Grow kits in recycled tea bags made Oprah’s ‘2016 Favorite Things’ List

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Grow kits in recycled tea bags equip city-dwellers with tools to make their home a garden – starting with only a window ledge

Los Angeles, CA, 2016-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The approach of Black Friday means it’s time for another tradition launching the holiday shopping season – one that is key to the success of a unique group of retail businesses each year. The most watched, and now read, feature from Oprah Winfrey since the early 1990’s, “Oprah’s Favorite Things,” aka “The O-List,” is notable this year for its inclusion of a 10-month old start-up, Urban Agriculture, amongst curated gift suggestions to be included with discounts for the December issue of “O, The Oprah Magazine.”

The Urban Agriculture Company designs grow kits that simplify the process of city gardening by providing users with everything needed for a fun and easy growing experience. What has become known as “The Oprah Effect” refers to financial impact of consumers who covet the things Oprah loves, and Urban Agriculture’s grow kits are so revered by Winfrey and her editors that they are listed in the top ten of this year’s “O-List.”

Founder and CEO Chad Corzine is still in his twenties, living in Los Angeles. This time last year, The Urban Agriculture Company was only a seed of an idea. Corzine was working in organic product development and became frustrated how green spaces are hard to come by for many people, noting how the city tends to squeeze out nature.

Deciding to make a lifestyle change of his own, he committed to a healthier diet, exercise and weight loss. Corzine was soon inspired to step away and launch his own consumer product-line, realizing that when the freshest foods are those arriving by truck, a healthy lifestyle feels a long way off.

“As a young, aspiring entrepreneur, to have someone with Ms. Winfrey’s magnitude, reputation and global influence elevate a company like mine is just incredible. My goal is to allow others to make the lifestyle change I had undertaken myself as a city dweller,” said Urban Agriculture founder and CEO, Chad Corzine. “We give you the tools to make your home a garden, even if you only have a window-ledge. From grow-bags bursting with organic vegetables for your table, to crisp herbs for freshening up your cocktails and even outdoor games, we take care of everything you’ll need – making your green adventure easy, simple and fun.”

All of Urban Agriculture’s grow kits come with one pack of organic seeds, one balanced bag of organic soil and one container to grow the plant in. The containers are made from 100% recycled tea bags allowing for perfectly drained and aerated soil, in addition to a uniquely urban look. The Urban Agriculture Company offer a variety of flowers, cooking herbs and vegetables to help urban dwellers have a well-rounded garden.

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SOURCE: EPR Network

Cypress Equities completes the acquisition of retail center in Covington, La. — Covington Nord du Lac

Cypress Equities completes the acquisition of retail center in Covington, La. — Covington Nord du Lac
Cypress Equities completes the acquisition of retail center in Covington, La. — Covington Nord du Lac

 

Dallas, TX, 2016-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cypress Equities  announced today (August 16, 2016) that it has closed on the acquisition of Covington Nord du Lac, a retail center in Covington, La. The project is comprised of 214,000 square feet of existing space (96% leased), 83,000 square feet of partially-built improvements, and an additional 162,000 square feet of planned development space, totaling approximately 460,000 square feet.

Covington Nord du Lac will be a premier regional retail center situated at the intersection of I-12 and Highway 21 in Covington, LA, one of the most affluent submarkets of New Orleans. Currently, the property is anchored by national tenants such as Hobby Lobby, Academy Sports, Petco and Kohl’s (separately owned).

“Considerable interest in this project has already been displayed by prospective tenants, due to the desirable location, and high traffic counts from Interstate 12 and Highway 21,” said Chris Maguire, chief executive officer for Cypress Equities. “Our development plans for Covington Nord du Lac will further enhance the project’s appeal to future stores and restaurants.”

The SRS Real Estate Partners’ Atlanta office facilitated the acquisition of Covington Nord du Lac, on behalf of Cypress. The lead broker was Scott Tiernan, along with Kyle Stonis, and Pierce Mayson.

Cypress’ plans for the property include a leasing program focused on active apparel and fashion, in addition to local and regional restaurants. Together with Cypress’ in-house leasing team, Retail Specialists of New Orleans, led by John Moss, has been retained as the leasing agent for Covington Nord du Lac.

About Cypress Equities
Cypress Equities* (Cypress) was founded in 1995 and has since established a national reputation synonymous with the premier development, operation and management of destination-class retail and mixed-use properties throughout the U.S. Historically, Cypress has developed and acquired more than 18 million square feet and currently is developing and managing a portfolio of more than 13 million square feet of space, primarily focused on retail and mixed-use properties. Today, there are seven Cypress Equities offices throughout the U.S., including Dallas (headquarters), Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Phoenix and Fort Lauderdale. Visit www.cypressequities.com for more information.

Contact:

Tel: +1 (214) 561 8800
Email: cypress@cypressequities.com

Source: Cypress Equities

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Dairy Queen® system announces the opening of the Denham Springs DQ Grill & Chill® restaurant in LA

Denham Springs, LA, 2015-12-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Dairy Queen® system is pleased to announce the opening of the Denham Springs DQ Grill & Chill® restaurant located at 27418 Juban Road. This location is the newest Dairy Queen restaurant in a family of more than 6,600 restaurants world-wide committed to offering every fan a place where they can relax and share a great meal and one-of-a-kind soft-serve treats.

