronic devices again at a later time.

7. Gift cards: Can’t decide? Get her a gift card to her favorite store or restaurant. Pick them up on site or at a Walgreens, CVS, Target, Walmart or even some gas stations, which keep a variety of rechargable gift cards on hand. Click here for a run down on what you need to know before you purchase a gift card.

Check out our list of freebies for Mother’s Day here and a listing of Mother’s Day dining events here.

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Michael Kors opens second store at Sawgrass Mills

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Just in time for Mother’s Day, retailer Michael Kors will open a second oultet store inside the Sawgrass Mills outlet mall in Sunrise.

The new store, which is located near Rainforest Café, will sell apparel for women by the American designer. The store opened May 10.

The original Michael Kors outlet store will remain open in The Colonnade Outlets too, according to a press release. That store will focus on selling handbags, wallets, eye wear, shoes and watches.

Sawgrass Mills is the first shopping center in Florida to have two outlet locations from Michael Kors, according to a press release.

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Walgreens stores getting cool new look on Miami Beach

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Walgreens stores on Miami Beach are getting a new psychedelic twist.

The Walgreens stores at 2000 Normandy Drive and 1011 Alton Road on South Beach look nothing like any Walgreens store South Florida has seen before. The modern designs bring in the styles of different decades, each with their own unique feel.

The Normandy Isle Walgreens store, which first opened in Dec. 2011, is in a neighborhood that was largely defined in the 1950s and 1960s, according to a press release. The 12,990-square-foot building reflects the MiMo architectural style that was well known in that area of Miami.

Rooftop parking, marine imagery, cheese hole patterns and eyebrow canopies are present in the design.

The 10,000-square-foot South Beach Walgreens store located on the west side of Flamingo Park Historic District has a design that offers a kaleidoscope effect and signature fishnet windows. The store also has a retro, 1950s feel to it.

“We are thrilled to bring these two newly completed Walgreens stores to the City of Miami Beach,” says Keith Miller, senior real estate manager of Walgreens in a press release. “In additional to providing the area with much needed pharmacy services, each store will offer the same cost-effective consumer and health products for which our brand has become known."

In addition to these two unique stores, a third will be breaking ground on Miami Beach before July, the release said. There are no plans to bring a uniquely designed store to Broward or Palm Beach counties at this time.

Photo of the Normandy Isle Walgreens store, courtesy of Walgreens.

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May 10, 2012

Send Mom a free e-card and movie rental from Redbox

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Send Facebook friends and family a free Mother's Day e-card and movie rental from Redbox.

Visit the fan page and click the "Mother's Day" tab to send unlimited greetings and free video rental promo codes, redeemable at the red kiosks until midnight on Sunday, May 13 only.

You also can get a bonus promo code when you sign up for text alerts. That code expires on May 20.

Click here for the deal.

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Remodeled Winn-Dixie to open in Miramar

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The third remodeled Winn-Dixie store in South Florida will open next week in Miramar.

The newly renovated store at 17101 Miramar Parkway, was transformed to take on the look new Winn-Dixie stores, similar to the ones that opened in Margate and Davie. The new Miramar store will host a grand opening celebration on Wednesday, May 16.

“Along with the great amenities we are introducing at our Davie and Miramar locations, we also invite guests to check out the new attitude at Winn-Dixie,” said Randy Rambo, Winn-Dixie southern regional vice president. “Our fantastic team has made shopping fun again by providing our guests with phenomenal service and quality products at a great value.”

New features inside the store include a full-time sushi chef, pizza, pasta and salad bars, custom cake stations and a cafe with free Wi-Fi, plush seating and a TV. A specialty cheese department and expanded wine and produce sections are also new to the concept.

The remodeled Winn-Dixie store in Davie celebrated its grand re-opening on May 9. Another new Winn-Dixie store in Hallandale Beach will open in early June.

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The Grille to take over former Rare space on Las Olas

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A new restaurant will open inside the former Rare steakhouse on Las Olas Boulevard.

A 8,367-square-foot American cuisine restaurant called the Grille will open in the fall, said owner Kevin Blair, who also owns the Pinon Grill in the Town Center at Boca Raton and Brimstone Woodfire Grill in Pembroke Pines.

Construction on the two-story facility with a wine cellar has begun. The former tenant, Rare, closed earlier this year. The Grille will be open for lunch and dinner.


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Free admission to South Florida botanical gardens on Friday

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Visit four South Florida botanical gardens for free on Friday to celebrate 2012 National Public Gardens Day. This could be a fun thing to do with Mom for Mother's Day.

Get free admission for up to 10 people at more than 500 botanical and public gardens around the country through Rainbird and Better Homes and Gardens, the event sponsors. Entry fees at some gardens normally cost $25.

