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The Palm Beach Breeze candle ($40) and reed diffuser ($55) are available at the onsite gift shop. The packaging is simple, and the sand colored candle is encased in plain glass.

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The pink Peruvian cotton shirt has diagonal green striping and the words Beach on the front, a palm on the sleeve and the number 5 on the front and back.

The back of the shirt features the words Bene (pronounced vah beh neh), an Italian expression that is generally used to let others know that everything is OK, along with a thumbs up in green, white and red.

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Pietrafesa said he has enjoyed a more relaxed and luxurious lifestyle after moving to South Florida, which he tries to reflect in the brand.

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A women version of the Palm Beacher, which features a palm and the words Beach on the back and a sun wearing sunglasses on the front, is available for pre order online.
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Ron Morris and Ken Jones Jr. like to build nests. The couple’s new gallery in Easton is a tiny, lofty salon five blocks from their house. A wide range of works by a wide range of artists at a wide range of prices $7,000 to $500 to $0 invites visitors to take home a piece of art with the mission statement that art doesn’t have to be expensive to be priceless.

In fact, the first object in the first show at Ken Jones Jr. Fine Art is a free print. Made by Jones, the floral view of fireworks is intended to lure visitors to the gallery, which could be easily missed on the boarded up, slowly blossoming 500 block of Northampton Street. One of four prints of fireworks, each in a 25 image edition, it’s an incentive for folks to return again and again, at least to collect the whole series.

“We want this space to be open to everyone, to work at all levels,” says Jones, who with Morris moved from Brooklyn to Easton in 2006. “We’re all about growing and nurturing. We like it when things leave the nest.”

Jones and Morris opened their den two weeks ago in an 18th century building, a former linen store and boarding house recently restored to expose a facade of brick on the third floor and stone on the second floor. At 500 square feet it’s about as big as the couple’s former apartment in Park Slope. It’s slightly bigger than the carriage house behind their three story home, a Colonial Revival/Victorian/Eastlake/Bedouin Tent mongrel.

Their first show is stocked with small pieces with oversized personalities. Dan Walker’s “Land of the Lost” series combines found plastic objects and screws painted industrial jungle green. Wendy Edwards’ “Circus” is a wheel of carnival colored ribbons of paint. There’s a pop crunch to Erika Koop’s elegantly garish silkscreens of American food favorites, including a sprinkled doughnut that masquerades as a tassled hassock.

All the artists are members of Jones’ extended family. He discovered Koop in a senior thesis exhibit at Muhlenberg College, where he once helped costume summer musicals. He met Bruce Stiglich, who paints vibrant landscapes on wooden blocks, nine years ago at a brand design think tank run by mogul Les Wexner, who turned Victoria’s Secret and Abercrombie Fitch into pop culture phenomena.

This eclectic bunch reflects an eclectic couple. Jones, a 28 year old native of White Oak, Texas, is an art consultant who in 2001 2004 helped decorate home furnishings ads and stores for Polo Ralph Lauren. He once picked giant photographs of wild mustangs to coordinate with smoky quartz crystals chosen by Lauren to anchor a lifestyle collection called Coldwater Canyon.

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“There’s a sort of soothsayer quality to my job,” says Jones, who recently sold a painting by Julia Schwadron, one of his gallery clients, to actor Parker Posey, one of his consultees. “They can’t tell me exactly what they don’t want, but they can tell me what they don’t like very quickly.”

Jones typically gives clients 20 suggestions for a wall. His curatorial arrangements shoot the sky, too. He recreated the feeling of watching fireworks on a Brooklyn rooftop in the show’s first three images: his own fireworks print, Susan Hamburger’s ink skyline of used paper coffee cups and Morris’ ink drawing of a bird’s nest. He chose Justin Richel’s “Fountain” not just because it’s a wickedly whimsical gouache of precariously stacked desserts, pouring teacups and Colonial furniture. Those chairs and tables, he points out, could have been made when the gallery building opened.

