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Dairy maker Sapins targets 100 biz crore, launches new products


Sapins, one of the leading dairy manufacturers in Kerala, has set a target of reaching 100 crore in 2022-2023 through the launch of new products.

The company also plans to launch flavored yogurts, milk drinks and ice cream in 2022, said Gigi Thomas, chief executive of Sapins Farm Products.

It unveiled a new corporate identity sporting a young and fresh look and launched a bunch of new products in new packaging designs. The new visual identity and new products were launched by filmmaker Anu Sithara, Sapins brand ambassador.

New products launched include milk in recyclable glass bottles, jarred curd, salted and unsalted table butter, fresh Malai paneer, pradhaman palada and Danedar cow ghee.

Gigi Thomas said that the new products are introduced in accordance with the ever changing demands of the market. Milk in recyclable glass bottles is our giant step towards a clean environment as sour milk is launched to meet the growing demand of the new generation.

Along with the new products and the new look, the brand has also launched social and environmental initiatives. The company has increased the number of women employed at all levels. Even earlier our ratio was in favor of women at 60:40 and now it has even exceeded 70:30 with more hiring in production, sales, customer service, administration and HR.

Sapins Dairy has been operational since 2010. The company set up its main factory in Kizhakambalam near Kochi in 2014 to process 50,000 liters of milk per day. The unit has the most modern production lines with separate capacities for curd, ghee, paneer and butter and four milk variants. Fir trees also adopted a group of villages around Tenkasi in Tamil Nadu.

Boxing Day Bestsellers as Stores Launch Up to 70% Off Hot Discounts, Including B&M, Next, Argos and Currys

Boxing Day Bestsellers as Stores Launch Up to 70% Off Hot Discounts, Including B&M, Next, Argos and Currys

Bargain hunters can get big discounts when stores launch their Boxing Day sales.

There are huge discounts on everything from clothes and housewares to beauty and tech.


Shoppers can find Boxing Day deals online and in stores

Buyers could already close deals at Currys, Superdrug and Next EARLY as they started selling discounted items on Christmas Eve.

And others have already slashed prices by up to 70% a few days before Christmas, including Boots and John Lewis.

Now stores like Argos, Asos, B&M and Dunelm have revealed their post-Christmas discounts with up to 70% off.

The Boxing Day sales are traditionally the biggest day of the year in the UK retail calendar.

But many stores have announced plans to remain closed on December 26 to give staff a break.

Aldi, Morrisons and M&S are among the companies that have confirmed their closure on Boxing Day.

But some stores closed on Boxing Day may still have discounts online.

You may need to pay for shipping in addition to your order if you are buying online and be sure to shop around before purchasing anything in the sale.

Just because it has a sales tag doesn’t mean it’s the best deal, so check the prices elsewhere first.

You should only make a purchase if you’ve already planned to buy something, otherwise it’s not much of a savings.

Here are some of the best deals we’ve spotted in the Boxing Day sales.


There is up to 50% off in the housewares store, ranging from rugs, cushions and other upholstery to furniture and kitchenware.

We spotted that Gisela Storage Footstool in Gray reduced from £ 50 to £ 25, available in store and online.

There is also a trend hexagonal mirror reduced from £ 25 to £ 12.50 which has received over 200 five-star reviews.

We couldn’t spot this cheaper type of footstool or mirror anywhere else online, but keep in mind that you will need to pay for delivery if you buy from Dunelm’s website.

It costs from £ 3.95, but you can also check if your local store has it by entering your postcode.


Asos is offering up to 70% off clothing and accessories for men and women during its Boxing Day sales.

This cute and useful The Dune shoulder bag in cream or light green is reduced by 71% and is now priced at just £ 19.

That’s a saving of £ 43 off the regular £ 60 price and we couldn’t find it cheaper at any other online store.

As Asos is an online-only store, you’ll have to pay for delivery which starts at around £ 4.

You can also get deals on top brands and retailers in the Asos Boxing Day Sale, as well as ASOS own-branded items.

We have spotted these designer dupe sliders made by New Look at a huge 72% discount and now costing £ 3.60 instead of £ 12.99.


Bargain, B&M has sales on electrical appliances, furniture and other household items.

This one is in store only as B&M does not have a website where you can order online.

But you can check which items are on sale before you go there and search your zip code to see if the item is in stock at your local store.

We spotted that Black & Decker Steam Mop reduced from £ 59 to £ 35, perfect for cleaning up after Christmas.

This is the cheapest that we have been able to see this specific mop for sale online.

You can also get this oak side table with storage for £ 60 instead of £ 90 – saving £ 30 or 33%.


Argos is making up to half the price on its Boxing Day sale, including housewares, jewelry and furniture.

We spotted that dumbbell set reduced from £ 25 to £ 12.50 – half price – perfect if you are planning a fitness resolution this New Year.

And that the Casio men’s watch is rereduced from £ 159.99 to £ 99.99, saving you £ 60 with the 38% discount.

It is the cheapest that we can see for this specific model. but there are cheaper styles of Casio available with different specifications.

Sale is available online and in Argos stores and for home delivery you’ll pay from £ 3.95, or you can pick up at stores for free.


Already offering clothing and home products at a good price, you’ll find even bigger deals on the Matalan Boxing Day Sale.

There is up to 50% off online and in stores, like this one Gold V-Neck Mini Dress which could add some sparkle to your New Years celebrations.

It’s half the price, reduced from £ 18 to just £ 9, and you can get the click and collect for free at your local store.

Home delivery costs from £ 3.95 or is free for orders over £ 40, unless you have large items.

There are also hundreds of children’s clothes in Matalan Boxing Day sales like this one. girls pink plush trim coat it looks super comfortable for the winter.

Depending on which size you choose, it’s now £ 14 to £ 16, down from £ 28 to £ 32, which is a cut in half.

Matalan stores are open as usual today with Sunday opening hours.


Currys slashed the price of televisions, laptops and tablets as well as household items such as washing machines and vacuum cleaners.

You can take a Amazon Fire tablet for £ 90, a savings of £ 60, or a Shark vacuum for £ 179 – a saving of £ 170.

It also has TVs for sale, including this 39-inch JVC Smart TV with £ 100 off, making it just £ 229.

You can get this TV model on eBay for cheapby at £ 179.99, but it is refurbished, or other TVs of the same size but different brand for less, like this Techwood for £ 219 from AO.com.

It’s worth checking out reviews and specs in addition to size when buying a TV so you know exactly what you’re getting.

Currys offers free home delivery, which takes five to seven days, or you can pay £ 10 for a same day deposit.

The deadline for delivery in time for Christmas has now passed but you can still pick up in store.

Super drug

Superdrug’s Boxing Day Big Sale went live on Christmas Eve – but is now in stores today (December 26).

We’ve spotted big discounts on its beauty product lines, including a set of Real Techniques Brushes for £ 20, down £ 60.

The chemist on the main street also sells a Half-price Sanctuary bath kit at £ 10 and perfumes at reduced prices.

You can order collect in store for free if you buy online. Standard delivery takes four to five days and costs £ 3, with discounts available to members.

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M&S also cut prices for clothes, shoes and housewares online on Christmas Eve, but the sale won’t be in stores until December 27 as it is closed on Boxing Day.

We spotted this reusable water bottle saving £ 10, reduced to just £ 5, and one set of two pairs of boys’ pajamas at £ 17, with a reduction of £ 7.

Standard delivery costs start at £ 3.50, or £ 4.99 for an overnight deposit.


Next’s highly anticipated sale kicked off online on Christmas Eve.

We spotted a glam look TooFaced eyeshadow palette reduced from £ 40 to £ 28 and that Ralph Lauren men’s hat and scarf set with 60% off disabled.

This means you can buy the designer accessories for just £ 50 instead of £ 145.

Next’s standard delivery costs start at £ 3.99.

Unlike in previous years, the sale will not launch in stores on Boxing Day today.

Instead, the street retailer is preparing to hold its box office sale on Boxing Day.

With Next stores closed on Boxing Day, in-store deals won’t be available until December 27, meaning bargain hunters will have to wait a bit longer.

A spokesperson for Next told us: “Our sale begins online on Friday December 24th and our in-store sales begin Monday December 27th at 6 a.m. in the majority of our stores in the UK.”

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‘Emily In Paris’ Is ‘Nerdy’ Itself: Season 2 Review


The second season of Emilie in Paris Has only been on Netflix since December 22, and it has already peaked at Netflix’s Top 10 shows this holiday season. This season 2 sees Emily continue to struggle to adapt to her new Parisian life. Emily is as “cheesy” as she was in Season 1. But isn’t she? Emilie in Paris, the show itself, as “cheesy” as it claims to be Emily?

If you haven’t watched the first season, if you missed the hype last year, this review may have spoilers.

Season 2 of Emilie in Paris continues where the first season left us. Now a little more familiar with life in Paris, Lily Collins’ Emily can now navigate the French capital better, but she still has trouble understanding the peculiarities of French life. Falling into the arms of her warm neighbor, Gabriel the Chef (Lucas Bravo), Emily betrays her first and only true French friend, Camille (Camille Razat), and inadvertently, the series suggests, falls into a love triangle – a ” household to three “how very French it is! Although Emily tries to concentrate all her attention on her work at Savoir, her life is getting more complicated by the day. This season, however, Emily decides to take French lessons, She fails miserably, and it is there that she meets an expatriate colleague who both exasperates and intrigues her.

The first season was battered by critics. According to Netflix, however, Emilie in Paris was one of the streamer’s most popular shows. The series even won a Golden Globe nomination for Best Comedy Series, to the dismay of many, especially since Michaela Coel’s far superior HBO / BBC series I can destroy you received no nominations.

Emilie in Paris’ the second season continues Emily’s theme as “nerdy”. She continues Pierre Cadault’s “old-fashioned line” through a new collaboration with another account in Savoir. She meets Alfie, a British expat, who describes her as obsessed with her work, not fun and wearing fun clothes. Emily is always “cheesy”, even for a British expat. The word “ringard” in French is used in a pejorative manner. To be “old-fashioned” means to be out of date, to be out of fashion, out of date. If you are “cheesy” you belong to a time ten or twenty years ago, a time when you would have been called a trend, but now that trend is long ago and really gone. When fashion designer Cadault (Jean-Christophe Bouvet) calls Emily “cheesy” in the first season, he’s basically saying that she’s neither trendy nor ahead at all.

But it’s not just Emily’s fun outfits that look outdated, the show itself and its story also seem dated. The series perpetuates an all-too-familiar perception of Paris seen through rose-tinted glasses. One thing in particular that jumped out in the eyes of the French Secretary of State in charge of rurality, Joël Giraud, was the train that Emily takes to Saint-Tropez, which seems millions of kilometers from reality. As LCI reports, the politician scoffed at the cliché, showing how the series’ luxurious Orient Express-style night train looks nothing like real SNCF trains. The city of Paris in Emilie in Paris looks like an embellished backdrop, the one tourists dream of, where a riverboat ride is considered romantic.

Everything that happens in this second season feels like a movie or a series that could have been shot ten, twenty or more years ago. There is nothing surprising about what happens between Emily, Gabriel, Camille and then Alfie. Every dialogue is predictable. I endlessly found myself figuring out what would be said or what would happen, even the supposedly big twist at the end was no surprise. Some plots also don’t make sense. Without wanting any spoiler: why, for example, Madeline (Kate Walsh), the pregnant boss of Emily from Chicago, is she flying to Paris, when the whole intrigue of the beginning of season 1 was that she couldn’t go to Paris because she was waiting.

It doesn’t mean that Emilie in Paris season 2 is not entertaining. This series continues to be a series that can be pleasantly binged. This is a great series to help you dream of an idealized Parisian trip. But for that, the French series Call my agent (also on Netflix) is better.

iQOO 9 and 9 Pro to debut on January 5, leaked poster reveals


The vivo sub-brand iQOO is gearing up to unveil its next flagship smartphone duo, consisting of the iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro. According to a leaked poster that surfaced in China today, these will become official at an event on January 5.

As you can see in the image below, the iQOO 9 has a racing stripe design and an unnecessarily huge camera island on the back. It sports three sensors and a lot of unused glass – maybe the other half can be used as a mirror?

One generally reliable tipster shared the following image which would be of the iQOO 9 Pro, and the design is very similar, except the Pro model has an exquisite dragon shape added for good measure. The camera island text also confirms the OIS for at least one of the sensors.

iQOO 9 and 9 Pro to debut on January 5, leaked poster reveals

According to rumors, leaks and past speculation, the iQOO 9 Pro is expected to have a 50 MP main camera and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC at the helm. As far as the display goes, we’re probably looking at a 6.78-inch QHD + curved AMOLED with a 120Hz refresh rate. The vanilla iQOO 9, on the other hand, should settle for a similar-sized flat screen with a resolution “only” FHD +.

The iQOO 9 is said to have a 4,700mAh battery, with the Pro also close, and both models are expected to charge up to 120W.

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Last minute shoppers turn to local brick and mortar stores ahead of Christmas Day


DE PERE, Wisconsin (WBAY) – As time is running out until Christmas morning, last-minute shoppers are heading to the doors this Christmas Eve to get their last presents before the summer holidays.

Many shoppers have piled up on last minute purchases looking for the perfect gift they need for family and friends.

With the deadline for ordering items online in time for Christmas long passed, shoppers have turned to physical stores in downtown De Pere.

“I just finished my job at the hospital and picking up gifts for nurses at work,” said Christine Dellise, Green Bay resident.

While many people have filled malls and large chain stores, some people shop locally to avoid battling the crowds.

Seroogy’s is a popular spot for those who have chosen to give a sweet gift from their favorite local chocolate factory. “There isn’t a better chocolate factory anywhere else, it doesn’t even compare,” Dellise said.

Ruth Fameree, a small business owner of Smithmaker Artisan Co. in De Pere, says her store is usually booming on Christmas Eve for those in crisis.

“Our downtown De Pere community, many of us are open to helping these customers. You don’t have to beat the crowds at big box stores and you can get more personalized service at stores like ours. So that just takes the stress away, and I think we’re helping people keep the holiday spirit or bring the holiday spirit as they head into the holidays. We take the prize away, we have tissue papers and bags so he can come out of the store and be ready to give to someone right away. So we try to make things as easy and simple as possible for everyone, ”Fameree said.

At Smithmaker, people can shop for comfy sweatshirts, plenty of candles, homemade soaps, and old-fashioned glasses created by all of the artisans in Wisconsin.

Fameree says local shopping is a trend, but it’s a trend that’s here to stay.

“I think people realize that when you shop locally, the money stays in the community, which helps support families, your neighbor, things like that, rather than going up the corporate chains. So buying local, I think it just brings that community spirit to people and makes them feel good, and that really makes business owners thankful, ”Fameree said.

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Discount giant Poundstretcher to open new store in North Wales


Poundstretcher is about to open a new store in North Wales.

The discount brand has reduced its portfolio in the region in recent months with the closure of stores in Llandudno and Wrexham.

But the bosses have announced a new site on Mold’s High Street.

It will open on December 28 at 10 a.m.

Poundstretcher previously had a store in the Daniel Owen area of ​​the city.

Gerry Loughran, Director of Property and Legal Affairs, said: “We are delighted to open a brand new store for the people of Mold with many fantastic branded products, all at great prices, and we look forward to ” open 50 more stores over the next few months, creating more than 1,000 jobs.

“The team works hard to provide an exceptional shopping experience, excellent service and a pleasant shopping environment for all of our new customers.

“We are expecting massive queues for our opening day.”

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The Guardian’s Take on Fashion in Politics: How to Rewrite the Style Guide | Editorial


Virginia Woolf pinned it to “on or about” December 1910: the date that human nature changed. “All human relationships have changed,” she writes. “And when human relationships change, at the same time there is a change in religion, conduct, politics and literature. With less hyperbole, we might suggest that it was in the late 1950s that black America was transformed – not just with the civil rights movement, but across the spectrum of creativity and creativity. the driving. Aspects of this revolution have been well documented: the birth of cool in jazz; writers Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Richard Wright. But some of the more everyday parts have been under-examined. Like clothes.

Look at photos of black American men in the 1950s and 1960s and what stands out is a growing consistency and confidence in their appearance. Here is saxophonist John Coltrane in a soft-shouldered jacket and knit tie, while here is writer Amiri Baraka in a button-down shirt and shawl collar cardigan. The look is sleek, but casual – no heavily padded suits or repp striped ties here. As varsity jackets and penny loafers suggest, this is a style inspired by privileged white Ivy League college students. You might even say it was appropriate – then improved. The color palette is widening, the finishes are more daring: tie clips, collar pins, capped oxfords. Later this look will be known as Black Ivy.

This insurgency is documented and celebrated in a new book called Black Ivy: A Revolt in Style. In his introduction, Jason Jules describes the look as “a kind of battle dress, symbolic armor worn in the nonviolent pursuit of fundamental change. Making society treat them differently first meant that the general public saw them differently. Think tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins in a button-down shirt playing Freedom Suite, or Billy Taylor in a tweed jacket who composes I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free. The objective was not only to join the elite, it was to redefine them.

However subtly done, the style was a challenge to authority. Dressing like a college student was not an assignment, but a crucial part of the struggles around the desegregation of the American education system. After the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, the political atmosphere changed, as did the street style. Stokely Carmichael went from working alongside John Lewis in sports jackets and ties to leading the Black Panthers in dark glasses and a black leather jacket, holding a gun.

Miles Davis on stage circa 1959. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

While the term “political gesture” is still meant to be an insult, we are rewriting what counts as a political gesture right now: just consider the arguments here and in the United States over the knee grip. Historians have long argued that slaves and indentured laborers have shown resistance by dragging their feet or feigning misunderstanding of barked orders. Something similar has to happen with fashion, which is too often referred to as either catwalk designs or the January sale. But it can also be about expressing one’s self-image and beliefs. Black Ivy was about young Black Americans changing the way they see themselves – starting with the mirror near the wardrobe.

5 stocks that could soon hit their 52-week high


While some refuse to buy the stock at its 52-week high, many others see it as central to dynamic investing.

Optimists see this as an opportunity to enter, hoping that the 52 week high resistance will be broken through and bring more profits to come. The pessimists think the opposite.

When a stock’s price begins to approach its 52-week high, investors begin to wonder if they should buy more stocks given that this could continue momentum or sell off because the recovery could fail. ‘breathless.

With the help of Equitymaster’s powerful equity filter, we selected the best stocks that are approaching their 52 week high today.

This is an important indicator for many traders in making buying and selling decisions.

# 1 Pidilite Industries

The Pidilite Industries share price is the highest over 52 weeks of ??2,531.90 touched on October 19, 2021. It has a low rating of 52 weeks of ??1,646.75, affected last year on December 22, 2020.

Currently, the company’s shares are trading at ??2,433 levels, implying that they are only 4% of their 52 week high level.

Even amid the recent volatility, Pidilite has been able to cushion the blows in the course of its action. Why? Because market leaders tend to perform well even in times of volatility.

The company is one of the leading manufacturers of adhesives and sealants, construction chemicals, handicrafts, DIY products and polymer emulsions in India.

The company’s flagship brand, Fevicol, has become synonymous with adhesives to millions of people in India. It is also ranked among the most trusted brands in the country.

The market dominance of Pidilite with brands like Fevicol, M Seal, Dr Fixit, etc. is due to its quasi-monopoly status in the niche categories it operates with around 65% market share.

Recently, the company acquired a 19.5% stake in a startup – Pace Robotics, which works on interior plastering, painting and sealant of buildings. The startup is currently working on a prototype of a wall finishing robot.

Over the years, Pidilite has expanded its product portfolio. Key acquisitions of Pidilite over the past two decades include:

a) Ranipal in 1999

b) M-Seal and Dr Fixit in 2000

c) Steelgrip in 2002 and

d) Roff in 2005

Over the past year, the company’s shares have gained 41%.

# 2 Schaeffler India

Schaeffler India shares are currently trading at ??8,429. This is the peak of 52 weeks of ??8,588 arrived on Dec. 15, 2021. Stock is just 2% off a new 52-week high.

The course for Schaeffler India stocks has been good. A year ago they were trading near ??4000 levels. In just one year, the stock has almost doubled.

There are several reasons for this sharp increase. The first is that the auto component manufacturers participate in the rally with the auto manufacturers. Due to a rebound in auto sales, the outlook for the sector has improved.

Schaeffler India is one of the top three suppliers to many leading OEMs in India. When automakers are doing well, component manufacturers aren’t far behind.

Another reason behind the earnings may be the company’s increased focus on expanding its footprint. Very recently, it announced the establishment of a new manufacturing plant in which it will invest. ??3 billions.

Recent gains can be attributed to the company’s stock division plans. In October, Schaeffler India announced that it would consider a stock split.

It plans to become carbon neutral by 2040 and wants to use 100% renewable energy by 2024.

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# 3 Tech Mahindra

After rising around 1% yesterday, Tech Mahindra shares are only 2% off their 52 week high.

Tech Mahindra had hit a 52-week high of ??1,674.90 last week, December 17th. He has a 52 week low rating of ??903 touched on December 22, 2020.

Recent gains can be attributed to collaborations she has made with a German company and in Vietnam.

The Computer Science major worked with Telefónica Germany to digitally transform its microwave network with an Open Software Defined Network (SDN).

At the same time, Tech Mahindra also announced a strategic collaboration with the SOVICO group, an investment group in Vietnam, to enable its digital transformation.

In a recent interview, Tech Mahindra CFO Milind Kulkarni said customers are ramping up their IT spending. However, hiring costs are on the rise and remain an industry-wide concern.

Over the past year, Tech Mahindra shares have risen 75%.


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# 4 Gandhimathi Butterfly

Butterfly Gandhimathi stock price rose 3% yesterday to ??1,050, approaching its record price of 52 weeks of ??1,099.9 hit earlier this week on Monday.

He has a 52 week low rating of ??391.

Butterfly Gandhimathi is a small-cap company that manufactures LPG stoves, mixer grinders, tabletop wet grinders, and pressure cookers in stainless steel and aluminum, among others.

It is one of the largest kitchen appliance companies in India and a market leader in SS LPG stoves and tabletop wet grinders.

The company’s shares have grown dramatically over the past year, gaining around 125%.

The stellar performance of Butterfly Gandhimathi


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Even this week’s volatility didn’t stop the stock from recovering further.

Well-known investor Dolly Khanna owns more than 1% of the company’s capital. She owns 212,639 shares in September 2021.

Even mutual funds are bullish on the stock. They have increased their participation over the past three quarters now.

# 5 La Opala RG

La Opala RG is one of the leading tableware (opal and glass) manufacturers and distributors in India. The company has around 50% market share in the organized opalware segment.

Yesterday, the company’s shares gained 2% to ??433.65. The Opala RG has a high rating over 52 weeks of ??450 affected earlier this month.

The share has a low price of 52 weeks of ??201, affected in April of this year.

Domestic mutual funds as well as foreign investors remain bullish on the title. In September 2021, they respectively held 14.1% and 6.1% of the company’s capital.

The stock has risen by around 95% over the past year, with most of the gains occurring in the past month.

Why can you ask? Companies making glass, in particular supplying vials for Covid-19 vaccines, are reaping the benefits of the ongoing global vaccination campaign.

In addition, the government imposed anti-dumping duties on Opal glassware imported from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and China, 4% on the UAE and 30% on China. According to the notification, it will expire on August 8, 2022.

However, reports suggest the right will not expire and will continue. It’s positive for national players like La Opala RG.

What other stocks are nearing their 52 week high?

Apart from the above, here are other stocks that are trading near their 52 week highs.


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Please note, the criteria mentioned in the screener can be modified according to your selection criteria.

This will help you identify and eliminate actions that do not meet your requirements and focus on actions that are well within the parameters.

Why the 52-Week High is such a Crucial …

As you’ve seen from the stocks above, companies that are trading near their 52-week highs have come out unscathed even in times of crisis.

These are well-run businesses that will have enough firepower to navigate in bad weather. They might even be able to do better when the tide turns while the others are healing their wounds.

On the flip side, stocks that are trading near their 52 week lows are the ones facing multiple problems. For example, defaults, rating downgrades, management issues, etc.

If a stock is trading at 52 week lows or highs, there is likely a reason behind it.

An important point to note here is that a 52 week high is not the only indicator to consider.

Investing isn’t as easy as picking stocks at 52 week highs and avoiding stocks at 52 week lows.

However, there is a good chance that the group of stocks trading near their 52 week highs have a better chance of doing well compared to the other.

In conclusion, rather than focusing more on price action, your ultimate goal should be fundamentals and valuations.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. This is not a stock market recommendation and should not be treated as such.

This article is syndicated from Equitymaster.com

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Outgoing advisers grilled for roles on the inaugural board


AMHERST – Amherst’s six outgoing councilors were celebrated at the last city council meeting of their tenure this week, with a virtual celebration of their service that included toast with champagne glasses filled with sparkling cider.

To mark the conclusion of just over three years of the first municipal council, inaugurated on December 2, 2018, each councilor received a bag of goodies, valued at less than $ 50, including a framed photo of the 13 members of the advice.

“It is important to recognize the advisers who served on the inaugural board,” said Chief Executive Officer Paul Bockelman.

Council President Lynn Griesemer raised the toast and congratulated her colleagues for their tremendous commitment, adding: “We flew the plane during its construction”.

The departing advisers are Sarah Swartz, Steve Schreiber, George Ryan, Evan Ross, Darcy DuMont and Alisa Brewer. “Take advantage of the enormous amount of time that you are about to acquire,” Griesemer said.

For each of those who left, two advisers were chosen to briefly congratulate their accomplishments and what they brought to the board.

Each departing Councilor was also able to provide feedback on their time spent on Council.

Brewer, who began his city-wide service on the school committee in 2002 and has continued to serve on the board of directors and city council, has used his vast experience to offer advice. Part of this advice is to ensure that councilors engage the public in a variety of ways and to remember that public comments at meetings should not guide decisions.

Kwanzaa celebration

Amherst community invited to virtual Kwanzaa celebration Sunday at 2 p.m.

The event will feature music, a spiritual libation ceremony and a Kwanzaa story.

To join by phone, dial 408-638-0968 or 669-900-6833. The meeting ID is 879 0539 7588 and the password is 704092.

Participants can also join via Zoom.

Pop-up fashion store

A new clothing store has opened as a pop-up store in Riverside Park Mall on Montague Road in North Amherst.

Occupying space last used by a drugstore and before that by a video store, The Closet was previously an upscale online clothing store.

“There is something for everyone in the boutique, with each piece unmistakably unique,” ​​said Andrea Marion, the founder of the company, in a statement.

Next spring, the company will be relocating to the North Square development on Cowls Road, where it will be located near Provisions and the Mill District General Store.

Valley Eye Radio volunteers

Valley Eye Radio in Springfield, a nonprofit member of the Massachusetts Audio Information Network, is looking for volunteers to read Amherst Bulletin articles for people who are blind, visually impaired and those who are unable to read on their own due to a disability or other health problem. .

Volunteer work can be done remotely or in the studio at Springfield Industrial Park on Federal Street.

Call Harold Anderson, Program Director, at 413-747-7337 or visit valleyeyeradio.org for more information.

Maroulis at UMass

Pelham resident Tony Maroulis, a regional leader in economic development tourism and the arts, has returned to the University of Massachusetts as executive director of community and strategic initiatives. Maroulis spent the last year working for WD Cowls Inc. after a six-year stint with UMass as Executive Director of External Relations and University Events.

Nancy Buffone, associate vice-chancellor for university relations, said in a statement that UMass wants Maroulis back.

“Tony will be focusing on community relations work and a variety of special projects,” Buffone said. “He has a deep understanding and appreciation of the issues facing campus and local communities. “

Maroulis, who also served as Executive Director of the Amherst Region Chamber of Commerce, has served on numerous nonprofit boards and committees and currently sits on the boards of Leadership Pioneer Valley, United Way of the Franklin and Hampshire Region. , the Amherst Business Improvement District and the Amherst Town Center Foundation.

He lives with his wife, Nora, and son Mickey, 17. His daughter, Sofia, 21, studies art history at UMass.

Scott Merzbach can be contacted at [email protected]

Sony PlayStation Holiday Sale 2021: Huge List of Games Available at Discounted Prices


Holiday sale promotion will be live on PlayStation Shop on Wednesday, December 22, for a limited time, which means players can grab some of the best games on the platform for relatively low prices. This year’s holiday sale features a few big heavyweights like Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Far Cry 6, Alan Wake Remastered, and Cuphead.

From new releases to the biggest hits of the past two years, there’s plenty to love about PlayStation Store during the sales. The Holiday Sale promotion doesn’t just include games, as players can also choose to purchase add-ons (DLC and microtransactions) for games they’ve already purchased. Things like the Season Pass for various games are also discounted, so right now might be a good time to explore some DLC as well.

Best games from the PlayStation Store sale promotion

Alan Wake remastered PlayStation Store

Here are a few games that are confirmed to be on sale during the 2021 holiday sales. More games will join the promotion on January 5, PlayStation has confirmed.

  • Alan Wake remastered
  • Apex Legends – Champion Edition
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PS4 and PS5
  • Return 4 Blood: Standard Edition PS4 and PS5
  • Battlefield 2042
  • Biomutant
  • Borderlands 3 PS4 and PS5
  • Call of Duty Vanguard: Intergenerational Edition
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War – Standard Edition
  • Cup head
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Dark Souls: Remastered
  • DayZ
  • Death Stranding Director’s Cut Digital Deluxe Edition
  • Destiny 2: Legendary Edition
  • F1 2021 PS4 and PS5
  • Far Cry 6 – Standard Edition
  • FIFA 22
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade
  • God of War – Digital Deluxe Edition
  • Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition
  • Underworld
  • Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition
  • It takes two PS4 and PS5
  • Little Nightmares II
  • Mafia: definitive edition
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Resident Evil 3
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Resident Evil Village

There will be many more discounted games on PlayStation Store during the sale. Regional prices for these games will be available once the promotion is live on the Store.

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I have the dexterity of a toddler when it comes to fighting games, but the confidence of a hundred Jay-Zs. I love storytelling games – with a particular obsession with independent side scrollers and retrowave partitions. Currently playing: Disco Elysium for probably the 5th time in the last 6 months.

Prices Reach Thousands in Estate Auctions for Actress Who Played Thelma Lou on ‘Andy Griffith Show’


MOUNT AIRY, NC (WGHP) – Actress Betty Lynn’s estate auction is underway and some items can cost thousands of dollars.

The auction began at 8 a.m. on Friday and will run until December 30 at noon. It is only online.

Rogers Realty & Auction Co.

As of Tuesday morning, the highest single bid on an item was $ 2,250 for a 12.5 x 10.5 inch framed illustration of Betty Lynn and Don Knotts. The drawing is signed by Henry E. Kidd and dated October 14, 2017.

Knotts played Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show”. He died in 2006.

A 10.5 x 10.5-inch framed photo of the two is also up for auction, but costs about a quarter of the price, $ 575.

The second highest bidder is a black and white floral recipe box containing what appear to be hand written recipes. The highest bid on the box was $ 1,250 on Tuesday morning.

So far, these two are the only two to reach four digits.

The rest ranges from as little as $ 1 – a table sheet that could be converted to some other use – to hundreds of dollars.

There are 118 items up for auction. The full list is included below:

  • Photo of Betty Lynn and Don Knotts 12.5 ″ x 10.5 ″ 1/500
  • Photo of Betty Lynn and Don Knotts 10.5 “x 10.5”
  • Award – Excellence in Tourism 2016 given to Betty Lynn 10 ′ x 12.75 ″
  • Recipes and recipes box
  • Things Remember Musical Jewelry Box
  • 11 angels, a few Willow Trees and Lenox
  • Mantel clock, 18.5 “high
  • Silver box with Lenox knives
  • 2 small pictures of angels, Valeri candle sticks, candles
  • Rowenta steam iron
  • Mary with baby Jesus, Made in Italy, 9 “x 18” high
  • Image – Saint Teresa 17.5 ″ x 21.5 ″
  • Image – Carnival of Venice 13.5 ″ x 22 ″
  • Mountain scene painting on canvas 20.5 ″ x 24.5 ″
  • Seth Thomas Mantel Clock – Ladies at a Well Scene 15.5 “x25.5”
  • Puppy, hut, 4 round clear glasses, frog, miniatures from Ireland, mugs
  • Grace China made in occupied Japan
  • USA Universal Pan, Temptations Floral Lace Scoop, 4 Crisper Drawers
  • Green Pitcher, 2 Corelle Plates, Pyrex Dish, Pyrex Pie Plate, Rubber Dish, Stainless Steel Bows
  • 2 Motley cups and teapot, 4 transparent glasses, 4 transparent goblets, 10 wine glasses
  • Mother and child Nodemisericorde, Bag with vacuum parts, vacuum cleaner, My Little Steamer, Compote with pink flower lid
  • 4 green glasses, 8 cobalt blue wine glasses
  • Coffee mugs, Chinango porcelain, Teleflora gift, 2 Irish coffee glasses, salt and paper, E Lynn vase
  • Gold color rim plate, La Pearl Rose Germany plate, Sakura plate, Royal Kent plates
  • Reed & Barton Stainless, Lenox Stainless, Temptations Carving Set
  • Camelia Silver Plate, Wm. Rogers, Ham Roast Holder, Reed & Barton
  • Pink Painted Pitcher, Inspirado, Crystal Pickle Dish, Blue Pickle Dish, Coins from Germany and Italy
  • Turkey waiter, round waiter, waiter with handle
  • 4 Butterfly Meadow plates, hand painted triple bowl needs handle repair, 2 kettles, 2 clear glasses, creamer sugar
  • Theodore Haviland serving tray, Japan plate, 4 butterfly cups, Germany pitcher and sugar bowl
  • Hamilton Beach Blender, Bistro Can Opener
  • 14 Noritake plates, 6 salad plates, 16 bread plates
  • 6 Haviland France plates, bowl, gravy boat, cup, saucers
  • 7 Royal Kent plates, 5 bread plates, 8 cups, pitcher, tray
  • 3 Temptations serving bowls
  • Sheffield gold 12 cups, Royal Kent pitcher, coffee maker
  • Grace Porcelain Made in Occupied Japan, 12 Cups, Gravy Bowl & Lid
  • Crochet pieces
  • Mirror, brush, comb
  • Keurig K Cup and Coffee
  • Bag of cardinals, glasses, angel, watch, AM / FM radio
  • Pineapple Shaped Base Lamp – 21 ″ high
  • Belleek lamp 22 ″ high
  • Sailboat scene placemats
  • Forest Painting – Art & Frame Enterprises, Panorama City, CA 19 ″ x 23 ″
  • Betty Lynn’s Grandmother’s Large Wood Frame 20 “x 24”
  • Large wooden frame of Betty Lynn’s grandfather 20 ″ x 24 ″
  • Wall mirror 57 ″ high and 20 ″ wide
  • Seth Thomas clock – Dog scene 15.5 ″ x25 ″
  • Box of hangers
  • Four Temptations 14 oz. cups, four 12 oz. cups, dessert cups, serving pieces, salad bowls, bread plates, bowls
  • Butterfly Meadow Creamer, sugar, 4 cups, 4 plates, teapot, 4 dessert bowls
  • Sachi jewelry and bag storage kits
  • 6 Crystal Classes, Surefit Recliner Chair Cover, Trash Can, Tripp-Lite, Pet Blanket, Bowl
  • Large box of clothes on hangers, Large and XL
  • Large box of clothes on hangers, Large and XL
  • Large box of clothes on hangers, Large and XL
  • Large box of clothes on hangers, Large and XL
  • Large box of clothes on hangers, Large and XL
  • Spider Web Back Side Chair

Lynn died of a brief illness in October at the age of 95.

