Have You Heard: Beef O’Brady’s seeking new franchise owner; Starbucks open …

September 21, 2014 Posted by admin

Wanna own a sports-pub franchise in Billings? Beef O’Brady’s is taking applications.

Officials at the Tampa, Fla.-based company said last week that they are seeking a new franchise owner after the business abruptly shut down last week at 1223 Grand Ave.

Peter Petrosian, chief development officer of Beef O’Brady’s, said the Billings franchise owners returned to their home in Arizona and were unable to sell, so they closed the doors.

The franchise was owned by Tim and Heidi Redelsperger, formerly of Bozeman, and Jim Wood of Boise, Idaho. They ran the business under a company called Fresh Concepts, which abruptly closed another restaurant in Bozeman a few months ago. They did not return a message last week seeking comment.

A sign on the door said the Billings restaurant was closed for “remodeling,” but any work inside would likely need to be approved by the new owner and the franchise.

About 20 Beef O’Brady’s employees lost their jobs in Billings.

“We’re disappointed, and it’s unfortunate,” Petrosian said, adding that he’s hoping to find a new franchise owner who could bring those workers back.

The restaurant and sports pub had been successful, Petrosian said, doing a year’s worth of business in six months.

Petrosian didn’t disclose a price and said interested entrepreneurs can email him for more information at ppetrosian@fscfranchiseco.com^p or call his office at 813-226-2333.

Beef O’Brady’s markets itself as a family-friendly sports pub, with 40 beers on tap and big-screen TVs for watching sports. The restaurant served hamburgers, Mexican food, pizza and wings.

Starbucks on Grand

A new Starbucks coffee shop has opened at the former JB’s Restaurant on 910 Grand Ave.

Construction of the new 3,011-square-foot shop began in May. It’s the sixth Starbucks in Billings. The only other stand-alone store is in front of Rimrock Mall, and the remaining shops are inside other businesses.

Sears offshoot

An offshoot of the Sears department stores has come to Eastern Montana to help supply the growing construction industry.

Officials at Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, which spun off from the parent company two years ago, announced a new store opening earlier this month in Sidney. It’s the 11th store of its kind to open nationwide this year.

Sears Hometown and Outlet stores are smaller than traditional Sears stores, selling appliances, home and garden items, and tools.

The store is independently owned by sisters Becky and Teresa Benson and operates inside the Trifecta Home Center at 1051 S. Central Ave. in Sidney.

The Bensons said the store is meeting a need for the growing construction industry, which has been fueled by the Bakken oil shale boom.

“Working with builders and homeowners, we recognized the need for a broader product and service assortment to assist customers with their projects,” Teresa Benson said in a written statement.

Sears Hometown and Outlet stores broke off from their Chicago-based former parent in October 2012. The move was designed to free Sears Hometown from the struggling parent’s legacy costs.

Sears Holdings was hit hard during the recession and closed hundreds of stores nationwide. Last week, the company announced its Great Falls store would close in December, one of six announced closures nationwide.

Making the list

For the first time, Billings cracked the top 100 best places to live list compiled by a leading online research firm.

Livability.com ranked Billings the 98th best small-to-medium-sized city to live in its second annual survey for 2015.

The Magic City earned props for its robust economy fueled by proximity to the Bakken oil fields and growing medical, retail, tourism and IT sectors.

Billings still has a ways to go in Montana, however, placing behind Helena, Bozeman and Missoula.

Missoula was identified as the sixth most livable city in the country. Madison, Wis., was ranked number one.

The survey is based on data from public resources, such as the U.S. Census Bureau, and private-sector sources that track educations, the arts, transportation and other trends. The rankings are based heavily on affordability, access to resources within the city, available choices and usage of amenities.

Coin shop opens

A Missoula-based coin shop has expanded into Billings.

Grizzly Gold and Silver opened its new store in early September at 2450 King Ave. W., next to Best Buy.

Owner David Day said the shop buys and sells coins and precious metals and does free appraisals of bullion, placer, nuggets, tokens, jewelry, silverware and antique paper currency.

The store is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 702-1516 for more information.

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Article source: http://billingsgazette.com/business/columns/have-you-heard-beef-o-brady-s-seeking-new-franchise/article_312ef430-7c8e-51ce-94c7-6932f282558d.html

Where to Eat, Drink, and Shop in Bethesda

September 20, 2014 Posted by admin

Jewelry With Character

Lavender walls and artistic displays make Amethyst feel more like a gallery than a jewelry store. The sleekly contemporary pieces—handmade chains, obscure precious and semiprecious stones, gold and oxidized silver—are a stylist’s dream. Besides big names such as Lika Behar and Lauren Harper, the shop carries designs by owner Amy Hugo and Alberto Parada of DC.

