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Melrose Appliance Dealer Announces Merger – Virtual

Gray’s Appliance, a local dealer of household appliances and parts in Melrose, MA, is pleased to announce a new partnership with the New England Appliance Electronics Group (NEAEG), a move intended to offer lower prices to consumers and increase inventory selection.

Melrose, MA (PRWEB) June 30, 2012

Gray’s Appliance in Melrose hasn’t left the town since the business was founded in 1928. However, this year marks a new chapter in the story of this household appliance and appliance parts retailer. The store’s partnership with the New England Appliance Electronics Group (NEAEG) promises an increased ability to serve the North Boston region’s ever-growing need for household appliances.

NEAEG, a conglomerate organization containing over 125 similar dealers in the region, provides small business owners with increased warehouse space and logistical assistance. This gives local dealers the ability to stock a wider selection in their stores, as well as access the expanded inventory contained in NEAEG’s warehouse. The warehouse holds over 40 million dollars worth of new appliances, and directly purchasing from this stock allows sellers like Gray’s Appliance to offer lower prices than ever before.

The financial security and operations growth afforded by this partnership gives Gray’s Appliance operations manager Brian Moore a few new options when it comes to serving the needs of the area. In addition to a larger inventory of unique items like outdoor appliances, Moore is prepared to introduce various promotional offers and seasonal sales with the help of NEAEG’s financial benefits. “We’re all very excited about the NEAEG membership,” Moore said. “It provides us with a unique opportunity to better serve our customers, offer lower prices, and compete in the greater Boston Area appliance market.”

With nearly 85 years of experience in the local home appliance market, Gray’s Appliance assures customers that this partnership will not alter the business’ emphasis on individual customer relations and personal attention. In addition to the latest models, including KitchenAid, Maytag, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, and many more, the business provides award-winning appliance repair services. Another recent addition to the business is Gray’s Sleep Center, offering high-quality Serta brand mattresses.

About the company:

Gray’s Appliance is a local household appliance and parts retailer with an award winning service department serving the North of Boston area from their Melrose, MA location since 1928. Gray’s offers top name brands including: KitchenAid, Maytag, Whirlpool, Jenn-Air, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Premier, Summit, Amana and Fisher Paykel. In addition, Gray’s Sleep Center offers high quality mattresses from the popular Serta brand. For more information visit their website at http://www.graysappliance.com.

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Foundation grants $308615 to projects – Record

Foundation grants $308,615 to projects

Money for a new mobile outreach clinic for Shasta Community Health Center and large skillets to help Anderson Union High School prepare food were among the projects to receive funds from the Shasta Regional Community Foundation.

The money, $308,615 to 23 organizations in five north state counties, came from the McConnell Fund.

The health center received $40,000 for its mobile clinic. Anderson High received $27,366 to purchase large tilting skillets for its lunch rooms.

Among the other groups receiving money were Siskiyou Media Council ($26,000 for production and studio equipment), Central Valley High School ($25,000 for band uniforms) and Tule Lake Committee ($25,000 for work to help stabilize a barrack structure within the National Monument).

This brings the total grants awarded from the Shasta Regional Community Foundation to more than $11 million since its inception in 2000.

Farmers Market opens season

The Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce Certified Farmers Market has opened its 2012 summer season.

The event happens from 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays (except July 4) at Washington and Pine streets.

It also includes the Downtown Red Bluff Business Association Summer Concert Series. The music is sponsored by PremierWest Bank.

Register business at new website

The state Board of Equalization has opened a new secure electronic business registration system called eReg.

The site offers a free way to apply online for a permit, license or account.

Users can access eReg from the Board of Equalization’s website (www.boe.ca.gov) and clicking on the eServices link.

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On Biz: Monticello bar has new decor, menu

Jeff Schmahl has long been interested in running his own bar. So, when a space became available in downtown Monticello, he found it to be the right opportunity.

Road Runner Lounge is now open at 219 W. Washington St. in what had been the Corner Tavern for 40 years before it closed late last year. The new business features all new decor and a revamped kitchen to serve food, Schmahl said.

“That’s one of the big things,” Schmahl said. “We do have a full menu.”

Food options include chicken wings with a choice of seven homemade sauces in addition to burgers and other entrees, Schmahl said. The bar features about 40 craft beers with the option to add more being considered.

