2 Minneapolis cops on leave after Christmas tree decor

Image result for 2 Minneapolis cops on leave after Christmas tree decorTwo Minneapolis police officers were placed on paid leave Friday after their apparent involvement in Christmas tree decorations that the city’s mayor called “despicable.”

The Christmas tree at a precinct station on the city’s North Side was decorated with items such as Newport cigarettes, police crime tape, a can of malt liquor, a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen cup, and other things that Mayor Jacob Frey said amounted to a “racist display.” A picture of the tree circulated online before the items were removed.

Frey initially called for the officer involved to be fired by day’s end, but later recognized that a process has to be followed. Instead, two officers were placed on paid leave while the department investigates.

“This behavior is racist, despicable, and is well beneath the standards of any person who serves the city of Minneapolis,” Frey said in a statement early Friday. “Shifting the culture of the police department requires swift and decisive action. Termination is necessary — both to discipline the officer and to send a clear message: Chief (Medaria) Arradondo and I will not tolerate conduct that departs from our values.”

Arradondo called the display “racially insensitive” and said it was removed. He said he has started a full investigation into the incident.

“I am ashamed and appalled by the behavior of those who would feel comfortable to act in such a manner that goes against our core department values of trust, accountability and professional service,” Arradondo said in a statement.

The head of the police officer’s union did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The tree is in the police station on the city’s North Side, which has a fractured relationship with police. The precinct was the site of more than two weeks of protests after the 2015 fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark, a black man. While Arradondo said the police department has made positive changes, “this recent incident shows we still have much work ahead.”

Longtime civil rights activist Ron Edwards told the Star Tribune , that the items on the tree were a “wink wink” to racial stereotypes against black people.

“It’s a modern day version of a dog whistle, tainted with racism, specifically against the African-American community,” he said.

The Twin Cities Coalition 4 Justice 4 Jamar, a group formed after Clark’s shooting, sent out a statement saying they were “outraged and disgusted” by the display. The group also called for the immediate termination of those involved.

Also Friday, the Minneapolis City Council voted to reduce the mayor’s proposed police budget for 2019 by more than $1 million.

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Chase and Pinterest Uncover What Home Renovation Projects & Trends Consumers Care about Most

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“For the second year in a row, Millennials make up the largest group of homebuyers, seeing the value of this smart investment,” said Amy Bonitatibus, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Chase Home Lending. “And many are jumping into plans to take their fixer-uppers and turn them into their dream homes. Nearly 95 percent of the Millennials said they planned some kind of renovation in the next three years. We meet with this generation of homebuyers every day to provide expert advice on purchasing and financing improvements.”

Jon Kaplan, Global Head of Partnerships, Pinterest, said, “Chase and Pinterest have similar missions in helping people make their dreams a reality. The partnership between our companies on the Chase Dream Boards visual interactive experience demonstrates the way in which we’re able to offer personalized recommendations that deliver unique value and guidance to potential home renovators. We’re excited to continue growing our partnership with Chase and look forward to bridging the gap between inspiration and action for Chase customers.”

“Whether starting a long-awaited bathroom remodel, or revamping your outdoor space just in time for the summer, collaborating with a trusted advisor throughout the home renovation process is so important,” said Drew Scott.

“By working side-by-side with homeowners, Chase is making it easier for customers to understand how to build home equity and create the home of their dreams,” said Jonathan Scott.

According to the National Association of Realtors, in 2017, 89 percent of Millennial buyers bought a previously-owned home, which are often more affordable in the initial purchase, but also require improvements. Buyers are turning to Pinterest for inspiration surrounding projects big and small, with budget-conscious DIY projects—rooted in practicality—up as much as 300 percent from just one year ago. And projects like a closet overhaul are increasing over 7,000 percent in year-over-year search results.

The data shows that those homeowners looking to remodel are regularly searching Pinterest for creative inspiration and action, but are also actively considering important factors such as financial planning. These Pinterest users are more than 1.5 times as likely to search for topics on budgeting.

