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Bikes, Basketballs, and Sex Toys: How Luxury Labels Put Their Names on Every Type of Merch in 2017

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It takes a lot to impress shoppers these days. No one really gives a damn about an It bag or an It shoe, unless, of course, it’s been categorized as “ugly” or Rihanna posted a selfie wearing one. This year, instead of obsessing over a single sell-out piece, consumers were much more focused on collectible, logo-covered high-low items. Balenciaga and Gucci are leading this phenomenon, as was pointed out in Vogue’s Fashion News Director Mark Holgate’s story about the best-selling clothes and accessories of the year, but there was a huge amount of fun and quirky merchandise from labels like Christian Dior, Valentino, Dolce Gabbana, Céline, and Saint Laurent, too.

Karl Lagerfeld was one of the original designers to play with the idea of luxury fashion objects at Chanel, stamping the double-C logo onto water bottles, surfboards, tennis rackets, and many other everyday objects. It’s not like there were millions of people clamoring to buy sports equipment with a four-digit price tag attached, but it certainly did a lot to market Chanel to a wider audience. These sorts of projects act as more of a promotional push than a profit-driving strategy, and the releases we’ve seen this year did plenty to promote aspirational ready-to-wear brands. Earlier this month there was the release of Dior Homme’s BMX bike, and just before that Dolce Gabbana released pastas (they also have a line of refrigerators with Smeg, so you can have an entire Italian-themed kitchen if that’s what your heart desires). There was a VLTN basketball and VLTN logo tees. And Saint Laurent teamed up with Colette to release an exclusive line of collectables that includes a logo skateboard, a Polaroid camera, a Vespa, and a leather sex paddle. The clothes and accessories of these historic fashion houses remain paramount for the time being, but at a moment when our attention spans are shorter than ever, there’s ingenuity in taking the label from an exquisite dress and putting it on a sex toy or a box of rigatoni.

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New Year’s Resolution: Organize Your Kitchen!

The New Year is almost upon us! Have you made your resolutions yet? If one of your goals is to organize your kitchen for the upcoming new year, you’re in luck!

Whether you want to get organized to meet new healthy eating goals, or you simply want to gear your kitchen’s components towards an organized, healthier lifestyle, Shelves the Slide can help!

Let’s face it – if your kitchen isn’t organized, it can negatively impact your healthy eating goals. Luckily, we offer ideal cabinet accessories and shelves that will give your kitchen a boost, save you time, and even add value to your home. We’ve complied a holiday gift guide to help you keep your New Year’s resolution!

Sliding shelves and cabinet fillers

Are your pots and pans all over the place in the back of your bottom cabinets? Maybe you even have a blender, smoothie maker, or food processor stashed back there in the abyss! Well, there’s a way to organize these useful appliances and kitchen equipment – sliding shelves.

Also known slide out trays or pull-out shelves, sliding shelves are custom-made and simple to install. Custom-made to fit your cabinets, our Premium shelves provide the strength needed to support your heaviest pots and pans.

The best part is that sliding shelves eliminate the need for bending over and searching the back of your cabinets. Just pull out the shelf, and your equipment is at your fingertips.

If you’re looking for a way to have all your spices organized, a cabinet filler fits the bill nicely. It literally transforms the dead space behind decorative fillers into functional storage pullouts to organize all your spices neatly and accessibly.

Lazy Susans

Lazy Susans allow you to take full advantage of your cabinet space. No more digging around to get to the back of your cabinets! Lazy Susans and their rotating shelves allow you to find everything you need. Store canned foods, pastas, rice, cereals, and other items on the multiple shelves. It’s a simple yet effective organization and storage solution!

Drawer organizers

Are your spices all over the place and in no order? This makes it difficult to know what spices and herb you have on hand. Now you can find whatever spice you need in a jiffy to reduce your meal preparation time!

Our drawer organizers make it easy to keep track of your favorite spices while freeing up valuable counter space. Trimmed to fit, these drawer organizers are a must if you do a lot of meal prepping on the fly. A wood cutlery tray insert is a great way to store your silverware, too!

