Sunday, May 21, 2017

USA: Lidl opening its first U.S. stores on June 15

Lidl currently has 10,000 stores in 27 European countries.  The German grocery chain is opening its first stores in US. The first 20 stores will start opening June 15 in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Here's a list of the locations for Lidl's first stores:

North Carolina

  1. 4050 W Vernon Ave., Kinston
  2. 1800 East Fire Tower Road, Greenville
  3. 3520 Raleigh Road Parkway West, Wilson
  4. 3209 NC 87 South 2, Sanford
  5. ]940 N Wesleyan Blvd., Rocky Mount
  6. 3315 Sides Branch Road, Winston-Salem
  7. 547 US Hwy 70 West, Havelock
  8. 705 US 74 Business East, Rockingham
  9. 1120 South Main St., Wake Forest

South Carolina

  1. 8180 Warren H Abernathy Hwy., Spartanburg
  2. 2037 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville


  1. 6196 Providence Road, Virginia Beach
  2. 2000 W Mercury Blvd., Hampton
  3. 15169 Brandy Road, Culpeper
  4. 4033 Portsmouth Blvd., Chesapeake
  5. 6440 N Military Hwy, Norfolk
  6. 11076 Warwick Blvd, Newport News
  7. 12151 W. Broad St, Richmond
  8. 5110 S. Laburnum Ave, Richmond
  9. 1311 Mall Drive, North Chesterfield

Sunday, May 14, 2017

What's going on with Martha Stewart?

Snoop released an inflammatory music video in early 2017 where he threatened a Donald Trump clown with a gun.

Now his partner in potluck has some public resistance chops of her own.

Martha and Donald have a longstanding feud leftover from their shared Apprentice years. Stewart agreed to host an Apprentice spinoff, but Trump refused to take his own version off the air, really over saturating the Apprentice market.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Chicago: Starbucks Reserve Roastery on Michigan Avenue in 2019

  • The four-story location, slated to open in 2019 in the space occupied by Crate & Barrel
  • The 43,000-square-foot Reserve Roastery will be the chain's largest. 
  • Visitors will be able to interact with master roasters and the coffee-making process. 
  • In addition to offering multiple brewing methods and special Reserve beverages, the new Starbucks concept will also include food from Princi. 
  • The location will be the third Roastery in the U.S. and the sixth globally. The Seattle location opened in 2014, and a New York City Roastery will open in 2018. Shanghai, Milan and Tokyo locations are slated for openings in the coming year.

The deal marks the end of an era for a local retailer, Northbrook-based Crate & Barrel, which has had a store in the Michigan Avenue building for 27 years.

Crate & Barrel spokeswoman Jill Assad said the store will remain open through the holiday season, likely closing by early 2018. Its other store in the city, on North Avenue in the Clybourn Corridor, will remain open, she said. 

Maryland high schools rank as the best in the country, U.S. News says

Maryland high schools are the best in the nation, with four ranking among the top 150 (all from Montgomery County) in the country, according to a new list from U.S. News & World Report.

The list, published Tuesday morning, ranks more than 2,600 high schools across the country based on state high school proficiency tests, disadvantaged students’ performance on those tests, graduation rate, and then Advanced Placement test data.

On a state-by-state level, U.S. News said Maryland schools performed best by their measures, with 5.9 percent of the public schools achieving “Gold Medal” status and 21.6 percent achieving “Silver Medal” status.

Massachusetts actually had the highest percentage of “Gold Medal” schools, with 6.2 percent of its public schools reaching that status, but ended up fifth overall among the states because it had relatively few “Silver Medal” high schools.

After Maryland, rounding out the top five were Florida, California, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

When broken down by individual schools, the state only placed four inside the top 150, all from Montgomery County: Winston Churchill High School (75), Thomas S. Wootton High School (106), Poolesville High (108) and Walter Johnson High School (149).

The highest-ranked high school in Greater Baltimore is Marriotts Ridge High School in Howard County, which came in at 226th on the list. The Baltimore School for the Arts, coming in at 1,276th, was highest among Baltimore City schools.

Nationally, five of the top seven schools are in the Arizona, while Texas landed three schools among the top 10. All five of those Arizona schools are part of the BASIS Schools charter network, which is based in Scottsdale, Ariz.

At the bottom, South Dakota did not allow U.S. News to view Advanced Placement test results, so it’s listed as No. 51. It places behind Nebraska, Mississippi, Wyoming, Iowa and New Mexico, each of which had fewer than 4 percent of schools achieve either “Gold Medal” or “Silver Medal” status.