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Brands to Watch: Bravo Axes Real Housewives, Pepsi Fattens Cans, Yahoo Weighs Future

Posted by Shirley Brady on September 15, 2011 06:19 PM

Brands to Watch

Bravo fires four Real Housewives of New York cast members (update: Jill Zarin says she's still in talks).

Pepsi fattens up "skinny cans" in UK.

Yahoo meets with potential bidders, as exec confirms talks with AOL and Microsoft for ad sales deal to counter Google.

Adidas and Reebok bring My Coach shoe to India.

Apple TV rumors heat up.

BlackBerry owner RIM earnings plunge by more than half.

Citigroup only hiring "critical" jobs.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf makes New York debut.Continue reading...

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Steuben Closure Marks the End of a Glass Act

Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 6, 2011 10:58 AM

The closing of the 108 year-old Steuben glass factory, its only production facility and an iconic presence in Corning, NY, marks the end of the luxury glass brand that defined a category and an era.

"It was absolutely perfect glass, something that was revered and respected all over the world," said Jim Bacalles, former Corning mayor and state Assemblyman, in a brand obituary in the Ithaca Journal.

Steuben, founded in 1903 by Frederick Carder and Thomas Hawkes was sold to Corning Glass Works, now known as Corning Inc., in 1918, who maintained ownership until selling to Schottenstein Stores Corp. of Columbus, Ohio, in 2008.

Its heritage is one of "casual luxury": within reach, yet often presented as an elite gift fit for popes, leaders of state and other VIPs. "Presidents of the United States have sent many Steuben pieces to heads of other countries. The queen of England got one from Eisenhower or Truman. It's sad, very sad,” added Fran Gehl, former president of Local 1000 of the American Flint Glass Workers Union.Continue reading...

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In the News: BP, HP, J. Crew and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on November 23, 2010 09:00 AM

In the News

Apple announces Black Friday sale.

BP's $2 billion Gulf compensation fund fails to quell critics.

Citi launches "financial capability" site to educate consumers.

Coty is buying Philosophy, one of of Oprah's "Ultimate Favorite Things" brands.

Disney's video games chief steps down.

Gawker forced to remove Sarah Palin book excerpts.

GM plans 100-dealer network for Baojun in China.Continue reading...

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