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APSU Baseball travels to Jacksonville State this weekendThe results reveal the winners and losers among 58 major outlet brands included in Consumer Reports’ survey, which took into account key factors such as value, quality, selection, and service. Consumer Reports also interviewed experts and sent a reporter undercover to buy $2,000 worth of shirts, slacks, socks, sweats, and other items, to examine in its’ textile labs.

Overall, 60 percent of outlet shoppers said that they were completely or very satisfied with their experience. Respondents gave high marks to a range of stores. Among the top choices: Jockey and Carter’s (clothes, underwear), Harry David (food), Corningware (kitchenware), Izod and Van Heusen (clothes), and Coach (leather goods and other accessories).

Almost three quarters of shoppers described the merchandise quality as excellent or very good. About the same percentage rated outlet merchandise equal in quality to the same brands sold at regular stores. Eleven percent judged outlet goods slightly poorer but said the differences so insignificant that they were barely noticeable, while 2 percent thought outlet lines were “substantially poorer” than goods sold elsewhere.

“Decades ago, outlets were venues for manufacturers to unload leftovers and flawed merchandise. That’s not true anymore. Today,
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much of what you see are goods made exclusively for outlet distribution, typically items that were popular a year or two earlier at retail stores that are now being remade for the outlets at lower price points,” said Tod Marks, senior project editor with Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports puts the merchandise to the test:

Outlet store goods are designed to sell for less than retail goods, so shoppers can’t assume they’re exact copies. When Consumer Reports shopped for look alikes at outlets and full price stores, our textile expert confirmed that the outlet versions were tweaked. The regular retail items were usually a trifle better because of construction details or better materials. But in most cases, the outlet versions were fine, and a couple beat their retail version. On several occasions, the outlet version was actually superior.

For example, Consumer Reports purchased a ladies Polo Ralph Lauren classic oxford shirt at retail store for $76.50, and at an outlet for $40.00. The savings was roughly 48 percent. The quality of both was quite similar. Both shirts were made in China, had similar fabric and construction, plackets and placket finish, and buttons. The only notable difference, was a yellow fabric backing on the outlet shirt’s collar. “It’s a higher end finish that added a nice touch,” our expert said.

“A consumer’s experience may depend on how hard they are on clothes, how finicky they are about styling, or how happy they are saving money. Our shoppers saved up to 61 percent on outlet items,” Marks added.
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Brandon Schmitzer and Jeff Schmitzer, who own Frankenmuth PedAle Trolley, acquired the Bay City business from its former owner, Ashley Anderson.

“When we heard Bay City’s trolley attraction was for sale, we were eager to jump on board. The alliance between PedAle and Sunrise was an easy decision,” Brandon Schmitzer said in a statement.

“Sunrise is an established and well liked recreation in Bay City. Jeff and I felt it necessary to continue the service for the community. Knowing our Frankenmuth PedAle Trolley is just a startup, less than a year old, we believe we can use the success of Sunrise to influence the furtherance of PedAle.”

Women’s clothing and accessory boutique “francesca’s” is opening at Birch Run Premium Outlets this spring.

The outlet mall, located at 12240 S. Beyer Road, is comprised of more than than 145 stores, including Michael Kors, Coach New York, Pottery Barn, Under Armour, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Fossil, NIKE Factory Store and The North Face.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring this growing women’s boutique to Birch Run Premium Outlets this spring and share the news with our shoppers,” Lindsay Carpenter, general manager at Birch Run Premium Outlets, said in a statement.

“By adding francesca’s to our roster of top name retailers, we provide our shoppers with the highest quality shopping experience they’ve come to expect from our center.”

Ten area media celebrities donned cupid’s wings, bow and arrows and took a shot at winning a donation of more than $1,000 for their favorite charity Friday, Feb. 2, at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland.

The 11th annual Bronner’s Hot Shot Local Media Celebrity Archery Contest took place Friday morning at the store, located at 25 Christmas Lane. Johnny Burke with Fox 103.9 won the competition for the second year in a row, securing a $1,014 donation for the Johnny Burke Children’s Foundation. Bronner’s will also donate $100 to each of the other competitors’ favorite charities.
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Joan Laine Quick FactsBorn and bred in the UK of Jamaican ascent, Joan Laine moved to France at the age of 17 with her French boyfriend, whom she later got married to (and later divorced from). Joan then spent just over 20 years in France, working in diverse industries ranging from catering, insurance and finally the fashion industry working for Polo Ralph Lauren in Paris.