Participating gardens in South and Central Florida:

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens in Coral Gables
Miami Beach Botanical Garden in Miami Beach
Montgomery Botanical Garden in Coral Gables
Block Botanical Garden in Miami
The Botanical Gardens at Kona Kai Resort in Key Largo
Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales
Lakes Park Botanic Garden in Fort Myers
Naples Botanical Garden

The program, in its fourth year, was founded by the American Public Gardens Association to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and the role they play in promoting environmental stewardship, water and plant conservation, according to the National Public Gardens website.

Click here for the deal. Print one coupon for every two people in your party.

Photo: The 30-foot-tall red rose sculpture is part of the large-scale installation "Will Ryman: Desublimation of the Rose," on view at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables through May 31.

Photo courtesy Faircihld Tropical Botanic Garden

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Free full-sized body wash from CVS/Pharmacy

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CVS/Pharmacy's MinuteClinic is giving away a free full-sized Essence of Beauty Body Wash as a Mother's Day gift on Facebook. The offer is for anyone, not just mothers.

Like the MinuteClinic fan page and click the "Special Offers" tab to enter your email address and you'll get coupon to redeem in CVS stores.

Click here for the deal. Sign up by May 11 to get the coupon, which expires on May 20. The offer is one per household.

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May 9, 2012

Sports Authority hosting grand re-opening in Fort Lauderdale

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The newly remodeled Sports Authority in Fort Lauderdale will hold a grand re-opening for the completed store on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m.

The nearly 50,000-square-foot renovated store at 1901 N. Federal Highway has a new fitness equipment area, Nike shops for men and women, expanding footwear department and an updated checkout area.

The first 250 customers at the grand re-opening celebration will receive gift cards ranging from $5-$500 in value. More giveaways, including hourly $100 cash drawings and a $1,000 grand prize Sports Authority shopping spree will be going on throughout the day.

Regular store hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.


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Mother's Day shopping and dining events around South Florida

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May is the month for Mom to feel pampered.

Several South Flroida malls are celebrating mom and everything she does during throughout the month of May. Here’s a listing of events and shopping specials for moms this month:

Coral Square Mall and the Town Center at Boca Raton will host Mom’s Nite Out on Thursday, May 10, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will feature style shows and demonstrations, retailer discounts and giveaways, raffle items, entertainment, food and samples from participating retailers.

At Coral Square Mall, moms will sample beauty and apparel products from retailes like Francesca’s Collections, Macy’s, JC Penney, Build-A-Bear Camilla Day Spa and In Style by Angelo as well as relaxing mini-massages.

At the Town Center at Boca Raton, Acro-yoga, Tai Chi, belly dancing and a master yoga class taught by Leslie Glickman is offered to all moms at the event.

“We believe that moms deserve ‘A Nite Off,’ so Simon malls are hosting a free event where they can enjoy their favorite destination in a new way,” said Lisa Bennett, Assistant Vice President of Business Development at Simon Property Group in a press release.

Shoppers have a chance to win a little black dress from Cynthia Rowley’s runway and a $500 gift card by visiting Simon guest services.

Visit Florida is offering an exclusive vacation from package to one lucky mom and three of her friends. The trip is to Bellasera Hotel in Naples. The grand prize also includes airfare and a $100 gift card to Zizi Restaurant, a Tuscan-inspired eatery specializing in fusion cuisine.

The giveaways are happening at both Coral Square Mall and the Town Center at Boca Raton.

From May 1-10 at the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, shoppers who spend $350 or more can exchange their retailer receipts at the information desk for a bouquet delivery from Flower Kingdom.

Local delivery is included only in select zip codes (33401, 33403-33418, 33460-33463, 33467, 33458, 33480) and is not guaranteed by May 13.

Retailers inside CityPlace at West Palm Beach will be offering shopping deals on items for Mother's Day. Anthropologie is celebrating moms by offering 30 percent off all charms and charm bracelets. The Anushka Spa, Salon & Cosmedical Centre has a Mother's Day deal running: for $270, mom can get a facial, massage, manicure, pedicure, make-up and gift card - a $334 value.

At Bath & Body Works, shoppers will get a VIP tote bag with seven featured products inside (valued at more than $100) for $20 when you spend $40.

Macy's Mother's Day sale runs from Wednesday, May 2 to Sunday, May 13. Shoppers get 20 percent off select regular, sale and clearance apparel for men, women and children, an extra 15 percent off luggage, jewelry, watches, shoes, handbags, intimates and more.

The Pottery Barn at CityPlace is hosting a summer decorating class on Mother’s Day from 10-12 p.m.

At Victoria's Secret, shoppers get their choice of robe or perfume when they spend $75 or more in the store.

