Hearts on Fire, King of Prussia, Pa.
Hearts On Fire is showing off its new store design at the King of Prussia Mall in King of Prussia, Pa. The location is part of Hearts On Fire’s global expansion plan, and is designed to transform the way consumers relate to and buy fine diamond jewelry in malls nationwide.
The 1,200-sq.-ft. store has a modern, inviting look. The digitally-enhanced environment empowers consumers to learn about all aspects of the brand, with such features as interactive screens, video screens and a digital jewelry catalog. Eye-level, transparent “jewel boxes” replace long display cases, allowing sales associates and customers to work side-by-side rather than over a counter for a more personal relationship. An innovative “community table” encourages shoppers to interact and confer with each other as they try on diamond jewelry – much like they would in a store’s fitting room.
Former Ulta CEO to head Beauty Brands
Former Ulta Beauty CEO Lyn Kirby is reportedly part of a group that acquired Beauty Brands, a cosmetics chain based in Kansas City, Mo.
According to a Crain’s Chicago Business article, Kirby, along with a leveraged buyout firm in California, snapped up the majority stake from advertising executive and entrepreneur Robert Bernstein.
Bernstein, who started Beauty Brands 19 years ago, told Crain’s Chicago Business that he couldn’t name the private equity buyer or discuss terms of the deal.
Kirby, who stepped down as CEO of Ulta Beauty in 2010, will serve as CEO of Beauty Brands, the article states.
Beauty Brands was founded in 1995 and today operates more than 50 locations. Each of the 5,000- to 9,000-sq.-ft. locations offers a full beauty experience, including a full-service salon and spa, as well as a superstore featuring salon exclusive products.
Jelly Belly unveils beer-flavored bean
Jelly Belly Candy Company is set to launch a new flavor to its collection: the Draft Beer Jelly Belly jelly bean. Jelly Belly will debut the new flavor at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco and ISM in Cologne, Germany.
The beer flavor has been a popular request by consumers for decades, according to the company.
"This took about three years to perfect," Ambrose Lee, research and development manager for Jelly Belly Candy Company, said. "The recipe includes top secret ingredients, but I can tell you it contains no alcohol."
The golden-colored Draft Beer jelly bean’s flavor profile includes notes of wheat with a mildly bready aroma and a hint of sweetness. Consumers can expect to see the Draft Beer Jelly Belly at candy counters around the world in early 2014.
"Anyone who enjoys a good, cold beer will enjoy Draft Beer Jelly Belly beans for the simple fact that it tastes just as you’d imagine," said VP of marketing Rob Swaigen.