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Shopgirl: Masters week manners

The Masters official app, Masters Week manners and shopping around town

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WHAT’S NEW

Brand new and absolutely gorgeous, the official Masters Tournament app is worth a download.

One of the perks of my job means I will be out on the course, but I realize most golf fans aren’t so lucky. You can stay connected from your desk with the Masters app. It has seven live streams of video content in addition to the CBS telecast of Saturday and Sunday, plus Wednesday’s Par 3 Contest and tournament play on Amen Corner and Nos. 15 and 16.

In addition to the HD video, the app provides live scoring, a history timeline, news coverage and push notifications to keep you even more abreast of the tournament than if you were there.

As one reviewer on iTunes said, “Now I don’t have to take the day off from work.”

WHAT’S HAPPENING

In the spirit of warm Augusta hospitality, Mayor Deke Copenhaver will be host of the 14th annual Mayor’s Masters Reception at 6p.m. Monday at Augus­ta Common. The event has grown since its 1999 inception, with more than 5,000 attendees last year. This year’s guest of honor is two-time Masters champion Tom Watson, who will be given a key to the city.

As you’re taking the long way to avoid traffic and waiting an extra long time for a table at your favorite restaurant this week, follow Deke’s example and go the extra mile to make our guests feel welcome.

WHAT’S AFFORDABLE

Shops all over the Augusta area are setting out their best spring merchandise right now, along with fun Augusta-themed items as well.

The Swank Co. is selling cute, retro tins that say “greetings from Augusta” and a birdhouse styled after the Augusta National Golf Club clubhouse.

If you have golf fans in your life who can’t make it down here this year, it’s a great week to get gifts they won’t be receiving from anyone else.

Our local retailers’ prices are always great, and you get the added satisfaction of supporting a local small business.

Don’t forget Aiken: if you’re in town for the tournament and need to bring back souveniers for someone who won’t get excited about a polo shirt, pop into the downtown Aiken stores. Amanda at Threads, Ziggy at Folly and everyone else downtown can help you pick out something cute and special, but easy to pack in your suitcase.


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