The Whole Foods Market on Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale will host a Mother's Day brunch on Saturday, May 12, from noon to 2 p.m. The event costs $15 per person and registration is required. Menu includes sparkling wine,parmigiano reggiano baked eggs with Swiss chard; red potato and asparagus salad; raspberry walnut salad with Mt. tam cheese. Call Whole Foods Market at (954) 565-5655 or visit the customer service counter inside the store to register.

IKEA in Sunrise is offering free breakfast for mom from 9 to 11 a.m. on May 13. She'll get free eggs, bacon, hashbrowns and a cup of coffee.

Looking for the perfect day or night out for mom? Check out a listing of Mother's Day eateries and events around South Florida here.

Check back for more Mother's Day special deals and dining events.


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Free Spinach and Artichoke dip from California Pizza Kitchen ($10.25 value)

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California Pizza Kitchen is giving away free Spinach and Artichoke Dip appetizers valued at $10.25 as a thank you to its Facebook fans.

Visit CPK’s fan page and click the “Free Spin Dip” tab to get your coupon, which is good at participating locations.

After you dine, you’ll get a “Thank You Card” in which you can win a $100,000 cash prize and 20-percent-off dining discounts, among other prizes.

After you print your coupon, click the other tabs and join the CPK Adventure Club to get $5 off your next visit and get a grocery store coupon for $1 frozen pizzas.

Click here for the deal.

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May 8, 2012

Publix named No. 2 in Florida on Fortune 500 list

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Publix Super Markets fell short of being Florida’s top Fortune 500 company this year.

Miami-based World Fuel Services Corp. edged Publix for the No. 1 ranked Florida company with $34.6 billion in revenue. The company provides fueling and logistics services to air carriers, private aircraft and marine operators. They ranked No. 85 on the national list.

Publix, the second-largest company in Florida, ranked 106th this year with $27.2 billion in revenue. Last year it was ranked the No. 1 company in Florida. It ranked No. 2 in the state in 2010.

There were 16 Florida-based companies on this year’s Fortune 500 list, including Boca Raton-based Office Depot and Jacksonville-based Winn-Dixie.

Exxon Mobil ranked No. 1 on this year's list, and Walmart ranked No. 2. Last year, Walmart was No. 1 on the Fortune 500 listing.

To see the full list, click here.

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Free Häagen-Dazs ice cream cones on Tuesday

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We've got a hot scoop, er cold scoop, for you today: Get a free ice cream cone from Häagen-Dazs on Tuesday.

Visit a participating Central or South Florida shop from 4 to 8 p.m. and get the free treat in any flavor to celebrate "Free Cone Day."

There are participating locations in Aventura Mall, Beach Place in Fort Lauderdale, the Village Gulfstream Park, Hollywood beach, Bayside in Miami, Westfield Broward Mall, Sawgrass Garden, Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Mall and Mall of the Millenia in Central Florida, among others.

Click here for the deal and to see a full list of participating locations via Facebook.

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May 7, 2012

Free 'Avengers' song with Fandango movie ticket purchase

Buy an advanced ticket to "The Avengers" on Fandango.com and get a free iTunes song download from the hit movie.

Visit Fandango.com and buy your movie ticket to the blockbuster Marvel movie and get a free download of "Comeback" by Redlight King on iTunes.com.

After you buy the ticket, you'll get an email from Fandango within 24 hours with the free code to get the song.

Click here for the deal. The offer, one code per transaction, ends on May 17 or while supplies last.

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Half-priced Frappuccinos at Starbucks through Sunday

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Starbucks is having a 10-day happy hour through Sunday, May 13. Pop into any store from 3 to 5 p.m. and get half-priced Frappuccinos at participating stores.

New on the menu is the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino, which is a blend of coffee, mocha flavoring, chips, coffee, milk and ice, topped with chocolate whipped cream and cookie crumbles.

Click here for the deal. For a daily reminder, text HAPPY to 697289.

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May 4, 2012

Score free comics for Free Comic Book Day 2012 on Saturday

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Yo! Pocket-protecting, comic-book collecting geeks, this one’s for you.
Get free comic books on Saturday to celebrate Free Comic Book Day 2012.

If you visit Tate’s Comics in Lauderhill, you’ll get to pick out five freebies.

“At our store, you’ll get at least five free comic books,” says Joann Minieri, Tate’s manager. “There are more than 43 different titles to choose from this year including “Mouse Guard Labyrinth and Other Stories.” It’s a cool hardcover book. It’s very awesome.”

The timing of the annual May event, which stared in 2002, could not be better this year with Friday’s opening of “The Avengers.”

Minieri says last year’s event drew thousands of customers.

“It’s so fun. There will be a lot customers in costume, from Captain America to Ironman to Star Wars 501st Legion Unit. Those guys come in as Darth Vader and Stormtroopers looking like they just walked off the movie set. Customers love it. They look unreal.”
Score free hot titles from Marvel and others. “There are Avengers, Spiderman, DC Superfriends and Superman comics, too. Just pick what you like off our Free Comic Day menu,” Minieri says.