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Why Home Depot Is Riding High Even As The Housing Market Dips

What housing slowdown? You wouldn’t know it from Depot’s financial performance. (photo credit: Getty)Getty

If the housing market is starting to soften, then surely the retailers that sell housing-related products – like Home Depot – must be softening, too.

Wrong.

As the big home improvement chain’s numbers released earlier this week prove, Home Depot HD -1.41% is doing just fine, and any direct line between housing starts or home construction and the retailer’s performance should be considered quite circumspect.

Certainly a total housing meltdown, like the Great Recession of 2008-09, is going to take a company like Depot down with it. We saw that happen, and should the sector collapse again, we will no doubt watch stores like Home Depot and its slightly smaller, less successful doppelgänger Lowe’s take it hard—again.

But the recent short-term slowing in housing, while certainly a factor in the overall economy, is nowhere near the kind of home apocalypse of a decade ago.

That’s why any short-term worries about Home Depot are best left for the short-sellers. (And shame on Wall Street for thinking otherwise.) Depot – let’s not forget it is the second-largest retailer in America – is poised to continue to outperform both its own sector and overall retailing for the foreseeable future.

How? Glad you asked.

    1. While Home Depot gets a decent amount of its business from new home construction, 45% of its overall sales are from what it calls “Pro.” These are the contractors and craftsmen who are just as likely to be working on remodeling projects as they are on from-the-ground-up new housing. And therein lies the critical part of the Depot story. People may be buying fewer homes because of rising interest rates and a shortage of affordable inventory, but they are not by any means ceasing to fix up where they live now. In fact, the case can be made that a slowdown in new homes actually creates more business in remodeling.
  1. The same goes for the do-it-yourselfer. Even if you’re not hiring a pro to come in and do some projects, you are very likely to be expending your own sweat equity on improving the old family homestead. It’s really quite logical when you think about it: When new car sales tend to slow, it’s often accompanied by a spurt of business in car repairs and refurbishing. The same goes for housing.
  2. Even if the new home market were on fire, Home Depot would continue to take market share from that prime competitor, Lowe’s. The gap between the performance of the two national chains continues to widen, and the recent turnover at the top of Lowe’s clearly indicates the retailer knows it has to get its sheetrock together to be more competitive. Maybe new CEO Marvin Ellison will make it happen. He carries the Depot DNA with him, having spent a big chunk of his career there. But it’s going to take time—and in the meantime, Home Depot is going to reap the benefits.
  3. Then there’s Home Depot’s expansion efforts—not in physical stores, but online and in the home decorating and major appliances sectors. Its e-commerce sales increases have been extraordinary. Even on what is still a relatively small base—7% of overall sales—its online business was up 28% in the quarter. The upside potential could be enormous given the total size of Depot. Similar opportunities exist in two merchandising classifications: home décor and major appliances. Seizing on weaknesses in the competition—Bed Bath & Beyond and JC Penney specifically in the former classification and, of course, Sears in the latter—Depot is putting some major effort into both of these areas. Again, this is all new business—and all market share gains.
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Magnolia Monday’s: Accessories and More

Image result for Magnolia Monday's: Accessories and MoreMagnolia Monday’s are here on Studio10! Each Monday through the month of November we’ll focus on Barrow Fine Furniture’s new showcase group “Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines”.

If you loved the popular home renovation cable TV show, you’ll love this great group of furniture, accessories, art and more!

This week, we take a look at accessories and more!

Click on the link to see for yourself!

Visit barrowfinefurniture.com for all of their locations and more information.
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How to get your home up and ready for the festive season

Close to the festive season, weekends are as precious as gold. With limited time at hand, the task of giving your space a much-needed facelift tops the priority list. Though it sounds daunting, the process can be a smooth ride if planned properly. So sit back and let this be your guide to a festive-ready home.

