Nebraska Furniture Mart announces mask policy

Effective Nov. 27, Nebraska Furniture Mart will require all customers to wear a mask or face shield for in-store shopping at all NFM locations, according to an announcement from the store.

Entry will only be granted to those wearing a face mask or face shield. Children under the age of 5 are exempt.

The retailer’s mask policy currently allows an exception to be made for customers citing a medical reason for not wearing a mask. Moving forward, anyone who has a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask must wear a face shield.

Customers who opt out of wearing a mask or face shield can still take advantage of NFM’s new virtual shopping service or shop online and over the phone, with same-day delivery or pickup available on many in-stock items.

Throughout 2020, NFM has adapted to the ongoing pandemic by introducing new services like virtual shopping and same-day delivery in addition to existing services like online shopping and drive-through pickup, according to a spokesman.

In light of the rising numbers of positive COVID cases throughout the United States, this updated policy is designed to help ensure the health and safety of NFM customers and staff as the retailer enters the busy holiday shopping season. The new face covering policy is expected to remain in effect into 2021, and NFM will continue to update its policies in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and local health departments.

For more information, visit https://www.nfm.com/covid-19-updates.

Legends Outlets has holiday plans, with social distancing

The holiday shopping season is almost here, and like nearly everything else in 2020, the experience at Legends Outlets will differ from years past.

To ensure the health and safety of its retailers, guests and employees, holiday plans have been adjusted to align with community safety measures recommended by the Wyandotte County Health Department.

Legends Outlets will offer smaller activities throughout the season and encourage shoppers to experience the Christmas tree light and music show anytime they visit the center. The activities, which include a themed selfie station, movies on The Lawn, character appearances, text-to-win giveaways, and more, limit person-to-person contact and serve as a way for shoppers to enjoy the holiday season in a safe, socially distanced environment.

Additionally, Legends Outlets will continue to operate under modified hours throughout the holiday season, including on Black Friday. This year, the center is closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, for Thanksgiving, and opens at 8 a.m. on Nov. 27 for Black Friday shopping.

Holiday plans include:

Christmas Tree Light Show

• When: Friday, Nov. 20 – Thursday, Dec. 31 (during center hours)
• Where: The Civic Courtyard Fountain

Shoppers are invited to experience Legends Outlets’ tree light display on their own time this holiday season. Because of COVID-19, there was no gathering for a lighting ceremony this year. Beginning Nov. 20, festive decorations synchronized to holiday music will light up the 45-foot holiday tree in the Civic Courtyard and continue daily until Dec. 31. Shoppers are encouraged to share their festive photos at Legends Outlets using #LegendsHoliday.

Santa Mail Station

• When: Saturday, Nov. 14 – Sunday, Dec. 20 (during center hours)
• Where: Civic Courtyard, near the AMC entrance

Santa’s elves are teaming up with Legends Outlets this year to make sure Santa receives your child’s wish list. Children are invited to drop their letters in Santa’s mailbox, which is located near the AMC entrance. Please make sure to include a return address so Santa can write back. If you do not have a letter and your child is interested in writing to Santa, templates are available at Books-A-Million and in the Legends Outlets management office.

Sleigh Selfie Station

• When: Friday, Nov. 20 – Saturday, Dec. 26 (during center hours)
• Where: The Lawn

Stationed in The Lawn, Santa’s sleigh is available for photos during center hours throughout the holiday season.

Additional photo opportunities at Legends Outlets this holiday season include window artwork of Santa and his elves, a giant snow globe (Dec. 5) and festive greetings in giant LED letters (Dec. 19-20). Please visit www.legendsshopping.com/all-events/ for a list of all the holiday photo opps coming to Legends Outlets this holiday season.

Movies on The Lawn

• When: Select days in November and December
• Where: The Lawn
• Titles: Home Alone, Elf, Frozen, The Grinch, Polar Express, The Muppet Christmas Carol & more

o Please visit www.legendsshopping.com/all-events/ for a schedule of holiday movies on The Lawn.

Character Appearances

• When: Select days in November and December, including the following:
o Nov. 21: Leo the Lion, Chase from Paw Patrol and Breena the Mini Pony
o Nov. 27: The Grinch, Olaf and more
o Nov. 28: Buddy the Elf
o Dec. 5: The Grinch
o Dec. 12: Frozen characters

• Where: Center-wide

o Visit www.legendsshopping.com/all-events/ for a list of characters coming to Legends Outlets this holiday season.

Black Friday Shopping

• When: Friday, Nov. 27: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Legends Outlets is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, and opens at 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, for Black Friday shopping*. This year, Black Friday will include text-to-win giveaways, roaming character appearances, holiday movie screenings on The Lawn, special savings, and more. Please visit www.legendsshopping.com/all-events/ for more information about Black Friday.

While Legends Outlets will officially remain closed on Thanksgiving Day, some store and restaurant hours may vary. Call individual retailers to inquire about operating hours on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26.

Center Hours

Regular Hours:

• Monday-Friday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
• Saturday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
• Sunday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Holiday Hours:

• Thursday, Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving): CLOSED
• Friday, Nov. 27: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
• Saturday, Nov. 28: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
• Thursday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve): 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Friday, Dec. 25 (Christmas): CLOSED
• Thursday, Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve): 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
• Friday, Jan 1 (New Year’s Day): 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

For more information about Legends Outlets holiday plans, and for an updated calendar of holiday activations, visit www.legendsshopping.com.