It was during her 11 years at Polo where Joan’s passion for change and transformation was brought to the fore, since she began intially in the warehouse making cardboard boxes and left as Retail Operations Manager for the Factory Outlets after spending four years in the IT department and developing in house training programs for the new integrated systems. During the last four years there, Joan spent a lot of time traveling around Europe for the company training managers and their staff on these systems for the Retail Factory Outlets division of the company.

On her own journey to self discovery,
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Joan began to discover that the world of coaching, life coaching, business coaching, in fact coaching in general was vast and that there were many people who called themselves coaches who were not and others who were coaches but who had not gone through any qualifying processes. She developped the desire to bring structure to her own coaching business and has been enrolled in the CCI training academy since 2008, using the Consciousness Coaching (R) method developped by founder, Marc Steinberg to coach her clients.

In addition to coaching, Joan provides personal development workshops through her company Tau Pi. She has developped the company to offer services structured around people development,
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which she is now extending throughout various aspects of her network by creating strategic alliances with other quality service providers. To this effect she is developping her own online network called headstart PBS. She has created a coaching forum on the site and is currently in discussion for mentor coaches to provide support services to Tau Pi.

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PepsiCo Indra Nooyi, Motorola Sanjay Kumar Jha and Citigroup Vikram Pandit are the three Indian Americans among US highest paid CEOs listed by Wall Street Journal.

Nooyi is ranked 67th with a total pay package of $14.0 million, Jha bagged the 377th spot with a total compensation of $3.5 million, with Pandit bringing up the rear in 450th position with a pay package of $1.3 million.

Gregory Maffei, CEO of Liberty Media Corp with a pay packet of $87.1 million, was the highest paid CEO in WSJ study of 456 companies with annual revenues in excess of $4 billion. Maffei was followed by Larry Ellison, Oracle billionaire founder, who received a $68.6 million package and most of that reward came in the form of stock options valued at $61.9 million.

Occidental Petroleum Corp Ray Irani was at the third position with a total compensation of $52.2 million. At the fourth place is Yahoo Carol Bartz, who took home $44.6 million,
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and CBS Leslie Ray with $38.9 million came in at number 5. Philippe P. Dauman of Viacom Inc ($33.7 million), Marc N Casper of Thermo Fisher Scientific ($33.0 million), Raymond Elliott of Boston Scientific Corp ($32.1 million), Ralph Lauren, founder of Polo Ralph Lauren Corp ($27.0 million), and McKesson Corp John H. Hammergren ($24.5 million) rounded off the top 10.

The study by management consulting firm Hay Group said bonuses jumped by 11% to a median of $1.67 million.

Overall, median total direct compensation for CEOs rose 3% during their latest fiscal year. Total direct compensation includes salary, bonuses and the awarded value of stock, options and other long term incentives.
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JEROME B., age 83, of Bala Cynwyd PA, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. He was the husband of Phyllis B. Myers; the father of Ford R. Myers of Haverford PA and Dr. Jed A. Myers (Abby) of Seattle WA; and grandfather of Isaac, Jonas and Lily Myers, all of Seattle WA.

Mr. Myers was born in Philadel phia PA in 1928, the son of Israel and Lillian Myers. He had one sister, Dorothy. As a teenager, Mr. Myers distinguished himself as an outstanding student, athlete, musician and leader. By the age of 15, he had formed his own orchestra; and at 19, he owned a popular record shop. In his first year at University of Pennsylvania,
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Mr. Myers played varsity tennis and won many tournaments. Throughout his life, Mr. Myers remained passionate about tennis, music, dancing and men’s fashion.

After serving in the Army in the late 1940s, Mr. Myers began his career in the real estate and building business. He soon transitioned into the men’s apparel industry by joining Rooster, Inc., a Philadelphia based necktie manufacturer. Within two years, Mr. Myers assumed the presidency of that company. Over the ensuing 28 years, he built Rooster, Inc. into highly successful, internation ally recognized organization.

