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Polaroid Fotobar to open Las Vegas flagship

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Polaroid Fotobar will open an 8,500-sq.-ft. flagship at The LINQ, a new retail, dining and entertainment district in Las Vegas by Caesars Entertainment.

The retail format made its debut in 2013, with three stores in Florida ( Delray Beach, Orlando and Miami). Upcoming plans include another location in Florida, in Boca Raton.

Polaroid Fotobar’s Las Vegas flagship, opening in March, will include a 4,500-sq.-ft. museum that will showcase how the company’s founder, Edwin Land, impacted the modern imaging industry, and will feature a collection of rare artifacts, art and advertising. The museum’s main attraction will be the Andy Warhol “Capturing Celebrity” exhibition, which will feature a collection of 50 of Warhol’s most famous Polaroid photographs, as well as two of Warhol’s personal Polaroid cameras.

Polaroid Fotobar also is launching a Mobile Print Shop, a mobile unit that is equipped to provide on-site printing solutions at events of all kinds.

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First-ever state-licensed marijuana stores to open Jan. 1, in Colorado

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Colorado will become the first state in the country to open recreational pot retail stores when, on Jan. 1, 2014, it begins allowing the sale of cannabis to anyone age 21 or over.

The move comes after voters in Colorado approved the measure in the November 2012 elections. The state of Washington also legalized recreational marijuana at the same time, but that state won’t open marijuana stores until later in 2014.

Cannabis will be legally sold and taxed in Colorado at specially regulated retailers in a system similar to what many states have in place for alcohol sales. In a big difference, however, purchases will be limited to an ounce of marijuana at a time. Purchases from out-of-state individuals are limited to a quarter-ounce.

Retail marijuana will have a 25% state tax — plus the usual state sales tax of 2.9% — making recreational pot one of the most heavily taxed consumer products in Colorado, according to CNN. Some communities are adding even more taxes to the product.

Only about eight are expected to be ready to open on Jan. 1, with the majority in Denver. And there are concerns that supplies will be sold out on the first day, the report said, with so few stores having passed the lengthy licensing process so far.

Colorado has issued a total of 348 recreational pot licenses to businesses statewide, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division, Reuters reported. Of those, 136 are for retail stores, 178 for cultivation operations, 31 for manufacturing of infused edibles and other sundries, and three are for testing facilities.

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Report: Samsung hires Apple store designer

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Jose, Calif. – Samsung has reportedly hired a high-level store designer from Apple. According to multiple media reports, the U.S., telecom unit of Samsung recently hired Tim Gudgel, a five-year veteran store designer at Apple, as VP and GM of retail sales operations.

Gudgel also spent six years at the Gehry Partners architecture firm. While at Apple, he was designer on a patent filing related to the curved glass roof of the Apple Store in Manhattan. Samsung does not currently have any free-standing U.S, stores, although it does have some stores-within-a-store at U.S. Best Buy locations. Neither Samsung nor Apple has made any official comment.

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