Regulars know: Hugo can often customize or rework pieces to create an original design. 4808 Bethesda Ave.; 301-907-6871.

Paris in Bethesda

With pots of lush flowers and shrubs, the secluded patio at Bistro Provence is one of the most intimate and romantic in the area. Inside is pure Paris, with cheek-by-jowl tables and chef Yannick Cam’s ode to classic and modern French cooking. Dishes such as asparagus risotto and bouillabaisse with rouille (a condiment made from olive oil, garlic, and saffron) are more classic, while duck with foie gras sausage offers a bit of flash.

Regulars know: Cam now offers several menus—the Bistro and three tasting menus. 4933 Fairmont Ave.; 301-656-7373.

Put on Your Best Face

The makeup artists at Bluemercury nail the all-natural makeup look, meaning they can make you appear to be a refreshed version of yourself. If you prefer, they can go more glam, too. You’ll find beauty, bath, and hair-care products from brands such as Laura Mercier, Trish McEvoy, Oribe, and Molton Brown.

Regulars know: The Bethesda Lane location offers spa facials and waxing. 7105 Bethesda La., 301-986-0070; 10231 Old Georgetown Rd., 301-897-0006.

New Approach to Menswear

You can’t actually take anything from Bonobos home with you. What you can do is try on styles, check out fabrics, and play with accessories with the help of a salesperson—called a guide—whom you meet with by appointment. Then you can order your favorite fabrics and styles online, on your own, or with the guide’s help. You can outfit an entire wardrobe, with everything from pocket squares and shoes to suits and swimwear.

Regulars know: The Italian wools are worth a look—they come from a fabricator that also supplies high-end suit designers. 4836 Bethesda Ave.; 301-986-7949.

Boho Chic

A new addition to the Bethesda shopping scene, Calypso St. Barth offers breezy casual and resort wear, shoes, and accessories. The chain started in St. Barts, which explains why you might almost feel you’ve stepped into a serene island getaway.

Regulars know: Besides its own label, the shop carries brands such as Adriano Goldschmied, Velvet, and Paige. 4810 Bethesda Ave., Suite 24; 301-652-1219.

Most Decadent Burger

Washington has no shortage of delicious burgers, but City Burger is a strong competitor. Among its offerings: an organic meat patty topped with Swiss cheese, crisp pastrami, and coleslaw. Sure, it’s over the top, but isn’t that what a good burger is all about?

Regulars know: The fried green beans with Parmesan and a milkshake made with house-churned custard turn it into a meal. 7015 Wisconsin Ave.; 301-652-0010.

Keeping It Local

Besides organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, meats, and poultry, the Central Farm Market has locally made artisanal items including cheeses, kosher lamb bacon, pickled vegetables, baby food, yogurt, and charcuterie. You can also nosh as you shop by hitting stands selling Chinese dumplings, crepes, pastries, and breads.

Regulars know: There are non-food items such as soaps and handmade yarn and knitted woolens, too. 7600 Arlington Rd.; info@centralfarmmarkets.com.

Superb Sandwich

Ibrahim “Ibo” Selmy, owner of Cornucopia, slices his prosciutto di Parma with a manual slicer. This might seem like a small thing, but the prosciutto, while tissue-thin, is less uniform and more authentic than meat cut with an electric blade. This is the sort of detail that makes Selmy’s sandwiches soar. Other pleasures include pastas, cheeses, salumi, filled-to-order cannoli, and a staggering array of Italian cookies.

Regulars know: You get the full Old World experience, complete with opera on the sound system. 8102 Norfolk Ave.; 301-652-1625.

Everything for the Nursery

Zero-VOC paints, removable wallpaper, cribs, cradles, and rockers—Daisy Baby Kids has everything you need to do up a little one’s room in style. There are also linens from New Arrivals, rugs by Momeni, stuffed animals from Cloud B, and other accoutrements for the modern baby. Though classic and contemporary pieces dominate, you’ll also find ultra-hip designs such as Ubabub’s pod crib and Bloom’s Fresco Chrome high chair.

Regulars know: Owner Dana Evans is full of ideas to help with nursery design. 4912-A Del Ray Ave.; 301-654-7477.

We All Scream for Gelato

Who could have known that some of the best gelato in the area is actually an Argentine riff on Italy’s icy treat? Dense and creamy, the gelato at Dolcezza—in such tempting flavors as salted caramel, Valrhona chocolate amargo, and peppermint stracciatella—is wonderfully satisfying. Ditto the shop’s sorbetto (we love the grapefruit Campari). For those without a sweet tooth, the Stumptown espresso is divine, too.

Regulars know: The benches along cobblestone, pedestrian-only Bethesda Lane make a great spot to savor a scoop. 7111 Bethesda La.; 301-215-9226.

