Black-Owned Bookstore Malik Books Expands Despite Pandemic Challenges

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Malik Muhammad at his new Westfield Culver City location.

In March of last year, when public health officials mandated the indefinite closure of Los Angeles County’s indoor shopping malls, Malik Books in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza was forced to close its doors.

The store ended up shuttering for six months, driving sales down 50% year over year in that period. But owner Malik Muhammad managed to keep the business — an independent African American bookstore specializing in books that showcase cultural diversity — afloat.


Muhammad, 57, encouraged his customers to use the online ordering features already on his store’s

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Twitter’s Dorsey leads blockbuster $29 bln buyout of Australian BNPL giant Afterpay

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  • Square offers 30% premium for Afterpay
  • Afterpay board unanimously recommends deal
  • Afterpay U.S. sales soar in fiscal 2021

Aug 2 (Reuters) – Square Inc (SQ.N), the payments firm of Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) co-founder Jack Dorsey, will purchase buy now, pay later (BNPL)pioneer Afterpay Ltd (APT.AX) for $29 billion, creating a global transactions giant in the biggest buyout of an Australian firm.

The takeover underscores the popularity of a business model that has upended consumer credit by charging merchants a fee to offer small point-of-sale loans which their shoppers repay in interest-free instalments, bypassing credit checks.

It also locks in a

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What to know about the shopping holiday

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Gear up, shoppers. Iowa’s sales tax-free weekend is coming up. 

After living in loungewear for the better part of 2020, shoppers looking to revamp their closets or parents getting their children ready for school can save on clothing and shoes from Aug. 6-7.

Iowa’s sales tax, which ranges from 6% to 7%, depending on your location, is waived during the annual two-day holiday. 

Here’s everything you need to know to take advantage of this year’s savings: 

When is the tax-free weekend?

Iowa’s tax-free weekend starts the first Friday in August.

This year, it begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug.

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Harvard Grocery Outlet moving to Garden Valley Shopping Center | Business

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The Grocery Outlet on West Harvard Avenue in Roseburg, which has been serving customers with low-cost food, household goods and other items under different names for 30 years, is moving.

The store, located at 930 W. Harvard Ave., will take over the space formerly occupied by JCPenney in the Garden Valley Shopping Center. The move is expected to take place early next year, said Stephen Burton, who has owned the Grocery Outlet with his wife Kelly since October.

The move will give the Burtons and their new grocery outlet more of everything, Stephen Burton said — more customer parking, more

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Back to school shopping in Sarasota-Manatee kicks off with supply shortages

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Last year’s back-to-school shopping season was a big one for Discount Computers Inc. in Sarasota.

As kids in the area prepared for virtual schooling during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the computer and accessories retail store was selling laptops and desktops left and right, owner Amelia Manning said. Money that would normally be spent on a summer vacation or a couple of meals at a nice restaurant instead went toward families upgrading their tech. 

“Everyone was buying like crazy,” Manning said. “People were really needing them.” 

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