China’s first lady sparks homegrown fashion frenzy

China’s first lady sparks homegrown fashion frenzy

In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and his wife Peng Liyuan, second right, are welcomed by Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, second left, and his wife Salma Kikwete, right, upon their arrival in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Sunday, March 24, 2013. Glamorous new first lady Peng has emerged as a Chinese diplomatic star, charming audiences and cutting a distinct profile from her all but invisible predecessors on her debut official trip abroad. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Lan Hongguang) NO SALES

BEIJING New Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan’s choice of attire has sparked a flurry of excitement over an independent homegrown label, an unusual phenomenon in a country where political figures are more frumpy than fashionable and wives usually shy away from the spotlight.

Images of Peng, 50, stepping off a plane arm in arm with her husband President Xi Jinping in Moscow on Friday have circulated widely on the Chinese Internet, prompting praise of her style as understated and sophisticated.

Eagle eyed fashion savvy bloggers identified the leather handbag she carried and smart, double breasted black trench coat she wore as items designed by Guangzhou based label Exception. The brand has been described as one of China’s leading independent labels whose simple but unique designs stand out in an industry dominated by Western copycats.

“First ladies are ambassadors of the culture and the design and of the soft power of a country. I’m glad that she chose to wear Chinese and take up that role of spokesperson for Chinese design here,” said Hong Huang, publisher of the fashion magazine iLook and one of the most popular microbloggers in China.

Hong said it was too early to tell if Peng’s high profile public appearance signaled that she would be playing a more significant role in Chinese politics than her predecessors, who unlike many of their Western counterparts have been largely unseen. “It’s good that finally China has a very pretty, very beautiful first lady and she can hopefully speak up for a lot more and complement whatever Xi wants to say, in a way, like all first ladies do.”

Online retailers have sought to associate their products with what news portals are terming the “Peng Liyuan style,” with searches for those key words resulting in lists of handbags and trench coats, many of which did not even resemble the items she wore. Heavy online traffic to Exception’s website has caused it to crash since Friday, with it loading only sporadically on Monday.

The impact Peng, a celebrated performer on state television, is having on fashion bears some similarity to trends sparked by Britain’s duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, who helped bring Brazilian born designer Issa to the world’s attention before her marriage to Prince William. American first lady Michelle Obama has also lent cachet to designer Jason Wu by wearing a gown he custom made to last month’s inauguration.

For its part, Exception appears to be gauging its next move. Chinese politics is a traditionally secretive world and the company risks sparking a backlash by associating itself too publicly with the wife of the head of state.

Some of the more conservative among the Communist Party might frown upon the commercialization of the first lady’s image or criticize such attention as being reflective of an excessively materialistic society.

Exception was founded in the mid nineties by a couple who shared a love of design and the rock band The Ramones, according to Hong. Chief executive Mao Jihong, one of the co founders, could not be reached on his cellphone. The label has expanded to become a high end brand with nearly 100 stores and retail counters in China.

Company spokeswoman Tan Yijia, reached in the company’s Guangzhou headquarters, said she could not immediately confirm that the pieces Peng wore on the trip were made by the label. The city’s quality supervision bureau, however, said on its official microblog site that it has confirmed that Peng’s outfit was made by Exception.

Despite Exception’s public silence, commentators in China’s fashion world are celebrating the attention on the label and, more significantly, the rise of the profile of a popular first lady.

“It’s the first time that China’s first lady appears like a modern woman. I think she dressed very well, with taste and confidence,” said Zhang Yu, editor of China’s Vogue magazine. “After so many years, we finally have a first lady who can represent us so appropriately. I think it is a landmark event.”

In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and his wife Peng Liyuan, second right, are welcomed by Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, second left, and his wife Salma Kikwete, right, upon their arrival in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Sunday, March 24, 2013. Glamorous new first lady Peng has emerged as a Chinese diplomatic star, charming audiences and cutting a distinct profile from her all but invisible predecessors on her debut official trip abroad. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Lan Hongguang) NO SALES

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and his wife Peng Liyuan wave upon their arrival to the government airport Vnukovo II, outside Moscow, Russia, on Friday, March 22, 2013. Russia is Xi Jinping’s first foreign destination as China’s president. Xi’s talks with Putin on Friday are set to focus on oil and gas as China seeks to secure new energy resources to fuel its growing economy. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
China's first lady sparks homegrown fashion frenzy

China fines five phony Disney hotels

China fines five phony Disney hotels

entertainment company’s trademarks, state run Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday in the run up to the opening of a Walt Disney Co theme park in Shanghai. The hotels were located in Shanghai’s Pudong district, where the theme park is due to open next year.

