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November 22, 1991
The Cosmetic Center Inc., a Savage-based specialty retailer of cosmetics, fragrances and beauty aids, reported increases in revenues, net income and earnings per share during its fourth quarter, which ended in September.The company opened two new Maryland stores, in Waldorf and Wheaton, and three stores in Illinois during the fiscal year.Three months ended 9/27/91.......Revenue..... .... Net........ Share'91...... 21,302,000...... 347,000... 0.11'90...... 17,720,000...... 272,000... 0.09% change.
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By Arthur Hirsch and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
After three years mixing, bottling and boxing natural personal care products to be sold in local shops at their home in Annapolis, Robert and Zoe Benzinger are poised for bigger things. For the first time their company, eco-armour, will be among the exhibitors starting Wednesday at Natural Products Expo East 2014 in Baltimore, billed as the largest trade show on the East Coast devoted to goods made from ingredients found in nature treated with relatively little processing. The industry says sales of natural food for people and pets, diet supplements, and cosmetics and grooming products are growing about 8 percent a year.
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BUSINESS
April 26, 1997
Cosmetic Center Inc. shareholders formally approved the merger of the Savage-based makeup and hair-care superstore chain with a Revlon subsidiary yesterday.The vote to merge with Prestige Fragrance & Cosmetics Inc., the retail outlet subsidiary of Revlon Inc., was made at the annual meeting.Under the merger, shareholders of Cosmetic Center Class A and Class B stock could elect to receive either one share of newly issued Cosmetic Center Class C voting common stock or $7.63 in cash for every share they held.
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By Will Fesperman, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Hours before an employee at an Ulta Beauty store in Annapolis was pepper-sprayed on Friday in a robbery, an employee at another Ulta location in Elkridge was assaulted by two women who attempted to steal items from that store, according to police. Howard County police say a woman entered the store in the 8200 block of Gateway Overlook Drive around 12:10 p.m. Friday and tried to leave with bags of merchandise. When the store manager confronted the suspect, the woman assaulted the manager, police said.
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By Bloomberg Business News | January 12, 1995
NEW YORK -- Cosmetic Center Inc.'s shares fell 20 percent amid concern the drug and cosmetic retailer will post lackluster sales through the first half of 1995.The Savage, Md.-based company confirmed that outlook when it reported a half-hour before the close of trading that December sales were unchanged from a year earlier at $19.3 million. The company partly blamed poor fragrance sales for the lackluster results.Cosmetic Center's Class A shares fell $2.50, to $9.75 -- the lowest since Oct. 16, 1991.
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By John E. Woodruff and John E. Woodruff,Sun Staff Writer Bloomberg Business News also contributed to this article | August 8, 1995
Cosmetic Center Inc., the Savage-based makeup and hair-care superstore chain, received and instantly rejected yesterday a surprise offer of $54.6 million from Miami-based Perfumania Inc.The offer touched off a day-long flurry of executive meetings at Cosmetic Center's headquarters and caught the analysts who cover the 71-store chain totally off guard."
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Staff Writer | February 25, 1992
The Cosmetic Center, a Savage-based retail chain, will create a new class of non-voting stock to let it conduct a new equity offering without imperiling the founders' control of the company.Under the plan announced yesterday, each share of the company's common stock will be reclassified as one-half share of Class A non-voting stock and one-half share of Class B voting stock.The company said the plan will be submitted to a vote at the company's annual meeting March 13, but the result is a foregone conclusion because the family of Chairman Louis R. Weinstein, which controls about 51 percent of the stock, favors the measure.
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By Liz Bowie and Liz Bowie,SUN STAFF | September 11, 1997
Picking the partners for this match wasn't hard.The Cosmetic Center had been floundering after the death of its forceful founder, Louis R. Weinstein. Its growth was stymied, it was recording losses and the Savage-based hair care and cosmetic company was having difficulty with getting certain products.Along came Revlon Inc., displaying Prestige Fragrance & Cosmetics Inc., a wholly owned retail subsidiary it was ready to spin off.Prestige, with 197 stores in outlet malls nationwide, had been a useful outlet for excess Revlon inventory.
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By Liz Bowie and Liz Bowie,SUN STAFF | November 28, 1996
Cosmetic Center Inc. signed a definitive agreement with Revlon Inc. yesterday to merge with a subsidiary of the New York-based cosmetics giant.Prestige Fragrance & Cosmetics Inc. will be merged into Cosmetic Center Inc., which will retain its name.The two companies signed a letter of intent Oct. 1.The Savage-based Cosmetic Center operates 68 specialty retail stores in the mid-Atlantic region and Illinois, and distributes mass-merchandised cosmetics."The merger provides us with a broader geographical presence," said Bruce Strohl, chief financial officer of Cosmetic Center.
