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Common Ways Warehouses Are Being Used

Did you know that warehouses are becoming larger and more common across the United States? The number of private warehousing establishments in America grew from 15,203 in 2008 to 18,182 in 2018, according the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. When it comes to size, warehouses, on average, used to be around 65,000 square feet in 2000. The average size in 2017 grew to 181,370 square feet, according to data from a Westernacher Consulting Report.

One of the reasons for this tremendous growth in size and popularity is that the use of warehouses has expanded from being just storage space to offering many alternative uses. Here are some of the ways in which warehouses are being used these days. 

1. Manufacturing

One of the reasons why many companies are taking warehouses for lease in Houston is manufacturing, according to experts at Samuel L. Bryant Investments. For manufacturing, wide open and large spaces are needed. Manufacturing units generally have machines that are extremely large. And warehouses are perfect for such sizes. Plus, such spaces provide plenty of flexibility with the design. So, if a manufacturing unit requires some modification for ventilation, or some space is needed for a workers’ lounge, these can be easily taken care of. In addition, when the goods have been manufactured, they can be easily stored in the same place. This reduces the lead time.

2. Office Space

Another reason why the demand for warehouse for rent is increasing across America, including in Houston, is that they make for great office spaces too. Some advantages of using such a space for your offices are:

– They are much more affordable than traditional office spaces. This makes them particularly attractive for start-ups. Apart from a lower initial investment, the maintenance cost is also low. This is because such spaces are created to be extremely durable. Whether it is strong winds or rainstorms, they can weather it all. In fact, they are so sturdy that they have been used as evacuation centers during natural disasters. 

– Another reason to use them as office space is that they are highly spacious. Imagine a huge, wide open space, which you can design any way you like to create an amazing workspace. When you get a warehouse office, you do not have to worry about whether you have enough space for your employees and equipment. The ceilings are also very high. That is why many warehouses get converted into 2 or 3 floors.

3. Storage

Lastly, of course, is the traditional use for warehouses. The first warehouses are believed to have emerged for storing food grains, thousands of years ago. These grains were sold during periods of famine. Ever since then, these spaces have been integral for businesses. They allow manufacturers to produce large quantities of products, more than they can sell immediately. This allows them to expand. Warehouses also play an important role in the stabilization of price. The storage of goods ensures that there is no decline in price when supply is high or a rise in price during the off season. Even loans can be obtained on the value of goods stored in a warehouse. 

With so many uses, there is no doubt that there will continue to be strong demand for warehouse spaces for lease in most major American cities, including Houston. 

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On Writing: A Memoir of The Craft Twentieth Anniversary Edition By Stephen King

On Writing: A Memoir of The Craft Twentieth Anniversary Edition by Stephen King is now available and it includes contributions from his sons Joe Hill and Owen King.

Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.

Order HERE.

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Warner Bros. To Open First Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store In New York

The magic of the Wizarding World is coming to New York with the opening of the world’s first official Harry Potter flagship store.

Warner Bros. announced that it will open the first official Harry Potter flagship store in the heart of New York City next to the iconic Flatiron building at 935 Broadway.

Opening in Summer 2020, the store will house the largest collection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts products in the world under one roof with everything from personalized robes and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans to a brand-new range of house wands with a design exclusive to the New York location.

Spanning three floors and over 20,000 sq. ft., the space will provide fans with a number of exciting retail experiences that evoke the magic of the Wizarding World.

Sarah Roots, SVP Worldwide Tours and Retail, Warner Bros. said: “This will be the largest dedicated Harry Potter store in the world and will become a must-visit fan destination where Harry Potter enthusiasts can engage with interactive experiences and numerous photo opportunities as they step into the magic.” “We are very excited to be opening in New York. It’s the ideal city in which to launch with so many dedicated Wizarding World fans, a cutting-edge retail environment and a community that embraces innovative experiences.”

More details to be announced later in the year.

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Funko Announces Special VIP Event On November 7 To Celebrate The Arrival of Their Brand New Hollywood Location

Funko’s pop culture themed vinyl figures, action toys, plush, apparel, housewares and accessories are ubiquitous. I’m sure many readers of this blog might own a bunch of their fun products. Our house is filled with them and our daughter, Eliana was actually a Funko Fanatic of the Week.

We have visited the incredible Funko store in Everett, Washington and were thrilled to hear that a second store location was opening in Hollywood this year. Funko will celebrate the arrival of this brand new location with a special event taking place on Thursday, November 7th, 2019. 

