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Here’s what is new at Crabtree Valley Mall and North Hills

In Raleigh’s Crabtree Valley Mall, Savvi Prom has opened on the lower level near the Lego store.

The shop offers prom dresses from such designers as MoriLee, Jovani, Dave Johnny, Faviana, Ellie Wilde Colors. Also, the shop offers tuxedo rentals from Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Allure, Ike Behar, Savvi, Ralph Lauren and others.

Mall hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 919-906-2554.

Another shop, Lyla Jones Bake Shop, now has a permanent home on the upper level near Belk.

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Lyla Jones bakes cakes and cupcakes for weddings, corporate events, baby showers, birthdays and more. The new location will include a full-service bakery. The shop, which began in a home kitchen in Clayton in Johnston County, is on Facebook. Its owners are high school sweethearts who lived in New Jersey until they moved to North Carolina three years ago with their two small children. The phone number is 919-948-8642.

Also at Crabtree, a couple of stores are in temporary spots while their permanent homes are remodeling.

Journeys, which sells shoes, clothing and accessories for men, women and children, is temporarily on the upper level next to Banana Republic.

Brooks Brothers, which offers clothing for men, women and children, is on the lower level near Belk.

Community Heroes Day is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Crabtree. Explore police and rescue vehicles, enjoy games and giveaways, take part in fitness challenges and watch lifesaving demonstrations.

Coming soon to North Hills

The following shops are scheduled to open in March at North Hills:

▪ Lou Lou Boutique, which offers fashion accessories, jewelry, bags and more. The chain, which is online at, has most of its stores in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Its only other North Carolina store is in Asheville.

▪ South Moon Under, offering offering women’s and men’s clothing, swimwear, accessories and gifts. Another small chain with a concentration in Virginia and Maryland, the store is online at

▪ Midtown Yoga, a locally owned studio offering strength yoga, Hot Power Flow, meditation yoga and Foundation Flow. Find it on Facebook.

▪ CO, a Vietnamese restaurant on the ground level of the AC Hotel. Learn more at

Raleigh Home Show

The Downtown Raleigh Home Show is this weekend at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.


On the celebrity stage this year are HGTV’s Taniya Nayak, an interior designer, and DIY Network’s Sara Bendrick, host of “Build It Like Bendrick” and “Lawn Order.”

The show will feature the Inspiration Home, a 1,400-square-foot house filled with decor ideas; the Fresh Ideas Design Stage with presentations from experts in home improvement and design; a cooking stage with Triangle cooking and kitchen gurus offering cooking demos; outdoor living features; and a marketplace with home design, decor and accessories from nearly 30 local businesses.

Adult admission is $7 online or $10 at the box office. Adults 60 and older get in for $5 with an ID. For more information about the show and to save $4 off adult admission, use promo code NANDO at

Are you new in retail in the Triangle? If so, send your store’s name, address, operating hours, contact information and brief description to

Scott Bolejack: 919-829-4629, @ScottBolejack

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Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Snaidero USA the exclusive distributor of the made-in-Italy Snaidero kitchen cabinets in North and Central America and Venezuela – has announced ELEGANTE Bespoke, a new ultra-luxury modern kitchen collection designed solely for the company’s markets. 

ELEGANTE Bespoke marries Italian craftsmanship, versatility, and exclusiveness for a kitchen design unmatched in sophistication and personalization.

As such, the ELEGANTE Bespoke kitchens are for homes designed to be one-of-a-kind, personalized retreats curated with custom features, prized possessions, handpicked finishes, and rare finds.

In this new kitchen collection, wood is the ultimate protagonist that gives the kitchen a strong and elegant presence. Snaidero USA has developed 8 prestigious wood finishes only for ELEGANTE: Heartwood, Rosewood, Night Eucalyptus (matte and high gloss), Fume’ Eucalyptus (matte and high gloss), and Pearl Eucalyptus (matte and high gloss). The 8 kinds of wood feature visually rich and interesting grains that make the ELEGANTE Bespoke kitchens at once timeless and contemporary.

Homeowners can create their own exceptional ELEGANTE Bespoke kitchen by:

  • Choosing design elements from the company’s System collection (excluding the LUX model). Elements include: cabinet doors (with and without handles); open shelves systems, upper/base/corner cabinets, wall/walk-in pantries, storage columns and deep baskets (all fitted with LED lighting); drawers; side panels; and a variety of accessories. All styles feature a modern aesthetic with clean lines and subtle design details that showcase Snaidero’s signature made-in-Italy craftsmanship and highlight the beauty of the wood finishes.
  • Pairing one of the 8 ELEGANTE kinds of wood with a vast selection of ceramics, lacquers (matte and high gloss), high gloss metallic lacquers, mica-based lacquers, glass (matte and high gloss), melamine, and high gloss laminate.

