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You can get All-Clad cookware at amazing prices right now

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Editor’s note: All-Clad has extended the VIP Factory Seconds Sale. You now have until Thursday, August 16 at 11:59 p.m. EST to shop.

If you’re an amateur home cook or just a kitchen enthusiast, you want to fill your kitchen with the best cookware money can buy. But you can’t always spend that kind of money you might want to do so. Thankfully, every so often All-Clad holds a crazy sale, so us novice chefs can get some of the best kitchen products without breaking the bank.

Right now, you can save up to 80% on this high-end cookware brand as part of their Factory Seconds VIP Summer Clearance Event. Plus, you can save an extra 10% if you spend $150 or more (which honestly isn’t that hard to do). You just need to use the code “ACSUMMER18” to access these amazing deals. This sale runs until 12:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, August 15, so if you’ve ever wanted All-Clad cookware, now may be the time to buy.

The All-Clad brand is known for long-lasting, high-quality kitchen products with a sleek stainless steel finish that looks amazing in any kitchen, and these discounts on popular items are incredible. For example, you can get an 8-inch and 10-inch nonstick fry pan set for just $40 (that’s $50 in savings!). There are also plenty of other pots, pans, griddles, knives, bakeware, kitchen accessories, and more with similar discounts.

The one catch of this sale, though, is that all of these products are factory seconds—but there’s actually no need for concern. All this means is that these products couldn’t be sold at full price due to minor imperfections like surface scratches and dents, which typically happens anyways after some normal usage and should not affect the integrity of the cookware.

If you want flawless cookware, this might not be the sale for you. But for those of us who can look past the surface, you can score some amazing deals on new high-end items to upgrade your kitchen.

Use the code “ACSUMMER18” to access the All-Clad VIP Factory Seconds Sale

Prices are accurate at the time of publication, but may change over time.

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Fast-expanding Express Kitchens Open New Store in Springfield, Massachusetts

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Aug. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Connecticut’s leading kitchen cabinet manufacturer, Express Kitchens brings custom cabinets to the Massachusetts market, which is primarily driven by the willingness of the customers to invest in exclusive designs for dream kitchens.

Express Kitchens offer its flagship Star Cabinetry line of solutions that have already captured the fancy of buyers across Connecticut and Massachusetts. In addition, the company deals with other nationally-acclaimed brands of kitchen cabinets and is endorsed as the one-stop designation for hundreds of kitchen cabinet options. A family owned and operated business, Express Kitchens supplies the entire Northeast market. Producing and assembling their own cabinet line, including laminate and granite countertops, allows Express Kitchens to directly pass along the savings to their customers. Monthly storewide promotions are offered.

The company is actively involved in designing and installing tailor-made kitchen solutions for over a decade and is among the fastest growing names in the region’s cabinetry industry. The state of Massachusetts has been a happy destination for Express Kitchens with retail customers endorsing the supreme quality of customer services – Bill Carmen Blatch from Springfield, MA share their Express Kitchens experience. Watch https://youtu.be/KdP1y18MFXc.

CEO of Express Kitchens, Max Kothari, said, “Homeowners have distinct tastes, preferences, and needs when it comes to kitchen cabinets and countertops. Based on what’s popular across the world, we offer some very diverse range of alluring cabinet finishes like Oak, Cherry, Maple, Birch, Hickory, Thermofoil, Plantation Wood, and Laminate. This enables our customers to choose styles matching their tastes and create a wonderful overall appeal. We have been able to cater to different budgets over all these years. Moreover, we unveil exciting promotional offers from time to time to make prices affordable for one and all. Our secret to success is very simple: We are best aligned with customers’ needs when they are looking to remodel kitchens.”

In 2014, Express was the winner of Forbes Magazine Inner City 100 with a growth rate of 172% over 5 years. To date, Express Kitchens has installed over 22 thousand kitchens in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. The company’s focus on customer service has established itself as an industry leader.

Express Kitchens has locations in Bridgeport, Brookfield, Hamden, Hartford (2), Newington, New London, Norwalk, Orange, Stamford, Torrington, Southington, Waterbury, Connecticut and West Springfield, Massachusetts. For more information, stop into a store, call them at (860) 247-1000, email us at Marketing@expresskitchen.net or visit http://www.expresskitchen.net.