Guests attending the VIP preview event will get a first look at the 40,000 square-foot store featuring life-size Funko figures, a toy version of the Batmobile, and a custom POP! factory. Funko Hollywood isn’t your typical brick-and-mortar retail location, but rather an immersive experience with an awe-inducing array of pop-culture themed “worlds” and highly shareable social media moments. 

The Funko Hollywood store will officially open its doors to the public on Monday, November 18, 2019. Funko plans to celebrate with a special Grand Opening event. The store will be located at 6201 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles.

Funko Hollywood’s Grand Opening event will kick off at 10:00AM on November 18. There is no cost to enter, but entry will be subject to availability. Those interested in attending will be able to pre-register online. There will also be a standby line onsite for those who are unable to pre-register, but still hope to attend. Additional information will be announced in the coming weeks through Funko’s social channels.

The Hollywood store will be the second brick-and-mortar retail location for Funko. The company’s first and original store, located at its headquarters in Everett, Washington, has already become a destination for pop culture enthusiasts and more. The Hollywood location will be brimming with highly shareable social media moments, including life-size Funko statues and immersive “sets” inspired by some of the biggest pop culture fandoms.

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Disney To Launch 25 Stores Inside Target Nationwide On October 4

Walt Disney Co and Target Corp announced a collaboration on Sunday that will open 25 Disney stores inside select Target locations nationwide on Oct. 4, with plans for 40 additional sites by October next year.

Disney said in a statement that the “shop-in-shop” would feature an array of more than 450 items from the company, including more than 100 products previously only available at its locations.

Disney stores will launch inside Target in major cities such as Philadelphia, Denver and Chicago.

The “shop-in-shop” will feature an enhanced Disney assortment of more than 450 items, including more than 100 products that were previously only available at Disney retail locations.

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Toys “R” Us To Re-Brand As Geoffrey’s Toy Box

News came last week that the brand Toys “R” Us who filed for bankruptcy, scrapped their auction of Toys R’ Us assets during a bankruptcy court filing last Tuesday, and plan on re-branding and reviving the company, as apposed to selling it off.

They announced in a press release that Toys “R” Us and all of its subsidiary companies are being acquired by a group of investors, led by a group entitled ‘Geoffrey, LLC’. They’re being re-branded as “Geoffrey’s Toy Box.”On their Toy Show Profile they describe this new company as a:

Wholesale toy distributor and intellectual property company whose focus is on popular play patterns across trusted brands that kids and parents love. Geoffrey’s Toy Box is a fully outfitted organization with design, development and global sourcing expertise. Portfolio includes popular brands like Journey Girls, Fastlane, True Heroes, You & Me, Imaginarium, Just like Home and more!

Geoffrey’s Toy Box will launch consumer locations across the country this coming November as a “shop-within-a-shop” concept, initially partnering with “a prominent Midwest retailer.” No word yet on who that retailer might be.

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Introducing Barnes & Noble Trend Shop

Something new is coming to Barnes & Noble stores!

Launching this month at select stores, the new Trend Shop section will be your one-stop shop for all things pop culture!

“Whether you’re a Marvel Comics superfan or a Harry Potter aficionado, we have collectibles, books, movies & TV series, toys & games, and more finds that you’ll love. Shop by your favorite franchise, such as Star Wars, Wonder Woman, Doctor Who, and Game of Thrones, and check back frequently to discover the latest popular picks.”

Within the Trend Shop area, there will be multiple sections, including Pop Culture, Super Heroes, Trending Now, Tokyo Direct (all of which Funko is a part of), as well as a dedicated Funko section!

Here’s a list of the stores that will feature the new Trend Shop section:

Rogers, AR (Scottsdale Center)
Mesa, AZ (Dana Park Village Square)
Surprise, AZ (Surprise Marketplace)
Colorado Springs, CO (Citadel)
Newark, DE (Christiana Mall)
Geneva, IL (Geneva Commons)
Chicago, IL (Oakbrook)
Champaign, IL
Wichita, KS (Bradley Fair)
Flint, MI (Genesee Valley Mall)
Cary, NC
Fargo, ND
Albuquerque, NM (Coronado Mall)
Newburgh, NY
Pickerington, OH
Oklahoma City, OK (May Ave)
Tulsa, OK (Southrads)
Wyomissing, PA (Reading)
McAllen, TX (Northcross)
Glendale, WI (Bayshore Mall)

More Trend Shops at Barnes & Noble should be popping up soon!