Small businesses here to receive CARES Act funding

Nearly 2,000 small businesses and organizations in Kansas will receive part of $37.5 million in Small Business Working Capital grants, according to Gov. Laura Kelly.

The recipients includes about 67 small businesses and organizations in Wyandotte County.

The grants went to small businesses and organizations that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an announcement.

“Throughout the pandemic, my administration has prioritized the efficient distribution of CARES Act funding to protect Kansas’ economy and ensure our businesses and schools can stay open,” Gov. Kelly said in a news release. “While I’m proud to announce that we have been able to provide relief to almost 2,000 small businesses, there are many more that still need help. Washington has been sitting on a second stimulus bill for months, it’s time to put aside the partisanship and pass this long-overdue aid for the states.”

Kansas businesses with fewer than 500 employees were eligible to apply for SBWC grant funding, made available by Gov. Kelly’s Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Taskforce through the federal CARES Act.

Grant funds can be used to pay working capital expenses such as payroll, insurance, rent, mortgage payments, utilities, inventory, and more.

“Through the CARES Act funding, we’ve enhanced our public health response, upgraded our technology infrastructure, made sure children could keep learning, helped businesses stay open and created jobs,” Julie Lorenz, executive director of the Office of Recovery, said. “There are still many unmet needs and with additional federal funding and flexibility, we could deliver more investments to serve Kansans and industries that continue to suffer from the pandemic.”

The SPARK Taskforce and the Kansas Department of Commerce will maintain the Small Business Working Capital grant program, as well as PPE Procurement and Connectivity Emergency Response Grant programs, should more federal CARES Act funding become available.

“Small businesses are the backbone of the Kansas economy, and they keep our communities strong and vibrant,” Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “We’re glad to have been able to provide critically-needed working capital to nearly 2,000 businesses, but the need for liquidity doesn’t end there. We need to have their backs. The Department of Commerce will always stand ready to assist businesses across Kansas, pandemic or not.”

The online application process for several other SPARK grant programs remain active. Details are available at www.kansascommerce.gov/covidrelief.

About 67 Wyandotte County businesses and organizations received funding, including:

• #ProjectLaing Entertainment L.L.C., $2,500;
• 3 Axis, Inc., $20,000;
• 63 Party Bus, $14,450;
• A Taste of Love – Bakery. $20,000;
• Accent Limousine LLC, $20,000;
• African Designs By Liliane and Amisi Lc, $20,000;
• Allegro Choirs of Kansas City, $50,000;
• Amy Marvel, $20,000;
• Angels of Grace Family Service Center, $20,000;
• Ap Investments of Merriam Inc., $20,000;
• Arrow Rentals kc, $20,000;
• Art’s Mexican Products, Inc., $20,000;
• B LO, $20,000;
• Bonds Advance Training Center, $20,000;
• Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Area Chamber of Commerce, $8,925;
• Borberg Pizzeria, Inc., $20,000;
• Brittney Strozier, $6,000;
• Byrd’s Dance & Gymnastics, Inc., $20,000;
• C B INC, $20,000;
• Central Area Betterment Association, $10,200;
• CJ Industries, LLC, $20,000;
• Cleaning Genies KC, $7,000;
• Club 403 Enterprises, LLC $20,000;
• D Rockey Holdings, Inc., $20,000;
• Dragnet Enterprises, $20,000;
• El Tenedor KC LLC, $20,000;
• Evolve Chef, $20,000;
• Excel Lighting, LLC $20,000;
• FRP Agency LLC, $20,000;
• Gina’s Braiding Lounge, $20,000;
• Harlan Global Manufacturing LLC, $20,000;
• Heart of America Food Services, LLC, $20,000;
• HiFLight Athletics, LLC, $10,000;
• Infusion Design, Inc,. $20,000;
• Jarocho LLC, $20,000;
• Kacie Investments LLC, $20,000;
• KC Civic Center LLC, $100,000;
• KC Hutton Road LLC, $20,000;
• KC NBSS Hotel LLC, $20,000;
• KC Presort, LLC, $20,000;
• Kristi’s Academy of Dance and PA, LLC, $18,200;
• Lynn Tape & Label, Inc., $20,000;
• MAC Water Technologies, Inc., $20,000;
• Mi-Rancho Tequila USA, Inc., $20,000;
• Miller Marketing & Distribution LLC, $20,000;
• Monica Griffin-Wright, $20,000;
• My Store III Inc., $20,000;
• Nail Envy Legends LLC, $20,000;
• Nails So Happy Legends LLC, $20,000;
• National Agricultural Hall of Fame, $20,000;
• New Image, LLC, $20,000;
• New West Presentations, Inc., $100,000;
• Nikita Thomas, $20,000;
• Regal Staffing LLC, $20,000;
• Remiez Salon, Inc., $20,000;
• S&W Sports Enterprises, LLC, $20,000;
• Shannon loomis, $10,000;
• Shree Madhava Management, Inc., $20,000;
• Skyline Salon, $20,000;
• Smallwood Lock Supply, Inc., $20,000;
• Sunflower Tow Service LLC, $20,000;
• Tan-39 Rain, LLC, $20,000;
• The learning Curve Group Inc., $20,000;
• The Mockingbird Lounge LLC, $20,000;
• ThermaRoll Leaf, Inc., $20,000;
• Tina M Medina DBA as Wise Writers and Speakers, $20,000;
• Titan Casting, $20,000;
• Valor Professional Solutions LLC, $20,000.