Celebrate New Year’s Eve at David Burke’s PrimeHouse at The James Chicago

LIBERATING LUXURY FROM TRADITION, THE SOPHISTICATED, INTELLIGENT DESIGN AND GUEST-CENTRIC SERVICE ETHIC AT THE JAMES CHICAGO PROVIDE A MODERN AESTHETIC WITH A CLASSIC COMMITMENT TO HOSPITALITY  

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For travelers ringing in the New Year in Chicago, David Burke’s PrimeHouse is offering an $82 prix-fixe celebratory menu laden with brilliant modern American offerings.  Guests can choose from a variety of options, including the 55 Day Dry Aged Bone-in Ribeye, which was named Chicago Magazine’s Best Dry Aged Steak.

Complemented by dishes including Oysters on the Half Shell with horseradish, cocktail sauce and mignonette; Pretzel Crusted Crab Cakes with caviar crema, raisin compote, tender greens and apple; and Wagyu Beef Sashimi with Himalayan salt, mushroom chips and truffle mayo, it’s sure to be a night to remember.

The first chef to own his own bull, Chef Burke’s commitment to quality is evident in the USDA prime grade, hand-selected beef served in David Burke’s PrimeHouse. The restaurant dry-ages its meats in a Himalayan salt-tiled aging room on premise, with the result being perfectly marble-ized, tender beef with a rich depth of flavor. Under the leadership of Executive Chef Rick Gresh, David Burke’s Primehouse features a rotating menu that focuses on seasonal, local and organic ingredients and inventive dishes that reflect evolving culinary trends.

The James Chicago (http://www.jameshotels.com/chicago55 East Ontario Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611, 312.337.1000, Reservations: 1.877.JAMES.55), which opened in 2006, provides unique style and exceptional luxury service in comfortable surroundings. Ideally situated in downtown Chicago on the corner of Ontario and Rush Streets, steps off of Michigan Avenue and in the heart of The Magnificent Mile, the best of Chicago’s dining, shopping and nightlife are right outside its doors. Within walking distance are Chicago’s exciting cultural attractions including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the John Hancock Observatory, Millennium Park, the historic Water Tower and Navy Pier.

The James Chicago Hotel

The James Chicago Hotel

Guest accommodations at the James Chicago Hotel (Rates starts at $250 per guestroom and $2500 per suite) includes 61King Guestrooms, 43 Double Guestrooms, 38 Deluxe Double Guestrooms, 49 Deluxe King Guestrooms, 52 Studios, 26 Lofts, 26 One Bedroom Apartments and 2 Penthouse Lofts. Guestrooms and Studios feature a palette of warm tones. The contemporary layout and custom designed furniture include a streamlined dark wood platform bed, work/dining niche, flat-screen TV’s, and spacious slate-tile and marble bathrooms, all created with the guests’ personal needs in mind. Lofts feature a living area, wet bar, spacious bathrooms, work/dining niche and media rooms. One-Bedroom Apartments are designed in true upscale residential style featuring a living room with separate bedroom, wet bar, dining area and spacious bathrooms. Penthouses Lofts highlight luxury city living with two bedrooms, formal living and dining rooms, oversized bathrooms with his and hers sinks, soaking tub, and separate rain shower.

Guestroom at The James Chicago

Guestroom at The James Chicago

The James Chicago Hotel Lobby Art Gallery

The James Chicago Hotel Lobby Art Gallery

Guestroom Amenities includes Custom, comfortable beds, Work/dining niche, Snack & cocktail bar

Commissioned art, Flat  screen TVs, Digital TV & movie system, Stereo with iPoddock, Cordless dual-line phone, Complimentary WiFi, Intelligent Nutrients full-sized bath products, 100% Turkish cotton towels, Full-length mirror, Dimmable lighting, Individual climate control, Daily newspaper delivery, Complimentary triple-filtered water system, Eco-friendly pillow options by Keetsa and Starbucks Via coffee with European-style water boiler. Continue reading

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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: WAHL Holiday Gift Lineup Offers Look-Good, Feel-Good Tools That Combines Performance, Style and Comfort

