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Blog: Sweater Mug Sensation

Yedi’s Sweater Mugs

Yedi Houseware’s Sweater Mugs have grabbed the consumer media spotlight. The mugs made Oprah’s “Favorite Things” list in the December issue of The Oprah Magazine; the “Secret Sales” portion of New York’s local ABC Eyewitness News program; and Good Morning America’s “Deals and Steals” program. The mugs were also featured on a recent episode ofMore »

Last updated: November 20, 2013

The Menurkey: A Menorah for Thanksgiving

The Menurkey

A nine-year-old boy’s idea, a once-in-a-lifetime event and a Kickstarter campaign has led to the availability of the Menurkey, a Hanukkah menorah shaped like a Thanksgiving turkey. Conceived by New York City kid Asher Weintraub, the Menurkey celebrates this year’s rare occurrence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving overlapping. Weintraub felt the Menurkey would resonate as bothMore »

Last updated: November 11, 2013

“Bay-zos,” not “Bee-zos”

Duke_Ratliff

By Duke Ratliff It’s interesting how Amazon is easily the most influential retailer since Walmart and most of us don’t even know how to pronounce the founder’s name. Yes, it’s “Bay-zos” instead of “Bee-zos,” according to the recently published book “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon,” by Brad Stone. The public’sMore »

Last updated: November 1, 2013

A Lesson in Retail

Michael Gould

Last week brought the announcement that Michael Gould will step down as head of Bloomingdale’s this coming February. Gould is preparing to leave the scene at a time when the business world is wondering whether two other iconic retailers, J.C. Penney and Sears, will survive. The two chains have taken different routes to get toMore »

Last updated: November 4, 2013

Blog: Baccarat, Lladro, Celebrating in Style

Baccarat boutique

NEW YORK-Last night, two big brands in tabletop–Baccarat and Lladro–celebrated milestones in grand fashion here in Manhattan.   Baccarat held a champagne reception and book signing in its gorgeous new flagship boutique on Madison and 60th for “Baccarat: Two Hundred and Fifty Years,” a book that marks the French crystal’s company’s long and illustrious history.More »

Last updated: October 23, 2013

Blog: The Rug Debuts Continue in High Point

Cape Hable Construction

HIGH POINT, N.C.–Bright colors and new licenses are on tap at High Point Market, which runs until Thursday. Rug vendors are using the last trade show of the year to expand into new categories, as well as bring out new constructions and additions. With the launch of its Spring 2014 collection, Company C kicked offMore »

Last updated: October 22, 2013