One could blame Jones’ rabid attention to detail on his training with Polo, where everyone scurries to create lifestyles around Lauren’s sudden love for this blanket or that shell. There was the time, for example, when Jones bought a framed collection of 19th century butterflies with open wings. Then he purchased more than 800 period closed wing butterflies to simulate the assortment for stores. Then he opened the wings of every vintage specimen in a high humidity “relaxing” chamber. It was the fetish, he says with a laugh, of “an anal Virgo.”

Yet Jones’ gallery is more homey than fussy. He and Morris sell $10 cakes made of Crayola crayons and $10 $50 ceramic pets mouse, snail, raccoon suitable for garden ornaments or doorstops.
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The redevelopment of East Hartford’s Rentschler Field dormant during the last recession is picking up momentum, first with plans for a new headquarters for Pratt Whitney and now, an outlet center with as many as 80 stores.

Hartford based United Technologies Corp., which owns most of Rentschler, has signed a “letter of interest” with a Michigan based developer to build an $85 million factory outlet center on about 50 acres of the former airstrip. The center could be open by the summer of 2016.

Horizon Group Properties Inc.’s plans for “The Outlet Shoppes at Rentschler Field” are in the earliest stages, as crucial tenants leases, financing and zoning approvals are still needed.

But Horizon’s chief executive Gary J. Skioen said Thursday he is confident that Horizon will be successful in attracting tenants; some prospects visited the site this week.

“We’re pretty confident about the site,” Skioen said. “We haven’t started in many sites that we haven’t completed.”

If built, the outlet center would be the first retail development on the 650 acre Rentschler Field since Cabela, the outdoor sports and lifestyle store, opened in 2007.

The closest outlets to East Hartford are on the shoreline, in Clinton and Westbrook. Outlets tend to offer shoppers merchandise directly from manufacturers at cheaper prices.

Horizon now operates seven outlet centers nationwide, one in Gettysburg, Pa., being the nearest to Connecticut, according to its web site. Horizon has three more centers under construction, and it is looking to develop two other sites. East Hartford is not yet shown on a map plotting Horizon’s footprint.

Skioen wouldn’t name potential tenants or those that had visited East Hartford. But some brands mentioned on its web site at Horizon’s other outlets are Aeropostale, Coach, Gap, Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.

Horizon is the second developer in a year to sign an agreement with UTC to build a retail complex on Rentschler.

Utah based OTB Destinations had planned a much larger, 1 million square foot retail and entertainment complex a year ago. But UTC and The Matos Development Group, the master developer of Rentschler, began looking for another developer in December when OTB couldn’t secure state and local subsidies.

Daniel Matos, founder of The Matos Development Group, said Thursday the amount of sought after subsidies was never disclosed by OTB, but he estimated it to be about $100 million.

Matos said the more modest version for the outlet center outlined by Horizon would ensure that there wouldn’t be the need for massive public subsidies.

Although OTB is no longer involved with the project, it aggressively marketed the site to potential tenants, increasing its exposure in the retail industry, Matos said.

Horizon’s plans also include a possible, future 50,000 square foot expansion. Skioen said there would be restaurants but the emphasis would be on the outlet stores. Buildings would be connected by covered walkways and landscaped courtyards, plus a center court and children’s play area.

UTC, in a statement, said Thursday it believes Horizon can successfully advance the economic development potential of Rentschler Field.

UTC “believes Horizon’s vision for the site has the potential to build on the success of the existing Cabela’s retail project and further realize the site’s full economic value for the region,” the statement said.

The announcement comes two weeks after the state and UTC announced a deal that includes the construction of a new Pratt headquarters and an expansion of UTC’s research center, on the edge of Rentschler.

The outlets would be built about 10 miles from the sprawling Buckland Hills mall in Manchester. Skioen said the outlets haven’t taken much of a bite out of traditional malls elsewhere in country that are near Horizon outlet centers.

What outlet stores at Rentschler will do, however, is compete with other outlets, and draw shoppers from a wider geographic area.