Docking Bay 94 in Coconut Creek is also participating. "We have hundreds show up. We'll have a bounce house and costumed characters. This is like our St. Patrick's Day," says the manager.

Each comic book is valued at $2.99 to $3.99, Minieri says.

“We’ve ordered more than 24,000 free books. There are plenty to go around.”

Click here to find a participating store.

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May 3, 2012

Miami's The Webster clothing line available in Target on Sunday

Target shoppers nationwide will be able to buy clothing and accessories from South Florida’s own The Webster boutique starting this weekend.

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The Webster is apart of the first flight of The Shops at Target, a new design partnership where the retailer will feature and sell five different collections from boutique businesses. The Webster will make its debut May 6 at all Target stores.

Clothing items will range in price from $7.99 to $49.99, according to a press release. The Webster at Target collection will have a Miami vibe, and some items will incorporate Miami Beach Art Deco district looks. The collection offers items for men, women and children in clothing, shoes and other accessories.

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Shoppers can find the collection in stores nationwide or at Target.com starting May 6.

Other shops included in The Shops at Target partnership are The Candy Store, Cos Bar, Polka Dog Bakery and Privet House.

The Webster is a high-end clothing, shoes, accessory and home furnishings boutique for men and women with a shop at 1220 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. Prices range $100 to several thousand for women's dresses and shoes at the store.

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May 2, 2012

Florida bank offers free Mercedes-Benz with $1 million deposit

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If you have a million bucks lying around, you can score a free 2012 Mercedes from Tampa-based C1 Bank.

Florida residents can deposit $1 million in a five-year CD and pick one of four free Mercedes-Benz models valued at more than $59,000 through Crown Eurocars, Inc. in St. Petersburg. 2012 model choices include the SLK350 Roadster, E350 Sedan, ML350 SUV or an E350 Convertible.

C1 Bank will offer pre-paid interest of $61,294 on the the deposit, which is based on 1.20 APY over 60 months. That covers the cost of the car.

Click here for the deal. The offer ends July 31. The limit is two Mercedes per household.

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May 1, 2012

Diamond Pet Foods issue dog food recall

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Diamond Pet Foods, a specialty, natural pet food supplier, has issued a voluntary recall of its lamb meal and rice adult dry dog food and puppy formula dry dog food, according to the company’s website.

The products may be contaminated with salmonella, according to the recall information. However, no dog illnesses have been reported.

Customers who have purchased the products in Florida, among other states should stop feeding their pets with the “best before” labels that read Jan. 4, 2013, according to the Diamond Dog Food website.

Pets with salmonella may be lethargic or have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomitting. Some pets will have a decreased appetite and abdominal pain. If your pet has consumed the recalled product, contact your veterinarian.

Several specialty pet feed stores sell Diamond Dog Food products, including Griff’s Western in Davie, Pet Supplies Plus in Hollywood and Delray Beach, and Finish Line Feed in Dania. For a full store listing, visit the Diamond Dog Food website.

For more information about the recall, pet owners can call Diamond Pet Foods at 800-442-0402, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.


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Free 10-day supply of new Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup

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Get a free 10-day supply of Estee Lauder's new Invisible Fluid Makeup with a Facebook offer.

Visit any Estee Lauder counter to get a color match and sample of the new foundation, no purchase necessary. Invisible Fluid Makeup, $35, comes in 16 shades, is oil-free and offers a weightless, flawless finish.

Click here for the deal. Click "Love It" or "Leave It" to reveal the offer.

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Domino's giving away 75,000 free Artisan Pizzas through Thursday

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Domino's is again giving away 75,000 free artisan pizzas valued at $7.99 every day through Thursday on Facebook.com. The offer the same promo earlier this month.

On Monday, the giveaway of 25,000 pizzas started at 3:45. We'll keep an eye out and let you know when it's starting Tuesday, but in past promotions, the time was the same each day.

Like the fan page and click the "Artisan Pizza Giveaway" tab to get your coupon code when the promotion goes live each day.

If you score a freebie, you have the option to order immediately through Dominos.com or select the "Order Later" button to get a coupon that must be redeemed by May 6.

Click here for the deal. The giveaway ends Thursday, May 3.

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Free $25 Gift Card with Walgreens prescription transfer

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Get a free $25 gift card when you transfer a prescription to Walgreens pharmacy with a coupon.

Sign in or register for an online account at Walgreens.com, enter your prescription information and then you'll receive the coupon after checkout.

When you go to pick up your prescription, present the coupon to get your free gift card, which is good on retail merchandise in stores.

Click here for the deal. The offer ends on May 30. Limit one card per transaction.

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About the authors
Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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