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Lord Taylor is back in Boca Raton and better than ever. The two level, 80,000 square foot store opened in Mizner Park Oct. 10 to a couture craving crowd of fashionistas, dignitaries and society women. “I got a look at Lord Taylor’s amazing merchandise,” said Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel. “Thank you Lord Taylor for choosing Boca Raton. We absolutely welcome you with open arms.” Palm Beach County Mayor Steve Abrams was also on deck to mention the positive effect the store will have on the local job market. “This provides 140 new jobs to the area,” Abrams said.

Media was given a private tour of the store that day, which offered personal details from the store’s General Manager Mindy Horvitz and Richard M. Weiner, Senior Vice President of Stores.

Although Lord Taylor closed its Town Center at Boca Raton location in 2002, the new Lord Taylor offers an impressive selection of women’s ready to wear, accessories, beauty, shoes, and menswear including brands such as Michael Kors, Theory, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Coach, Donna Karan,
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C California, Free People, Catherine Malandrino, Grayse, Ted Baker and Ralph Lauren. There’s an incredible beauty department offering every brand from Kiehl’s to Chanel along with a private treatment room for spa services. And the shoe department has some very well curated designer finds such as Missoni, Ugg and Badgley Mischka footwear.

“There’s a wow factor when you walk in,” Horvitz said of Lord Taylor’s newest location. “We have over 300 mannequins in the building and there’s a strong brand impression here with a boutique shopping experience.”

While Lord Taylor is known for its dresses and always will be, there’s a wonderful Florida feel to the collections selected for this location of Lord Taylor, a division of the Hudson’s Bay Company. “We have contemporary and classic offerings in fashion,” Weiner added. “We know how fashionable everyone is in the Boca Raton area. We offer some dresses in lighter fabrics that will work better in Florida’s climate as well as a year round swimwear department.”

The store also carries Lord Taylor’s coveted private brand, 424 Fifth, which is a new style capsule and homage to the New York address of Lord Taylor’s flagship store in Manhattan. “We’re definitely a store where generations of customers can come in and find what they’re looking for,” Horvitz said.

In addition to crisp, white d and gorgeous Italian chandeliers adorning the ceiling of the second floor, there is also a sleek, uptown feel to the men’s department, which features its own lounge. When you transition from the women’s department to the menswear section, you will notice the darker wood table and wall fixtures as well as masculine gray floor. “The male customer can shop here and feel he’s not in a women’s store,
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Paltrow’s 7 year old son, Moses, was also in tow for her appearance as well as hubby Chris Martin.

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Yes, all sales are FFL to FFL, except Muzzleloaders and air rifles. If you are interested in buying online, register (that is painless) then search for what you are looking for. I wouldn’t buy anything without seeing pictures of it, most sellers have all kinds of pictures and will gladly send you more if you ask. Some sellers specify no returns, meaning you can’t return the gun, others allow you to check it out while it is in the FFL holders possession and return it up to three days later. No one allows you to shoot a gun you are looking at.

When I travel on vacation, I always take a few copies of my dealers FFL license. If I see a gun I want I simply pay for it and have it shipped to my dealer. If you don’t do it in that manner, most likely you can not buy a handgun in another state. I’ve purchased quite a few guns through Auction Arms and GunBroker and have been very happy with all purchases.

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Teen pop idols offering an autograph and a smile: It’s one of the latest pitches Long Island malls are making to get consumers to come in and shop.

The malls are tapping into everything from celebrity appearances to luxurious 24 hour gyms, new stores and clusters of “destination” restaurants to fend off online shopping.

Last month, the Westfield Sunrise mall in Massapequa brought One Direction, the British Irish “it” boy band of the moment, for a CD signing. The event drew more than a thousand teens and tweens, plus their parents, on a Sunday. The arrival of the carefully coifed quintet unleashed a wave of screams and sobs from UGG clad girls lined up.

It’s an experience “they are not going to get by shopping on their computer,” mall marketing director Maria DiLeo said.

Malls have survived threats in the past such as big box retailers and shopping centers featuring large chains with refurbished facilities and new tenants. But online shopping, the most recent challenge, has grown rapidly, making malls’ efforts to reinvent themselves all the more critical.

