Williams Sonoma

19 Jul 19
Sophisticated Style

Cover image designed by Ariel Okin ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE XO, Sophie ***This post contains affiliate links. This means if you click a link and purchase something, I may get a small commission from it at no cost to you. I understand that anything I recommend is a direct reflection of myself and my […]

19 Jul 19
MoniqSales

Women's clothing retailer Chico's plans to close on July 23, 2019 its store at the Stamford Town Center mall. Women's clothing retailer Chico's plans to close on July 23, 2019 its store at the Stamford Town Center mall. Photo: File Photo Women's clothing retailer Chico's plans to close on July 23, 2019 its store at […]

19 Jul 19
Creating Me

Hi friends, We recently attended a wedding shower for a sweet couple. We purchased a gift card for them from Williams Sonoma and I wanted to make a card to go along with the cooking theme. I used the discontinued Apron of Love stamp and die set from Stampin’ Up. It’s too bad this is […]

18 Jul 19
Davis Enterprise

Aggie Thomas Hutchison, the reigning Big West Conference Player of the Year, and incoming UC Davis freshman Mark Stephens earned spots for the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship to be held at Pinehurst Resort from Aug. 12 to 18. Hutchison, a third-year mathematics major from San Jose, carded back-to-back 3-under-par 69 scores in his two rounds […]

18 Jul 19
Baking in Birmingham

I feel like this topic is hot right now because there are so many kitchen gadgets out there! It’s hard to establish what works & what isn’t worth your money at all. The other issue is of course space… you love the idea of having a gadget for each recipe, cooking method, etc. but it’s […]

18 Jul 19
Everyday Fluent

Fresh, hand-rolled pasta is made with four ingredients, which is, by the way, the same number of ingredients used to make instant ramen (water, noodles, spice packet, and if you’re doing it right: an egg). The following recipe serves 2-4 people. Ingredients: 1 cup semolina flour,* 1 cup all-purpose flour, 3 eggs, generous splash of […]

18 Jul 19
Williams-Sonoma Taste

Have wings on a weeknight minus the mess with an air fryer.

18 Jul 19
Physicians for Safe Technology

What is the diagnosis, doctor? The onset of strange symptoms, in a strange country, in the middle of the night led the author to more than a diagnosis of microwave illness. After suffering months of unexplained nausea, insomnia, ringing in the ears, fatigue and body aches she consulted with a German doctor to help her figure […]

18 Jul 19
North Bay Stage and Screen

Sonoma Arts Live concludes their “toast to the classics” with a production of My Fair Lady, running now through July 28. Lerner and Loewe’s musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion was a smash hit when it premiered on Broadway in 1956 but modern sensibilities have taken a toll on the tale of a Cockney […]