At an age when most men would retire, Mr. Myers joined Polo Ralph Lauren as Senior Vice President in charge of neck wear. In this role, he commuted daily to New York City and traveled several times a year to Europe. Mr. Myers remained at Polo Ralph Lauren for 18 years, until he was forced to retire due to illness.

A leader in his industry, Mr. Myers was named “Man of the Year,” and elected President of the Neckwear Association of America. He was also featured regularly in the fashion press. Over the years, both The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Magazine publish ed full page articles about his exceptional taste, boundless energy and sense of style. Mr. Myers was also known as a generous mentor,
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helping to launch the careers of many notable fashion professionals.

Mr. Myers will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all those whose lives he touched. No flowers please.

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“Oh, that one. The cream alpaca. I’d wanted to have a beautiful overcoat. I’d made some money from a job, and I saw this wonderful material at a tailor’s. And when they told me Rex Harrison had one made from the same material, I knew I wanted one, too. I liked the idea of dressing like a successful actor.”

He laughed self deprecatingly. “I was only 29.”

Now, at 42, Jeremy does more than just dress like a successful actor. Recently nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as Claus von Bulow in “Reversal of Fortune,” he has appeared on stage, television and film on both sides of the Atlantic. He’s also earned a reputation for playing some of the most intriguing, if sometimes sinister, of men: von Bulow; the twisted twin gynecologists in David Cronenberg’s “Dead Ringers,” and the frustrated Charles Swann in “Swann in Love,” Volker Schlondorff’s adaptation of Proust. Soon he will add another name to this distinctive list: “Kafka,” the new film by Steve Soderbergh (“Sex, Lies and Videotape”), expected to be released later this year, in which he plays the title role. He no longer worries about the trappings of fame, alpaca or otherwise.

“The first time I wore it, this big and luxurious overcoat, a friend of mine asked me if my mother minded that I was wearing her coat. The nanny has it now,” added Jeremy, who is married to the actress Sinead Cusack and has two sons. “It really suits her, because she’s blonde.”

Jeremy and I first met in 1978, when I was preparing to direct “Brideshead Revisited,” the television adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s novel. He had come to talk to me and the producer, Derek Granger, about playing Sebastian, the young and irreverent scion of the Brideshead clan. I’d already seen him on stage, playing a randy younger brother in the Restoration comedy “Wild Oats,” and thought, with his great sense of comic style and lanky good looks, he would be a wonderful Sebastian. But as things will turn out in our business, when, for lots of reasons, we couldn’t find another actor to play Charles Ryder, the narrator, we all agreed that maybe that was the part for Jeremy, mainly because when the camera is on him and he is not speaking, something is going on in his head, and with Charles, that was a vital ingredient.

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“I sometimes think Bill Hurt is my American counterpart,” Jeremy said. “We both appear sensitive and have a dollop of femininity, and we both look as though we seem to be thinking. I suppose we are.”

As we went on with our meal, I realized, having asked the question about the overcoat, that style is not the same thing as fashion. A person’s style has more to do with his individuality than just what he’s wearing. Other memories of Jeremy were important. They told me more about his style than the fact that, on the night we had dinner, he was wearing a flecked brown three piece suit he had had for 20 years, a red striped shirt and a white silk tie.

For instance, early on in “Brideshead,” when we were in Oxford shooting some undergraduate scenes, I and some others went out with Jeremy during a day off to the river where he loves to punt. Punting is like being a gondolier, standing up in a narrow boat and maneuvering the craft with a long pole. It was a hot day, and Jeremy took off his shirt. I had been hoping that the actor who played Charles would have one of those scrawny, typically pale English bodies, but what I saw was the muscular torso and powerful shoulders and arms of a rugby player, which is what he had been at school.

As his work on “Brideshead” progressed, he continued to surprise me with qualities I hadn’t expected, which is partly, I think, what style is. On some days, because of locations and logistics, Jeremy would be playing a callow drunken boy in the morning, and then, in the afternoon, would have to be a world weary 40 year old buffeted by a marriage gone wrong and an affair with his dead friend’s sister. In both scenes, he’d be perfect in one or two takes, and the only thing he’d done between these two bits of acting, which seemed instinctive, but were, somewhere in his brain, starting to connect with “Brideshead’s” gigantic whole, was to have a big lunch and smoke a cigar.