“It’s all about making the experience to get the consumer to say, ‘I am going to go into a store and not shop online,’ ” said Marshal Cohen, chief retail industry analyst for The NPD Group, a Port Washington market research company.

National mall sales increased 6.2 percent in 2011, the highest annual growth rate since 2006, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.

That increase was eclipsed by the 14 percent growth in online spending last year, according to Forrester, a research and advisory firm.

Now malls, fresh from nine consecutive month to month increases in retail sales, are broadening their mix of tenants, catering to a broader clientele, including the upscale shopper, and seeking to offer an experience that will keep attracting consumers.

“Creating a sense of place, that’s always been on the agenda, but I think it’s a much more highly concentrated effort now coming out of the recession,” said Jesse Tron, spokesman for the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Indianapolis based Simon Property Group is renovating two of its Long Island malls, Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station and Roosevelt Field in Garden City. The Walt Whitman mall, the smaller of the two with about 1 million square feet of retail space, will add about 40,000 square feet to the first floor and 30,000 square feet to its second floor to house 10 to 12 new stores, including restaurants.

Henri Bendel, the high end retailer of accessories, cosmetics and gifts, announced plans to open a 2,000 square foot store this year at Walt Whitman.

At Roosevelt Field, Simon will begin a $200 million renovation in 2013, which will include the Long Island debut of Neiman Marcus. The luxury retailer will open in 2015 in a new two story, 100,000 square foot building. Simon is in talks with the AMC Loews theater at the mall to upgrade the cinema as well, said Richard Sokolov, Simon’s president and chief operating officer.

Roosevelt Field’s face lift also will transform the center food court into retail space for shops and then create a “Food Pavilion” with upgraded decor and outdoor patio seating.

At the end of March, Seasons 52, a grill and wine bar boasting no menu item more than 475 calories, opened at the mall’s growing “restaurant row.” Later this year, the Capital Grille, a steak and seafood restaurant, will move into a space vacated by Legal Seafoods, and Havana Central, a Cuban restaurant evoking 1950s Havana, will open its first location outside of Manhattan.

“We are obviously working on a whole range of food uses,” Sokolov said, “because we want to extend the stay” of shoppers.

Neiman Marcus will be a draw for Stacy Comiskey, 49, a Garden City mother with three teens active in sports. She calls it her “favorite store in the world.” While she jokingly describes her busy life as a “race to nowhere,” the mall has become a regular destination. She’s a regular at XSport Fitness the 24 hour gym at the mall that offers a pool, spa, salon, Internet cafe and child care and she finds it convenient to shop at the mall for gifts or sports gear.

Comiskey finds online shopping convenient, but at Roosevelt Field “you can go to one place, park in one spot and accomplish everything in your day.”

In May, XSport Fitness will open a $10 million gym at the Westfield Sunrise mall. The Massapequa mall, owned by Sydney, Australia based Westfield Group, is hoping to benefit from the more regular traffic the fitness facility can bring.

Hosting more events, especially those featuring celebrities popular with teens and children, is another way both Westfield Sunrise and its sister mall, Westfield South Shore in Bay Shore, promote themselves as family destinations.

Celebrity teen appearances at malls are not unheard of; in 2009, police shut down a Justin Bieber album signing at the Justice store in Roosevelt Field mall when a crowd of 3,000 became unruly.

But Westfield’s malls have been holding an increasing number of celebrity appearances, with beefed up security and elaborate planning. Last year, for example, Westfield Sunrise held a CD signing with Miranda Cosgrove from the TV show “iCarly,” as well as two autograph signing events with Big Time Rush and one with Victoria Justice artists featured in popular Nickelodeon TV shows.

Westfield South Shore also has sponsored more events, such as the March 26 CD signing for Nick Jr.’s Fresh Beat Band, which attracted more than 2,000 chanting 4 and 5 year olds and their parents.

Coming to the mall for recreation is difficult for people with a full schedule of work and children’s activities, said several of the parents who took part in the One Direction event. Yet, there were some who said attending the signing and seeing the secure way it was managed had made them think of returning to shop.