Several calls to the Shenzhen Vienna Hotels Group for a comment were unsuccessful.

“Hoping to cash in on the resort and attract customers, [the hotels] not only infringed trademark rights but are also suspected of unfair competition,” the report quoted the AIC as saying.

The hotels were fined a combined 100,000 yuan ($15,656), it said.

Lin Haihan,
China fines five phony Disney hotels
director of the Shanghai AIC’s trademark office, said the administration was inspecting other hotels for possible infringements, according to Xinhua.

China has struggled for years to shake off a reputation for being a source of, and a market for, fakes, from replica handbags to knock off cars.

Disney, which is developing the $5.5 billion theme park with China’s state owned Shanghai Shendi Group, will be hoping it can tap into growth in the world’s second largest economy despite the country’s economic slowdown.

Disney earlier this year delayed the opening of the Shanghai Disneyland resort until the first half of 2016 from a previously scheduled start at the end of 2015. ($1 = 6.3875 yuan) (Reporting by John Ruwitch;
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Editing by Stephen Coates)

children as suicide bombers

children as suicide bombers

The majority of suicide bombers used by terror group Boko Haram to kill innocent victims are women and children, a US study reveals.

Researchers at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point and Yale University analyzed the 434 suicide bombings carried out by Nigeria based militants Boko Haram since 2011, and found that at least 244 of the 338 attacks in which the bomber’s gender could be identified were carried out by women.

Boko Haram’s use of women as bombers increased following the abduction of 276 female students aged between 16 and 18 from their school dormitories in April 2014. The Chibok Girls’ abduction prompted the global “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign.

“Almost immediately after the Chibok kidnappings . Boko Haram’s use of women suicide bombers skyrocketed,” says Jason Warner, assistant professor at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, the United States’ elite military academy.

The report suggests “that Boko Haram started using women suicide bombers after it realized the potency that gender and youth offer in raising its global profile after the Chibok kidnappings,” he says.

Youngest bomber aged just 7

As well as regularly employing women to carry deadly explosives, Boko Haram is also “at the forefront of normalizing the use of children as suicide bombers,” according to the report.

“Boko Haram has shattered demographic stereotypes as to what a suicide bomber looks like,” says Warner. “It is the first terrorist group in history to use more women suicide bombers than men, and is at the vanguard of using children as suicide bombers.”

Of the 134 suicide bombers whose age could be determined, 60% were teenagers or children. The youngest suicide bomber identified to date was just 7 years old.

Boko Haram has used four times as many young girls as it has young boys, according to the study.

They can hide explosives under their billowing clothing, or inside handbags, and in some cases have even strapped explosives on their backs with infant children.

There are also reports of men dressing as women to slip through security more easily.

The researchers also believe that women and children are more susceptible to Boko Haram’s recruitment efforts than their male counterparts, through violence, brainwashing or false promises.

Women and female children, in particular, are seen as expendable by the male terrorist leadership their vulnerability a destructive, deadly curse.

Researchers’ fieldwork for the study was limited because northeastern Nigeria where Boko Haram is based is notoriously dangerous for locals and foreigners.

“Media reports often did not report full details of the bombings,” says Warner. “Even getting approximate ages of bombers proved to be very difficult . and media accounts often did not even report the gender of the bombers.”

“In instances where age or gender was not reported, it might be reasonable to expect that the bomber was an adult man, and thus, age and gender were not newsworthy enough to report at all,” he says.

Matfess spent much of her time in the field conducting face to face interviews with former Boko Haram insurgents, victims and family members affected by Boko Haram’s reign of terror.