17 Jul 19
Fortune
These are the sweltering and sticky days of summer, primed for a popular food holiday–National Ice Cream Day–which falls on Sunday, creating the chance for a weekend of sundaes, cones, milk shakes, parfaits, or other celebratory concoctions. Perhaps you’re a traditionalist, preferring ice cream of sublime butterfat, or consider non-dairy alternatives equally satisfying in frozen scoops of whipped-up nut milk, oats, soy, or coconut. There’s even an alt-dairy ice cream of whey protein that’s identical to cow’s milk, which in 1984 President Ronald Reagan wasn’t considering when he declared July to be National Ice Cream Month, and its third Sunday, National Ice Cream Day. But enough of this history and ice cream talk. Wondering where you might celebrate the big day and perhaps get free ice cream? Here are some ideas: Retail Promotions • In an dessert/fashion mash-up, My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream will give shoppers free ice cream throughout the day in partnership with Japanese fashion retailer UNIQLO, including new triple-layer flavors like s’mores. The treats will be served in nine store locations across New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Boston, Seattle, and Chicago. • Halo Top Creamery, the low-calorie ice cream, is partnering with the dating app Bumble to give away vouchers for free Halo Pops. • So pets don’t feel left out, PetSmart has free dog-friendly sundaes, which are normally reserved for pooches staying overnight in the chain’s pet hotels. • Williams Sonoma is churning and dishing up homemade ice through July 21, National Ice Cream Day, at all its locations. • Virgin Atlantic airlines at its check-in counters is serving free ice cream to passengers, part of a summer-long promotion. Ice cream chain promotions • Carvel is offering a buy-one-get-one on all soft-serve cups and cones. • Cold Stone Creamery has a two-for-one special on custom creations. • Baskin-Robbins is giving free delivery with DoorDash on orders of $10 or more (using code STRANGERTHINGS at checkout), plus discounted pints at scoop shops. • Dippin’ Dots customers get a free mini cup at participating locations. • At Johnny Rockets you get one free ice cream shake with every purchase. • Yogurtland, from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., across its 320 U.S. locations, is offering a free fro-yo when you buy one. Local and niche scoop shops • New York City’s Spot Dessert Bar, with three locations, has a new ice cream line, Scoop, which it’s celebrating with two-for-one sale. • Los Angeles-based Pressed Juicery, the bicoastal vegan chain in California, Nevada, Washington, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and New York, is serving up sundaes for $2 each. • Portland-based, Salt & Straw, with locations elsewhere in Oregon, as well as California and Washington, will bring back cult-favorite flavor Chocolate Caramel Potato Chip Cupcake until Sunday, and donate all proceeds from the flavor to FoodCorps. • In Philadelphia, Bassetts is hosting its annual Eat-and-Run 5K. Midway, runners eat a pint of ice cream, and then run the the second half. Participants will be grouped in waves by flavor. • Berkeley, Calif.-based Cream, with 17 locations in the Golden State, and shops in Denver, Miami, and Palm Beach, has a buy-any-scoop-get-a-second-free deal, on Sunday and Monday. • Nutella Cafe is giving away 50 free Nutella pops from 3 p.m.-5 p.m., at its Chicago and New York locations. But if you’re not one of the first 50, you can still get a free scoop of gelato. • Cincinnati-based Graeter’s, with locations in Ohio and Kentucky, as well as the cities of Chicago, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, is offering scoops for $1.49 to celebrate its 149th birthday. • New York City-based Godiva cafes are offering a 50% off a second parfait or soft-serve ice cream. • Scoop in Richmond, Virginia is taking $1 off profiterole sundaes. • Ice Cream Jubilee in Washington, D.C., is throwing a free ice cream social at The Yards, where you can help eat a 100-foot sundae. • Marble Slab Creamery and Maggie Moo’s across the U.S. are celebrating Sunday through Thursday with a free kids’ cup or cone when you buy a regular ice cream. Americans’ Favorite Flavors While indulging your ice-cream cravings, you might ponder why vanilla, chocolate, cookies n’ cream, and mint chocolate chip are America’s favorite ice cream flavors, according to the International Dairy Foods Association. June and July are the busiest months for ice cream production, which as an industry contributes more than $39 billion annually to the U.S. economy and is responsible for 188,000 jobs. It’s interesting, too, that ice cream, although an important summer and year-round staple, isn’t a big-growth business. In 2018, the ice cream industry posted a 1.7% year-over-year growth at current prices, which actually translates into a slight decline when adjusted for inflation. “Over the past five years, the category has grown by just 4% in inflation-adjusted figures,” said Mimi Bonnett, director of U.S. Research for Food and Drink at the market research firm Mintel. The Rise of Alt-Milk While the industry isn’t growing, within its ranks non-dairy ice cream is playing a significant role in changing the market. Bonnett said growth has been particularly strong in recent years for the yogurt/non-dairy segment, “solidly reversing several years of declines with a double-digit (14%) year-over-year increase in 2018.” Although alt-dairy ice creams are on trend, that wasn’t the case when Ben & Jerry’s introduced such options just three years ago. Most of the customers were buying it for dietary reasons. “They were vegans, they had allergies,” said Nelia Horikawa, Ben & Jerry’s brand manager. Now, she said, “more and more health and wellness, lifestyle, and environmental-impact choices are