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St. Ives Mixing Bar, New York City

BY CSA STAFF

The 100% natural skincare brand St. Ives is mixing it up in New York City’s Soho area with a summer pop-up.

The 1,800-sq.-ft. St. Ives Mixing Bar is designed an interactive space where shoppers can get up close and personal with the brand, and see, smell, touch and learn about the ingredients that go into the company’s products. Customers can create custom face scrubs and body lotions at the in-store mixing counter, choosing from 50 combinations of natural extracts, moisturizers and exfoliants.

There store also features stations where current and newly created products can be tested, and a mirrored room full of apricots — St. Ives’ apricot scrub is one of its signature products — where visitors can take photos and post to social media.

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Private equity fund acquires specialty retailer

BY Marianne Wilson

West Marine Inc. is going private.

The retailer of boating gear, apparel and other waterlife-related products has agreed to be acquired by New York-based Monomoy Capital Partners for $12.97 per share. The deal has a total equity value of $338 million. Following the close of the deal, West Marine will continue to be operated independently by the company's management team.

“We are excited to be joining forces with Monomoy Capital Partners as we believe it is in the best interests of our stockholders, customers and associates,” said Matt Hyde, West Marine’s president and CEO. “In addition to providing our stockholders with a significant premium to the current share price, this transaction ensures that West Marine can continue to offer outstanding value to our customers who recreate on the water and provide a rewarding workplace for our associates.”

The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of this year, subject to West Marine’s stockholder approval and other customary closing conditions. Sidley Austin LLP represented West Marine in the proposed transaction.

West Marine operates more than 250 stores in 38 states and Puerto Rico, along with an e-commerce website reaching domestic, international and professional customers.

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Midwest home furnishings retailer expanding

BY Marianne Wilson

The RoomPlace growing its store portfolio.

The family-owned company has opened a new showroom and warehouse distribution center in Indianapolis. The location is part of a strategic initiative to expand the furniture retailer's footprint in the city.

The new outpost also marks The RoomPlace's 25th store, with locations across Illinois and Indiana. It is one of the company's largest, at over 70,000 sq. ft. features a 16,000-sq.-ft. clearance center.

"We are always working towards ways to provide our customers with better services and selection, and our new store and distribution center achieves those goals," said Paul Adams, CEO at The RoomPlace, which is based in Lombard, Ill.

The new store is in a building that formerly housed Levitz Furniture. It had been vacant for over 15 years. The property is owned by Sandor, a privately held shopping center developer.

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