LIVING ROOM

living room

As guests would spend most of their time in the living room, you need to make sure that space is nothing less than impressive. An entertainment unit with multi-storage options makes a great buy. Look for smart entertainment units in great shades and finishes. At Royaloak Furniture, you could pick from a glossy or matte finish, depending on the colour scheme of your living room. Add a bit a glamour to the space by bringing in a smart wine cabinet.
Buy Royaloak sofas here.

living room

Seating a number of people can get awkward sometimes. If you are fortunate enough to have a huge living room, it makes sense to invest in a Royaloak Ludo Sofa Cum Bed. This comfortable and fashionable sofa cum bed comes with exceptional contemporary design that blends perfect with the decor of your space. Or simply look for stylish and comfortable recliners as a smarter alternative in a more compact room. Royaloak Falcon Single Seater Manual Recliner in Air Leather that lends an elegant look to your living room is definitely worth a look.

DINING AREA

dining

Consider introducing a dining table into your living room. Something like the Royaloak Crystal 6 Seater Dining Set with Bench would work just fine. Looking to ring the changes? Substitute the dining chairs with long benches – they are extremely light to move and can accomodate more people compared to single chairs.
Buy Royaloak dining tables here. 

BEDROOM

bedroom

And, lastly, the bedroom. A lot people, especially the elderly, prefer to have some alone time after meals. Make sure your guest bedroom is ready to cater to their requirements. Invest in beds that are spacious and comfortable, something like the stylish, strong and durable Royaloak Daffodil King Size Bed With Hydraulic Storage and Reflective High Gloss Finish.

It is always a great idea to have bookshelves with some great books for people who would love to read their afternoons away. Smart dressing tables, full-sized mirrors and other accessories will make their stay in the bedroom a memorable experience.
Buy Royaloak beds here.

KITCHEN

kitchen

You’ll find guests scrutinising your kitchen as they walk in and out of it in search of food and wine. Make sure it has cabinets dedicated to cater to the various needs of your guests. It is important that these cabinets are installed at a decent height which makes access to crockery, glasses, food and other utilities extremely easy. Avoid cluttering your kitchen with furniture, gadgets, and accessories, as moving around might get extremely difficult.
Buy Royaloak crockery units here.

ENTRANCE/BALCONY

entrance

The festive season means entertaining a lot of guests, and often over a long period of time, so organising the entrance of your home is crucial. Invest in a well-sized shoe rack, like this one from Royaloak Furniture. You wouldn’t like a heap of shoes at the door when you welcome your guests, would you? You could even add a few smart furniture pieces like the Royaloak Ebony Chair 2S for a classic minimalistic look to your outdoor space.
Buy Royaloak shoeracks here.

Declutter

outside

The first and crucial step to a good-looking space is to declutter. Be brutal and get rid of all the unwanted mess; experience the joy of an uncluttered space. Take stock of all your rooms and plan your decluttering based on the needs of each of these spaces. Invest in smart accessories and furniture pieces that will help you organise your space better. Bring home great furniture solutions like magazine racks, wall shelves and cabinets to help you make the most of your space.

Buy Royaloak outdoor furniture here.

Sometimes, small changes make a big impact. Planning your space with smart furniture and accessories can transform your space into a happy home. All you need is a bit of creativity and the right furniture!

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Northside Cellar offering furniture, home décor, local art

Northside Cellar, located at 106 N. Main St., shown above, offers a wide variety of new and gently used clothing, furniture, art and more.
Shown above are some of the items available at the store.
Photos courtesy of Northside Cellar

DOWNTOWN AKRON — New and gently used clothing, as well as furniture, home décor and local art, are available at Northside Cellar, located at 106 N. Main St.

According to owners Jodie Oates and Wendy Geonis, the five-month-old retail and consignment shop started with an effort to reduce the contents of their closets and quickly expanded into a shop.

Oates added the store carries a wide variety of garments, goods and art.

