November 20, 2012 |
Big sale at Cube: Italian restaurant and gourmet market Cube Cafe and Marketplace announces its "Honkin' Holiday Sale with free baked treats, swell gift wrap and cheap mimosas. " Sound like your kind of sale? It takes place on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with discounts of as much as 70% off of tabletop accessories, housewares, gardening accessories and gourmet products. Its gourmet food section will be marked at 40% off retail, including imported olive oil, traditional balsamic vinegar, Rancho Gordo beans and arborio rice.
November 16, 2012 |
The simple, white porcelain teapot gets interpreted in some fresh ways in Crate & Barrel 's new line by 12 international artists. The limited edition collection premieres Dec. 1 in honor of Crate & Barrel's 50th anniversary, with a different design showcased every month thereafter. Each of the Bauhaus-inspired teapots will be signed, numbered and limited in quantity to 200, available online . Helsinki, Finland-based artist Janine Rewell launches the series with “Sea Journey,” shown at top left, a design inspired by her love of Slavic folk art and Scandinavian design.
August 17, 2012 |
My husband went shopping the other day and came home with this find from Crate & Barrel - a trio of soft silicone and nylon measuring cups in papa bear (4 cups/1000 ml), mama bear (2 cups/500 ml) and baby bear (1 cup/200 ml) sizes. They stack neatly inside each other and because the sides aren't rigid, you can squeeze them in slightly, the better to pour. (And also to get out thick or sticky ingredients.) Dishwasher safe, too. 3-piece “Pinch & Pour” measuring cup set available from Crate & Barrel stores and online, $29.95 for the three.
July 30, 2012 |
It may be the biggest home store you've never heard of, but Urban Home is getting harder not to notice. The company, whose first five stores are in the San Fernando Valley and points north, has opened its sixth location in the 30,000-square-foot Westside Pavilion space at the prime corner of Westwood and Pico boulevards. It's a big expansion for the Oxnard-based company, and yet the West L.A. store is not even the company's largest. That title would go to the 35,000-square-foot Urban Home at the Sherman Oaks Galleria.
February 16, 2012 |
Gift cards accounted for 18% of holiday spending last year, so likely some of us still haven't gotten around to using the prepaid presents. Here's a new way to spend them down: United-Continental airlines allows members of its frequent-flier program to exchange gift cards from major retailers for air miles. The Mileage Plus Gift Card Exchange accepts more than 60 types of gift cards -- Best Buy, Crate & Barrel, JC Penney, Peet's Coffee & Tea and Walmart, among them -- that have at least $25 credit and no expiration date.
February 16, 2011 |
Consumers are hoping to cash in on last week's state Supreme Court ruling that it's illegal for retailers to ask customers for their ZIP Codes during credit card transactions, except in limited cases. More than a dozen new lawsuits have been filed against major chains that do business in California, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., Crate & Barrel and Victoria's Secret. More filings are expected in the coming weeks. The flurry of litigation stems from a decision last week against Williams-Sonoma Inc. in which the state high court ruled unanimously that ZIP Codes were "personal identification information" that merchants can't demand from customers under a California consumer privacy law. That decision sparked lawsuits, mostly in San Francisco and Los Angeles courts, that seek class-action status and compensation for affected shoppers.