Beyond the Burger

Food Wine Co.’s wildly good prime Angus burger and truffle aïoli has attracted a lot of attention, but there are other menu items to explore. Fried artichokes, pickled deviled eggs, roasted cauliflower tonnato, and charred octopus are a few. And there’s even another burger that may be the sleeper hit: a lamb patty with a punch of tomato-harissa jam.

Regulars know: Wine flights create a tasting-room feel at the restaurant—you get three two-ounce glasses for $13. 7272 Wisconsin Ave.; 301-652-8008.

Little Italy in the Suburbs

Roberto and Riccardo Pietrobono’s new Mexican restaurant, Gringos Mariachis, is getting a lot of attention, but their original gem, Olazzo, with its Little Italy feel, is still a must for classic red-sauce Italian fare. Don’t miss the fried calamari, meatball sliders, arancini, and eggplant Parmesan.

Regulars know: A recent dining-room expansion has doubled this snug restaurant’s seating. 7921 Norfolk Ave.; 301-654-9496.

Clothes for Work and Play

Ginger is an antidote to shopping overload, with its well-edited collection of daytime-to-cocktail-hour dresses, date-night tops, knits, and denim. Joie, Calypso, and White Warren are among the designers stocked in this airy shop. Owner Gretchen Hitchner, a former Capitol Hill press secretary, styles the clothes with thoughtful accessories and a trove of mostly costume jewelry.

Regulars know: The jewelry and accessories can be especially good bargains. 7114 Bethesda La.; 301-664-9242.

Pizza Plus Breakfast

Stellar pizza has almost become a cliché in these parts. Even so, Pitzze Table—formerly Haven Pizzeria Napoletana—stands out with its beautifully blistered pies. The modern spot has two coal ovens and a retro wine bar. We like the coal-fired-vegetable and Connecticut-style clam pies. Another plus: You can get wine by the glass, half liter, or bottle.

Regulars know: A recent renovation means more bar room and a new breakfast menu with fresh juices and a “toast bar” of rustic breads. 7137 Wisconsin Ave.; 301-664-9412.

Happy Hour, Spanish Style

José Andrés’s popular Spanish restaurant Jaleo does its own version of happy hour—Jaleo Hour. Weekdays from 4:30 to 7 and Saturdays from 10 pm to midnight, you’ll find sangría and a selection of wines by the glass for $5, specialty cocktails for $8, and tapas for $5. The tasty bites include Manchego with quince paste, chicken croquetas, and patatas bravas.

Regulars know: Jaleo’s full menu is a must for Ibérico fans—14 dishes feature the Spanish acorn-fed pork. 7271 Woodmont Ave.; 301-913-0003.

Embarrassment of Baubles

Even though Lou Lou moved to a bigger space last year, this costume-jewelry and accessories shop still channels a bazaar-like vibe. Bracelets, necklaces, watches, hair clips, and purses fill every inch of space. Prices are reasonable, making this a great place to pick up trendy items you may be over by next season.

Regulars know: Though there’s plenty for grownups, Lou Lou is nirvana for teens and tweens. 7126 Bethesda La.; 301-652-0048.

Lobster to Love

Our favorite way to eat at Luke’s Lobster is to order one of the combos so we don’t have to choose among lobster, crab, and shrimp rolls. We love them all on their toasted split buns, with a kiss of mayo and lemon butter. The house slaw, creamy chowder, and a beer are nice accompaniments, and the picnic tables out front transport you to a summer in Maine.

Regulars know: Luke’s has curbside service, which means you can grab your to-go order without even leaving your car. 7129 Bethesda La.; 301-718-1005.

More Than Shoes

Shoes and accessories were how it all began at Sassanova. Still a source for women’s and children’s footwear labels—including Loeffler Randall, Jack Rogers, Andre Assous, French Sole, and Dolce Vita—the shop now sells women’s clothing by such names as Alice Trixie and Yoana Baraschi.

Regulars know: You’ll find Roberta Freymann’s distinctive bathing-suit cover-ups for women and girls even in the winter. 7134 Bethesda La.; 301-654-7403.

When You Need Options

You can graze or gorge at Persimmon depending on your mood. Share creative nibbles like wasabi-crusted oysters, smoked-trout spring rolls, and empanadas; or go for bigger plates such as black-and-white-sesame-crusted tuna and crabcakes with mashed potatoes. Either way, save room for the chocolate-cream-pie “martini”—dense chocolate pudding, fresh whipped cream, and crunchy graham cracker layered in a martini glass.

Regulars know: During happy hour at the lively bar, draft beers and savory bites are $3 to $4 each. 7003 Wisconsin Ave.; 301-654-9860.

