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October 12, 2005

Halloween Happenings

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Halloween is fast approaching and everyone seems to be scurrying around in a frenzy to find that perfect, totally-original costume.  Besides dressing up and gaining a few pounds from your stash of trick-or-treat goodies, what else is there to this mysterious holiday?

·       Did you know?  The American tradition of "trick-or-treating" probably dates back to the early All Souls' Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called "soul cakes" in return for their promise to pray for the family's dead relatives.

·       Not all Halloween goodies are bad for you!  Pumpkins are low in calories, fat, and sodium and high in fiber. They are good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein, and iron.

·       Curious about our friend Jack-o-Lantern? Click here to read the history of our favorite carved friends!  Don't forget to bake the seeds for a tasty, and healthful, treat.

·       Get in the 'Spirit'!  Join the Alamo Drafthouse downtown for a NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS sing-a-long!  Click here for info.

Have a great costume idea this year? Know of any other special events? Share them with us! 

October 12, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

February 23, 2005

Survey Winners!!

survey_winnerCongratulations to Keora Norris and Katrina Wells, Emeralds Customer Survey Winners! Spend your 50 bucks wisely!

And for all the rest of you Emeralds Shoppers... feeling lucky? Take the survey, cross your fingers, and win 50 bucks a week! Yes, it is that easy.

February 23, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

January 28, 2005

Survey Winner!!

survey_winnerCongratulations to Nicole Ann Adams, this week's Emeralds Customer Survey Winner! Spend your 50 bucks wisely!

And for all the rest of you Emeralds Shoppers... feeling lucky? Take the survey, cross your fingers, and win 50 bucks a week! Yes, it is that easy.

January 28, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (4)

December 15, 2004

Survey Winner!!

survey_winnerCongratulations to Nicole Martin, this week's Emeralds Customer Survey Winner! Spend your 50 bucks wisely!

And for all the rest of you Emeralds Shoppers... feeling lucky? Take the survey, cross your fingers, and win 50 bucks a week! Yes, it is that easy.

December 15, 2004 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1)

December 08, 2004

If Christmas never came...

Safeplace I wonder what it would be like if Christmas never came.  If the tree never stood in the living room and ornaments never swung from its branches.  If a rainbow of lights never twinkled through its greenery.  I wonder what it would be like if Christmas never came.  If a lit fire never beckoned family home and stockings never bubbled over with trinkets.  If there were no chestnuts for roasting.  I wonder what it would be like if Christmas never came.  If no brightly wrapped gifts collected under the tree and no cookies were left overnight for Santa.  If no one had to be told to go to sleep for fear of spoiling something magical.  I wonder what it would be like if Christmas never came...

You probably have your own traditions at the holiday season.  Unfortunately, for many families yearly traditions are difficult because life just isn't that consistent.  Every year Austin Safeplace (click the pic for info) collects goods for the Holiday season.  EMERALDS wants to make sure no one ever feels loss at Christmas, so there will be collection boxes at our stores.  We are focusing on household items. (You can check our list for specifics.)  You'll be amazed by how much giving a little extra can brighten your holiday.  Maybe your gift will be the reason a family starts a Christmas tradition of their own this season.

Click for a list of items.

There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind -- are always attained by giving them to someone else. --Peyton Conway March

December 8, 2004 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

December 06, 2004

Survey Winner!!

survey_winnerCongratulations to Tina Zigon, last week's Emeralds Customer Survey Winner! Spend your 50 bucks wisely!

And for all the rest of you Emeralds Shoppers... feeling lucky? Take the survey, cross your fingers, and win 50 bucks a week! Yes, it is that easy.

December 6, 2004 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

November 23, 2004

Survey Winner!!

survey_winnerCongratulations to Jeanie Hernandez, this week's Emeralds Customer Survey Winner! Spend your 50 bucks wisely!

And for all the rest of you Emeralds Shoppers... feeling lucky? Take the survey, cross your fingers, and win 50 bucks a week! Yes, it is that easy.

November 23, 2004 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

November 17, 2004

Survey Winner!!

survey_winnerCongratulations to Kerry Curtis, this week's Emeralds Customer Survey Winner! Spend your 50 bucks wisely!

And for all the rest of you Emeralds Shoppers... feeling lucky? Take the survey, cross your fingers, and win 50 bucks a week! Yes, it is that easy.

November 17, 2004 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

November 09, 2004

Survey Winner!

survey_winnerCongratulations to Sherri Purdy, this week's Emeralds Customer Survey Winner! Spend your 50 bucks wisely!

And for all the rest of you Emeralds Shoppers... feeling lucky? Take the survey, cross your fingers, and win 50 bucks a week! Yes, it is that easy.

November 9, 2004 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1)

November 02, 2004

Survey Winner!!

survey_winnerCongratulations to Naomi Tilton, this week's Emeralds Customer Survey Winner! Spend your 50 bucks wisely!

And for all the rest of you Emeralds Shoppers... feeling lucky? Take the survey, cross your fingers, and win 50 bucks a week! Yes, it is that easy.

November 2, 2004 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)