Out Of My Mind On A Wednesday Mornin’

What are you doing with the savings from gas?

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I don’t know about you but did September come quickly and is it already half gone? When Costco has its Christmas stuff out already (do we really need to buy Starbuck’s Christmas blend now?), you know 2015 will be history soon.

Who eats bread anymore? Brownberry’s 100-calorie Sandwich Thins are all the rage. They are actually quite amazing, the size of a hamburger bun and you can load them up without breaking and very tasty. Two slices of bread are 240 calories. Now you can have a bag of Baked Chips for the same calories or better yet, save the calories.

With the price of gas going back below $2.00 a gallon and more SUV’s and pickup’s being sold than ever, why is the price of Ford and GM stock so low? Perhaps analysts are paying attention to the future. Mercedes just announced it will have an electric car by 2018. Meanwhile industry leader Tesla just got a perfect 100 score on its current model and is releasing its first SUV September 29. Remember how Toyota slammed the Big 3 when small cars were in demand? Gas at $2 a gallon cripples demand for electric now but the smart money is on electric in the future. Watch this and come up with your own conclusion.

What’s hot at THE INDUSTRY SOURCE? Pure Essential Oil Works diffusers and oils; Pure Himalayan Salt Works salt lamps; Paraffin Wax Works 10-minute paraffin treatments; ForPro Scrap Files; and OPI Starlight collections.

I am so excited about TNG’s 30th anniversary. In fact we are taking the entire company on a fab 30/60 celebration weekend October 23. It is a total mystery where we are going but it will be totally fun and memorable. All stores will be closed Friday and Saturday October 23-24. TIS will close at 12:30PM. You only turn 30 once!

Speaking of fun and a great cause, TNG is proud to sponsor ACS Strides October 10 in Detroit. Really fun this year is that the walk kicks off at Hart Plaza and the course follows the Riverfront. If you have never been downtown or experienced the Riverfront you will love it. Please join our team or come on your own.

What’s up with the pro beauty industry? Nothing. When was the last hair care company to start that made it? Although 10 years old, Living Proof is proving that pro and retail can co-exist. They are a model for the future of pro beauty. The one big test we will learn: How important is education? With booth renters dominating the scene, where is the $$$ going to come from to pay for classes? Eliminating that budget would be huge. Then again our CND Holiday workshop sold out 100 tickets in less than a week.

I’m addicted to Snack Factory’s Pretzel Crisps. So good. And so good dipping into one of those individual cups of hummus that Costco sells.

Now Jeff Bezos is in the rocket business. Bezos envisions people in space during his lifetime. Don’t bet against him.

Speaking of Bezos, I have come to the conclusion that America only needs 5 companies for 95% of its needs. Here they are in no particular order: Amazon.com; Apple; Google; Costco; and Starbucks. If you think I am crazy think about this: Not using one of the companies products for one week. It’s not possible.

And finally speaking of what is possible, is it possible that Donald becomes the 45th president of the USA? And Cuba becomes the 51st state?

Happy Wednesday!

Out Of My Mind On A Wednesday Mornin’

What are you doing with the savings from gas?

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I don’t know about you but did September come quickly and is it already half gone? When Costco has its Christmas stuff out already (do we really need to buy Starbuck’s Christmas blend now?), you know 2015 will be history soon.

Who eats bread anymore? Brownberry’s 100-calorie Sandwich Thins are all the rage. They are actually quite amazing, the size of a hamburger bun and you can load them up without breaking and very tasty. Two slices of bread are 240 calories. Now you can have a bag of Baked Chips for the same calories or better yet, save the calories.

With the price of gas going back below $2.00 a gallon and more SUV’s and pickup’s being sold than ever, why is the price of Ford and GM stock so low? Perhaps analysts are paying attention to the future. Mercedes just announced it will have an electric car by 2018. Meanwhile industry leader Tesla just got a perfect 100 score on its current model and is releasing its first SUV September 29. Remember how Toyota slammed the Big 3 when small cars were in demand? Gas at $2 a gallon cripples demand for electric now but the smart money is on electric in the future. Watch this and come up with your own conclusion.

What’s hot at THE INDUSTRY SOURCE? Pure Essential Oil Works diffusers and oils; Pure Himalayan Salt Works salt lamps; Paraffin Wax Works 10-minute paraffin treatments; ForPro Scrap Files; and OPI Starlight collections.

I am so excited about TNG’s 30th anniversary. In fact we are taking the entire company on a fab 30/60 celebration weekend October 23. It is a total mystery where we are going but it will be totally fun and memorable. All stores will be closed Friday and Saturday October 23-24. TIS will close at 12:30PM. You only turn 30 once!

Speaking of fun and a great cause, TNG is proud to sponsor ACS Strides October 10 in Detroit. Really fun this year is that the walk kicks off at Hart Plaza and the course follows the Riverfront. If you have never been downtown or experienced the Riverfront you will love it. Please join our team or come on your own.

What’s up with the pro beauty industry? Nothing. When was the last hair care company to start that made it? Although 10 years old, Living Proof is proving that pro and retail can co-exist. They are a model for the future of pro beauty. The one big test we will learn: How important is education? With booth renters dominating the scene, where is the $$$ going to come from to pay for classes? Eliminating that budget would be huge. Then again our CND Holiday workshop sold out 100 tickets in less than a week.

