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Amazon Prime Day began at midnight PST (actually, there have been deals all weekend, but the big ones are supposed to be over the next two days), and if you were thinking you might check out some of the deals and find some items to upgrade or spruce up the house, we’ve taken a gander for you.

We’re nice like that. It has nothing to do with the fact that we were also looking for the same thing. At all.

At any rate, if you’re not the type to sit and refresh for the deals that continually update all day (and let’s face it, none of us actually have the time, we just get sucked in and make the time), the first thing you can look at is the handy list that Amazon provided of all of their deals to be had. (more…)


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From staff reports

There was a time where shoppers may not have cared if Amazon was slightly more expensive than big-box retailers — the convenience outweighed any slight differences.

But now that the two biggest of the big boxes have upped their game when it comes to online shopping, LendEDU looked to see where the bigger savings really were: Amazon, Walmart, or Target?

“While Amazon has long been considered the most convenient option for buying practically anything online, Walmart and Target are getting competitive,” writes Ted McCarthy. “The latter two both offer free two-day shipping on orders of $35 and over without any membership required.”

Amazon offers free shipping (and several other amenities) with its Amazon Prime, which costs $12.99 a month or $119 a year.

LendEDU compared 50 nearly identical items from Amazon, Walmart, and Target to see what the pricing difference was. To qualify for the comparison, the items had to be available for shopping on all three sites. The comparison looked at home goods, food and beverage, kitchen/appliances, technology and entertainment, and miscellaneous items. (more…)

For months, all we knew about the new Neighborhood Goods flagship opening today in Plano’s Legacy West was what the Dallas founders Matt Alexander and Mark Masinter called a modern alternative to — and evolution of — department stores as we know them. Now, we know why.

The 14,000-square-foot store features an ever-changing selection of brand boutiques such as MeUndies, Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James, Stadium Goods, and others that rotate in and out. For some of these exclusive brands like home furnishings brand The Inside, it’s the only brick-and-mortar presence they have as an online retailer. Shoppers use an app to find out more about products, communicate with sales associates and even order food from the in-house restaurant, Prim and Proper. 

Neighborhood Goods sells anything from men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing to men’s hair loss supplements, bicycles, and body cream that makes monthly self-examinations for breast cancer easier. Some names won’t ring a bell, as these brands often have cult-like, but obscure, followings. Great for brand devotees, bad for us tragically unhip who don’t understand why this mattress-in-a-box is better than the ones advertised on TV, or why this pair of underwear has almost iconic name recognition among people who listen to podcasts, referring to Allswell and MeUndies respectively. Either way, Neighborhood Goods hopes shoppers will find something unique here among all the other retail uniformity.

Here’s a sample rundown of the brands and products you’ll find at Neighborhood Goods. Consider it the Unofficial Holiday Shopping Guide, or at least a start to your holiday gift shopping list.

I am hearing that Target put its signature red sign up last week on the Pavilion Building on the southwest-ish corner of Preston Road and Northwest Highway, across from the parking garage where a potential tenant not too long ago (early 2015) wanted to build a skybridge to get a grocery store in the second floor space.

The Pavilion Building is on Westchester Drive and Berkshire Lane.

This will be Target’s first “small-format” store in the Dallas area, and I can hardly wait. It’s small-format at 54,700 square feet. I love Target and everything they carry, but I am getting to not like Big Box stores. It just takes too long to park, get in the store, and find what you are looking for. It’s like asking for a back-ache with a headache on the side. Ditto humungo grocery stores: Central Market at Preston Royal manages to have everything I could ever need and more and do it in 30,000 ish square feet. 

The new target store will have its grand opening Oct. 21, just in time for Halloween. 

That’s so 2015: proposed skybridge at Preston Center Pavilion.




Roxor Gin |

Create your own delicious skyline with the architecture-inspired bottles of Roxor Gin. (Photos courtesy of New Artisan Spirits)

Looking for a last-minute gift for that architecture aficionado/cocktail connoisseur? Craft spirits, especially anything local in origin, are hot-as-a-pistol gift items this year. Here’s a product distilled in Dallas, with themed packaging that makes it a perfect gift for architecture fans, to boot. Roxor is a world-class artisan gin made with all-natural botanical flavors and bottled in a gorgeous glass decanter inspired by the cosmopolitan architecture of city skylines.  (more…)

We just got word that one of our favorite retailers of clean lines and modern appeal is having an epic warehouse sale next week. I’ve always been a fan of Scott+Cooner, a brand that absolutely dominates the contemporary furnishings game both here and in Austin. 

The holiday warehouse sale will run from Dec. 12 to 15 and include floor samples and more from both Austin and Dallas stores. You can find final clearance from brands such as B&B Italia, Cassina, Poltrona Frau, Ingo Maurer, and more, with discounts of up to 70 percent off of retail!

The Scott+Cooner warehouse is located at 2150 Irving Blvd. near Wycliff. For a map, click here.


This might be one of our favorite spots for retail therapy …

Always wanted to fill the kitchen of your dreams with top-of-the-line appliances, but balked at the price tag? Here’s your chance to score a real bargain, as Capital Distributing — the foremost source for high-end appliances in Dallas — is hosting one of its rare sales Sept. 1 and 2. 

Head to the showroom on Stemmons Freeway to see just what you can get for a song! Jump for more details!


While we are going to miss visiting the Bernadette Schaeffler Collection at her Design District digs, we are thrilled about some of the deep discounts — 70 and 80 percent off! 

We are nothing if not enablers, so we had to tell you that the Bernadette Schaeffler Collection is open tomorrow for a store closing sale. Head over to 1616 HiLine Drive, Suite 100, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, June 17, to snag some very stylish finds at crazy-low prices! 

See you there!