Shop Someone Else’s Closet

Sell your own unwanted clothes, then buy others’ castoffs at Reddz Trading, a resale shop known for its mix of high-end fashion (Céline, Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Chanel) and more wallet-friendly designers (James Perse, Diane von Furstenberg, J Brand, AllSaints). Reddz pays a flat fee of 30 percent of the value of items it buys from you; if you spend your take there, the shop will give you 45 percent.

Regulars know: Georgetown’s Charm has a pop-up shop at Reddz selling jewelry from designers such as Alexis Bittar and Marcia Moran. 7801 Woodmont Ave.; 301-656-7333.

For Fun Gifts

Looking for something witty to bring a friend or coworker? Red Orchard is where you’ll find amusing items such as a laptop sleeve with an imprint of a typewriter on it. Owners John Helm and Caroline Liberty stock everything from baby gifts—animal clocks, handmade stuffed toys, silly spoons—to in-demand John Derian découpage dishes.

Regulars know: Many items are locally made and one of a kind. 10253 Old Georgetown Rd.; 301-571-7333.

Laid-Back Living

South Moon Under is all about a relaxed lifestyle. You won’t find a lot of work wear; the men’s and women’s apparel is meant for having fun. Besides clothes from labels such as Joe’s Jeans and Susana Monaco, this mini-department store stocks shoes, home goods, accessories, and jewelry.

Regulars know: South Moon Under has a robust swimwear section—not a surprise, because the homegrown chain’s first store was a surf shop in Ocean City. 10247 Old Georgetown Rd.; 301-564-0995.

Macarons in Every Shade

There are 14 rotating flavors of macarons to choose from at Tout de Sweet, from the familiar (pistachio, salted caramel) to the more obscure (cassis, rose water). But that’s not all this French patisserie offers. Daily pastry specials might include mango mousse cake or raspberry cream puffs, and there are always a couple of varieties of muffins and cookies. Gorgeous cakes and tortes can be ordered in advance.

Regulars know: If you don’t want to leave it to chance, you can preorder a batch of your favorite macaron flavor. 7831 Woodmont Ave.;301-951-0474.

Feather Your Bed and Nest

If you’re into luxurious thread counts, Urban Country is a must. Dreamy beds done up with floral Designers Guild linens or vivid travel-inspired Pine Cone Hill bedding might get you thinking naptime, but it doesn’t stop there at this stylish home-furnishings store. Lighting, furniture, pillows, and other accessories are all part of the mix.

Regulars know: This is also a great place to score gifts for a favorite hostess or a friend’s birthday. 7117 Arlington Rd.; 301-654-0500.

Toys With Conscience

So you drive a Prius and buy organic at Whole Foods—at Tugooh Toys you can stick to the green life with environmentally friendly playthings for your children. Brands include Alex, Green Toys, and Small World Toys, and there’s an emphasis on items made of wood and natural fibers. The staff is especially knowledgeable about what’s age-appropriate and how to actually use the products they sell.

Regulars know: Organic-cotton cozies for infants nine months and under make a great baby gift. 4823 Bethesda Ave.; 301-654-2412.

Cocktails That Hold Their Own

It’s a given that the food at Wildwood Kitchen is rave-worthy, with names such as Robert Wiedmaier and Brian McBride (Blue Duck Tavern) involved. Lamb meatballs with harissa, clam pappardelle, and crispy Portuguese sardines are soulful and satisfying. But the cocktails are the real standouts. Both classic (Corpse Reviver #2) and trendy (Gingertini) libations hit the sweet spot every time.

Regulars know: The $25 two-course dinner special served from 4 to 6 is the perfect pre-movie meal. 10223 Old Georgetown Rd.; 301-571-1700.

To Please the Masses

Need to make Grandma, out-of-town friends, and your kids happy? Woodmont Grill has the answers. Reservations are taken. There’s free parking (limited, but still a big deal in downtown Bethesda). And the food is both delicious and accessible in an era of offal and small plates. The spinach-and-artichoke dip, prime rib, and crabcakes prove that simplicity can really shine.

Regulars know: Woodmont has a house-made veggie burger even a carnivore can crave. 7715 Woodmont Ave.; 301-656-9755.

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Article source: http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/arts-events/where-to-eat-drink-and-shop-in-bethesda/

Gold Apple Watch could sell for $10000 – AAPL

September 19, 2014 Posted by admin

With the Apple Watch, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is moving from “affordable luxury” to “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”

Apple introduced its smartwatch on Sept. 9, saying it will start at $349 when it becomes available in early 2015. But that’s for the plain vanilla model.

The smartwatch comes in three collections: the Apple Watch, with a stainless steel case; the Apple Watch Sport, with an anodized aluminum case; and Apple Watch Edition, with an 18-karat rose or yellow gold case.

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John Gruber of Daring Fireball estimates that the Sport version will start at $349, the stainless steel version will start at $999 and the luxury Edition version will start at $4,999. And the gold Edition version could cost $10,000 or more, he said.

