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Hammer & Nails, Los Angeles

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Hammer & Nails — The Nail Shop for Guys has opened its debut location in Los Angeles, on Melrose Avenue. The new concept offers men a handsome, more customized—and more comfortable— alternative to female-centric nail salons.

“Men have very different grooming needs than women and should be treated accordingly,” said founder Michael Elliot. “We decided to open our flagship store in Los Angeles, with all its diversity, culture, fashion and forward-thinkers. Our goal is to provide a Hammer & Nails experience to men across the nation in the near future.”

Designed as the ultimate bat cave experience, Hammer & Nails offers custom-designed hand and foot manicures and treatments amid a background that includes personal flat-screen TVs and headphones, premium sports channels, and complimentary beverages. Decorative accents include oversized leather chairs, the front-end of a classic Chevy pickup truck and a leather punching bag and gloves from the 1940’s.


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Sherwin-Williams gives new meaning to “trading paint”

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Looking to tap into the loyalty of NASCAR fans, Sherwin-Williams has deepened an existing relationship with the racing organization to become the official automotive paint of NASCAR.

Sherwin-Williams is already the official paint of NASCAR and the automotive designation takes effect January 1.

The company said that it was "leveraging its recent designation for architectural paint and the power of NASCAR’s intellectual property to activate at its more than 3,500 stores nationwide and ignite the passion of its customers — many of whom are fiercely brand-loyal fans of the sport."

The announcement took the spotlight during a recent presentation at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas by Adam Chafe, VP marketing for Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes and 15-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winning driver Greg Biffle.

"Since 2000, some of the biggest names in racing have trusted their race car finishes to Sherwin-Williams," said Chafe. "We’re extremely excited and honored to become the ‘Official Automotive Paint of NASCAR.’ In fact, more than a dozen NASCAR teams currently use Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes. We aim to help teams cross the finish line and ensure that their cars and sponsors always look good on the track; that also holds true with every repair and repaint our customers provide."

Biffle also declared that he was among the more than 30 drivers who use Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes, who collectively share over 200 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.

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Aaron’s reshuffles management team

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Aaron’s has promoted VP of finance Steven A. Michaels to VP of strategic planning and business development. Additionally, Robert W. Kamerschen, SVP and general counsel, will add corporate secretary to his responsibilities, and Kimberly R. Rivera is joining the company as VP of learning and development.

"This is an exciting time for all members of Aaron’s as we continue to strengthen our management team and build a platform for sustainable growth," said Ronald W. Allen, Aaron’s chairman, president and CEO.

Michaels has been with the company since 1995. He has held various roles within the organization starting in the audit department and progressing to his current role as VP of finance in 2008. Michaels has a finance degree from the University of Florida, an MBA from Georgia State University and is a CPA.

Kamerschen joined Aaron’s in June and manages all legal and governmental affairs for Aaron’s, including employment law, regulatory matters, intellectual property, litigation, vendor relationships, financings, acquisitions and other general legal matters. As corporate secretary, Kamerschen will support the board of directors and will lead the company’s corporate governance initiatives.

Rivera will be responsible for creating and refining training and development programs for Aaron’s more than 12,000 employees. Rivera has 17 years of experience in the corporate coaching, human resources, training and development arenas. Most recently, Rivera owned a corporate training and development company and worked with Aaron’s as a consultant to create a Leadership Development program for the management team.

Aaron’s currently has more than 2,115 company-operated and franchised stores in 48 states and Canada.

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