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I don’t know where Jeremy got his extraordinary daily acting strengths. But you never do know with the good ones. It’s just there, and you’re surprised that that’s what comes out, that original thing you haven’t seen before. And it turns out that Jeremy has always been an original, dating back to his days at Sherborne, one of the proper English public schools.

“It’s funny,” Jeremy said, the spaghetti plate mopped up, coffee ordered and on his second Silk Cut cigarette. “I see my older son, Sam, now, just as I was at school, going through the same things, being a good athlete, playing cricket and tennis, riding, skiing in the winter, and trying to figure out what he wants to do with himself. Those are good but hard years.”

He paused a moment. “At school, I always liked pushing the system any way I could. I partly, funnily enough, did it through clothes. We had a regulation gray suit and I managed to get mine lined with gold or burgundy material. The school didn’t like the lining they saw it as subversive but I was wearing their suit, so they couldn’t do anything about it.”

So style, I thought, is something you come to for reasons other than just a liking for clothes something distinct from fashion, to do with your character.

As Jeremy and I were on our second espresso (Would he like a drink? No, he was driving), another memory from an entirely different time and place seemed to fit with the idea I was trying to formulate about him and what makes his style. When I was a boy growing up in New York, my stepfather used to take me out to the stadium to see the Yankees play. Their second baseman from 1949 to 1951 was Jerry Coleman, and in a period when a lot of other Major Leaguers were starting to wear their uniform pants long and baseball socks short, he wore his like ballplayers from a decade earlier, his socks almost up to his knees. I suppose that’s how he thought a New York Yankee should look. But for those who saw him play, the reason you remember his appearance, his style, is because you remember his playing; his agility and uncommon grace in the field, the deftness as he’d start the double play with Phil Rizzuto. It was not unlike watching Jeremy do what he does best.

“Do you think much about clothes now?” I asked him.

“Not really. I love Armani, because of his fabrics and his cut. And I think, if you can have them, good clothes are the only clothes, but you should wear them, not save them. A good suit isn’t for a special day, it’s for every day.

“What I do think about is how I’d like to play my first American or another non English character,” he continued. “I like to stretch myself. I think actors should be chameleons, but with your own innate personality. Do you remember ‘Tootsie?’ ” He paraphrased from the film’s opening montage: ” ‘I can be taller, shorter, darker, fairer, balder, whatever the part demands.’ That’s what I think about.
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She told one female cabin crew member that she was ‘fg ugly’Lauren warned another that she was about to go ballistic, a trial heardWhen a pilot intervened Lauren turned on him and called him an ‘ae

The plane was delayed two hours and the diversion cost Delta Airlines 26,000 lawyer told the court that her client’s behavior was out of character

The court heard Ms Topping went to

brief her supervisor Jennifer Simpson at the top of the plane and Lauren, who was not a first class passenger,

nevertheless followed her through first class and in to the galley ‘at speed’ where

she ranted, roared and shouted incoherently.

Insp Kennedy said: ‘Passengers were getting concerned and standing up out of their seats. She

told the air hostess she was going to go ballistic and pushed the air

hostess hard and she hit her back against the wall of the aircraft.’

He revealed

her frightening experience continued with Lauren calling Ms Topping a

‘f ugly, blonde bh’ and Ms Simpson a ‘fat ugly, unhappy, blondeWhen a pilot on a rest break in the cabin intervened he was told ‘you’re an ae’ by the defendant, Mr Kennedy added.

The flight had to be diverted almost 400 miles back to Shannon Airport, with the abuse continuing for more than an hour until touchdown when Lauren was arrested by gardai.

Lauren, dressed in a black jumper, burgundy velvet skirt and boots, did not speak during the hearing and looked back to her friends for reassurance as the details were outlined to the packed courtroom.

On touchdown officers noted she was incoherent and smelt of alcohol, despite airline crew stating she drank little or no alcohol on board.

