Amazon announces new Original children’s album, Dream Too Much from Evanescence lead vocalist Amy Lee

SEATTLE, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Aug. 17, 2016) announced a new Amazon Original children’s album, Dream Too Much, from Amy Lee—the GRAMMY award-winning co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band Evanescence. The album, which features 12 newly recorded songs, including seven originals and five popular covers, will be available for Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria and Japan starting on September 30 to exclusively stream and enjoy on Prime Music, at no additional cost to their membership. In addition, the album will be available for all customers to purchase and download in MP3 format in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain and Japan—pre-order for the digital album is available starting today

Joining Amazon’s growing library of original children’s and family music exclusively streaming on Prime Music, Dream Too Much is a collection of 12 songs that encourage children and families to sing along together. Inspired by Lee’s son and her own musical upbringing, the album features guest appearances by several family members, including backing vocals by her siblings, and instrumentals by both her father and uncle. The album’s title track, “Dream Too Much,” is available today for all Amazon customers to enjoy in advance of the album’s release—customers who pre-order the digital album will automatically receive an MP3 download of the first single to enjoy. For more information, customers can visit

“Our focus when developing originals is to provide unique collections that Prime members can’t find anywhere else,” said Steve Boom, VP of Digital Music for Amazon. “Amy Lee’s versatility as an award-winning rock vocalist gave us an opportunity to rethink traditional children’s music and create an album that can be enjoyed by every member of the family—we can’t wait for Prime members to listen.”

“This album is very personal to me. My husband and I had our first baby in 2014 and he has been the center of the inspiration for this children’s album,” said Amy Lee. “Every song on this album has a story – whether it’s an original for our son based on his favorite things or a song my dad used to sing to me when I was a little girl. I can’t begin to tell you how fulfilling this project has been and how proud I am to unveil it to listeners on Prime Music.”

The full track listing for Amy Lee’s Dream Too Much:

  • “Stand by Me”
  • “Dream Too Much”
  • “Bee and Duck”
  • “I’m Not Tired”
  • “Little Bird”
  • “Alice”
  • “Rubber Duckie”
  • “Hello, Goodbye”
  • “Donkey and Chicken”
  • “The End of the Book”
  • “If You’re a Star”
  • “Goodnight My Love”

Prime members can listen to the entire album at no additional cost to their membership on compatible devices that support Amazon Music, including Amazon Echo, Fire devices, iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Sonos Players, the Web and more—songs can also be downloaded for offline listening on mobile devices. To find out how to listen, visit In addition to exclusively streaming on Prime Music, and digital download availability, customers can also come to to purchase the physical CD of the album, Dream Too Much—physical pre-order is available today A full-length video featuring animated interpretations of every songs is currently in the works and will premiere in the fall on Amazon Prime.

To watch a short video of Amy Lee discussing the album, visit:

Prime members can listen to the album’s title track by visiting:

About Amazon Music
Prime Music offers Prime members unlimited ad-free access to more than a million songs and thousands of playlists and stations as part of their Prime membership. Prime members can listen to the entire collection at no additional cost to their membership on compatible devices that support Amazon Music, including Amazon Echo, Fire devices, iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Sonos Players, the Web and more, with tracks available to download for anytime, anywhere listening. To find out more on how to listen, visit Prime members and customers also have access to tens of millions of tracks to purchase and download in MP3 format in the Amazon Music store at

More to Prime
Tens of millions of Prime members around the world enjoy the many benefits of Prime. In the U.S., that includes unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 30 million items across all categories, unlimited Free Same-Day Delivery on more than a million items in 27 metro areas and one and two-hour delivery with Prime Now on tens of thousands of items available in more than 25 metro areas. In addition to fast, free shipping, members have access to unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes with Prime Video, more than one million songs and thousands of curated playlists and stations with Prime Music, early access to select Lightning Deals all year long, free secure unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos and one free pre-released book a month with Kindle First.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit

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New Whole Foods Market Midwest Distribution Center in Chicago’s Pullman Neighborhood

CHICAGO, IL, 2016-Jul-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Whole Foods Market today broke ground on a 150,000 square-foot Whole Foods Market Midwest distribution facility in the Pullman neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Expected to open in early 2018, the new Whole Foods Market Midwest distribution center will initially employ 150 people and serve as many as 70 Whole Foods Market locations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa, and the Canadian province of Ontario.

“There is a renaissance happening in Pullman and this Whole Foods center will only make it stronger,” Mayor Emanuel said. “By investing in our neighborhoods and supporting projects like this distribution center, we are creating economic opportunities for families throughout Chicago. I want to thank Whole Foods for their continuing commitment to Chicago and our neighborhoods.”

Relocating from the current Whole Foods Market distribution center in Munster, Indiana, the new location offers a building double the size of the current facility. Investing in additional space to grow as the company expands its reach in Chicago and beyond, this new facility is expected to bring real, long-term economic benefits to Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood.