“The lowest conceivable price I could see for the Edition models is $1,999 — but the gold alone, just as scrap metal, might in fact be worth more than that,” Gruber wrote. The watch will use a gold alloy and not be gold plated, he said.

“I think Apple Watch prices are going to be shockingly high — gasp-inducingly, get-me-to-the-fainting-couch high — from the perspective of the tech industry,” he wrote. “But at the same time, there is room for them to be disruptively low from the perspective of the traditional watch and jewelry world. There’s a massive pricing umbrella in the luxury watch world, and Apple is aiming to take advantage of it.”

But while luxury watches from Rolex can become family heirlooms, the technology in the Apple Watch could make it obsolete in just a few years, Gruber said. Also, the Apple Watch only works when it’s paired with an iPhone 5 or 6 series handset. Plus, the Apple Watch will need to be charged at least nightly. Apple hasn’t given battery life details for the device yet.

UBS predicts that Apple will sell 24 million units of Apple Watch in fiscal 2015, which ends next September, and 40 million units in fiscal 2016, with an average selling price of $430.

“We probably are underestimating average selling prices,” UBS analyst Steven Milunovich said in a research note Thursday. “Estimates for the 18-karat gold Edition range from $1,200-$10,000. That won’t be a high-volume seller, but the point is that our $430 ASP assumption may be conservative.”

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Article source: http://news.investors.com/technology-click/091814-717964-apple-watch-luxury-edition-could-be-expensive.htm

Auburn man says he was duped out of thousands of dollars by man claiming to …

September 18, 2014 Posted by admin

AUBURN, Alabama — An Auburn man claims he was duped out of thousands of dollars by a man claiming to be an attorney.

The victim reported to Auburn police that he hired a man he thought was an attorney to represent him between August 2012 and August 2014, the Opelika Auburn News reported.

The victim gave the alleged attorney gold jewelry, valued at $2,500, to sell. The attorney was supposed to bring the cash he received, but the victim never heard back from him.

Auburn police learned the supposed attorney doesn’t actually have a license to practice law.

No arrests have been made.

Article source: http://www.al.com/news/montgomery/index.ssf/2014/09/auburn_man_says_he_was_duped_o.html

Fortunoff jewelry stores trying for rebirth in a new setting

September 17, 2014 Posted by admin

* A granddaughter opens N.Y. store, looks to North Jersey

A granddaughter of the founders of the Fortunoff retail chain wants to restore some luster to the family name by bringing back the Fortunoff jewelry stores.

Esther Fortunoff is starting small, with the grand opening this week of a 1,900-square-foot Fortunoff Fine Jewelry store in Westbury, N.Y. She is hoping, however, this will lead to bigger things, including a future store in North Jersey, where the Fortunoff family first began its expansion outside of New York, with stores in Paramus and Wayne.

Fortunoff is entering a retail landscape very different than when her family began selling jewelry and watches at its Brooklyn housewares stores in 1957. Jewelry is sold online, and in discount stores such as Walmart. The three biggest national chains — Kay’s, Jared and Zales — have blanketed the market. But she has assets that are retail gold – a brand name with a sterling reputation, and a lifetime’s worth of learning the business from expert merchants.

“Her chances for success are very, very high,” said Howard Davidowitz, chairman of Davidowitz Associates, a national retail consulting and investment banking firm based in New York City. Fortunoff’s jewelry stores and departments were known for being honest and fair with customers, and “they offered great value and tremendous fashion,” Davidowitz said. “They had the touch.”

While there are many vendors selling jewelry, no one has really moved into the niche Fortunoff used to occupy, said Candace Corlett, a principal at WSL Strategic Retail in New York. “Nobody’s taken that spot for classy, great eye for design and great value that Fortunoff’s owned,” she said.

The Fortunoff stores in North Jersey and elsewhere disappeared in 2009, when efforts by the latest owner to sell the chain failed after two bankruptcy filings within a year. The Fortunoff family, which at that point included more than a dozen grandchildren of founders Max and Clara Fortunoff, decided in 2005 to sell its majority stake in the company to two private equity firms. Those companies filed for bankruptcy in 2008, and another private equity business bought it out of bankruptcy, but folded the company a year later.

At the time of its two bankruptcy filings, the chain was reeling from the double whammy of debt incurred through an ill-advised expansion, and the worst retail recession in more than 40 years, which hit jewelry and gift sales particularly hard.

Members of the family bought back the rights to the Fortunoff name and the company’s intellectual property in 2009 for $1.8 million.

A group of former Fortunoff executives has since relaunched the Fortunoff Backyard outdoor furniture stores in 2010, focusing on another of Fortunoff’s strengths. Esther Fortunoff created an online jewelry store, fortunoffjewelry.com, in 2010, and has been selling jewelry there for four years.

