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Shopping GuideContinued from page 60Exchange Plaza Shopping Center 5819 NW Loop 410San Antonio, TX 78238(406) 522-8314Hours: Hours varyDescription: NicelittleshoppingcenterwithshopssuchasUlta,DSW,OldNavy,BestBuyand a variety of restaurants.Shops at Rivercenter849 E. Commerce St.San Antonio, TX 78205(210) 225-0000www.shoprivercenter.comHours: Sun: 12:00pm – 6:00pm, Mon-Sat: 10:00am – 9:00pm Description: LocatedontheworldfamousRiverWalkindowntownSanAntonio,Rivercenter features more than 100 retailers including six restaurants, Macy’s, IMAX, AMC Theatres, and a 1,000 room Marriott Hotel. Rivercenter is the premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Discover a beautiful environment with the perfect blend of downtown energy and old-world charm.GTuide To Restaurant TippingWestover Marketplace 8327 TX – 151San Antonio, TX 78245(602) 778-6076Hours: Hours vary www.vereit.comDescription: WestoverMarketplaceislocatedatthecornerofStateHwy.151atLoop410, San Antonio. It is a Regional Center which opened in 2005 and was last renovated in 2009. It is an Open shopping mall. It covers an area of 600,000 sqft. and has about 56 stores including GNC, Target, Lowes, ToysRus, Ross, Carinos, Cracker Barrel, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and much more!Market Square (El Mercado)514 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78207(210) 207-8600Looking to experience the full flavor and feel of San Antonio? Its heritage includes Spanish, Mexican and German influence. There are many ways to enjoy these influences but perhaps one of the best ways to appreciate our Mexican heritage is by visiting El Mercado. El Mercado brings the spice of Mexico to San Antonio. This is the largest Mexican marketplace outside of Mexico. With over 25 different shops and vendors, you can do some of your best bargain hunting. Items range from glassware, leather goods, vanilla, and other colorful treasures.ableside service is one of the benefits to dining out. Dining out can be a welcome change from preparing meals at home, anddiners love that, once the meal is finished, someone else is there to clean everything up.Leaving gratuities for exemplary restaurant service may not be mandatory. However, in many areas of the world, proper dining etiquette suggests diners should tip their servers when paying for the meal. Many restaurant employees count on tips to supplement their salaries, and servers may even be paid below-average wages because tips are factored into their earnings.Diners routinely struggle when leaving a gratuity. Tipping, because of the money involved, also can cause heated debates. Various experts have weighed in to help customers determine the right way to proceed with tipping. This tipping guide helps clarify when and how to tip.Etiquette experts at the Emily Post Institute concur that 15 to 20 percent is the standard rule of thumb when tipping at a sit-down dining establishment. If the restaurant is buffet-style, a 10 percent tip may be adequate. Many people leave a 20 percent tip when dining out. That has become the norm for good service. Poor service may not be worthy of such a substantial tip.When alcoholic beverages are part of the meal, some diners prefer to tip separately. That’s because restaurants may implement a heavy markup on wineor cocktailprices.Tippingbasedonthebillpre- tax can be expensive. The safe recommendation is 10 to 15 percent. Those who sit at the bar before retiring to a table should offer 15 to 20 percent ofthe tab to the bartender; or, $1 for beer or wine, $2 for mixed drinks. suggests paying your bar tab before leaving for your table.Although it can be tempting to refrain from tipping when service is poor, this isn’t always the wisest idea. That’s because some restaurants employ a shift system in which all of given shift’s gratuities enter a pool and are divided by a point system. Otherwise, each individual server is responsible for tipping his or her support staff, which includes a busser, a runner, a back waiter, and/or a bartender. Rather than punish the wholelot, reduce the tip and then discuss your misgivings with the restaurant manager.Diners should know that gratuities are typically included in the bill for larger parties. Restaurants generally add an 18 percent gratuity to the bill. Restaurants put this in place to safeguard their staff. This gratuity should be mentioned on the bill or on the menu. If the service was excellent, diners may want to tip on top of the included gratuity.Diners who have gone over budget should not compensate by reducing the tip. Diners who cannot afford to tip should not dine out.2017-2018www.GreatNWGuide.com67Shopping Guide

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