She said that as well as true suicide bombers, who are willing to die for a cause, Boko Haram also uses improvised explosives carried by unwilling victims and others coerced verbally, physically, materially or by violence. These are known as person borne IEDs, or PBIEDs.
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Child trafficking is nonviolent crime under California voter

Child trafficking is nonviolent crime under California voter

WEAVE is a central player in the coalition known as Keep California Safe. The partners consist of crime victim advocates and law enforcement officials seeking to reverse some of the consequences of Proposition 47, which was passed by California voters in 2014.”The No. 1 drug used to facilitate rape and sexual assault is alcohol,” Hassett said. “An alarming number of the victims that we serve through advocacy and counseling were intoxicated or unconscious when they were assaulted. They don’t remember what happened to them. They couldn’t consent to sex.”Assemblyman Jim Cooper, a Democrat from Elk Grove, is also part of the Keep California Safe coalition.”Rapists, child molesters and other violent criminals should not be released early from prison,” Cooper said.He said he is backing the initiative because his public safety measures have stalled at the Capitol.Assemblyman Jim Cooper part of coalition with WEAVE. Petition drive underway to stop early release of inmates for child trafficking, domestic violence and rape of an unconscious person. Besselman said Jennifer was beaten and kidnapped by a boyfriend.”He was convicted,” Besselman said. “And what was supposed to be a 15 year sentence, because of these laws,
Child trafficking is nonviolent crime under California voter
she just found out he’s going to be released early.”That’s because under Prop. 47, several felonies were reclassified as misdemeanors.Its’s a curse for some, but a blessing for people like Toni Hunter, who was convicted previously for petty theft and burglaries.Because of Prop. 47, Hunter doesn’t have a felony record, and she’s starting to change her life for the better.”I’m back in school,” she said. “I’m thinking about going back to work. I’m getting my own place. And all of this wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for Prop. 47 and re entry court.”Hunter said she has concerns about the Keep California Safe initiative.”I worry about how it’s going to affect us and more so, me.” she said. “Because I’m getting myself back into society. And if they take away everything they’ve given me, I’m going to be back to square one.”Supporters of the Keep California Safe measure hope to get it on the November ballot, but they have a big challenge ahead. The group must gather more than 365,
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000 qualified signatures in California by the end of April.

Child Endangerment Projected Image of Perfect Family on Social Media

Child Endangerment Projected Image of Perfect Family on Social Media

The Turpin family, on social media at least, is just like the rest of us posting the best pictures showing everyone smiling and having a great time during family trips and other special occasions.

This photo was posted to a Facebook page for “David Louise Turpin” on July 10, 2016.

Children chained to beds. Filthy conditions.

Saying ‘I do’ again and again

Lots of folks get married or renew their vows in Las Vegas, but the quickie wedding chapels on the Strip rarely see this: vow renewals with the happy couple’s 13 kids in tow; the boys in identical suits and the girls in matching outfits.

The Turpins renewed their marriage vows at the Elvis Chapel in Las Vegas in 2011. They came back in 2013 and 2015 with the kids.

In one ceremony, the girls, wearing the same purple plaid dresses and white shoes, lead the processional, and the boys, wearing dark suits, stand with their father.

An emotional David Turpin can be seen repeating his vows in the video. The children laugh along with the Elvis impersonator, and the couple kisses as their daughters clap.

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13 ‘Things’

In another photo, shared on the couple’s Facebook account, the family sports matching “Thing 1” and “Thing 2” shirts just like the characters in Dr. Seuss’ book “The Cat in the Hat.” But each shirt is numbered for every sibling, so there’s Thing 3, Thing 4,
Child Endangerment Projected Image of Perfect Family on Social Media
Thing 5 and so on, all the way to Thing 13.

The red shirts stand out against the blue sky in the background. Once again, it’s smiles all around. The boys have bowl cuts. The girls’ locks are long and flowing.

Betty Turpin, David Turpin’s mother, said the family often dressed alike when they went out for “protective reasons.”

The baby

A photo from 2015 shows the Turpins with an infant.

Louise Turpin looks delighted holding the child, while her husband stands next to her beaming against a sea green background.

On their Facebook page the couple also shared photos of the family’s trips to Disneyland. The Turpins had yearly passes to the amusement park.

A shocking scene

The 13 siblings in the family ranged in age from 2 to 29.

On Sunday, a 17 year old girl managed to escape from the family’s home in Perris, California, and called 911 from a cell phone she found in the house, police said. She claimed her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive inside the home by her parents, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

When police arrived, they found a sickening scene: Children shackled to their filthy beds with chains and padlocks. All of them were malnourished, and seven of the older siblings, who are in their 20s, didn’t look like adults at all.