Fortunoff, 59, said she has been eager to get back into the jewelry business since the family sold the company. She also wanted to keep the traditions and the family atmosphere of the old Fortunoff stores alive. “I wasn’t ready to stop,” she said.

The new store, which began opening on a limited basis this month and will have its grand opening Thursday, is a few doors away from the 220,000-square-foot Fortunoff superstore in Westbury that has been empty since the company folded in 2009. The Westbury store, the Fortunoff family’s first suburban location, was a retail powerhouse, drawing customers from the tri-state area. “It was one of the most popular, highest-volume stores in the nation. And what was the driver of that store? Jewelry,” Davidowitz said.

Fortunoff’s mother, Helene, who grew up in Paterson and married into the Fortunoff family, started the company’s jewelry and watch division. Esther Fortunoff worked in the stores during school breaks. After completing the company’s management training program, she worked at the Paramus Park Fortunoff store as a junior manager in the 1970s. She helped open the Fifth Avenue store – with appearances by the company’s star spokeswoman Lauren Bacall — and then she was based on Long Island, where the company had its headquarters and flagship store. She lives in Westbury.

Fortunoff said she looked at other locations on Long Island for the new store, but being in the shadow of the original suburban Fortunoff “just felt right.”

She said she was prompted to open a brick-and-mortar store by the many online customers, including a number from North Jersey, who asked if there was anyplace where they could see, touch and try on the jewelry for sale on the website.

The store will carry a range of jewelry, from inexpensive gifts to special occasion jewelry and estate pieces. She also plans to include new and “edgier” designers than might have been found in the previous Fortunoff jewelry counters.

“My quality control standards are high,” Fortunoff said. “If I’m selling you something, I would like to feel good about it.”

Email: verdon@northjersey.com

Article source: http://www.northjersey.com/news/business/jewelry-s-top-star-returns-1.1089557

EOS & Cooksongold Team to Launch the PRECIOUS M 080 Jewelry DMLS 3D …

September 16, 2014 Posted by admin

jew2Jewelry has been one of the key markets to see substantial benefit from recent advances within additive manufacturing technologies. Whether it’s the fabrication of polymer based jewelry created by children, or full scale manufacturing of intricate pieces via 3D printing combined with lost wax casting, there is no doubt that these technologies are allowing designers to expand their imaginations.

There has already been a major market for jewelry created with the help of 3D printers. With 3D printing services like Shapeways, some of the hottest selling products are within the jewelry space. With that said, they are not actually 3D printed, but instead, the design is 3D printed in wax, at which point liquid plaster is poured around it. Once the plaster sets, they heat the plaster until the wax melts out, and then use it as a mold for creating the actual jewelry pieces.

Things are changing though, as technologies are improving, while also becoming more efficient. Today, it was announced at the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair 2014 that Cooksongold, which is part of the Heimerle + Meule Group, has teamed with EOS, one of the leaders within the additive manufacturing space, to launch the PRECIOUS M 080 Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) system.jew-5

The machine, equipped with a 100-watt fibre laser, which has been designed around the needs of the jewelry and watch industry, promises to change how designers create, and jewelry is fabricated. With additive manufacturing, complexity is free, meaning that it costs just as much to print out a brick of gold as it does an interwoven lattice of thin twirling branches, making up a piece of jewelry.  Below are some of the general specifications of the new machine:

  • Build Envelope: 80 mm x 100 mm
  • Scan Speed: up to 7.0 m/s (23 ft./sec)
  • Focus Diameter: Less than 30 μm
  • Power consumption maximum 2.3 kW
  • External Gas Supply: 4.000 hPa; 50 l/min (58 psi; 1.8 ft³/min)
  • Dimensions (B x D x H): 800 mm x 950 mm x 1850 mm
  • Printer Weight: 580 kg

Dr. Adrian Keppler, Chief Marketing Officer at EOS states: “This AM process introduces an innovative, paradigm shifting technology to the luxury goods industry. With Cooksongold we found the perfect partner for the extension of our technology into this industry. Additive Manufacturing paves the way for a completely new approach towards design and manufacturing, enabling design-driven manufacturing the industry has long been searching for.”

jew3The PRECIOUS M 080 DMLS system uses special gas atomized alloys developed specifically for their machine, but can be adapted to work with any laser sintering machine on the market, according to Cooksongold. One material example is an 18k gold alloy consisting of 75.10% gold, 12.48% silver along with copper, which is offered by the company. Such a material allows for complex gold jewelry and watches to be created without the delays associated with casting and molding techniques of the past.

“The DMLS technology challenges a designer’s imagination and enables the creation of jewellery and watch components that previously would have been impossible to successfully manufacture,” stated David Fletcher, European Product Manager, Cooksongold. “AM will change the economics of producing watch and jewellery products by offering a streamlined manufacturing process that dramatically reduces the time required from design conception to final part realization. DMLS will also enable the production of design driven pieces that are not limited by the restrictions of conventional production techniques such as lost wax casting.”