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Barnes & Noble Announces Mini Maker Faire, November 6–8, 2015

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If you’re a tech enthusiast, educator, tinkerer, hobbyist, engineer, science club member, author, artist, student, entrepreneur, crafter, or maker of any kind—then this will be of special interest to you!

In partnership with Make: Magazine, creators of the Maker Faire, Barnes & Noble is putting on a Mini Maker Faire in all stores nationwide from November 6 through 8.

The Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire will show up in three ways at each store:

– The Make Workspace: An area to experience the latest technologies in 3D printing, robotics, coding, programming, and more.

– Meet the Makers: A special area will be set up in each store for Makers to showcase their projects. You’ll also be able to  apply to get more deeply involved with the Maker community.

– Make & Collaborate: Get hands-on with Making, sharing, and collaborating.

To learn more about the Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire and to submit an application to present your project at your local store, visit the Mini Maker Faire page. The application deadline is Friday, October 2, 2015. If you are selected to participate in this inaugural event, you will be notified by someone from the Barnes & Noble team by Friday, October 9, 2015.

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Star Wars Force Friday Event Guide

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This Friday, there will indeed be an awakening…for Star Wars collectors everywhere.

September 4,2015 A.K.A. Force Friday — the highly-anticipated midnight release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys, collectibles, gadgets, and more — is almost here. It will be the world’s first chance to own official product celebrating the next installment of the Star Wars saga, and several retailers have, to quote Admiral Piett, “something special planned.” Check out the special event guide below and may the Force (Friday) be with you!

Amazon

Amazon.com is celebrating Force Friday by offering customers access to a variety of new Star Wars products, as well as deals on select Star Wars items. Customers can visit Amazon’s Star Wars Store to find a wide selection of new toys and games, including Amazon exclusives, deals, and much more.

Amazon will also be hosting a giveaway of the Star Wars Legendary Jedi Master Yoda, Collector Box Edition on Facebook. For more details, visit https://www.facebook.com/AmazonToysandGames!

Disney Store

Disney Store: Disney Store locations in New York City in Times Square, Chicago on Michigan Avenue, and San Francisco on Stockton Street will participate in Force Friday midnight madness! Doors will open at 12:01 a.m. local time on September 4, giving fans the first opportunity to see and purchase toys, collectibles, books, apparel, and more from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In addition, the first 1,000 guests will receive a free Star Wars: The Force Awakens D23 commemorative fan poster.

On Thursday, September 3, the Disney Store on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago will play host to one of 14 live toy unboxing events happening around the world to reveal new toys. Starting at 8:30 a.m. CT, HobbyKidsTV, a family-friendly YouTube channel part of the Maker Studios network, will be broadcasting live from inside the Store, unveiling new products from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, available exclusively at Disney Store and DisneyStore.com.

In all Disney Store locations throughout North America, doors will open for business on Force Friday with Star Wars-themed opening ceremonies, offering a galactic twist on the traditional “Unlocking Imagination” ritual. Other activities taking place at Disney Store locations (excluding Disney Store Outlets) on Force Friday include:

– A free commemorative Star Wars: The Force Awakens pin for the first 100 guests who make a purchase on Force Friday
– Numerous Star Wars events taking place, including: ◦R2-D2 craft activity
– Ways of the Force
– Star Wars Story Time
– Art of Drawing: R2-D2
– Free Topps vintage trading card giveaway upon completion of an in-store event and while supplies last

On DisneyStore.com, fans can enjoy special Limited Edition product, as well as free shipping on all Star Wars items from September 4 – 6.

Additional details about Disney Store’s activities surrounding Force Friday are available at www.DisneyStore.com/ForceFriday!

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Disney Parks: At the World of Disney store in Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney District and Once Upon a Toy in Walt Disney World Resort’s Downtown Disney Marketplace, fans can join a event starting at midnight! Attendees will have first access to Star Wars: The Force Awakens products and parks-exclusive merchandise, including a Force Friday logo messenger bag.

target

Target: A total of 207 Target stores will open at midnight on September 4, with all the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens items available and more. Visit Target.com/starwars to locate a store near you. But that’s not all.

In honor of Force Friday, Target has also launched Share the Force: an interactive experience that allows you to join fans around the world and share your Star Wars memories. Visit sharetheforce.target.com to add your memories today, and stop by select Target shops for Share the Force Saturday on September 5. There will be photo ops, giveaways, and much more!

toys r us

Toys”R”Us: Toys”R”Us stores and ToysRUs.com have launched “Destination: Star Wars“ — a huge celebration and source for all things Star Wars on Force Friday! All Toys”R”Us stores will open at midnight, with special giveaways including a limited edition LEGO Star Wars Commemorative Brick and an exclusive Star Wars poster, while supplies last.