She was born Elizabeth Ann Theresa Lynn on August 29, 1926 in Kansas City, Missouri.

At the time of her death, she was living in Mount Airy.

Lynn’s character on “The Andy Griffith Show” was Barney Fife’s girlfriend.

She appeared in 26 episodes of “The Andy Griffith Show”, which aired between 1961 and 1966 and spanned the first six seasons of the series.

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I wish you were here: the Four Seasons Napa Valley is finally opening its doors


The wait is finally over. After several years of delay and wait, the Four Seasons Resort & Residences Napa Valley has opened in Calistoga.

Located at the north end of the Silverado Trail and across from Auberge’s Solage, this opening crowns a busy year for Napa Valley’s most laid-back and underrated city.

In 2021, several other Calistoga hotels and resorts unveiled major renovations (including Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs, Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa, and Solage Resort & Spa), and each came with a new concept. catering. Add the four seasons to the mix and Calistoga is now poised to be Wine Country’s hottest destination in 2022.

Four Seasons Napa Valley Excavations

(Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort & Residences Napa Valley)

Entirely committed to the idea of ​​being enveloped in Wine Country, the Four Seasons at Calistoga offers vineyard views from virtually every point, even the fitness center. Barn silhouettes and neutral-colored materials of stone, wood, and metal pay homage to Napa Valley history, but the Four Seasons’ level of luxury never falters.

The resort has a restaurant, on-site cellar, spa, two heated swimming pools with cabanas (one for adults only) and oversized Jacuzzis that can easily accommodate a dozen people. There is a pétanque court and a truly unique Napa Valley offering for families: free daily babysitting and programming for children ages five to twelve. Yes, that means you can do a wine tasting without them.

All accommodation has a fireplace, wine fridge and a private terrace or patio, usually accompanied by some sort of vineyard view. The bedrooms at the rear of the property have the best scenery: stunning views over a hillside vineyard from where you might be able to see the winemakers in action if you are there on weekdays.

The classic farmhouse design with understated elegance is divided into two levels. The bedrooms on the first floor have been designed to imitate a wine cellar; dark with a white bathroom and perfect for people who live with blackout curtains. Top-floor bedrooms are bright and white with a dark bathroom and vaulted ceilings to make them feel more spacious.

Custom made live headboards adorn the beds and each bedroom cheekily has a copy of Grapes of Wrath displayed open and on the wall. The bathrooms are the real centerpiece, with a freestanding tub covered in honeycomb tiling. Next to the tub is a wooden table for your wineglass, straight from the Calistoga Petrified Forest.

For those who need more space, the resort also has multi-bedroom villas on the property. We even have our own swimming pool.

Food and drinks at the Four Seasons Napa Valley

(Bonjwing Lee)

Truss Restaurant + Bar is the hub for all food and drink at the Four Seasons in Calistoga. Perched above the rest of the resort, there’s an expansive patio with fireplaces, lounge seating, and great views, especially at sunset. Beyond the floor-to-ceiling glass walls that can open out to the outside, Truss is split into two parts: the living room – a casual space with a bar for casual breakfast, lunch and dinner – and the formal dining room. The latter is quite intimate with only a glass wall separating diners from the action in the kitchen. There’s even a pair of chef’s tables in the kitchen, which is about as exclusive as it gets.

Unfortunately, only the Truss Lounge is currently open, as the restaurant has experienced growing difficulties. In addition to battling staff shortages during the Covid-era, Truss opening chief Erik Anderson (formerly of the two-Michelin-starred Coi) split up just weeks after it opened, apparently to launch its own company.

Longtime Four Seasons veteran Chef Shaun Acosta has temporarily taken his place, but the dining room is unlikely to open until they find a permanent replacement. For now, resort guests and the general public can visit the lounge or dine on the outdoor terrace.

For lunch or dinner there is an excellent wine list and casual cocktails, small platters, and entrees like a smash burger, pizza, or strip loin from Snake River Farms. My favorite dish at Truss was the duck ham, essentially a duck carpaccio that was both sweet and a little spicy thanks to a unique combo of Espelette pepper and orange jam. I was pleasantly surprised at how addicting I found the Green Goddess Whipped Tofu Dip that came with the raw vegetables, and the mash was one of the best “mashed potatoes” I’ve ever had. never had. At $ 150, the caviar course is crazy, but still one of the best caviar deals I’ve seen (especially presentation-wise), paired with chewy, cookie-like blinis, eggs. that look like pearls, sour cream and pickled red onion.

Just outside Truss is an outdoor demonstration kitchen with an Argentinian wood-fired grill. Here, guests can participate in cooking, wine, and cocktail-making classes.

The Four Seasons offers an additional dining option, an Oaxacan-themed poolside bar called Campo that serves Mexican cocktails, tacos, and light, refreshing fare like a tangy jicama mango salad.

The cellar of the Four Seasons Napa Valley

(Kim Carroll)

One of the most unique features of this resort is that there is an on-site winery owned by one of Napa Valley’s most renowned wine advisers, Thomas Rivers Brown, who has lived in Calistoga for over 20 years.

Named Elusa Winery in homage to Calistoga’s roots as a village of the Wappo tribe, Elusa essentially means ‘to take care of’ and is a term the tribe uses to describe the things they made or cultivated on their own, such as baskets and arrowheads. The Elusa team felt the name also reflected their commitment to caring for the land they grow grapes on – and they even took care to get the blessing of local Wappo representatives before using it.

There was already a small vineyard planted here before construction on the complex began, so Brown has actually produced wines for Elusa for the past decade or so. This means that visitors to the tasting room – it’s open to the public by appointment, as it’s technically a separate entity from the Four Seasons – have the chance to taste wines that are already 10 vintages old and have a good age.

Elusa sources exclusively from Calistoga vineyards, including the one grown organically on the property, making her a true hometown brand. Unsurprisingly, Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux grape varieties are their specialties, and they live up to the hype that comes with sharing space with a five-star resort. The Full Elusa Experience ($ 200) takes you on a vineyard and cellar tour and includes an intimate tasting in the library, which opens directly onto the barrel room, with cheese pairings.

R&R at Four Seasons Napa Valley

(Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort & Residences Napa Valley)

A day of treatments at Spa Talisa is a must. Choose from several beautiful spaces to lose track of all your worries. Mixed areas include swivel daybeds, a hot tub with vineyard views, and a mud area for a skin-soothing mud treatment (a nod to the history of the Calistoga mud baths) .

Designated changing rooms have massive steam rooms and tranquil gardens with lounge chairs and misters for those hot summer days. For treatments, choose from a variety of massages, facials, and body treatments that will help your body detoxify the copious amounts of wine and food you are forced to ingest on your Napa Valley getaway.

// Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley, 400 Silverado Trail (Calistoga), foursaisons.com

16 best last-minute 2021 holiday gifts everyone will love


Holiday shopping is usually one of the most stressful parts of the season, and global shipping issues, inflation and supply chain issues have only added to the chaos this year. While current events may mean that the deadline for ordering plenty of gifts and getting them to arrive in time for the holidays has already passed, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite last minute gift ideas that you can order today and which should arrive in time for the holidays.

The best last minute gifts in 2021

To help you find the best last-minute gifts for loved ones, we’ve gone through our expert-recommended buying guides on skin care, tech, home appliances, and more. We’ve also included a few staff picks and other highly rated products based on the interest of selected readers. and which are not affected by global supply chain issues at the time of publication.

Baked by Melissa Latest and best cupcakes

Melissa’s baked cupcakes are usually my favorite treat to send on a special occasion or holiday – they’re adorably bite-sized, beautifully crafted, and delicious. The brand’s Latest & Greatest Sampler features 25 of the most popular flavors including Tie-Dye, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Red Velvet, and Cookie Dough.

Anker Soundcore Motion + Bluetooth speaker

the Soundcore Motion + Bluetooth speaker, which we previously highlighted in our guide to Bluetooth speakers, boasts IPX7 water resistance and has USB-C connectivity for wider compatibility with chargers and other devices. According to Anker, you also have the option of pairing two Motion + devices to amplify sound like a makeshift stereo system.

Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a literary twist

For the cocktail lover who loves cocktails in your life, this cocktail book highlights 65 drink recipes inspired by famous novels throughout history. Each recipe includes witty, literary commentaries and whimsical illustrations. You can also find additional information to go with your cocktail creations, including bar bites and drinking games.

Brooklinen pure wool throw

To help your loved ones prepare for the colder months, consider gifting this woolen blanket from the favorite brand of selected readers. Brooklinen. Made from 100 percent pure wool, this soft blanket comes in two colors: Latte and Greige. If the blanket isn’t up to your standards, the brand says it will allow you return or exchange the product if it is within their one year warranty period.

Vitruvi stone diffuser

the Vitruvi stone diffuser was one of our notable picks for essential oil diffusers. It features a sleek porcelain design, and the brand claims it has a battery life of seven hours when used intermittently (or three hours straight). It can hold up to 90 milliliters of water and, according to Vitruvi, disperses fog in rooms up to 500 square feet. You have the option of purchasing a variety of essential oils from the brand’s site, but you can also use any 100% pure essential oil with the device, depending on the brand.

Laneige Lips Sleep Mask

Several Select staff are fans of this Laneige lip mask for its sweet scent and moisturizing formula. A great product for preventing dry, chapped lips in winter, according to staff members who have used it, this lip mask is available in fragrances like Vanilla and Ginger cookie. Dr. Annie Chiu recommended it in our guide to lip masks, noting that it is “rich in antioxidants and hyaluronic acid”.

Bean Box Deluxe Coffee + Chocolate Tasting Box

For those coffee-obsessed loved ones, this Bean Box gift set includes eight bags of whole bean or freshly ground coffee, plus eight chocolate bars to pair with and tasting notes for each pairing. The 1.8-ounce bags of coffee in this box come from independent roasters across the country, according to Bean Box. If you’re looking to offer a monthly coffee subscription, BeanBox also has a few subscription plans to choose from.

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd generation)

The third generation Echo point is a more affordable version of the Amazon Echo device. It’s compact and gives you access to Alexa, which you can use to check the weather, add reminders, and make calls. You can also access smart home controls for added convenience, according to Amazon.

Jabra Elite 75t headphones

We featured this set of Jabra wireless headphones in our guide to wireless headphones and earphones. They’re small, lightweight, and water-resistant, and they feature touch controls that let you skip songs, answer calls, and activate your phone’s voice assistant, Jabra says. They also have active noise cancellation, but allow for a “transparency mode,” which the brand says lets in ambient sound when you need it.

BloomsyBox Bloomsy Original

BloomsyBox sends monthly flowers right to your loved one’s doorstep, depending on the brand. The Bloomsy Original monthly package offers a hand-tied bouquet of 22-24 stems of seasonal flowers and, according to BloomsyBox, arrives within five days of picking, ensuring their freshness. The box also comes with plant food and an information card. You can choose the monthly plan or a three, six or 12 month prepaid plan.

Dash Mini Maker Waffle Iron + Baking tray

This waffle maker and griddle combo pack lets you make a plethora of breakfast foods, from simple waffles and pancakes to hash browns and eggs, according to Dash. The appliances each weigh around 1 pound and feature a non-stick surface and an indicator light that lets you know when it’s heated up and ready to start cooking.

YETI Rambler 20 oz Tumbler

This durable tumbler from YÉTI is one of our picks for the best travel mugs due to its temperature retention and the magnetic slider on the lid for added protection. The dishwasher safe tumbler features a stainless steel body with double wall vacuum insulation and is available in over 20 colors including White, Sky blue, Brick red and Marine.

BalanceFrom yoga mat

the BalanceFrom yoga mat can be a good gift for someone looking to get more into fitness and yoga. Featured writer Rebecca Rodriguez recommended this mat in our roundup of sleep aid and said she uses it during her yoga sessions before bed and in the morning. The BalanceFrom mat is 71 inches long and has a double-sided non-slip surface. You can choose from several colors including purple, Green, Pink and Blue.

Lodge 6 quart enameled cast iron casserole dish

For gifts that love to bake, this Lodge 6 Quart Dutch Oven is made of durable cast iron with a shatter-resistant porcelain enamel finish, according to the brand. Stefano Veila, blog owner Pizza Pala and former chef, called this a more affordable alternative to the popular Le Creuset Dutch oven in our Dutch oven guide and noted that the heavy lid “is excellent for brazing meats and keeping heat and liquids in.” . This Dutch oven is available in a variety of colors including Desert sage, Cranberry red and Orange Pumpkin.

Mikasa Cheers White Wine Glasses

This popular set of four wine glasses has an average rating of 4.8 stars out of over 5,700 Amazon reviews. Each stemmed glass contains 16 ounces of your beverage of choice and comes with its own design. Selected writer Justin Redman has owned these wine glasses for over a year and appreciates their large size and cool designs.

Women’s YSense Plaid Scarf

This women’s scarf measures 79 inches by 29 inches, with a checkered pattern available in several different colors. According to the company, the material is made of acrylic, cotton and “cashmere-like” yarn. It is also highly rated, with an average rating of 4.6 stars on over 5,500 Amazon reviews.

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Justin redman contributed.

Jacksonville area bookstores including new, used, and bargain finds


For those who love to read, there are large stores that offer a variety of used and discounted books.

Here is a list of stores in the Onslow area that carry a wide variety of books.

2nd and Charles is located at 1250 Western Blvd in Jacksonville.

2nd and Charles

2nd and Charles in Jacksonville is located at 1250 Western Blvd., and is one of only four locations in North Carolina.

According to them Facebook page and website, 2nd and Charles buy and sell used books, comics, collectibles / action figures, toys, music (including vinyls), movies, video games, gaming systems, audiobooks and more.

“One of the things that I think makes us superior,” said General Manager Marie Weaver, “is that we have used products in great condition, so you can buy them for a lower price. at retail price. This makes it a bit more handy for the pockets. This allows parents to stretch their dollar a little further. “

2e et Charles is open every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit 2ndandcharles.com, or dial 910-938-7489.

Book End Bookstore

The Book End bookstore is located at 119 N. Marine Blvd. in Jacksonville. According to them Facebook page, it’s a neighborhood bookstore with a variety of like-new books.

“I’ve been in this building since 1986, so I know my books,” said store manager James Kent.

He also said he currently has a few old Christmas books that are hard to find for those looking for something else to finish under the tree.

The Book End bookstore is open Monday to Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. For more information, call 910-347-7778.

Finders Guardians

Finders Keepers Thrift Store in Jacksonville is located at 1241 Hargett St.

Finders Keepers, according to Onslow Women’s Center website, “supports the Onslow Women’s Center Safe House and other services the agency provides by selling donated merchandise.”

Some of these products include books.

Finders Keepers is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information visit onslowwc.org, or dial 910-346-1611.

Good will

Goodwill in Jacksonville is located at 1113 Western Blvd.

Although their book section is smaller, you can find hidden treasures. Paperbacks cost less than $ 1 and hardcover books cost less than $ 2.

For more information visit goodwill.org, or dial 910-455-2025.

Ollie's Bargain Outlet offers a wide selection of books at discounted prices.

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet is located at 1126 Henderson Drive in Jacksonville and, according to their website, is “one of America’s largest retailers of liquidation and excess inventory.”

Ollie’s has a large book section, with everything from children’s books to novels to self-help books. Many of the books are new and often by popular authors. Prices for hardcover books average $ 4 to $ 5.

Ollie’s is open Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information visit ollies.us, or dial 910-939-5296.

Richlands Department of Community Outreach Thrift Store

Richlands Community Outreach Ministry Thrift Store is located at 8701 Richlands Highway in Richlands.

According to them Facebook page, one person’s excess is another’s treasure. So, visit the store and browse their books and other items.

For more information visit richlandsumc.org, or dial 910-324-6586.

Salvation Army

There are three Salvation Army locations in Jacksonville: 403 Center St., 535 Bell Fork Road, and 204 Wilmington Highway.

The Salvation Army has a small but powerful section of books with many hidden gems.

Prices are $ 0.49 for paperback, $ 0.99 for hardcover, and $ 0.29 for children’s books, unless otherwise noted.

For more information visit salutarmycarolinas.org, or call 910-577-5060 for Center Street, 910-378-7841 for Bell Fork Road, and 910-378-7188 for Wilmington Highway.

Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble in Jacksonville is located at 308 Jacksonville Mall on Western Boulevard.

Although Barnes and Noble does not sell used books, they have a wide variety of new and old titles, and often buy one, get a 50% discount, as well as clearance tables.

Barnes and Noble is open Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information visit barnesandnoble.com, or dial 910-577-0120.

Journalist Morgan Starling can be contacted at [email protected]

Statesman Season for Caring families receive eye care, but more help needed


The Gaston-Ellis family’s Amazon Wish List includes clothes and a fryer, shelves and a dresser, but also many books – “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo”, “The Last Thing He Got Me” told “and” The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, “among others.

The family of five siblings lost their mother to COVID-19 in August. Now Tre, Railyne and Deaza are raising their younger siblings, Kaiden, 16, and Kalieve, 17.

The family is part of the Statesman Season for Caring program this year. Each of the families featured was nominated by a local non-profit organization. Hospice Austin named the family Gaston-Ellis.

When reader Barbara Knauf read articles about the Gaston-Ellis and saw that they were avid readers, she called Hospice Austin and offered to help them with eye exams and glasses. “No one should go without glasses,” Knauf told them. “I wear glasses, and they love to read, and I just thought if they needed them, I could give them this.”

Since the Season for Caring 2021 campaign launched on November 28, the program has raised over $ 306,000, more than half of the Sheth Family’s game of $ 500,000.

The money raised helps first the families presented, then hundreds of other families throughout the year with basic needs through local non-profit organizations.

Your gift has doubled:The Sheth family matched $ 500,000 in donations from Season for Caring

The Burnett family, who have lived in a motel for two years, also need eye exams and glasses. The Austin Founders Lions Club reached out to Burnetts Agency, the Austin-area Boys & Girls Clubs, to help make this happen.

Another Season for Caring family is in need of eye care. Judy and Juan Silva care for her brother Ramon, who suffers from Down syndrome and the lasting effects of a stroke 17 years ago. They were appointed by Austin Palliative Care (512-342-4768, austinpalliativecare.org).

Need more help:Musician BJ Lentz finds her rhythm after adjusting to vision loss

Judy Silva spends the whole day caring for her family, including her brother Ramon Torres, who has Down syndrome and has had a stroke.  She postponed her eye exam and new glasses because they needed things for Torres.

Musician BJ Lentz needs help with accessibility items after going legally blind in 2017. She needs adaptive technology such as voice-recognition lights, a large TV for reading in large print, loudspeakers. – smart speakers and electronic glasses. (Austin Musicians’ Health Alliance, 512-541-4226, myhaam.org)

The other great need in health care is orthodontics. The Capital Area Dental Foundation and its members help all families in need of dental care. What is missing is orthodontics.

Help provided:Capital Area Dental Foundation provides family care Season for Caring

The Gaston-Elllises are one of these families. (Hospice Austin, 512-342-4726, hospiceaustin.org)

The Fresch family also needs orthodontics. The parents have welcomed three children into foster care and are about to welcome one-month-old twins who were born prematurely, in addition to looking after their three biological children. (Dress for Success Austin, 737-471-6377, dressforsuccessaustin.org)

Tahaguas Abraha and his family from Eritrea would also like to have orthodontics. They arrived in the United States from a refugee camp in Ethiopia three years ago. (Interfaith Action of Central Texas, 512-386-9145, interfaithtexas.org)

Donate to Statesman Season for Caring

Until Christmas, the Sheth family donates up to $ 500,000.

Learn more about Season for Caring, read the stories of the families featured, and donate to Statesman.com/seasonforcaring. You can also find a coupon to send a donation by mail on Page 8 E.

‘Unique characters’: UConn Twitter shows off his personality at Hartford pre-game block party


HARTFORD – Stuck in the crowd at Vaughan’s Public House, Matt Sullivan, a software engineer from Denver, sipped beer from two glasses at the bar and said, “I’m full of energy. “

It was just after 2 p.m., nearly three hours before UConn’s basketball team faced Providence at the XL Center, nearly four hours since its flight touched down at Bradley International Airport – and just the start of a day that saw Sullivan walk Pratt Street like a king, with passers-by coming up and saying “Larry!” “

In UConn’s social media universe, this bastion of basketball madness, Sullivan is simply BigLarryForearm and a minor celebrity in a corner of a fan base that has gathered on a rainy afternoon to celebrate the opening of the Big East of the Huskies.

“When the DA gives you a ticket, you have to come,” said Sullivan, 46, who graduated from UConn in 1998.

So he came, coming through with red eyes to become one of the first on the scene. Sullivan has had a good week. Part of her house was demolished on Wednesday, when a 70mph gust of wind knocked down a massive tree in her yard and nearly killed her dog. On Thursday he was booking a flight and getting ready to attend a match he was personally invited to by sporting director David Benedict.

Sullivan was seated in Benedict’s row of seats, just behind Jim Calhoun. He was one of more than 15,000 participants, the first sold out since the start of the pandemic, for the 57-53 loss to the Huskies who sucked a bit of life by the end of the experience. The building vibrated with an energy hundreds of fans had lubricated on Pratt Street, where the Husky Ticket Project and the Hartford Chamber of Commerce collaborated for a block party.

People who are visible to many, but usually through a phone or computer screen, were suddenly together in the flesh, many beers double-fisted. It was around 4 p.m. when Mister Hot Balls, a man who describes himself online as “UConn’s most embarrassing basketball fan,” took Pratt down with a beer in one hand, his 11-year-old daughter’s hand. years into the other and said, “I have to find Larry. We have to do a psychic reading together. They’re doing it on the street.

At that point, Vaughan’s door opened and a UCONN chant going on inside spilled out onto the street, overlapping with Christmas music. People huddled under the awnings, sipping a few pinches of whiskey.

At 4 p.m., it was almost the noise of the fraternity. People bustled about, a can of beer hanging out, another coming out of jacket pockets. UConn’s fight song was played. The people hugged and laughed. By 4:30 a.m., most had walked up the block to the XL Center.

Shots of hot sauce had been rejected, of course. It’s UConn’s signature rallying action on Twitter, a craze started last year by Bryan Jackson, a UConn graduate in 2006. He is known by his Twitter handle, Penfield (his middle name).

“It’s a real problem,” Jackson said, arriving around 2:30 p.m. “I thought people could be like, ‘Oh, here’s Penfield, let’s buy him a beer.’ But people just wanna drink hot sauce with me.

Jackson stood with Mister Hot Balls, who remains anonymous and is the great motivator and curiosity of the fans. He appears online and in public only wearing a red and gold wrestling mask.

“I’m just here to be an idiot,” said Hot Balls, who attended the game with his wife and two children, as he stood with Penfield. “I’m like a dashboard ornament.”

Penfield and Hot Balls attended a game last season at the Gampel Pavilion as guests of Benedict.

“All fan bases have unique characters,” said Benedict, who spent over an hour at the party. “I would definitely say we have more than our share which is fantastic. I can’t say I’m going to give anything they come up with socially a seal of approval, but they are having a good time and everything is great fun.

Benedict, Penfield and others had a hot sauce ceremony around 3:30 p.m. inside the Hanging Hills Winter Garden, where a DJ played music, fans sipped misty IPAs and a raffle took place place. When Benedict left, he crossed paths with Sullivan and said “Let’s go, Big Arm!”

It’s been the vibe on social media for a long time, with Jackson, Hot Balls and Sullivan among the leaders.

“Seeing the sports department let go of their hair and start taking advantage of it – they’ve done a good job balancing it and you’re starting to see the fruits of it all,” Hot Balls said. “There is a lot of energy in the fan base. Now, with the fans in the Big East arena and basketball, it’s a whole different enchilada. “

The hot sauce craze, a lava river supporting a rising comeback program, took on new meaning last season when the Husky Ticket Project, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit launched in 2018 by three UConn graduates, began looking for donations to match the shots taken. UConn’s Twitter conversation revolved around ‘accountability’ and the Ticket Project raised large sums of money to send thousands of children to sporting events.

Jackson said if the Ticket Project raised $ 120,000 this calendar year by Saturday, it would allow Hot Balls to shave their beards. Jackson still had a beard on the ad. The Ticket Project has raised around $ 100,000 so far, including $ 6,000 on Saturday.

“This is my 11th year on Twitter,” said Jackson, an XL Center season pass holder who attended the game with his father and two brothers. “So we went through the ups and there were some downs that were pretty bad. There were a lot of disconnections for the day. It feels good to be back. I think today is going to be one of the craziest scenes for a long time.

That was, even with Providence ultimately playing the spoiler. The bars and streets were crowded and crowded like the arena. Was this the most responsible scene as the pandemic rages on with a new variant? No. Still, it was a one-on-one camaraderie that normally only exists in the mind – with one man flying across the country to participate.

Sullivan goes through BigLarryForearm in honor of his late father, also a UConn graduate.

“He never came to the dorm to pick me up,” Sullivan said. “He would be in that blue trailer, just an impending figure, and he would stop, still had the window down and his forearm hanging down.” So people made this joke that they never saw my dad’s face, it was just Big Larry’s forearm.

Sullivan grew up in Guilford and moved to Denver about 20 years ago. His father died when he was a senior at UConn. They had bonded in UConn basketball. Sullivan made large donations to the Husky Ticket Project so that children could attend games like he did with his father.

Sullivan, who attended Battle 4 Atlantis, also bought season tickets this year despite living in Colorado. He gives them.

“I’m happy to be in a situation where I can do that, and I only have a few rules,” he said. “If you don’t go to the game, you have to give the tickets to someone and you can’t sell them. Don’t be a jerk. And send me a picture of the match.

Sullivan had long since given up his Saturday tickets. But he tweeted earlier this week that he was considering flying to Connecticut anyway, and Benedict responded by offering him a seat. So Sullivan booked the trip, worked until 10:30 p.m. Friday in Denver, and arrived Saturday morning as one of the stars on the streets, ultimately leading the cheers into the arena.

“This is what drives varsity athletics crazy and this is why people are so excited,” Benedict said. “They are emotionally invested.”

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“Things are really tough right now:” Rising prices make it harder for some families to buy holiday gifts


Her children will receive smaller gifts. The rest of the family won’t have any at all.

Kendra, who lives with her husband and two young children in suburban Chicago and works part-time as a bank teller, pays double to refuel each week at the pump.

“I have seen such a rise in the prices of food and gasoline,” she said. When she walks past the gas station near her home, she often finds herself shouting at the large signs with the latest prices.

Kendra describes her family as belonging to the lower middle class. She has started using coupons for groceries more often, and she shops more frequently at discount stores like Aldi for the lowest prices. Sometimes that means walking longer distances to find cheaper food. “Anywhere I can find a deal or a good deal, I try to do it.”

Federal stimulus checks have helped his family, but the money dried up earlier this year. Their $ 550 per month from the Expanded Child Tax Credit was also a boost and is used to pay for their youngest son’s preschool fees and credit card bills for groceries and gasoline. .

Kendra and her husband saved up to buy a Nintendo Switch for their children aged seven and four, but returned it two weeks later because their water heater unexpectedly exploded, costing them $ 1,500.

“Not being able to provide them with this Nintendo Switch broke my heart,” she said.

Instead, she first turned to the Facebook Marketplace to shop for used toys, and she also bought kids Play-Doh and Hot Wheels. The couple will not be exchanging gifts this year and will not purchase gifts for their parents and loved ones.

“Things are really tough right now,” she said.

Higher prices for televisions and sporting goods

They are hardly alone. Rising prices are straining millions of US budgets, leading many financially struggling families to forgo freebies.

Prices rose 6.8% in November from a year earlier, the highest level in 39 years. Grocery store prices rose 6.4% per year, and meat was 16% more expensive in November than a year ago, while fish and seafood prices rose 8% .

Energy prices jumped 33.3%, including a whopping 58% increase for gasoline.

But not all buyers are equally affected by higher prices.

High-income consumers – who have more money for discretionary purchases – are better able to withstand high inflation spurts than low-income buyers, who spend a higher percentage of their income on fuel and in basic necessities.

This makes them more vulnerable when food or gas prices rise, reducing the amount of money they have left to buy hot holiday gifts like electronics or games or non-essentials.

Although wages are rising rapidly, they remain below inflation.

“Inflation has been more painful for low-income households,” Bank of America economists said in a research report last month.

Soaring prices for basic necessities will impact the spending of shoppers on a budget on holiday gifts, which are also more expensive than last year.

Clothing cost 5% more in November than a year ago, jewelry was up 6.7%, TVs 7.9%, sporting goods 8.4% and furniture 11 , 8%.

Holiday shopping disparity

Vacation spending is expected to average $ 1,463 per household, up 5% from 2020, according to a Deloitte consumer survey released in October.

But the consulting firm predicts huge differences in spending between income groups, in part because of inflation.

While consumers with annual incomes above $ 100,000 will increase their vacation spending by 15% from last year, vacation spending will only increase by 3% among buyers earning between $ 50,000 and $ 99,000 per year.

And for consumers earning less than $ 50,000, spending will drop 22% over the holiday season this year.

“There is a history of two holiday seasons, with high-income households planning to spend five times as much as low-income households,” Deloitte said. “The majority of this season’s earnings will come from higher income buyers.”

According to Deloitte, many low-income buyers will miss the holiday spending season altogether.

Some retail chains recently said low-income customers are feeling the impact of inflation and have reduced their discretionary spending.

“Inflation of food, gas, utilities and other essentials is putting financial pressure on our low-income customers,” John Swygert, CEO of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet (OLLI), said on an analyst call this month. “We are [seeing] that these customers buy less frequently simply because they have lower disposable income. “
It could be a very festive season for department stores and the wealthy.

Walmart has noted that it is actively trying to keep gasoline prices low to attract customers worried about how much they are paying at the pump, especially as the benefits of the federal stimulus diminish.

“Gas prices are a concern … They have increased dramatically compared to a year ago”, Walmart (WMT) CEO Doug McMillon said on an analyst call last month. “Customers had money [then]. And at some point it’s going to end. “

For Erin Leonards, who lives in southwest Louisiana, “gas prices are what are killing me.” She now spends $ 50 to fill her tank these days. “It used to be $ 30 at most,” she added.

Rising gasoline prices are choking Leonards, who has three young children aged two, four and six. She is in beauty school and works part time at a fried chicken restaurant, earning less than $ 50,000 a year.

Leonards said she bought 18-20 gifts last Christmas for each of her children and also bought gifts for her three godchildren, as well as her nieces and nephews.

This Christmas, she buys just four presents for each of her three children, telling them to choose “something you want, something you need, something you wear and something you read.”

Leonards said her kids got it when she explained that “Santa wanted to try something new this year” with gifts. But she still felt guilty that she hadn’t been able to get them as much as last year.

Rising inflation on basic necessities, combined with a rollback in federal stimulus, will also make it harder for budget-strapped consumers to purchase discretionary goods in 2022, Goldman Sachs analysts said. in a research report this week.

This can impact both retailers who cater to low-income shoppers and the US economy in general.

Next year, “consumers’ attention will likely shift to [finding] value on key essentials while discretionary spending declines, ”analysts said. Low-income buyers “are likely to remain under significant pressure.”

Julia Horowitz of CNN Business contributed to this article.

Smartphones account for 57% of regional language traffic on Flipkart, followed by portable devices and trendy audio devices.


Flipkart saw 47% year-over-year customer base growth in Tier 3+ cities last year. In Tier 3+ cities, the fashion category recorded the strongest year-over-year customer growth of 58%. Smartphones, audio devices, toiletries, fashion clothing (fashion jewelry, wallets, belts, sunglasses), men’s shoes and household items were among the top categories most requested by buyers in cities of level 3+.

The growing adoption of customers across the country, especially Tier 3+ cities, has been largely made possible by the rapid expansion of supply chain infrastructure and extensive delivery partners.

More than 1 lakh kirana on board with Flipkart makes 30% of the 60 million and more deliveries made per month across the country.

These Kirana partners also saw an increase of more than 30% in their average delivery revenue compared to last year, which has helped drive the adoption of e-commerce in small towns.

Flipkart’s hyper-local delivery business saw a 25-fold increase in orders compared to last year. The share of hyperlocal orders in total grocery orders on Flipkart has increased from 1% in 2020 to over 17% in 2021.

Flipkart continues to gain traction in this segment with Flipkart Quick, which allows consumers to have their products delivered within 90 minutes of ordering online. Customers can place their orders at any time of the day and have them delivered between 6 a.m. and midnight.

The Flipkart Grocery business saw its turnover and customer base grow 2 times respectively in 2021. It is on track to serve customers in 1,800 cities by the end of 2021, including Ajmer, Amritsar, Bhuj, Bokaro , Daman & Diu, Dehradun and Kanyakumari, among others.

With the rapid adoption of e-commerce in Tier 3+ cities, the share of Indian-speaking users on Flipkart has increased from 12% in Q4 2020 to 18% in Q4 2021. Regarding browsing categories Popular, smartphones represent 57% of the regional language. traffic, followed by fashion clothes (44%) and audio devices (39%) respectively.

Tier 3+ cities had the highest percentage of non-English speaking users (22%), indicating that regional languages ​​will continue to play an important role in attracting and retaining consumers in these markets. Among the 11 Indian language interfaces on Flipkart, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali are the most used languages ​​on the platform, growing more than 2 times in the past year. Bengali and Malayalam are the fastest growing in terms of adoption among new clients.

Flipkart’s voice search recorded nearly 3 million daily requests this year, with Tier 3+ cities making up more than half of overall voice requests. Patna, Ranchi, Surat and Bhagalpur are among the top 25 cities.

The results of a recent Flipkart study revealed that traders, kiranas and MSMEs have experienced increased growth this year compared to 2020.

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Six artists draw on the Kusama collaboration of Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame


Yayoi Kusama has revolutionized the art world with his unique philosophy and creative practice, which encompasses installation, painting, sculpture, fashion design and occasional writing. Since its beginnings in the 1960s, her work rivals the legacies of Matisse and Picasso, while paving the way for women artists around the world: a simple look at her successful exhibition. Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the glow of life is the proof. Currently on display at Tate Modern, the sold-out installation is one of the most popular shows of the past decade, with endless queues to get a glimpse into Kusama’s vision of thinking and its multifaceted significance.

This theme of reflection is highlighted in his latest project, a collaboration with Widow Clicquot, in which the artist pays homage to “the great lady” of Madame Clicquot champagne. Similar to Kusama’s impact on the art world, Madame Clicquot shaped the future of entrepreneurship and shattered her own glass ceilings. To celebrate its legacy, Veuve Clicquot launched its latest vintage champagne, La Grande Dame 2012, with Kusama as the bottle’s designer and a handpicked line of designers championing the message behind it.

Originally released in 2020, the limited edition La Grande Dame bottle and gift set were created exclusively for the brand by Kusama, whose signature polka dot pattern is cleverly reimagined as champagne bubbles in the artwork. The design also includes an opulent flower which symbolizes life energy, love and the celebration of life which is articulated in a special poem written by Kusama in which marks his second homage to Madame Clicquot – the first came in 2006 , when the artist relaunched the original portrait of the Frenchwoman for a charity auction in Tokyo.

