Teavana: The Facts, The Bent Truths, and My Opinion

Starbucks stole the spot light at the end of July announcing that they would be shuttering all 379 of their newly acquired Teavana locations.  This comes in a long line of not so much failed as abandoned ventures by this coffee giant.  There was first the handcrafted sodas of 2012 and then coffee delivery concept… Read More

Crate & Barrel May Be Changing Its Scene

Who could have imagined such scandal behind the pristine, picture perfect wedding registry hot spot that is Crate and Barrel?  When one reads a trend setter of American home goods retail is closing a major 4 story flagship property of 27 years in the highly trafficked Mag Mile of their hometown Chicago, a shop girl has got to… Read More

Chili’s: Like Stealing Candy From a Baby

It was a normal Tuesday in 2014 when my daughter, Li’l A, and I took what was at the time one of our weekly visits to our local Chili’s.  We were greeted by our host who made his annoyance of anyones’ visit known with a huff as he collected the menus.  He would rush you to… Read More