 

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The Jewelry Industry’s Design Dilemma

If consumers can’t see meaningful differences, what else is there to look at but price?Deposit Photos

Walk into many jewelry manufacturing plants around the world – perhaps even most – and you’ll see lowest-common-denominator design processes taking place.

You’ll encounter it in conference rooms, where retail buyers are reviewing the designs they saw at the jewelry show in Las Vegas, or Hong Kong, or Basel; asking if the manufacturing team can knock off their favorite looks from the exhibitions.

You’ll see it in offices, where a designer’s work is being picked apart by sales staff, who are suggesting that a few more diamonds on the halo, or down the shoulder, or a blackened metal, or a more pointy-tipped prong, are necessary; that these are the elements that seem to be selling in the market.

Then, the top sales guy takes the designs back to his desk and returns a day later with images pulled off a Google search, cut and taped together to demonstrate what he thinks they should be selling.

Here’s a simple rule about market value to consider: If all the products in the market are essentially the same, then the only thing any customer will care about is price. Once customers only care about price, the market starts bleeding value. What is left after this occurs? Simply the sum of the parts; in this case, the market value of the gemstones and precious metals. After that, returning the market to a state of added value is extremely painful, if not impossible.

What Happens When Innovation Disappears?

This isn’t even new news. The jewelry industry has been marching down this path for some time.

The results are showing in an independent retail segment that is struggling to compete with online sellers and non-traditional jewelry sellers. It is tempting to write off the struggles at jewelry retail as being the same as the struggles at all retail – and to a certain extent, they are – but to do so ignores a corollary problem. Walk into any jewelry store anywhere, and you are likely to see the same cases filled with solitaires, solitaires with halos, solitaires with double halos, diamond studs, and three-stone rings. Yes, there will always be demand for jewelry basics, but have we become too . . . well . . . basic? Consumers have been trained to expect that they will not see anything new or different at the jewelry store, so they do comparison research online and negotiate prices.

The jewelry industry has a jewelry manufacturing sector that does not innovate. Yes, there are pockets of innovation – you’ll see them profiled in this column in the coming weeks and months. But the dominant focus of the jewelry manufacturing sector has been to perfect the pumping-out of parts, the mechanization of what was hand work for nearly a millennium, and the reduction reduction reduction of labor costs. Which, when you consider it, should really make you scratch your head. When the item you are making consists of $700 worth of gold, $2,800 worth of gemstones, and $80 worth of labor (and this is before the U.S. started exporting jewelry jobs), how much can a company gain by focusing so much energy on lowering labor costs?

What are the Opportunities for Value Add?

Please don’t misunderstand. No manufacturer should spend more money on labor than necessary relative to their brand strategy, and working to improve efficiencies and reduce errors is extremely important work.

But is it possible that the jewelry industry threw all its eggs into the efficiency basket? Is it possible that it turned 100% of its attention to reducing production costs and increasing output, and in the process failed to attend to that other extremely important aspect of value add: Design?

At some level, the industry knows it’s lost something important. Retailers and manufacturers have attempted to focus attention on customer service as a differentiator. The problem with that is great customer service is now a minimum standard necessary to compete. Once something is expected, it no longer provides value add.

Thousands of companies around the world manufacture jewelry, both for their own distribution efforts and for other brands.  Yet a mere handful of jewelry brands ever achieve consumer recognition. Meanwhile, survey after survey reports that good design is a priority for Millennials – from clothing to electronics to kitchen accessories, design matters. Considering that this is the fastest-growing jewelry-buying demographic, the industry must take note.

So What About Design?

Design is a discipline, just like engineering, marketing, or accounting. Yes, starlets and trust-fund babies with cash to burn can decide to become jewelry designers, but just because one says it’s so doesn’t mean it is. There is a reason that Tiffany Company jewelry is so appealing. Beyond the marketing and manufacturing machine, at the heart of the brand, are designers; people who study and practice the art of creating something functional, beautiful and balanced, something that pleases the eye and stimulates the senses like a perfect dish pleases the palette. Harry Winston didn’t become famous because he could get his hands on exquisite diamonds (though that didn’t hurt). It was his uncanny sense of how to design the setting around each diamond that set him apart. David Yurman has become a powerhouse partly because they created jewelry for the mass market without ever losing sight of the importance of design. Both David Yurman and his co-founder wife Sybil are practicing artists, and that sensibility is always in the forefront of the company they created.

