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Marimekko Design Launches at Target Stores

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If you love fabric and color, you may already be familiar with a brand called Marimekko. This Finnish company is now partnering with Target stores to bring their lines of clothing, home décor and kitchenware to its shoppers.

Marimekko launches in Target Inspiring Kitchen

The formal opening of the Marimekko collection launched Sunday, April 17. You can find the collection in both Target stores and online.

Marimekko launches in Target Inspiring Kitchen

(photos courtesy of Target)

There is so much about this brand that I just love. The rich colors, simple design and messages that represent the philosophy that define Marimekko. The company began in 1951 with the mission of bringing joy to everyday life.… Read more

2015 NRA Favorite Finds

Posted by | Restaurants, Retailer, Trade Show, Trends | 25 Comments

The 2015 National Restaurant Show just ended leaving me with lots of interesting products and trends to share with you. While the NRA show is predominantly for those who work in the food service industry, there are definitely items that can be found from the consumer standpoint as well as giving ideas of trends that will potentially be in the retail world for consumers to purchase. The vastness of the show includes such categories as restaurant equipment, foods, beverages, table top (dinnerware, glassware, etc), decor and technology. What I am sharing below is a taste of what I saw that I think you might find intriguing.… Read more

Best Southern Biscuits

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There is something very warm and inviting when your hostess places a plate of steaming hot, freshly made biscuits in front of you. In the South, this is a tradition that is passed down through families. Not so much here in Chicago. But it should be!

Inspiring Kitchen Best Southern Biscuits

It wasn’t until I received Jackie Garvin’s Biscuits cookbook that I really thought about making biscuits from scratch. As I paged through this cookbook, I discovered so many recipes that I wanted to try. Something great to realize is that most ingredients you need to make homemade biscuits are already in your kitchen. There is a recipe for monkey bread that is always a favorite at celebrations and a double crusted summer vegetable pie that looks ideal following a visit to the farmer’s market.… Read more

Favorite Finds 2015 Housewares Show

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In Chicago, March is the time of year where retailers, brands, manufacturers, media, chefs, and restauranteurs travel to McCormick Place to attend the International Home and Housewares Show. It is a show that people like me love! Three buildings filled with the latest kitchen, dining, laundry, garage, bathroom and closet finds. Miles and miles of cooking equipment, tools and gadgets; dinnerware, flatware, glassware, barware; gadgets, tools, cutlery, cutting boards; electrics from rice cookers to espresso machines to air fryers to water purifiers and beyond; food storage containers, bakeware, pepper mills, linens and the list continues. So much to see, to admire, to want.… Read more

2014 International Housewares Show

Posted by | Coffee, Cookware, Housewares, Housewares Show, Trade Show, Trade Shows | 34 Comments

The big day arrived here in Chicago on Saturday, March 15, as anyone playing any role in the housewares world arrived in Chicago for the 2014 International Housewares Show held at McCormick Place. Retailers, big and small, came to see what exciting new products they could share with their customers. Manufacturers of everything from cookware to kitchen utensils to electrics to dinnerware to glassware to storage materials and beyond all came to display their wares. The show was full of energy and creativity which made walking my first day a little easier as I hit more than 19,000 steps per my pedometer.… Read more

International Housewares Show

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This is a very exciting time of year for those of us in the housewares industry as March brings the global presence of housewares companies showing their wares at McCormick Place. We are able to see the latest, most creative or technologically advanced products for our kitchens. I make lists of who I must see while walking the show. Anything you would like me to check out for you?… Read more

Bridal Registry Season

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It’s bridal registry season! February is a wonderful month to register at your favorite stores. Crate and Barrel stores across the country have dedicated registry events at their stores this month. Check out their website for more information. If Williams-Sonoma is your preferred store, they offer Sunday morning private registry appointments. Give them a call to schedule your registry set up. Remember you can do online registries as well. There is something said though to see, touch and learn about the products that can’t be experienced online. Just remember to have fun!… Read more