At the heart of this collaboration is a message of love, light and positivity taken up by the accompanying “Inspiration in Bloom” series. This is the second chapter of this powerful project and sees Veuve Clicquot invite six creative talents from around the world to advance a message of optimism. Each of the talents – made up of an exciting roster comprising artists, dancers, actors, models and content creators – express their personal visions while setting their intentions for the coming year by answering the question “what?” is your flowering intention? “

“Love fiercely, give graciously, create relentlessly, whether in flight or downhill,” says Shini Park, CSM graduate, born in Seoul and based in London and Warsaw, who is the founding director of the digital workshop Cube and “the digital playground and the annual fashion and visual arts book series” Cabin. For Seattle-born Cirque du Soleil alumnus Mark Tyus, who plays The Trickster in his Kooza show and has already collaborated with people like FKA branches and Sia, the future is to achieve “a true interconnection beyond differences and borders” and to create “a daring dance community that supports, encourages and inspires a new generation of visionaries ”.

Tyus’ vision is underscored by Japanese singer, model and actor described as “the pop idol of the misfits”, Kom I, who released her EP TREASURE OF YAKUSHIMA in 2019. His “flourishing intention” is for collective greatness. “May a brilliant season come to all of us next year,” she said hopefully. Meanwhile, “uniqueness in all its manifestations” is what Argentinian model, influencer and street style star Candela Pelizza – who has worked with Loewe and Louis Vuitton, among other luxury brands – focuses on. And for dreamy LA photographer and content creator Sisilia Piring, the future is just as bright: “My fulfilling wish is to spread light, inspiration and optimism.”

The words of each creation align with Kusama’s larger message of a future shaped by joy and positivity. New York-based Canadian multidisciplinary artist Chloe Wise, who is best known for her food-based works, which have been on display at the Warhol Museum and Art Basel Miami Beach, sums it up with her take on what’s to come. : “I don’t know the future, but I can’t wait to meet him.

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Concentration of bars and liquor stores negatively impacting the health of area residents


Speaker 1: (00:00)

The holiday season is known for bright lights, family, friends, and good times. Unfortunately, he’s also known for having too many good times. Drunk driving arrests, traditionally on the rise during the San Diego vacation, this year drunk driving fatalities have already hit a 20-year high. It’s no secret that some communities have a higher concentration of liquor stores and liquor outlets than others. And it’s an injustice and a potential danger that the San Diego Alcohol Policy Panel hopes to address at its annual meeting tomorrow. Catherine Pat, co-director of city health and keynote speaker for the Alcohol Policy Planning Meeting, joins me in speaking about how this issue is affecting San Diego. Katherine, welcome to the program.

Speaker 2: (00:48)

Thank you very much Maureen. So happy to be here

Speaker 1: (00:50)

With you joining us also as David Shorey, he is at the Institute of Public Strategy, Program Director for East County. David. Welcome. Thank you. So Katherine, give us some idea of ​​the issues this alcohol policy panel will be looking at at tomorrow’s meeting.

Speaker 2: (01:07)

Alcohol consumption is a major determinant of people’s health. And as you mentioned, Maureen, in your introduction it can be deadly. You know, alcohol contributes to over a hundred thousand deaths in the United States a year. Alcohol can also have a number of impacts on our health, ranging from an increased risk of cancer and heart disease to an increase in the number of road accidents and even a rate of homicides and of suicides higher. I always think it’s interesting to think about the cost associated with alcohol. Binge drinking can cost us $ 249 billion in 2010, and this is mostly related to binge drinking.

Speaker 1: (01:45)

So David, in which areas of San Diego do we see a higher concentration of bars and liquor stores?

Speaker 3: (01:53)

Well, what we can say is that across the county, of the 628 census tracks, that’s how the ABC licenses it, that 308 are over-concentrated. That means they’ve been given a certain number of licenses and those licenses have been passed, and it’s both licenses or the off-sale licenses, which means liquor store purchases that you would then take home with you. And then 215 census leads on sale are too concentrated and these are our restaurants and those kinds of areas. So we’re seeing all over the county over-concentration in, uh, quite a few, you know, you think of areas that are more prone to having ours and liquor stores, entertainment areas, but we’re seeing it too. in rural areas as well. For example, to the east, the cost area or the Spring Valley area, the Lemon Grove area all have over-concentrated areas and have contributed to the increase in both crime and health impacts. public.

Speaker 1: (02:58)

And the types of stores that can sell alcohol have increased in recent years, David hasn’t, they’ve seen several convenience stores adding alcohol to their inventory.

Speaker 3: (03:08)

Alcohol is something that makes money. And so we understand that in the economy, as is the case with COVID and also the insecurity of where we are going, that businesses will want to improve their financial lines so that they can continue to survive. But in reality, what we’ve seen is that when you have an impact, like an excessive focus on communities, it actually hurts businesses. Um, businesses tend to want to attract the most people, the most people who come into their homes, and you’ll see things like selling high-alcohol alcohol, uh, drinks, single servings of that sort of thing, which you wouldn’t normally use when hosting a house party or having a beer or cocktail after work. And so, this stuff has an impact on public health, public safety, and the overall health of the business. Catherine,

Speaker 1: (04:00)

Do we find a direct link between the number of alcohol outlets in a community and a higher crime rate?

Speaker 2: (04:07)

Absoutely. Like I said earlier, people are quite familiar with the individual health effects of drinking alcohol, but surprisingly, uh, a lot of people might not be aware that the location and number Cellular liquor stores can also make a huge difference in the health of a community. So, for example, neighborhoods that have these high concentrations of stores have been linked to increased individual drinking patterns, including young people who then engage in binge drinking. And then second studies have shown that communities that have these high concentrations of drinking alcohol also have increased rates of violence and violent crime. So even after accounting for things like poverty and gang violence, neighborhoods that have more of these alcohol outlets tend to see more homicides, aggravated assaults, sexual assaults. and thefts committed in their streets.

Speaker 1: (04:59)

And David, according to public policy, it’s not just criminal behavior. It has to do with the fact that there are a lot of bars and liquor stores in a neighborhood. This has, as you alluded to a negative economic impact on the community, can you explain how this

Speaker 3: (5:12 am)

Works? Certainly. So when you have an excessive concentration of liquor retailers, say you have a business district that has several bars, several liquor stores, several local markets. And that seems to be the dominant business activity there. Second, it tends not to be a welcoming area in terms of perception. So the, uh, liquor stores, the corner markets, et cetera, are going to be pouring in. They’ll attract a certain, uh, clientele that maybe, uh, other business owners don’t necessarily want to attract the overall physical and, uh, environmental condition of where it’s at, tends to be. degrade. And so, uh, you see in communities that have this excessive focus that, uh, you know, there’s less public investment, there’s less revitalization that’s happening. And, uh, people tend not to want to visit them, so they don’t invest their money in these communities.

Speaker 1: (06:14)

So, Kathryn, what do we do about this? Does this cycle of more alcohol outlets crowd out other businesses in the communities? Is this one of the fairness issues you’re trying to solve?

Speaker 2: (06:25)

Absoutely. I think most importantly, cities can do something about it. And I think it’s really interesting that San Diego in particular, uh, is doing something around SARE liquor sales. So I’m working with a group called City Health that is actually looking at a number of different policies that impact the health and well-being of residents. And one of the policies we’re looking at specifically is the sale of SARE alcohol. So in terms of criteria, San Diego has currently won a silver medal in this category which is fantastic for the fans. However, they could reach gold. And if cities have the power to limit the density of liquor stores and regulate sales, it can have a significant impact on residents, safety, well-being and health. So there are opportunities for improvement. And we always encourage people to contact us at [email protected] if they want more information on how to do this.

Speaker 1: (07:21)

And Catherine, for example, Lemon Grove, which was mentioned as one of those highly concentrated areas with liquor stores and liquor outlets, the city council recently denied a liquor license to a convenience store because he said there were too many liquor stores in their community. Is this the kind of action you’re looking for? It is

Speaker 2: (07:41)

Absolutely correct. I think where appropriate and where possible, making good choices based on evidence-based policies is exactly what we try to encourage people to do. I think the other thing Maureen is important to mention is what the residents think about the inclusion of alcohol in this convenience store? Does the city take into account what locals would like to see? Because I think that’s what we’ve seen for decades in red line communities, where we tend to see these groups of alcohol outlets within communities of color and also communities of color. low income. Residents should have a choice over who and what is sold within their particular community. And

Speaker 1: (08:21)

I spoke with Catherine Patterson, co-director of city health and keynote speaker at the tomorrow’s alcohol policies panel meeting and with David Surey Institute for public strategies, program director for the East County, Catherine and David. Thank you very much.

Speaker 2: (08:36)

Thank you very much Maureen. It was a pleasure. Thanks Maureen.

Veteran developer takes on the Thompson Center challenge with ease


Michael Reschke, a 40-year Chicago developer, could find himself in the public eye like never before for taking on the James R. Thompson Center.

He said it was a unique and exciting challenge, but not intimidating. Reschke said he doesn’t mind the $ 280 million budget for the renovation of the building.

Reschke has had bigger projects and many ups and downs in commercial real estate, including a foreclosure lawsuit this year involving 208 S. LaSalle St., a building he remodeled. Reschke said he expects the lawsuit to be settled soon. He always bounced back.

When asked which project he was most proud of, Reschke, President of Prime Group, was quick to point out the office tower at 77 W. Wacker Drive, which opened in 1992. He called in famous Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill for the design. “If you walk into this beautiful hall today, you would swear it’s brand new. It is the most magnificent hall in the city, ”he said.

Also with Bofill, Reschke ran the Citadel Center office building at 131 S. Dearborn St., which opened in 2003.

In recent years he has turned to hotels, installing a JW Marriott at 208 S. LaSalle St. and a Residence Inn at 11 S. LaSalle St. Reschke was hired to build a Riu hotel at 150 E. Ontario St And he’s getting ready to start building a warehouse in Huntley.

His submission for the Thompson Center reflects his continued interest in the LaSalle Street commercial corridor. The pandemic and business relocations have hurt his prospects, but Reschke has said he will return.

“Next year I think 80 to 90% of the people will be back in their offices,” he said.

“Markets go up and down. I’ve been through probably three or four major cycles.

Over the years, Reschke attempted to launch big name projects downtown, but ended up selling the properties to potential developers.

At 66, Reschke said the Thompson Center project’s two-plus-year schedule suited him. “I’m no longer interested in 20-year projects,” he said.

Reschke stressed that the former state government hub in the loop will need upgrades, from new insulated glass inside and out to replacing its heating and air conditioning. dilapidated.

“It’s not necessarily historical preservation,” he said. “We are saving the building but making many necessary and important changes. We save the patient, but the patient will have new skin and new bowels.

Tyler, The Creator’s Golf le Fleur demands your attention


If Tyler, The Creator taught us anything about his release, it’s to expect the unexpected. He’s proven to be a wonderfully unpredictable creative force, from his music to the clothes and sneakers he designs. For its new collection, its brand Golf le Fleur has set its sights on the field of luxury fashion, and the products, filled with high-end clothing, a very first fragrance and well-designed accessories, have hit the mark. . One glance, and it’s clear that Tyler, The Creator has taken it to the next level – and we’re not just talking about the label’s mountainside pop-up store.

Longtime fans will instantly recognize the bright colors and quirky style the rapper-designer is known for. This time around, the go-to pastel palette is mostly soft blues and faded oranges. What’s surprising is that the graphic core of Golf Wang (the streetwear-style brand he launched in 2013) is nowhere to be found. Instead, there are mohair cardigans ($ 500) and leather jackets ($ 1,100) and moccasins ($ 305). Everything is resolutely upscale, some clothes are handmade in Italy. Which also means: it’s a reflection of Tyler’s own sartorial journey, from Fairfax rat skate to electric menswear royalty.

The new Golf le Fleur products, seen at the Malibu pop-up.

Luis “Panch” Perez

The collection also includes its first fragrance, French Waltz: a “rose-musk made for everyone”. To the non-clothing category are added nail polish, sunglasses, moleskine notebooks and a printed catalog, why not? In addition to the awesome clothes and accessories, Tyler also designed the pop-up boutique nestled in the hills of Malibu. And last week, a rotating cast of famous friends, from Kanye West to Jay-Z to Andre 3000, pulled up to the adobe-by-Flinstones mansion. The boutique houses the entire collection, but much of it can also be purchased through the Golf le Fleur website.

Everything Tyler has done in terms of style over the past few years seems to have led to this Golf le Fleur collection. We’ve seen him go from a bratty provocative in skinny jeans and Supreme caps to a serious performer in pleated pants and fluffy cardigans. When it comes to his personal style today, he’s one of them, shattering a skate rat sensibility in America’s prep for the new wave. He breaks many fashion rules and subverts the standards. And most importantly, he’s having fun and looking pretty darn stylish doing it. Watching Tyler, The Creator distill that deeply personal take on style in Golf le Fleur is a vivid spectacle to behold – and the best part is knowing that he still has plenty of tricks up his pastel sleeves.

Our holiday guide to the best local and Arizona gifts to give in 2021


Christmas is just around the corner, and if you’re still shopping (or just starting out, non-judgmental) you can find the perfect gift for every Arizona on your list with the added benefit of supporting small businesses and local businesses. Plus, with local giveaways, you don’t have to worry about shipping costs and delays.

Here’s a guide to some of the best Arizona gifts you can give this holiday season, many of which can be picked up on the Phoenix subway:

For lovers of all that is local

Local First Arizona’s Buy local first website has unique giveaways from hundreds of Arizona vendors. They even have a gift guide which includes everything from handmade animal photo ops ceramic ornaments by Frances, fun prints and cups Practical and unique Art treats and drinks of Wild Confectionery.

Visit: https://shop.localfirstaz.com/

You can also find gifts from local manufacturers on Etsy by filtering by location. Sprinkled with plants make jewelry made with real wild flowers. Sunday morning shop features custom artwork and an Arizona-shaped embroidery hoop.

You can also find candles in scents like prickly pear cider or monsoon. Arizona craft candle, cactus jewelry Forget me not Cie., hand painted cactus glasses and mugs from UrbanPhx and sets of spices from the southwest of Desert provisions.

Visit: http://bit.ly/ArizonaEtsyGifts

Native Art Market is a native-owned marketplace that you can shop in person in Scottsdale and online for coffee, vases, artwork, jewelry, soaps, clothing and more created by artists and more. Native American artisans.

Visit: https://www.thenativeartmarket.com/s/shop

For the nature lover

Arizona-based Keep Nature Wild doesn’t just make gifts for outdoor enthusiasts, like a Arizona Desert Gift Box, but also agrees to pick up a pound of waste for each product sold.

Visit: https://keepnaturewild.com/

For nostalgic Arizona

What does Arizona smell like? We don’t know, but Homesick Candle Co does, with candles that smell like Arizona and Phoenix specifically – perfect for anyone homesick for Grand Canyon state.

Visit: https://homesick.com/

For the book lover

Support your local bookstore and find gifts made by local artisans at Changing Hands Bookstore, with branches in Tempe and Phoenix.

Visit: https://www.changinghands.com/

Location: 6428 S. McClintock Drive |  Contact: 480-730-0205 |  Gayle Shanks, Tom Brodersen and Bob Sommer opened the original Changing Hands Bookstore location in 1974 on Mill Avenue and Fifth Street in Tempe, specializing in hard to find books.  Shanks said one of his favorite things about owning the bookstore is seeing multiple generations of families walk in.

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For the sports fan

Do you know a longtime (or running) Cardinals fan? Treat them to gear in the Cardinals Team Store, online, or at Glendale. You can find everything from player jerseys and candles to freebies and looking at the The Cardinals face the Colts at home on Christmas Eve.

Visit: https://shop.azcardinals.com/

The Huckberry website hosts gear and giveaways from small outdoor brands, including a set of whiskey glasses with the Grand Canyon emerging from the bottom and a candle “Inspired by the feeling of standing at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and watching the night sky.”

Visit: https://Huckberry.com/

Gifts you can eat (or drink)

Help a foodie represent their favorite place. Local restaurants like Tacos Chiwas, cafes like Peixoto Coffee Roasters and bars like Four peaks sell goods.

The “Together we raiseThe campaign began during restaurant closures caused by the coronavirus in 2021, but you can still support local restaurants and bars in the Phoenix metro with stylish shirts designed by local artists and printed by screen printing company Hello Merch based in Phoenix.

Visit: https://www.hellomerch.com/collections/together-we-rise

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Shopping for a Valley beer lover? Arizona’s two best breweries (according to the 2020 RateBeer Best Awards) both offer online giveaways.

Superstition Meadery has a tasting kit (which is on sale!) and they can be shipped anywhere in the United States Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company does not offer shipping for beers, but does offer curbside pickup at their Gilbert location.

Visit: https://superstitionmeadery.com/ and https://shop.azwbeer.com/

You can also shop Cactus candy company for great gifts like prickly pear candies, and World Market for an assortment of Arizona Gunslinger Mini Chili Sauces.

Visit: https://store.ameliocenterprises.com/ and https://worldmarket.com/

Do you know someone who loves dates? Sphinx Date Co. in Scottsdale has been selling locally grown dates in bulk or in gift baskets, with Medjools served plain, chocolate coated or nut filled for over 70 years.

Visit: https://www.sphinxdateranch.com/

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Gifts you can experience

The Immersive Van Gogh Experience’s stay in Phoenix has been extended – and it’s open on Christmas Day. If you want to buy tickets for a tour in advance, it’s open almost every day until February 6 (prices differ depending on the day and time).

Visit: https://www.vangoghphx.com/

Give a musical theater fan a taste of Broadway without even leaving the state. Tickets are on sale for shows at ASU in Gammage by August 2022.

Gammage 2022 calendar:

  • February: “The group’s visit”
  • March: “Tootsie”
  • April: “Hadestown”
  • June: “Come from afar”
  • July: “The Lion King”
  • August: “OKLAHOMA”

Visit: https://www.asugammage.com/tickets

Do you know someone who likes to go out? Reservations for Antelope Canyon tours are now open for the whole of 2022, with reduced rates if you book yours for January 2022.

Visit: https://www.antelopecanyon.com/

Of course, there are other tours you can do through Arizona. Spirit of Arizona Tours offers experiences with spirits, both supernatural and alcoholic. Local wineries and distilleries also offer their own tours or offer a sky tour with tickets for a hot air balloon flight.

Visit: https://spiritofarizonatours.com/ and https://www.rainbowryders.com/

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“Chihuly in the desert” by acclaimed glass sculptor Dale Chihuly is a joint exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix and Taliesin West in Scottsdale which runs through June 19.

Tickets are on sale now. Advance reservations are required at both sites, but the exhibit is included with regular admission to the Desert Botanical Garden.

Visit: https://www.chihuly.com/exhibitions/chihuly-desert

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China’s retail sales growth slows, factory production picks up


BEIJING – China’s retail sales grew more slowly than expected in November as consumers were cautious of rising domestic coronavirus cases, official data showed, but industrial production picked up after cuts to electricity have subsided.

A rebound in the world’s second-largest economy has run out of steam, with indicators muted last month, after the country quickly recovered from coronaviruses, aided by strict border controls and targeted closures.

Economists said a recent nationwide surge, in which viral infections hit 21 provinces and regions, has likely led to more cautious consumer behavior as containment measures take effect, while a collapse of the real estate market is getting worse.

Retail sales rose 3.9% year-over-year, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said, below expectations and significantly slower than October’s 4.9%.

“The international environment has become more complex and severe, and many constraints still weigh on the national economic recovery,” NBS spokesman Fu Linghui told reporters.

Economists Sheana Yue and Mark Williams of Capital Economics said in a research note that the pandemic “remains the main reason preventing a full recovery”, causing “the weakness of the labor market”.

The urban unemployment rate climbed to five percent last month, from 4.9 percent.

Williams had said earlier that passenger traffic data indicated consumer cautiousness, while there were other “negative signals” such as slowing sales growth at the annual shopping festival from 1 to November 11 – China’s response to the “Black Friday” consumer frenzy in the United States.

But industrial production rose 3.8% year-on-year in November, in line with expectations of a recovery.

This came as disruptions from power shortages abated.

The blackouts in recent months linked to emission reduction targets, soaring coal prices and supply shortages have affected certain industrial productions.

“Even though power shortages have eased recently, high input prices will persist … and weak domestic demand could be a drag in the longer term,” Moody’s Analytics warned Monday.

Growth in investment in fixed assets slowed to 5.2% in the first 11 months, with real estate investment up 6% – down from the January-October period – with lower home sales and housing sales. strict funding rules.

“Wage arrears in real estate-related sectors, particularly the construction sector, could also weigh on consumption,” said Lu Ting, chief economist for China at Nomura.

China’s real estate industry has been plunged into limbo as big developers like giant Evergrande Group struggle to shake off the crushing burden of debt.

21 Best Amazon Gifts for Everyone on Your Holiday Shopping List


With over 350 million products, Amazon has some fantastic gift options for every family member this holiday season. The problem, of course, is actually browsing through those millions of listings to find high quality freebies for your favorite people. And with tangled supply chains and inventory shortages already affecting shipping times across the country, the best time to start your holiday shopping is, in fact, right now!

To help you out, we’ve rounded up the top rated products on Amazon across beauty, tech, home, and fashion that have received 5 star ratings from thousands of happy customers. Equally important, everything listed below is in stock and ready to ship, which means these freebies are guaranteed to arrive long before you sit down to celebrate.

With nourishing ingredients like shea butter, vitamin E and, of course, beeswax, Burt’s Bees famous lip balms promise to soothe and hydrate lips. This deliciously scented four-pack includes classic vanilla bean, coconut pear, strawberry and peppermint balms.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush (from $ 34.89; amazon.com)

Get vacation-ready hair in the blink of an eye with Revlon’s famous TikTok Hot Brush, which dries, smooths and plumps hair at the same time. Did we mention that it has over 250,000 5-star ratings?

Olaplex Bond Conditioner and Maintenance Shampoo Set ($ 56; amazon.com)

This set includes Olaplex’s # 4 Best Selling Shampoo & Conditioner # 5. Together, they promise not only to leave your hair soft and silky, but also to strengthen your locks by tying up broken ties.

This varied sheet mask pack includes 12 different sheet masks designed to soothe, firm, brighten and hydrate all skin types. They also happen to be cruelty-free!

Tocess’s classic clips have gone viral on social media for a reason – not only are they adorable, but their non-slip finish sticks firmly to thick, thin hair, keeping your hair firmly in place and out of your face.

Bedsure’s luxurious pillow cases come in 16 colors and look a lot more expensive than they actually are. Satin is also gentler on the skin and hair than cotton, making it a great material for reducing frizz (and a thoughtful gift for people with curls!).

Lodge’s ultra-popular Le Creuset dupe makes a gorgeous and versatile addition to any kitchen. The dark red color is a festive choice for the holidays, but the cute pumpkin, blue, lilac, and turquoise designs are also in stock and ready to ship.

This cotton throw features a classic knit texture and is available in 11 soft colors to complement any decor. It’s also machine washable and resists pilling, which means it will keep you warm for years to come.

Every chef (aspiring or not) needs a good set of knives. And the color coding of this premier ceramic set from Cuisinart will not only look great in the kitchen, it also helps reduce the risk of cross-contamination.

Missing the ergonomic chair in your office? Make working (or just streaming) from the couch even more comfortable with this comfy desk, featuring a built-in mouse pad and phone slot.

This stylish charging cradle makes powering your devices easier than ever. Simply place your phone on top of the cushion (case and all) and you are good to go. It is compatible with a wide variety of smartphones and even works with Apple AirPods.

JBL’s best-selling Bluetooth speaker offers up to 20 hours of playtime. Rugged and waterproof, it’s perfect for everything from Friendsgiving to poolside parties.

Perfect for everything from bird watching to sporting events, these HD binoculars are waterproof, work over glasses, and can help you see things over 300 feet away.

Nixplay’s sleek digital frame allows multiple users to securely upload photos directly from their phone or email, making it easier to feel connected with loved ones when you’re away from one another. ‘other.

This affordable smart speaker works with Alexa so you can listen to music, make phone calls, and tune other smart home devices in your home just using your voice.

It’s time to give in to the siren call of the cutest ugly shoes ever. Over 215,000 people have rated these Classic 5 Star Crocs, with reviewers rating them “life changing”, “heavenly” and so comfortable you’ll “get over your loss of dignity in the end.”

With prints representing everything from gladiators riding sharks to something intriguing called ‘space cheese,’ there is a fancy sock option here for every man in your life.

This super cozy bathrobe is available in 14 colors and will keep you warm all winter long.

Champion’s best-selling hoodie is stylish, comfortable and, although listed as a men’s sweatshirt, perfect for all genders. The Light Gray, Heather Granite, White, Red, Black and Navy models are currently all available in sizes XS to XXL.

With their memory foam padding, non-slip soles and super-soft lining, these are pretty much the ultimate home shoes. Almost all colors are in stock in a wide range of sizes and will ship within days.

Men also deserve comfortable feet! These best-selling RockDove slippers are available in nine color combinations and have over 80,000 5-star ratings.

Oppo unveils compact smart glass for the Chinese market


Shenzhen-based tech brand Oppo announced its very first smart glass glasses on Tuesday, and they’ll hit mainland China in the first quarter of 2022. Named Oppo Air Glass, it’s basically a monocle-type device. which can display relevant information. in front of the wearer’s eye. Air Glass can be worn as a monocle or attached to the frame of conventional eyeglasses.

Unlike more ambitious smart glasses from Google, Microsoft or Nreal, the Oppo Air Glass is not an “augmented reality” headset. It can’t display real world information because it doesn’t have a camera to capture the real life scene. It also cannot play video in front of the wearer’s eyes. But in return, the Air Glass is significantly lighter and more discreet. It weighs only 30g, and when an Oppo executive wore the Air Glass strapped to their “normal” glasses during a video call meeting, I didn’t even notice the laptop until. let him mention it. And while the retail price has not been announced at the time of this writing, it is almost certain that the Air Glass will be much more affordable than the $ 3,500 Microsoft charged for its HoloLens.

Oppo representatives say the company is still working on AR technology, but practical and affordable AR glasses are still a long way into the future.

The Air Glass consists of three main parts, all designed and built by Oppo in-house: there’s a coffee bean-sized micro-projector that pushes the visuals towards a sapphire glass lens and a frame that contains all other items such as the Snapdragon Chip, speakers, microphones and touchscreen.

As mentioned, the Air Glass doesn’t try to do really ambitious things like a graphic overlay on the real world. Instead, it will show you the basic information that one would typically get from their phone or smartwatch, such as navigation instructions and notifications.

For example, if you are riding a bike or driving, being able to get navigation instructions on the eyepiece will prevent you from having to turn your head to look at your phone or watch.

Another use case mentioned by Oppo during the announcement was real-time translation: in this scenario, both parties would have to wear the Air Glass, and the language spoken by a wearer would be translated into another language that would appear. on the other wearer’s lens. Oppo said at the launch that the Air Glass only supports translation between English and Mandarin Chinese, but support for Japanese and Korean will be available soon.

The Air Glass can run for three hours on a single charge and can be controlled via voice commands and head gestures, as well as swiping or tapping the touch bar. Air Glass will only work with Oppo smartphones and smartwatches at this time.

Oppo says the Air Glass SDK (Software Development Kit) will be made available to third-party developers so that they can support Oppo Glass if they want. Inside its native China, the Oppo Air Glass should have no problem finding app support.

Air Glass is just one of many products Oppo unveils at its annual Inno Day tech show. The company has also teased a foldable phone and a retractable camera system that are expected to be unveiled soon.

Publix’s iconic entrance scales may soon be history – CBS Miami


MIAMI (CBSMiami / AP) – If you live in South Florida, there’s a good chance you’ve weighed yourself or seen someone, maybe even a family member, or even weigh a heavy suitcase on a number of Publix scales.

Well, now those who want to know if their big suitcases are overloaded will have to rely on their own scale. This is because the supermarket chain says these entry ladders could become a part of the past.

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These large, historic, industrial scales on the front of Publix supermarkets could one day end up scrapped in supermarket history because the scale maker has stopped making them, a Publix Facebook post recently reported.

At least one new store that recently joined the Florida grocery chain outlets has opened without the scale. An associate said the new Publix located at the Shoppes of Golf Village near Boynton Beach does not have one.

“The manufacturer ceased production in 2015, which means that one day – although our wonderful repair shop keeps our remaining machines in pristine condition – the last Publix scale will be retiring,” a Facebook post posted on the 19th. August.

The scales, shaped like “lollipops”, have been an accessory of the Super Market Publix for 81 years, the publication said. When they first appeared, first at the back of the store and later near the front doors, household scales were bulky and too expensive to own. Most people were weighed in the doctor’s office or Floridians went to Publix to check their weight. Over the years, today’s ladders are now four times the size and more expensive than their original counterpart.

Always the innovator of supermarkets, George Jenkins saw the scarcity of weighing machines as an opportunity to attract customers.

On his blog, The Publix Checkout, another story of the green scales was published in 2016.

When Jenkins “founded Publix in 1930, he was committed to setting Publix apart from the competition by providing service and value to customers in things not seen in other grocery chains like his” food palace “in 1940 equipped with air conditioning, crates of frozen food and many other innovations,” wrote blogger Aijana W.

“However, there is one benefit to shopping in Publix that has been part of the business from the start and still remains to this day: the scales. The difference with Publix scales? It was completely free for our customers, ”the blogger wrote.

In a 1988 interview with Jenkins, the company founder said that the scales “were very popular. Even then, people were aware of their weight. He added, more than 5 million customers have weighed themselves in Publix in the first year of operation.

And it wasn’t just the editors at Publix who pushed the tradition of the 2831 People Weigher from Mettler Toledo, which still manufactures other weighing systems for laboratories, industry and food retail.

In a May 30, 2018 Tampa Bay Times article, the writer noted that these relics from a bygone era have entertained and captivated Floridians and tourists for decades.

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Some recalled the childhood weights taken at Publix as milestones.

He added that others liked to publicly announce their lightweight to anyone within earshot. And even visiting non-Floridians enjoyed the novelty during the annual vacation. Others took to Twitter to question the accuracy of the scale after seeing their books displayed on the large round dial.

Spata wrote: “In a 1988 article in the Orlando Sentinel, writer Donna Bouffard, with help from employees at the Winter Park store, identified seven recurring categories of scale users, including ‘pickpockets’. », Which set aside keys, coins and wallets; the “timid”, who go to great lengths to make sure no one is watching; “hoppers”, who leap suddenly; and “mechanics,” who insist this thing has to be broken.

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“They all ring true 30 years later, say employees, with the addition of a category: ‘footloose’, or those who take off their shoes, and sometimes their socks,” Spata wrote.

All the fun and pleasant – or unpleasant – memories of scales are not over yet.

The ritual of tipping the big green ladder should remain a tradition for many Publix buyers for some time across Florida. In Publix’s seven-state operating area, only Florida had the balance, and as of September, the Sunshine State had 828 Publix stores, or about two-thirds of its outlets in the Southeast.

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Even though many of them become irreparable, the scale at the original Winter Haven store dons Lakeland’s corporate headquarters in a historic display.

Publix representative Brian West told The Times, “For the foreseeable future, they will still be part of our stores in Florida. “

Until they all disappeared except the original, Publix has stored enough parts to keep the old ones on life support for as long as possible – so walk, but walk lightly.

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Davina India and the birth of 3D digital fashion


Davina India and the birth of 3D digital fashion

Mihaela Manova, The Miami Student

Let’s talk about digital fashion.

From CGI influencers like Lil Miquela to brands like Danit Peleg who create 3D printed clothing, fashion is evolving. But now a new artist has caught the attention of the public. Her name is Davina India, because many people have known her since a viral tweet presenting its futuristic chrome clothes and accessories rendered in 3D.

India is an artist and a leader in the evolution of futuristic fashion. She began to create pieces of her own imagination, using materials and textures from the world of graphic design to create her work. With digital fashion being a world of endless opportunities, India has created pieces ranging from accessories like sunglasses to shoes and even dresses.

According to WeTheCool Magazine, as a self-taught 3D fashion designer India started to take an interest in fashion by making shoes and accessories out of paper. She then went on to study fashion design in Germany, obtaining a bachelor’s degree.

After graduation, India discovered 3D modeling programs and started to experiment. During her studies, India liked avant-garde silhouettes that you couldn’t do in real life. She is inspired by nature with its colors and variety of species, while being strongly influenced by science fiction. She likes to use chrome and glass textures, generally moving away from the serpentine tendril pieces.

During her design process, India relies on music to put herself in the zone. From artists like Grimes or Gesaffelstein, she lets music inspire her work, often making models immediately after they come to mind.

In the future, India hopes to collaborate with musical artists for album covers. In the next steps for her brand, the designer is also interested in the production and transformation of her designs into real clothes through 3D printing.

Currently, the University of Miami offers free 3D modeling software and tutorials open to any student. When selecting a program on the Autodesk website, Miami students are entitled to a free one-year pass for any software.

India’s work is completely digital – these clothes don’t exist in real life. But the designer believes this approach is innovative and realistic in the age of virtual reality.

During an interview for VisualAtelier8, India spoke about the importance of her work in the field of 3D design and the current fashion industry. With the sustainability debates and the rise of fast fashion brands like SHEIN, India considers its work to be one of the most enduring.

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“3D and virtual reality are the future,” she said in an interview with VisualAtelier8, “and we are about to enter a world where we make the impossible possible.”

According to The Verge, India is right. Gucci has released virtual luxury shoes that can be purchased through their app. The lime green and fuchsia sneakers are designed by Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele and feature the “GC” logo.

These virtual sneakers are titled The Gucci Virtual 25 and can be worn in augmented reality (AR) or in apps like Roblox and VRChat. This virtual pair can be purchased for $ 12.99 (in the Gucci app) or $ 8.99 in the Wanna Kicks AR app.

In the future, the fashion world expects a new kind of fashion designer. As they can adapt through the virtual reality of social media, their collections will prevail in pieces that no one else has created in the real world.

As a rapidly changing society, we are constantly consumers of new trends and influences. Will this be the most sustainable form of fashion? India thinks so.

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Fast food ditches ‘kitsch’ design for minimal glass cubes, and experts say it’s a smart move


  • Fast service Restaurants adopted a uniform design of minimalism and clean lines.
  • Experts say this design is the most efficient at handling mobile and steering wheel controls.

The next time you eat a burger, burrito bowl, or pumpkin and spice latte, you might just grab it at an airy, cube-shaped restaurant.

McDonald’s, Burger King, and other chains in the fast food and fast food industries have posted designs and started updating locations for what many have dubbed the restaurant of the future. Most of these designs look surprisingly similar, even for establishments that serve different products.

“We see squares and rectangles, cubic shapes, with a lot of glass and a very airy look. They have clean lines, a very contemporary look,” said Tom Cook, director of the restaurant consulting firm King. Casey, on the restaurant designs.

Restaurants also tend to be “fairly minimalist,” with wood tones and natural colors, while incorporating technology, restaurant consultant Mark Moeller told Insider.

KFC redesign.KFC

These designs exist mainly for lack of efficiency, experts told Insider. As take-out orders, via mobile orders, drive-thru or meal delivery apps like DoorDash, become more important to business bottom lines, restaurants are increasingly designed to accommodate them. . A simple, minimalist cube is the most adaptable design and can accommodate add-ons such as drive-thru areas or mobile pickup areas, Garret Rice, senior designer at FRCH Design Worldwide, told Insider.

With more ways to order and get food, ease of access is key. This efficiency is a consideration in every part of the design, even the initial construction, said Moeller. Past iterations of iconic fast food architecture tended towards designs with corners and curves, requiring a more skilled workforce to build. New minimal restaurants with straight lines are much easier and faster to build, lowering upfront costs and increasing revenue, Moeller said.