Bree Richey’s Circle Flower Earring is an example of exceptional design. Breejewelry.comBreeJewelry.Com

Does the jewelry industry have a design problem? The jewelry industry needs to focus more on creating great design – agree or not?

None of this is to say there isn’t brilliant jewelry design for sale. The jewelry industry is filled with independent designers producing small lines, and that body of work is exceptional. The problem is that these designers rarely have the capital to make it to market. It’s next to impossible for them to penetrate jewelry retail, and going direct-to-consumer is prohibitively expensive (it’s easy to build a Shopify site, but there’s no guarantee that anyone will ever visit it). Most independent designers survive by selling to between 10-30 stores – hardly enough exposure to create a lasting consumer impression. If the manufacturers were smart, they would tap into this talent pool.

Creating a bias toward design is not an easy thing to do in organizations that have not thought this way before. It requires hiring experienced design talent and investing in the development of design teams. It means taking risks to create new looks, and not simply pandering to the most mainstream tastes. It means doing the hard work of defining collections and learning the art of merchandising. It means developing an understanding of the difference between good design and great design, or learning to trust someone to guide that part of the product development process.

Sustained, explicit focus on design would surely help create more differentiation in a sea of sameness. And that’s the kind of value add that consumers are willing to pay for.

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Fast-expanding Express Kitchens Open New Store in Springfield …

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Aug. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Connecticut’s leading kitchen cabinet manufacturer, Express Kitchens brings custom cabinets to the Massachusetts market, which is primarily driven by the willingness of the customers to invest in exclusive designs for dream kitchens.

Express Kitchens offer its flagship Star Cabinetry line of solutions that have already captured the fancy of buyers across Connecticut and Massachusetts. In addition, the company deals with other nationally-acclaimed brands of kitchen cabinets and is endorsed as the one-stop designation for hundreds of kitchen cabinet options. A family owned and operated business, Express Kitchens supplies the entire Northeast market. Producing and assembling their own cabinet line, including laminate and granite countertops, allows Express Kitchens to directly pass along the savings to their customers. Monthly storewide promotions are offered.

The company is actively involved in designing and installing tailor-made kitchen solutions for over a decade and is among the fastest growing names in the region’s cabinetry industry. The state of Massachusetts has been a happy destination for Express Kitchens with retail customers endorsing the supreme quality of customer services – Bill Carmen Blatch from Springfield, MA share their Express Kitchens experience. Watch https://youtu.be/KdP1y18MFXc.

CEO of Express Kitchens, Max Kothari, said, “Homeowners have distinct tastes, preferences, and needs when it comes to kitchen cabinets and countertops. Based on what’s popular across the world, we offer some very diverse range of alluring cabinet finishes like Oak, Cherry, Maple, Birch, Hickory, Thermofoil, Plantation Wood, and Laminate. This enables our customers to choose styles matching their tastes and create a wonderful overall appeal. We have been able to cater to different budgets over all these years. Moreover, we unveil exciting promotional offers from time to time to make prices affordable for one and all. Our secret to success is very simple: We are best aligned with customers’ needs when they are looking to remodel kitchens.”

In 2014, Express was the winner of Forbes Magazine Inner City 100 with a growth rate of 172% over 5 years. To date, Express Kitchens has installed over 22 thousand kitchens in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. The company’s focus on customer service has established itself as an industry leader.

Express Kitchens has locations in Bridgeport, Brookfield, Hamden, Hartford (2), Newington, New London, Norwalk, Orange, Stamford, Torrington, Southington, Waterbury, Connecticut and West Springfield, Massachusetts. For more information, stop into a store, call them at (860) 247-1000, email us at Marketing@expresskitchen.net or visit http://www.expresskitchen.net.

 

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Kitchen is the place for color

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Just as filling your plate with colorful foods is typically good for your body, filling your kitchen with color can be good for the soul. In fact color is an important element in interior design not only for its aesthetic value but also because it can shape perceptions and emotions.

“Color is powerful — when you walk into a room, you can instantly feel its subconscious effect on your mood, your heart rate and even your appetite,” said color trend expert Janice Fedak.