BUSINESS
By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,Staff Writer | August 2, 1993
Just as the critical Christmas shopping season was shifting into high gear in 1988, Louis R. Weinstein got some of the worst news of his career.The computer system for The Cosmetic Center, a discount retailer and wholesaler that he had started in his kitchen nearly 30 years earlier, crashed.The Savage-based chain couldn't track purchases at its nine stores, or ship popular items in timely fashion. Orders from longtime wholesale customers backed up, too.Sales nose-dived. Profits plunged. And following the financial chaos, Mr. Weinstein wiped out the entire management team, purging six executives.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
An employee at a cosmetics store in Annapolis was pepper sprayed after trying to confront a suspected shoplifter on Friday, according to Anne Arundel County Police. Two suspects are now being sought in relation to the incident - on shoplifting and second-degree assault charges - and a string of other thefts from other Ulta Beauty stores in the area, police said Sunday. The incident Friday occurred at the Ulta Beauty in the Harbor Center shopping center in the 2500 block of Solomons Island Road, police said.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics will open its first Baltimore store early this summer at Harbor East. The retailer bills itself as offering "ethical" skin care, hair care and bath and body products. It will open its fourth Maryland store at 1001 Aliceanna Street, Harbor East representatives said, joining national retailers Under Armour Brand House, J.Crew, Anthropologie, lululemon athletica, MAC Cosmetics, City Sports and White House/Black Market along with regional and local shops.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2013
Maryland is moving to toughen regulations on the fast-growing medspa industry - a move designed to narrow a "loophole" and prevent deaths such as one last year following a liposuction treatment at a Timonium facility. Regulations being discussed by state officials would bar plastic surgeons from performing liposuction and other procedures in medspas and medical offices unless the facilities are inspected by the government or third-party accrediting bodies, Maryland Secretary of Health Joshua Sharfstein said.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2013
A bill to give health regulators more oversight of facilities like the now-closed Monarch Medspa in Timonium is making a late surge in the General Assembly after weeks of discussions among state and industry officials. The House of Delegates unanimously passed the legislation Monday afternoon. It needs to clear the Senate, including an extra procedural step, within the next week. The legislative session draws to a close April 8. If passed, the law would close a regulatory gap that does not allow state health officials to proactively inspect and oversee plastic surgery centers.
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By David Horsey | March 19, 2013
For the first time in history, the Roman Catholic Church has a pope from the New World, but liberal American Catholics should not expect Pope Francis to stray far from the old theology. Some things are excitingly different about this new pontiff. On matters of birth control, abortion, homosexuality, celibate priests and the role of women in the church, however, he is no revolutionary. When Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio stepped out on the Vatican balcony as the new pope on Wednesday evening, all he was required to do was wave and give a blessing.
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2013
Ace, a youthful Labrador, bounds across his lawn, fielding tennis balls and hurrying them back to his owner. His tail wags. His coat is thick and shiny. He barks with enthusiasm. To the naked eye, Ace is a strapping example of dogdom. Who would guess that he's had work done? An eye job, in fact. Ace is one of thousands of dogs who've had plastic surgery. A little nip. A little tuck. Eye lifts. Nose jobs. Exactly the sorts of procedures people get. But unlike cosmetic surgery for humans, dogs and cats aren't doing it to look better at their high school reunion.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | April 20, 1999
The Cosmetic Center Inc., the Columbia-based retailer that sought bankruptcy protection late Friday, is struggling under a debt load of $71 million, according to court documents that became available yesterday.The discount cosmetics chain reported total debt of $71,129,062, with assets of $95,080,389 in a Chapter 11 petition filed after hours Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del.The chain listed Revlon Consumer Products of New York as its biggest creditor, owed more than $2 million.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | February 10, 2013
Maybe the party is finally over. Meaning not simply the Grand Old Party, but more specifically the bacchanal of the bizarre and carnival of crazy to which it has lately devolved. So obvious has this devolution become that even Republican stalwarts have been heard to decry the parody of a party the GOP has become. Except now we see signs suggesting maybe a corner has been turned. There was, for example, that surprising bipartisan consensus on immigration reform, which one would have thought about as likely as a Ted Nugent concert on the White House lawn.
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