This high level of design flexibility makes it possible to create truly one-of-a-kind kitchens that meet each homeowner’s unique functional needs and personal aesthetics. The kitchen designers at Snaidero USA’s 3 flagship showrooms and 18 exclusive dealers in the United States, Canada, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, and Costa Rica can assist homeowners in designing their dream ELEGANTE Bespoke kitchen.

Says Dario Snaidero, President and CEO of Snaidero USA: “ELEGANTE Bespoke is the result of careful research into the unique preferences of the American luxury kitchen design market and our desire to create a modern kitchen collection that delivers the superior quality, high level of personalization, sophistication, and exclusivity that ultra-affluent homeowners want to surround themselves with.”

Images and more information available upon request.




About Snaidero USA

Snaidero USA is the exclusive North American distributor of Snaidero kitchen cabinets, for almost 40 years, Snaidero USA has offered the finest in luxury Italian kitchen design to North America and Central America through a retail network of 21 showrooms. Snaidero USA also serves the multi-housing industry, partnering with top developers like, Howard Hughes Corporation, Fortune International Group, Turnberry, AEG, ASPAC Developments and the CMC Group, for over 170 projects completed to date. Today, under the leadership of its President, Comm. Dario Snaidero, Snaidero USA is the leader in North-American imports of European kitchen cabinets. Through its Snaidero USA Living collection, the company also offers made-in-Italy furniture for bathrooms and closets. The kitchens are made of eco-friendly, non-toxic materials through production processes with limited impact towards the environment. Snaidero USA is a member of the US Green Building Council. For more information, please visit


About Snaidero R. SpA (Italy)

Founded in 1946, Snaidero is Italy’s leading manufacturer of high-end kitchen cabinets. A wealth of experience built over 70 years of tradition and innovation. Always at the forefront of style and innovation, Snaidero partners with world-renowned artists, architects, and industrial designers, such as Ferrari stylist Pininfarina, international architect Massimo Iosa Ghini and acclaimed Italian designers Lucci and Orlandini, to create top-of-the-line products manufactured with environmental responsibility.



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Le Creuset Bolsters Cookware Line With New Pans, Sets

Le Creuset is introducing new cookware in both its stainless steel and non-stick collections, adding four new cookware sets, at the International Home + Housewares Show.

A two-piece non-stick stainless steel fry pan set includes an 8- and 10-inch non-stick stainless steel fry pan, which comes with a triple reinforced non-stick coating. Made with tri-ply construction for even heating, the set carries a suggested retail price of $180. Also available in a two-piece set is the company’s toughened non-stick fry pans. The set is made with a PFAO-free triple-layer toughened non-stick coating. It has a suggested retail price of $150.

Le Creuset will also showcase a 10-piece toughened non-stick cookware set. The set comes with an 8-inch fry pan; 11-inch fry pan; 2-quart saucepan with lid; 3-quart saucepan with lid; 3.5-inch sauté pan with lid; and a 6 and 1/3-quart stockpot with lid. This set carries a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $600.

The company is also debuting a new seven-piece Signature stainless steel line. The set includes a 10-inch stainless steel fry pan; 2-quart saucepan with lid; 3-quart sauté pan with lid; and a 7-quart stockpot with lid. It has a suggested retail price of $500.

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Noritake Launches New Exclusive Colorwave Sand and Colorwave Curve at Bed Bath & Beyond

Noritake expands the Colorwave Collection with a new color, Colorwave Sand, and a new place setting shape, Curve, available exclusively at Bed Bath Beyond and

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 21, 2018

Noritake is pleased to announce the launch of Colorwave Sand, exclusively available at Bed Bath Beyond and Colorwave Sand is available in 4 place setting shapes and multiple accessories, and is designed to mix and match with other colors in the Colorwave Collection. In addition to the new color introduction, Noritake has expanded the place setting shape options with the addition of Curve, available in 7 colors, also exclusive to Bed Bath Beyond.

Colorwave Sand has a matte-textured, deep coloration on the outside suggestive of a rolling dune, smooth pebbles, or sun-bleached driftwood, and a glossy, cream-colored glaze on the inside. 4 place setting options are available: Curve, Coupe, Rim, and Square. These components are available as boxed place settings and also individually, to maximize opportunities for personalization. In addition, the full suite of accessories and serving pieces is also available. This collection is easily transitioned from a casual dinner on the couch to a more formal holiday table, and the neutral tone of Sand is always a classic choice.

Colorwave Curve, the newest place setting shape in nearly a decade, offers the perfect balance of color between the existing coupe and rim place settings. This new shape is available exclusively at Bed Bath Beyond, in Colorwave Blue, Clay, Graphite, Raspberry, Sand, Slate, and Turquoise.