When arrested under caution at the airport she replied: ‘Can you say that in English please?’ She later claimed she thought she had landed in Spain.

More than 200 passengers and crew were on board the flight when the air rage incident took place.

The diversion cost Delta 43,158 US dollars (31,770 euros/26,269).

Ms solicitor, Sharon Curley, said that her actions on the aircraft were ‘bizarre’ and completely out of character.

She said Lauren has little memory of the incident despite only consuming three alcoholic drinks.

‘My client is extremely embarrassed and extremely upset by her actions,’ Ms Curley said, offering her apologies to the airline crew, passengers and gardai.
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Depending on how long you’ve lived in Santa Fe, you might remember when Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, the Gap, and other chain apparel stores were steps from the Plaza. Their sale racks became a lunch hour staple of mine when I hit my twenties, starting when a co worker introduced me to the CP Shades annual New Year’s sale in 1996. For just one week, everything in the store cost about $20, which brought on a wonderful mess of excited women trying on everything in sight, the floors heaped with piles of comfy silks and linens.

All of those stores are gone. Now, a couple decades on, pricey boutiques and touristy T shirt shops are plentiful, but there isn’t much else in the way of affordable clothing stores downtown. Of course I’ve heard the old refrain about how Santa Fe is so unique, so special why would we need chain stores here that would make us just like everywhere else? It’s doubtful Santa Fe will ever really be like anywhere else, but we need these stores because most people who live here need clothes for work and casual occasions and like everywhere else, these fashions tend to be found most inexpensively in corporate chain stores. A mall that features such stores can solve a host of problems for people who don’t enjoy shopping online where fit and quality are hit or miss and who don’t think traveling to Albuquerque should be required to find a decent pair of jeans.

The malls in Santa Fe have long struggled to offer us adequate shopping options. Twenty years ago, Santa Fe Place (4250 Cerrillos Road) was called Villa Linda Mall. Villa Linda had a bustling food court with a double decker carousel in the center. There was a video arcade and a Waldenbooks. The major chain stores weren’t plentiful, but there were choices. (My mainstay was New York Company, which closed years ago.) Somewhere along the way, the carousel disappeared and the arcade closed, as did Orange Julius. Villa Linda became Santa Fe Place, though I’ve never met anyone who actually calls it that. The mall has undergone some recent renovation, which has brightened it a bit, but numerous empty stores make it feel like a mall in decline. The Gap closed several months ago, and the long shuttered Hollister, with its built out entrance reminiscent of a surf shack, beckons like a haunted house. The food court now has just a handful of restaurants. My visit turned surreal when I realized there was a children’s trolley, mostly empty, zooming through the mall, and a few kids rode miniature electric horses dispiritedly around the vast empty space near the food court. Standing amid the unlikely traffic of this ghost trolley, the old carousel’s absence was conspicuous and sad.

But Santa Fe Place is not without value. There are plenty of clothing stores for teenagers, from casual to formal, and several places to buy athletic shoes. armed forces at a recruiting station. Boot Barn formerly Western Warehouse has an excellent stock of Carhartt pants and jackets, flannel shirts, and work boots for men. There is a halfway decent array of women’s cowboy boots, but the women’s jeans come only in junior sizes, and most had rhinestones and other kinds of stitching and appliqu on the pockets not exactly my style. I was looking for no nonsense plain pocketed boot cut jeans, like the kind in which I imagine a woman could actually ride a horse. Penney and Dillard’s have a wide variety of styles in men’s and women’s apparel at a range of prices, including frequent and deep sales at Penney’s. I bought the perfect winter jacket at Penney’s for 70 percent off, and I’m still thinking about its dress section. Maxx than a department store, and the Dillard’s entrance from the parking lot greeted me with broken, dusty, and empty display shelves leftover from the holiday season.

The DeVargas Center’s inside mall (546 N. Guadalupe St.), once as empty as Santa Fe Place, is experiencing a renaissance due to the upcoming closing of most of Sanbusco Market Center in the Railyard. Many of your favorite Sanbusco stores are in the process of relocating to DeVargas, and by late spring nearly every spacein the mall will be occupied. According to various proprietors, this hasn’t been the case in decades. Post Office. You can also buy handmade paper, fresh squeezed juice, incense, clothes, and crafts from a variety of cultures. There are several restaurants at DeVargas, as well as Las Cosas, a kitchenware store that offers cooking classes. The UA DeVargas movie theater, despite competition from young upstart Violet Crown, still attracts a crowd. And though DeVargas could stand a remodel, it’s clean and smells pleasant.