coming into shopper choice, and that’s driving people to non-dairy and plant-based offerings…That’s allowed the category to continue to grow.” Currently, Ben & Jerry’s is trying to understand why consumers go back and forth between dairy and non-dairy ice cream. As the originator of cookie dough ice cream in 1984, the brand recently released a vegan version of its dough, which normally contains dairy. “I think a lot of people view non-dairy as a trend, and we’re committed to the idea that it’s not a trend; it’s a shift in the way we consume,” Horikawa said. In addition to its grocery-store sales, Ben & Jerry’s has 600 scoop shops in 30 countries. This shift to alt-dairy is especially evident among younger consumers. “Many consumers (especially GenZ) already perceive non-dairy milks to be more nutritious and better for the environment,” Bonnett said. “One of the most impactful trends in the beverage industry is consumer concerns surrounding sugar. [It’s] one where non-dairy milk holds a competitive advantage over dairy (which contains naturally occurring sugars).” But there are downsides to some alt-dairy. For example, almond milk leaves a large environmental footprint, due to the amount of water necessary to grow almonds. A more sustainable alternative is oat milk, which uses enzymes to liquefy raw oat kernels. The DIY version of the drink involves blending oats with water and dates. More must-read stories from Fortune: —Nestle can now make chocolate without sugar —Amazon’s Prime Day tops its combined Black Friday/Cyber Monday —Technology sales strong in $52.96 billion back-to-school season —Why Away doesn’t sell luggage on Amazon —Global fashion industry gets serious about sustainability —Listen to our new audio briefing, Fortune500 Daily
17 Jul 19
WISHTV.com
Did you know? According to recent census data, more couples are living together before they get married, which means they already have all of the typical wedding gift items! That means that instead of another spatula, check out their registry to see what they want, and expect to get something less practical and more fun! Fashion Mall at Keystone’s Danielle Parker, the Mall’s Director of Marketing walks us through some of the most popular wedding gifts for couples who may already have your go-to gifting item. Things to Consider: • Ditch the practical and get something fun or something of a higher quality than a basic or entry-level product. • Cater your gifts to the couples who will be receiving it • Theming your gifts will help you make an easy, fun gift • When in doubt, ask a registry and wedding gifting expert at Paper Source, Williams Sonoma and Crate and Barrell at the Fashion Mall at Keystone Items: Crate & Barrel • These items are some of their most popular for 2019 Bridal Registries. • The theme here is staple items for the bar or cocktail hour. • To start it off is their Bash Beverage Tub in graphite. The sleek graphite finish adds a modern rustic look to the hand-hammered aluminum beverage tub. Also available in silver and gold. • Now for what’s inside, we have a Canada Glencairn Whiskey Glass, a Moscow Mule Mug that is actually stainless steel in a copper finish, a Crate and Barrel exclusive 24 oz Wheat Beer Glass and lastly a Cyrus 13 oz. Double Old-Fashioned Glass textured at the base with organic stipples. Even better, each drinkware piece is under $20! • Then we have the Cocktail Accessories must haves. Here we have a cocktail mixing glass, Fenton Graphite Cocktail Shaker, Peak Sphere Ice Tray (ice molds), Graham Hammered Metal Muddler, Graham Metal Ice Tongs, Graham Hammered Metal Springed Strainer, Copper Bar Spoon with Muddler, Set of 4 Cole Coasters with chalk (fun to write on), Slate 12″x5.5″ Cheese Board with chalk (perfect to label featured selections) and lastly a Black Nickel Soft Cheese Knife. • All items range from $8.95 to 89.95 for the Bash Beverage Tub. William’s Sonoma • A true kitchen staple but one of real quality is the All-Clad d5 Nonstick Polished Stainless-Steel Fry Pan Set. • It’s ideal for searing and pan frying everything from eggs to meat. Perks include a non-stick coating and heat resistant handles. • Next is the Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Blender. It is in a sleek stainless-Steel. This blender is becoming super popular for newlyweds! It is great for making hot soups for fall, dips and spreads and frozen desserts. Even better, it cleans itself! Plus, it comes with Simply Blending, hardcover recipe book from the Vitamix culinary team. • Specializing in cast-iron cookwear, we have the Le Creuset Signature brand Cast-Iron Round Dutch Oven in the new color “persimmon” for fall! Optimized for steady, even heat. Le Creuset’s improved enamel interior resists staining, dulling and wear and tear. • Items range from $150-$600. Papersource • If you’re looking for a fabulous wedding gift, Papersource has some great ideas! Here we have monogrammed stemless wineglasses. Then say “cheers” with a set of two stemless champagne flutes. Next we have a Corkcicle Air that you can chill, aerate, and pour your favorite wines, plus some fun Rosé All Day gummies from Sugarfina that are a great addition to any gift! All these items range from $10-$30. • Papersource can also wrap up your gifts with all the trimmings. • And don’t forget to stop in for balloon bouquets … shower and bachelorette party supplies … bridesmaid and groom gifts. Plus, “day of” products like cocktail napkins, coasters, programs, menus, and more. • Let Paper Source Indianapolis help you plan your perfect “ever after” with custom wedding invitations. • Exclusively for our viewers: Mention this segment and the coupon code PSINDY15 to receive a 15% discount on your custom wedding invitation order. Social: Facebook: The Fashion Mall at KeystoneInstagram: ShopFashionMallWebsite: https://www.simon.com/mall/the-fashion-mall-at-keystone