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The Marketplace Fairness Act is a bill that aims to “level the playing field” between online retailers and brick and mortar stores. Most online retailers don't have to collect state sales tax from buyers in states where they have no physical presence (like a retail store, warehouse or distribution facility). Changing that could be a windfall for state tax revenues and could change the retail landscape. Or will it?
My 20th wedding anniversary is June 5th. According to Emily Post, china is the suggested gift. Since my wife and I rarely entertain, we wouldn’t know what to do with china. Mostly, we eat Trader Joe’s frozen dinners, which makes us more like astronauts than hostesses.
The last thing a woman thinks as she's whipping out the credit card for new threads is "Can I have fries with that?" But that didn't stop six local fashion designers from creating "Premium McWrap-inspired" ensembles to benefit the (very worthy) Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. The pieces were modeled last night at Bloomingdale’s in KOP, and they're now up for bid at an online auction here. I'm sure they come ketchup-stain-free, and that they're likely to make you irresistible to most men—even if they're not quite sure why.By Kristin Haskin Simms, Krysi.
No sooner did HughE Dillon post this on Philly Chit Chat than I heard hearts racing from the Delaware to the Schuylkill:Bloomingdale’s in the Gallery! Be still, my heart! It’s safe to go back to Market Street at last!
“I hear that the Bloomingdale folks are interested in the Burlington Coat Factory location, which is on a year to year lease. They’ve been here four times; the last time, they brought their lawyers and design team with them.”
For years I've practiced a little ritual when I shop for clothes. I got it from watching my father, who, like his father before him, spent decades in the textiles industry until he was forced into retirement when his last remaining customer moved his manufacturing to Southeast Asia.It's a three-part process that begins with me running my fingers along the inseams of whatever garment I'm considering buying to check the quality of the stitch (one of the best ways to tell how well your clothes have been made). Next, I check the label to see where it was made; and finally I glance at the price tag. Then I typically place the item back on its hanger and mutter obscenities under my breath while I search for the clearance rack.
Thank God for weekends. If there weren’t weekends, my house would never get clean. I’d never get to the post office. And I’d never get to catch up with the Wall Street Journal, a.k.a. the paper of record for White People’s Problems. Friday's Journal brought a shining example in the form of a long story, in the Fashion section, called “Is It Tee Time, or Martini Time?” Because, uh, for the Wall Street Journal, those are the only two choices, I guess?
Buzz Bissinger, besides his bipolarity, self-loathing, and mid-life crisisdom, seems also to have a bad case of Compulsive Buying Syndrome. It's a real thing, says Dr. April Lane Benson, and what's more, 3 million dudes have it too; of the 18 million or so Americans who suffer from the disorder 20% are men. It's unclear if any of these shopaholics buy only one brand, however. Or how many of their addictions are linked inextricably to a leather/BDSM fetish. Or how many of them like to wear heels. Not to suggest Buzz's issues are more serious, of course. [New York]
A New York Times story today discusses how the naughty masterpiece Fifty Shades of Grey has been very, very good to the lingerie industry, with a greater variety of options now available in high-end and "traditional" stores than before. That's even true here in Philadelphia:Coeur, a lingerie shop off Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia’s Center City district, now stocks not only high-end underwear from European brands like La Perla and PrimaDonna but (in a designated room) Ben Wa balls, handcuffs and whips.Which raises the question: How does one gain access to the "handcuffs and whips" room at Coeur? Do you just
Philadelphia women who want to look impeccably stylish, with just the right amount of edge, know who to call: Joan Shepp. Even willowy leading lady Anne Hathaway has shopped at 1616 Walnut Street, where Shepp has dressed the rich and famous since 1999, when she moved her Elkins Park shop to the more regal Rittenhouse location. But now, Shepp tells me that the Walnut Street boutique must close.