Fast food ditches 'kitsch' design for minimal glass cubes, and experts say it's a smart move
Papa John’s is going to rethink his restaurants.Dad johns

Another factor in these different types of restaurants that look alike is Chipotle at KFC at Starbucksis that they are now targeting the same customers more than ever, according to Moeller. Fast food chains compete with each other, but so do casual fast food chains and, as a result, take their overall branding more seriously.

Fast food used to be about creating cheap or kid-friendly food, Moeller said, but now those chains are abandoning “kitsch” design and distinctive “gimmicky” architectural features to create broader appeal.

Fast food ditches 'kitsch' design for minimal glass cubes, and experts say it's a smart move
Chipotlane drive-thru design.Chipotle

The distinction between fast food chains like McDonald’s and fast food chains like Chipotle has eroded to the point that those categories hardly make sense anymore, Rice said. Both types of chains try to communicate that they focus on food, not design, so restaurants are minimal, he said. Chains “need to save money on design to spend more on food,” as Moeller put it.

As fast food and fast food restaurant sales continue to grow, impressive architecture or distinctive designs won’t help a brand stand out in the crowded landscape. Multiple ways to access food, through drive-thru, mobile pickup stations and curbside outlets, will be key. The minimal cube design happens to be an effective way to achieve this.

Do you have a story to share about a retail or restaurant chain? Email this reporter at [email protected]

Mayfield Candle Factory: Tornado tears up candle building in Kentucky, leaving many to search for loved ones


Someone was taking attendance, “and then the next thing you know, there was like a little gust of wind,” Parsons-Perez said.

Then his ears started to click, and it was as if the building was tipping over. “Then boom, it all fell on us,” Parsons-Perez told CNN’s Boris Sanchez on Saturday morning.

There were few buildings left standing in the town of about 10,000 people, and this completely wiped out the Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory, where more than 100 people worked. The factory “was operating 24/7” in part to meet the demand for Christmas candles, US Representative James Comer, who represents the region, told CNN.

Parsons-Perez said something hit her head, and when the chaos stopped she said her legs were stuck under a water fountain.

She started hearing moans and prayers from her co-workers, she said, and she tried to keep them calm by making jokes and calling 9-1-1.

But as the minutes stretched and she lost the sensation in her toes, she too became worried, she said. At one point, she started broadcasting on Facebook Live.

“I don’t know who’s watching,” she said, and her panicked colleagues could be heard in the background. “All of you, please send us help. We are trapped. The wall is stuck to me. No one can reach us. You all. Pray for us. Try to find someone to help us. ”

By what appears to be a miracle, Parson-Perez was rescued from less than 5 feet of rubble and had to scale that heap to get out.

‘I’m looking for you, baby’

Others, it seems, were not so lucky.

When the storm passed, people were at the site of what had been the factory, now just a pile of debris and rubble, looking for relatives and friends who they knew were working there on Friday. evening. About 40 people were still missing as of Saturday afternoon, Graves County Coroner Brad Jones told CNN. Jones declined to provide more information.

As of Saturday afternoon, 40 people had been rescued, Beshear said.

“There is at least 15 feet of metal with cars on it, barrels of harsh chemicals there, it will be a miracle if someone else is found alive in it,” Beshear said.

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Ivy Williams was still looking for his wife, Janine, on Saturday morning.

Williams said he heard from his wife on Friday night before the tornado hit. His daughter told him that the factory was damaged, but when he arrived at the scene he was not ready to see the building completely razed.

Williams managed to get two people out, he said, but couldn’t find his wife.

“I’m looking for you, baby,” Williams said. “We’re all looking for you right now. ”

Emergency response teams from across the state were assisting in the search on Saturday.

“I’m standing outside of what was the factory now, and it’s a level of devastation none of us have seen before,” Beshear told CNN.

“We have dozens of people looking here, hoping. Unfortunately, we haven’t had a successful rescue since around 3 a.m.,” Beshear said on Saturday morning. “There is just a huge amount of casualties here and across the Commonwealth.”

The damaged courthouse and other buildings in downtown Mayfield, Ky. Can be seen in this drone image.

At least four tornadoes have struck western Kentucky, tearing a wide path of destruction, the Kentucky emergency management services chief said. In total, more than 30 tornadoes were reported in six states during the deadliest tornado outbreak on record in December. At least 79 people were killed.

“The track for this tornado event is over 200 miles just in Kentucky,” said Michael Dossett. The damage “could exceed the 1974 Super Outbreak,” a devastating tornado system that razed hundreds of homes in Louisville as it tore apart more than a dozen states.

Beshear declared a state of emergency on Friday and all resources are being deployed, he said. National Guard positioned to search for survivors in multiple counties

Beshear said he had also requested an emergency declaration from the White House, which is also sending resources.

The factory was one of the city’s largest employers

On Saturday morning, Parsons-Perez said she was going to the hospital for a checkup because she had a headache and was in pain.

“Once I got out of there, there was nothing I could do except thank goodness,” she said. “It’s the only thing that saved me. It’s amazing that someone went from there.”

Debris and structural damage can be seen at the Mayfield Consumer Products candle plant in Mayfield, Ky., Early Saturday morning

Mayfield Mayor Kathy Stewart O’Nan, who was with Beshear to assess the damage, told CNN her heart was broken seeing the destruction.

The factory, started by a local woman, was one of Mayfield’s largest employers, and many employees were inside by the time the storm hit, working overtime due to the busy season. holidays.

O’Nan said she hopes the community will come together.

“We are a small community. We are a strong community. I know that in the months to come we will see the best of the townspeople,” said O’Nan. “That’s what we do. We take care of each other in difficult times.”

CNN’s Claudia Dominguez and Andy Rose contributed to this report.

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The title fight between Max Verstappen and Leiws Hamilton has taken another lousy turn, with Red Bull boss Christian Horner now calling Mercedes’ media arm.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference ahead of Monday’s race, Horner claimed that a clear “narrative” had been pushed against Verstappen.

He went further in an interview with the Daily mail, accusing Mercedes of having carried out a smear campaign “concerted” to present Verstappen as “mad” and “irresponsible”.

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“Of course, this is a concerted campaign by Mercedes,” he told the To post.

“It was part of a story to put so much pressure on the marshals to act differently than any other race.

“It’s a campaign that was carried out secretly to put Max in the spotlight, give him a slogan, present him as this crazy and irresponsible pilot, put as much pressure as possible on him, on the team and, ultimately, on the Board of directors.

“We have seen in Brazil the comments about the sanctions being laughable, or Lewis being persecuted. Mercedes has one of the smartest media arms in the paddock and uses every tool they can. “

Horner also addressed the account at a general press conference on Saturday, saying the “Mercedes media machine” is putting “enormous” pressure on his driver.

“I think on occasion he’s been treated harshly, he’s been subjected to scrutiny that we haven’t seen applied consistently with other incidents and he feels aggrieved by that. “said the boss of Red Bull.

“I think the problem for Max is that the exam is on him. He has the spotlight on him, he runs ahead and faces a seven-time world champion.

“I think the allegations about his conduct, his driving style and his standards of conduct – there has been an account of pressure being put on him. He drove incredibly well the whole year.


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While Verstappen has come under increased scrutiny for his aggressive driving style, Horner has claimed he is actually good for the sport.

“Max pilots in a way that ignites passion,” he said.

“It brought new fans to the sport.

“The mental pressure on a young man, with the scrutiny he has had, has been immense this year. The way he has conducted himself and handled things, it is true that he feels wronged by some of these decisions.

Red Bull has always backed Verstappen and insisted he didn’t want him to change his aggressive approach ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was unwilling to dwell too much on the drama at the press conference, blaming it instead on a simple difference of opinion.

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“I don’t want to pick up on specific incidents or comment on the conduct itself,” he said.

“It’s probably more a question of perception. Your own perception and perspective which will influence your way of thinking and your way of seeing the world. It’s OK.

“We try to do the best we can, knowing that we also have that influence, to have the clearest view on things. Obviously this differs from Red Bull. It’s OK.

“They see it through their glasses and have an opinion. We see it through our glasses and have an opinion. Stewards have a very difficult job of remaining neutral and making decisions. ”

2022 Passenger Auto Insurance Review


Travelers Insurance is one of the largest providers of home and auto insurance in the country.

In this review, we’ll take a look at the auto insurance coverage travelers have offered, the discounts you can expect, the company’s customer satisfaction ratings, and more.

Use our jump links below to get going.

What coverage options does travelers’ insurance offer?

Travelers Insurance offers the most common type of insurance coverage offered by its competitors (see the list of standard insurance offerings below). It also has several optional packages listed below.

Standard auto insurance coverage

  • Responsibility
  • Full
  • Collision
  • Protection against injuries
  • Uninsured and underinsured motorist
  • Medical payments

Optional auto insurance coverage

  • Carpooling insurance: This is available in Illinois and Colorado for people who drive for Uber, Lyft, or another company providing the same service.
  • IntelliDrive: This app tracks your driving speed and habits. If you get good results, you can get a big discount on your policy.
  • First new car replacement: If you are in a serious accident before your car is five years old, this coverage pays to replace your vehicle with a brand new one. It also includes GAP insurance to pay off any rental or loan balance if the car is totaled.
  • GAP loan or rental insurance: When you have an accident while you still owe money on the car, GAP coverage will pay the difference between the actual cash value of your vehicle and the unpaid portion of your rental or loan.
  • First new car replacement: With this type, you get new car replacement coverage, GAP loan or rental coverage, and window deductible.
  • Remission diet in the event of an accident: The advantage for you is that the forgiveness program cancels the increase in your rates following a responsible accident.

How will a passenger auto insurance policy benefit me?

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As one of the leaders in the insurance policy market, Travelers offers its customers very affordable rates. Because the business has been around for a long time and its financial strength is excellent, you can save money on your annual auto insurance premium.

On the other hand, there are complaints about unpaid and denied claims, which can reduce confidence in this business. Yet most insurers receive reviews from dissatisfied customers and those whose claims have been denied.

Keep this in mind when choosing the right business for you. Before deciding if it’s right for you or not, look for different quotes.

Discounts on car insurance for other travelers

  • Multi-policy
  • Multi-car
  • Safe driver
  • Home ownership
  • New car
  • Owning or renting a hybrid car
  • Driver training
  • Student at school
  • Electronic payment, in advance or on time
  • High school or college drivers who maintain a “B” average or better
  • Have no gaps in coverage
  • Affinity group discount for membership in specific organizations

How much does it cost for passenger auto insurance?

The cost of Travelers auto insurance is average compared to other companies. For example, State Farm and Allstate offer medium to high insurance rates.

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Demographic groups that get the lowest rates

Senior adult woman Driving an insured car

According to The Zebra, the average monthly rate for a Travelers insurance policy costs $ 114. However, you might get a different quote depending on your age, gender, and the state you live in.

The Savvy chart below takes a closer look at how gender and marital status can affect your annual Travelers auto insurance rates on average. Learn more about Savvy’s methodology.

Average annualized rates for passenger insurance
age range Genre Civil status Value
25 to 34 female married $ 2,172.83
25 to 34 female Single $ 2,191.01
25 to 34 Male married $ 2,080.19
25 to 34 Male Single $ 2,007.97
35 to 49 female married $ 2,741.51
35 to 49 female Single $ 2,524.48
35 to 49 Male married $ 2,666.27
35 to 49 Male Single $ 2,889.47
50 to 69 female married $ 3,745.00
50 to 69 female Single $ 1,999.29
50 to 69 Male married $ 3,276.53
50 to 69 Male Single $ 2,033.80

Source: Savvy

What impacts my traveller’s auto insurance quote?

Of course, a wide range of factors other than age, gender, and marital status can affect your quote. Let’s take a closer look.


The state you live in can have a significant impact on the amount you pay for Travelers auto insurance. Additionally, your driving and credit history, as well as your address, can also affect fares. For example, if you live in a large city with a high crime rate, this can affect your insurance quote.


Like other insurers, Travelers increases rates after a DUI violation. According to autoinsurance.org, drivers can expect their Travelers auto insurance policy to skyrocket to $ 2,300 following a DUI. It may take you up to five years for travelers to remove the penalty.

Car accident

Car accident involving a rear collisionCar accidents are no different. In this case, if Travelers insures you, you may have to wait five years for your insurance premium to return to the pre-accident level.

Autoinsurance.org says drivers can expect their rate to drop from $ 3,448 to $ 4,290.

Credit score

Insurance companies assess creditworthiness by checking an individual’s credit rating. By law, these four states do not check credit for auto policies: California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Michigan.

According to The Zebra, if your credit rating is bad, you can expect to pay up to 165% more on average than someone with an exceptional credit rating.

How satisfied are travelers’ customers?

Consumer traveler reviews show the company is responding quickly. In addition, the communication between customers and customer service is good. However, some consumers rate travelers below average in most areas for customer satisfaction.

The National Association of Travel Insurance Commissioners’ rating for 2020 was 0.43, meaning the company receives nearly half as many customer complaints as the average.

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JD power ratings are below average

However, the 2021 JD Power study of auto insurance in the United States of some 40,000 drivers ranked traveler customer satisfaction below average. The study uses five criteria: billing process and policy information, claims, interaction, policy offerings, and pricing.

In the study, travelers scored well below average customer satisfaction. For example, it ranked below average in the following regions: Mid US, Florida, Mid Atlantic, New England, North Central, Southeast, and Southwest. It only came in above average in New York.

Overview and history of travelers

Travelers Insurance is a company with a rich history. James Batterson founded the company in 1864. At that time, the company insured rail and steamboat travelers across the country. At the time, it was a risky business and few companies insured this type of Travelers.

Another interesting fact: do you know who wrote the first auto insurance policy in 1897? If your answer is Travelers, you are correct. Travelers Insurance has proven to be a financially stable business that can pay off policies over the years. The company is present in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil and Ireland, with more than 30,000 employees. Annual travelers’ revenues in 2020 were just under $ 32 billion, an increase of 1.27% year-over-year.

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December 10-31, 2021 – Delco Times


Note: Due to the ever-evolving coronavirus pandemic, check with your church to see times have changed since our deadline. All notices of church events and services should be emailed to [email protected] by noon Wednesday. We will not accept faxes or hard copies. All reviews will appear online. Printing is based on available space. Thank you.

Norwood United Methodist Church: 315 Chester Pike, Norwood / 610-532-0982. On the “second Sunday” of the month (OCT to MAY, not DEC), we are having a FREE community event. ALL events start with a FREE dinner served at 5:30 p.m. followed by various FREE events that start at 6:30 p.m. Visit our website at www.norwoodumc.org/activities and other church information. We will start with our 5:30 pm dinner, followed by our 6:30 pm movie, “Heaven is for Real”. The meal and the activity / film will take place in the social room. Please enter using the wooden gates at Ridley Ave, which are also accessible to people with disabilities using a chairlift, designated by signage. Parking is available on Chester Pike, Ridley Ave. and Cavanagh’s Funeral Home (provided no funeral service is scheduled). There are two disabled parking spaces on Ridley Ave.

Cavalcade of Baskets themed basket raffle in time for Christmas: To put things in a festive mood, Holy Myrrh-Bearers Parish, 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore, has prepared 20 unique and special themed baskets containing: 1) Crockpot Express; 2) Lottery Wreath: Snowman Wreath 15 lottery tickets (must be 21); 3) Floral and Plaid Scarf for Women, Gloves, Body Lotion, Bath Bombs, Foot Scrub, Loofah, LED Reading Light, Photo Frame; 4) “Pie in the Sky”, 6 piece pie set, cookie cutter and stamp, tea towel and oven mitt, $ 25 Trader Joe’s gift card; 5) speaker system; 6) “Elf Basket” 2 elves, Whelihan’s $ 50 gift card; 7) Christmas Kitchen Penguin Cookie Jar, Tray, S&P Shakers, Towel Bar, Soap Dispenser; 8) Ukrainian basket 3 dz potato / cheese pierogies, embroidered ushnyk and tablecloth, cutting board (145 × 90), oven mitt and pot holder; 9) smart watch; 10) $ 50 Tavola Out for Dinner Gift Card: Springfield Country Club; 11) Helmets and marquees Air Trezak helmet, LEF arrow and LED Star marquee; 12) Wine basket 5 bottles of wine and 2 wine glasses: Reisling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Toscano, Côte de Rose (must be 21) 13) $ 25 Travel Fun massage certificate, travel bag, Mist- er, Persona security alarm; 14) Relaxation basket: Pinot Grigio wine, bath bombs, lotion, Bath set (must be 21); 15) Crochet Baby Set Crochet Baby Blanket, Headband and Sweater, 3 Hats and 2 Pairs of Booties (Girls) 16) Christmas Planning Basket $ 25 Giant Card, Lenox Ornament, LED Christmas Ornaments and Punch, Mix Set St Nicholas Square Angel and Dip, Placemats, Mug, Christmas Storage Containers. 17) Dinner with ceramic Santa Claus and the $ 50 Whelihan gift card; 18) Money basket: $ 100 cash; 19) Mini waffle iron and Wawa $ 25 gift card; 20) Lottery ticket tree: 25 lottery tickets. The baskets are on display in our hall and can be viewed every day from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tickets are: $ 2.00 each; 3 for $ 5; 8 for $ 10 or 17 for $ 20. The drawing of lots for this “Cavalcade of Baskets” will take place on Sunday 19 December. Winners don’t need to be present to win. Come in large numbers and help support our small parish. As a reminder, our Divine Liturgies are celebrated on Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. and everyone is always welcome. For more information on our upcoming events or services, please contact us at (610) 544-1215 or by email at: [email protected]

Pierogie 2021 sales: Potato and cheese $ 10 dz. Pierogie Hotline: 610-544-1216 or Email: [email protected] Sale dates: December 16-17 Pick up HOURS: Thursdays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday 11 p.m. to 3 p.m. Order the previous Sunday at the latest

Prospect Hill Baptist Church and Bread and Fish Pantry: 703 Lincoln Blvd, Prospect Park. Sunday worship (in person and online): 11 a.m., prospecthillbc.sermon.net. Pantry serves all of Delaware County with frozen meat, produce, and preserves. Hours: Tue 10:30 am-1pm, Thu 1 pm-4pm More info on facebook.com/prospecthillbc and facebook.com/delcoloavesandfishes; (610) 532-9000

The Church of the Foundry: 25 Cedar Road, Wallingford, New hours, Tuesdays 6-8 p.m., we have fresh and frozen food, canned goods and dry goods. Visit our website www.the foundry church.org or the studio4: 10 arts programs Facebook page. Our pantry number is 610-872-3344

Evangelistic mission in Chester: Are you an individual, group, church or organization who wishes to share the gospel in our community with the possibility of receiving a stipend of $ 500. If so, email [email protected] for more information and register to participate.

Trainer Trinity United Methodist Church: 3705 W. 9th St., Trainer. Gwen Myers Legacy Wardrobe: Fridays, noon to 2 p.m. quality clothes at knockdown prices. Food donations received with joy for the distribution of Food Cupboard. There is a lot of parking. The sanctuary and gymnasium are wheelchair accessible. https://www.loc8nearme.com/pennsylvania/boothwyn/trainer-united-methodist-church/5968639/

Senior lift: invites seniors to join us on our journey to learning technologies. Senior Lift is also aimed at unemployed and underemployed people who need access to the technological skills required in today’s work. Email us at [email protected] or call 610-639-6737. Classes are held at the Technology Resource Center, Word of Faith Christian Center, 4150 Market St. Aston.

First United Methodist Church: 350 W. State Street, Media, The church is home to the Media Food Bank which serves 75 to 100 families each week and is supported by individuals, area churches and local businesses. The food bank is open Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Noon The Transition Town Media Free Store is located at FUMC and serves as a place to donate used items and pick up (free) items that can be used or reused. First Church offers free yoga classes for beginners on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. There is no charge, but donations are welcome.

Middletown Presbyterian Church: 273 South Old Middletown Road, Media. Just GRIT – Fridays, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Activities for teens. Bible study with pizza. Adult Bible Study – Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Baptist Church of the Temple: 736 W 7th Street, Chester will now have an afternoon Bible study on Wednesdays from noon to 1:00 pm Come and share the joy of God’s love with His people. https://www.loc8nearme.com/pennsylvania/chester/temple-baptist-church/6148723/

Chester Christian Church: 308 W. 3rd Chester Street. The CCC Caf̩ will be open Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. РCome and enjoy a free hot meal. Zumba takes place every Wednesday at 6 p.m. РCome share and get in shape for free. In the event of inclement weather, please contact the church at (610) 874-9690 or check our social media pages to see if an activity has been delayed, canceled or rescheduled. Follow me to the CCC. www.thechristianchurchofchester.com

Delaware County Healing Rooms: Is a multi-church ministry with the goal of connecting people to the love and power of God. Location: New Hope Christian Church, 551 Paxon Hollow Rd. Broom, (484) 422-8145. Hours of Operation: Monday, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. No appointment Necessary Facility is wheelchair accessible

Gateway Community Church: 708 S. Old Middletown Road, Media, For information and registration, contact Mary Campbell at 610-566-0131 or [email protected]

Turning Ministries: 624 E. Eighth St., Chester, collects food as part of its efforts to continuously develop the city. Worshipers are ready to pick up any donated non-perishable items that may be stored in the church pantry until ready to serve. The pantry is open the first and third Wednesday of each month. For more information and to set up donations, call LeeVetta Smith at 267-475-7087 or email [email protected]

Ashford Lidl: Resident raises traffic concerns over plans for new discount supermarket


A resident has expressed concern about traffic around the site of a future Surrey Lidl.

Lidl recently announced that it has obtained a building permit for a new store in the Ashford area as part of an expansion – the supermarket giant announced in June 2020 that it plans to open 28 stores in across Surrey.

While many branches, including branches on Woodbridge Road in Guildford and Upper High Street in Epsom, have already opened, the location of the new Ashford branch will be on the site of the old sales warehouse at Hitchcock and King detail on Stanwell Road, near Ashford station.

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But residents worried what that might mean for traffic.

A resident writes to Surreylive in response to the news, said the Ashford area could benefit from a large, low-cost supermarket, but not on this site.

Jo McLuskey said: “This is not a suitable site for a busy supermarket, mainly because the limited visibility makes access too dangerous. the site until the very last minute.

“If an alternate access road were to be constructed from Church Road, the same issue would apply, with oncoming traffic being hidden from view by the other humpback bridge.

“The roads in this area are already very busy, and the extra traffic drawn into a supermarket would cause unacceptable traffic jams and more pollution through which students at Thomas Knyvett College and St James’s Boys School would have to walk every day.”

Others were more in favor of a budget supermarket. Write on the Surreylive Development Facebook page, Rob Davis says, “You’ll be happy to know that without Aldi or Lidl, your weekly groceries at the supermarket would make more money. It is thanks to them that the prices are kept as low as them. may be in the industry.

Responses, overall, were largely positive – from a community consultation exercise that saw 253 response forms completed, 88% of respondents showed support for the proposals, with 9% against and 3% unsure. .

Messages supporting the proposals praised him for the creation of local jobs, the convenience for residents (Staines or Feltham are the nearest Lidl branches) and the potential increase in trade to Ashford, after a difficult year for many city centers.

In addition to traffic problems, the community consultation saw opponents claim there was a minimum requirement for more supermarket supply.

Although Lidl did not respond to a request for comment, a local advisor previously told SurreyLive that Lidl has made plans for road access around the site.

Cllr Olivia Rybinski, a local councilor for United Spelthorne, told SurreyLive last month: “I’m sure residents will be delighted to hear that we will have a Lidl near Main Street. Although there are entry and exit issues, Lidl has plans in place to ensure that there will be safe access to and from the site.

Surreylive first reported that Lidl submitted a planning request to Ashford in August 2020, with a Lidl spokesperson explaining at the time that this would involve a multi-million pound investment in the region – Lidl GB recently increased employee salaries, making it the highest-paying supermarket in the country.

The Access and Design Statement prepared on behalf of Lidl GB states: “The proposals represent a significant financial commitment to the region on the part of the applicant, who expects the store to function well, provide valuable local jobs. and increased economic activity. “

An access and design statement prepared on behalf of Lidl GB, dated November 10, explains that the application site is approximately 2.7 acres and will have 141 parking spaces for customers, including eight disabled blue badges, nine parents and children, and two with access to a fast charging station for electric vehicles.

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21 questions: Paula Scher


Photo-Illustration: Bordered; Photo: Christophe Garcia Valle

new YorkThe “21 Questions” column is back with an eye on creative New Yorkers. Paula Scher, the graphic designer, painter, and Pentagram Partner – who created brand identities for MoMA, the Public theater, Shake Shack, and New York Department of Parks, among dozens of other organizations – currently has a retrospective exhibited at the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, in Madrid.

Name: Paula scher

Age: 73

District: Nomadic

Occupation: Graphic designer

What is hanging above your sofa?

In all fairness nothing because my couch is in the middle of the room. But about 10 feet behind my sofa is one of my paintings of the United States, and on the side of my sofa is one of my husband, Seymour Chwast’s paintings of war. We only hang our own work in the living room. Why give someone else precious space?

What is the first job you had in New York?

Interior design of children’s books at Random House. I lasted about a year and a half.

What color are you still attracted to?

Black and white. Without color. It really has to do with how I start to work and where I go first. If a drawing works in black and white – which is the clearest view – it will work in any color.

What art or artifact are you most surprised to own?

Artifacts are not a big part of our lives. We used to have a lot of knickknacks – old toys and things designers still have – but I decided it was really scary and got rid of it.

Which New Yorker would you like to date?

Fran Lebowitz. Well, I don’t really want to hang out with her. I just wanna listen to it. She doesn’t need to talk to me. I just think she’s hilarious and right all the time.

What’s the last thing you did with your hands?

I painted a USA road map on a 1977 Porsche for a collector during COVID. It took me a year to finish because I had to learn to paint on curves.

Is there something that you have multiple versions of?

I have three pairs of boots which are exactly the same style but in three different colors from Maria Cornejo. They are in leather with a heel and reach up to the knee.

Which New York museum do you always go to?

MoMA – I go because it never disappoints. I go there because if it disappoints, there is always a gallery I go to that does not disappoint. I go because I like to be mad at it when I’m mad at it. I go there for shopping. And also because they collect part of my work. It’s also cool.

What do you always have next to your computer?

I guess it’s usually a tampon and a glass of water.

Where is the best view of the city?

Coming back from LaGuardia or Kennedy, there’s a portion of the Long Island Expressway that’s on a hill just as you start to descend to the Midtown Tunnel where you have that perfect view of the New York skyline. It’s just amazing.

What building or object do you want to redraw every time you see it?

The so-called World Trade Freedom Tower. It’s screwing up the horizon line. It’s out of scale. It looks silly. It overshadows everything in a bad way and makes it seem like everything is out of balance. If you could somehow reduce it by 25 percent, you’d be fine. Buildings of satisfactory proportions are beginning to disappear. There was nothing better than the Chrysler Building. I mean, it’s so gorgeous. But now there’s this other skyscraper behind it that has kind of a zigzag pattern of lights that makes the Chrysler building look bigger. I wish people would stop messing around with the skyline. I think it’s very greedy. You need a design commissioner, somebody to go to the place I was talking about on the Long Island Expressway and do an assessment and start fining.

What is one thing that you would change in your field?

I want the general public to clearly understand the difference between what a graphic design company does and what an advertising agency does. People who design identities and things that are meant to last operate and do business differently than people who promote. Right now, I feel like promotion is the driving force behind design. For example, the logo that was just designed for Facebook and their stupid company is a really bad logo, but it does come alive. So this is kind of a thing that’s going to tweet well and look great on Instagram, but the form is awful.

If you could live anywhere in New York City, where would it be?

Nomadic. The first reason is that we have enough space, the second is that I like the people in the building, the third is that I can walk to work, four is Eataly and a stack of good restaurants have opened in the neighborhood and I never have to get out of my block.

What would you do if you stopped producing it?

Silverware. He always disappears in my house. We are always short of forks and spoons.

What are you doing to get out of a creative rut?

I really enjoy walking around the upscale, urban neighborhoods, looking east and west, and looking in store windows and street signs. I really enjoyed doing this during COVID because I could actually see the scenery. My neighborhood is full of really crappy signs and things that need to be fixed. I walk down the street and think about how I would do everything again. I always wanted to be the art director of New York where I could just walk around and say, “Change that. “

Where was your first apartment in New York City and how much was the rent?

It was on the Upper West Side: 92nd Street between West End and Riverside. It was 1970 and I was living with three women. I think the total rent was around $ 400 and we paid $ 125 a piece or something like that. One of them slept in the living room on a sofa bed. It wasn’t great.

Where in the city do you go to be alone?

A taxi. It’s not that I go there to be alone. This is where I am alone. Taxis for me are very special because you sit in the back, you don’t have to talk to anyone, you can look out the window and you can kind of let your mind wander.

Worst career advice you’ve ever received?

Someone told me not to join Pentagram. How’s that for terrible career advice?

What did you give someone that you wish you could get back?

I gave away these posters I made in the early 80’s on CBS Records – one for Elvis Costello that said “Trust Elvis” and another called “The Best of Jazz”. I don’t have a single copy left because I gave them all away. When I do something, I don’t feel like it’s piling up. And then there are things that I did that were horrible, that are famous, and that drive me nuts. This is terrible!

What’s your favorite New York restaurant and your regular ordering?

I’m lazy so I go to the nearest restaurant where I like the food and that’s La Pecora Bianca.

What I really liked to do – before COVID, now it’s harder – is sit at the counters and eat dinner. We went at least once a week and had meatballs and eggplant and a glass of red wine.

What descriptive phrase do you want on the title of your obituary?

Well I can tell you what I don’t want. What ? Do not pose “Designer of the Boston cover”. I’ve always hated it and it just doesn’t go away. it’s not going away.

Pretentious Glass in Old Town Knoxville makes creativity shine


The one-of-a-kind glassblowing workshop and brewery have deep roots in the Maker City. Owner Matthew Cummings knows the quality of the products speaks for itself.

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – There is no shortage of “Made for Knoxville” businesses in Maker City. Pretentious glass in the old town brings warmth with handcrafted products.

Inside the artisan shop just off the sidewalk, Matthew Cummings gives off a constant glow. He is the mastermind behind Pretentious Glass and believes in the Maker City mission.

“But that’s one of the places you can come and soak up like it’s all a maker maker,” Cummings said. Creator? Of course, we’ll make do with it. Creator.”

He has always had a creative passion. In college, he thought his plan was clear. He wanted to be an architect, but a glass course changed his mind.

“I must have reluctantly had a drink of my choice,” Cummings said. I didn’t care, I didn’t care. I took a class and immediately fell in love with it. The warmth, the intensity, the teamwork. I changed my major in a class. “

This major change led him to Knoxville, where he opened his glassblowing workshop and brewery.

“We’re the only place in the world where you can walk in, drink beer made in-house in our brewery, with glasses made in-house and watch everything that is produced,” Cummings said.

Business is booming. Cummings believes the store will sell whatever it makes during the holiday season.

As soon as articles are listed online, people jump at the chance to buy the handcrafted glass.

“One of the things that makes it so difficult is that there is no room for error,” Cummings said.

The most recent breakthrough is an in-person gallery where locals can stop to shop on South Central Street.

“When you buy from a manufacturer, you support them,” Cummings said. “You are directly helping someone you can watch and make a difference in their life.”

Ornaments, glass Christmas trees, flowers and drinking glasses all tell the story of the craftsmen in charge and the quality of the glassware.

“I think the maker culture in Knoxville is one of the things that makes Knoxville so special,” Cummings said.

Cummings’ creativity in Scruffy City will continue to burn one project at a time.

If you want to see it all in action, there are live glassblowing demonstrations from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night.

Made For Knoxville segments are produced in partnership with the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center.

Rosemont Fashion Outlets in Chicago is a great holiday shopping destination! – WOODTV.com


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Kim Kardashian is the public’s favorite fashion icon at Balenciaga


Kim Kardashian accepted the 2021 People’s Choice Award for Fashion Icon of the Year from 2020 recipient Tracee Ellis Ross. “From one Balenciaga lover to another,” Ross began by introducing Kim, who strutted on stage to deliver her speech in an all-black, body-conscious Balenciaga outfit with a jacquard corset reminiscent of the famous incognito sheath that ‘she wore perfectly to coincide with the theme of the 2021 Met Gala. For this event, however, Kim selected geometric sunglasses that covered half of her face, making a major statement before she even reached the microphone (like she is known to do it).

“I started out as a wardrobe planner and stylist, so winning a fashion icon award is like a pinch moment,” Kim said, taking the time to thank the designers Riccardo Tisci, who created his Givenchy wedding. dress; Olivier Rousteing from Balmain; and Zac Posen, who took her to her first CFDA Fashion Awards. “Thanks to Kanye [West], even for introducing me to the fashion world, ”Kim said, ending on a humble note:“ It’s a dream that I can wake up and wear these amazing clothes, try new things, take a risk . »Scroll down to see what. Kim wore for the occasion that she will surely never forget.

UTA signs Bret Michaels – Variety


UTA signed the musician and former singer of Poison Bret Michaels In all areas.

“Bret Michaels is a real multi-hyphen. From music and branding to sports and reality TV, he contributes 1000% to all of his business endeavors and we are honored to welcome him to our list, ”said David Zedeck, Partner and Co- responsible for world music. “Bret is an enduring superstar whose impact on the entertainment landscape has grown steadily and has remained relevant throughout his career.”

Michaels added: “I am honored and delighted to sign and collaborate with UTA. Their forward looking vision, big picture, work ethic and energy are the perfect match for having fun and doing it, bet on your mindset.

+ Warner Chappell Music, the global publishing arm of Warner Music Group, has entered into a publishing partnership with Connection music editing, a new publishing entity created by the founder of Glassnote Records, Daniel Glass.

Jackie Post has been appointed as the new company’s editor; the first songwriter signed with Connection Music as part of the joint venture is Edie Bens, a 21-year-old Welsh singer whose first release is slated for next year.

Warner Chapel Music Co-Chair / CEO Guy Moot and Co-Chair / COO Carianne Marshall said: “Glassnote has created a world-renowned label with Grammy Award-winning artists like Mumford & Sons and Phoenix as part of its serve as a home to some of the best in the music business is sure to continue with Glass’s latest venture, Connection Music Publishing. With Jackie Post at the helm, we couldn’t be more excited to do business with this team.

Glass said: “My long-standing friendship and professional relationship with Carianne and Guy has now come full circle. We are proud to work with their stellar team to help our songwriters grow. “

+ QC Sports, sister company of Atlanta’s Quality Control Music powerhouse, announced the launch of its new Quebec Sports Basketball Division. The company also announced the addition of a veteran agent Derrick powell as world manager of basketball. As one of his first accomplishments at QC Sports in 2021, Powell successfully negotiated veteran center Jarrett Allen’s 5-year, $ 100 million contract extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to the announcement.

Quality Control Co-Founder Kevin “Coach K” Lee says, “Partnering with an industry veteran who has the experience, credibility, proven track record and commitment to Derrick customers is perfectly fine. aligned with the QC Sports brand. “

Powell notes, “QC is the most authentic brand in today’s culture. I am truly honored and more than delighted to be part of the incredible team that Coach and P have built at QC Sports. But most of the time, I’m ready to get down to business and continue to build on the legacy of quality control.

