September 9, 2012 |
Dylan's Candy Bar, a New York sweets-selling institution, celebrated its Los Angeles expansion on Saturday with a celebrity opening at shopping destination the Original Farmers Market. Janet Jackson, Marcia Cross, Blair Underwood, Mario Lopez and other family-friendly stars packed the colorful space and cheered on its proprietor, Ralph Lauren's stylish and, clearly, candy-loving daughter Dylan. "We've been trying to open here for years," Lauren told the Ministry of the storefront, "and it's right for the entertainment industry because we film a lot of the things out of the store.
September 7, 2012 |
The first Christmas news release of the year has crossed our desks here at Nation Now -- and it was almost enough to make us reach for the Halloween candy already clogging the supermarket aisles and have a good cry. The Outlets at Anthem , which bills itself as an upscale factory outlet in Phoenix, announced that it's kicking off the nation's holiday season by hosting America's tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree, soaring to 110 feet. The kicker? The unveiling will take place Oct. 25. That's almost a week before Halloween.
HOME & GARDEN
September 5, 2012 |
When single-dose laundry detergents entered the market earlier this year, they were hailed for their efficiency. Not only do they use less water and less packaging than traditional detergents but they also are more convenient for consumers, who can drop a soap capsule into the washer -- no measuring or pouring needed. But products such as Tide Pods, All Mighty Pacs and Purex UltraPacks now are being blamed for hundreds of calls to poison-control centers, which report that children are mistaking the small, brightly colored capsules for candy.
September 2, 2012 |
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Skyfall When Daniel Craig returns to the big screen as James Bond this November, Omega will be returning as his wristwatch of choice. In celebration, the brand has created a limited-edition (5,007 pieces) version of the Seamaster Planet Ocean watch that will appear on-screen. Although it doesn't include a wire garrote, Geiger counter or laser-beam cutting tool (functions found in various Bond watches of the past), it is water-resistant to 2,000 feet, has a green-lighted minute hand and diving bezel dot and a 007 logo at the 7 o'clock position.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2012 |
Before Charles N. Huggins began working at See's Candies in 1951 as a manager in the company's packing department in San Francisco, his favorite candies were black licorice and, thanks to his World War II service as a paratrooper, Hershey's chocolate. But as Huggins' sweet tooth remained a constant during his rise up the ladder to become the candy company's president and chief executive in 1972, his taste clearly underwent a See's-influenced evolution. And like a kid in a candy store, he had no trouble reciting his favorites in a 1998 San Diego Union-Tribune interview: "Butter Creams, Pecan Buds, Candied Ginger, Chocolate Truffles, Chocolate Lollypops, Chocolate Nut Fudge, Victoria Toffee and Polar Bear Paws.
August 22, 2012 |
The worst drought in decades has destroyed more than half the U.S. corn crop, pushing prices to record levels and squeezing livestock owners as they struggle to feed their herds. To cope, one Kentucky cattle farmer has turned to a child-tested way to fatten his 1,400 cows: candy. "It's so hard to make any money when corn is eight or nine dollars a bushel," said Nick Smith, co-owner of United Livestock Commodities in Mayfield, Ky. The chocolate and other sweet stuff was rejected by retailers.
August 22, 2012 |
The worst drought in modern history has destroyed more than half the nation's corn crop, pushing prices to record levels. Livestock producers across the country are feeling the pinch as they struggle to feed their herds. To cope, one Kentucky cattle farmer has begun feeding candy to his 1,400 cows. "It's so hard to make any money when corn is eight or nine dollars a bushel," said Nick Smith, co-owner of United Livestock Commodities in Mayfield, Ky. The candy, which has been rejected from retail sale, makes up from 5% to 8% of the cattle's feed ration, Smith said.
August 20, 2012 |
Tennis great Maria Sharapova hits a mean volley. As a pitchwoman, she's stumped for the likes of Tiffany, Tag Heuer, Canon and Nike. In her fashion design collaborations with Cole Haan, she produced the brand's best-selling ballerina flat. But apparently, the 25-year-old Russian and four-time Grand Slam winner isn't busy enough. Sharapova is indulging her sweet tooth by launching a new company: a premium line of gummy candies called Sugarpova. Starting Monday, the business will offer a dozen different sweets -- an “accessible bit of luxury,” according to the website.
August 13, 2012 |
Press reports on the choice of moderators for this fall's presidential debates center on the selection of CNN's Candy Crowley, the first woman to host one of the top-of-the-ticket showdowns in 20 years. With ABC's Martha Raddatz moderating the lone vice-presidential debate, in mid-October, that represents a righteous breakthrough for women. But what's also even more heartening about both selections is that it puts two veteran journalists, best known for their work in the field, rather than an anchor's chair, into the moderator's seat.
August 13, 2012 |
When CNN's Candy Crowley got the news last week that she would be hosting the second of three presidential debates this fall, it was not a I-am-woman-hear-me-roar moment. Janet Brown, executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, made the invitation, which will make Crowley the first woman to moderate one of the debates since 1992. "If this is something young women look at and say, 'I can do this,' I think, 'Absolutely, you can do this,' I am all for that,“ Crowley said Monday in some of her first remarks about the opportunity.