Cooksongold is also working diligently to develop materials in addition to gold, which can be utilized by designers to fabricate a variety of creative jewelry pieces. Along with dealing directly with clients to sell and install the PRECIOUS M 080, they will also partake in training their clients on the machine, selling the materials used within the machine, and providing the licenses and software required.

Let us know what you think this new 3D printer could mean for the jewelry industry as a whole. Discuss in the PRECIOUS M 080 forum thread on 3DPB.com.  Below is a short video about the Precious M 080.

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Article source: http://3dprint.com/15215/precious-m-080-jewelry-3d/

Minneapolis man charged in Eden Prairie burglary

September 15, 2014 Posted by admin

A 22-year-old Minneapolis man was recently charged with burglarizing an Eden Prairie home and stealing an assault weapon.

Svyatoslav Igorevich Sokiryavyy faces two felony charges after allegedly burglarizing a home May 19 on the 14000 block of Starrwood Circle in Eden Prairie. Sokiryavyy was charged with one count of second-degree burglary and one count of possession of an assault weapon, according to the criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court.

The following is an account of the burglary according to the complaint:

The homeowner stated he left his home around 7:20 a.m. on May 19 and returned home at 1:50 p.m. when he noted items inside the house had been disturbed since his morning departure. His bedroom was in disarray. Two handguns were missing from his nightstand. Both guns were loaded. He identified them as a Smith Wesson 9 mm MP, and a Smith Wesson 642 .38 Special.

Also taken in the burglary was a jewelry box located on a dresser and a safe from the closet floor.

Police determined that the burglar likely entered through a sliding glass door located in the rear of the house.

The police found Sokiryavyy as a suspect, who had been linked to other residential burglaries in western Hennepin County, according to the complaint. He was identified by witnesses to a separate burglary in Eden Prairie, and video surveillance captured him pawning jewelry from that burglary at the Mall of America.

Bloomington police stopped Sokiryavyy, and Eden Prairie seized his vehicle and obtained a search warrant authorizing the search of the car. Police located a quantity of jewelry, drugs, drug paraphernalia and a Smith Wesson 642 .38 Special handgun.

The complaint stated that police interviewed an employee of The Gold Guys at Mall of America. The employee stated that Sokiryavyy attempted to sell a plastic bag of gold jewelry on May 19. The Gold Guys refused to purchase the gold. The employee photographed the jewelry and sketched the bag’s contents.

The victim’s wife identified several items seized during the execution of the search warrant as having been taken from their home, including a backpack, jewelry, a jewelry box and the handgun. She also viewed the jewelry photographed by The Gold Guys, and identified the contents of the photo as belonging to her.

Sokiryavyy has several previous convictions. He was convicted of a fifth-degree controlled substance possession offense in September 2011, and also adjudicated delinquent for the crime of second-degree burglary and third-degree burglary, both in December 2009. At the time of the alleged offense, the Legislature defined these convictions as crimes of violence, making Sokiryavyy ineligible to possess firearms.

Sokiryavyy faces up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines for the burglary charge, with a minimum sentence of three years, and up to 15 years in prison and $30,000 in fines for the possession of assault weapon charge with a minimum sentence of five years.

Contact Natalie Conrad at natalie.conrad@ecm-inc.com or follow her @EPSunCurrent.

Article source: http://current.mnsun.com/2014/09/minneapolis-man-charged-in-eden-prairie-burglary/

24-Karat-Gold for Your Nails

September 14, 2014 Posted by admin

24-Karat-Gold for Your Nails

Deborah Lippmann’s partnering with Barneys New York to sell an exclusive collection of her nail polish, marked by white caps (instead of black) and one star formula: a 24-karat-gold flecked polish that will sell for $50. Sound crazy? Maybe, but an increasing number of polishes stuffed full of gold, diamonds, and other precious gems means there are enough women out there willing to spend big on jewelry in nail polish form. 

Rococo’s Gold Leaf Lacquer was one of the first to fill clear polish with gold leaf. The polish, which can be worn alone or as a topcoat, was inspired by Versailles and sells for nearly $60. Then Azature, a Hollywood-based nail brand, upped the ante, releasing a $250,000 black diamond nail polish at the height of the world’s nail craze, in 2012. One bottle boasts 267 carats of black diamonds. (They also make a diamond-free version that looks the same, for $25.)