Trash and recycle pull-out bins

There’s nothing more unsightly and unsanitary than a messy trash bin area in your kitchen. If you have pets, it’s just another good reason to keep garbage out of sight and out of the way. Pull-out trash bins are perfect to keep your trash hidden but easily accessible for removal.

Whether you’re looking for something to fit your budget, or the best of the best in pull-out trash bins, we’ve got you covered! Shelves that Slide offers a premium single container system with a 32-quart stainless steel waste bin mounted in a heavy-duty aluminum frame. Or choose from a more modest design – our top mount single 35-quart wood classic system.

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For well over two decades, Shelves that Slide has delighted customers with top-quality pullout kitchen shelving and other accessories. Using the best materials and painstaking craftmanship, we make some of the best kitchen organization additions money can buy. Contact us today to transform your kitchen and other home spaces just in time for the new year!

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5 Reasons Stainless Steel Pans Are Better Than Your Beloved Cast Iron

Aesthetically speaking, it’s tough to rival a cast iron pan. The matte black cookware looks rustic and elegant all at once, and recipe developers (Delish food editors included) have played into the trend, creating countless cast iron-cooked meals that can go from oven to table. But if you put your attraction on the back burner, you’ll realize stainless steel pots and pans area better choice for every day cooking.

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Skeptical? We figured as much, which is why we got the big guns to sway you: Bobby Griggs is the Vice President of American Clad Cookware by Hammer Stahl, an American-born company based in Nashville, TN, that’s got chef superfans, including Andrew Zimmern and Bobby Flay. He shared with us five big-deal reasons you should consider a swap.

Stainless Steel Conducts Heat Better And More Evenly.

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Multiclad stainless — a term that indicates your pan has layers of different metals — does a better job of conducting heat because of its aluminum core. Cast iron, conversely, tends to get hot where it’s directly heated and stay cold where it’s not. Stainless steel pans are better for novice cooks, too, since they’ll adjust to temperature changes quickly. If you overheat cast iron, there’s little you can do to prevent your food from burning; turning the burner down won’t affect the pan immediately.

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Cast Iron Can Alter The Flavor Or Color Of Your Food — For The Worse.

Think of cast iron like your skin, in that it’s got pore-like holes that absorb whatever’s on it. So if you cook with onions one day, food prepared in the same pan the next day might have a tinge of that taste. And acidic ingredients, like tomatoes or vinegar, can get a darker color or metallic taste in cast iron. Good quality stainless steel cookware is non-reactive, meaning it won’t change your food.

Lightweight Pans Are Easier To Cook With.

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There’s a reason you don’t often see chefs tossing food in a cast iron pan or swirling sauce around in one: They’re insanely heavy. With a stainless steel pan, you can do the above and not worry about breaking a wrist. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about scratching a glass cooktop when you set down a pan with less heft.

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Stainless Steel Is Easier To Clean.

When it comes to caring for cast iron, there’s a whole list of don’ts: You’ve got to season it correctly, keep it out of the dishwasher, and watch for water — aka future rust damage — after you rinse it. It’s really hard to screw up stainless steel pans. Hammer Stahl’s cookware can store food overnight or soak in a sinkfull of water. Plus, they’re completely dishwasher-safe.

You Can Get A Better Sear On Stainless Steel.

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This one’s a game changer since cast iron’s known for being king in the searing department. In a stainless steel pan, fish and meat will physically and chemically bond to the metal, giving it a closer, darker sear. It’s okay if it sticks — good, even. Once browning occurs, your protein will naturally release from a stainless steel pan. Seasoned cast iron pans prevent that heavy-duty sticking.

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4 ways a KitchenAid mixer can save you this Christmas | Lifestyles …

When you think of mixers, you probably think about baking, but these KitchenAid mixer attachments will make you rethink what your mixer can do. If you’re prepping for a big family gathering this Christmas, a mixer could be the perfect present to buy for yourself.

1) Bread, Mashed Potatoes, and Dessert

The KitchenAid mixer comes with a few attachments that will help you prep half of your Christmas dinner. The flat beater can be used for mashed potatoes or cookies, the dough hook for bread, and the wire whip for whipped cream to go with pie. Almost anything you would slow mix, beat, cream, or whip can be done with the standard attachments.