+ Universal music publishing group promoted Lillia Parsa to Senior Vice President of A&R. Based in Santa Monica, she will continue to report to David Gray and Walter Jones, co-heads of A&R. Parsa represents a roster of songwriters including Louis Bell, Billy Walsh, Omer Fedi, Blake Slatkin, Nija, Julia Michaels, Cirkut, Brian Lee, Tierra Whack, Lil Tecca, Surfaces, Gracie Abrams and Jimmy Napes – several of whom have been honored at the Variety’s Hitmakers Awards last weekend.

Gray and Jones jointly said: “It has been a pleasure to see Lillia become one of the most successful publishers in the music industry. His ability to recruit and develop talented writers and producers is reflected in his chart success over the past four years. “

+ In the wake of their partnership with the label, Distribution of faders is now officially launched in partnership with Virgin. Fader Distribution currently hosts five artists: Kim Tee, Origami Human, Eddie Burns, Pauli The PSM and Slaters.

Fader CEO and Co-Founder says, “As we continue to grow and see success with Fader Label, there has been a strong interest from the independent artist community in what we offer. It has been amazing to be able to help some really deserving artists to get started. We set up Fader Distribution to create a level of service to help independent artists who are in the very early stages of their development.

+ Entertainment and media collective 3V method announced its partnership with Sony Music Editing to sign publishing agreements with his artists / composers Sean Leon and Erick Serna. Leon is co-author of Justin Bieber’s “Peaches” and Serna has co-written songs for Dnce, Sia, Kelly Clarkson and others.

Alex Valenti, CEO of 3V Method, said: “This partnership with Sony Music Publishing allows them to take their creative process to a new level even further. I am delighted to have Katie Welle and Will Skalmoski as key members of this team. It’s going to be a great year for Sean and his team and I’m grateful to be a part of the journey!

+ Artist development company Godmode, who works with artists like JpegMafia and Channel Tres, has started a joint venture publishing company with Hipgnosis song group. As part of the joint venture, Godmode and Hipgnosis Songs developed TikTok star Emmy Hartman.

“Songs are the atomic unit of what we do,” says Talya Elitzer, who co-founded the company with Nick Sylvester. “Much like our work as an artist, we are eager to surface and cultivate the kind of songwriters who change what a song is allowed to do.”

+ Create a music group named Yoko Ihaza Vice President of Legal Affairs and Jason zerden Vice President of Business Development. Ihaza will report to General Counsel Jon Atzen, while Zerden will report to Chief Strategy Officer Sameen Singh. Ihaza joins Create after working at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and Sklar Kirsh LLP; Zerden comes from Stem Disintermedia and previous roles at CAA and Virgin.

“Yoko brings with her incredible negotiating skills and deep connections to the artist community,” Singh said. “Jason has a proven track record of working with leading artists and brands. Together, they form a new core transaction team at Create that will play a central role in our expansion plans. “

+ The Union announced several promotions in its marketing department, the department head Amy Tremmel become vice president of marketing and events and new director roles for Julia galvin (marketing) and Kim williams (digital marketing). Other headline marketing bumps include Katelynn donohue (senior manager, digital marketing), Molly brooks (senior manager, digital & creative marketing), Josh goldfeder (senior manager, marketing), Lindsey mclemore (marketing manager) and Max Falvey (Marketing Manager).

How Metaverse could play a role in overhauling healthcare


Big tech companies like Meta and Microsoft have pointed out how the Metaverse could revolutionize the world. While it remains to be seen how the Metaverse will evolve, a few companies are already using some essential components that will ultimately make up the Metaverse. Health and medicine are among these industries.

The healthcare industry has now started to use components such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) in software and hardware to improve the proficiency of medical devices and expanding the reach of medical care, according to a CNBC report. Simply put, the Metaverse will be an extension of the VR, AR, and Mixed Reality (MR) technologies we use today.

The metaverse or virtual universe is a set of interconnected online spaces where one can indulge in activities such as gambling, shopping and even attend events via virtual avatars. It is an amalgamation of different technologies like VR, AR, MR, AI and digital currencies.

According to the report, the World Health Organization is using AR to train COVID-19 first responders via smartphones while psychiatrists use VR technology to treat post-traumatic stress in veterans, and medical schools are using technology for training.

AR in the global healthcare market is expected to reach $ 1.42 billion in 2021 and $ 4.15 billion by 2025, from $ 1.06 billion in 2020, Globenewswire reported, citing a study by The Business Research Company. Here’s a quick look at various other components of the Metaverse that could gradually change healthcare as we know it.

Meta’s Oculus

The Meta platform acquired the Oculus virtual reality (VR) headset in 2014. Since then, Oculus has had multiple collaborations with the healthcare industry. One of the most important collaborations of recent times has been with Nexus Studios and the WHO Academy. Meta’s R&D incubator has designed a mobile app that will allow healthcare workers to learn more about the fight against COVID-19. A training course involves the RA to simulate the proper techniques and sequence for putting on and taking off personal protective equipment. The app is available in seven languages.

Oculus technology is also used at the University of Connecticut Medical Center to train residents in orthopedic surgery. The university has partnered with PrecisionOS, a Canadian medical software company that offers virtual reality training and educational modules in orthopedics. Oculus headsets allow residents to view a range of surgical procedures in 3D, a harmless environment where they can practice their skills.

Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft introduced the HoloLens smart glasses in 2016. One of the early users of the glasses was Stryker, a medical technology company in Michigan. In 2017, she started using the AR device to improve the operating room design process of hospitals / surgery centers. With improvements in HoloLens 2, Stryker engineers are now able to create shared operating theaters using holograms.

Zimmer Biomet, an Indiana-based medical device company, recently unveiled its OptiVu Mixed Reality Solutions platform. The platform uses the HoloLens device and three specific applications. The first application uses MRI in the manufacture of surgical tools. The second collects and stores data to track patient progress before and after surgery, and the third allows healthcare professionals to share an MRI experience with patients before a procedure.

Microsoft’s network

In March, Microsoft unveiled Mesh, a mixed reality (MR) platform powered by Azure cloud services. Azure allows users to participate in 3D holographic experiences on various devices and from different geographic locations. In Microsoft’s blog post on Mesh, he pictured medical students learning human anatomy using a holographic model of a cadaver.

Use of other VR and AR technologies in medicine

The main types of AR in healthcare are the hardware and software to perform tasks such as surgeries and for effective diagnosis using technologies such as smart glasses. The devices include headsets, wearable devices, wearable devices, vision-based devices, mobile devices, among others.

Using AR in surgeries allows surgeons to view a patient’s anatomy side-by-side with their MRI and CT scan data.

At the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, for example, instructors used AR, VR, and MR to train first responders to treat trauma patients who have had a stroke, heart attack. or a gunshot wound. Students perform vital heart procedures on a realistic mannequin that realistically simulates almost any heart disease while wearing VR headsets.

In fact, Johns Hopkins neurosurgeons performed the institution’s first AR surgeries on living patients in June wearing helmets made by the Israeli company Augmedics. “It’s like having a GPS navigator in front of your eyes,” Timothy Witham, director of the Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Spinal Fusion Laboratory, told CNBC.

First publication: STI

South Tyneside father sold stolen tools from construction site to discount store


John Houlsby, 42, pocketed £ 125 when he whipped two cordless drills, two batteries and three scissors at unsuspecting Tyne Bargains in King Street, South Shields.

But he was arrested on Wednesday, June 16, after the owner of the items requested information about the theft on social media site Facebook, a court said.

Houlsby, of Steward Crescent, South Shields, worked at the yard where the goods were stored.

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The case was heard by the South Tyneside Magistrates Court.

He was not charged with stealing them but pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods, in that he sold the parts after being handed over to them by another.

Prosecutor Marc Atkins told South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court: “The plaintiff is a site manager.

“The accused worked for him before the offense for a week, but was not continued.

“At one point, the complainant’s toolbox, in which he kept drills and chisels, was taken out of hiding.

“He reported this to the police and posted a status about it on Facebook.

“He was told his tools were on display in a store and that store was Tyne Bargains, and the police attended.”

Mr Atkins added: “It turned out that the defendant was a regular customer and had brought the tools at some point before.

“This is the basis of the accusation. He was questioned and confessed to the police.

“There is a claim for £ 125 from Tyne Bargains which is the amount the store owner said he paid.”

The court heard that Houlsby had 40 previous convictions resulting from 125 offenses, including 24 for theft or similar.

But it has been confirmed that he has not been in trouble with the law since 2015.

Representing himself in court, Houlsby said he wished he had never taken possession of the items.

The merchant added, “I apologize for what I did and you will never see me again.”

Magistrates ordered him to pay Tyne Bargains £ 125 in compensation and fined him £ 230, with £ 85 in court costs and a victim fine surcharge of £ 34.

Question of the day: champagne sales are exploding


THE world is still in the midst of a pandemic, but it seems that many of us are still adopting a half-full – if not almost overflowing – glass attitude because despite the gloomy forecasts, champagne sales are exploding.


Fizz sales on track for record year as stores and restaurants buy bottles after closings and replenish stocks after ongoing restrictions hit hospitality and retailing around the world .

How good are these sales?

Jean-Marie Barillere, co-president of the association of the Champagne sector CIVC РLe Comit̩ Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne Рwho is also president of the UMP Champagne brand group, said this weekend that the sector was heading towards sales of 315 million bottles this year, marking a turnover of 4.7 billion pounds sterling (5.5 billion euros).

If confirmed at the end of the year?

It will beat the current record for annual sales of 5 billion euros, reached in pre-pandemic 2019, before Covid hits.


One glass-darkening issue is uncertainty over the new strain of coronavirus, Omicron, and its potential to influence lockdown restrictions if it turns out to be more virulent than previous variants.

And are we talking specifically about champagne?

Yes, not just any old bubble glass, but the real deal. Champagne, of course, is the sparkling wine produced in the Champagne wine region of France, known for its still wines dating back several centuries to Roman times; associating with royalty – and luxury – from the 17th century when the main producers strove to associate their offerings with nobility and royalty.

And the bubbles?

My darling, the French prefer the term effervescence to qualify the bubbles of Champagne which, according to them, “express the good connotations of movement and liveliness, intensity and joy”, according to the CIVC.

Is the prospect happy?

The organization of the industry is uncertain. Barillere said: “Two weeks ago I would have told you that the outlook for the holiday season was great, but the new variant dampened our optimism.” He added that there was now a danger of a “terrible halt” to plans for year-end festivities, which could mean fewer caps will be skipped on December 31.


This year has already been marked by closures across the world, as well as severe spring frosts followed by summer rains that hit French vineyards hard, with some predicting crop losses of up to a third for 2021. And yet, the sales are on the rise.

What is the reason?

Champagne has to age over a year and producers tend to store millions of bottles in their cellars to ensure a continuous supply, so there is no shortage of sparkling wines. Barillere said strong exports – especially to English-speaking countries – boosted sales.

So while we were at home…?

It seems a lot of us have been looking for a bit of luxury. Barillere told Agence France-Presse: “The pandemic has created new consumption habits; everything related to home entertainment is in high demand, including champagne. ”

Amazon vet hopes his business will become “the Warby Parker of the coffins”


These days, life is lived online. Learning. Go out together. Work and worship. So why not, at least to a small extent, die?

That’s part of the idea behind Titan Casket, a growing casket business co-founded by Bellevue residents Josh and Elizabeth Siegel. Josh Siegel, an Amazon alumnus, and Titan CEO Scott Ginsberg, a coffin industry veteran and another co-founder, hope to build what they describe as “the Warby Parker of the coffins,” a mattress Casper for that final rest.

“There was a real opportunity to disrupt an industry and help consumers,” says Josh Siegel, who spent 10 years with Amazon making sure the big, big-ticket items sold on the site got there on time.

“Funerals are changing,” he continues. “The generations who are planning funerals now, your Gen Xers and Millennials, expect to make decisions online.”

Over the past decade, direct-to-consumer businesses have undermined traditional industries that had not made the leap from the brick and mortar market to the online market. Warby Parker did it with glasses. Casper, Helix, and others have done the same with mattresses. Amazon, of course, started selling books online.

Titan, with four warehouses, claims to be Amazon’s largest casket supplier and the country’s largest direct-to-consumer casket maker. Ginsberg says the company offers a wider variety of caskets than most funeral homes – it’s a little giddy to remember a purple casket with a green interior that was recently shipped. The key differentiator, however, is cost.

Having been in the casket business for two decades, Ginsberg describes a system in which a handful of manufacturers and large funeral home chains defraud mourners. Although estimates vary, mark-ups between 200% and 500% on caskets are common in the industry. Although customers were permitted under federal law to purchase their own coffins, nearly all of the 1.5 million people buried in 2020 in the United States were buried in a coffin purchased by a funeral home.

In Washington state, consumer rights activists have been successful in pushing lawmakers to allow more funeral freedom. Home funerals, DIY caskets and, more recently, “green” burials in which a deceased person is buried without embalming or a concrete vault have all been legalized.

Still, Ginsberg says, the coffin costs are excessive.

“People are paying too much for their coffins, way too much,” he says. “And this industry hasn’t really changed in 100 years.”

The funeral industry – the suppliers, including casket makers and funeral home operators – has grown into a $ 20 billion a year business, according to industry estimates. But, while the death rate in the United States is expected to rise as the baby boom ages, incomes decline as more and more people choose cremation.

As of this year, the average cost of a funeral with a visitation, ceremony and burial was $ 7,848, according to a study conducted by the National Funeral Directors Association. (Cremation reduced that total by about $ 900.) The association’s estimates show that annual cost increases have not kept pace with inflation.

This does not mean that there is no money to be made. Hillenbrand’s Death Care Services branch, which has been estimated to controls 47% of the US casket market, generated $ 225 million in profit out of $ 623 million in revenue in 2021, according to the company’s latest annual report.

These profits, coupled with a consolidation trend that has moved hundreds of family funeral homes to corporate ownership, have led some to the view of Ginsberg and Josh Siegel – that bereaved are being robbed.

Dutch Nie sees his industry differently. Nie, a second-generation funeral home operator and treasurer of the National Funeral Directors Association, describes his work as service to the community. In his case, it’s Ann Arbor, Mich., Where he and the staff at Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, consisting of seven full-time employees, operate two funeral homes.

Selling coffins directly to consumers is not a threat to his business, Nie says. Costco has been selling caskets for over a decade and, Nie said, most funeral homes have prices tailored to their communities.

Nie is skeptical that online outfits can replace the basic service offered by funeral homes – bereavement and bereavement assistance. Growing up in the company he now inducts his sons into, Nie makes a distinction between the two.

“If you go through loss, you are going to grieve,” says Nie. “But grieving is a little different; it is the external expression of this grief that helps you go through the grieving process.

“Filling out online forms will deal with the disposition of the deceased. But it will not meet this human need.

At Titan Casket, Ginsberg and Josh Siegel argue that they’ve found a way to guide bereaved people through buying caskets, as Ginsberg puts it, “so they don’t let emotional loss turn into financial loss.” . Like Siegel’s former employer, they focus on prompt delivery and customer service while offering caskets at prices ranging from $ 699 to $ 2,499. Siegel says it works; the company has quadrupled in size over the past year.

“The way Amazon approaches any new business, there are a lot of lessons to be learned, starting from the customer,” says Siegel. “This philosophy is no longer limited to Amazon.”

Christmas is coming early to DeQuincy, Vinton at outdoor markets – American Press


Driving a few miles – or even better, walking a few blocks – to shop among and with friends and neighbors feels and does good, locally. Two rural communities held outdoor markets on Saturday – Vinton and DeQuincy.

In Vinton, elementary and high school students who took an entrepreneurial workshop sold clay earrings, baked goods, DIY bracelet kits and dog scarves from a side of a downtown lot, while seasoned retailers and vendors were selling products across.

Isabella Dommert sold cookies and fudge.

“I’ve been baking since I was 1,” said Dommert, a sixth-grader. “Well, I’ve been in the kitchen since that age helping my grandmother. My mom helped me assess everything.

Jessica Heard pushed fitness with a clever design, Christmas packages with the sign “How Much Can You Lift?” She was at the market in the small town of Vinton to promote the new Ward 6 Recreation Center, where memberships are $ 15 per month and $ 10 for seniors.

“We offer yoga classes in addition to fitness equipment,” she said, “but we are looking for more teachers and recruiting for our basketball league.”

Next door was the kind of store only found in rural communities, with women’s felted hats on one shelf, bait and plumbing fixtures on another. Cajun music came from an old-fashioned barbershop. Within a block, a peacock was strutting down the street.

Amanda Stutes, spokesperson for the city, said the small town market of Vinton will be held on a Saturday of each quarter and will be associated with a celebration of the city. The next one is scheduled for April.


The DeQuincy Farmer’s Market was part of the DeQuincy Chamber of Commerce’s holiday celebration, “A Tribute to Our Troops”. The day’s events included a parade, market and fireworks.

This is the third open market / festival of its kind to be held this year at the DeQuincy Railroad Museum. Seventy-five vendors offered everything from blessing pearls to baked bread, duck calls to raffles.

The temperature was in the 70s, but the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club and Cleco allowed the children to play in the snow.

Kelley Menou is the organizer of the DeQuincy market / festival. She and her friend Lexie Shelton spoke about the concept when Shelton approached Menou to design a logo for his company, Figs and Feathers Acres. Shelton is an engineer. Making and selling jellies and hot sauces is his creative outlet.

“I didn’t immediately budge on the idea,” Menou said. “When I was on maternity leave, I figured out how to get it started.”

Menou said the goal is to create a community. The quality of the products, the large crowd of buyers, keeping the money local, providing a place for artisans and producers to sell their products and hear the latest news in person rather than on social media sites are by-products. .

“I want DeQuncy to prosper,” she said. “We have put down roots here and I want to be able to take my daughters to great local community events, in addition to the amazing Louisiana Railroad Festival held here every year in April.”

The sellers must cultivate or manufacture the majority of the items in their stalls.

“A lot of these vendors don’t have traditional storefronts,” she said. “This is how they sell their products. We have a lot of local talent here.

Cooper Hill Farms brought in mustard and collard greens, kale, sweet potatoes and honey. Cher LaRoque has always loved crafts, but the market gave her the first opportunity she had to sell what she makes. Board and Bread is a husband and wife DeQuincy team. She sells “artisanal and self-rising” breads. He turns beautiful bowls. First Baptist Church sold items to benefit the Whisper of Hope program for teenage girls fleeing their villages to avoid arranged marriages. Daniel Cox typically makes pumpkin rolls during the holidays. He sold one or two, which has nothing to do with the business he was doing in the market.

“I’m doing a little extra to buy the children’s Christmas presents,” he said.

The Mac Box was back at the DeQuincy Market in December after selling macaroons at the October Market.

“We brought 800 in and sold the last one at 11:03 am,” she said.

The market was from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Mondays and Fridays, she cooked 1,800 for the Saturday market.

“It’s a baking record,” she said.

“Times have been so tough,” said Jeffra Wise DeViney, president of the Rotary Club. “It’s more than a concept of merchandising. We needed this outlet, a place where families can bring the kids, this departure from the culture of cancellation.

Condé Nast knows that faded glory is not in fashion


“Unless we wanted to look like a museum, we had to change and change quite drastically,” he added.

Over the past year, Ms. Wintour has focused on the next step in the process: transforming seven of Condé Nast’s biggest publications – Vogue, GQ, Wired, Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair, Condé Nast Traveler and Glamor – into global brands, each under a single leader, reducing costs and streamlining content sharing between print magazines and digital platforms.

“Instead of having 27 Vogues or 10 Vogues after a story, we have a Global Vogue taking care of it,” Ms. Wintour said. “So it’s more like a global newsroom with different hubs. “

The transition from local to global did not go well everywhere. Tina Brown, the former editor of The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, called the plan “suicidal” in an August interview with The Times of London.

“Obviously there are stories that work, especially if you think about fashion, it’s a global language and music, so there are stories that will work in all territories and then those that don’t. will not work at all, ”Ms. Wintour said. “We are very aware of this. “

Ms Wintour is also ensuring that it is unlikely that there will be no more Anna Wintours – more Imperial Editors each with their own fiefdoms, a job that Ms Wintour herself helped to create in as an elegant but demanding guardian of fashion and culture. Brands are now led by “global editorial directors,” most of whom are based in New York City, and regional content managers report to them.

“You used to create stories for publication and they would come out once a month and that was great,” she said, describing the former domain of an editor. Now, global editorial directors and content managers work on platforms that include “digital, video, short and long, social, events, philanthropic efforts, membership, consumer, e-commerce,” Ms. Wintour said.

“You touch so many different worlds,” she added. “Honestly, who wouldn’t want this job? “

In the midst of the change at Condé Nast, a lot of people decided they didn’t.

Rex Glass and CNX donations bring joy to City Mission and food banks |


It was Giving Tuesday, and two sizeable companies with a presence in Washington County – one specializing in glass, the other in gas – did their part to spread the comfort and joy.

CNX Resources Corp. helped by funding three food banks with a donation of $ 5,000 each, while Rex Glass & Mirror did so with mirrors, donating four to the Washington City Mission.

“We were looking for an organization that could put the mirrors to use immediately,” said Sandy Rectenwald, Rex Glass production manager. “We chose City Mission and its veterans house. One of my great uncles was a veteran, as were four employees.

Rex Glass maintains a formidable presence along Route 19 in Peters Township, where Sandy’s great-grandfather, Joe Rectenwald, and three other family members founded the company in 1958.

About five miles west, in the heart of Southpointe, CNX Resources made a donation through its CNX foundation. The foundation is the relatively new philanthropic arm of the natural gas exploration and production company, which employs 467 people.

The CNX Foundation provided funds to Food Helpers in Centerville, Washington County; Corner Cupboard Food Bank, Greene County; and the Westmoreland Food Bank, Delmont.

Tuesday was a fortuitous day for Corner Cupboard in Waynesburg, which then kicked off their virtual fundraiser for the food bank.

Food banks and pantries have endured many challenges during the 20-month pandemic. Many faced record demands for food and supplies this past holiday season. These demands declined for a while, but picked up in recent weeks due to the delta variant. Fundraising also remains a problem for a number of these organizations.

Some food banks have also expanded their services to include residents beyond their typical regions or county borders, where food banks are smaller.

The CNX Foundation said it has committed $ 30 million over six years to help underserved populations in the Appalachian Basin. This includes initiatives such as this round of donations in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania.

“We have been busy setting up the CNX Foundation,” said Blake Lightholder, spokesperson for Cecil Township. “One of the first causes we fight is food insecurity.

Brian Aiello, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CNX Foundation, said in a statement: “We created the CNX Foundation specifically to support organizations like these, which spearhead the local fight against hunger. .

City Mission, whose pledge is to bring hope to the homeless, received a boost at its downtown Washington headquarters when Rex Glass delivered the Big Four Mirrors on Tuesday.

“They’re all beveled with a polished flair,” Rectenwald said. “It has a slightly more decorative touch, a more finished look. We wanted to offer them the best possible products.

Managers at the West Wheeling Street complex are thrilled. But where to place them?

“We are planning to immediately install one of the mirrors in our Crabtree-Kovacicek Veterans House for our veteran residents,” said Gary Porter, City Mission communications director. “The other three will probably go up after the holidays to the Veterans’ House or the Women’s Shelter. We will place them where residents benefit the most.

Leah Dietrich, Director of Residential Programs, praised Rex Glass’s largesse.

“We love to receive gifts like this,” she said. “They are beautiful mirrors, and they came with all the hardware we need to hang them.”

Steve Adams, Director of Veterans Services, added, “This is an incredible gift. They are really beautiful mirrors.

Rex Glass has been a staple in the region for 63 years and continues to grow. The company employs 72 people at four sites: Kennedy Township, its head office; Peters; Shadyside and Zelienople.

“We still see ourselves as a small business,” said Sandy Rectenwald. “But we like to think of ourselves as the largest glass company in the region. “

The business turned out to be significant on Tuesday.

“Throughout history, we’ve made contributions big and small,” said Dawn Petrosky, vice president of brand development and communications. “We strongly believe in the importance of giving back and this is an example. “

What time is the total solar eclipse on December 4th?


If you’re ready to catch the only 2021 total solar eclipse on Saturday (December 4), you’re probably either a seeker, affluent tourist, or penguin.

This is because the primary location for the Total Phase is in Antarctica, although there may be a live broadcast available. The partial phase begins at 02:00 EST (07:00 GMT), the almost two-minute totality phase – when the moon completely blocks the sun – begins to 02:33 EST (07:33 GMT), and the whole eclipse ends at 03:06 (0806 GMT), according to NASA.

If you cannot get there in person, weather permitting, NASA plans to broadcast the total solar eclipse from Union Glacier, Antarctica on Youtube and nasa.gov/live. The flow begins at 1:30 am EST (6:30 am GMT), the totality starts at 2:44 am EST (0744 GMT) and the flow ends at 03:37 EST (0837 GMT).

If you live in an area where the solar eclipse can be seen, here is our guide on how to safely photograph a solar eclipse. Check out our guide to the best cameras for astrophotography and the best lenses for astrophotography to prepare for the next solar eclipse.

Related: Total solar eclipse 2021: when, where and how to see it on December 4

Antarctica has proven to be the best positioned region this time around for the solar eclipse, as the new moon passes in front of the sun and casts a very small shadow on the face of the Earth.

Some of the luckiest humans to see the total eclipse include the National Science Foundation’s estimated summer population of 40 in Antarctica. Palmer Station, or tourists who took regular eclipse flights at a cost of thousands of dollars per seat.

The partial phase of the eclipse will be visible from the southernmost parts of Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa, according to a interactive map from the time and date.

Schedule for the solar eclipse on December 4 (local times)
Site The partial eclipse begins Maximum eclipse The partial eclipse ends % of sun covered
Palmer Station, Antarctica 3h34 04:23 5h12 94%
Emperor Point, Antarctica 3h42 04:35 5h28 100%
Melbourne, Australia 7:53 p.m. 8:12 p.m. under the horizon 2%
Cape Town, South Africa 7:42 8:19 8:58 am 12%
Cabo Kempe, Argentina under the horizon 04:42 04:59 25%

If you are within range of the eclipse, partial or total, be sure to take precautions to observe the sun safely. You will need special protective eyewear or certified eclipse eyewear. Glasses will not protect you, even with UV protection. The safest way to view an eclipse is indirectly to use a pinhole camera that you can easily make at home.

If you cannot observe this eclipse in person or online, your next opportunity is April 20, 2023. This total eclipse will pass over South and East Asia, according to NASA’s eclipse site.

A NASA map showing how far the December 4, 2021 total solar eclipse traveled across Antarctica. (Image credit: Fred Espenak / NASA)

Editor’s Note: If you take a great solar eclipse photo and want to share it with the readers of Space.com, send your photos, comments, along with your name and location to [email protected]

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Debenhams returns to the streets with Manchester beauty store | Debenhams


Debenhams returned to Main Street under new owners Boohoo with a beauty store at Arndale Shopping Center in Manchester.

The 7,552-square-foot, two-story store, which was once an outlet for the fashion chain Gap, is believed to be needed for Boohoo to strike landmark contractual deals with key brands after Debenhams left its department stores in January.

Jeanette Whithear, Director of Beauty and Housewares at Debenhams.com, said: “Debenhams.com hopes to create a destination that is a fresh, modern and unique space where customers can experience the latest in beauty. “

She said the store, which is close to Boohoo’s headquarters in Manchester and will feature interactive displays that can flag social media posts, merging ‘digital and physical elements’.

Boohoo shouldn’t be opening other outlets on Main Street. However, the concept opened after Next turned a number of former Debenhams locations into its own high-end beauty concept, while Harrods now has three specialty H Beauty stores around the country, in a battle to win over. Debenhams’ share of the beauty market.

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Debenhams has closed its last 124 stores, leaving large gaps on main streets across the country, after online specialist Boohoo bought the brand, but not the stores, outside the administration.

Boohoo relaunched the Debenhams website and started selling beauty products earlier this year, including well-known brands like Lancôme, Benefit, and Yves Saint Laurent.

Scott Linard, portfolio manager of the M&G real estate group, owner of the Arndale Center, said the Debenhams outlet was a “big boost … for brick and mortar retail and shows that it will continue to grow. have a balance between online and in-person shopping.

Tove Wear opens store in Burlington


Vermont Business Magazine Tove Wear was created in 2017 and is built around an innovative wrap-around denim skirt dubbed “The Maker Skirt”. Designed locally by Tove Ohlander, owner of a glass factory at AO Glass who wanted workwear for women with personality, these skirts jumped into an already booming movement: women do stuff and / or do the difference. Tove is now opening a retail store in the South Burlington neighborhood.

“At first, my influences were influenced by brands like Dovetail Workwear, Toad & Co and of course Patagonia,” says Tove Ohlander, founder of Tove Wear. “Vermont has a lot of great brands of outerwear, and a natural next step is to market all the hard-working women in our state who don’t have a work wardrobe in a suit, and I loves being at the forefront of It. I have confidence in our supplier, which is a social enterprise in Bangalore, India. We have embraced their GOTS certified ecosystem of farms, factories and fabrics from the start and Fair Trade, and now we can bring our innovative and sustainable clothing to anyone, everywhere. “

With an online store and larger retailer in Manhattan, The Canvas by Querencia, and smaller stores like Woody’s in Woodstock, Rebel Heart in Montpellier and In 2 Green in Hastings and Hudson, this fall marks the opening of the first store. permanent Tove Wear. in Burlington. Located near the entrance to AO Glass in Burlington’s South End Arts District, it stands out as a clothing retail location: it has a factory workshop backdrop.

Tove said: “What is important is that with our supply chain we are addressing 11 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN and we are a registered partner on UN Partnerships for the SDG platform, via The Canvas in New York. “We aim to work with organizations to promote equality. Right now you can find the #Equal Pay t-shirt in our store and help the BHS Girls football team raise money for access to girls to sport and to close the pay gap. ”Today the color behind the Tove Wear logo is the same red as the Goal no. 5, Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

One of the reasons Tove Wear and AO Glass were able to open a store on the Pine Street site is because they hired Sarah Dowey as their director of marketing and sales. Sarah graduated in 2021 from the MBA in Sustainable Innovation from the University of Vermont, where she majored in authentic marketing and circular clothing. Tove says “She’s already done so much for our team in just a few weeks of working with us, and we hope you’ll take a minute to talk to her when you stop to check on the skirts and aprons!”

Partnerships for the SDGs: The Partnerships for the SDGs online platform is the United Nations’ global registry of voluntary commitments and multi-stakeholder partnerships for sustainable development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The Partnerships for SDGs platform also facilitates the sharing of knowledge and expertise between multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments related to the SDGs, and to provide periodic updates on their progress.

The Canvas by Querencia: The Canvas community of over 200 fashion brands is integrated with a central operating system, a fully developed software platform designed to organize inventory, facilitate collaboration and streamline communication. It is a system for fashion and retail, but it serves as an essential framework for a problem-solving mechanism within an interconnected group of companies working to achieve the SDGs. Many collaborative initiatives have started within The Canvas community thanks to existing platforms. This new software also enables efficiency in the fields of international cooperation. Each brand meets several sustainable development objectives, which it details for approval under The Canvas platform.

Tove Wear is located at 416 Pine St. Burlington VT.

Source: Burlington VT November 2021 Tove Wear https://www.tovedesign.com/

A totally nostalgic, not quite practical vintage DC gift guide


If you’ve been in Washington for over a decade, you’ve seen a lot of businesses come and go. And if you’ve been here longer, you’ve seen local bookstores, department stores, and restaurants get swallowed up or kicked out by national chains. Maybe these are all espresso martinis, but I was nostalgic for the good old days, when you went to Olsson’s and Kemp Mill, not Amazon.

So a gift guide for longtime enthusiasts and natives. Will everyone want a stash of People’s Drug pencils in their stocking (or uh, 70-year-old lumps of sugar)? Probably not! But Ebay is full of relics of all kinds, from Woodie’s, Jhoon Rhee and other institutions.

Sans Souci ashtray, $ 64.99

This black glass ashtray from what was once DC’s hottest dining room has seen things. A porcelain version from Paul Young will cost you less. I keep an eye on one of the Yenching Palace.

People’s drug poker cards, $ 4.99

Before CVS came to town, there was People’s, a local drugstore chain that started in Alexandria. Get some “Say No to Drugs” pencils for the kids.

Commander Salamander button, prices vary
Georgetown punk rock / rave children’s clothing store pin buttons abound.

Sutton Place Gourmet cutting board, $ 62.99

DC’s old fancy food stores – folded into the Balducci’s brand in the early years – sold French cheeses and honey and mustard sandwiches and apparently a cute waffle maple cutting board.

Hogate Sugar Cubes, $ 4.99

We’d rather have the rum rolls recipe, but apparently these two wrapped cubes, possibly from the 1950s, were found in a tribute album to the long-defunct Southwest Waterfront institution. There are also a lot of cups, menus and matchbooks.

Woodward & Lothrop Christmas Ornament, $ 49.99

The DC department store Christmas displays were epic.

WHFS T-shirt, $ 199

Unique Alternative Rock Station HFStival t-shirts sell for $ 100 and up. Shit.

by Garfinckel umbrellas, $ 69.99

This pair of beige tasseled umbrellas from the opulent DC department store are apparently from the 1920s. Cool 70s Christmas glasses too (and a ton of clothes and bags).

Jhoon Rhee child size martial arts equipment, $ 50

No one will disturb the tough guy who shows up to class in those gloves and towels (and a few of the taekwondo schools still exist).

Swizzle sticks, prices vary

Set your home bar with swordfish sticks from Bish Thompson’s, golf clubs from O’Donnell’s or red spoons from Duke Zeibert’s.

Old restaurant postcards, prices vary

Particularly supervised: those of Duke’s, Hot Shoppes, Reeves Coffee Shoppe and Rive Gauche.

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Editor-in-chief / food critic

Ann Limpert has joined Washingtonian at the end of 2003. She was previously editorial assistant at Weekly entertainment and cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.

Stifling Santa Claus Finds A Solution | Otago Daily Times News Online


Traditionally picky kids are what make Santa a little hot and upset this time of year.

But yesterday it was temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius in Wal’s Plant Land on the Taieri Plain, and the wearing of a mask over his tall white beard that misted his glasses.

“It would be cooler if I could just braid or weave my beard into a mask, but the rules say otherwise, so I’m sticking to that,” he said.

“It won’t be an easy Christmas.

“I’m a little claustrophobic – ho, ho, ho. But we’ll get there.”

If there’s one thing Santa Claus (also known as Kevin Lilley) is good at, it’s problem solving.

To cope with the overheating and fog of the glasses, he installed himself right in front of an air conditioning vent.

With that problem resolved, he is now ready to be merry for the long queues of kids lining up to ask for Christmas presents.

The “Elfies” could be taken with Santa Claus and his sleigh, but it was best if they were taken by the professional photographer, he said.

“It will be a little different this year because I will be a little further away from the young people, with the social distancing, but it will still be a lot of fun,” he said.

Wal’s chief elf and sales manager Michelle Lightfoot said Santa would be available between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. for the next three weekends and a few days in between.

There would also be Pet Paw-trait Family sessions between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on December 8, 15 and 22, she said.

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Update on opening a new food discount store on the old Toys R Us site


Other plans to convert a former Toys R Us supermarket in Nottingham have been submitted by another large retailer.

The Food Warehouse (TFW), which is part of Iceland, has expressed interest in opening a point of sale in the old toy store at Riverside Retail Park in September.

So far, Home Bargains and JD Sports have occupied two of the three vacant units in the Electric Avenue building, and The Food Warehouse wants to move into the last.

The company has now submitted a “change of use” planning request to Nottingham City Council.