“We are thrilled to begin construction of our new distribution center,” Whole Foods Market Midwest Regional Vice President, Bobby Turner said. “We’ve grown so much since opening our first Midwest store in Chicago in 1993 and as our growth continues, this distribution center helps us continue our mission of providing access to fresh, healthy foods and supporting the communities where we do business.”
The new distribution center will occupy previously empty land and allow Whole Foods Market to join two major suppliers, Method and Gotham Greens, in the Pullman neighborhood.

It also builds on the company’s plan to serve Chicago’s South Side including a recently-opened location in Hyde Park and a location in Englewood that will open in the fall. Additionally, the company is hosting a Whole Foods Market Job and Employment Resource Fair for the new store in Englewood, July 29 and July 30. South Side residents can apply and interview for available positions as well as attend employment development workshops, sign up for childcare and meet with workforce support organizations. Other businesses with employment opportunities such as Starbucks will also take applications from interested residents.

The new center is among more than $225 million in public and private projects moving forward in Pullman, including: the community’s 2015 designation as a National Monument by the U.S. Park Service for its historic affiliation with industry, land use planning, and workers’ rights; the 2015 construction of Method Products’ first U.S. factory and Gotham Green’s rooftop greenhouse; the 2014 construction of the $135 million Pullman Park retail development; the current construction of a $15 million community center; and improvements to dozens of historic homes and other properties.

“With major projects like this Whole Foods distribution center, the Pullman/Roseland area is reclaiming its history as a thriving hub for manufacturing and innovation,” Alderman Anthony Beale (9th) said. “As this facility grows it will add even more jobs and have an even stronger impact in the 9th ward.”

To ensure the site was competitive with the existing facility in Indiana, City Council approved up to $8.4 million in TIF assistance to help pay for site preparation costs, including grading, demolition, and utility installation.


Allison Phelps

Source: Whole Foods Market

SONIC® Drive-In launches its new Island Breeze Frozen Drinks

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2016-Jul-27 — /EPR Retail News/ —  SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC), your Ultimate Drink Stop®, launches its new Island Breeze Frozen Drinks to add more options to its famous drink lineup. With flavors inspired by tropical favorites, a tropical getaway is as close as your local drive-in.

Kick back, relax and feel the island breeze with a variety of new flavors like Chipotle Spiced Margarita, Pina Colada, Strawberry Mango Margarita and more. Break free of the usual and satisfy your daily thirst with a refreshing Island Breeze Frozen Drink1.

“Our customers come to SONIC for new, unique and flavorful drink combinations they can’t get anywhere else,” said Scott Uehlein, vice president of product innovation and development for SONIC. “With the addition of Island Breeze Frozen Drinks, we’re giving guests a refreshing, new taste of paradise and making SONIC their Frozen Drink Headquarters.”

At SONIC, there is a drink flavor for everyone. The one-of-a-kind Island Breeze Frozen Drinks expand SONIC’s robust drink menu with more than 1.3 million flavor combinations. Enjoy the new Island Breeze Frozen Drinks for half-price during Happy Hour2 all summer long between 2 to 4 p.m. along with other icy favorites like our popular Slushes.

1. Products do not contain alcohol
2. See menu for details

About SONIC, America’s Drive-In
SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain, serving more than 3 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. Over more than 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with, SONIC has donated more than $5 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in today’s youth. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit


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Matthew Young


SONIC® Drive-In launches its new Island Breeze Frozen Drinks
SONIC® Drive-In launches its new Island Breeze Frozen Drinks


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New Starbucks Dress Code invites baristas to shine as individuals

Seattle, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The new Starbucks Dress Code announced today invites baristas to shine as individuals while continuing to present a clean, neat and professional appearance.

Effective immediately, a range of shirt colors beyond solid black and white are welcome, including gray, navy, dark denim and brown, including patterns. Shorts, skirts, dresses and pants, including dark-wash jeans, are all part of the Starbucks wardrobe, and partners are invited to make a statement with hair color, so long as coloring is permanent or semi-permanent, in keeping with food-safety standards. To cap the look off, beanies, fedoras and other suitable hats are welcome.

Related: Starbucks Dress Code Lookbook

Some partners (employees) have already been wearing clothing that fits the new dress code guidelines. Customers coming into the Starbucks at the 47th & Broadway store in Manhattan last September immediately detected something different. Rather than the familiar solid black, white and khaki clothing underneath green aprons, baristas were decked out in a range of colors and outfits that reflected their own personal tastes.

Visitors to the store were caught slightly off guard by the change, but they welcomed the new style, according to Starbucks store manager Mario Leon.

“Customers noticed right away,” Leon said. “They actually thought that something was wrong. They would ask me, ‘Why are you guys all out of uniform?’ And we just told them, ‘No, this is the new uniform for this store.’ They said, ‘We like it. We’re happy to see that you can wear expressive clothing to show who you are.’”

The Broadway coffeehouse and select Reserve stores that spotlight small-batch coffees, as well as the Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle, are forerunners for all company stores in the U.S. and Canada as Starbucks updates its North America dress code beginning now.

“This new dress code is what partners have in their closets,” Leon added. “It just makes it so much easier. It just makes so much sense.”

