For those looking to get a jump on their Christmas shopping on Turkey day, Kmart, located at 42126 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, is open Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26-27, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. The Dollar Tree, at 42150 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear lake, is open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Radio Shack, at 42124 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
CVS Pharmacy, at 42136 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, is open Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Rite Aid, at 42146 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Walgreens, at 42107 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, is open 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
For those looking to pick up some last-minute pumpkin pie or thyme for roasted potatoes, Vons, located at 42170 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, is open from 6 a.m. to midnight. Stater Bros., at 42171 E. Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, is open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Community Market, at 100 E. Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear City, is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you don't relish the idea of spending the day roasting a turkey and slaving over sweet potatoes, plenty of Valley restaurants are serving up vittles for Thanksgiving. This is by no means an exhaustive list, although it was a bit exhausting compiling it.
B's Backyard Bar-B-Que is serving up Thanksgiving how ever you like it-by the plate, to go or family style. For the family-style sitting, you have your choice of what size whole turkey you'd like, all the sides you desire, and whatever is left gets wrapped up for you to take home for Thanksgiving leftovers. B's Backyard Bar-B-Que is at 350 Alden Rd., Big Bear Lake. For reservations call 909-866-4500 or visit www.bsbackyard.com.
Jasper's Smokehouse is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. serving all of its regular menu, and from 3 p.m. until all the turkey is gone the crew is serving smoked turkey along with all the fixin's. Jasper's is at 607 Pine Knot Ave., Big Bear Lake. For reservations, call 909-866-2434 or visit the Web site at www.jasperssmokehouse.com.
Knickerbocker Mansion is serving Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings 2 to 7 p.m. Knickerbocker Mansion is at 869 Knickerbocker Rd., Big Bear Lake. For reservations, call 909-878-9190 or visit the Web site at www.knickerbockermansion.com.
Le Bistro Restaurant at Best Western Chateau is offering its Thanksgiving Harvest from noon to 8 p.m., which includes Champagne and your choice of turkey, prime rib, rosemary roasted leg of lamb or honey-baked ham, plus all the extras like baked sweet potato casserole, green bean almandine and more. Best Western Chateau is at 42200 Moonridge Rd., Big Bear Lake. For reservations, call 909-866-6666.
Madlon's is serving a five-course meal for the big day with seatings available at 2, 5 and 8 p.m. And part of the proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels, so not only are you stuffing yourself, you can help stuff someone else's turkey. Madlon's is at 829 W. Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear City. For reservations call 909-585-3762 or visit the Web site at www.madlonsrestaurant.com.
Nottinghams is offering traditional turkey as well as basil chicken, steak and lobster, blackened salmon, portobello ravioli and more open 1 to 9 p.m. Try chef Poncho's butternut squash soup. We hear it's fab. Nottinghams is at 909-866-4644. For reservations call 909-866-4644 or visit the Web site at www.nottinghams.info.
Old Country Inn has its regular menu available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., plus a turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, yams, soup and salad, plus pumpkin pie. Old Country Inn is at 41126 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake. For more information, call 909-866-5600 or visit the Web site www.oldcountryinn.net.
Pong's offers an alternative to the usual Thanksgiving meal, serving its menu of stirfries, sushi, curries and more. Pong's is at 42104 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake. For more information, call 909-866-4400.
Stillwells Restaurant is serving Thanksgiving brunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stillwells is at Northwoods Resort at 40650 Village Drive, Big Bear Lake. For more information, call 909-866-3121 or visit the Web site at www.northwoodsresort.com.
For early eaters, Barnstorm Restaurant will be open for its usual breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon, so if you're not fasting for the big meal stop in for a Landing Strip, better known as bacon and eggs, or opt for the High Flyer, smoked ham with two eggs. Barnstorm is at the Big Bear Airport, 501 W. Valley Blvd., Big Bear City. For more info, call 909-585-9339 or visit the Web site at www.barnstormrestaurant.com. Alpine Country Coffee Shop is also open for its usual breakfast crowd from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Alpine Country Coffee Shop is at 41546 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake. For more info, call 909-866-1959.
If you've never liked turkey, never will, and are just craving a run to the border, sadly Taco Bell is not open. For other chain choices, McDonald's is open 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Carl's Jr is open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Burger King is open until 4 p.m.; Jack in the Box is open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Denny's is open it's normal 24 hours a day, serving its normal menu; International House of Pancakes is open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. serving its usual fare; and Starbucks is open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
So you're looking to get your turkey-free drink on after a day with your loved and not-so-loved ones? Murray's and Chad's will be open serving libations. And to one-up that, The Pub in the Village says not only are they open, you can bring in your own food if you so choose. But if just drinking won't do, and bringing your own food isn't wooing you, The Bowling Barn is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with Alley-Oops Cocktail Lounge opening at 5 p.m. Drinks are served at both locations.
And if you didn't get enough drama at the dinner table, Blockbuster will be renting and selling movies from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Village Theaters is also on its normal schedule with two new films showing, "Australia" and "Four Christmases."
MARTA bus lines and Dial-a-Ride both are not running on Thanksgiving Day. You can thank us for all this information over some pumpkin pie leftovers on Friday.