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A Look Inside Krispy Kreme’s New NYC Flagship Store

For New York City, and the world, the time has finally come! Krispy Kreme announced that its highly anticipated Times Square Flagship Shop will open Tuesday, Sept. 15, delivering the most impressive doughnut experience, including hot and fresh Original Glazed® Doughnuts 24 hours a day.

Krispy Kreme’s first global flagship shop will showcase the brand in the most iconic city in the world, bringing joy to New Yorkers and everyone from around the world who visits. The one-of-a-kind, 4,500‑square-foot shop offers a deliciously immersive and interactive doughnut experience, including:

– The world’s largest Hot Light
– An iconic doughnut-making theater
– The largest and iconic Glazed Waterfall for spectators to watch doughnuts run through
– Stadium‑style seating inside a giant Krispy Kreme dozens box
– A 24-hour street-side pickup window where people can get doughnuts as they walk by
– Merchandise specific to New York City and Times Square to commemorate the experience
– A special edition and commemorative “Big Apple” Doughnut exclusively at the Times Square Shop

The opening of the flagship at 1601 Broadway (at West 48th Street), will serve more guests annually than any other Krispy Kreme location in the world, had been scheduled for May but was pushed back due to the pandemic.

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Walmart To Offer Fee Drive-In Movies In Parking Lots At 160 Stores

Grab your popcorn! Walmart is lifting the curtain on plans for the Walmart Drive-in, a drive-in movie theater experience, which is rolling into 160 Walmart stores across the country beginning this month, created in partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival.

Available for free to Walmart customers, the Walmart Drive-in will transform Walmart parking lots into outdoor cinemas from August 14 through October 21 with 320 showings of hit movies. Starting today at 5:00 p.m. ET, families can visit www.TheWalmartDriveIn.com to discover dates, store locations and the movies for each stop of the movie tour.

The Walmart Drive-in promises families a fun, contact-free experience where they can watch popular films thoughtfully curated by the Tribeca Film Festival. Audiences will be welcomed back to the big screen to enjoy a wide range of films safely from their own vehicle, including:

-Inspiring sports stories like Friday Night Lights, The Karate Kid and Space Jam

-Blockbuster franchises including Black Panther, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, The Lego Batman Movie, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, Spy Kids, Teen Titans GO! To The Movies and Wonder Woman

-Out-of-this-world stories like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Ghostbusters and Men in Black: International

-Nostalgic favorites including Back to The Future, Beetlejuice, The Goonies and The Wizard of Oz

-Inspiring true stories from Dolphin Tale to Selena

-Animated features every member of the family can enjoy like Cars, The Iron Giant, The Lego Movie and Madagascar

Ahead of each feature presentation, audiences will screen one of a number of short films, including Bilby, Bird Karma, Brooklyn Breeze, Crow: The Legend, Fire In Cardboard City, Invasion!, Looney Tunes’ Boo! Appetweet and Marooned.

During the tour, filmmakers and special guests will help Walmart celebrate bringing back the big screen to communities across the country. Drew Barrymore will serve as virtual host for all events, welcoming guests to a fun family night experience. She will also make a surprise in-person appearance at one location. Families will be also be treated to surprise virtual or in-person appearances from Peter Berg, Jennifer Garner, LeBron James and Chrissy Metz at select showings.

For the complete movie-going experience, families can stock up on their favorite theater concessions to bring along with them through Walmart’s convenient pickup or delivery services.

To reserve a space for the Walmart Drive-in, customers can visit www.TheWalmartDriveIn.com starting today at 5:00 p.m. ET to pick their desired date and location. Once confirmed, customers will receive an email with a QR code, which will grant their vehicle entry on the day of the event.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge-Inspired Toys, Clothing, And More Landing At Target

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge fans: set your hyperspace coordinates for Target.

StarWars.com is thrilled to announce that new products inspired by Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the popular Star Wars-themed land at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, are coming soon exclusively to Target and Target.com. Starting August 30, look for the Trading Outpost collection in stores and online for toys, collectibles, fashion items, books, and more, all expanding on the stories and excitement of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Get a preview below of six new items, including Hasbro’s highly-detailed Black Series line of figures and Funko’s adorable POP! bobblehead series, heading to our galaxy. Pre-orders are now open on these select products — so punch it!

Funko R5 Unit POP!

Part of the attack on Scarif and the Death Star, the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge droid gets the super-cute POP! bobblehead treatment.

Hasbro Smugglers Run Millennium FalconSmugglers Run Millennium Falcon

The fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy comes home in 3.75-inch scale based on its appearance at the incredible Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction. This release features both Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge-inspired and classic radar dish and sounds. (Better not tell Hondo Ohnaka.)

Hyperdrive BB Unit

Happy beeps! This RC-controlled droid toy features expressive lights and sounds. The perfect companion for all your secret missions around the house.

Black Series Captain Cardinal

Loaded with articulation and detail, this stunning figure in Hasbro’s vaunted 6-inch Black Series line brings the First Order captain to life.

The Black Series DJ R-3X

Inspired by the fan-favorite droid spinning tunes in Oga’s Cantina, this DJ R-3X figure was previously available only at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Now everyone can bring the galaxy’s greatest DJ to their toy shelf.

LEGO Resistance I-TS TransportResistance I-TS Transport

Based on the craft created just for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, this bricktastic LEGO construction-set take on the Resistance I-TS Transport vehicle includes Lieutenant Bek and Vi Moradi minifigures, plus Astromech Droid and GNK Power Droid LEGO figures.

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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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