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Mall stores must open on Thanksgiving but expect to be busy

Some big retailers face scrutiny for opening on Thanksgiving, but many small stores have no choice.
Deaf business owners overcome obstacles and prejudice
Soon after customers arrive at Mozzeria for the first time, they notice something's different about the restaurant: Virtually every staffer is deaf.  

Small businesses have a burst of optimism, survey says
A survey released Tuesday by Bank of America found that 56 percent of owners are optimistic about the national economy, up 8 percentage points from a survey last spring and 11 points from one taken a year ago. 

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Seasoned Collector: Holiday 2015 historic home tours, antique shopping

Holiday events are scheduled at historic Bay Area homes, from McConaghy House in Hayward to Ainsley House in Campbell. Plus, a roundup of holiday teas and shopping events.