They say it’s the thought that counts. However, it is estimated that more than half of all holiday shoppers are expected to return the gifts they received for various reasons, according to a recent national survey. Fortunately, Wahl, a leader in men’s grooming and personal care, has a holiday lineup designed with staying power. The company’s latest offerings consist of budget-friendly gifts for everyone on the list, including new lithium-ion-powered grooming tools, temperature-therapy massage solutions and odor-fighting products for pets.
Most guys are in search of the best gadgets, so this holiday season Wahl is putting the most advanced battery technology available into their hands with a newly expanded lineup of lithium ion grooming tools. For the head and face, Wahl offers the Lithium Ion Clipper and Lithium Ion Beard & Stubble Trimmer. Both feature precision ground blades, longer run time and quick charge capabilities. 
The Lithium Ion Clipper can run for up to two hours on one charge thanks to Wahl’s proprietary battery technology. It offers 50 percent more power than standard clippers to ensure optimum cutting performance at all times, and has a convenient 15-minute quick charge option. Travel-ready and ready in a pinch, it holds its charge for up to one year and is available as a combo kit that includes a detail trimmer and assortment of accessories and guide combs. The Lithium Ion Clipper Kit is available nationwide with an MSRP of $69.99.
The Wahl Lithium Ion Beard & Stubble Trimmer is exactly that. Yet you can do so much with this trimmer. Trim and detail your facial hair and touch up and cut the hair on your head. It has the most advanced rechargeable battery technology. It’s lighter weight, has almost no charge loss in storage, is environmentally smart, and has no memory issues. Best of all, it provides 3x the run time, 2x the torque, a 1-minute quick charge and 1 hour full charge which standard NiMH / NiCad trimmers can not do. Travel-ready and ready in a pinch, it holds its charge for up to one year and is available as a combo kit that includes a detail trimmer and assortment of accessories and guide combs. The Lithium Ion Clipper Kit is available nationwide with an MSRP of $69.99.

For the nose, ears and eyebrows, Wahl also offers the Lithium Lighted Detailer, which sheds some light on those hard to see areas. The Wahl Lithium Powered Lighted Detailer comes with 3 interchangeable heads: Reciprocating head for ears and detailing, Rotary head for nose hairs and Detail head for necklines and eyebrows. It also comes with an eyebrow guide, protective cap and 1 AA Energizer® Lithium Battery.

It’s safe to say a majority of people could use a gift that relieves this year, as a recent study found 85 percent of Americans are in pain. With this in mind, Wahl offers new Hot-Cold Therapy Massage products to address a variety of pain points, including sore and swollen muscles, poor circulation and those everyday aches and pains. Wahl’s newest tool, the Hot-Cold Therapy Massaging Gel pack, combines massage and temperature therapy and includes a Velcro strap for hands-free targeted relief.

For the four-legged members of the family, Wahl offers a new line of pet hygiene products. The Odor NeutralizerWaterless Shampoo and Doggie Deodorant are designed to take the dirty work out of bathing.  Whether searching for a stocking stuffer or preparing for holiday photos, this line of all-natural products are developed with the needs of pets—and their owners in mind.

Wahl’s complete line of budget-friendly gift ideas can be found online at wahlholidaygifts.com. This online shopping destination makes it easy to purchase products online or locate them in stores in time for the holidays. These products can be found at major retailers nationwide at prices ranging from $5.99 to under $80.

ROUND-THE-CLOCK SHOPPING RETURNS AS MACY’S BRINGS BACK ITS OVERNIGHT HOURS AT SELECT STORES

EXTENDED STORE HOURS AND 24-HOUR SHOPPING STARTS FRIDAY, DEC. 20

Last minute holiday shoppers receive their Christmas presents early this year with the gift of extra time as Macy’s brings back its seasonal tradition, 24-hour shopping. Beginning Friday, Dec. 20 at 7 a.m., 37 Macy’s stores in select cities across the country including Macy’s Herald Square in New York City; Union Square in San Francisco; and State Street in Chicago will stay open overnight for four days in a row of non-stop shopping until Christmas Eve on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m.

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In 2006, Macy’s Queens Center store was the first Macy’s store to go 24-hours. Due to its unprecedented success, Macy’s added additional store locations in the following years. Store associates volunteer to work the overnight and extended hour shifts.

With a shorter shopping season, Macy’s customers will be able to enjoy 107 hours of ‘round-the-clock shopping to ensure that everyone on the list receives the very best gift. Macy’s 24-hour shopping is a holiday tradition that makes the season less hectic with stores remaining open all-night during the homestretch of the Christmas season. Less holiday crowds and shorter lines are an added bonus as Macy’s makes sure that time is on everyone’s side. In addition to the 24-hour stores, mostly all stores nationwide, except furniture galleries and select locations, will offer extended hours each night until 2 a.m. thru Dec. 23, making Macy’s the go-to store for gifting.

Overnight shopping at Macy’s has become a holiday tradition that last minute gift-givers count on to get them through the time crunch of the season,” said Peter Sachse, chief stores officer, Macy’s, Inc.Our customers already love to shop with us for the best gifts, but they also love that our stores stay open providing them with the convenience of late-night or early morning hours so that they can shop when they choose.