2) Fresh Pasta for Baked Mac and Cheese

Homemade pasta will wow your guests at Christmas, and the KitchenAid gourmet pasta press attachment makes it easy to prepare spaghetti, bucatini, rigatoni, fusilli, or macaroni.

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3) Cut Down on Prep Work

Your KitchenAid mixer can also power a food processor attachment that will cut (literally) down on prep work. The attachment quickly dices, slices, shreds, and juliennes fruits, vegetables, or cheeses. Think of this attachment as your sous chef.

KitchenAid Food Processor Attachment with Dicing Kit available from Amazon

4) Grind It Up

The KitchenAid food grinder attachment is great for Christmas stuffing and sausages. The grinder handles meats, cheese, and dried bread (for bread crumbs).

KitchenAid Food Grinder Attachment available from Amazon

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Chico shops may have just the Christmas gift you’re looking for – Chico Enterprise

Jessica Daly browses the toy section at Bird in Hand looking for the perfect gift Wednesday.

Jessica Daly browses the toy section at Bird in Hand looking for the perfect gift Wednesday.
Emily Bertolino — Enterprise-Record

Chico In an increasingly online retail world, there is still demand for a shopping experience in brick-and-mortar stores during the holidays.

Though sales may be mostly made online this year, the National Retail Association is projecting a 4 percent increase in holiday sales up from 2016. The economy is looking good — unemployment is low and consumer confidence is up.

There are plenty of gems to be found in local businesses, so consider stopping in.

Of course there are many more noteworthy stores in Chico that didn’t make it on the list below, but we’ve broken it down into three categories for the purpose of this story: places primarily providing gifts, as well as shops that focus in cards and stationary and toys and hobbies.

Gift shops

Made in Chico

Filled with goodies made by local artists or local companies, from Chico Bags to jewelry, woodwork and lots more.

127 West 3rd St. in downtown

Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Bird in Hand

Cross off several on the list at this classic Chico store with an array of games, yo-yos, puzzles, bath and body products and kitchen accessories.

320 Broadway in downtown

Extended hours for Christmas: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, then 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Dec. 23. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christmas Eve.

Little Red Hen Gift Shop

Stuffed animals, sculptures, garden art, home decor and bath and beauty products can be found here. Little Red Hen stores employ adults with developmental disabilities and all profits go toward programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

897 E 20th St. Unit B

Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends.


As the name suggests, gag gifts abound. There are also quality leather goods, hats and accessories for the traveler in your life.

126 West 3rd St. in downtown

Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hubbs and Co.

Expect bath and body products, home decor and other Christmassy finds.

956 Mangrove Ave.

Open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and Closed Sundays.

Christian and Johnson

Beyond beautiful floral arrangements, home decor and seasonal items are ripe for picking. This shop began as a nursery which was opened in 1907 by one of Annie Bidwell’s gardeners.

250 Vallombrosa Ave.

Open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends.

Zucchini and Vine

A good place to look for classy diningware for the entertainer and gadgets for the home chef. Cooking books, teas and gift-worthy fine foods are also sprinkled in.

204 Main St. in downtown

Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and closed Sundays.

Cards and stationary

Wild Ink Press

This delightful storefront has handmade cards for every occasion as well as stationary and small gifts. If you are lucky, you might catch staff in action at the printing presses.

183 East 6th St. in downtown

Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, and closed on Sundays.

Magna Carta

This Chico gem is known for its paper goods as well as gifts like wallets, jewelry and notebooks.

113 West 2nd St. in downtown

Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Toys and hobbies

AMain Hobbies

For the kid (or inner kid) who loves remote toys and gizmos, this local business has an impressive selection of cars, airplanes, boats and of course, drones.

2065 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

BaT Comics and Games

Sift through comics, manga and card and board games. You may also find the perfect gift for a big fan in the form of a poster, T-shirt — or, to be extremely specific, an arm signed by author Chuck Palahnuik.

218 Broadway in downtown

Open noon to 6 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Shop local incentive

Find Chestnut the Elf at one of downtown Chico’s participating businesses by Dec. 20 and you’ll be entered to win one of three baskets full of goodies from downtown shops. See the full list of participating stores at

Contact reporter Risa Johnson at 896-7763.

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