February 1, 2009
You go ahead and pick your dumbest "As seen on TV" product. The Presto salad shooter that shreds veggies like they've been blasted with an AK-47? Mighty Putty, "the super-powered epoxy"? The Get-A-Grip bath handle? I've got one that makes those look like they were designed by NASA scientists. This would be the Snuggie, the ridiculous "Blanket That Has Sleeves!" featured in that goofy commercial that airs all the time now. If you haven't seen it, picture various smiling people talking on the phone, watching TV, working on their laptops, etc., all while swaddled in a robe-like fleece that makes them look like a cult of blissed-out friars.
October 18, 2006
For all the voters out there who've found themselves in desperate need of bed linens and lip balm, the choice in the 3rd District is clear. John White, the Republican running against John Sarbanes, is the guy who brought Blistex to Bed Bath & Beyond. He also put Tylenol and Splenda on the shelves of Office Depot, and - his latest coup - Campbell's soup and Chex snack mix in Home Depot. Ever wonder why you can pick up drywall and chicken noodle soup at the same store? Of course not. You just think, "Great!
July 23, 2006
Towson University sophomore Pamela Geisel wants her dorm room to feel like home. Like most college students, she jazzes it up with decorative lamps, rugs and lots of bright colors. And Geisel covers her walls with photographs and posters. But comfort comes with a price: Geisel spent $400 on decor last year. And she is shopping now to spruce up her room when school starts next month. "The best thing is to have a room that you feel comfortable in," said Geisel, 17. College students are spending more on back-to-school bedspreads, trash cans, curtains and scores of other materials for dorms and apartment rooms.
November 26, 2005
Cotton for sheets is, like, so five minutes ago. Several new fabrics have been warming beds for some time now, and many of them are kind to the earth, too. Try bamboo fiber. It's new and soft and harvested from farms, meaning no forests were decimated. Mixing the sensual drape of silk with the warmth and softness of cotton, bamboo fiber sheet sets are available at Bed Bath & Beyond in a variety of soft colors, from $39.99 to $99.99. Linens-N-Things also sells a bamboo fiber duvet for about $150.
October 19, 2005
Old Navy? Bed Bath & Beyond? Pottery Barn? By bypassing Baltimore, you national retail chains might be missing out. Downtown Baltimore has the population and the ready cash to make it one of the country's top 10 retail markets, according to a new study. A retail assessment commissioned by the city and area development organizations shows the wealthy, waterfront parts of town boast demographics that rival established urban markets such as Philadelphia, Boston and Washington. "I was surprised," Downtown Partnership President Kirby Fowler said of the results.
August 21, 2005
Decorating for back to college used to be a no-brainer. All you had to do was buy a new bedspread, sheets, pillows and a plastic bucket in which to carry your toiletries to the communal bathroom. Not anymore. Everyone is competing for your back-to-dorm dollar -- from Ty Pennington's TYU Back to Campus Collection at Sears to Room Solutions at design-savvy Target. Even Kmart is trying to generate hipster hype with the 0-60 Collection, a brand kicked off just in time for back to school. These collections join the offerings from typical spots you shop in for dorm decor, such as Linens 'N Things, Bed Bath & Beyond and the Container Store.