Various sports packages are offered on five big screen televisions. Live music, karaoke and vintage video games are among the other entertainment options, Schmahl said.

Free delivery is available within one mile of the downtown square along with take-out and a children’s menu being additional options.

Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 11 to 1 a.m. Friday through Saturday and is closed Sundays. Schmahl said it will be open Sundays during football season.

Call 631-1019.

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The McDonald’s in Forsyth reopened Thursday after a three-month long demolition and rebuilding project.

The work was done in an effort to improve access to the restaurant at 109 Lucile Ave. and bring it in line with similar updates being done at McDonald’s stores throughout the country.

“This new McDonald’s speaks to the needs of our customers and our community,” owner/operator Gary Birschbach said. “We want our customers to enjoy every part of the McDonald’s experience.”

Design changes include a double-lane drive-thru and modern seating and furniture. Birschbach said he wanted to keep the location in Forsyth while making nearly $3 million worth of upgrades.

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The former Cornerstone Tavern has a new name, a new owner and a new look.

Former manager Craig Wilson, a conductor/engineer for Norfolk Southern by day, has assumed ownership of the bar, remodeled the interior, touched up the exterior and renamed it Woodys.

Pizza and munchies are served along with the drinks.

“I hope to get the kitchen open by the end of summer,” Wilson said. “We’ll have bands almost every weekend, large outdoor festivals and a focus on sports.”

Located at 1190 W. South Side Drive, Woodys is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and also has a new phone number: 420-1009.

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Slumberland has opened in the former CVS Pharmacy location on Broadway Avenue East in Mattoon and plans to have its grand opening celebration today.

New furniture and accessories for bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms and other areas of the home are available for purchase through this store. It is owned by Scott and Samantha Eggleston.

Slumberland offers financing and layaway programs for its customers. Delivery service is available within an approximately 60-mile radius of the Mattoon store.

Scott Eggleston said the Mattoon store will donate a percentage of the proceeds from its sales to community service projects. He said the grand opening celebration at 5 p.m. today will include the donation of 40 new sets of mattresses and box springs to Catholic Charities for low-income families whose children sleep on the floor.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call the store at 235-2400.

On Biz, published Fridays in the Herald Review, highlights business developments. Contact Tony Reid at treid@herald-review.com, Chris Lusvardi at clusvardi@herald-review.com, Theresa Churchill at tchurchill@herald-review.com or call them at 421-6979. Rob Stroud contributed to this column.

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Pottery finds suggests oldest cooking


Pottery finds suggests oldest cooking

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 29 (UPI) — Pottery fragments found in a cave in China suggest an ice age, not the development of agriculture, pushed human ancestors to start cooking, researchers say.

Researchers from Harvard University said the shards, parts of the oldest pots in the world, have been dated to 19,000-20,000 years ago, around the time of the Last Glacial Maximum, NewScientist.com reported.

That puts the pots thousands of years before people began farming some 12,000 years ago, suggesting the pots were made by hunter-gatherers, contrary to previous thinking.

“The making of pottery is not necessarily related to agriculture,” Harvard researcher Ofer Bar-Yosef said.

Rather, he said, extreme cold could have pushed Chinese hunter-gatherers to start cooking food 20,000 years ago, since cooked food yields more energy than raw food and could have helped people survive.

It takes some form of stress to push species to undergo such major changes, Bar-Yosef said.

The shards found in Xianrendong cave in southeastern China are the remains of crude pots and bowls probably about 8 inches across, he said.

“They were poorly fired and easily breakable,” he said, and their outer surfaces carry scorch marks and small amounts of soot, suggesting they were used for cooking.

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Super-sized kitchens become cool as home cooking heats up

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Room to move … Kim Duffin, with his wife, Rebecca, won this year’s kitchen designer of the year award for his 18-metre-long kitchen in his Brisbane home. Photo: Paul Harris

THE trend to bigger kitchens – some as long as a humpback whale – in houses and apartments is taking off in what some developers call the MasterChef phenomenon.

To illustrate the trend, the kitchen design that recently won Kim Duffin this year’s kitchen designer of the year award was 18 metres in length.

Only 1 per cent of kitchen renovations reduce the size of a kitchen. In contrast, 53 per cent extend a kitchen, according to a recent report on kitchens and bathrooms by the Housing Industry Association of Australia.