“That’s why it’s important to choose colors that ‘speak to you,’ express your unique personality and truly make you feel at home.”

The experts at Elmira Stove Works offer these design tips that take into consideration the psychology of some of the most popular colors for the kitchen.

Red

A strong, vibrant color, red is often associated with passion, pride and strength. In the kitchen bold pops of red can command attention. Red is a perfect hue for appliances — both large and small — and also works well in a patterned backsplash or on decorative items such as canisters and cookware. Consider red “crystal” grout instead of traditional white grout for tile to create an unexpected look.

White

Associated with clarity, cleanliness and purity, this “non-hue” promotes a sense of order and can provide the ideal backdrop for other colors and design elements. For a streamlined kitchen, pair white countertops with a white tiled backsplash and cabinetry. For a more relaxed but still fresh look, introduce a few colorful kitchen accessories or paint an accent wall in your favorite hue.

Blue

Soothing, calm and reminiscent of the sea and the sky, blue evokes feelings of health and well-being. Adding this naturally relaxing hue to the kitchen, which is often the busiest room in the home, can transform the space into your own personal retreat.

One way to bring blue into the kitchen is through 1950s-inspired appliances from Elmira Stove Works in Beach Blue, a hue that takes its cue from days spent lazing by the pool or at the seashore. From refrigerators and ranges to microwaves and dishwasher panels, retro appliances can bring a fun, welcoming vibe to kitchens.

“Color – whether bold or on the subtler side – can really make a kitchen come alive,” said Tony Dowling, vice president, Elmira Stove Works. “Appliances are a great way to introduce color while also creating the foundation for the rest of the space.”

Yellow

One of the happiest colors on the spectrum, yellow is a lively hue that represents youthfulness and joy. It can inspire reflection and creativity, lift spirits and encourage optimism. Use yellow in your kitchen to bathe it in year-round “sunshine,” especially if your kitchen doesn’t get a lot of natural light or could use an extra dose of warmth and cheer.

Black

Although it has a reputation for darkness and mystery, black is also associated with sophistication. Think of a black-tie affair, where the dramatic attire and decor create an upscale atmosphere. Black design elements can lend that same sense of elegance to your kitchen. Appliances are commonly available in black but you can also incorporate black through tile work, granite or marble countertops, or an eye-catching porcelain or soapstone sink.

“Whatever colors you choose for your kitchen, the most important thing is to trust your intuition and to wrap your kitchen in hues that make you feel good,” Fedak said.

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You can get All-Clad cookware at amazing prices right now | kiiitv.com

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.

Editor’s note: All-Clad has extended the VIP Factory Seconds Sale. You now have until Thursday, August 16 at 11:59 p.m. EST to shop.

If you’re an amateur home cook or just a kitchen enthusiast, you want to fill your kitchen with the best cookware money can buy. But you can’t always spend that kind of money you might want to do so. Thankfully, every so often All-Clad holds a crazy sale, so us novice chefs can get some of the best kitchen products without breaking the bank.

Right now, you can save up to 80% on this high-end cookware brand as part of their Factory Seconds VIP Summer Clearance Event. Plus, you can save an extra 10% if you spend $150 or more (which honestly isn’t that hard to do). You just need to use the code “ACSUMMER18” to access these amazing deals. This sale runs until 12:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, August 15, so if you’ve ever wanted All-Clad cookware, now may be the time to buy.

The All-Clad brand is known for long-lasting, high-quality kitchen products with a sleek stainless steel finish that looks amazing in any kitchen, and these discounts on popular items are incredible. For example, you can get an 8-inch and 10-inch nonstick fry pan set for just $40 (that’s $50 in savings!). There are also plenty of other pots, pans, griddles, knives, bakeware, kitchen accessories, and more with similar discounts.

The one catch of this sale, though, is that all of these products are factory seconds—but there’s actually no need for concern. All this means is that these products couldn’t be sold at full price due to minor imperfections like surface scratches and dents, which typically happens anyways after some normal usage and should not affect the integrity of the cookware.

If you want flawless cookware, this might not be the sale for you. But for those of us who can look past the surface, you can score some amazing deals on new high-end items to upgrade your kitchen.

Use the code “ACSUMMER18” to access the All-Clad VIP Factory Seconds Sale

Prices are accurate at the time of publication, but may change over time.

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