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Franke Chosen a Kitchen & Bath Business Readers’ Choice Award …

SMYRNA, TN–(Marketwired – Sep 6, 2017) – Franke, a global leader in the manufacture of luxury sinks and faucets, was recognized as a top brand in the kitchen sink category, and named a winner of the 2017 Kitchen Bath Business’ Readers’ Choice Awards for the second year in a row. More than 11,000 votes were cast by kitchen and bath designers, dealers, architects, custom builders and remodelers to determine the best brands of the year in 25 kitchen and bath categories.

To determine the Kitchen Sink category winners, Kitchen Bath Business readers were asked to cast their vote based on installation type, stain resistance, durability, configuration, style and aesthetics. Price, local availability and support from the manufacturer were also considered. Kitchen Bath Business, the leading trade magazine for the kitchen and bath industry, is a go-to resource for design professionals interested in the latest news and market trends.

“This award showcases Franke’s commitment to developing products that architects, designers and showrooms determine are indispensable for today’s kitchen, where life’s most special moments occur,” said Oliver Bahr, president, Franke Kitchen Systems North America. “Our products are designed for those who love to entertain and demand superior performance from their kitchens. At Franke, we believe a luxury kitchen depends upon an exceptional sink. Kitchen Bath Business readers clearly agree.”

Founded more than a century ago in Switzerland, Franke offers a range of kitchen solutions that bring old world artistry and modern European styling to North American culinary connoisseurs who value quality and reliability. Franke sinks, faucets, water filtration systems, waste disposers and kitchen accessories elevate the experience of entertaining and make chef-level cooking effortless.

About Franke Group

Franke belongs to the Artemis Group and is a world-leading provider of solutions for residential kitchens and bathrooms, public washrooms, professional foodservice and coffee preparation. The Group operates worldwide and employs around 9,000 people in 40 countries. For more information, visit

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HomeGoods opens Thursday; more new stores next week

HomeGoods is opening Thursday at Freedom Town Center, the new $85-million shopping center at Cliffdale and Skibo roads.

HomeGoods features furniture, rugs, lighting, decorative accessories, gourmet kitchen and dining, bedding, bath, kid’s decor and toys, outdoor living, pet accessories, storage, workspace and more.

Its hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. It will have special hours for its grand opening, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Other stores opening this month are:

•Cost Plus World Market on Sunday

•Petco on Tuesday

•Discount store Five Below on Sept. 15

•Dick’s Sporting Goods on Sept. 20

•Burkes Outlet between Sept. 21 and Sept. 24, according to its website.

Children’s and baby’s retail apparel stores OshKosh B’Gosh and Carter’s last Wednesday became the first tenants of the 49-acre shopping center to open. Hobby Lobby opened in its new location Monday.

“We’ll have openings on up through the end of September. Everything but Sprouts (Farmers Market),” Troy Davis, the on-site superintendent for Vannoy Construction, said last week. “That’s based on their own leases and such as that. They open certain days, set up times. They’re always open pretty much close to each other.”

Freedom Town Center is designed to offer space for 37 retail stores and restaurants.

Some of the retailers are hiring, including HomeGoods, Burkes Outlet (go to and under “careers” enter keyword: 379) and Petco (at

The center’s restaurant district — which will include Baby Garlic Bistro, Shakin’ Crab, Five Guys, Maple Street Biscuit Company and CoreLife Eatery — won’t be opening until the end of the year and early 2018, Davis said.

A staff report

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Take a selfie at a McBride display home this month — and you may win a prize

Take a selfie at a McBride display home this month, and you could win a prize.

The homebuilder says it’s launched its “Picture Perfect Selfie Home Tour” promotion for the entire month of September.

For a chance to win one of 10 different prizes, prospective buyers are invited to take a cellphone photo of themselves at a McBride display or information center, scan an onsite QR code and upload a photo to a gallery.

Among the prizes being offered: a trip for two to Jamaica; a $1,000 Best buy gift card; a $500 Ikea gift card; a 55-inch 4K flat-screen TV; St. Louis Cardinals season tickets (weekends); an iPhone 7; iPad; Apple iWatch; Weber grill and cooking classes; and a KitchenAid deluxe mixer.

No purchase is required to be eligible.

McBride says it has placed photo props and life-size cutouts in display homes to encourage creative photos.

“We want people to come and win some truly great prizes,” said John F. Eilermann Jr., CEO and chairman of McBride Son Companies. “But most importantly we want to provide the best homes at the best price in the best locations for our customers. That’s always our number one goal.”