Convesso, Victoria Harbour, Melbourne by Lend LeaseClick for more photos

Kitchen Power

Convesso, Victoria Harbour, Melbourne by Lend Lease Photo: Supplied

  • Convesso, Victoria Harbour, Melbourne by Lend Lease
  • Sugar Dock, Jacksons Landing, Sydney by Lend Lease.
  • Kitchen designed by Kim Duffin.
  • Kitchen designed by Kim Duffin - Grange Range
  • Kitchen designed by Kim Duffin.
  • The Blue Kitchen, designed by Kim Duffin, Wavell Heights, Brisbane.
  • Kitchen designed by Kim Duffin - Grange Range
  • The Blue Kitchen, designed by Kim Duffin, Wavell Heights, Brisbane.
  • Kitchen designer Kim Duffin in the scullery of his award winning 18m kitchen in his home in Chapel Hill in Brisbane with wife Rebecca, their cat John and dog Lucy on Friday 29 June, 2012.
  • Kitchen designer Kim Duffin in his award winning 18m kitchen in his home in Chapel Hill in Brisbane with wife Rebecca with their cat John on Friday 29 June, 2012.

When developers Lend Lease asked buyers what they wanted from a new apartment in Melbourne, 77 per cent rated the kitchen as most important.

Where developers once assumed young singles and couples living in apartments dined out and did not need a big kitchen, today’s buyers consider them as the emotional heart and hub of the home.

The kitchen was ”king” for many purchasers, said the general manager of development, apartments, Ben Coughlan, at Lend Lease. ”Our customers are telling us that they want a quality kitchen product fit for a chef in their own homes,” he said. ”This MasterChef phenomenon has certainly influenced our kitchen offerings. The kitchen is now the most important room in the apartment, and young professionals are dining at home, and practising the dishes they learned about on television.”

To make space for a larger kitchen with room for a breakfast bar or an island table, where families and friends can gather, many apartment designers and home builders are stealing from other areas to create space. Laundries, for example, are often being incorporated in kitchens while living rooms are shrinking in size.

According to the senior director of CBRE Residential Projects Tim Rees smaller apartments that used to have narrow galley kitchens are being redesigned to include a kitchen with somewhere for people to gather. ”Now that more people are dining at home, and reality kitchen shows have exploded, a lot more people at home are doing fine dining.”

Buyers and renovators also want storage for the many kitchen appliances they are buying.

Mr Duffin, who has won 54 kitchen awards for his designs for Sublime Architectural Interiors in Brisbane, said many families wanted a kitchen big enough for a dining table so they could eat together. In expensive kitchens, he is including a scullery and a butler’s pantry to accommodate the mixing machines, toasters, sandwich presses, steam ovens and microwaves that people want to store out of sight.

His own kitchen in Chapel Hill, Brisbane, the 18-metre design which won this year’s Housing Industry Association award, includes a traditional kitchen area at one end and an outdoor kitchen at the other end. It also has two wine fridges and two standard fridges.

”It suited our needs as a family to have dedicated zones, for cooking, food preparation, consumable and non consumable storage. And we wanted to bring the outside in by including the outdoor kitchen.”

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Consumer Reports: Pans that sizzle and fizzle

On the Home Shopping Network, a demo with the T-fal Ingenio cookset says it makes cooking easier. Consumer Reports tested the T-fal, along with more than a dozen other kinds of nonstick cookware.

In a test that assesses how evenly a pan cooks, The pancake in the T-fal pan turned out somewhat blotchy.

Another concern is how well the nonstick coating on the pans will last. To test that, pans are heated to around 400° F and then scrubbed with steel wool. Some look pretty good even after 2,000 passes. But the coating on the T-fal wore away pretty quickly, and pans from the EarthPan II and EarthPan Plus cookware sets did even worse.

But interestingly, another EarthPan did better in the scrub test. It’s the EarthPan Hard Anodized set, a Best Buy at $170. It also rates very good for cooking food evenly.

There’s been concern that nonstick pans with the chemical PTFE can release potentially harmful chemicals when heated. The manufacturer of EarthPan cookware claims its nonstick coating is free of PTFE. Consumer Reports’ past tests of pans with PTFE show that under normal cooking conditions, levels of harmful chemicals are quite
low. Nevertheless, if a pan with a nonstick coating starts to flake, Consumer Reports advises discarding it.

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