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Gigi's Cupcakes offering Valentine's specials

Gigi's Cupcakes offering Valentine's specials

ATLANTA -- There's still time to place a special Valentine's Day order with Gigi's Cupcakes.

The popular cupcake shop, which has stores throughout metro Atlanta, is offering a number of specials, perfect for those you love.

Customers can choose between the Love Box, which features four full-size Valentine cupcakes, and the Smooch Box, which has a dozen mini cupcakes specially decorated for the holiday.

Gigi's Sweetheart Special includes a Love Box and a dozen roses. There's also a gluten-free Love Box option.

Visit gigiscupcakesusa.com to find a store or place an order.

Belk santafest to spread holiday cheer

Belk santafest to spread holiday cheer

ATLANTA -- Belk department stores will host their first-ever santafest holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 1.

All santafests will be held from noon to 3 p.m.

Highlights include crafts, family-friend activities, Christmas treats and, of course, the chance to meet Santa Claus. Participants can enter a drawing to win a $50 kids wardrobe; three winners will be chosen from each Belk store.

Visit belk.com for more information and to find your nearest store.

Belk donates $100K to Sandy relief

Belk donates $100K to Sandy relief

ATLANTA -- Belk Inc., operator of Belk department stores, has committed $100,000 to the American Red Cross to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

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"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who suffered and continue to struggle as a result of this devastating storm," Belk Inc. chairman and CEO Tim Belk said in a statement. "The American Red Cross is at the forefront of disaster relief efforts, providing much-needed resources and support to those who lives have been impacted by the storm."

Belk's contribution will support efforts both in New York and throughout the company's footprint.

There are several Belk locations throughout metro Atlanta. Visit belk.com to find your closest store.

The Fresh Market opens Wednesday in Athens

The Fresh Market opens Wednesday in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. -- North Georgia's newest The Fresh Market location will officially open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

The store is located at 196 Alps Road in Athens. It is Georgia's 12th Fresh Market.

Opening festivities will begin at 8:45 a.m. with a Cracking of the Parmesan, a Fresh Market ribbon-cutting tradition. The first 1,000 customers will receive free coffee samples and reusable shopping bags, and everyone will be entered for the chance to win $100 gift cards.

Stop by the new Fresh Market between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. for opening day fun.

Learn more about Fresh Market at thefreshmarket.com. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Kangaroo Express offering 1-cent coffee on Sept. 29

Kangaroo Express offering 1-cent coffee on Sept. 29

ATLANTA -- Kangaroo Express is celebrating National Coffee Day on Saturday, Sept. 29 by offering one-cent cups of coffee to customers.

Guests can put their spare pennies to use by cashing them in for a 12 oz. Bean Street Coffee from 8 a.m. to noon.

"We love our guests and our guests love coffee. That's why National Coffee Day is the perfect time to show our appreciation with a cup of coffee that can be paid for with the least appreciated coin of them all -- the penny," Kangaroo Express senior VP of marketing John Fisher said in a statement.

The limit is one cup of coffee per customer, while supplies last.

Find your nearest Kangaroo Express at kangarooexpress.com.

Sam's Club offering free diabetes screenings

Sam's Club offering free diabetes screenings

ATLANTA -- Several Sam's Club Pharmacy locations throughout metro Atlanta will offer free diabetes and vision screenings this weekend.

The screenings will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and are valued at more than $150. They include glucose, A1C, vision, blood pressure and BMI tests.

"Knowing the links between risk factors, choices and solutions prepares our members to better manage or even prevent diabetes," Sam's Club Health and Wellness senior VP Jill Turner-Mitchael said in a statement.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say about 1.9 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed every year. If this trend continues, one out of every three U.S. adults will have diabetes by 2050.

Diabetes is also the leading cause of new cases of blindness in U.S. adults, according to the CDC.

Participating Sam's Club locations include:

10600 Davis Drive

2901 Clairmont Road

Eat out, raise money, help kids

Eat out, raise money, help kids

ATHENS, Ga. -- You can do your part this week to curb Georgia's high school dropout rate. All you need to do is eat at one of your favorite restaurants.

On Thursday, Aug. 23, proceeds from restaurants across the state will be donated to Communities in Schools of Georgia, an organization that encourages young people to complete their education and succeed in life.

The sixth annual Dine Out for Kids event hopes to exceed last year's total of $30,000 for children in the state.

Communities in Schools, which has chapters across the country, provides mentoring and after-school services, including parent education, literacy programs and youth leadership opportunities.

Participating Dine Out for Kids restaurants in the Athens-Clarke County area include: