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Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls completes renovation

BY CSA STAFF

Niagara Falls, N.Y. Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls announced Thursday it has completed a multimillion dollar renovation and will officially celebrate the new look and retenanting on July 16 to July 19 with a grand reopening celebration.

Stores opening during July include Under Armour, Escada, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, a second store for Calvin Klein, and Solstice. DKNY is slated to open in August.

The completion of the renovation has added over 65 new designer stores to the Fashion Outlets collection, including 2b bebe, Cole Haan, Hugo Boss, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and Tommy Bahama.

Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls is owned and operated by Miami-based AWE Talisman Cos.

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Michaels gets in on Jackson craze

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IRVING, Texas Michael Jackson’s death continues to dominate the news, and it seems everyone is getting in on the action. Even crafts retailer Michaels has found a way to tie itself with the King of Pop.

Michaels issued a press release offering tips on how customers could preserve their Michael Jackson memorabilia. The company advises consumers to mount photos and paper memorabilia on acid-free paper, use acid-free glue and tape to mount items and to use glare-free conservation glass to prevent fading caused by the sun’s UV rays.

“Unprotected memorabilia such as concert programs, album covers and especially autographed photos will deteriorate quickly without proper preservation,” said Michaels president and COO Shelley Broader. “Framing old souvenirs or new ones like magazine covers and newspapers will create personalized, treasured mementos for years to come.”

Other tips from Michaels include using album cover frames and shadow boxes that are available in various sizes to protect and display smaller items such as ticket stubs, backstage passes and concert pins.

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Walmart Foundation gives $500K grant to help emergency program for National Organization on Disability

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WASHINGTON, D.C. Walmart’s philanthropic arm, the Walmart Foundation, has made a $500,000 grant to further the work of the National Organization on Disability’s (N.O.D.) Emergency Preparedness Initiative (EPI).

The grant from the Walmart Foundation will support EPI’s mission to ensure that the needs of the 54 million men, women, and children with disabilities are taken into account in emergency planning and response. EPI’s outreach, education and awareness efforts aim to position people with disabilities as a central component of emergency preparedness plans at all levels, while also ensuring that people with disabilities take steps to prepare themselves.

“At Walmart, helping communities is what we do every day, and when a crisis strikes, that charge becomes an even greater priority,” said Margaret McKenna, president of the Walmart Foundation. “Our recent grant to the National Organization on Disability is evidence of our commitment to supporting local disaster relief efforts. We are proud to support the expansion and growth of this program.”

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