“It got me in the mall, and it almost made me realize what I missed because I don’t go shopping,” MaryAnn Dolan said. She brought her 15 year old daughter and a friend to see One Direction. “You look at the mall,” she said, “and there are so many choices in front of you.”
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So what if you are wearing a Prada dress with Ted Baker shoes or a Monisha Jaisingh dress with Alexander McQueen shoes, high street fashion can look great if you hit the perfect combination. It is more about stepping out with confidence than scoring with brand names.

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In a city like London, where it can suddenly rain even when the sun has been out all day, making plans to go shopping for high street fashion, say on Oxford Street or Kensington High, may collapse in a matter of minutes. Westfield London shopping centre is a solution to both freezing temperatures and unpredictable London rain. A 15 minute drive from Oxford Street, it boasts three floors of shopping for almost everything.

I was first introduced to the brand Lipsy at Top Shop, when they reinvented their image from being a midrange to a trendy, upmarket brand associated with super model Kate Moss. At Westfield, Lipsy has its own store that stocks great cocktail dresses for casual to dressy occasions. These well cut ensembles cost between 100 to 400 pounds.

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Hall of Fraser has put together a good selection of clothes and accessories. From brands like Miss Selfridge and Ted Baker, you can choose clothes for casual occasions, for the beach, or even a black tie event. The shoe selection is also attractive. I once picked up a gold python high Caravela pair to die for!

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Uniqlo is a great store to pick up sweat shirts, pullovers and coats in a variety of colours and styles. Value for money is guaranteed here. The mall does have some luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Gucci, but I would rather buy that on Bond Street or Sloane Street when the weather is good.

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Wanting to help others and create change is something Caitlin Haacke has always done.

Now, the 15 year old will have the opportunity to meet other like minded teens as well as her role model, astronaut Roberta Bondar, after being selected for an EF Tour Global Citizen Scholarship in 2014.

Haacke is one of 10 chosen from hundreds of applicants across Canada who will be attending We Day in the United Kingdom, as well as the Science and Innovation Summit in Berlin next March.

It a chance of a lifetime, said the empowered teen.

not only the fact that these people are great speakers (I get to see) they inspirational if they can put a female astronaut on the moon and up in space, they can have a female military lawyer who can be the best in the country, said Haacke, who wants to be a lawyer when she grows up.

pushes me to do better than what I already got planned, it a reassurance in my mind that I can do whatever I set my mind to. who will be in Grade 10 at George McDougall in the fall, has been involved in her school peer support group, local air cadet group, public speaking events and brought the Tents for Haiti initiative to Airdrie when she was in Grade 6.

Being so involved within her community in a variety of roles isn something that fazes her she doesn view her achievements as big deals.

my mind, they small things I can do to help, she said.

so easy and it can make such a huge difference in the world but most people would rather spend their time at the mall with their friends than spending six hours at Wal Mart, handing out flyers about tents, but that six hours is worth it. it seems that selfless work has begun to come full circle she spend 10 days in the UK and Germany, touring major attractions and attending the two events, as well as meeting and speaking with individuals involved.

Winners were chosen based on their leadership, passion for other cultures and commitment to change, which they demonstrated through written essays and videos. Finalists were then interviewed via Skype and Haacke found out she was selected in mid July.

She heard about the contest through EF Tours after being selected as a recipient of the Vimy Pilgrimage Award, when she landed on their mailing list. Going through the criteria for the Global Citizen Scholarship, although she didn think that any of her past community efforts were extraordinary, she applied because of the opportunity to meet her long time hero and role model Roberta Bondar.

thought it would be so cool to not only hear her speak but to be able to ask her questions about what it like to be an inspiration to girls all over the world that was what caught me, she explained, adding that when she was younger she wanted to be an astronaut herself.

Some of the conditions of her being able to take part in the all inclusive trip include being a top student in all academic classes, as well as a good role model she explained there a clause they must abide by, or else a runner up will take their place.

Besides meeting Bondar, Haacke said she is most looking forward to spending time with other incredible individuals, brainstorming ideas to help make their communities better.
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I mainly continue to watch this channel to get some nfl football games and the circus act which is the 4 o’clock the 4:30 the noon the 5 o’clock the 6 o’clock and the 10 o’clock news.

So, with the convenience of the dvr, we just aren’t going to turn on DirecTv. Not for the quality and award winning cast and the superior and seamless professionalism of the KOAA engineering dept.