The 2,612 square-foot DQ Grill & Chill restaurant can seat 76 guests inside, 12 outside and also offers a convenient drive-thru window. The Denham Springs DQ Grill & Chill restaurant has added more than 50 new jobs, contributing to Denham Springs’ employment growth. The new restaurant also will contribute to the state’s restaurant sales which, according to the National Restaurant Association, are projected to increase by 3.6 percent this year.

“We are excited to open our first DQ Grill & Chill restaurant in Denham Springs and welcome the community in to enjoy our full menu of cravable food items, signature and innovative treats, our new DQ Bakes! menu and Orange Julius® Premium Fruit Smoothies and Julius® Original drinks,” said restaurant operator Michael Vicari, who owns four other locations in Louisiana.

The Menu

The menu at the Denham Springs DQ Grill & Chill restaurant features a range of food options for DQ® Fans, including the DQ system’s value meal, $5 Buck Lunch, which is available daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at this location. Fans have a choice of two Crispy Chicken Wraps, a Deluxe Cheeseburger or 3-piece Chicken Strip Lunch, which are all served with fries, a beverage and choice of a sundae. For just $1 more, fans also will have the option to upgrade their small sundae to a small Blizzard® Treat.

The Denham Springs DQ Grill & Chill restaurant also serves the new DQ Bakes! menu, which includes nine hot-from-the-oven and made-to-order items across all three categories that will surprise and delight fans, such as Hot Desserts à la Mode, Artisan-Style Sandwiches and Snack Melts.

Hot Desserts à La Mode combine hot and cold for a satisfying treat:

• Triple Chocolate Brownie: A warm, chocolate brownie made with a blend of milk, semi-sweet and bittersweet chocolate, drizzled with Cocoa Fudge™ and choco chunks, served hot from the oven with cold, creamy DQ vanilla soft serve.
• Apple Tart: A flaky dessert crust topped with Granny Smith apples, rolled oats, butter and brown sugar, and drizzled with caramel, served hot from the oven with cold, creamy DQ vanilla soft serve.
• Fudge Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie: A warm, decadent chocolate chip cookie made with semi-sweet chocolate chips, a dark fudge center and drizzled with Cocoa Fudge, served hot from the oven with cold, creamy DQ vanilla soft serve.

The Artisan-style Sandwiches are served hot using both ciabatta and basil-cheese focaccia breads:

• Chicken Bacon Ranch: All white meat marinated grilled chicken, aged Swiss cheese and hickory-smoked bacon, topped with creamy ranch, fresh tomato and lettuce, served hot from the oven on an artisan-style ciabatta roll.
• Chicken Mozzarella: Signature all white meat crispy chicken strips, mozzarella cheese and rich marina sauce, served hot from the oven on an artisan-style basil cheese focaccia roll.
• Turkey BLT: Oven-roasted turkey breast, aged Swiss cheese and hickory-smoked bacon topped with mayo, fresh tomato and lettuce, served hot from the oven on artisan-style ciabatta roll.

Snack Melts beat boring snack wraps – giving Fans a whole new way to snack with hot snack melts that feature premium ingredients:

• Buffalo Chicken: Filled with all white meat marinated grilled chicken, buffalo sauce, ranch dressing and real cheddar cheese, then toasted to perfection.
• Chicken Bacon BBQ: Filled with all white meat marinated grilled chicken, smoky BBQ sauce, hickory-smoked bacon and real cheddar cheese, then toasted to perfection.
• Chicken Quesadilla: Filled with all white meat marinated grilled chicken, fresh tomatoes and onions, ripe California olives and real cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, then toasted to perfection.

Fans will find all of their favorite treats and beverages, such as the iconic Blizzard Treats, DQ Cakes, a wide variety of other soft-serve items and the full line of Orange Julius fruit-blended beverages. All Orange Julius Premium Fruit Smoothies and Julius Original drinks are available in six flavors including Orange, Strawberry, Strawberry Banana,Tripleberry®, Mango Pineapple and Piña Colada. The Orange Julius Premium Fruit Smoothies are fresh-blended to order with real fruit and low-fat yogurt.

For more information about the Dairy Queen system, visit DairyQueen.com. Connect with the DQ system on Twitter using #LOVEmyDQ and follow the system at twitter.com/dairyqueen. Visit the DQ Facebook fan page, which has more than 10.2 million fans, and become a fan at facebook.com/dairyqueen.

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Denham Springs DQ Grill & Chill restaurant at a glance:
Address: 27418 Juban Road, Denham Springs, LA 70726
Phone: 225-271-8800
Employees: 50 plus on a continuous basis
Square Footage: 2,612 square feet
Number of Seats: 88
Hours of Operation: The new restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily:
-10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

About IDQ:
International Dairy Queen Inc., (IDQ), based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the parent company of American Dairy Queen Corporation. Through its subsidiaries, IDQ develops, licenses and services a system of more than 6,600 locations in the United States, Canada and 28 other countries. IDQ is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Berkshire) which is led by Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire. For more information visit DairyQueen.com.

SOURCE: International Dairy Queen Inc.