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Jack Rogers opens its first-ever store

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New York City — Jack Rogers, the brand best known for its Navajo-inspired sandals, has opened its first retail store, on Madison Avenue in Manhattan.

The 1,200-sq.-ft. shop features the company’s expanding merchandise lineup, which includes a variety of women’s footwear, accessories, and even some apparel.

The store, designed by New York City-based a+i design, has a nearly all-white interior, with black-oak flooring.

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Starbucks, Lowe’s and Target contribute to Japan relief effort

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Minneapolis — Starbucks, Lowe’s and Target are among the U.S. retail chains donating money to the relief effort that is assisting victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The Starbucks Foundation and Starbucks Coffee Japan will contribute approximately $1.2 million) to aid immediate humanitarian and relief efforts.

Lowe’s Cos. will donate $1 million to support the Red Cross Japan relief effort that is assisting victims in Japan. Lowe’s said its website will serve as a donation point for customers who wish to contribute to the effort.

Target announced it has donated $500,000 to assist with Japan’s earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. The donation was made to Save the Children, which has already mobilized an immediate and direct response to the crisis.

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Amerlux opens facility in China

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Fairfield, N.J. — Amerlux Global Lighting Solutions recently celebrated the grand opening of Guangzhou Amerlux Lighting Solutions Co. Ltd., its new facility in China, as well as a Hong Kong sales office. The Guangzhou location was officially launched on Feb. 15 with an elaborate traditional Chinese ceremony.

Set against a backdrop of floral bouquets and banners in traditionally lucky colors, the opening ceremony was visually stunning. One of the highlights was the unforgettable “Blessing of the Lions” which dates back to the Han Dynasty in 205 B.C. To bestow good luck onto the new venture, the “lions” danced to the accompaniment of ancient Chinese percussion instruments and were “fed” lettuce to invite prosperity.

Frank P. Diassi, chairman and founder of Amerlux, said that the opening of Guangzhou Amerlux Lighting Solutions represents the company’s full commitment to international expansion and to enhancing Amerlux’s service to worldwide customers. “As global markets continue to open up, our company is strategically positioned to grow exponentially throughout the Far East and all over the world,” he said.

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