A demand document states: “Retailers have been secured for two of the units and despite difficult trading conditions, retail demand exists from TFW (a trading arm of Iceland), seeking additional representation for this. store format in Nottingham.

“This confirmed demand for additional representation in the local area demonstrates the continued confidence of retail occupants in Nottingham by Iceland as a retail destination.

“There is an off-center TFW store in Lady Bay Retail Park to the south, as well as smaller Icelandic stores in West Bridgford, Carlton Hill and Nuthall Road.

“In addition to improving choice and competition for the benefit of buyers in Nottingham (in an established business destination), the proposal will also positively contribute to the region through investment and job creation.

“It will also ensure the long-term occupancy of existing retail space that might otherwise remain vacant and will not make any positive economic contribution.”

Toys R Us closed its fleet of 100 stores in 2018, but has recently returned to the fray with a digital and physical retail offering.

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It is thanks to the success of the company in Canada.

While he’s now unlikely to return to Riverside Retail Park, The Food Warehouse is hopeful that its own offering will provide a number of jobs for the city.

The planning document adds: “The proposed store, once opened, would generate full-time and part-time employment opportunities (around 20-25 jobs).

“Most of these jobs will be available to local people at different scales. Additional jobs will also be created as part of the store layout, future maintenance, etc. In addition to job creation, TFW’s occupation of the existing floor space would result in investment in the local economy.

Ryan Parsonage, on behalf of Iceland Foods Limited, said: “The stores have a warehouse type appearance with wide aisles, waxed concrete floors, no ceilings and exposed services.

“The company has 150 Food Warehouse stores across the country. The proposed store at Riverside Retail Park will build on existing Icelandic Food Warehouse stores, complementing our existing store at Lady Bay Retail Park.

“We will be making a significant capital investment in this project, creating 20 to 25 new jobs in the region in a range of roles.

“As is normally the case with retail positions, it is expected that the majority of these roles will be filled by local residents, as is the case with their other stores across the country.”

Kelly Osbourne was “completely broken” after relapse


Kelly Osbourne says 2021 was “the hardest year” of her life after relapsing.

The former “Fashion Police” star, 37, made the confession via Instagram Stories on Tuesday, further admitting, “I was submissive and completely broken.”

“I am still trying to get back on my feet,” she continued. “I’m happy. I’m healthy. That’s all that should matter.

The message was in response to a recent email Osbourne received from the National Enquirer.

As seen in a screenshot shared with her Instagram Stories, the post is said to have reached out to Osbourne to comment on a callous story they plan to broadcast.

He claimed that she had gained “a tremendous amount of weight after losing a lot of weight earlier this year” and that she “was dealing with the stress of her relapse by eating”.

Kelly Osbourne's Instagram Stories revealed that 2021 was the “toughest year” of her life.
Osbourne has revealed that she is still trying to “get back on her feet” after “the hardest year” of her life.

The end of the email asked Osbourne to respond directly if she wanted to comment, and to include editor Dan Dolan.

“This is what I have to deal with on a daily basis,” said Osbourne. “Please feel free to email Dan and tell him what you think they’re making me ashamed of.”

Dolan did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.

Osbourne had previously opened up about his relapse during an appearance on “Red Table Talk” with Jada Pinkett Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris.

The TV personality said at the time that she had “come all the way through the pandemic” but relapsed after watching a couple enjoy a glass of champagne in a swimming pool one day.

“I was like, ‘Oh, I can do that too,'” she recalls. “And then the next day, I had two drinks, and then the next day it was bottles.”

New Pedals store opens on York Street


The smoothie and juice bar opened a third location at 284 York Street in early November, offering a variety of gluten-free and vegan options.

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Fans of cold-pressed juices and acai bowls no longer have to travel all the way to State Street to satisfy their Pedals Smoothie & Juice Bar cravings.

Pedals, a Connecticut-based smoothie and juice bar chain, opened its third location at 284 York Street in early November. The first Pedals location opened a year ago in Durham and the second location opened on State Street in New Haven over the summer. The store sells smoothies, bowls, cold-pressed juices, and other drinks, almost all gluten-free and vegan.

“I think the mission is just something so satisfying that is 100% good for you and easily accessible and affordable,” Katie Hughes-Nelson SOM ’21, co-founder and co-owner of the brand, told News. “I think that was kind of our engine: real food that really gives you nutrition… For students, if you’re an athlete or if you just have a test or something, and you want something delicious and quick, that’s a perfect option. “

Smoothies cost $ 8.50, a relatively standard price for healthy food, but more expensive than other food offerings near campus.

Anjelena Perez, who works at both the State and York Street sites, said the new pedals are attracting more customers. Hughes-Nelson said the York Street location is said to be the busiest because it is located “in the heart of Yale.”

Multiple Pedals customers confirmed that the central location is a major part of the restaurant’s appeal.

“I’m in Morse code, which is pretty much right next door, so it’s a really handy place for me,” Audrey Bernstein ’25 said. “I like being able to work here and also enjoy a smoothie or a bowl.”

The store uses homemade ingredients in all of its products. Employees handcraft the store’s nut milks, nut butters, juices and granola bars.

Some employees said they appreciated the company’s emphasis on freshness.

“It’s not like we have a lot of inventory or products that have been there for days waiting to be used,” said Princess Baize, who has been with Pedals since August. “Nothing has been there for more than four or five days. ”

According to Hughes-Nelson, Pedals tries to create a “loop system” in which he reuses materials instead of throwing them away. Part of this project is to sell Pedals juice in glass bottles instead of plastic bottles, and offer customers a dollar in return if they return their bottles so they can be sanitized and resold. Customers are also encouraged to bring back their smoothie cups. Pedals compostes its food waste and offers compostable items for single use.

The herbal card also aims to reduce the company’s impact on the climate. Other than the honey in the granola, all of Pedals’ products are vegan and gluten free.

Hughes-Nelson said health and sustainability don’t come at the expense of flavor. She developed the restaurant’s recipes herself, adjusting the balance of ingredients “so it’s almost perfect every time and we don’t waste.” She wanted to offer a range of flavor profiles for customers with different preferences: some smoothies are classic and fruit-based, while others include vegetables or nut butter.

It took a long time to create product recipes – Pedals’ “newtella”, for example, was “years of preparation” – but many customers have said they appreciate the results.

“I was there on opening day and have been back several times since,” said Bryant Valladares ’24. “I really like the Mountain Biker [smoothie], and I like to make a bowl of acai, depending on the day.

Hughes-Nelson said she plans to offer new items at the York Street location, such as a “Yale Bowl smoothie bowl.” The company could also extend its opening hours. Currently, Pedals’ lease with Yale requires it to be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., but the restaurant could start opening as early as 8 a.m.

All Pedals smoothies cost the same.

Cask Strength, 12 Days Of Blue Run Kicks Off Year One Of Blue Run


Blue Run Spirits recently announced their whiskey releases for the 2021 holiday season, with cask strength offerings and a single barrel of rye raised.

Blue Run Holiday Rye Cask Strength will feature whiskey from the same cask family as the recent Blue Run Straight Golden Rye Whiskey, but at cask strength, at 106 proofs.

It will be offered as a stand-alone bottle with a suggested retail price of $ 139.99 and is available now. Each bottle receives a “Pollock” treatment on the brand’s signature butterfly, making it an easily identifiable bottle on any rear bar.

Blue Run’s 12 Days of Single Barrel High Rye Bourbon (image via Blue Run Spirits)

The original rye will also be packaged with two whiskey glasses created through a collaboration with Aged & Ore. The gift boxes cost $ 229.99 and will be available online through Blue Run’s distribution partner. by Seelbach from mid-December.

December 1 marks the start of Blue Run’s 12 Days of Single Barrel High Rye Bourbon. Every day until December 12th, Blue Run will release bottles from a different single barrel of their High Rye Bourbon, which has been contract distilled at Castle and key distillery.

Each barrel, which featured a # 4 alligator trout and was aged in Frankfort and Bardstown, Ky., Will have its own characteristics depending on its location in the rickhouse and the whiskey’s reaction to the wood.

The rye will vary from 115 to 117 proofs and the color of the butterflies will vary depending on the number of barrels. These bottles have a suggested retail price of $ 139.99 and are available from Seelbach’s.

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Additionally, Blue Run will offer a limited number of complete 12-bottle sets – one bottle per barrel.

“We introduced our Golden Rye whiskey for the first time on Labor Day this year, followed closely by our High Rye bourbon… both sold out almost immediately,” said Mike Montgomery, CEO and co-founder of Blue Run Spirits in a prepared press release. “As we bottle our vacation offerings to higher proofs, these releases allow consumers to continue to explore flavor variations. “

The founders of Blue Run include a Nike designer, the first manager-level employee at Facebook, a hotel executive, a policy advisor and a philanthropist – all fans of whiskey. They are supported by a team of advisors including Nike marketing experts; the Campari communications veteran behind Wild Turkey and the Aperol Spritz; a former spirits distributor; and others with extensive industry experience. The name Blue Run is a nod to the founder’s education in Georgetown, Kentucky.

For more information or to find Blue Run Spirits, see www.bluerunspirits.com.

Up to 60% Off Coach Totes, Wallets and Leather Cases: Cyber ​​Week Offers Giveaways to Impress at Discounted Prices


Coach, the luxury brand that started 80 years ago as a family workshop in a Manhattan loft, endures because soft and sensual leather is at the heart, as evidenced by its hand bags and luggage.

The goal was to mimic the soft feel of baseball gloves. And with that, the original wallets and ticket holder evolved into what is now classic American-style canvas and leather goods as well as comfortable ready to wear and accessories.

Over time, the colors of gold, silver and chalk have joined the natural hues of the saddle khaki, brown and black smoke. Is this pretty leather tote pink? No it’s silver purple orchid.

The Coach Outlet online extended Cyber ​​Monday until Tuesday, November 30, just before midnight. Get an extra 25% off everything and use code CYBER10 at checkout for a 10% additional discount (Coach Outlet calls this a “cyber madman”).

Don’t miss online exclusives like the adorable ladybug tote ($ 140, or 60% reduction) and ladybug canvas slippers ($ 39, which is also 60% off).

Here are the highlights of the iconic Coach pieces on sale, just in time to dress up for holiday events and giveaways:

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Pacific Northwest aspect: A thin wallet Covered in Buffalo Plaid Canvas with 12 Credit Card Slots is $ 91.20 (60% off). Check plaid backpack on sale at $ 180 (60% off).

A floral bow-print cross-body cell phone case (on sale for $ 91.20, or 60% off) is a pretty and practical accessory.

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Make your cell phone shine: A shoulder strap cell phone case with a floral bow print on canvas and a smooth leather strap (on sale at $ 91.20, or 60% off) is a pretty and practical accessory.

Ziva slip-ons with signature jacquard and faux fur are on sale for $ 49 (51% off).

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You deserve to relax in luxury: Ziva slip-ons with Signature Jacquard and Faux Fur is on sale for $ 49 (51% off).

The Zip Top Tote, made of fine pebble leather, is a bestseller with cell phone and multi-function pockets.  The silver purple orchid colored bag is $ 111.20 (60% off).

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They’ll notice this best-selling bag: The Zipped tote bag is made of fine pebble leather on the outside with a cell phone and multi-function pockets on the inside. The silver purple orchid colored bag is $ 111.20 (60% off).

Look great while traveling: black canvas luggage is on sale with 25% off the regular price of $ 598.

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Look sharp when traveling: Black canvas luggage is on sale with 25% off the regular price of $ 598 for a hand luggage with wheels.

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Marriott Hotels navigates Australia’s cultural capital with the opening of the Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands


Located on Melbourne’s Docklands waterfront, the five-star hotel sets the stage for an inspiring stay for guests with its signature service and facilities

BETHESDA, MD., November 29, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Marriott Hotels, the signature flag of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary hotel brands, today welcomes the arrival of Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands. With 189 rooms and a one-of-a-kind rooftop infinity pool, the new hotel is destined to become a resort-style haven just minutes from Melbourne downtown. The property is poised to offer quality and inspiring dining experiences that will help locals and travelers alike foster their inventive nature.

Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands

The first five-star international hotel in the suburbs of the harbor, the Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands is nestled in the shopping, entertainment and entertainment district of The District Docklands on Waterfront Way. The centerpiece of the hotel is the Very Tall Water Feature, a 92-foot wet-rimmed rooftop infinity pool, served by an adjoining bar with panoramic views of that of Melbourne The CBD skyline, Bolte Bridge, Port Phillip Bay and Hobsons Bay.

“We are delighted to open the first Marriott Hotels in Australia in 20 years. The opening of the Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands marks the seventh property in the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio in Melbourne and the 27th property in the country, offering more opportunities for inspiring connections and moments of self-discovery across the world, ”said Manny Rappenecker, Vice President and Global Brand Leader, Marriott Hotels. “As we see the growing demand for all types of travel, we look forward to welcoming customers to enjoy a Melbourne experience in this magnificent urban oasis. “

Designed by DKO Architecture, the Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands is inspired by the aerodynamic contours of the city’s harbor yachts. The curved facade offers multiple and enviable views of the water, the city skyline and the Bolte Bridge. This soft and calming pattern seamlessly flows from the exterior of the building to the interior, complemented by the fluted glass windows in the lobby, with artistic installations gently guiding guests to the connecting aisle.

Staged on arrival, golden chains in polished brass by the Australian sculptor Alexander knox are suspended in vast parables throughout the hotel lobby, echoing the gathered shapes of the arched sail. In addition, the suspensions presented by Melbourne lighting designer Volker Haug create a feeling of comfortable privacy in all dining areas.

The graceful “petal” shape of the building offers a unique view from every room and every window. Showcasing the latest design innovations from Marriott hotels, the 189 guest rooms are carefully designed to deliver a spacious, modern look with bespoke solutions as inventive as their guests. Bathed in abundant natural light, each room has top-of-the-line amenities, including luxurious bedding, 55-inch LCD TV, open retail-inspired wardrobe to alleviate fears of leaving clothes behind, a work surface that offers the flexibility to move around freely and use technology where the customer wants it, a walk-in shower and an organized “Made in” Melbourne‘fridge bar. Plus, through a one-of-a-kind partnership with Marriott and TED hotels, guests will have access to specially curated in-room content to enjoy the comfort of their bed.

Guests are invited to enjoy four distinct culinary experiences that greatly contribute to the construction of that of Melbourne culinary scene. Destined to become one of the iconic restaurants of Dockland, Archer is a fine dining space serving exquisite Australian cuisine using fresh produce from local farms. Nestled in a vaulted cellar-type ceiling, the interior is reminiscent of that of Melbourne historic bridges and stations. Ada’s in the hotel lobby expresses the style and multifunctionality of the Marriott Hotels Greatroom, a space where guests can work, socialize or simply relax with light snacks, soft drinks and cocktails. The sophisticated lobby bar menu and drink list are inspired and pay homage to the old, with a modern twist. Celebrate that of Melbourne coffee culture, alley cafe Corsica serves top quality, locally roasted coffee from St Ali, and a European-inspired menu of light meals by day, to espresso martinis and local wines in the evening. House at sunset is one of the few bars oriented west of Melbourne watching dazzling sunsets and panoramic views over Melbourne. Adjacent to the rooftop pool, this remarkable new addition to that of Melbourne A sophisticated bar and restaurant scene will take center stage at the top of the building, offering an eclectic mix of casual dining and entertainment.

The new hotel is also aimed at fitness enthusiasts with all the revolutionary solutions of the new Technogym Excite Live platform while working out in the fitness center. Using AI and immersive content, the line of state-of-the-art equipment is designed to provide users with a personalized training experience by connecting to a wide range of training content, personal wellness data and training. ‘entertainment options, including Netflix. Heated to 84 degrees Fahrenheit, the 92-foot rooftop infinity pool allows guests to swim while taking in the stunning views of Melbourne all year.

The Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands also hosts the first Club M executive lounge in Australia. Designed to mimic a residential style living room, the 24 hour lounge is the perfect space to relax, socialize or meet on business. The M Club is open to Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador Elite Marriott Bonvoy members and guests who stay in the Executive Floors, offering complimentary breakfast, refreshments throughout the day, and evening cocktails. The adjoining outdoor terrace offers rare outdoor space in the heart of the Docklands.

The hotel inspires new ways of thinking, fuels curiosity and fosters collaboration in five state-of-the-art function and meeting spaces. Over 4,000 square feet of event space is available, with contemporary styling and cutting edge technology, and an abundance of natural light, making it the perfect venue for business and social events.

“We are thrilled to finally open our doors to customers and help them find their best free space to succeed with our forward thinking, refreshed and refined style,” said Girish talreja, General Manager, Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands. “We look forward to making our hotel a must-see for locals and visitors to the city with our unparalleled restaurants and our spectacular rooftop pool and bar. “

Marriott Hotels participates in Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott International’s award-winning travel program. Marriott Bonvoy members will earn points for their stay at the Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands and other hotels and resorts in Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, including all-inclusive resorts and premium home rentals, as well as through daily purchases with co-branded credit cards. Members can redeem their points for experiences such as future stays, Marriott Bonvoy Moments or through Partners for luxury goods from Marriott Bonvoy stores. With the Marriott Bonvoy app, members benefit from a level of personalization and a contactless experience that allows them to travel with peace of mind.

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Local store owners optimistic for Christmas season | Local News


Local retail store owners say they are feeling good about the upcoming holiday shopping season, even though they are doing their best to address global supply chain issues and rising costs passed on by. suppliers and wholesalers.

Caitlyn Casperson, who owns C’est La Vie Photographie and Boutique in Carthage, says she has the inventory to satisfy buyers if they have issues with the availability or delivery times of items at major shopping sites. online purchase.

“I think it’s going to be a good season,” Casperson said in his shop at 307 S. Main St. “It’ll make people realize that there are already local stores that already have stock and they need to. buy local instead of ordering from Amazon or eBay or one of those big online companies where it can take three months to get your product because it can be on a houseboat. We just encourage people to buy local since we’re already here and we’ve got stuff and we’re ready and willing to wrap gifts and stuff.

Supply Chain

Casperson said she had had problems ordering some items.

She said she recently ordered items she hoped to sell for the holidays, but delivery was never made as the supplier was having issues getting the items off the ship to port.

“We ordered Blue Light glasses; we ordered winter hats and winter coats because we wanted to be ready, ”she said. “We ordered them in early October. We just received an email update that our order had been canceled, and they refunded our money and sent our product back. … The product was stuck on a barge somewhere, and they couldn’t find a port to bring it.

John Henkle, co-owner of Henkle’s Ace Hardware, said supply chain issues have caused him to rethink his own buying habits.

“Normally I’m a shopper the week before Christmas, and I’ll be way ahead of that (this year),” said Henkle at his store at 1201 S. Madison St. in Webb City. “So I would encourage people to start early, because if you focus on something and you can’t get it, you’ll be disappointed. Just start early.

Henkle said he ordered a batch of sewer pipes in April which only arrived recently.

“So there are problems, but there are still a lot of products on the market,” he said. “Sometimes you just need to work harder to get it.”

Erik Bartlett said he was concerned about getting the shoes he needed to open his new store, Bartlett’s Shoe Co. at 303 S. Main St. in Joplin. The store opened on November 15. Bartlett has operated Runaround Running & Fitness, a shoe store down the street at 422 S. Main St. in Joplin since 2010.

“From manufacturing to getting goods to distribution centers in North America, everyone is going through a tough time,” Bartlett said. “It’s definitely an interesting time. We have several brands where our holiday shipments have been pushed back to March or April. We kind of had to ask people to adjust your expectations a bit.


Jeanette Cartright, owner of the Big Dog store at 319 S. Main Street in Carthage, said she had high hopes for the holiday season, but there were challenges.

“Most of the products I sell are made in the USA, so I haven’t had a lot of supply chain issues,” Cartright said. “Costs on the rise – yes, of course. We see increases in product costs, increases in fuel costs, all the time. The costs of the majority of my products have increased.

Cartright said his customers were understanding.

“Nobody really said anything,” she said. “I think most people understand because they hear about it all the time. I think everyone knows prices go up, materials go up, so we haven’t heard anyone negative about it.

Henkle said he has seen prices change more often on most products in his store than at any time in the past.

“We’ve had probably more price changes this year than the past three years combined. It is constant from our suppliers, ”said Henkle. “We are not the ones making things happen; it is the suppliers that increase our costs.

Bartlett has encouraged customers to shop now because he believes his suppliers will start raising prices in December and January.

“Every brand we offer is subject to a MAP – minimum advertised price policy,” Bartlett said. “So everyone has to have the same price. All of these MAP policies change and adjust the prices of the shoes to $ 5, $ 10, or $ 15. So what you see here today is going to increase another $ 5 to $ 15 next month. So get out now; take advantage of the prices now.


Experts expect a strong holiday shopping season despite the challenges facing the economy.

The National Retail Federation said in a press release last week that it expects another record-breaking holiday season this year, and Thanksgiving weekend shopping will play a role.

The federation said two-thirds of holiday shoppers surveyed in early November said they plan to shop over Thanksgiving weekend, which is about 158.3 million people, up from 156.6 million people. ‘shoppers affected by COVID-19 in 2020 but still below the 165.3 million shoppers who visited stores in 2019 before the pandemic.

Henkle said he expects a “fairly normal” holiday shopping season.

“I think Christmas is Christmas, and they’re always going to be out there,” he said. “I don’t think that’s going to stop this.”

Cartright said she thinks buyers are happy to go out and be with people. She believes that the efforts of groups such as Vision Carthage and the Carthage Chamber of Commerce to promote local purchases are helpful.

“I think the difference between online and in-store is that people notice a difference in the quality of the product,” Cartright said.

Casperson said she and other retailers strive to provide a fun and affordable shopping experience.

“I feel like we want to provide an affordable Christmas while still allowing people to enjoy the joy of giving,” she said.

Squid Game is coming to CS: GO


Good news, Squid Game fans! You can live out your squid-shaped fantasies in an all new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) mod.

It may not be the Netflix hinted at the official Squid Game video game, but the mod – currently available through the Workshop – features “all of the fully functional game modes from the original show,” including Tug of War, Marbles and Red Light, Green Light, of course. There’s even the colorful main staircase and the dorm to explore too.

You can see it in action below:

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Here’s how the mod creators – Ansimist, Concole, and DepoSit – describe each mode themselves:

  • “Red Light, Green Light” – you have to cross a field in which for each additional movement the player may be dead
  • “Cookie” – the game where you have to cut out the shape of a candy
  • “Tug of War” – here the name speaks for itself. The players are divided into teams and start to pull the rope at high speed, so as not to be at the bottom
  • “Marbles” is an old odd-even children’s game. A player makes a bet and also tries to guess the opponent’s bet
  • “The Glass Tile Game” is a small bridge made of ordinary and tempered glass. Jumping over tempered glass will take you straight to victory while regular glass will be your ticket to the other side. Once the remaining players have reached the edge of the bridge, here is the last step called “Not a Squid Game”. Players get knives and do hand-to-hand combat where only one winner will emerge.

Want to follow in the footsteps of Player 456? Go to CS: GO Youtuber Gabe Follower custom server (Thank you, PC player). The module itself can be downloaded right here and the card can accommodate up to 64 players (not 456, unfortunately).

ICYMI, squid game Bridgerton Downgraded As Netflix’s Most Popular Series all time. It’s not yet known when Season 2 will arrive, but Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk has confirmed the show will to recover.

“So there was so much pressure, so much demand and so much love for a second season. So it almost feels like you are giving us no choice!” the writer and director recently said.

“But I will say that there will indeed be a second season. It’s in my head right now. I’m in the planning process right now. But I think it’s too early to say when and how it’s going to be. pass. Then I’ll promise you this: Gi-Hun will come back, he will do something for the world. “

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Where to shop on Route 1 for small business on Saturday


As the holiday season kicks off in earnest, Small Business Saturdays are a great way to support local stores and retailers. Several businesses in the region will mark the day with freebies, special discounts and even free hot cider.

Here’s a look at some locals to check out this weekend on the 11th Annual Small Business Saturday (North to South) and throughout the holiday season.

Galaxy Donuts, order online, Greenbelt: handmade donuts on the theme of space.

Protée Bikes, 9827 Rhode Island Ave., College Park: Full service bicycle store with a small cafe inside.

Advice and brewing, 8150 Baltimore Ave., College Park: Selection of board games and card games for sale.

Big Planet Comics, 7315 Baltimore Ave., College Park: Wide range of comics and graphic novels for all ages.

Smile Herbalism, 4908 Berwyn Rd., College Park: Herbal supplements, teas, holistic items, and garden plants.

College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr., College Park: Museum store with aviation-themed articles, books and toys.

Studio 444, 5002 Berwyn Rd., College Park: Art studio and event space.

Denizens Brewing Co., 4550 Van Buren St., Riverdale Park: Local brewery with packaged beer, posters and glasses.

City center market, 4705 Queensbury Rd., Riverdale Park: Wide selection of wines, beers and spirits.

Bianca + Jean, Online, Hyattsville: Handmade face masks, market bags and other accessories.

Busboys and poets, 5331 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville: Eclectic bookstore located inside the restaurant with a focus on social justice.

Desserts and bakery from the sugar vault, 5606 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville: Full-service bakery specializing in personalized, homemade desserts.

Three Little Birds Sewing Co., 5307 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville: Sewing shop with modern craft supplies, fabrics and accessories.

Green owl design, 5303 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville: Interior designers have a shop with housewares, accessories, candles.

Fleisher of Maryland, 5200 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville: Fine jewelry, local artwork and sterling silver jewelry.

Wills Decoration, 5122 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville: The home decor store has a section with candles, cushions, and other housewares.

Franklins General Store, 5123 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville: With everything from toys and wine bottles to fun accessories, a great place for a last minute gift.

Arrow bike, 5108 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville: Full service boutique with bikes and related equipment.

Café Vigilant, 4327 Gallatin St., Hyattsville: Organic and fair trade coffee beans, premium coffee makers and t-shirts.

Satchmoe Art Studio, 4331 Gallatin St # 201b, Hyattsville; Tattoo parlor by appointment only.

Backstage store, 4502 Hamilton St., Hyattsville: Used furniture store and consignment for bargain hunters and DIY enthusiasts.

The SOHY arts building, 5132 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville: Used, rare and locally published books at My dead aunt’s books; vintage table, glass and barware at Cheeky Vintage; vintage clothing, jewelry and art at Suffragette City.

Blood Distillation, 5130 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville: An artisanal distillery making fruit brandies, Dutch gins and rye whiskey.

Tramway 82 Brewing Co., 4824 Rhode Island Ave., Hyattsville: Craft beer in crowlers and growlers, beer glasses and T-shirts.

Maryland Meadworks, 4700 Rhode Island Ave., Hyattsville: Producers of artisanal mead with flavors ranging from sweet to tangy and even spicy.

Shortbread bakery, 4700 Rhode Island Ave., Hyattsville: Local bakery offering sweet and savory items such as scones and quiches.

Atlantic Pyramid Art Center, 4318 Gallatin St., Hyattsville: Handmade greeting cards, fancy paper journals and notebooks, and original artwork.

Red onion discs, 4208 Gallatin St., Hyattsville: Independent store offering new, used and rare records, as well as CDs and books.

Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Dr., Hyattsville: Non-profit warehouse stocking used construction materials and furniture.

Artist and craftsman supplies, 4902 43rd Ave., Hyattsville: Employee-owned art supply store.

Material things, 4531 Rhode Island Ave., North Brentwood; a clay, wood and metal arts workshop.

Relish Market, 3809 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood: Specialty store selling herbal teas, health supplements, and spices.

Creative sewing salon, 3711 Rhode Island Ave, Mount Rainier: Sewing shop offering classes and workshops.

Sew chic fabrics and crafts, 3830 34th St., Suite A, Mount Rainier: A sewing and craft store selling and other sewing items.

Tanglewood Sue Studio & Boutique, 3613 Oak Ln., Mt. Rainier: Handmade jewelry, art supplies and recycled furniture.

Zeke’s Cafe, 2300 Rhode Island Ave., Washington, DC: Organic and Fairtrade Coffee Beans, Gift Sets, Travel Mugs, and Hoodies.

Gearin ‘Up Bicycles, 1811 Rhode Island Ave., Washington, DC: A 3,300 square foot used bicycle store.

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Kirkwood soap company talks about supply shortages


KIRKWOOD, Mo. – Businesses in St. Louis have been busy all day with Black Friday and small businesses on Saturday tomorrow. But, the weekend could be a little different than in years past.

At the Sammysoap store and soap factory in downtown Kirkwood, there was a steady wave of shoppers on Friday who took advantage of the weekend sales.

“We’re really lucky to still be here and a lot of other places in Kirkwood aren’t anymore,” manager Samantha Noda told Fox 2.

Noda said the pandemic has been difficult for businesses, especially with supply shortages.

“We can’t get some of our packaging in, or some of our suppliers are delayed or send us shipments. So we just planned ahead and tried to stay as far away as possible, ”Noda said.

Noda says all of their soaps are made in-house, but they’re discontinuing some products because they’re just too expensive to ship. She promises that customers can find flights and deals, but not as big as they have been in recent years.

Client Krista Souders says she still supports the local, even though things are more expensive.

“We have a lot of entrepreneurs in our family who have small businesses in St. Louis, so yeah, it’s really important for us to support the locals,” Souders said.

After a year of challenges, small businesses are now hoping that the holidays can help keep the lights on.

“We hope people will still want to support us, a small business, and come see us,” Noda said.

Noda says many large companies face supply issues and inflation. She advises buyers to come with patience and understanding.

Black Friday Live Blog on iPad: The Best Deals for Apple Tablets



The new iPad mini is one of the latest additions to the company’s tablet lineup, and we especially liked its small size. In our test, we praised the 2021 iPad mini for its compact design, the fact that it comes with 64GB (or more) of storage, and the fact that it has a powerful chipset.

Since this is a relatively new product, deals are quite difficult to find for the miniature iPad. In the UK we’ve seen £ 20 off the iPad mini over the past few weeks. This price has strangely increased for Black Friday, which may mean that the stock is decreasing for this. iPad mini at £ 463 on Amazon.

In the United States, we have yet to find a single deal for the 2021 iPad mini. That means you’ll pay full price for the tablet, which is currently $ 499 for the 64 GB version on Amazon. We may see more deals today, but it seems unlikely.

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The Apple Store is still down and we’re not sure why. TechRadar has asked Apple for comment on why this has happened, and we’ll update this blog live when we hear from the company.

What does this mean to you right now? This means that you won’t be able to make the most of the company’s gift card offer which gives you a £ 80 or $ 100 cashback.

This is only on the latest iPad Pro models, but it is an offer that would give you extra cash to purchase accessories or any other Apple gadget. This offer is valid until Cyber ​​Monday, so I hope you can use it at a later date.

Zagg shield on blue

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One of the things you’ll need to do – especially if you don’t want / can’t invest in a keyboard cover for your iPad – and this Zagg screen protector will allow you to make sure that the iPad’s pretty screen looks good. ‘not get scratched and broken.

The Zagg InvisibleShield Glass Plus is designed to resemble the iPad screen, and it is up to only $ 19.99 – which is pretty impressive, when it was $ 54.99 not too long ago.

In the UK you can get it for £ 20.10, again laughing at those who pay in £££ s, but that’s only a saving of £ 10. It’s definitely worth thinking about when spending hundreds on a high-end tablet.

What if you wanted to buy an iPad directly from Apple? Then what ? Well, you’ll have to wait for now, as the Apple Store is inexplicably down.

(If this came up with Tim Cook riding around in an Apple Car, and no explanation, it would be the the biggest flex).

But if you buy an iPad Pro 11 or iPad Pro 12.9, you will get a $ 100 / £ 80 gift card to spend at Apple, which is largely a pair of AirPods or a fancy case.

12.9 inch iPad Pro Magic Keyboard

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Right – let us fill you in on another iPad we’ve checked out – and this is the one I would really recommend if you can afford it.

The iPad Pro 12.9 is a great tablet, with our review showing just how versatile and powerful it can be – it can handle any task you throw at it, and the display uses the new mini LED (or Liquid Retina). XDR, if you give it the fancy name Apple) to look great.

But honestly having a 13 inch screen in your bag is great – loved it and you should too. For $ 999 for the 128 GB version in the US, it’s not the worst price in the world, considering it was $ 1,099 to start with.

In UK the same model costs £ 949 so you don’t save that much (it started at £ 999), but it’s still decent to see some savings on this top-of-the-line model.

Alright, it’s time for another accessory cat piece – this time it’s the Apple Magic Keyboard, which I consider to be kind of a puzzle.

It really is a game-changer on the iPad Pro or iPad Air – it allows you to make the iPad much more of a computer, with the large trackpad and very clickable keys. Loved it … but it costs $ 349.

NO LONGER! In the USA, Best Buy has it for $ 199. While this is still a huge additional amount, it’s a lot less, and if you’re going to invest in the iPad experience, I say it’s worth it.

iPad 10.2

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Listen, we want to foster a good relationship here, between you and me. You have to trust me that I’m looking for the right deals for you – and with that in mind, I have to tell you that I’m not currently seeing any good iPad deals for the 2021 iPad, this year’s 10.2-inch model.

I think it has the potential to really skyrocket this year, although it’s new – but again, it continues to run out of stock at key retailers like Amazon, which suggests there isn’t. may not have enough to stay.

If you want it in the United States, you can get the 64 GB version for $ 329, and in the United Kingdom you are looking for £ 319 for the same device… again, it’s not great with the old exchange rate.

If you’re in the UK or US and want to follow our (excellent) recommendation for the best iPad deal, you’ll want to invest in an Apple Pencil.

Both of these iPads feature high-quality touch screens, which means the addition of Apple’s stylus greatly improves their usefulness. i still don’t love scribble on a piece of glass – I wish it looked more like paper – but there’s no doubt that one of these is a real win – especially when the pen magnetically sticks to the side of the tablet.

With this in mind, the Apple Pencil 2 (with said magnets) only costs $ 99 on Amazon in the US, and £ 99 in UK … again with Amazon, the brand that clearly doesn’t give a damn about exchange rates.

Welcome to our live blog on iPad Black Friday Deals – we have our main page that brings all the deals together, but there are going to be so many price changes today that we’re not sure it can catch up. its delay – so live blogging makes a lot more sense.

We’re obviously going to be looking for the best deals on iPad units, but there’s also a world of stands, cases, and pencils out there – stick around and we’ll give you everything you need to know.

Let’s start here: The current best iPad deal in the US is the iPad Air 2020, which went down to $ 539, and in the United Kingdom, it is iPad Pro 11 (from 2021) which costs just £ 699 in this year’s Black Friday sales.

Inspiration in East Greenwich offers creativity, fun and … a splash room ?!


Pinspiration is a DIY craft store where you choose from a menu of pre-made craft projects, which you then do yourself in the store. They also offer some unique twists such as a splash room and snack bar (BYOB!

They opened earlier this year in the Clarksboro (Berkeley) section of East Greenwich, NJ, in a new retail development near Cinder Bar and Death of the Fox Brewing in Clarksboro.

Shannon and Paul opened Inspiration earlier in 2020. Although this is a team effort for the couple, Shannon is at the helm of this new location, with Paul providing a lot of help and support on site. .

Pinspiration East Greenwich New Jersey

42Freeway’s Mark had heard of Pinspiration before but didn’t answer the call when they first opened. Well, it turns out Shannon is a huge fan of 42Freeway and she contacted us recently… and Mark is so glad she did!

