| Dec 12, 2013
| 3:34 PM
With holiday spending on clothes and toys off to a chilly start, worried retailers are plying shoppers with an early gift: Black Friday-style bargains extended into the first weeks of December.
Merchants get nervous each year during the dreaded early-...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 10:00 PM
It's just not fair! Not every woman is a perfect size 8. For those of us whose shapes and sizes are a little out of the mainstream, finding fashionable clothing is not only a chore but a lifelong search.
Three different women, three different sizes,...
| Feb 15, 2014
Susan Aplin worked behind the scenes for two decades helping run some of the biggest retail stores around — Williams-Sonoma, Sports Authority, Staples, The Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Pottery Barn.
But it wasn't until she and friend Carolyn...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 5:12 PM
Gap Inc., the global fashion retailer, said it plans to raise the minimum wage for its U.S. employees to $9 an hour this year and $10 an hour by 2015.
The move will directly benefit 65,000 U.S. employees at Gap's six retail chains, which include Gap,...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 2:26 PM
With "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past" arriving in theaters later this year and "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Batman vs. Superman" set for release in 2015 and 2016 respectively, it's clear society's obsession with...
| May 23, 2014
| 8:18 AM
Stroll through shops in a town-like setting or escape to the comfort of an air-conditioned mall.
City Center at Oyster Point. 701 Town Center Drive, Newport News. Offers 230,000 square feet of retail shops and restaurants. Host to a weekly farmers'...
| May 6, 2014
| 11:39 AM
The Puma Store and Journeys Kidz will open this summer at Arundel Mills.
The new outlet stores will join more than a dozen footwear sellers, including Aldo Outlet, Crocs, Nike Factory Store and Off Broadway Shoes, at the Hanover mall.
The Puma ...
| May 7, 2014
| 8:04 AM
Rihanna wore a white, midriff-baring Stella McCartney gown to Monday night's Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala -- aka the Met Ball. Afterward, she slipped into something a little more daring to host an afterparty: a shiny gown, high-necked...
| May 9, 2014
| 11:00 AM
The state of Megan and Don's marriage, the return of Bad Mom Betty Draper, the advent of the Computer Age and the new tyrannical Peggy have been the subject of much communal handkerchief-twisting as "Mad Men" begins its extended-version swan song....
| Apr 30, 2014
| 7:34 AM
Opening a new hotel bar in Harbor East poses a challenge. Aesthetically, the neighborhood requires chicness, but there is also a desire to appeal to all comers, especially given the proximity to downtown. Straddling the line between comfort and...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 6:30 PM
(Trench coat season has arrived! This week's column is a timely excerpt from Kristyn Schiavone's e-book, "Career Chic for Young Professionals: A Simple Style Guide," available for Amazon Kindle, Apple iPad, Barnes and Noble Nook and Kobo for $2.99.)