“The Colorwave Collection continues to be a success story throughout North America, and this year we are celebrating 20 years since its introduction. We are constantly expanding the offerings in Colorwave, and are thrilled to expand our partnership with Bed Bath Beyond in the development of a new shape and color that will be available exclusively to their customers. Not only are we creating dinnerware in a neutral shade with wide appeal, we are also creating an opportunity for current Colorwave owners to expand their collection and explore the opportunities of mixing and matching,” says Peter Goldberger, Noritake’s Executive Vice President.

The Colorwave Collection has been one of the top registering and selling dinnerware collections for the past 20 years. Each color makes a bold statement while complementing each other perfectly. The 16 dinnerware colors available at Bed Bath Beyond have a matte-glaze solid color on the outside and a glossy, cream-colored glaze on the inside. Available colors are: Apple, Blue, Chocolate, Clay, Graphite, Green, Ice, Mustard, Plum, Raspberry, Sand, Slate, Spruce, Terra Cotta, Turquoise, and White. There are 4 Colorwave place setting shape options, Curve, Coupe, Rim and Square. These distinct shapes and colors allow the consumer to create a unique table setting by mixing and matching.

Colorwave dinnerware is made of fine stoneware that is safe in the microwave, dishwasher, and freezer.

The Colorwave Collection, including Colorwave Sand and the new Curve shape, is available now. To see the entire Colorwave Sand and Curve offerings, please visit

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Thousands of KitchenAid electric kettles are recalled due to burn risk

If you purchased a KitchenAid electric kettle anytime between September 2013 through February 2018, your unit may be subject to a recall because it poses a serious burn risk.

On Feb. 20, appliance manufacturer Whirlpool issued a recall of more than 40,000 kettles sold in the U.S., as well as more than 47,00 units sold in Canada and 1,600 in Mexico, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Whirlpool Corporation

The risk stems from a faulty handle, which “can loosen and separate from the kettle, causing hot contents to spill, posing a burn hazard,” according to the recall notice posted by the CPSC. So far, Whirlpool Corporation has received 79 reports in the U.S. and 19 in Canada of handles separating, as well as four total reports of minor burn injuries.

To find out if your kettle is part of the recall, you can search for it by model and serial number on the Whirlpool website.

If your unit is among those recalled, you should stop using it immediately and contact Whirlpool for a free replacement. Kettle owners may request the replacement device via the Whirlpool website or by calling 800-874-0608.

However, the number of KitchenAid kettles recalled is small when compared to at least one other recent kitchen appliance recall: At the end of 2016, Cuisinart issued a recall of 8 million food processors after numerous reports of blades breaking off.

And two major blender makers — Vitamix and NutriBullet — have recently faced lawsuits over allegedly faulty products, though no formal recalls have been filed by either company.

If you’re worried about your kitchen appliances, you can always check the Consumer Product Safety Commission website, or, to learn about other recalls. Consumer Reports also has a roundup of the biggest home and appliance recalls of 2017. You can also help protect yourself by registering new products when you buy them so the manufacturer can contact you diretly if the product is affected by a recall in the future.

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The Upgrade: This Is the Cast-Iron Skillet You’ll Want to Pass Down to Your Children One Day

The virtues of cast-iron cooking have been extolled and sermonized plenty, but, for posterity’s sake, let’s briefly rehash: it holds heat tremendously well, it will, in all likelihood, outlive you and everyone around you and it can cook just about anything.

If this feels like common knowledge, it’s important, too, to consider what cast-iron cookware is not: namely, a sandpapery, pitch black, two-handed battle to prevent food from sticking. This belief stems from the introduction of large-scale industrial casting, which cuts the corners that cookware from yesteryear wouldn’t.

Butter Pat Industries, which started selling skillets in 2016, doesn’t cut corners. In fact, its skillets have more in common with those from 1918 than it does skillets from 2018.

The brilliance of a Butter Pat skillet is front and center. It’s really smooth and bears no machine marks; that’s because the brand casts each pan by hand. This affords it a near-perfect non-stick cooking surface out of the box but also differentiates Butter Pat from other cast-iron startups that use machines to mill surfaces down to a smooth state.

Now the benefit of Butter Pat’s method of achieving non-stick rapture is two-fold: the pieces are cast into a consistent, finished state (apart from seasoning), meaning the brand can cast thinner, and therefore lighter, cookware. The 10-inch “Heather” skillet is a hair over 4.5 pounds, shedding about a pound from your typical skillet of that size (the hollowed-out handle is also partly to thank here).

Beyond that, Butter Pat’s skillets, which also come in 12- and 14-inch variants, utilize smartly-flared and sloped walls, which makes for more forgiving angles to flip food at. Smaller details like pour spouts for draining liquid and easier cleaning and a comfortable-to-grip front tab also deserve recognition.

Now, do you need this skillet to craft wonderful meals for your friends and family? No, probably not. In the same way you do not need vacations to beautiful beaches or vintage motorcycles or Eames chairs. All that said, a Butter Pat skillet is as good as it gets.

