Fur and Fun from Calendar Holdings

Need a calendar to track the New Year? Or fun activities for cold snow days? Then check out one of various Go! Calendars, Go! Games, Go! Games and Toys, Calendar Club, Calendars.com, or Dogbreedstore.com. All these retailers are operated by Calendar Holdings LLC. At your local shopping mall, their stores are either a freestanding kiosk, or an actual 6,000 square foot store space. Their merchandise includes calendars that can suit every need and satisfy any style. Wall calendars, desk calendars, agendas, and miniature calendars are offered in an array of subjects from sports, to pets, to religious themes, to kid-friendly cartoon posters. The games these companies carry include favorites like Scrabble, Apples to Apples, and classic index cards, along with crosswords and jigsaw puzzles. You can find games based on your favorite movies and TV shows or learn party tricks with magic cards and kits.

Dogbreedstore.com is the Eden for any dog aficionados. Calendars for your favorite canine breed can be found here, along with any other kind of miscellaneous nick-knack showing off your favorite furry friend. The newest and most interesting merchandise this spot has to offer includes playing cards, name frames, water bottles, key chains, stamps, rhinestone decals, fan pulls and more. Dogbreedstore.com lets you love your dog for less with a deal that allows free shipping with a purchase of $25 or more. There isn’t a lot over a sale price of $20, so there’s some good bark for your buck! Enjoy the New Year with calendars and games from Calendar Holdings affiliate stores! They’re in malls and outlets in all fifty states, so there’s sure to be one near you. Shopping online is also simple if you’re snowed in and unable to get out. You’re sure to find something everyone loves!

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Apple Gets Planted in Grand Central Station

Everything is bigger in New York City-the buildings, the crowds, the traffic congestion, and now Apple’s newest retail store. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple opened a new store in the Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, New York last week at 10am on Friday, December 9th. This makes the fifth Apple store in New York City and one of three-hundred worldwide. It overlooks the main concourse on the east and northeast balconies. According to Apple, 2,500 people awaited the store’s grand opening and had received nearly 4,000 visitors before noon. To date, this is the biggest of Apple’s stores; spanning 23,000 square feet.

While the store itself has all the necessities of your typical Apple store, aesthetically it’s conformed to the style of the historical landmark. One feature very unique to this store would be the fifteen minute” express classes” on the use of Apple’s products. These classes are intended for commuters who are looking to kill time between departures. Also offered through iPhone apps are self-checkout and personal pick-up services for the customers on the go.

Even though Apple is not sharing revenues (unlike other venders in the building) with the Metropolitan Transit Authority- the company owning the Grand Central Terminal- they believe Apple’s presence quadruples rent and will strongly increase foot traffic to other retailers in the same area. Apple is shelling out $180 per square foot over their ten year lease on the space. Apple’s bill for the commercial space also includes paying $5 million to buy out the lease of the prior tenant, $1.1 million for yearly rent, and $2.5 million for construction. This is certainly a big bite for the big apple! The next time you’re experiencing the enormous grandeur of the city that never sleeps, stop by Grand Central and see Apple’s huge new store for yourself!

Chegg It Out

Chegg.com for those of you not in know is a website developed around in new trends in academic life. It’s a book store for college text books that not only allows you to buy these books but also gives you the option to rent. Renting text books is a trend that has grown quicker than the gremlin population at all you can eat buffet after midnight. Everyone is doing it know from the bookstores on college campuses across the nation to major corporations like Amazon. Now these website are useful for starving college students as they can save cash paying almost half price or lower for their text books, but there are several catches one must look at before deciding to rent books.

The first one is how responsible you are. You see me being the irresponsible college student I am, would forget to mail the books back to Chegg and since I used my irresponsible debit card to pay for it, the money gets taken out of my bank out when the due date hits. Putting people like my self out of money. The second item you have to look at when renting is whether you’re going to need the book in the future. College is supposed to get you ready for a professional career and further learning, as you might need to reference a text at your job because I actually didn’t learn anything like me. Go Me! So if I rented the book I can’t reference seeing as I had to return it, thus in my perfectly pessimistic world I lose my job. Anyway, so choosing whether or not to use Chegg ultimately depends on how responsible are you with time and money, with a little bit of foresight thrown in.

It’s All About The Packaging

How many times have you been out shopping and found yourself drawn to an item just because it has a cool design to it? Even if you do not realize it, the majority of things sold in our global market are sold based on design, not so much for productivity or purpose. I am not saying that something can’t look good and still be useful, take a Macintosh computer for example, it’s elegant and extremely useful! You may not even realize that you are buying something based on it’s looks.

In many aspects of our shopping endeavors the product with the coolest box or the most snappy phrases written on it win our money. I honestly believe that you can have a good product that will not be successful in its sales if the packaging is not worth looking at. Personally, I would choose a drink contained in a modern or newly designed bottle rather than a coke that is in the same old can we see it in on a daily basis. This is not always the case, in fact many people will choose a brand that they know because they are so used to it, but think about it, even coke had branded packaging back when it first came on the market with it’s beautifully crafted glass bottles. It’s all in the packaging, don’t believe me? Take a look at our gallery of amazingly packaged products and see if you can honestly say you wouldn’t want to buy it for the packaging!

Cloth and Patina

If you are looking for unique, vintage decor, Cloth and Patina in the place for you. Cloth and Patina Vintage, Rustic Home & Wedding Decor has a variety of home decor that is very cool and almost whimsical. Shop owner Tammy Serrano says that she likes adding a “little sparkle” to old and warn pieces. She collects antiques, vintage and salvaged items and restyles them. She is very happy to answer questions and concerns.

Cloth and Patina is “adding elegance and charm to the unexpected”. The unique items include everything from antique glasses and plates to homemade knickknacks that would add a unique touch to any home. There are burlap wall hangings that have rusty frames and simple buttons and subtle jewels, spelling out sweet and inspirational words. Neat vintage metal and wood magnets. She also has wedding items, and is willing to work with people to create custom wedding decor. She has a few holiday items. For fall, there is a French-inspired paper mache pumpkin. For the coming Christmas season, there are unique Italian made gold candle ornaments.

All of the items on Cloth and Patina are unique and handmade. Tammy Serrano resides in Florida, but it willing to ship world-wide. She is not willing to provide quantity over quality! All her items are special. There are easy ways to pay, and she ships as ECO-friendly as possible. Her neat and exclusive items make for a beautiful or vintage way to style your home!