Older colorful advertising signs for gas, farm equipment, food and other products are gaining popularity among U.S. consumers as home décor pieces. Wood crates, calendars, thermometers, tins and other marketing tools with advertising on them are also seeing increased sales.
Williams-Sonoma is taking advantage of San Francisco startup The Orange Chef's knack for creating innovative new products that will now stock the company's shelves. Orange Chef's Prep Pad, Chef Sleeve and iPad stand are among the products that will be featured as part of the distribution agreement, and online pre-sale begins this week. Michelle Foss, Williams-Sonoma's vice president of merchandising, said she found out about The Orange Chef through its Kickstarter campaign, and sees their products as a good match for her health-conscious customers.
Wild moorland, ancient abbey ruins: The countryside surrounding the Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa in Yorkshire, U.K., offers plenty to explore, but the resort and spa itself draws guests with pampering body scrubs and gourmet meals. Other features include hot tubs, massages and revitalizing facial treatments.
Ocado, a UK-based online grocer, is striving for a valuation of as much as £1.37 billion when it seeks to float on the stock exchange. The company is aiming to raise £200 million through its initial public offering despite scepticism from some market analysts and volatile market conditions. The company plans to use the proceeds from the listing to expand its operations.