“I believe these changes work well with our iconic green apron and also complement the passion partners bring to our coffee and their craft,” said Cosimo LaPorta, executive vice president, U.S. Retail Store Operations. “We want partners to be as proud of their look as they are when they tie on their green apron.”

“Our success is rooted in our continual innovation and customization in every aspect of our business and this also applies to offering the best partner experience we can,” said Rossann Williams, president, Starbucks Canada. “We are responding to what our partners have told us and are confident this will uplift the Starbucks brand, partner and customer experience.”

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New Starbucks Dress Code invites baristas to shine as individuals
New Starbucks Dress Code invites baristas to shine as individuals


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The new Prada boutique at Plaza 66 in Shanghai reopens

Shanghai, China, 2016-Jul-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fashion is an experience in intimacy. The relationship between garment and the body creates a personal narrative informed by texture and color, contrast and complement. Garments toy with perception –who we are, who we will be –realized in the way we dress. The new Prada boutique at Plaza 66 in Shanghai, comprising three levels of luxurious salons, embraces the intimate customer experience.

In pursuit of this intensely personal experience, the entirety of the long-established Prada store has been reimagined. The external façade, overlooking Shanxi Road to the right of the Plaza 66 entrance, pays homage to Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez*. The effect is at once playful and majestic: a striking kinetic art piece that appears to move with the viewer. Inside, a black marble façade unifies the three tiers of the store. Large windows reveal the interior, providing passers-by with a glimpse of the luxurious ambience: velvet, marble, Perspex, glass. Here Prada reconsiders the domestic environment in a retail setting, inviting visitors into a space where comfort is paramount.

The Prada boutique at Plaza 66 is one of the most important touch-points for the Prada brand. The intense design, detailing, and materiality reflect Prada’s century long commitment to craftsmanship and luxury since Mario Prada founded his first shop in Milan in 1913. That this emerging retail typology of highly crafted intimacy finds its fullest expression in Shanghai is an index both of the importance that the brand places on its Chinese customers and the growing sophistication of the luxury consumer. Prada’s focus continues, as it always has, on customer service and the experience,surprise and delight possible in an intimate retail environment.

Prada wishes to express its admiration for French-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, one of the leaders of the kinetic art movement, an innovative form of dynamic expression with a strong visual impact. Having always greatly appreciated Carlos Cruz-Diez and his contribution to this artistic genre, Prada wishes to publicly pay homage to his artwork, which served as a starting point for the design of the façade of the Prada boutique located in Shanghai, Plaza 66.

The Rooms
Enter the first level into the main room: the space is framed by Prada’s signature round-edged windows, the floor glistens with black and white chequered tiles. The original Milan Galleria store is reflected in tall vitrines and beamed ceilings in the familiar Prada“Encausto Verde”. The three retail floors are linked by an elegant staircase featuring narrow vertical bands of green and white marble, engaging with a modern retelling of renaissance materials and designs. Green marble doorways and thresholds lead in a series of dedicated salons. Each salon’s ceiling is unique, different heights and shapes individualize the experience, each new room a journey.

The Red Salon
The red salon pays tribute to China with walls of floral jacquard and velvet-lined niches for luxury leather goods and the most precious articles. The salon is small, drawing visitors to engage in a unique moment with each piece.

The Green Salon
The green salon engages with the Prada green in an intimate space: deep green panelling and green marbleshelves display women’s leather goods and small leather articles.

The Circular Salon
The circular salon draws intimacy from its shape.New green velvet Osvaldo Borsani chairs and sofas –exclusive edition for Prada -draw visitors to sit and enjoy the space. Green marble surrounds the footwear display niches, complemented by scored-metal back panels, reflecting light back into the space.

Level 2
The second level embodies the intimacy of the store, a space at once feminine and private. A space with a secret. The black and white floor of the salons downstairs is reprised in large carpets of different shapes, incorporating softness into the rooms. The walls are a textural adventure, lined with different patterns of green-shaded velvet in silk and mohair.The first room is dedicated to the clothing collections, as well as select leather goods and the Made-to-Order service. The central room –a sitting area with more Borsani chairs and a large geometric rug –highlights footwear. The connecting corridors contain videos and special products in marble display cases and at the end a small oval room. Lined with velvet curtains and featuring mustard yellow velvet seating in the middle, this VIP chamber is a spatial embodiment of femininity and softness, complemented by smooth, curving lines.

Level 3
The final level holds the men’s collections. Beamed ceilings and black and white floors recall the lower levels. Grey Encausto walls, Bardigliomarble shelving, green lounges and accessories all contribute to the masculine look of the space, which contains menswear, leather goods, and travel collections. The footwear room features a red velvet seating suite, a seductive contrast to the other cool tones. In the clothing collection rooms, wood and velvet seating completes the furnishing, while narrow ebony floorboards sit under colourful geometric carpets. Paired with the air force-blue velvet walls, the room is playful in its intimacy, inviting guests to touch, to sit, and to engage with the pieces around them.

For further information: 
Prada Press Office
Ph. +39.02.541921

Source: Prada Group