The McBride Son Picture Perfect Selfie Tour runs from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30 at all McBride communities and information centers. Office hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

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Muzzleloaders hold rendezvous at Florence

Muzzleloaders hold rendezvous at Florence

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A three-day event at Florence during Labor Day weekend took participants and onlookers back to frontier days.

Flint Hills Muzzleloaders Club was formed in the 1970s by people who love spending time living the pioneer lifestyle and shooting the types of guns pioneers used. In the mid-1980s, the club moved its gathering place to Florence, club treasurer and former president Lynn Schmidt of Marion said.

Unlike the rapid-fire bullets and shells used in modern pistols, shotguns, and rifles, these guns are prepared for firing by tamping black powder down the barrel before loading a shell into the barrel.

Club members stay in camp tents without modern-day amenities and cook meals over wood-burning outdoor stoves instead of camping stoves. Men even chop needed wood for fires.

Several participants brought old-time supplies such as cast iron Dutch ovens and skillets and enamel utensils to sell. They also brought gourds, period clothing, and the like.

Schmidt said club membership has gone up and down through the years and the club would welcome new members.

It holds two shooting events in Florence each year, shooting at targets mounted across the Cottonwood River on land owned by Randy and Judy Mills.

The last weekend of this month, Flint Hills Muzzleloaders Club will sponsor the annual Kansas Traditional Muzzleloaders Association rendezvous.

Separate modern and primitive camps will be available but clothing in styles worn before 1840 is strongly encouraged. Traditional weapons only are allowed, including rifle, pistol, knife, hawk, and archery.

The event is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30. More information is available by calling Schmidt at (620) 382-5841.

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How Much One Mom Spent To Furnish Her Son’s College Dorm Room

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By Cathie Ericson

This story originally appeared on LearnVest as “Here’s What It Cost to Furnish My Son’s Dorm — In Dollars and Sanity.”

Ever wish you could ask others how they spend their money? We’re going there. In our “Cash Confessions” series, LearnVest breaks down the numbers to show how real people spend their paychecks, and whether their habits are financially on track — or off the rails.

Here, Portland, Oregon, mom Cathie Ericson takes us back-to-school shopping for her college freshman to furnish his suite-style dorm at The University of Alabama. She set out with a budget of $1,200, and the fun began with a week to go till “D” (Dorm) Day.

Day 1

First stop, Bed Bath Beyond. Turns out, they really have the college crowd dialed in. We learn we can browse the store with a barcode-scanner and add anything we want to a list, just like a wedding registry (although, sadly, no one is gifting it to us); they’ll bundle it up and have our package waiting at a BBB in our college town. Bonus: We score 20% off our entire purchase since we visit on “college day.”

Even with the discount, we find there’s a lot of stuff at BBB we can get cheaper at Target. But since we’re here, we get to scanning and figure we can make a Target swap later; when you open your BBB package on arrival, you can leave anything you decide you don’t want.

So off we go to the linen section. First up, towels — and our first disagreement. I think $10 towels will suffice: “I don’t use $30 towels, and yours don’t need to be nicer than mine!” I suggest he pays the difference, and $10 towels are quickly scanned.

Off to bedding. I secretly hope he’ll choose the all-in-one set with, well, everything in one, since that’s obvi much cheaper. Thankfully, he loves a gray-and-black plaid set and we grab it, along with one other set of spare sheets.

Next up: a mattress topper, which is designed to make the standard-issue dorm bed a little comfier. I’ve been warned not to skimp, so I go for a full 3-inch removable, washable cover at a whopping $199 (but with that 20% off, I feel a tiny bit better it’s “only” $159). Still, at this price, it better bring a lot of beauty sleep — and some smart sleep, too.

Moving on, we deliberate over a floor lamp for a while, but I finally say it looks like something that will just get in the way. I say if he feels like his dorm room isn’t complete without it, we can buy it later. ($40 saved!)

Off to kitchen accessories: They all look great, but realistically, what will he really need? He has a campus meal plan and the kitchenette has only a microwave and fridge. So, nothing except maybe the can opener for some soup. I steer him away from the $20 can opener to one that looks like it will do the job for $10. Then he has his eye on a $50 wooden flatware holder. No. The $5 plastic one is fine. We also scan four each of bowls, plates, spoons, forks and knives, along with a 16-piece drinkware set and a $28 Brita pitcher so he won’t resort to wasteful plastic bottles.

Total spent: $0 (plenty ordered, nothing paid for — yet)

Day 2

In a panic, I realize the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is ending — if my son is going to school in the South, he better have Sperrys.

I see one style on sale for $66.90 (down from $99.95), but of course he doesn’t like them. He angles for the “Gold Cup” style, which is marked down to $106.90 from $160. I’m not sure about them, so I try selling him on the classic Sperry at $94.95. Unmoved, he’s still hankering for those Gold Cups. “Those ones are on sale,” he says. Um, OK, but $107 is still more than $95. Originals it is.

