Retail Design Trends for 2020 I Featured Article I Retailing Insight

Decisions about what merchandise to sell is an important component of gift shop ownership, but perhaps equally crucial is store design, followed by product placement. After all, shop owners are storytellers, and the goal should be to convey that story in an understandable and memorable way. Joanne Rossman is the owner of a gift shop of the same name, with the tagline: purveyor of the unnecessary and irresistible. The Roslindale, Massachusetts business is in a cozy 405-square-foot Victorian stor

Options Abound for Elevating Drivers’ Health and Wellness

Health and fitness coach Siphiwe Baleka works through the 4 Minute Fit technique with a client. His company, Fitness Trucking, offers driver health and fitness programs, the most popular being the 13 Week Program. (Courtesy of Siphiwe Baleka) [Stay on top of transportation news: Get TTNews in your inbox.] In the three years that Christopher Bundock has worked for Prime Inc. as a truck driver, he has gained close to 100 pounds. And he’s not alone. When sitting behind the wheel for long stretc

Fallen soldier comes home

Seventy-five years after he disappeared and was presumed dead, Army 1st Lt. Herschel H. Mattes of Squirrel Hill was finally given a proper military burial in Connecticut, where his 92-year-old sister, Estelle Sherry, resides. In 1942, Mattes enlisted as a soldier in World War II and was a pilot with the 525th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 86th Fighter-Bomber Group. “The last time I saw him was after he finished flight school; he had a short leave before he went overseas,” said Sherry. Get The Jewi

A Blueprint for Better Learning

Blueprints for K-12 school construction reflect radical changes in the educational landscape. Yesterday’s linear hallways and windowless classrooms are being replaced with open, collaborative learning spaces purposefully designed to accommodate small group interactions and project-based learning. Although kids are still kids, and students are still students, the world in which they are growing up has shifted monumentally. For teachers to connect with students and for students to connect with th

6 tips for creating Instagrammable merchandise displays

Drawing people in to your furniture store has never been easier with Instagram. Because the platform is free to use, the overhead costs are nil. And because the potential audience is limitless, the benefits are equally boundless. The trick is to create Insta-worthy displays of your merchandise that draw customers in the door. Furniture stores have never been in a better position to tell visual stories, stories that illustrate to customers that exciting merchandise awaits them on the other side

The Skincare Benefits of Dermaplaning

Spa-goers are clamoring for this noninvasive, deeply exfoliating service. Although it has been used in conjunction with medical skin care for several decades, dermaplaning is experiencing a surge in popularity among spa-goers—both as a complement to facials and on its own. Typically performed on a monthly basis, the noninvasive treatment involves the use of a sterile surgical scalpel to manually remove vellus hair (aka peach fuzz) and thoroughly exfoliate the face, yielding a healthy glow and a

Limiting Expenditures

A single-family, farmhouse-style home in Sunnyvale, Calif., needed a complete overhaul. The kitchen, especially, was the primary area in which the homeowners needed a major renovation, as it was not only dated but was also dark and too small to accommodate a crowd. “The house was very boxy, and all the rooms were divided and separated,” said Kyle Le, senior interior designer at Timeline Design + Build in Saratoga, Calif. “They wanted to turn the home into a contemporary farmhouse with a mid-cen

Toppling the Reign of Pain

Pain and inflammation sufferers can greatly benefit from a combination of supplements and dietary/lifestyle changes. There is no one in the world that is immune from the occasional ache or pain. For some, pain is directly attributable to a specific incident or injury and can be healed in a short amount of time with proper conservative measures. For others, pain is longer lasting and can transition from acute to chronic, making it that much more difficult to relieve. Some medical conditions are

Man Alive!

Male consumers are seeking targeted supplements to support their specific issues. Men’s health issues are not spotlighted in the media as frequently as women’s health issues. Perhaps it’s because of many men’s reluctance to talk about their health concerns and a corresponding notion that men keep things bottled up inside. But men make up half of the population in this country, so it follows that there is a demand for information and education about conditions that predominantly affect them. In

Shining a Light on Smart Design with Audacy - gb&d

The Audacy Wireless Lighting Control System is a revolutionary concept. The system is cloud-based with dedicated IOS and Android platforms and can be controlled from anywhere in the world. The system’s proven tag line is that it brings you the right amount of light at the right place at the right time: The lighting solution can be zoned in areas that need different lighting solutions at different times of day. “You can control one individual light or control every fixture. There’s a lot of degr

Home remodel preserves a legacy

It’s the 1920s outside, but the 21st century inside. Jim Walters and David Sharpe, the owners of this neoclassical home along Bayshore Boulevard in the stately Hyde Park neighborhood of Tampa, were careful to respect the historical significance of the house they purchased and extensively renovated seven years ago. The home was built by one of the Maas Brothers, a member of Tampa’s department store dynasty family. Jim and David are only the sixth or seventh owners.

Dog Treats and Chews Take a Functional Approach

Trends in the treat and chew category reflect pet owners’ demand for healthful, functional consumables. For many dogs, just uttering the word “treat” perks the ears and gets a tail wagging. Treats and chews are, of course, a tasty canine snack, but they can also serve other functions, such as being a reward for good behavior or a motivation for training, and they can keep dogs busy and alleviate boredom. The market is filled with treats and chews to please even the pickiest pup’s palette. Thes

My secret bat mitzvah project

I’d been keeping a secret from my daughter. In 2016, for a nine-month period, I had been working on a project that, had this been a CIA operation, would have been designated as highly classified, top secret and I’d-tell-you-but-then-I’d-have-to kill-you. The project involved covert communications by email and letter, creating hidden file folders on the family computer and your basic espionage. Finally, though, the day was here: Oct. 22, 2016. Sure, it was my daughter’s long-awaited bat mitzva

Kitchen remodel is a happy place

With the help of kitchen designer Brooke Eversoll, CMKBD, owner of Bee Studios, Inc. in St. Petersburg, and Erin Lindsey, co-owner of Lindross Remodeling in Oldsmar, the new kitchen is a bright functional space with classic details and unique rustic elements. The designer captured almost 200 square feet of additional space by taking over a guest bedroom off the end of the kitchen, which Gina had been using as her art studio. The new kitchen measures a spacious 417 square feet, large enough to a

Jewish Hearts for Pittsburgh Remind All that Love Wins | North Hills Monthly

Pittsburgh as we knew it was forever changed on Oct. 27, 2018 when a gunman killed 11 innocent people as they were worshiping at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill. Our city was suddenly thrust into the national spotlight. Although Pittsburgh lost so many lives and shed so many tears on that fateful day, if there is to be a silver lining, it is that the senseless tragedy reverberated around the world, bringing love, support, prayers and fundraising efforts from all religious denominati
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