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The World's Most Popular Food

RH (Restoration Hardware) Goes Postal

Millennials Are Slow to the Altar

SunBriteTV and Soundcast Team Up

Seaside Casual Opens Showroom in AmericasMart




The World's Most Popular Food

ITHACA, NEW YORK

From New Strategist Publications

Will you dine on the world's most popular food today? The answer is “yes” if you plan to eat pizza, according to the USDA. In an analysis of pizza consumption, government researchers estimate that a substantial 13 percent of Americans aged two or older eat pizza on an average day. A government analysis of pizza consumption might seem a bit silly, but it's actually important because the dish plays such a big role in the American diet. Pizza accounts for a large portion of our daily intake of protein, calcium, sodium and other nutrients- – not to mention calories.

Younger Americans eat the most pizza. Twenty-two percent of children and teenagers (aged six to 19) eat pizza on an average day. Among those who do, the largest share have it for lunch (44 percent) and another 42 percent for dinner. The remainder eats it as a snack (10 percent) or even for breakfast (four percent).

The likelihood of eating pizza on a given day declines with age to a low of six percent among people aged 60 or older.


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Restoration Hardware in Greenwich, Connecticut.

RH (Restoration Hardware) Goes Postal

GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT

The Greenwich post office building, still wearing its brass plaque noting its status on the National Register of Historic Places, is about to step into the 21st century – on the inside. As of May 16, the doors will open into an RH (Restoration Hardware) Design Gallery of upscale home furnishings.

But the shell of the building that dates from 1917 – newly expanded to 23,000 sq. ft. of interior/exterior space – has retained its “envelope integrity,” said Frank Prial, a consultant on the project.

The grand interior of the renovated building overwhelms any memory of the once-divided front room of the post office. The ceilings measuring 16 feet high are actually two feet lower than the original 18 feet to accommodate the addition of a second floor, explained Prial.

“All the windows are the same proportion,” he said, “but they have been reset with double panes and frames made of aluminum-clad wood.” Centered in the great space is a light well with natural light streaming down from a second floor skylight.

Bringing the outside in is a signature wish of RH's California-based CEO Gary Friedman for his Design Gallery stores. It's most apparent on the second floor, where windows and French doors surround the conservatory-like space – and where the store will offer, for the first time, personalized interior design services.

French doors will open onto “intimate” rooftop terraces to be planted with trees and flowers, with seating areas set beneath RH-styled awnings. 

Positioned upstairs and down are circular vestibules with elevators and stairs. On the rear stairs the decorating has begun with the hanging of the RH signature oversized birdcage chandeliers along with a dozen wall clocks telling time in 12 cities around the world.

On opening day the interior that has now been “transformed to serve as an architectural canvas,” said Prial, will showcase numerous “lifestyle settings” with a reported nine bedroom settings to be on display.


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Millennials Are Slow to the Altar

ITHACA, NEW YORK

From New Strategist Publications

The Millennial generation has postponed marriage for so long it will go into the record books. According to projections by the Urban Institute, Millennials will be less likely to have married by age 40 than any generation in American history- – even if they hurry up about it.  

“The economic shock of the recession put marriage on hold for many young adults and marriage rates are returning slowly (if at all) to pre-recession levels,” said the Urban Institute researchers in their report on the projections. Take a look at the trend: Among women, the percentage who had married by age 40 was 91 percent for older boomers, 87 percent for younger boomers, and 82 percent for generation X. Even if marriage rates return to pre-recession levels, only 77 percent of younger millennial women will have married by age 40.

If marriage rates do not rebound, an even smaller 69 percent will have married by age 40. For millennial men, the respective figures are 73 percent with a rebound and 65 percent without. 

“With respect to marriage at least, our projections indicate that many of these Millennials will not recover in the future from the opportunities they have missed as young adults,” say the researchers. As if that's not enough, there's more bad news. Not only will Millennials be the biggest “singles” generation in history, but marital status will split the generation into haves and have-nots. That's because marriage rates are higher for college graduates, who earn more and tend to marry one another.


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SunBriteTV and Soundcast Team Up

Chula Vista, CALIFORNIA

As prime outdoor entertaining season nears, SunBriteTV and Soundcast are teaming up to offer consumers a rebate up to $300 when they purchase a SunBriteTV outdoor television and Soundcast outdoor speaker. As founding members of the Outdoor Entertainment Alliance (OEA), SunBriteTV and Soundcast can be paired together for the ultimate outdoor party. 

“We launched the OEA in order to bring more awareness to outdoor living,” said Tom Dixon, vice president of Marketing, SunBriteTV. “This co-promotion will make it easier for consumers to join the most exciting trend of 2014 in preparation for everyone’s favorite time of year – summer.”

The promotion runs from May 1 to June 30, 2014 and must be claimed by July 31, 2014 by sending in receipts for both products to SunBriteTV’s offices. A $100 rebate is offered for the Soundcast OutCast Jr. or a $300 rebate with a Soundcast OutCast 1.2 along with the purchase of any SunBriteTV Signature Series or Pro Series model. SunBriteTV’s brand new 3670HD and 4670HD Signature Series models are also eligible for the promotion. Visit the website for full details and rules for the promotion.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit the website or call the sales department directly at 866.357.8688. For more information on Soundcast, please visit the website.


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Seaside Casual Opens Showroom
in AmericasMart

COVENTRY, RHODE ISLAND

Seaside Casual Furniture, a leader in sustainable outdoor furniture design and manufacturing, has just turned the lights on in their new 800 sq. ft. showroom located on the 10th floor of Building 2 in the Gardens Section of the AmericasMart Center in downtown Atlanta located at 240 Peachtree St. NW.

According to owner Kate Carret, the decision to open the Atlanta showroom was well timed and well placed.

“As demand for reliable all-weather furniture continues to grow, it’s important to have a permanent presence where existing and prospective customers can visit to see the advanced design, refined style and premium quality that we offer,” Carret said. “It’s also a platform where we can introduce and showcase new designs, any time of the year.”

The showroom currently showcases over 10 of Seaside’s most popular collections comprised of over 40 individual pieces arranged in lifestyle settings throughout the space. A large screen display highlights the entire Seaside line in a rotating slideshow.


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