More recently, Red Carpet Manicure, one of the first brands to make an at-home LED gel manicure system, released a whole collection of gem-infused polishes; when they say ruby red or sapphire blue, they mean it. (Each polish goes for $12.) Etoile Nail Polish ($18) and even OPI have issued collections that use diamond dust for extra sparkle. Of course, unless you run around telling everyone there are diamond on your nails, it’s pretty hard to tell the difference between diamond-induced glitter and just regular old glitter. The gold, however, does offer a richer metallic finish than your average gold polish or even glitter. You can snag your own bottle at Barneys, starting next month.

Article source: https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/24-karat-gold-for-your-nails-97157697938.html

From Basics to Beauty in Jewelry Making

September 13, 2014 Posted by admin

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India’s Love Affair with Gold May Be Over as Prices Slide

September 12, 2014 Posted by admin

Kiran Laxman Salunkhe used to buy jewelry during religious festivals, but sliding gold prices have led the young Indian farmer to break with his family’s traditional investment.

This year Salunkhe has deposited his hard-earned savings at the bank for the first time in a decade and bought farmland.

“I bought jewelry when gold price was 32,000 rupees (per 10 grams) last year. Now jewelers won’t pay me more than 27,000 rupees if I want to sell. Why should I invest in gold,” said Salunkhe, who farms 15 acres of sugar cane in Vangal, a village 250 km (160 miles) south of Mumbai.

“Nowadays it is risky to keep jewelry. Burglaries are rising,” he said. “With a fixed deposit there is no risk.”

A one-quarter drop in local gold prices over the past year has shaken the confidence of Indians in the precious metal as a store of value and dented demand in the world’s second-biggest buyer.

The main beneficiary has been Indian stocks, which have been clocking up records on hopes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi can deliver on the promise of “better days” ahead that swept him to power in May’s general election.

Beyond short-term sentiment, a major push by Modi for every household to get a bank account, better education and living standards, and falling inflation expectations, could herald a more secular change in investing habits.

“The attachment of Indians to gold will remain,” said Harish Galipelli, head of commodities and currencies at Inditrade Derivatives and Commodities Ltd., referring to gold’s culturally embedded role in dowry gifts or decorating Hindu temples.

“But as the banking network expands and literacy rises, people in rural areas will explore other investment products like mutual funds or bank deposits. The mindset is slowly changing.”

If the national obsession with gold does fade that would help curb India’s external deficits – gold is the second biggest item on the import bill after oil – and cap world gold prices that are trading sideways in 2014.

BACK TO EQUITIES

If the crowds selling scrap gold to Kapil Parekh at his shop in Mumbai’s Zaveri Bazaar are anything to go by, the shift by small-time speculators out of gold is continuing unabated.

“Many investors who came after 2008′s stock market crash were short-term investors,” said Parekh.

“They came when the stock market wasn’t giving returns. Now, since shares are rallying, they are liquidating gold and going back to equities. They may come back.”

One customer, Dinesh Jain, said he had sold 64 grams of gold bought since 2011 and was investing the proceeds – now worth nearly $3,000 – in information technology stocks.

India’s investment demand for gold slumped by 67 percent in the June quarter from a year ago to 49.6 tonnes, World Gold Council (WGC) data showed. Based on industry and WGC estimates, investment demand could nearly halve to 190 tonnes this year.

Investment demand was 37 percent of total 2013 gold sales.

Indian gold exchange-traded funds, a financial product that sophisticated investors use to gain exposure to the metal, have suffered 15 straight months of outflows.

In contrast, turnover on Mumbai’s main NSE bourse is up by 61 percent, while $50 billion has flowed into mutual funds in the financial year starting April 1 – up sixfold from the entire previous year.

Term deposits in Indian banks have also risen but by a more modest $3.6 billion since April, compared to a drop of $2.9 billion last year, central bank figures show.

SHIFTING SENTIMENT

A decade-long surge in gold prices to 2013 led investment buying of bars and coins to quadruple. Over the same time, sales of traditionally more popular jewelry rose by just a quarter.

But since hitting a record high of 35,074 rupees per 10 grams in August 2013, local gold prices have fallen steadily, tracking weakness in overseas prices and a strengthening rupee.

In the past, such price falls would have attracted bargain hunters. Not now.

“The 11-year rally in gold prices created a perception that they will only go up. This price fall has broken that conviction,” Prithviraj Kothari, vice president of the India Bullion Jewelers’ Association, told Reuters.

“Now people are diversifying their investments. This trend will increase in the coming years,” added Kothari, cautioning that expectations of a tightening in super-loose U.S. monetary policy would weigh on gold.

“During uncertainly people chase gold. Now, since we have stability, economic growth will revive. It will ultimately push up the stock market and real estate prices.”

But for some India’s love affair with gold will endure.

“Last year, despite a premium of over $100 (per ounce over London prices), buyers were crowding my counter,” said a Mumbai-based dealer at a state-run bank.

“Now, the premium is just $5. The peak festive season is ahead. But I am waiting for customers. There is no hysteria.”

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