At Toys”R”Us Times Square in New York City, fans can join a Star Wars party that will rival any Ewok bash. Festivities begin on Thursday, September 3, when the store hosts Star Wars activities throughout the day, beginning at 9 a.m., including:

– A book signing and meet and greet with Steve Sansweet, chief executive officer and president of Rancho Obi-Wan, Inc., storied Star Wars author and former head of Fan Relations and director of content management at Lucasfilm Ltd.
– An art class and meet and greet with fan-favorite Star Wars and science fiction artist, Jeff Carlisle
– Star Wars product demonstrations and activations throughout the store, including Star Wars-themed 3D action figure creation with 3D Plus Me, video gaming on Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars kiosks and experiencing intergalactic sound on Star Wars-themed headphones powered by SMS Audio
– A LEGO Star Wars make and take for rebels looking to build their toy empire brick by brick
– A Lightsaber Academy with members of New York Jedi, a community of cosplayers, martial artists, and teachers who share practical stage combat techniques oriented toward lightsabers
– Photo opportunities with costumed characters, including Furbacca, a character versioned after the Hasbro toy that makes Wookiee sounds like Chewbacca
– Ice cream flavors inspired by the Star Wars saga from Scoops“R”Us, the flagship store’s in-house ice cream shop located on the Lower Level
– Star Wars-themed cookie decorating at a “Wookiee” Cookie Party on Level 1
– Special giveaways for the first fans in line, including a Collector’s Edition LEGO Star Wars Commemorative Brick, an exclusive, limited edition Star Wars poster, and a Star Wars Character Flashlight from JAKKS Pacific
– Star Wars trivia, a costume contest, and a galaxy of excitement and prizes, while supplies last
– A panel discussion with Steve Sansweet and Jeff Carlisle for select lucky fans, which will also be livestreamed via Periscope @Toysrus on Twitter
– The ultimate unveiling of the official Toys“R”Us Times Square Star Wars feature shop at 12:01 a.m. on Force Friday, September 4

Walmart

Walmart: Participating Walmart stores will also be opening their doors at midnight on September 4. New products from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available, along with some bargains that even Jabba would love:

– Walmart will be the only place to find Topps’ Galactic Connexions, a trading disc game featuring the Star Wars characters
– Customers that visit Walmart stores on September 4 will receive a free two-pack of Galactic Connexions discs, including a rare blue star field disc that will only be available in packs given away on Force Friday
– Available exclusively at Walmart: Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars Kanan Jarrus Figure
– Customers that preorder Star Wars Battlefront in Walmart stores will receive a $5 credit to use on Vudu

To find Force Friday events happening in your neighborhood, visit walmart.com/starwars!

Remember, bounty hunters: The Star Wars YouTube channel is hosting a worldwide Star Wars: The Force Awakens product unboxing live stream, which kicks off in Sydney, Australia, at 7:45 a.m. local time on Thursday, September 3 (2:45 p.m. PT / 5:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 2), with the grand finale at Lucasfilm in San Francisco (8 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. ET) on Thursday, September 3! Tune in and happy hunting.

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Toys R Us To Launch New Star Wars Saga Products With Midnight Opening Events On September 4, 2015

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Toys R Us is going into hyperdrive and preparing an out-of-this-galaxy, global celebration for the upcoming debut of toys based on the next chapter of the Star Wars™ Saga at 12:01am on Force Friday, September 4. Counting down to the highly anticipated toy launch and this fall’s new theatrical release, Toys R Us stores worldwide and Toysrus.com have transformed into Destination: Star Wars, every fan’s retail source for The Force with hundreds of new products, including those only available at Toys“R”Us. On Force Friday, Toys R Us stores around the globe will open their doors for special midnight opening festivities, providing customers of all ages the opportunity to be among the first to purchase must-have merchandise, receive exclusive giveaways and immerse themselves in all things Star Wars. The company’s international flagship store, Toys“R”Us Times Square in New York City, will host a historic Star Wars toy exhibition leading up to the grandest midnight opening celebration of all, welcoming legions of eager fans with costumed characters, signing events, giveaways and more all day on Thursday, September 3.

Leading up to Force Friday, stores in each of these countries will count down the minutes to 12:01am on September 4 with digital clocks, as well as Star Wars-themed microsites on each of their respective e-commerce pages. Social media users can follow the company’s worldwide midnight openings on each country’s social media channels, as well as via the Toys R Us U.S. Twitter channel, @Toysrus.