Macy’s 24-Hour Stores include the following select locations:

California

  • Macy’s Union Square, San Francisco
  • Macy’s Valley Fair, Santa Clara

Illinois

  • Macy’s State Street, Chicago
  • Macy’s Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook
  • Macy’s Woodfield, Schaumburg
  • Macy’s Orland Square, Orland Park

Louisiana

  • Lakeside Shopping Center, Metarie

Massachusetts

  • Macy’s South Shore, Braintree, MA

Michigan

  • Macy’s Twelve Oaks, Novi
  • Macy’s Oakland, Troy
  • Macy’s Lakeside. Sterling Heights
  • Macy’s Fairlane Town Center, Dearborn

Minnesota

  • Macy’s Rosedale, Minneapolis

New Jersey

  • Macy’s at Newport Centre, Jersey City
  • Macy’s at Willowbrook Mall, Wayne
  • Macy’s Menlo Park Mall, Menlo Park
  • Macy’s Woodbridge Center, Woodbridge
  • Macy’s Cherry Hill, Cherry Hill (Philadelphia)

New York

  • Macy’s Herald Square, Manhattan
  • Macy’s at Queens Center Mall, Rego Park
  • Macy’s Flushing, Flushing
  • Macy’s at Staten Island Mall, Staten Island
  • Macy’s Kings Plaza, Brooklyn
  • Macy’s Manhasset, Manhasset
  • Macy’s Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove
  • Macy’s at Roosevelt Field Mall, Westbury
  • Macy’s at Green Acres Mall, Valley Stream
  • Macy’s Cross County Shopping Center, Yonkers

Texas

  • Northpark Center, Dallas
  • Parks at Arlington, Fort Worth
  • Memorial City, Houston
  • La Plaza, San Antonio
  • North Star, San Antonio
  • Del Norte, San Antonio

Washington, D.C./Virginia/Maryland

  • Macy’s Mall in Columbia, Columbia, MD
  • Macy’s Tyson’s Corner, McLean, VA
  • Macy’s Fashion Center, Pentagon City, VA

DiscoRobo Does Boxer Briefs – Techno Style!

Who knew boxer briefs would start trending this holiday season! Now there’s Boxer Briefs – Techno-Style featuring DiscoRobo from TOSY Robotics! Check out this chorus line of boxer-wearing robots that really know how to ring their chimes. Their beat detection technology makes for just the right moves in this choreographed bell-ringing rendition of a holiday classic. ( Video available at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTf4XXyPdac&feature=youtu.be

DiscoRobo is the dancing, talking robot that’s activated by music and an interactive app (iOS, Android and Windows) that enables users to choreograph the robot’s moves to match the music with booty-shaking action. The robot is so into the music, its face just lights up with funny facial expressions that change as it dances. It can also dance to other sounds: beat box, drum beats, handclaps or even footsteps.

In chat mode, DiscoRobo responds to typed questions with witty remarks. When two are paired together, face to face, they chat with each other. In dance mode, just a shake of the phone or a swipe across the virtual DiscoRobo on screen makes the actual robot react and mimic the movements.

TOSY Robotics was founded by a robotics guru team and first went into operation in 2004 after many years of experience in mechanical engineering. From the very beginning, the Vietnam-based company has always placed the highest priority on research and development with the motto “Creativeness and modern technology are key factors for success.” It is the manufacturer of the Good Housekeeping’s Best Toy Awards 2011’s TOSY® AFO™, a flying boomerang with a smart LED system that can return precisely to its point of origin, and the Guinness World Records holder TOSY TOOP, a non-stop collectible battling top with flexible controllability. For more information about TOSY Robotics, visit: http://www.tosy.com/discorobo

Hanes Celebrates The Holiday Season By Donating Half A Million Socks To Charities Helping Those In Need

America’s Leading Sock Brand Continues Its Tradition of Making the Holidays More Comfortable by Donating Socks to The Salvation Army to Help the Needy and to Five Shelters to Help the Homeless

 

Hanes® America’s No. 1 sock brand, is helping spread holiday comfort by donating 250,000 pairs of socks to those in need and the homeless. The socks will be distributed by The Salvation Army nationwide and five homeless shelters in New York and California. This year’s donation marks the fourth consecutive year Hanes has worked with The Salvation Army, which provides assistance for nearly 30 million Americans each year, by providing socks — the most requested but least donated item needed at the organization’s centers.

This season, Hanes is also expanding its yearlong partnership with Mark Horvath, an advocate for the homeless, and delivering portions of the sock donation to local nonprofit organizations that aid those in need and the homeless. Recipient organizations are Covenant House, NYC Rescue Mission and Coalition for the Homeless, all in New York City; Rescue Mission in Syracuse, N.Y.; and Los Angeles Mission in Los Angeles.