“Northside Cellar offers artistic style for you and your home,” said Oates.

Oates said the clothing items include contemporary women’s fashions, with plenty of holiday wear, and items ranging from gowns to vintage furs, as well as casual wear. Also available are accessories such as shoes, both contemporary and vintage handbags and jewelry. The clothing is both from consignment and items hand-selected from visits to national markets, Oates added.

“We have something for women of all ages, from college age to seniors,” she added. “Shoppers are guaranteed to find something to fit every decade of their lives, whether they are an urban millennial or an octogenarian.”

Oates said Northside Cellar is currently offering a large selection of clothing items on sale for 40 percent off.

The shop also has unique curated art created by local artists. Oates said this selection includes oils, photography, framed prints, original paper collages by Helen Wilson, Linda Radek sculptures, handmade greeting cards, A Vintage Bee hand-poured candles and more. She added the store is one of only a few in the area that carries Tokyo Milk candles and perfumes.

“We have a great selection of gift ideas for the holidays,” said Oates.

Northside Cellar also has rugs, coffee tables, sofa and love seats, end tables, chairs and other pieces.

“We are hoping to open a lower level with more furniture and art, as well as books, in December,” said Oates.

Through November, the store is presenting a 50/50 raffle. Visitors can make a donation to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. The proceeds will be split evenly between the winner and the agency. The winning ticket will be drawn Dec. 1.

Also, on Dec. 8 from 5 to 9 p.m., the store will present a Holiday Hop, with raffles, prizes, refreshments and more.

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Northside Cellar offering furniture, home décor, local art

Northside Cellar, located at 106 N. Main St., shown above, offers a wide variety of new and gently used clothing, furniture, art and more.
Shown above are some of the items available at the store.
Photos courtesy of Northside Cellar

DOWNTOWN AKRON — New and gently used clothing, as well as furniture, home décor and local art, are available at Northside Cellar, located at 106 N. Main St.

According to owners Jodie Oates and Wendy Geonis, the five-month-old retail and consignment shop started with an effort to reduce the contents of their closets and quickly expanded into a shop.

Oates added the store carries a wide variety of garments, goods and art.

“Northside Cellar offers artistic style for you and your home,” said Oates.

Oates said the clothing items include contemporary women’s fashions, with plenty of holiday wear, and items ranging from gowns to vintage furs, as well as casual wear. Also available are accessories such as shoes, both contemporary and vintage handbags and jewelry. The clothing is both from consignment and items hand-selected from visits to national markets, Oates added.

“We have something for women of all ages, from college age to seniors,” she added. “Shoppers are guaranteed to find something to fit every decade of their lives, whether they are an urban millennial or an octogenarian.”

Oates said Northside Cellar is currently offering a large selection of clothing items on sale for 40 percent off.

The shop also has unique curated art created by local artists. Oates said this selection includes oils, photography, framed prints, original paper collages by Helen Wilson, Linda Radek sculptures, handmade greeting cards, A Vintage Bee hand-poured candles and more. She added the store is one of only a few in the area that carries Tokyo Milk candles and perfumes.

“We have a great selection of gift ideas for the holidays,” said Oates.

Northside Cellar also has rugs, coffee tables, sofa and love seats, end tables, chairs and other pieces.

“We are hoping to open a lower level with more furniture and art, as well as books, in December,” said Oates.

Through November, the store is presenting a 50/50 raffle. Visitors can make a donation to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. The proceeds will be split evenly between the winner and the agency. The winning ticket will be drawn Dec. 1.

Also, on Dec. 8 from 5 to 9 p.m., the store will present a Holiday Hop, with raffles, prizes, refreshments and more.

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Your neighborhood guide to Small Business Saturday in Louisville

This Small Business Saturday, take the time to explore some of Louisville’s many diverse neighborhoods. From Butchertown to Norton Commons, to Russell and NuLu, give back to the local economy right at the start of the 2018 holiday shopping season on Nov. 24.