I’m addicted to Snack Factory’s Pretzel Crisps. So good. And so good dipping into one of those individual cups of hummus that Costco sells.

Now Jeff Bezos is in the rocket business. Bezos envisions people in space during his lifetime. Don’t bet against him.

Speaking of Bezos, I have come to the conclusion that America only needs 5 companies for 95% of its needs. Here they are in no particular order: Amazon.com; Apple; Google; Costco; and Starbucks. If you think I am crazy think about this: Not using one of the companies products for one week. It’s not possible.

And finally speaking of what is possible, is it possible that Donald becomes the 45th president of the USA? And Cuba becomes the 51st state?

Happy Wednesday!

Out Of My Mind On A Friday Mornin’

What is your favorite salty snack?

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The “Don” is selling his team that he paid $13M for $2B, yes, that is $2 billion. Capital gains tax alone is $400,000 which brings him a net of $1.6B. So Sterling is being clipped for $400,000 and netting $1.6B. So everyone is saying that he opened his mouth and made out like a bandit. But if you look beyond the basics, Sterling was already a billionaire and did not need another $1.6B in his bank account. He no longer has ownership of one of the most fun things in his life. Why would Steve Ballmer pay such a price? So he can enjoy the perks of ownership. He knows he is only on this planet for a short while and he has the money to do so.

I guess that makes the price of OPI going from $9.00 retail to $9.50 retail July 1 incidental. Even at $9.50, it’s still a bargain and no company has been more innovative with collections than OPI. The Coke collection has already sold out and we had to reorder. It must have been the fries that we included as a GWP.

On the same subject, Metro Airport just raised the price of parking from $20 to $21. How many $1 a day does that equal? Lots. And watch Starbuck’s raise their prices July with coffee prices surging.

Have you bought a lime lately? Limes cost more than Tequila. Ouch!

This weekend it’s the Dragon Boat Festival and Happy Children’s Day in China. I will say for a communist country that has now become the world’s largest economy, they sure know how to celebrate holidays.

This past Memorial Day weekend was the best weather ever recorded in the Midwest. Ultra amazing.

This weekend is the Premier Show in Orlando. It will be very interesting to see the people walking the floor and what their focus is on. The industry has been in a funk and I look forward to seeing what’s new and different. I will tell you that our booth will feature plenty of new and different stuff.

Word on the street is that Living Proof is going to salons. The blur between professional and retail continues. Jay Morris knows a thing or two about distribution with his  years at American Crew.

Has any hair appliance zoomed up and zoomed down as fast as the Babyliss MiraCurl?

Have you checked out the new JACKED versions of Dorito’s? You really have to give credit to PepsiCo for their continued innovation in selling salty, fatty and tasty snack foods. And what is better than a bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos? Sun Chips are pretty good too.

Speaking of damn good food bad for you, have you tried Talenti’s Sea Salt Caramel Gelato? I was paying $6.99 a glass jar for it at specialty markets and now Kroger has it for $4.69. Check it out, the coconut one is pretty good too.

Happy Friday!

Out Of My Mind On A Friday Mornin’

What is your favorite salty snack?

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The “Don” is selling his team that he paid $13M for $2B, yes, that is $2 billion. Capital gains tax alone is $400,000 which brings him a net of $1.6B. So Sterling is being clipped for $400,000 and netting $1.6B. So everyone is saying that he opened his mouth and made out like a bandit. But if you look beyond the basics, Sterling was already a billionaire and did not need another $1.6B in his bank account. He no longer has ownership of one of the most fun things in his life. Why would Steve Ballmer pay such a price? So he can enjoy the perks of ownership. He knows he is only on this planet for a short while and he has the money to do so.

I guess that makes the price of OPI going from $9.00 retail to $9.50 retail July 1 incidental. Even at $9.50, it’s still a bargain and no company has been more innovative with collections than OPI. The Coke collection has already sold out and we had to reorder. It must have been the fries that we included as a GWP.

On the same subject, Metro Airport just raised the price of parking from $20 to $21. How many $1 a day does that equal? Lots. And watch Starbuck’s raise their prices July with coffee prices surging.

Have you bought a lime lately? Limes cost more than Tequila. Ouch!

This weekend it’s the Dragon Boat Festival and Happy Children’s Day in China. I will say for a communist country that has now become the world’s largest economy, they sure know how to celebrate holidays.

This past Memorial Day weekend was the best weather ever recorded in the Midwest. Ultra amazing.

This weekend is the Premier Show in Orlando. It will be very interesting to see the people walking the floor and what their focus is on. The industry has been in a funk and I look forward to seeing what’s new and different. I will tell you that our booth will feature plenty of new and different stuff.

Word on the street is that Living Proof is going to salons. The blur between professional and retail continues. Jay Morris knows a thing or two about distribution with his  years at American Crew.

Has any hair appliance zoomed up and zoomed down as fast as the Babyliss MiraCurl?

Have you checked out the new JACKED versions of Dorito’s? You really have to give credit to PepsiCo for their continued innovation in selling salty, fatty and tasty snack foods. And what is better than a bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos? Sun Chips are pretty good too.

Speaking of damn good food bad for you, have you tried Talenti’s Sea Salt Caramel Gelato? I was paying $6.99 a glass jar for it at specialty markets and now Kroger has it for $4.69. Check it out, the coconut one is pretty good too.

Happy Friday!