My favorite DeVargas discovery was Blessings, a Tibetan owned cooperative that sells the wares of 40 local vendors. Items range from locally made beauty products to silk kimonos and fine art. There is a real community spirit at DeVargas that seems to be growing as the mall fills, and I found things to buy that I didn’t know I was looking for, which seems key for a mall. Customers should be inspired to browse and window shop, not just run in and out for a pre determined errand.

I was unsuccessful in my search for jeans at the Fashion Outlets of Santa Fe (8380 Cerrillos Road), despite the existence of a Levi’s store there. A full range of men’s styles and sizes were available, but the women’s side of the store offered sizes only through about an 8, with most options sized for juniors and just one style that wasn’t “skinny.” (An inquiry about this unusually narrow sizing policy left on Levi’s corporate Facebook page went unanswered.) Guess and Tommy Hilfiger have stores there, as do Ann Taylor LOFT, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Eddie Bauer, all places that sell jeans but the designer stores are still expensive, despite their location at an outlet mall.

The Fashion Outlets tend to contract and expand every few years, and lately the number of stores has been shrinking. Merrell, with its sturdy walking shoes and boots, is well suited to Santa Fe, and if you really need to get fancy for work, Brooks Brothers has you covered. Women can find undergarments galore at the Hanes store, where there’s always a sale. Under Armour seems like a good idea in theory, but the prices of its exercise clothes don’t dip far below full retail, and the music in there can be very loud.

There is one store that stands out from all the rest at the Fashion Outlets: the Costume Salon. You may have seen the sign advertising “Steampunk” in the entrance and assumed the store was some outlet mall version of Hot Topic. It’s not. Proprietor Julie Anderson and artist Stan Solomon have run the Costume Salon for eight years. It’s part art gallery, part costume shop, and part funky jewelry store, among other things. The enormous selection of upcycled vintage paste pieces are all made by Anderson, as are the delicate masks, and artsy handbags. Anderson is fascinating, and I kept finding things to take my mind off my fruitless quest for denim. Entering the Costume Salon is like walking into an antique curios store run by a good witch with a long history in the theater and a thousand stories to tell. If you haven’t been, you should go.

In a town this size, where stores and restaurants open and close fairly quickly, there is more to shopping locally than supporting small businesses. Brick and mortar chain stores not their online equivalents provide jobs for locals and contribute to the economy. Unfortunately, as we have seen in the case of the Gap, Old Navy, and other stores that are ubiquitous elsewhere and struggle here, such stores will close when their profits drop a few percentage points, and then I’m stuck heading to Albuquerque for jeans again. I have an idealistic theory that the more we shop at the local malls, the more they will thrive. If we embrace our inner mallrats and keep shopping there, the stores may just come to us.
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Her story: Jennifer “Jenny” Ayd, 29, grew up in Baltimore. She is a registered nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her mother, Elaine C. Ayd, is a secretary and her father, Gregory J. Ayd, is a general contractor and owner of Quadrant Construction.

His story: John “Jack” Linehan, 33, grew up in Baltimore. He is an attorney at Ober Kaler. His mother, Michelle P. Linehan, is a research administrator at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and his father, Michael J. Linehan, is an architect at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Their story: Jenny and Jack met in October 2008 at a bar on Cross Street in Federal Hill.

“We were in the same group of friends and most of us met playing rec league sports in the city,” says Jack.

The proposal: Jack proposed to Jenny on May 13, 2012, with a brilliant cut solitaire diamond ring in a cathedral setting from Radcliffe Jewelers.

“He’d planned a picnic at Sherwood Gardens. It was really sweet,” says Jenny. “I got everything set up and when I turned around, he was down on one knee and he asked me to marry him.”

The venue: About 150 guests attended the ceremony at St. Ignatius Church of Baltimore, and the Rev. William J. Watters presided.