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Exclusive: AD Design Show lineup released

Four days of design curated for designers and consumers alike will unfold March 22 through 25, as the Architectural Digest Design Show returns to Piers 92 and 94 in New York. With a particular focus on designers, March 22 has been designated as Trade Day, with the magazine’s West Coast editor, Mayer Rus, moderating two panels open only to the trade: a marketing strategy discussion with Laura Kirar, Ryan Korban, and Robert Stilin; and a talk focused on the AD100 list, with honorees Billy Cotton and Amy Lau.

The show’s hallmark event is a keynote conversation with what the mag calls “the most prominent families of design”—featuring Aerin Lauder, Alexa Hampton and India Hicks—moderated by Amy Astley, Architectural Digest editor in chief.

DIFFA’s annual Dining by Design

Spread across a number of areas, the show will span the usual categories, including Refresh (kitchen, bath, luxury appliances, and building products), Furnish (contemporary and classic furniture, lighting, carpets and rugs, decorative accessories, textiles and art), Made (a juried handcrafted section), and Shops (retail offering decor, gifts, tabletop accessories, objets d’art). A new theater, sponsored by Dacor, is also debuting this year.

Carrie Gustafson's modernist glass designs will be on display at this year's show; courtesy AD Design show

Of the range of exhibitors, David Rockwell, founder and president of Rockwell Group, says, “There are a lot of big brands that you’d expect here, but it’s kind of amazing how many smaller brands you can discover. It’s a free look as an architect at what’s going on in the world of design and what’s emerging right now.”

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Read on for the full lineup of events, courtesy of the magazine:

Thursday, March 22
● 1:30–2:30 p.m. – “License to Grow.” A trio of the design world’s top talents, Laura Kirar, Ryan Korban and Robert Stilin, convene for a wide-ranging discussion on successful marketing strategies to build your firm.

● 3:30–4:30 p.m – “The AD100 Effect.” Two recent inductees from the AD100 Class of 2018, Billy Cotton and Amy Lau, discuss the triumphs and challenges they encountered on their path to making the esteemed list.

Bower's 2017 MADE booth; courtesy AD Design Show

Friday, March 23
● 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – “Classic to Contemporary.” From Miami villas to New York City duplexes, Ellie Cullman and her partners at Cullman Kravis present their new take on design, which references tradition while embracing a variety of contemporary motifs. Moderated by publisher and industry insider Jill Cohen.

● 1:30–2:30 p.m. – “Daring Design Details: Bold Colors, Patterns, and Finishes.” Join interior designers Joe Nahem, Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke for an exchange of expert intelligence and professional guidance about creating your own personal style. Moderated by Fern Mallis, founder and president of Fern Mallis LLC.

● 3:00–4:00 p.m. – “Seeing the World Through Colored Glasses.” ASID calls on top New York designers Genevieve Gorder, Charles Pavarini III and Bjorn Bjornsson, as well as Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore’s director of strategic design intelligence, to discuss how color and pattern have led to smashing successes and have elevated interiors to a new standard. Moderated by Lori Weitzner, author of Ode to Color.

Morgan Clayhall's 2017 MADE booth; courtesy AD Design Show

Saturday, March 24
● 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.. – “Through the Lens of Fashion, Travel, and Design.” Join Jeffrey Bilhuber and Douglas Friedman in a riveting discussion about the world of fashion, the world at large, and how it influences global design. Moderated by Tom Delavan, design editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

● 1:30–2:30 p.m. – “The Royal Families of Design.” Featuring three of the most prominent design families of the 21st century, Aerin Lauder, Alexa Hampton, and India Hicks come together for the first time for a historic discussion about the past, the present and the future. Moderated by Amy Astley.

● 3:30–4:30 p.m. – “Outrageous Design With David Monn.” Hear entertaining stories about everything from working with the White House on state visits and The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala to The New York Public Library’s Gala and the Guggenheim International Gala.

Matthew Ward Studios' 2017 MADE booth; courtesy AD Design Show

Sunday, March 25
● 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – “An Intimate View.” Join celebrated designer Victoria Hagan as she shares her design philosophy and lessons honed during her storied career. Moderated by Wendy Goodman, design editor for New York magazine.

● 1:30–2:30 p.m. – “The Remodel: Designing for the Modern Entertainer.” Hear from illustrious designers and entertainers, including John McIlwee and Ray Booth on how recent innovations are transforming the way we entertain in our homes.

● 3:30–4:30 p.m. –“Top Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer.” Designers Joshua David, Heather Smith, Xandro Aventajado and Joanna Goodman discuss the pitfalls and praise that happen when hiring the right designer. Moderated by Maury Riad, founder of Fuigo and co-owner of Fortuny Fabrics.

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