December 23, 2013 |
Last-minute shoppers visited fewer stores and spent less money last week than they did the week before, putting a pinch on retailers who had hoped for strong sales during the final weekend before Christmas, according to ShopperTrak. The data firm found that from Dec. 16-22, revenue at bricks-and-mortar stores slid 3.1% from the same week last year. Foot traffic tanked 21.2%. Harsh weather kept many consumers from reaching malls, according to ShopperTrak. And many Americans now research their shopping lists online before buying products in person, which results in fewer stores visited per shopping trip.
June 16, 2012 |
Father's Day 2012 arrives in cutting-edge style: Via a Google Doodle featuring an animated, remote-controlled robot serving a coffee mug declaring dear old dad #1. Google Doodles typically offer up honors to the obscure and the offbeat. This Google Doodle , however, underscores the challenge many Americans face when the Father's Day holiday rolls around on the third Sunday of each June. Buy a tie for dad? Or some grilling accouterments? Socks? A round of golf? Why is it so hard to find the perfect gift for Pops?
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June 17, 2013 |
Bob Meistrell, who co-founded the pioneering surf and water sport supply company Body Glove, has died at the age of 84, family members said. Meistrell reportedly died from a heart attack Sunday while on his boat near Catalina Island. Meistrell was on his boat, Disappearance, helping mark the path for competitors in the “Rock 2 Rock” paddleboard race near Catalina when his boat engines malfunctioned, said Bill Meistrell, his nephew. When Bob Meistrell went to change the fuel filters behind the motors, he collapsed, his nephew said.
March 1, 2012 |
Help protect the ocean and get a free ticket to the Aquarium of the Pacific in return, at its 10 th annual street cleanup March 10, a Saturday. Participants will clean up streets in downtown Long Beach, and pick up trash before it can flow to the Pacific. In exchange for a full bag of trash, volunteers will receive a ticket to the aquarium, a $24.95 value. Participants will gather at 10 a.m. at Cesar Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave., Long Beach. For info: (562) 590-3100 or click here . . . . A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash returns to the Ventura County Fairgrounds, June 16 . In addition to the music, get a rush of Father's Day weekend good feelings by checking out the personal collection of Johnny's daughter Cindy, who lives in Ventura.
May 22, 2013 |
'The Adobo Road': Food-blogger-turned-cookbook-author Marvin Gapultos will be celebrating the launch of " The Adobo Road Cookbook ," a Filipino food journey, on Thursday at Max's of Manila in Industry. The event, which starts at 6 p.m., will include a book signing, a talk led by Gapultos and food featured in the book. www.burntlumpiablog.com . Suds & Shellfish: Catch restaurant in Santa Monica is hosting a one-day-only seafood fest called "Suds & Shellfish" on June 2 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The four-course menu will feature Maryland soft-shell crab rolls, Louisiana shrimp, Santa Barbara prawns and more.
June 8, 2012
--Ugg Australia, a division of Goleta, Calif.-ba sed Deckers Outdoor Corp., opened its first flagship men's store in New York on Wednesday. The 800-foot-square store is dedicated to outerwear, accessories and footwear for males, including the iconic leather boots that Ugg is known for. It's part of a growing trend of retailers opening shops dedicated to their male clientele. Last year, Hermes opened its first guy-only store in New York and Coach opened its first men's boutique.
June 17, 2011 |
It isn’t always easy being a dad. Sometimes a guy just wants to rip off his catcher’s mitt and hit the road – on a thundering two-wheeler. No motorcycle? No problem. You can rent one and get a deal too. The deal: EagleRider, which bills itself as the world’s largest motorcycle rental company, is offering what it calls a Father’s Day Special , which is actually good all this month and not just for dads. It gives renters an extra day of on-the-road freedom on the house when they book two or more days.
June 13, 2013 |
Food and community: Apolis , a “socially motivated lifestyle brand that empowers communities,” will be hosting a summer speaking series with the first event scheduled June 18. Marcus Samuelsson, author of “Yes, Chef,” and Rohan Anderson, author of “Whole Larder Love,” will be leading a conversation about food and its ability to create community from 7 to 9 p.m. The event, to be held at the Apolis retail space located inside Common...
July 5, 2013 |
Kanye West isn't what you'd call an active member of the Twitterverse. Even though he's racked up nearly 10 million Twitter followers, he's following just one person -- any guesses? (If you answered Kim Kardashian, you win. Perhaps he'll make it two as soon as their new baby, North West, registers for his own Twitter account.) He's also sent only nine tweets - dating back only as far as May 17, pretty much using the social networking service to build anticipation for his latest album, “Yeezus,” ahead of its June 18 release.
June 1, 2012 |
Just ahead of Father's Day, new dads Neil Patrick Harris and partner David Burtka joined Oprah Winfrey to talk about the challenges and rewards of having children as a same-sex couple and of raising twins. “We really, really wanted kids,” Harris says in a clip from “Oprah's Next Chapter,” airing Sunday. “We really had thought it through financially, emotionally, relationship-wise. We didn't just accidentally get pregnant and decide that now we need to make this work.