So I spent a random Saturday afternoon a few weeks ago. No advance noted.

And the place was busy! I expected to see customers and people really having fun with their crafts… but I didn’t expect every table in the front area to have people seated, and as I left later, more in addition to people waiting to enter.

It looks like Shannon and Paul are doing things right with Inspiration! If you haven’t been there yet, you are really missing out!

The craftsmanship is amazing. The splash room is really cool!

But the best part about Pinspiration is that it’s a fun and creative environment for you with your friends and family to do things… together! Imagine spending time at a craft table with you, the kids, and mom (grandma) all working on craft projects; help each other, talk and hopefully laugh!

Plus, it’s giveaway season, and a visit to Inspiration would make a great holiday gift for friends or family! Schedule a visit online, or order gift cards!

Pinspiration supports small groups for the front zone, but it’s probably best to make a reservation (online) or contact them to organize a larger group party!

They even have private spaces for events, bridal showers, kids’ parties, bachelorette parties and more!

Read on to learn more about how craftsmanship works at Pinspiration… and to learn more about splash painting!

Initially, Shannon was busy with a house full of artisans, so it was Paul who gave me the first visit. Thanks Paule! When I chatted with Shannon a bit later, she made me feel a bit like a celebrity! See, I said she was a huge 42Freeway fan! Thank you Shannon and Paul for your warm hospitality!

Readers: Keep reading and scroll down for more about the splash rooms!

Fun, family and friends at a craft table; Pinspiration, East Greenwich NJ

Inspiration: creative pleasure explained!

Well first of all, Pinspiration is not a craft supply store like Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

Pinspiration is a do-it-yourself craft store where you choose from a predefined list of DIY craft projects, while you’re in the store!

The name of the store is loosely based on the social media site Pinterest, where a key aspect is for people to share (“pin”) their designs, along with instructions on how to complete the project. Well, Pinspiration takes this DIY experience and puts it right in your hands!

Pinspiration East Greenwich achieves this by offering a rotating menu of craft projects to choose from. This allows them to have the “ingredients” at their fingertips and is a great fun and smooth experience for everyone.

Hanging on the walls and shelves of Pinspiration East Greenwich are all projects available to do for this season, and they are also available for browse online.

Projects vary from wall hangings, table decorations (coffee service tray, wine glasses) to candles and more!

They even offer a variety of projects for kids!

As you can imagine, seasonal decor plays an important role in the craft world, and Pinspiration currently offers many seasonal fall items; Crafts on the theme of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The process is very simple… You choose one of the craft items you want to create, Shannon and her team bring you the supplies you need to create it… then the staff give you advice on how to create the craft project!

You leave with a new creative object that you can proudly present at home! (They also make great gifts!)

Pinspiration project wall: from the easiest to the most difficult. You choose the project and all the supplies are there!

I don’t think I would surprise people if I said I don’t know about craft stores like this so I’m not sure if this is a common setup.

I will say however that it seems incredible to me … to have everything at hand

At home I do a lot of projects, from painting to electric painting and jokingly rate projects in advance based on how many trips I think I need to make to Home Depot! “Oh, so you want a new motion detector for the front of the garage … hmm … it’s probably a three-thief project.” ??

So bringing that back to the inspiration… having all the supplies on hand… sounds amazing!

Pinspiration also offers Canvas painting projects! You can choose your own canvas painting project and the staff will guide you. You can schedule this anytime, but you can also create your own “Paint and Sip” event with your friends! See the Party Hall section below.

Selection of painting on canvas Corridor: Pinspiration East Greenwich

Snack bar

At the end of the main craft area is a snack bar where Pinspiration serves… well, drinks and snacks!

Hot coffee, tea, hot chocolate. Sugarcane soda and other beverages.

Charcuterie boards, hummus and pita chips and more.

Sweets and other snacks.

Shannon explains that when she came up with the idea of ​​opening the store to her husband Paul … while he was still very excited for the whole business idea, the deal was made when she told him there would be a snack bar and Paul could design that aspect!

So it adds a lot to a fun experience. It is laid out as an upscale home bar. Several stools in front. Even a television!

Because it’s in New Jersey, they don’t serve alcohol at the bar, but they are BYOB. Well, check with Shannon and the team first!

Pinspiration East Greenwich NJ: Snack Bar Area!

Party / event rooms!

The front of the Pinspiration store is fully glazed, making it a bright and welcoming entrance!

Upon entering you are immediately in the main area of ​​the forward craft which has 6-8 tables, each accommodating 4 people. at the back wall is the snack bar area.

But that’s probably 40% of the store, which continues behind the snack bar.

Directly behind the snack bar is a large party room which, as you would expect, also contains craft tables and many craft projects on display.

This room has doors from the rest of the store and can give you a private yet fun experience for your next party or event.

The Inspiration website listings a variety of party options to give you ideas of fun things to do with family and friends, and that even includes prizes.

The list includes; Bridal showers, bachelorette parties, business / team building, splash night and various theme nights for kids!

Private party / event room at Pinspiration East Greenwich

Splash rooms!

In the back section of Pinspiration East Greenwich are the dedicated Splatter Rooms!

In summary, Splatter Rooms allow you to create your own piece of modern art by splashing, smearing and applying paint to a canvas!

So it sounds like it’s complicated, doesn’t it? Imagine trying this with the kids in the dining room!?!

At Pinspiration, they make the process as easy and clean as possible!

Painters receive protective covers for their clothing and protective glasses!

The walls are painted black (well originally they were) so the paint splatter jumps on you as soon as you walk into the room.

Of course, the goal is to get the painting onto the canvas… but in most of the photos I’ve seen it looks like creative painters can get a lot out of it on their own!

Pinspiration supports a variety of planned sessions… From a Splatter Date for you and your love, to a full Splatter Party!

Breathe Splash Room! Thank you for letting me take your photo! Sorry I missed your names!

Links and location

Pinspiration East Greenwich
141 Berkley Road Suite # 8
Clarksboro, New Jersey, VS 08020


Yes they do walks, but you can book a online time… Which, if you are planning a party or a larger event, you should definitely reserve the place!

The location is about 1/4 mile from the original Cinder Bar in Clarksboro NJ. Very easy to reach from Rt 295… exit 295 is only 800 meters away.

Coming from the east, the Hollywood Cafe on Rt 45 is just 9 minutes away, and it’s about 15 minutes to the Seven Star Diner at the Five Points intersection.

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Cozy craft corner at Pinspiration East Greenwich NJ

Find the elf on the shelf and win huge prizes at Dixie Outlet Mall in Mississauga


Posted on November 25, 2021 at 10:57 a.m.

The holidays are approaching and it’s time to celebrate with something fun like maybe finding elves at Dixie Shopping Center in Mississauga?

It’s the “Elf on a Shelf” holiday campaign at the popular Dixie Rd Mall. Each week from November 29 to December 23, a total of 30 elves will be hidden in 30 stores across the mall. Visit the mall and see if you can find an elf!

If finding elves on your shopping spree wasn’t fun enough, there are big prizes to be won for those who find one. Anyone who finds an Elf will enter a weekly contest, with one person per week winning a big prize or a shopping spree worth $ 1,000 (the prize will be posted weekly). And the more elves you find, the more chances you have to win!

Here’s how to play:

  1. Each week, look for one of the 30 Elves hidden in the stores of the Dixie Outlet Mall.
  2. If you find an elf, share your find on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DixieElves and @dixieoutletmall tag.
  3. You will be entered into a contest to win a prize. The more elves you find, the more chances you have of winning.
  4. Play weekly to win big!

To be eligible for the award, you must be a resident of Ontario 18 and over and your Facebook / Instagram account must be public.

The Elf on a Shelf campaign begins November 29 and runs through December 23. Happy elf hunting, Mississauga!

Conveniently located on QEW Freeway and Dixie Road, Dixie Outlet Mall is one of Mississauga’s best malls for great bargains (called #DixieDeals) at a wide variety of stores. Everything is here, from the food to the fads to the fun.

Keep up to date with all the news from Dixie Outlet Mall by visiting their website and on Instagram and Facebook.

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Countdown to New Terminal Opening Continues at Provo Municipal Airport | News, Sports, Jobs



Exterior view of the new airport terminal, presented on November 23, 2021.

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Another view of the interior of the new airport terminal in Provo.

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Original rendering of the anticipation terminal at Provo Municipal Airport.

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A view from inside the new Provo airport terminal to the tarmac.

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Exterior shot of windows welcoming passengers arriving at new Provo terminal.

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Exterior of the new Provo airport terminal.

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Interior of the new airport terminal which hopes to give the atmosphere of downtown Provo.

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The recent announcement that Allegiant will be leaving Provo for three other cities is another indication of the construction process for the new airport terminal.

What started as an explosive red-white-and-blue breakthrough for the terminal expansion at Provo Municipal Airport has already led to explosive growth in commercial air service. Six new flights have already been added since the event of November 6, 2019. And the terminal is not even open yet, according to Nicole Martin, director of communications.

On November 18, Allegiant Air began serving Provo Airport (PVU) to Houston and Austin, Texas, and Palm Springs, California. “We are excited to offer residents of Provo three new options for their warm winter gifts,” said Drew Wells, vice president of revenue and planning for Allegiant. “We believe vacationers will appreciate our unique travel brand: low-cost non-stop flights without the hassle of stopovers and connections. “

The formula seems to work, as Provo is now Utah’s second busiest airport.

“By investing in vital infrastructure, we have created economic opportunities for Provo rather than waiting for them,” said Mayor Michelle Kaufusi. “While many will appreciate the personal amenities of flying from a regional airport, including shorter routes and personalized service, the economic benefits are substantial with each new round-trip destination bringing approximately $ 15 million to our local, regional economy. and national. “

In addition to being a regional and national economic engine, Provo Airport will reduce traffic congestion to Salt Lake by providing alternatives to air travel and generate job creation during and after construction, Kaufusi added.

“The forward-looking design of the new terminal will not only provide more gateways and destinations for travel; it also incorporates many of the anticipated needs and wants of residents and those who come to Provo, ”said Brian Torgersen, director of the utilities division. “The highlight of the airport will undoubtedly be an airy, glass-enclosed meeting room where families and friends can easily see incoming flights and welcome loved ones back again.”

According to Torgersen, the needs of business travel will also be met with quiet designed spaces.

“The convenience of Provo Airport will be hard to beat with multiple airline counters and automatic check-in kiosks for a quick and easy travel experience,” Torgersen said. “Expanded and streamlined areas for security checks and a convenient baggage claim area are designed to get travelers, coming or going, to their destination as quickly as possible. “

People working on the project have high expectations that the airport is not only an important economic engine, but also reflects the city.

“Local residents can also feel a bit of déjà vu as they take advantage of multiple dealer and kiosk spaces designed with downtown Provo in mind,” Martin added. “Once through security, travelers will feel right at home with red brick commercial facades and classic green awnings reminiscent of Center Street. The planned local restaurants will offer the diverse dining experience for which Provo has become known.

The city also worked to ensure that the project was carried out in an economically responsible manner to taxpayers.

“We are proud of the efficiency and cost savings of the Provo airport terminal. Looking to the future, we saved taxpayers about $ 2 million to $ 3 million by purchasing much of the building and building materials in advance before costs soared and shortages of ‘supply,’ Kaufusi said. “In addition, nearly $ 2 million has been saved by using public works workers to clear land, improve the access road and install remaining utilities. “

With the opening of June 2022 fast approaching, the buzz in construction activity continues. Parking lots and access roads are 90% paved, walls have been built, and utility facilities are nearing completion.

At this point, much of the work is now shifting to the interior finish of the terminal. Baggage claim carousels are set up and airline counters are taking shape. “If you squint you can almost see the first flight entering one of the four new doors,” Martin said.

“Provo City takes off with our airport terminal which is a perfect example of achieving the community goals set out in our four pillars of Provo: economic dynamism, forward-looking, safe and welcoming,” said Kaufusi. “Provo Airport will greatly contribute to our local economy today and into the future and will be a safe and convenient way to welcome everyone to our thriving city, whether residents, business travelers or vacationers. “


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Smart Eyewear Brand AR INMO Completes Tens of Million Yuan Worth Pre-A Funding Round Led by Matrix Partners


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Shenzhen, china, November 24, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Smart glasses brand AR INMO has completed the pre-A financing round worth tens of millions of yuan, led by Matrix Partners, followed by Unity Ventures, Junsan Capital and former shareholders. In February, INMO received angel funding from Yilai Investment and 37 Interactive Entertainment. This round of funding will be used for mass production and brand building.

INMO was established in 2020. Its founder Yang Longsheng was the general manager of the wearable division of Coolpad Group. The team now has more than 50 employees and the R&D staff represents 70%. The main employees are all from Huawei, Xiaomi and other cell phone manufacturers who have created many wearable products with shipments in tens of millions of units.

INMO Air —— the first mass-produced consumer AR smart glasses

According to the introduction of INMO co-founder and CMO Lu Yifei, the company is committed to creating “AR glasses for everyday use”. Focusing on the “everyday use” concept, INMO has pioneered the category of wireless AR smart glasses, a whole new technological path, and its INMO Air product will be officially mass-produced and released for sale upon completion. of the year.

INMO Air is the pioneer in the category of wireless AR smart glasses which can be used without a cell phone, supports independent computing and has a frequency of up to 2.0 GHz. Its weight is less than 80g, which is equivalent to ordinary sunglasses. It can be used continuously for 4 hours or standby for 72 hours, which can meet the needs of daily wearing. Meanwhile, based on optical waveguide technology, INMO is partnering with suppliers to renovate its optical display system by developing vertical grating optical waveguide display technology. Compared to the previous side projection display technology, INMO Air is completely clear in the front of the glasses, very close to ordinary glasses in appearance.

It should be mentioned that, co-designed with designers from well-known national fashion brands and combining the popular design aesthetic of the functional trend AERO, the shape of INMO Air is very futuristic and technological. Thus, in addition to its attribute “black technology”, it also has the attribute of an accessory.

According to Lu Yifei, in terms of software, INMO has developed its own IMOS based on the Android system. Its R&D staff has performed in-depth optimization of background management and power consumption optimization, which significantly improves the battery life of the product. At the same time, focusing on the concept of “lightweight” product, INMO has reconstructed the spatial positioning algorithm and target tracking algorithm to ensure that excellent AR display effects can also be achieved with low computing power. At the initial stage of application, INMO Air can be used as a “smart assistant” in work and life, which can implement functions such as memo reminder, dialogue translation and AR navigation, allowing its users to experience the convenience of scene applications such as watching videos anytime and anywhere and snapshots from the first point of view. INMO Air highlights first point of view “non-felt” use, while freeing the hands, allowing its users to get a better experience than cellphones in many everyday scenes.

In that of Lu Yifei view, the very difficulty of mainstream AR glasses has always been balancing power consumption and performance. INMO has always insisted on its own path of producing affordable and useful AR glasses. The official price of 2,999 yuan also shows the sincerity of the manufacturer.

Position yourself as a tech fashion brand, explore unlimited life

AR smart glasses are undoubtedly one of the necessary tools for people to lead into the “meta universe”. After communicating with INMO, I have found that the company has maintained a considerable ‘restraint’ in its thinking and has its own unique understanding of the concept of a ‘meta universe’, which is reflected not only in its products, but also in its own. its brand image.

The newly upgraded INMO brand slogan: “YOU ARE WHAT YOU SEE”. Lu Yifei mentioned that people today live in a “strong society”, where communication between people is scattered like isolated islands, the relationship is distant, and mutual understanding and trust are lost. However, after thousands of years of a materialistic survival mode, the Internet and the digital revolution have allowed us to return to “spiritual society”. So what kind of life do you want? What is the shape of your life?

INMO’s brand concept is “A Life Unlimited”, advocating a “liquid life”, so as not to impose limits on one’s own life and future.

During interviews with INMO, I discovered that the concept of ‘unlimited’ runs through the brand proposition and corporate branding, and penetrates into the smallest details, from product design to product culture. Mark. The concept of a “meta universe” is that people can create a “parallel world” without being limited by the real world. Compared to the real world we live in today and which has gradually “solidified”, a fluid, irregular, changing parallel world is an oasis to which young creatives aspire. It is also the uncompromising and unwavering choice of the young people of the Z era in the face of the uncertainties of reality.

With continued breakthroughs in core technologies including hardware and software, the AR industry mainstream market is entering an emerging phase. The market lacks innovative AR eyewear brands for mass consumers, especially young consumer groups, and INMO’s goal is to become the leading brand in mainstream AR eyewear. INMO has always focused on the concept of introducing consumer-oriented products and, through its team experience with many mobile phone manufacturers, it will bring mainstream AR glasses to the mass market of the market. ‘a faster and more innovative way.

It is reported that in July this year, INMO Air launched crowdfunding on the foreign platform Indiegogo, and then launched sales on domestic mini-programs, agents and other channels. So far, the number of product orders has exceeded 10,000 units. By the end of this year, INMO Air will be mass-produced and bundled, and launched on national e-commerce platforms, becoming the first mainstream AR smart glasses available to domestic consumers.

“The gradual maturity of modules upstream of the AR industry chain and the massive investment of leading companies in the XR industry chain have become the foundation for the upcoming boom in the consumer AR glasses market. As a veteran of the AR industry, INMO has rich experience in building 0 to 1 consumer AR glasses and mass production. After overcoming technical barriers in software and hardware systems, power consumption control, structural design, etc., she created unique all-in-one AR glasses which are set to become the leader in AR glasses. of consumer quality. Matrix Partner has long been interested in the upstream and downstream side of the XR industry chain. We hope to work with INMO to find more consumer-oriented innovation opportunities under the concept of “meta universe”. “said Zuo Lingye of Matrix Partners.

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Empire Outlets bursting with holiday cheer during “the most wonderful time of the year”


STATEN ISLAND, NY – During this cheerful season, a bustling vacation village awaits shoppers at Empire Outlets in St. George. And it all promises to be a fun way to celebrate the magical spirit of the “most wonderful time of the year”.

The letters E and O representing Empire Outlets garnished with holiday greenery and flowers. (Staten Island Advance / Carol Ann Benanti) Staten Island Advance

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At Vanity House Designs are Kurt Alger and Wes Rebisz, Managing Director of Empire Outlets. (Staten Island Advance / Carol Ann Benanti) Staten Island Advance

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Stunning themed Christmas trees are part of the exhibit at Vanity House Designs at Empire Outlets. (Staten Island Advance / Carol Ann Benanti) Staten Island Advance


The Empire Outlets hosted a tree-lighting ceremony last week, followed by tours with Santa Claus and the Grinch, and upcoming musical and theatrical performances have already started to take shape.

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A colorful Christmas tree adorns the property at Empire Outlets. (Staten Island Advance / Carol Ann Benanti) Staten Island Advance

The shopping destination is also focusing on those in need throughout the holidays, partnering with The Salvation Army to organize the annual donation tree and other donation-based events on-site.

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The Salvation Army Christmas tree with tags for gifts for children in need. (Staten Island Advance / Carol Ann Benanti) Staten Island Advance

In partnership with Autism Speaks, Empire Outlets is hosting Sensory Santa Day on Sunday, December 12, an inclusive and sensory holiday celebration designed for those sensitive to certain holiday traditions that can be overwhelming. Father Christmas Sensory Day is open to families and visitors of all ages; go to empireoutlets.nyc for more information

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“We are delighted to unveil our holiday decorations and festive programming at Empire Outlets,” said Joseph Ferrera, Director of BFC Partners. “The COVID-19 pandemic canceled all festivities and holiday gatherings last year, so we’re ready to welcome our visitors for the happiest time of year – and really live the holidays to the fullest. diet. With our tree lights, photos with Santa Claus and the Grinch â„¢ open now until Christmas, and much more, we are delighted to welcome New Yorkers and tourists to celebrate with us.

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Grinch itself is available to holiday shoppers at Empire Outlets stores. (Staten Island Advance / Carol Ann Benanti) Staten Island Advance

The calendar of events and programming details are available at empireoutlets.nyc

Wes Rebisz, Managing Director of Empire Outlets, explains, “We bring the holiday cheer back to a safe environment. And tourism is starting to come back and at the same time we are seeing a great base of local buyers. We have onsite parking, which is guarded and safe and secure.

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A mailbox from Santa Claus to send this letter to Santa Claus. (Staten Island Advance / Carol Ann Benanti)Staten Island Advance

Rebisz said they are asking individuals to bring an unwrapped toy for children in need. It’s a great way to meet “the big guy” himself and the Grinch as well, he added.


Empire Outlets has partnered with the local Salvation Army to present their annual Angel Tree. Located on Level 3 of Central Court, The Angel Tree program offers an opportunity for those who want to make a difference and make underprivileged children smile. Participants can remove a tag from the tree, purchase the gift, and return it to a family in need.


Cherry Hill Programs presents its brand new “Holiday Magic Village” on Level 3 of the shopping complex. Photos with Santa Claus and the Grinch are available.

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A fireplace is part of the Empire Outlets Christmas Village. (Staten Island Advance / Carol Ann Benanti) Staten Island Advance

The Holiday Magic Village will be open until Friday, December 24. Prices for professional photo packages start at $ 49.99. Reservations can be made and opening hours can be found at this link


Admission to Breakfast with Santa is an unwrapped gift to give to The Salvation Army. Santa will come in to say hello and scroll the children to the Holiday Magic Village at the end of breakfast. Reservations must be made to enter the Holiday Magic Village and can be made here.

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The Christmas Village at Empire Outlets. (Staten Island Advance / Carol Ann Benanti) Staten Island Advance


Empire Outlets is teaming up with members of the Susan Wagner High School Theater and The Spotlight Theater Company to present Sounds of the Season, which will take place on Center Court near the 40-foot crystal Christmas tree.

Friday, December 3 at 5:00 p.m .: Spotlight Theater performers will sing Christmas carols and preview their next live performance of “Matilda”.

Friday, December 10 at 6 p.m .: Members of the Susan Wagner High School Theater will sing holiday classics.

Friday, December 17 at 6 p.m .: The Salem Church Choir will join the Sounds of the Season finale in a song concert.

Allure Beauty Editors Favorite Products of November 2021 – Reviews


TO Seduce, we’re inundated with the latest and greatest beauty deals every day. Most are exciting, confusing to some, and at times overwhelming, especially now that our homes have become our offices. Alas, it is the burden of the beauty editor to carry.

when we really like something, you can be sure our opinion came from reviewing everything we’ve seen before, including our longtime favorites. (We’ve even written love letters to some of the products we hold dearest.) But we’re always open to finding and sharing new favorites. It’s a big beauty playground out there, so we’ll gladly do the dirty work to test everything under the sun. And the crème de la crème comes through our Best of Beauty trials a lot.

But let’s stick to the present for now. Every week, Seduce editors select the new hair, makeup and skin care products that we are obsessed with today. Trying to limit our favorites to just one or two products can be tough, but we’re getting it right. Find out what our editors can’t get enough of right now.

All products featured on Allure are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

House of Gucci review: Lady Gaga takes this film to the stratosphere


I’ve been trying for days now to decide exactly when my soul left my body and ascended to heaven during my Gucci House screening. Going through my increasingly wacky notes, it appears to be when Jared Leto, playing the paunchy middle-aged fake son Paolo Gucci, tells his step-cousin Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga – we’ll get to that in a moment). ), with therefore very a lot of pathos, that he “was in a bed, with a bowl of gelato cioccolata and very dark thoughts”. If you read this in the voice of an American pasta sauce ad, you did it right.

What is this movie even? An image tweeted from the shoot last March – featuring Gaga and her co-star Adam Driver in cable-knit sweaters, her in huge glasses and her in a huge fur hat, standing against a snowy backdrop – ignited a Twitter crazy pandemic on fire. Then the trailer dropped in July, and… well, I mean, just go watch it. It is exquisite.

The movie sold by the trailer is actually a bit more flatter and wilder than the real one. Gucci House, which would be an unnecessary and somewhat superficial dud if it weren’t for the glamor, or the craziness, of the performances. Screenwriters Becky Johnston and Roberto Bentivegna crafted the story of the murder of Maurizio Gucci (Driver), based on Sara Gay Forden’s book, as a sort of story of misery and wealth mixed with serious Machiavelli vibrations, but the psychological reality never quite lands. Ridley Scott, who seems to have slipped happily into his “I’m 83, why would not I’m making this movie, ”settled in the director’s chair and directed the daylight out of his cast.

That cast: Gaga, Driver, Leto, plus Jeremy Irons and Al Pacino as Gucci Patriarchs and Salma Hayek as Medium. (It doesn’t matter, but I can’t help but think about it: Hayek is married to François-Henri Pinault, CEO of luxury fashion group Kering, which owns, among other things, Gucci.) Look, when you’re Ridley Scott, you get the cast you want.

Lady Gaga and Jared Leto in Gucci House.
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As you may have noticed, none of these people (well, okay, half credit to the iconic Italian-Americans Pacino and Gaga) are actually from Italy, despite playing very characters. famous who were. The film is not in Italian; it’s in English, and everyone does a certain degree of accent. The irons and the driver are fine. Gaga goes there (although there is some debate as to whether she actually sounds Russian or not). Leto is absurd. Pacino does tone down the accent a bit, but that doesn’t matter when you’re Al Pacino. They drink espresso and dance in clubs and on the moon around giant estates, arguing over who’s a bummer for the family – basic activities for the wealthy.

Really, Rich people activities would have been a decent working title for the film, which never really finds a way to make us care about the characters outside of the people who play them. From the first scene, we know that it is a film on the assassination of Maurizio Gucci, which took place on March 27, 1995, on the steps of his office in Milan. But Gaga plays Patrizia, his wife, and the story is really about her.

And how. Patrizia is a fireball as soon as we meet her, swinging in the parking lot of her family business as the men yell at her. She meets Maurizio at a party, by chance, and charms him enough that he’s ready to give way in his family’s lucrative fashion business, to the anguish of his actor father Rodolfo Gucci (Irons). , to be with her. Everything is fine, for a while, but Patrizia is fed up with being poor for no reason and works with Maurizio’s uncle, Aldo (Pacino), who runs the business, to bring her beloved husband back to the door. . Luckily, Aldo’s son Paolo (Leto), whose crazy fashion ideas don’t match Gucci’s image of the older generation, is what Rodolfo calls “a triumph of mediocrity,” and Aldo is more than happy to invest his trust in his nephew. instead of.

Gucci House spans decades, during which Patrizia and Maurizio go through a lot together. Yet despite running for nearly three hours, the film never really captures the motivations or psychology of its characters (with the possible exception of the sad Paolo bag). They are characters in a play, re-enacting a story that has already been told. You can imagine a version of this performed by Ryan Murphy that would be both worse and more readable, emotionally, to audiences.

On the other hand, who cares? Gucci House is probably the funniest comedy and the dumbest tragedy of the year. Everyone nibbles the landscape. (The driver is, in a way, the most annoying person in the movie.) People deliver frankly absurd lines; Paolo responds to everything with melodious nonsense, like “Is an elephant a sheet in the jungle?” or “I will finally fly away, like a pigeon!” Aldo arrives to meet his brother Rodolfo and finds him on the back patio, looking into the distance, with the larger camel-colored scarf, presumably cashmere, thrown dramatically around his neck. I couldn’t stop laughing.

A family stands together in a living room.

Jared Leto, Florence Andrews, Adam Driver, Lady Gaga and Al Pacino in Gucci House.

And at the center of it all is Patrizia de Gaga, whom Maurizio declares to be Elizabeth Taylor’s lookalike. (You can sort of see her point of view.) She plots, she cries, she makes decisions that Maurizio is too weak to make on his own. She calls a psychic on television and becomes her best friend. She strokes Paolo’s ego and stabs him in the back. Gaga climbs into the shoes of – if not the real Patrizia – a fantastic approximation that smokes like a fireplace, squints her eyes until you expect lasers to fire and turns every scene she appears in into a grand showcase and glorious. His hand gestures alone deserve careful reading. She is Lady Macbeth as a diva, sweetheart and dance queen.

So if the story never landed, why should I care about Gucci? why doesn’t Ridley Scott seem to care about fashion at all, even a little? – it basically doesn’t matter because every new scene is a new chance to watch performers cram ham into a camp sandwich and then have another espresso.

It has become fashionable for both critics and the uninformed to state that they don’t make movies like that anymore. I rarely buy it; usually, if you say so, you just aren’t looking for enough.

But in this case, okay, I buy it. It’s hard to imagine anyone other than Ridley Scott succeeding in getting the budget, cast, and execution time to do a three-ring circus like Gucci House for the big screen, a non-IP adult drama with a built-in fan base or a show loaded with effects to suck audiences in. When he left, I hope in the very distant future, I am worried what kind of film will accompany him.

For now, however, we have at least Gucci House, the kind of movie where a wife can tell her husband “it’s time to get out the wasteAnd means his family, a film with multiple candlelit tub scenes, a film in which an entire scene takes place to the sounds of “I’m a Believer” in Italian, where the imperfect is raised to perfection. I left my screening delighted and wanted to see it again immediately. Several times. Long live the cinema.

Gucci House opens in theaters November 24.

Best Selling Corelle Dinnerware Sets and Collections Compiled by Consumer Walk


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The Old World Christmas store designs thousands of handmade glass ornaments seen in stores across the country


Last year, a global pandemic changed shopping habits – mostly for the worse. But for the Old World Christmas Factory Outlet on Main Street, they saw more shoppers than ever during the 2020 vacation.

“People wanted to embrace traditions and go back to what makes them comfortable,” said sales manager Rob Waples.

Old World Christmas opened over 40 years ago after husband-and-wife artist duo Tim and Beth Merck decided to shut down their antique store to focus on making more ornaments. The idea gained immediate success in Spokane.

The factory outlet is owned by different owners after private equity firm Gladstone Investment Corp. bought it for $ 24.4 million, The Spokesman-Review reported in 2018. The store acts as the epicenter, sending its ornaments to retailers across the United States and even some in the United States. Kingdom, said Waples.

“But most of our retailers are the little mom-and-pop stores,” Waples said.

Pumpkin pie slices, intricately crafted gifts, rosy-cheeked angels and nutcrackers – the point of sale includes all the holiday-themed adornments you would expect. There are icons specific to Christians, but the outlet also offers menorahs and the Star of David.

But more original designs are also scattered throughout the store: beagles with sparkling golden ears, cheese graters, bottles of mustard and ketchup, chili dogs and hot wings, astronauts and space shuttles, planets Jupiter and Saturn.

“We just traveled with my daughter, her husband and their new baby to Mount Rushmore so I made sure to catch her,” said Pattie Kovolyan, a Kennewick resident, who was passing through Spokane to get to her cabin. vacation in Montana Sunday. “And then they just had a baby, so I grabbed a snow blue baby.”

This year, relevant new designs have also been added, with the outlet now offering generic branded hand sanitizer and toilet paper adornments.

“Most of the suggestions come from our retailers and what they’ve noticed that customers are looking for,” Waples said.

The process starts with this suggestion, and then the lead designer of the outlet, Sooki Carrano, usually draws a mockup by hand. The outlet also commissions five local artists, most of whom, according to Waples, have worked with the outlet for at least 17 years, painting and working with glass.

Using this two-dimensional plane, artists will carefully shape molten glass by blowing on it, hence the term “mouth-blown glass”.

“It’s a very complex process,” Waples said.

The results are finely detailed embellishments strategically sprinkled with sequins.

Retired Spokane resident Charlotte Mangan grabbed a bottle of mustard while shopping on Sunday afternoon, laughing that her child son went through a phase where every bit of food was coated in condiment. And then last year her granddaughter enrolled in Gonzaga University, so Mangan came to the store to buy her a GU ornament.

“You can find something that reminds you of that person, and that makes them even more special,” she said.

The store also launched gingerwood cottage ornaments, Waples said. With Christmas and Halloween themed designs, the cabins were designed to contain miniature bulbs that illuminate a “surprise” object seen through the windows of the structures.

For some, the warm light will show miniature gingerbread men or tiny black cats in Halloween-themed cottages.

While recent domestic supply chain issues and cost inflation have affected shipping, Old World Christmas has mostly been successful in keeping costs low, Waples said.

The point-of-sale ornaments have suggested retail values ​​between $ 15 and $ 23, but they sell for between $ 6 and $ 14 at the store at 4007 E. Main Ave. in Spokane.

“It’s not only that they’re attractive and personalized, it’s also that they’re so inexpensive,” Mangan said.

Central Otago meets Auckland in a booming designer house


The black and white color theme running through this house could be an analogy for the mindset of owners Brett and Denise Ireland in that they knew absolutely what they wanted from this new build in semi-rural Riverhead , near Auckland. Not that the couple made quick decisions.

Having built a Cape Cod-style house in Henderson 20 years ago, and with Brett in the civil construction game, they were by no means naive newbies. They took their time to be inspired. “We took weekend trips to places like Cambridge, Queenstown and Wanaka to visit homes and visit show homes to get ideas,” says Denise. Which is why there is a nod to Alpine architecture in this modern farmhouse.

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Brett has always had a soft spot for Riverhead because he spent his early childhood there. “Riverhead is just far enough from town to feel like you’re in the country,” he says.

When this new subdivision went into service in 2019, the Irish were given the option of choosing the section they wanted because they were developing land for the developers, Cabre. They made an unexpected choice, however. Sites with a view on the river facing south. “But we wanted to spend our evenings in the sun, so we bought an elevated site facing north instead,” says Denise.

The 800m² plot gave them plenty of space to set up a 350m² house which has, essentially, two wings wrapped around a central garden. They wrote their thoughts on paper, with an emphasis on summer entertainment, and then asked architect Jason Bailey to develop the plans.

From the street, two symmetrical gables are linked by an entrance pavilion. Dressed in whiteboard and slats with a shale fireplace wall, he looks a bit country-style, a bit, well, rock. This material theme continues inside with an atrium entrance that is immediately calming.

Shale walls wrap around an interior garden filled with ferns and pongas where the runoff of a water feature adds to the serenity. “We wanted it to be natural and to sound like New Zealand, and we based the plantings on what we had seen in Mount Aspiring National Park,” says Denise.

To the right is a bedroom wing where her daughter Holly, 24, is still in residence, but there is enough space to accommodate her son Jordan, 26, in the blink of an eye. “I imagine, one day in the near future, hopefully, that the grandchildren will also come and stay,” says Denise. There is also a room reserved for Denise’s mother if she ever needs to move in permanently.

Universal Granite Arabascato Vagli marble is featured on the bench and the backsplash and pendant lights by Hinkley from Bardsleys Lighting & Design illuminate the countertop â ????  they were fitted with tailor-made rods to reach the high ceilings;  the world map artwork is from Studio Black in Riverhead and the bar stools by Ethnicraft match the black stained cabinetry and contrast with the French oak flooring by Forté.

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Universal Granite Arabascato Vagli marble is featured on the bench and the backsplash and pendant lights by Hinkley from Bardsleys Lighting & Design illuminate the countertop â ???? they were fitted with tailor-made rods to reach the high ceilings; the world map artwork is from Studio Black in Riverhead and the bar stools by Ethnicraft match the black stained cabinetry and contrast with the French oak flooring by Forté.

Everything is very practical and well thought out, but there is also a lot of wow factor… Cut to the main living spaces, where cathedral ceilings peak at six meters, a shale-wrapped fireplace anchors one end and eye-catching glass pendants float like bubbles in the void. “We wanted this room to be big and luxurious,” says Brett.