He also needs chinos, and though I’d seen some affordable ones online, they don’t come in his size. I drag him to Macy’s to look at their selection, but it’s too overwhelming. At this point, I suggest he waits until he gets to campus to see what people are wearing before buying more clothing.

I do grab him a Ralph Lauren button-down, marked down to $44.95 from $90 — you can never go wrong with a nice shirt.

Total spent: $139.90

Day 3

On Amazon Prime Day, he has his eye on an awesome TV, normally $650, marked down to $400. The roomies agree to chip in $100 each, so his expense is $100 plus two cables of some type that are “cheaper than they’d ever be again,” all shipped directly to school.

Total spent: $128

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Day 4

While grocery shopping at Fred Meyer, I stumble across the school supplies section and am wowed by a selection of $1 spiral notebooks, pencils (the good brand) and Sharpies. I load up, thinking whatever he doesn’t want, his younger brothers can use. He doesn’t want any of it.

Total spent: $16, but it’s all staying at home

Day 5

We’ve landed at the airport an hour outside Tuscaloosa, and even though it’s 8 p.m., I want to go to Target and knock that off our list. I secretly think the Target in Birmingham might have a larger selection and better prices than the Tuscaloosa one, particularly considering the college crowd descending there. He’s not having it, and I know a shopping trip he doesn’t want to go on will end disastrously.

Total spent: $0

Day 6

It’s move-in day, but our scheduled time isn’t till 2 p.m., so we have all morning to run to Target and BBB. Target is mayhem: hundreds of kid-parent pairs just like us doing the exact same thing. I find myself peering in others’ carts and becoming distracted, but he helps me stay on task.

Since we don’t know this Target layout, we criss-cross the store multiple times and end up with So. Much. Stuff. However, I feel better about our haul because I know some of it will replace the stuff we scanned at BBB, like plusher bath towels for only $8 and an entire set of dishes for $20 — about half as much as the ones at BBB.

Then we add in all the things I had passed on at BBB. Even if the roomies will hardly be whipping up five-course meals, the kitchen still has to be equipped with a trash can, a dish drainer, kitchen towels and other odds and ends. Ditto for the bathroom; we cover up the boring plastic shower curtain with a gray-and-white striped fabric number and add a bath mat and trash can. While these little extras sound silly, it all adds up. Three trash cans at $12 each (he needed one for his room, too) is dinner-and-a-movie territory.

The other thing I hadn’t counted on was the cost of setting him up with toiletries, which are usually included in my routine big-box store runs, and shared with his brothers at home. So there’s an initial investment in shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, razors, toothpaste, etc., along with cleaning supplies (that I hope don’t last all year long).

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Tyrus Wong, The ‘Bambi’ Artist Who Endured America’s Racism …

Her over two-hour documentary follows Wong from his birth in Canton (now Guangzhou), China, to his attempts to immigrate to the United States in 1919. Detained for a month, he, along with his father, endured extensive interrogation before being allowed to enter the country, only to live in poverty once they arrived. As multiple sources in the film point out, American society in the 1920s and ’30s was not kind to Chinese-American communities ― many immigrants saw only a few options for work, including acting as laundry men, house boys or restaurant staff. And the world of animation and film, a more than unlikely field Wong fought tooth and nail to enter, was not much kinder. Described as “an old boy’s club,” Wong recounts how he was called a racial slur on his first day with Republic Pictures. 

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Suit up with the limited edition ‘Black Tie’ KitchenAid Mixer | T3

We love KitchenAid’s Stand Mixers here at (check out where it comes in our stand mixer buying guide) and the brand has just announced a sleek limited edition.

Called the Black Tie, it’s made from even more premium materials than the standard unit, including die-cast zinc, satin and black chrome, and finished with a stunning cast iron like texture. 

It’s quite a looker, and decidedly more macho than KitchenAid’s other colourways (if that sort of thing matters to you). 

We could definitely see it fitting it James Bond’s bachelor pad.

The limited edition model includes a 4.8L black stainless steel bowl, black coated beater and dough hook.

Each model will be individually numbered, and include a commemorative card signed by John McConnell, Senior Design Manager and Ken Hossler, Senior Director of Manufacturing.

“The Artisan Black Tie’s classic design and bold, all black finish represents a modern and sophisticated take on the classic Stand Mixer,” says McConnell.

“Like the little black dress, or classic tuxedo, the new mixer is a timeless collector’s item that will never go out of style.”

The Black Tie is available this month, only 1000 Stand Mixers will be sold in Europe and 200 in the UK.

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