“We are both members of St. Ignatius, so it was a pretty easy choice, and we are very fond of Father Watters,” says Jenny.

Her dress: Jenny wore a lace empire waist A line dress with cap sleeves by Casablanca Bridal from Gamberdella Bridal Salon in Baltimore. She wore earrings from Nordstrom and shoes by Kate Spade, along with a bracelet that belonged to her mom for “something borrowed.”

“One of my bridesmaids gave me a handkerchief with the letter ‘J’ on it for my ‘something blue,'” she says.

Bridesmaids’ dresses: The bridesmaids wore fit and flare navy dresses by Bill Levkoff from Gamberdella.

Men’s apparel: Jack wore his own Polo Ralph Lauren tuxedo, and the groomsmen wore their own dark suits and ties from J. Crew.

Flowers: James Paulus of Michael Designs Florist in Annapolis used a variety of white flowers, such as anemones, roses and hydrangeas for Jenny’s bouquet, blue hydrangeas for the bridesmaids’ bouquets and roses for the boutonnieres.

Reception: Jenny and Jack selected the Center Club overlooking the Inner Harbor because of its “amazing and unique view.”

Special touch: Local artist Laura Condouris created a map for the programs and a signature book for the reception.

“We both have a thing for maps,” says Jenny. “The map highlighted specific locations important to us, such as Sherwood Gardens, the church, the reception, where we work, and the Ravens and Orioles stadiums since we’re both local sports fans.”

Entertainment: Bryan George Music Services of Washington played during the cocktail hour and reception. The couple’s first dance was to “Have I Told You Lately” by Van Morrison.

Dessert: Patisserie Poupon in Baltimore created the traditional tiered cake, which was chocolate hazelnut with vanilla frosting and fresh strawberries.

“Growing up, I had a neighbor I used to baby sit who had autism and a cousin who has autism, so it’s close to my heart,” says Jenny.
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JCPenney’s launch next week of the Polo Ralph Lauren inspired American Living brand is set to receive the biggest marketing push in the company’s history.

The launch includes dedicated catalogs and a microsite in addition to the usual complement of national TV and print ads.

“Bringing brands like American Living into JCPenney’s merchandise assortment is a key part of the company’s strategy and provides a new reason for customers to discover all that JCPenney has to offer,” she continued. “Something on the scale of American Living really has the opportunity to elevate the overall JCPenney brand.”

At a time that many retailers are reporting declining sales and cutbacks in the face of a faltering economy, JCPenney is hoping American Living can help build some excitement around shopping at the multichannel merchant.

Last month, JCPenney said that it would cut jobs, close a call center and combine merchandising and marketing functions for its retail and direct businesses, moves that the retailer said it had planned before the current economic slowdown.

The retailer’s latest financial results showed a fourth quarter decline in same store sales of 3.6%, while total sales fell 4%. Financial analysts had predicted a greater loss margin. Total sales for the four week period fell 17% to $1.16 billion from $1.39 billion during the same period last year. Same store sales fell 1.1% and total sales were nearly flat at $19.86 billion, from $19.9 billion last year.

American Living was developed with Polo Ralph Lauren’s Global Brand Concepts division for the largest segment of JCPenney’s customer base, the classic traditional lifestyle customer. As the main focus of JCPenney’s spring marketing campaign, American Living will be featured in ads during the Academy Awards on February 24.

Hispanic customers are the first wave of consumers to be targeted with the new brand. They will see a preview beginning February 21 in ads appearing on Univision. Print ads in top consumer magazines will follow in March.

Photographer and filmmaker Bruce Webber directed the TV ads, which include a 60 second anthem spot featuring the tagline “JCPenney is American Living for family and home.”

This spot will run on major networks as well as during previews for PG and PG 13 movies in US cinemas. There are also 30 second spots that will feature men’s, women’s and home merchandise from the collection.

Radio buys feature former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and country bluegrass star Alison Krauss with the song “Killing the Blues” from their new album, Raising Sand. We enrich customer data so businesses can more effectively target and communicate with customers, and connect them with their best look alike prospects through digital and traditional channels. We make it easy through simple, self serve applications and APIs, as well as through full service programs managed by our Data and Digital experts.
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