“Currently, people are leaving Hartford to go south to the outlets along the coast,” Skioen said. “What it means is that they will stay in the Hartford area.”

Horizon said the center is projected to generate more than $130 million in annual sales and $1.2 million in property taxes and $8.2 million in sales taxes.
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Lucy and True Religion fill a couple of holes in the retail assortment, including an upscale fitness wear store (Lucy) and luxury brands (True Religion), according to retail brand experts Mary Van Note and Beth Perro Jarvis of Ginger in Minneapolis.

When it opens in August, the center will include about 100 shops. Other retailers previously announced include American Eagle, Asics, Calphalon, Cole Haan, Crabtree Evelyn, Helzberg Diamonds Outlet, Watch Station, Janie Jack and Crazy 8 (owned by Gymboree), J. Crew, Johnston Murphy and White House/Black Market. All are exclusive to Minnesota.
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Though DSW Shoe Warehouse parent Retail Ventures Inc. initially kept mum on how many customers may be affected by a transactional data breach announced in March, it revealed this week that just shy of 1.5 million consumers personal data had been stolen.

Also yesterday, Ameritrade said account information may have been lost for up to 200,000 customers when a package containing tapes with back up information on customer accounts went missing. According to wire reports, the online broker said it was told in February that a package with four data cassettes of current and former Ameritrade account holders information from 2000 to 2003 was misplaced by a shipping company that Ameritrade uses.

Three of the four tapes were recovered at the shipper’s Maryland facility. Ameritrade declined to name the company. According to wire reports, Ameritrade reviewed the customer information that would be on the missing tape and concluded that only 175,000 customers needed to be notified. The company began sending letters last week. stores. Though the number of consumers affected was not made public, reports cited Secret Service sources that put it around 100,000. Stolen data included credit card information and purchase data.

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Information obtained from the credit card transactions included names, credit or debit card numbers and purchase amounts. The check transaction thefts divulged checking account numbers and driver license numbers only. Retail Ventures said the stolen data did not include Social Security numbers, debit card personal identification numbers or addresses, and no Internet or loyalty program data were accessed.

The bulk of the affected transactions occurred between mid November 2004 and mid February 2005, Retail Ventures said. Stolen credit card numbers have been provided by the firm to American Express, Discover, Visa and MasterCard, which alerted the issuing banks. DSW is sending letters to about half of the cardholders for whom it was able to obtain contact information. It also has identified about 88 percent of the check customers and is notifying them as well.

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MasterCard and Visa also acknowledged that they were aware of the breach, had notified the banks that issue their cards and that cardholders were protected from fraudulent charges to their accounts.

Also on April 18, New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer called for state legislation aimed at reducing identity theft through regulation of data brokers, consumer opt outs, mandatory data breach disclosure and tougher penalties for identity thieves and hackers, among other provisions.

Spitzer proposal was preceded by several congressional committee hearings on identity theft and other state and federal bills introduced after high profile data breaches at data providers ChoicePoint and LexisNexis.

Sens. Charles Schumer, D NY, and Bill Nelson, D FL, introduced an identity theft prevention bill April 12 that would create a Federal Trade Commission office of identity theft and require data providers to register with the FTC. Other provisions would institute safeguards to prevent fraudulent access to data and give consumers access and the option to fix errors.

The legislation also would mandate notice of third party data disclosure and notification of data breaches. Provisions related to Social Security numbers would prohibit companies from asking for the numbers unless necessary for a transaction; prohibit display of Social Security numbers on employee IDs; ban the sale and purchase of the numbers except for law enforcement, national security and anti fraud purposes; and grant the attorney general the ability to define exemptions.

On April 11, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D CA, offered a revised version of the Notification of Risk to Personal Data Act that she first introduced Jan. 24. The original bill required mandatory notification when sensitive data are breached. The revision adds provisions to close loopholes that exempt encrypted data and specify the contents of the notices.

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