When the clock strikes 12:01am on September 4, all Toys R Us stores in the U.S. will open their doors, giving customers the opportunity to be among the first to purchase hundreds of new Star Wars playthings, including a wide variety of merchandise they can’t find anywhere else.* As an added bonus, little Jedi Knights and their families attending midnight opening events will have the chance to receive special giveaways, including a limited edition LEGO® Star Wars Commemorative Brick and an exclusive Star Wars poster, while supplies last.** Also at midnight on Force Friday, shoppers will be able to browse and purchase the new products online at Toysrus.com/StarWars.

Those eager to count down to the highly anticipated toy debut can now find digital clocks at all Toys R Us locations nationwide and online at Toysrus.com/DestinationStarWars. Beginning on Force Friday, dedicated Star Wars feature shops will be found at the front of all stores nationwide, featuring a combination of figures, construction sets, accessories and more, plus updated countdown clocks reset to tick off the minutes to the release of the new movie.

Additionally, gamers can now preorder Star Wars Battlefront, the ultimate Star Wars video game experience, along with Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars, at Toys R Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com/StarWars.

For the latest Destination: Star Wars news and updates, fanatics can follow  @ToysRUs on Instagram and Twitter, as well as Facebook.com/Toysrus. Followers are encouraged to post photos of their Star Wars toy empire, themselves dressed in their best Star Wars cosplay and their midnight opening experience, as well as engage with one another and Toys R Us using #DestinationStarWars.

The biggest midnight opening celebration will take place at the company’s international flagship store in New York City, Toys“R”Us Times Square, where fans of all ages are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Star Wars character and take part in dozens of one-of-a-kind activities designed especially for Star Wars aficionados.

The World’s Greatest Toy Store is kicking the party off early with a special exhibition featuring prototypes, originals and early editions of some of the best-known Star Wars toys in the world, curated by Rancho Obi-Wan, Inc., a non-profit museum that houses the Guinness World Record-certified largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia. Presented prominently throughout the store, “Destination: Star Wars – The Experience,” will be on display from Wednesday, August 26 through Monday, September 7 and will feature dozens of notable collectibles based on all six feature films from the Star Wars Saga, including the original first four mail-away action figures from 1978, a large-sized Chewbacca figure in never publicly-released The Empire Strikes Back packaging from Kenner Products  and a rare 2003 LEGO Star Wars Cloud City building set.

The adventure kicks into high gear on Thursday, September 3, when the store hosts Star Wars activities throughout the day, beginning at 9am****, including:

– A book signing and meet and greet with Steve Sansweet, Chief Executive Officer and President of Rancho Obi-Wan, Inc., storied Star Wars author and former Head of Fan Relations and Director of Content Management at Lucasfilm Ltd.

– An art class and meet and greet with fan-favorite Star Wars and science fiction artist, Jeff Carlisle.

– Star Wars product demonstrations and activations throughout the store, including Star Wars-themed 3-D action figure creation with 3D Plus Me, video gaming on Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars kiosks and experiencing intergalactic sound on Star Wars-themed headphones powered by SMS Audio.

– A LEGO Star Wars make and take for rebels looking to build their toy empire brick by brick.

– A Light Saber Academy with members of New York Jedi, a community of cosplayers, martial artists and teachers who share practical stage combat techniques oriented toward Light Sabers.

– Photo opportunities with costumed characters, including Furbacca, a character versioned after the Hasbro toy that makes wookiee sounds like Chewbacca, Geoffrey the Giraffe and more.

– Ice cream flavors inspired by the Star Wars Saga from Scoops R Us, the flagship store’s in-house ice cream shop located on the Lower Level.

– Star Wars-themed cookie decorating at a “Wookiee” Cookie Party on Level 1.

– Special giveaways for the first fans in line, including a Collector’s Edition LEGO Star Wars Commemorative Brick, an exclusive, limited edition Star Wars poster and a Star Wars Character Flashlight from JAKKS Pacific.

– Star Wars trivia, a costume contest and a galaxy of excitement and prizes, while supplies last, for those fanatics waiting in line.

– A panel discussion with Steve Sansweet and Jeff Carlisle for select lucky fans, which will also be livestreamed via Periscope @Toysrus on Twitter.

– The ultimate unveiling of the official Toys“R”Us Times Square Star Wars feature shop at 12:01am on Force Friday, September 4.

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