The kitchen is a fulcrum around which life revolves and Denise worked with interior designer Abbey Lang to select the materials and accessories that would give it some sparkle. Two unique slabs of Arabascato Vagli marble are the crown jewel – one for the island, another for the splashback. “I love the golden veins in it,” says Denise who has an affinity for warm tones rather than cool ones.

Paired with black stained American oak cabinetry – “we looked at so many samples to find the right shade because we didn’t want to block out the grain” – it makes a smart statement next to a dining room or windows. style Crittall wrap around a corner and frame a view of the garden where ‘Margaret Merril’ roses add their frothy white elegance to the display.

In the outdoor areas, sofas are grouped around a fireplace and a covered patio is built around Brett’s large barbecue. It’s an artists’ paradise and the first real Christmas day with the kids and their distraught partners and friends is already in the works. Holly and Denise load their wine glasses and dress the tree in a mother / daughter routine that keeps the season moving.

“I’m a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas and always feel sad when I have to cut down the tree,” says Denise. Ham and turkey will be on the menu, of course, and there will be disappointment if Mom doesn’t produce her world-famous homemade stuffing. “It’s my mother’s recipe,” she says. “We’ve been using it for years.

After the pavlova is demolished, everyone can gather in the media room to lazily watch an afternoon movie or game. If they’re lucky, they’ll be treated to a small glass from the Brett whiskey collection, glamorously presented on a cocktail cart. “I even have a bottle of Jameson from our visit to the distillery in Ireland, with my name printed on the label,” says Brett.

The house is also a container of memories, including their travels. In the master bedroom, separated from the living room by a covered passage, the dressing room includes an exhibition space for bags and shoes, including three pairs of Christian Louboutin heels. “Brett even bought me a bag and shoes when he was traveling with the boys,” says Denise. “I went to school before I went,” he laughs.

There are still a few small touches to finish – an attic library for example, tiling in the garden and shelves to finish off the wine cellar. Meanwhile, most evenings, when they sit on the deck and watch the sun disappear behind the hills of Riverhead Forest, they just wait.

Q&A with Brett & Denise Ireland

Tips for new builders: Chris Potier from KCB built our first house and we trusted him to build this one. Have a detailed budget so you don’t miss a thing and create a physical folder that stays put with all the specifications – for dishwashers, every faucet, etc. – so that any merchant can consult it. (Brett)

Develop a vision for interiors: Having a style theme (modern farmhouse) and color scheme (black and white) helped. Then I used Pinterest a lot! Then I discovered Abbey Lang Home on Instagram and it took the stress out of me. (Denise)

Keeping the house cool With so much glass: The interior garden acts as an oxygen pump. We also created cutouts in the gable roof line so that the breeze from the river was channeled through and through the garden. If we open the doors, we get excellent cross ventilation. (Brett)

The secret of a successful Christmas day: Good planning, great company and great food including Christmas ham. We always get ours from Calverts Butchery in Swanson. (Denise)

What we like about this area: His history. The Riverhead Tavern is New Zealand’s oldest river pub. You can take a Red Boat Cruise to Auckland Harbor for lunch – it’s a great day trip. (Brett)

It’s such a friendly country vibe and we love the Hallertau Brasserie which is up the street. (Denise)

The entrance hall window frames the interior garden;  artificial fern wreaths are from Curated Botanics, while Carter and Lola recline on a Pony Braid rug by Nodi near a bench seat from Hawthorne Collections.

Tessa Chrisp / NZ Home & Garden

The entrance hall window frames the interior garden; artificial fern wreaths are from Curated Botanics, while Carter and Lola recline on a Pony Braid rug by Nodi near a bench seat from Hawthorne Collections.

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Project L developers share first in-depth look at Riot’s upcoming ‘assistance-based’ fighting game


Riot Games has kept a secret on its unnamed fighting game, Project L, which has been in development for several years. However, production of the game appears to be heating up, with figureheads in the Fighting Game Community (FGC), Evo Championship founders, and project managers L Tom and Tony Cannon ready to ‘reintroduce’ the game to fans.

Originally revealed at Evo 2019, Project L is still “too far away” for an official release date, but the team is ready to share more gameplay and a preview of how they’re building the game in. as an assistance-based 2D fighter.

Players will control two different World Champions of Runeterra, using familiar but unique identification and assist mechanics to add more layers to a player’s fighting game fundamentals and quick decision making. The goal of main combat is to provide a solid foundation for players, adding gameplay mechanics that will allow fans to dictate their creativity in combat.

To accompany this approach, Project L will “adopt” a style of control that is easy to pick up and learn, but has enough depth to provide dedicated players with many layers to break down and master.

“One of the pleasures of fighting games is seeing the best players move and fight in an inspiring way that is distinct from less skilled players,” Tom Cannon noted. “We want to set this ambitious summit and build an ever-increasing difficulty curve to get you there. ”

Or, as Canon put it in simpler terms, “It’s not about creating a game where new players have a chance to beat the pros. It’s about unleashing fun at all skill levels.

Part of what goes into designing a champion for the title takes their iconic moves and abilities to League of Legends and other media and then strive to fit that in its core into a fighting game. For Project L, that also means designing them in a way that gives players flexibility in how they can use each character.

This approach is accomplished by centering a champion’s design on core elements, such as Ekko’s ability to manipulate time to turn a situation to his advantage.

Using this idea, Ekko can create afterimages when using certain movements, which he can then return to at any time over a small window of time. This gives her a powerful way to mix up combos, get out of situations that might normally involve overengaging, and more.

He also has his classic Timewinder Grenade, which can be thrown from a distance and will slow opponents’ movements for a few seconds upon contact.

Overall, this kit demonstrates the developer’s approach to Project L of giving each ability a “lead role,” while giving players plenty of ways to use those moves as utilities in other ways that they don’t. main.

To wrap up the talk on the founding of Project L, the Cannon brothers went into more detail into the game’s netcode and general online areas, where Riot and the team are “investing big.”

Using last year and the change to online competitions in the FGC as an example, Cannon confirmed that Project L’s online infrastructure was designed from the ground up to make online play a near-perfect emulation of the game. offline in all aspects.

Not only are the Cannon Brothers experts in this field, having developed the GGPO restore netcode program in the past, but Project L is also picking up key elements from other Riot titles and will use Riot Direct, Riot’s internal network service, to directly connect players and minimize latency.

Additionally, if your opponent’s internet is losing frames or having issues, this method will only impact them, while still allowing your game to continue to run as smoothly as possible under these conditions. This surveillance method will also seek to minimize rabies dropout since it will have the ability to determine who left the lobby, name a definitive winner, and hit the outgoing with a penalty in sequence.

“We take netplay very seriously for Project L”, Tony Cannon noted. “It’s the primary way we test the game internally and we work every day to make sure it’s in top shape for eventual release. ”

To wrap up the presentation, Tom reiterated once again that the game is still in the early stages of R&D, meaning fans will likely have to wait a bit longer until the game is actually ready to be tested in one. alpha or beta instance.

However, the Project L team will not be “shutting down” on communication after this update, and instead will focus on keeping fans in the loop when the developers have big news to share.

Cigar Box Wines Brings South American Grapes to Texas Wine Connoisseurs


With the holiday season, dazzling libation and cooking chatter is a priority. In the spirit of celebration, a ten-year-old winery unveils the ultimate wine that pairs harmoniously with the holiday dinner menu. Cigar Box Wines, home to premium wine varieties from wineries owned by estates in Chile and Argentina, will make the holiday season shine for Texans with rich flavors.

Founded in 2011, the Cigar Box name was inspired years ago when the team started working with American partners and the particular Malbec that was in development had significant toasted and tobacco notes. The team fell in love with the taste and felt this wine was their trademark flavor. The manual harvest of the grapes is even inspired as a tribute to the tobacco rolling process. And to complement the best flavors of the brand, a Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo, Chile, and a Pinot Noir from Leyda, Chile.

Although international wine is grown in Chile and Argentina, the American wine lover is in mind when crafting the “old vine ” grape varieties. The Cigar Box team likes to think of its wines as complex, but always accessible to the consumer.

Cigar Box Wines is based on estate-owned South American vineyards.

“We are truly non-traditional, with a refreshing personality and a branded attitude,” said Max Arriagada, National Sales Director of Cigar Box Wines. “A lot of brands look at the bigger fish and try to emulate them, but we play by our own rules. We are straightforward and create good, top quality wine from the estate.

Celebrating a 10-year milestone this year, the brand has long been the centerpiece of all holiday gatherings. Especially in Texas, as Arriagada resides in Austin and says a large portion of her consumers live in Lone Star State. Organizing a food and wine pairing for any table, whether it’s a Thanksgiving celebration of gratitude or a wineglass filled with Christmas cheer, Cigar Box Wines will be the centerpiece of these gatherings. festive.

“Our Chilean winemaker, who is responsible for our Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, suggests the expected pairing of a festive prime rib or New York strip,” said Arriagada. “But the unexpected pairing we are offering you this year is lamb or pepper-crusted ahi tuna.”

And for the signature Malbec, Cigar Box Wines suggests pairing the rich flavors with dark poultry meat (great for Thanksgiving) or even game meat. Bison, ostrich, and venison are the ready-made recommendations they’ve found to pair beautifully with their wine crown jewel. Regardless of the meat pairing, they encourage considering foods with richer sauces and vibrant flavors for a Malbec.

To learn more about the entire Cigar Box Wines wine collection during the holiday season and throughout the year, go here.

When you want to give someone the whole world


– On a cloudy late October morning, Peter Bellerby stood above a large, recently varnished globe that traced the travel routes of famous explorers. Somewhere in the South Atlantic, a giant squid has wrapped its tentacles around an old sailboat. And a pair of hand-painted miniature turtles meandered across the equator.

“We often put them on the chaise longue,” said Mr Bellerby, 56, founder of the artisan globe-making company Bellerby & Co., as he gazed at the turtles through his glasses. “Sounds like fun making them walk over there.”

Such artwork is a key feature of the company’s bespoke and handcrafted globes, Mr Bellerby said. Commissions regularly feature personal illustrations and meaningful elements: travel routes, portraits, towns and homes, and pets. A client from Hong Kong, for example, had images of his four dogs flying biplanes, with slings flying around his neck, while the fifth floated in a parachute.

This spring, the company produced an Ice Age Globe for an Ice Age ecologist, complete with a mammoth and a giant land sloth (like many Bellerby globes, it was ordered as a gift). And in July, he completed a globe that was 80 centimeters, or 2.6 feet in diameter, as cartographers would have drawn it in 1846, based on a map of the time and named as a globe would have it. been at the time. It will soon be delivered to Texas in a 5 square foot case.

“People really like the idea because it’s so rare these days to have something that’s tailor-made and completely for you,” Mr. Bellerby said. “People buy these products knowing that it will mean something to them and their entire family. “

The website’s testimonials page is filled with notes that seem to support his belief: “The level of detail in the designs is simply exquisite,” said A. DG., From the Netherlands. “Thank you very much to the whole team for this beautiful piece of craftsmanship. We will enjoy and cherish this globe for many years to come. (“We don’t ask people to testify. They write to us,” Bellerby said.)

The company will not release the names, but Mr Bellerby said the clientele included heads of state, presidents, prime ministers, royalty and Hollywood (three were used in the movie “Hugo “). Even the Louvre commissioned a copy of a celestial globe nearly 4 meters in diameter, made for Louis XIV in 1683 by the Italian cartographer and globetracker Vincenzo Coronelli. The reproduction will be based on a set of original copper plaques, still in the museum’s possession, and, while funding has delayed the project, the completed globe is to be hung in one of the Louvre’s large stairwells.

Prices and production times for the company’s celestial, terrestrial and lunar globes vary: the most popular globe, with a diameter of 22 centimeters, starts at 1,349 pounds ($ 1,830) and takes about six weeks. The larger one, called Churchill and with a diameter of 127 centimeters, starts at £ 80,000 and usually takes about a year.

Bellerby’s sells almost exclusively online – the waiting list is now three to six months – although it has a stock of around 20 small globes that could be ready for Christmas and there is a limited selection in Harrods’ Great Writing Room and the luxury gift and home accessories store Linley, both in London.

Mr Bellerby founded the company in 2008, after he couldn’t find what he called a “beautiful” globe as an 80th birthday gift from his father, a naval architect. “I only did this as a hobby to do something for my dad,” said Mr Bellerby, whose previous careers included working in television rights and real estate development and helping with start-up. and the operation of a retro-themed nightclub. “I thought it would be all over in three or four months.”

Instead, figuring out how to make globes has become a two-year trial and error project with costs that have grown to six figures. “I was making six to ten globes a week and throwing them out,” said Mr. Bellerby, who worked in his living room at the time.

Today, Bellerby considers itself one of the few bespoke and handcrafted globes companies in the world (others include Lander and May and Strikes and Thomas) and prides itself on fully up-to-date maps. (Of Bellerby’s 25 staff, two are full-time cartographers.)

The company is housed in a north London warehouse studio, a maze of light-filled stairs and mezzanines, filled from floor to ceiling in places with globes in varying stages of completion. And while Mr. Bellerby was happy to have a visitor, he kept some details of the production process to himself, for competitive reasons.

Sitting amid the studio’s decorative assemblage of antique furniture, potted plants, and taxidermy, the company’s two cartographers use computers running graphics software to revise and customize the company’s trump card. They add any custom lettering and images that have already been drawn by the company’s part-time illustrator.

Each render is a snapshot of history. The physical characteristics of the world are constantly changing, with the breaking up of ice shelves and volcanic eruptions creating new land masses. But there are also geopolitical issues: Russian clients want Crimea to be represented as part of Russia; Morocco does not recognize Western Sahara. Mr Bellerby said some of the company’s globes had been destroyed by Chinese customs officials due to the way Taiwan was represented and by Indian customs officials due to border issues.

When satisfied, cartographers split and print a map in the form of spindles – long, thin, almond-shaped strips of paper – on one of their two large format printers. For example, 12 time zones are needed for a 22 centimeter globe.

The workers, called “makers”, use scalpels to cut the edges of each spindle to within a tenth of a millimeter, then the painters, seated near a wall of large windows, apply two to eight washes of watercolor paints. Schmincke on oceans and seas. Tins of murky paint with labels such as “sea mint green” are dotted along their worktables.

The colors are mixed by hand in batches and, in case of spots or scratches, stored for about a month, said Isis Linguanotto, the chief painter. “We have all the recipes for everything we’ve done. “

The spherical cores of the globes are made of glass reinforced plastic or resin by Bellerby’s suppliers, and delivered to the workshop. After the paint dries on a set of bobbins, manufacturers soak the strips in water before gluing them, from the North Pole to the South Pole, around a sphere. Extremely fragile when wet, a gore can tear, bubble or tear at any time.

And there is no margin for error: the spindles must be perfectly aligned.

Such precision takes time to master. For a manufacturer, learning how to complete a small globe can take a year, and learning how to manufacture all sizes takes four, Bellerby said.

And teamwork is essential. “We have to have a good relationship with each other,” said Eddy Da Silva, a veteran manufacturer, noting that each of the 700 or so globes the company produces in a year is passed on by at least five people in production. to treat.

Once the spindles are in place, a globe is returned to the painters who color its continents and detail its printed illustrations. (“That’s when everything comes to life,” Mr. Bellerby said.) Then it comes down to a manufacturer who, after checking that everything is correct, sticks on the caps, the card circles in paper placed on the poles. (“If something’s wrong at this point – let’s go back to Square 1,” Da Silva said.) These are then painted and the entire globe is varnished with a gloss or matte finish.

Finally, the globe descends to the wood workshop, where the team of carpenters assembles it on one of the company’s supports or plinths.

Despite all the laborious and repetitive nature of the job, it doesn’t get boring, Ms. Linguanotto said. Even though she’s been painting the world for almost nine years, it “still feels like a book that you read over and over again,” she said. “And you notice things that you haven’t noticed before. “

The Isetan point of sale at 1 Utama closes after a decade of activity


Isetan Malaysia will close its store at 1 Utama Mall, after having been active there for a decade. Isetan 1 Utama said in a Facebook post that his last day of operations will be April 5, 2022. “After an incredible 10 years at 1 Utama, we would like to thank everyone for your unconditional support throughout the post,” indicates the message.

Isetan Malaysia has also assured its customers that its other stores in Kuala Lumpur – Suria KLCC, The Gardens Mall, The Japan Store LOT 10 – will remain open. He also encouraged customers to shop through his online store after his store at 1 Utama closed. The announcement of the shutdown of Isetan 1 Utama has also been made known to online shoppers via a pop-up announcement. Isetan Malaysia did not reveal the reason for the store’s closure in its post.

In addition, Isetan Singapore will also close one of its stores next year. The department store said about three months ago in a statement that it would be closing its Katong store, located in the Parkway Parade mall. He cited that the closure was due to the expiration of his lease at the mall. “Negotiations with the landlord for a further lease extension have not yielded positive results,” said Isetan Singapore.

Although Isetan Singapore has not confirmed its last day of operation in Katong, it has stated that its lease will expire on March 9, 2022. Isetan Katong will also be offering its customers a series of special sales events as a token of appreciation. for their continued support since it opened almost four decades ago in 1983.

In addition, 1 Utama has counted on several initiatives to boost attendance at the shopping center. In March of last year, he unveiled a RM1 million stimulus package to increase spending in the mall, after the lull after the Chinese New Year and Christmas. The retail stimulus package included several sales-focused campaigns, with the first phase involving a series of weekly promotions in the form of vouchers and cash back for tenants. These were carried out via its ONECARD loyalty program.

1 Utama then injected an additional RM 1 million into its retail stimulus plan in June 2020. 1 Utama’s retail stimulus plan was launched on June 26 in the form of a million additional RMs of intelligent electronic payment vouchers personalized to the purchasing preferences of each qualified purchaser. . The cash vouchers were fully funded by 1 Utama.

Last September, 1 Utama used the organic advertising of its BTS pop-up store to attract visitors to the mall. The pop-up store was in line with 1 Utama’s expansion plans to introduce a series of Korean attractions to its Korea-themed retail area, District K, for shoppers. The interior of the store was arranged into distinctive experiential zones that aimed to take fans to the past, showcasing the different eras of BTS’s music career. Each area has also been specially decorated to recreate sets of BTS music videos and the corresponding tracks from the group’s most popular albums.

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Fashion fans online, for a ‘hack’


On Monday, several customers walked into the Balenciaga store on Madison Avenue, thinking they were entering Gucci. Their mistake was understandable: the front window looked like it had been spray painted with the word “Gucci” on it.

The Occasion of the False Vandalism was the second installment of the Hacker Project series, with items deposited at 74 Balenciaga sites.

At first glance, the drop looked like Gucci had installed an accessories pop-up inside the Balenciaga store. The bags, hats, scarves and wallets imitated Gucci’s signature tone-on-tone patterns and green and red stripes.

But on closer inspection, they were modeled not with those of Gucci G but with those of Balenciaga B. An even closer examination revealed that the metal clasp is identical to a Gucci bag, with the exception of his engraving which says: “Balenciaga”.

If it’s confusing, it is supposed to be. The Hacker Project was created by Balenciaga Creative Director Demna Gvasalia and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele to ask questions about luxury, authenticity and inspiration.

It’s both super simple and hard to explain. Artist Jack Greer was on hand to personalize the shopping bags with “THIS IS NOT A GUCCI BAG” in a drippy graffiti font. For customers who wanted a bag with less Magritte and more of themselves, Mr. Greer also labeled the bags with “THIS IS [your name’s] BAG.”

Activity was stable in the first hours after opening, with a mix of tourists, Balenciaga fans and private couriers entering and exiting the store. Some fans rejoiced, some shoppers scratched their heads and several security guards who worked in the neighborhood stopped to make sure the store window had not been vandalized.

Name: Ryan lee
Age: 25
Lives in: Washington DC

Tell me about your kicks.
These are Jordan Fours. I was an assistant manager at Finish Line, and low-key that turned me into a hypebeast. It got me into the shoes and the culture and everything.

Is that a Gucci bag you’re carrying?
It’s a Louis bag, actually. It’s a graduation gift that I bought for myself. I graduated from the University of Virginia last May and just found a job this week.

What is your job?
Economic research. I just bought the scarf and a card holder to celebrate.

Name: Luis Najera
Age: 43
Lives in: Miami via Mexico.

You are obviously a Gucci fan with your frames.
I am. Alessandro Michele did a fantastic job. And now they’re doing this collaboration with Balenciaga, I think it’s the best collaboration they’ve done so far. The monogram is on the top. I’m going to go to Gucci now.

Do you work in fashion?
I work for Yamamoto design, an Adidas collaboration.

Tell me about your jacket.
My Comme des Garçons jacket? It’s also another collaboration, with a UK brand

Name: Carlyn powell
Occupation: Education administrator
Age: 50
Lives in: Long island

Could we take your picture?
My Uber is coming in a minute, but sure.

What did you think of the collaboration?
I love this hacker thing. Being from New York, as soon as I saw the graffiti, I was like, “This is so New York. And the merger of the two houses is so fluid.

So don’t you think graffiti is a bane?
No, I like it. And inside was the gentleman writing on the bags, doing the graffiti right here. It’s so daring because when it comes to our bags, we don’t want to have a brand or anything on it. But, again, it’s the graffiti that hooks me.

Where are you going in that Uber?
I head for Penn Station, then I return to the island. But it’s still a minute away. It must be in the light.

Name: Nick collins
Occupation: Stylist
Age: 33
Lives in: Hell’s Kitchen

Do you rhinestone these pants yourself?
No, it’s Y / Project.

They are magnificent.
I really abused them because I can’t forget how obsessed I am with them.

Did you like something in the store?
I’m a stylist, so I just came over to see what they had available. I am in the stores Monday through Friday all day. I see it all, so I’m a little insensitive to luxury retail at this point.

What are you looking for when you are in the store?
Our customers are looking for less common items: limited edition watches, jewelry, exotic handbags. I work for a private personal shopping company based in the Middle East.

Are your customers also mainly located in the Middle East?
No, we’ve been in business for almost seven years, so we have customers all over the world now.

Can you tell what is the name of your business?
I can not. Sorry.

Name: Miles De Niro
Occupation: Artist
Age: 33
Lives in: Harlem

Tell me about this Balenciaga baby bag around the neck.
It is an ode to Cristóbal Balenciaga’s old drawings and to the silhouettes he created. So it has history, it’s cute, but it’s too small. What can you put in it? Literally there are keys here.

What is that shrug you’re wearing?
A dead rabbit. I do not know. This leather coat is vintage Ralph Lauren.

What do you do after that?
Terrorize Bergdorf. I want to scare the old ladies.

Name: Shawn lovejoy
Occupation: See below
Age: 39
Lives in: the Lower East Side

What brought you to Balenciaga today?
I’m looking for boots. It’s the season. I wanted something that had a bit of weight, big chunks, and funk. But they are doing things that seem to be able to destroy Tokyo within them.

So where are you looking next?
I’ve looked everywhere else before. I could tell you where they are, but it’s a long list.

Was Prada too funky for you?
Yeah, just too many Lego blocks.

What do you do for a living?
This is my last day at my job. For the past 10 years, I have worked as a product and packaging designer for Tom Ford Beauty.

And now?
Sabbatical. Refocus, rebalance, refresh.

Name: Patrick Pierre
Occupation: Online trader
Age: 25
Lives in: Portland, Ore.

Did you walk in with that fanny pack?
Yes, I walked in with it.

So what do you have?
We have the black and white Balenci socks. I really went to try the Sky Blue Triple S because I wanted to see how they felt. I will buy them in a month. I will budget them.

What did you think of “piracy?” “
To be honest with you, I hadn’t even noticed it. I was focusing on those sky blue Triple S. It’s hot.

What’s good about them?
Coming here my mentality was to go get the speed coaches. But we were standing in a post office earlier today, and I saw a lady in the speed coaches, and I asked her opinion. She told me that as a New Yorker, speed coaches worked for her. But if I’m from Portland, where it rains all the time, you better go with the Triple S.

Name: Mikhaele Ible
Occupation: Executive account
Age: 34
Lives in: East New York

What was the reaction to wearing the YZY GAP down jacket?
Everyone has questions. They want to know if it’s hot, when you have it, that kind of stuff.

So when did you get it?
Sometimes last week.

Do you identify as a hypebeast?
I do not think so. You can’t tell because I’m wearing Kanye. But if it’s not Kanye, I don’t care.

What do you love so much about Kanye?
I just like what he represents: a free thinker, going against the grain, telling the truth, no matter how much it costs you.

Are you planning to go to Wyoming like he did?
Absolutely not.

Name: Vincent jackson
Age: 40

Lives in: Los Angeles
Name: Nicole robinson
Age: 49
Lives in: Los Angeles

So you didn’t know anything about the collaboration?
NR: No, we were just passing by and thought someone had actually sprayed “Gucci” on their store.

VJ: I thought to myself, “They are really crazy here in New York. “

What brought you to New York?
NR: We came here for a friend’s birthday. We are leaving today.

You haven’t bought anything from Balenciaga?
NR: No, I’m not a fan yet. I’m trying to find the Louis store.

Name: Lamart “LJ” James
Occupation: Messenger
Age: 27
Lives in: Downtown Manhattan

So what brought you to Balenciaga today?
I do courier work. They sent me to the wrong address. I have to go around the corner.

Did you see anything?
Not really. I was going to watch the Gucci / Balenciaga stuff, but I’m working right now.

Tell me about your mask.
It’s a great mask. I actually got it from one of the people who does screen printing for Billionaire Boys Club.

What is this jacket? I love it.
This jacket is actually Zara. Just like a canvas, a jacket splashed with paint everywhere.

Australian alcohol-free spirits startup Lyre’s raises $ 37 million drink


Lyre co-founder Carl Hartmann. Origin: supplied.

Australian non-alcoholic spirits brand Lyre’s has raised $ 37 million in an effort to accelerate global growth, and founder Carl Hartmann aims to become the fastest independent beverage brand to achieve unicorn status.

The company is already well advanced, with the latest round giving it a valuation of $ 500 million, just two and a half years after launching in 2019.

The funding round was led by D Squared Capital and Morgan Creek Capital Management, a recurring funder and early stage investor like SpaceX, Lyft and Allbirds.

DLF Venture, VRD Ventures and Maropost Ventures also contributed to the funding round, all with repeat investments.

Founded in Sydney by Hartmann and Mark Livings, Lyre’s makes alcohol-free versions of 14 premium spirits, capable of creating virgin versions of 90% of the world’s best-selling cocktails.

This funding follows a $ 16 million increase in September of last year.

Since then, the company has launched into 20 new regions, including China and the Middle East, bringing its total reach to 60 countries.

It also launched 20 new retail listings and added four new e-commerce stores.

Revenue increased more than 450%, year over year, Hartmann said SmartCompany, and in 2021, the team made their 1 millionth bottle.

All of this growth was achieved during a global pandemic, with closed borders and disrupted global supply chains.

This has been “evolved in hard mode,” says Hartmann. However, he says Lyre’s products are now the best distributed in this space globally.

COVID-19 drives global alcohol-free boom

Lyre’s funding announcement comes as the soft drink segment grows. According to data from Neilson, global off-premises sales of low-alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages reached $ 3.1 billion.

In 2020, volumes in Australia grew 2.9%, with the category expected to grow another 16% by 2024 – and 31% globally.

Hartmann attributes this in part to increased consumer awareness and a move towards healthier choices.

This was only accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen an increase in registrations for health and fitness apps, increased demand for alternatives to meat, and increased demand for non-alcoholic beverages.

“COVID-19 has forced people to really evaluate a lot of things in their lives,” says Hartmann.

This does not mean that they have completely phased out alcohol. Most Lyre clients don’t abstain from drinking entirely, he notes. Rather, they look for options when driving, for example, or when they just don’t feel like having a hangover.

The team also sees people choosing Lyre’s to make what Hartmann calls a “wedge drink,” something between two alcoholic cocktails, to help avoid intoxication.

“There is only a limited amount of sparkling water that you can drink in a night,” he says.

Unicorn without alc

This funding will be used to further strengthen Lyre’s sales in overseas markets and to increase headcount to support growth.

If this growth path continues, the founders believe they could be the fastest independent beverage brand to become a unicorn, worth $ 1 billion ($ 1.38 billion).

“It’s inevitable,” says Hartmann.

Next year the company will expand into 20 or 30 new markets, he adds, and the category is growing rapidly around the world.

“We’ve been focused on building a great company and a trusted brand, and we’ll see when we get there,” he adds.

“We are still in the process of starting. “

Flexibility, bargains for an affordable Thanksgiving feast


Although the cost of food has risen, local grocery store executives and food experts say this year’s Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t have to break the bank.

But families need to plan ahead, buy the weekly grocery store announcements for Thanksgiving staples, and be flexible on brands to create an affordable treat.

Amid soaring food prices, turkey prices are expected to hit all-time highs this year.

Nationally advertised turkey prices average $ 1.54 per pound for fresh turkeys and 88 cents per pound for frozen birds, according to the US Department of Agriculture National Retail Report.

Frozen turkeys are selling for 49 cents a pound this week at Giant Eagle and Acme Fresh Market.

But store-brand frozen turkeys are only 49 cents a pound at Giant Eagle in the latest ads running through Wednesday, and the same price with an Acme card at Acme Fresh Market stores. And other grocers in the area, including Marc’s, Aldi, and Dave’s, run ads for frozen turkeys for under $ 1 a pound.

In fact, there’s no better time to buy a turkey cheaply than Thanksgiving week.

“It’s the cheapest week to buy a turkey of the year,” said Katie Swartz, Acme vice president of marketing, citing the store’s special pricing for the holidays.

“We’re doing everything we can to keep these prices low on key Thanksgiving items,” she said last week.

Swartz said Acme has seen prices rise across many categories in the store. But on Thanksgiving, there are some great bargains to be had.

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As of Thursday, the baked pumpkin pies at Acme will sell for $ 6.99, she said.

Thanksgiving shoppers, including dietician Danielle Dimengo of Akron Children’s Hospital, have noticed higher prices for dried spices.

Look for store brands and other potentially cheaper labels.

To keep costs down, for example, Swartz recommends the Acme spice brand, which starts at $ 3.99 in large 5-ounce containers.

Pass the sauce, but maybe not your favorite brand

Shortages are another concern for buyers this year, along with rising prices caused by supply chain issues, labor shortages, inclement weather and inflation. The key is to plan ahead and purchase the key elements of the Thanksgiving meal ahead of time.

Dan Donovan, director of corporate communications for Giant Eagle, said all supermarkets, including Giant Eagle, are in a better position this year with product availability.

“We literally had a year to prepare for [the holidays] and learn from last year, and I think that made all the difference, ”he said.

Swartz said Acme buyers have been working on supply issues for the past 18 months as well, and Thanksgiving is no different.

“We encourage early shopping, but we’re going to be in stock and ready to take care of families for Thanksgiving,” Swartz said. “We do not anticipate any shortage of basic Thanksgiving meals.”

Tyler Nigh, store manager at Acme Fresh Market, works on a display of Thanksgiving preparations in green.

This year, Donovan said, there is no problem with shortages in entire product categories, like toilet paper and butter last year. Grocery store executives also don’t expect panic buying among holiday shoppers.

One of the main things buyers should keep in mind is the flexibility of the brand, Donovan said.

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“I think the flexibility of the brand you are willing to buy will help both in terms of product availability and also potentially in terms of cost,” he said. “Giant Eagle store brands are a great way to save money compared to national brands.”

For example, Giant Eagle might not have that many turkeys in a certain brand this year, but they do have more brands of fresh and frozen turkeys.

“In each of those categories we have a number of brands. So while the Honeysuckle brand may be our most popular, we definitely want to bring in as many as possible, but it’s really important that we have brands as well. alternatives, ”Donovan said. “So this year it’s about making sure that – while we may not know that it’s the Honeysuckle brand or the Giant Eagle brand in as much quantity as we want – we need to make sure that we have several options for customers to kind of pivot and choose from. ”

Her top three tips for shoppers to cut meal costs are to buy frozen turkey, veg and fruit as soon as shoppers find deals, keep brand flexibility in mind, and consider the quantity you buy.

“I think it’s important that we try to buy only what we plan to use for our gathering,” he said, “being very careful about whether or not you would use the leftovers.

“Planning so that you don’t have this abundance of leftovers, I think, can be a big way to save money.”

One thing Giant Eagle is watching out for are canned sauce brands. Some national brands may not be as available store by store, Donovan said. The company therefore worked with suppliers to offer lesser-known brands as well as the Giant Eagle brand.

“The availability of national brands may not be as high as we would like,” he said.

Buy in advance for offers

A Thanksgiving display at the Acme Fresh Market in green.

Swartz said Acme sees a lot of double buying when it comes to Thanksgiving entry, with families buying both turkey and ham to serve. But the turkey remains the main feature.

Early purchases for the deals include buying the frozen bird, stuffing mixes, canned goods and wine at a good price.

Acme has prepared for customers to buy for larger family reunions this year, Swartz said, as opposed to small household meals during the height of the pandemic last year.

Serve seasonal fruits and vegetables

Dietitian Dimengo suggested that families buy seasonal fruits and vegetables to avoid the risk of not being able to find certain foods. Seasonal vegetables include Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, okra, and collard greens. Cranberries are in season, but blueberries, blackberries and strawberries are not.

She recommended boiling fresh cranberries with clementines, which are in season, to make a homemade cranberry sauce with the added benefits of clementines rich in antioxidants and vitamin C.

Be prepared to shop multiple stores for deals, even dollar stores, she recommended.

Even packaged buns have become more expensive due to the higher cost of most ingredients for commercial bakers, according to the New York Times.

“If you can find the ingredients to make something and you can’t find it all ready, just do it at home,” she suggested. “I would just make the homemade buns and then you control the ingredients as well.”

For convenience and fun, family members may plan to bring side dishes to keep costs down for the host and also have a recipe swap that includes sharing recipe cards.

Go to old school

Moe Schneider, owner of Moe’s restaurant in Cuyahoga Falls, said food prices will influence his family’s Thanksgiving dinner this year.

“For me, the oyster stuffing is over; I’m not doing this… just because oysters are so expensive,” she said. “The prices are astronomical, especially for the high end stuff.”

To keep prices in check, Schneider suggests a return to Thanksgiving. Stuff a skillet with day-old bread from Schwebel’s Bakery in Cuyahoga Falls, adding celery, celery leaves, onions, thyme, and lots of butter, a side dish Schneider’s mother made. regularly.

Another of her favorite sides, Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic, will be more expensive this year due to the rise in bacon prices.

A Thanksgiving display of ingredients for the Green Bean Casserole and Stuffing at Acme Fresh Market in Green.

For a simple and inexpensive return, she suggested a green bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup, canned or frozen cut green beans, and a garnish of fried onions. Another is the cornbread pudding with canned corn, creamed corn, a mixture of cornbread, sour cream and cheddar cheese.

For dessert, she swears by the pies from the Gardner Pie Co. outlet store in Portage Lakes, which sells frozen pies for $ 3.50 to $ 5.

And to get around the higher prices for wine, brought on by everything from higher energy costs to labor shortages, Schneider is a big fan of cheap varieties at Heinen’s in Hudson.

Heinen’s “Pick of the Vine” wines from around the world are available for under $ 15 and for many as low as $ 9.99.

Ultimately, cheap nostalgic foods could be the key this year, Schneider said.

“Keep it simple and do old-fashioned stuff that people don’t see anymore. I think it’s also incredibly heartwarming to have a good old-fashioned Thanksgiving,” she said.

Artistic writer Kerry Clawson can be reached at 330-996-3527 or [email protected]

A Thanksgiving display awaits Acme buyers in green.