A longtime partner, Horvath helps distribute Hanes socks throughout the year to those affected by homelessness as part of his mission to bring a face to the growing issue as founder of Invisible People. “I’m thrilled to join Hanes again this year to deliver socks for the holidays,” said Horvath. “Through the years I’ve seen firsthand how others have benefitted from the gift of clean socks. It’s an item that many folks often take for granted.”

“Hanes is proud to continue our annual tradition of providing socks to those in need,” said Sidney Falken, Chief Branding Officer, Hanes. “We are grateful for the chance to give back to others with a donation of half a million socks and make the holidays more comfortable.”

Over the past five years, Hanes has donated 2.7 million socks to the needy at the holidays. Last year,Hanes also donated 50,000 pairs of socks to East Coast victims of Superstorm Sandy.

To share a story about providing comfort this holiday season or join the conversation, follow #HanesforGood throughout the holiday season. For more information about Hanes, visit http://www.hanes.com or http://www.facebook.com/hanes.

Holiday 2013 Gift Guide: The Espa Candle Collection

Whether you are looking to unwind during the hectic holiday season, create an intimate atmosphere for holiday guests, or even looking for a holiday gift for a friend, ESPA has the perfect candle to create an inviting environment at home and one the receiver would appreciate. The ESPA Candle Collection consists of three wonderful scents and sensual aromas, and all displayed in beautiful glass, designed to create the perfect atmosphere for every occasion.

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The Lemon & Tonka Bean Candle ($50), is an uplifting scented candle that infuses your surroundings and recreates the spa experience. A divine aroma, low lighting, soft sound, it’s the quintessential spa experience. With our richly aromatic candle – a careful balance of wick, hand poured wax and pure essential oils to uplift your senses with a zesty hit of Lemon, an intensely floral heart note of exotic Ylang Ylang and crushed Tonka Beans. The Bergamot & Jasmine Candle ($50 has a citrus top note of Bergamot and floral bouquet of Jasmine. The flickering flame will infuse your surroundings with a wonderful citrus top note of Bergamot, a floral bouquet of sensual Jasmine and a hint of Cedarwood to suffuse your home with a sensual ambience to welcome you home every day. The Espa Candle Collection is available at www.espaskincare.com and select spas worldwide

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Shinola Debuts The Wright Brothers(TM) Limited Edition Watch & Bicycle

The first in the Great Americans Series & launch of The Foundry collector’s club

Shinola (www.shinola.com) introduces The Wright Brothers(TM) Limited Edition Watch, created to honor the Wrights’ incredible contribution to America’s history of innovation and industry. This handcrafted timepiece is the first watch in The Great Americans Series— a collection of limited edition watches created to honor iconic American innovators and industrial pioneers. It’s a very special kind of American-made in celebration of those who helped make our country great.

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The Wright Brothers(TM) Limited Edition Watch, Courtesy of Shinola. (PRNewsFoto/Shinola)

As makers of modern, handcrafted watches, bicycles, leather goods, and journals, Shinola is proud to be based in Detroit, a community-minded city with a strong manufacturing legacy. We built our watch factory within the College for Creative Studies in the former Argonaut building.

Each timepiece comes in a special custom gift box with a certificate of authenticity, leather card wallet, leather carrying case, and a hickory watch box. Also included is a leather-bound coffee table book that delves into the background and achievements of the Wright brothers, featuring rare imagery from the Wright brothers’ private collection.

Courtesy of Shinola.  (PRNewsFoto/Shinola)

Courtesy of Shinola. (PRNewsFoto/Shinola)

Purchase of The Wright Brothers(TM) Limited Edition Watch also includes automatic membership into The Foundry: a private collectors club established exclusively for owners of limited edition Shinola wristwatches.

A private launch event to kick off the Great Americans Series and unveil the watch and bicycle was held at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit–permanent location of the Wright brothers’ bike shop and childhood home. In working with the Wright family, Shinola was gifted a piece of original wing cloth from the Wright Flyer I. At the event, Shinola and the Wright family donated a piece of the original Wright Flyer I wing cloth to the Henry Ford Museum.

In tandem with The Wright Brothers(TM) Limited Edition Watch, Shinola is building 25 customized bicycles featuring The Runwell frame and fork with a jet-black finish, sleek bamboo fenders, and a bright headlamp.

The Wright Brothers(TM) Limited Edition Watch and Bicycle will be available for purchase on www.Shinola.com, and at the Shinola flagship stores in Detroit and New York City.