Yes. we are going to have to make the ultimate sacrifice . and the utter abandonment of this superior broadcast. by heading over to kktv, krdo, and fox.

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Technicians atMr. Holland’s Heating and Airare trained to educate their customers. The owner, Steve Holland, knows a good customer is a smart customer.

“You can stick your arm down in there and snap a picture and the light from the camera will illuminate all the debris. So it’s kind of a little trick,” Holland said.

Depending on the size of the house, Holland says cleaningall the air ducts can cost between $500 and $1,000. So when Holland got a call with an offer to clean his home’s ducts for $35 he knew something was wrong.

“They tried selling me!” Holland laughed.

To make it worse, Holland wasn’t the only person getting the call. Representatives from the company had also been calling his customers using his name.

“There’s somebody calling saying they have this deal on an air conditioning service and duct cleaning and they were posing as your company,” Holland recalled his customers telling him.

Holland, of course, wanted to meet them face to face. So he set up an appointment with this company.

“I booked it, but they didn’t show up,” Holland said.

They may not have shown up for Holland, but they did show up for Debbi Brehm. Brehm even shot video of representatives from the company at her home.

Brehm wants to know more about this company. Representatives showed up to her house in an unmarked white van. Brehm’s family also owns a heating and air company.

“I said ‘are you local?’ She said ‘yes we’re local.’ I said ‘so you come from Oconomowoc?’ which she couldn’t pronounce. Andshe said ‘yes we do. We’re local.’ I said ‘great, let’s set up an appointment,'” Brehm recalled about her phone conversation.

Debbi’s mom, Judy Schulte, was there for theappointment too. Schulte spoke directly with the crew that showed up to her daughter’s home.

“I just kind of played along with them and when I told them I wasn’t too comfortable with that $35 that didn’t sound right and he said, ‘well, you don’t have to if you don’t want to,'” Schulte said.

Schutle and Brehm didn’t want the service. So the crew packed up their van and left. But not before Brehm noticed something on the van.

Duct cleaning crew that showed up at Debbi Brehm’s home.

“It was an Illinois license plate. So you’re not local at that point,” Brehm said.

The duct cleaning company isn’t from Wisconsin. In fact, it’s based in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and has a bad rap.

The company has an F rating with the Better Business Bureau prompted by complaints with their service, advertising and billing. It goes by several names including, First Duct Cleaning, International Duct Cleaning, Green Heat Services and more.

No matter the name, officials with local companies want the calls to their customers to stop.

“I would like to see them get caught,” Schulte said.

“You’re frustrated. You’re angry. And then you’re like, ‘what can I do about it? How can I stop this?'” Holland said.

As a customer, you can do your part and be smart. Before booking an appointment, ask questions to learn more about the company.

“What’s the name of your company? What number can I call you back at because in case I want to reschedule?” Holland suggested.
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“After we had our daughter, I had post partum depression really, really bad. We were leading two separate lives where we were more like roommates than husband and wife,” shares Danni. “We had communication and intimacy issues and we definitely needed counseling. We didn’t want to get a divorce and we needed help.”

For two weeks, the five couples live together in a mansion and work with coaches and husband and wife team Jim and Elizabeth Carroll, founders of Life Enrichment and Marriage Boot Camp, as well as counselors Dana Hamman and David Bishop.

The boot camp directors put the couples through a series of exercises and drills especially designed to test and strengthen their bond. In the first episode, the couples have to select bricks labeled with issues, such as “intimacy,” “disrespect” and “jealousy,” that pertain to their marriage.

Later, the couple was placed in a boxing ring and asked to demonstrate how they handle said issues at home. Other exercises include eulogizing their partners during a lifelike funeral and participating in lie detector tests.

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For brides to be, Danni has a few words of advice: “Don be a bridezilla. It not worth it,” she says. “Yeah, you stressed out. But it such a beautiful day, that at the end of the day, if the person you want to marry is standing at the altar waiting for you, that all that matters.”
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At Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Zina Huxley Reicher of New York wears her dark brown, shearling lined boots nearly every day with a skirt or jeans. She has only one pair, but some classmates have several.

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Defying a trend toward offshore production, the outdoors retailer is adding 125 full time employees to its Maine based manufacturing operation to keep pace with orders.

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