While we couldn’t possibly name all the small businesses Louisville has to offer, here are a few shops to help get your holiday shopping started, broken down by neighborhood.

Did we miss your favorite store? If so, send us a note.

Happy shopping!

Related: Here’s how and where to ‘shop small’ in Louisville this holiday season

See also: Thanksgiving arrives early this year and could change the way you shop

Shops in Butchertown

  • Work the Metal, 1201 Story Ave.: Butchertown Market is home to a handful of businesses and shops, including Cellar Door Chocolates and Moss Hill Bath & Body Collection.
  • LouABull, 1015 E. Main St.: This shop makes custom T-shirts celebrating all people and lifestyles.

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Create Your Own Product Feed

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Some say the people make a house a home but, for many of us, it’s more about what’s inside it. After all, a house without the perfect sofa for a Sunday full of Netflix is hardly a home. Furniture helps you add a personal touch to your space while also improving how you live.

If you’re still using the flat-packed furniture you’ve had since your early college days, it’s high time you upgraded. Check out our roundup of unique furniture that is sure to spruce up your space.

Heng Wooden Balance Lamp

Unlike any lamp you’ve seen before, the Heng Lamp relies on magnets to produce light. In fact, the bulb only switches on when the two wooden balls in the center meet and connect. Hanging by a thread each, the wooden balls suspend in mid-air, offering a treat to the eyes on multiple levels.
Price: $39.95

Truly unique furniture to give your home a modern makeover

Turning on the lights has never been so satisfying

Hybrid Chair by Studio Lorier

Looking to lounge? Work? Dine? The Hybrid Chair does it all in one sleek design. This chair features dynamic hinges to offer three different sitting modes. Combining form and function, the Hybrid Chair is easily adjusted with the handle on the back.
Price: $1410.53

Bookniture Origami Furniture

Origami and literature come together to form Bookniture. Looking like a book when folded, it actually unfolds into a seat. Despite its accordion-style structure, it can actually hold a half ton of weight. It’s perfect for your small reading nook.
Price: $81.51

Truly unique furniture to give your home a modern makeover

Bookniture is here to transform your reading nook

Wooden Book Rack in Oak

Bookcases are sooo 2005. This innovative book rack is complete with gigantic clothespin-like hooks which suspend your books from durable cords. It’s easy to put your books into place and to grab one to read. Plus, the handy hooks serve as bookmarks to hold your exact spot.

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Amazon Black Friday deals 2018: Best offers in the UK right now

Black Friday may still be a week away but that has not stopped Amazon from kicking things off a whole week early turning Black Friday into a week long super-saving bonanza.

This year, the online retailing giant is offering savvy shoppers the chance to browse thousands of items that have been heavily discounted in preparation for the deal day.

Every sector from tech and electronics with up to 30 per cent off TVs and laptops, all the way to kidswear with Trunki, swimwear and newborn essentials all hit with the Black Friday treatment.

You will also find a range of homeware, furniture and accessories that will give your home an instant revamp without breaking the bank, as well as an extensive selection of beauty and health that will make ideal presents ahead of the festive season.

Treat yourself to a bit of retail therapy and shop our top picks of the Amazon Black Friday sale with significant savings offered from the comfort of your own home.

Electronics

One of the most sought after sectors on Black Friday, the biggest day in the retail calendar is all about stocking up on those electronics that you have been lusting over with mega discounts. From cameras, to speakers, via laptop and TVs, Amazon offers every piece of tech that you could hope for with discounts of up to 40 per cent.

Parrot Behop 2 Quadcopter Drone

Drones and Telescopes 

  • Parrot Bebop 2 Quadcopter Drone – now: £234.99, was: £299.99 – available until November 25
  • Celestron 21035-ADS Travelscope 70 Telescope Kit – now: £52.99, was: £85.13 – available until November 30

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