The adults were being treated at Corona Regional Medical Center in Corona, and the six children were being treated at Riverside University Health System Medical Center in Moreno Valley.

David and Louise Turpin are charged with torture and child endangerment, and scheduled for a court hearing Thursday. Bail for them was set at $9 million each.
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Chicken Ribbon Pasta

Chicken Ribbon Pasta

In a large Dutch oven or saucepot, melt the butter. Add the s and saut for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the flour and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes for a blond roux. Stir in the chicken stock and bring the liquid up to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and continue to cook for 4 to 6 minutes, or until the sauce starts to thicken. Stir in the , peas, chicken, parsley, salt and pepper. Cook for about 20 minutes.

Prepare ribbon pasta. When pasta is cooked and drained fold the chicken mixture into the pasta and serve.

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Chicken Products

Chicken Products

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2017 Demakes Enterprises, Inc., a Lynn, Mass. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The product contains milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

10 oz. vacuum sealed packages containing 5 pieces of “Thin ‘n Trim Fully Cooked Chicken Sausage Buffalo Style” and “Use By” dates from MAY:17 2017 through DEC: 06 2017.

The product subject to recall bears establishment number “P 8891” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

These items were shipped to retail locations in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York,
Chicken Products
Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The problem was discovered by FSIS Inspection Program Personnel during routine label verification activities.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased this product are urged not to consume them. This product should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

30, 2017 Demakes Enterprises, Inc., a Lynn, Mass. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The product contains milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

10 oz. vacuum sealed packages containing 5 pieces of “Thin ‘n Trim Fully Cooked Chicken Sausage Buffalo Style” and “Use By” dates from MAY:17 2017 through DEC: 06 2017.

The product subject to recall bears establishment number “P 8891” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

These items were shipped to retail locations in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The problem was discovered by FSIS Inspection Program Personnel during routine label verification activities.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased this product are urged not to consume them. This product should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
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Chicago Blackhawks Women’s Accessories

Chicago Blackhawks Women’s Accessories

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Chester Bennington opens Club Tattoo at Planet Hollywood

Chester Bennington opens Club Tattoo at Planet Hollywood

The salesman behind the counter showing body jewelry and the new line of fashions looks vaguely familiar. The man with the paintbrush and the laborer on his knees laying tile trigger more recognition. Yes, in fact, the guy with three job titles at the new Club Tattoo in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile is none other than rock star Chester Bennington of Linkin Park!

He is not shy as an investor owner in pitching in to help out and do whatever duty calls. Rock group frontman Chester is partnered with Thora and Sean Dowdell in the lifestyle boutique, which is their fifth store. They opened the first one in Phoenix 14 years ago and expanded with three more in Arizona. The Las Vegas outpost, the most ambitious to date, has just been unveiled, and they plan to keep on going.

During construction of all the stores, and Vegas was no exception, Chester was on his hands and knees helping lay tile, and he happily helped paint walls. The very first day it opened, he was behind the counter selling merchandise as fast as he could!

I talked with the trio as our contributing photographer Erik Kabik shot this exclusive photo gallery for Vegas DeLuxe. I get to hang out and look cool all day long. I’ve been promoted to VP in charge of sales!

Thora Dowdell: I caught him selling jewelry to some hottie in our store yesterday, so he works, as well.

CB: It is always funny because I come in and I automatically switch gears and go into Club Tattoo mode. I greet customers and try to get them to make the right decisions. I ask if I can help them find a size.

TD: I have actually taken photos of Chester offering a customer a bottle of water, and that truly is what makes Club Tattoo so special. He has been with us in the trenches. This morning and yesterday, he has been in the store, he feels our pain, he knows things operationally, things that are going on; he comes in and is passionate about it. Club Tattoo is not just a tattoo studio: It is a lifestyle. Because of the fashion, we embrace every walk of life. There is something for everyone at Club Tattoo. There was a gentleman yesterday who didn’t recognize who Chester was, and he became the salesman again. That shows that Club Tattoo is very well rounded and shows that is a part of this lifestyle.

Robin Leach: How did you all get hooked up? How did you decide what products and merchandise should go in the store?Club Tattoo owners Thora and Steve Dowdell and Chester Bennington.

CB: Sean and I met when I was just getting into high school, and he was pretty close to getting out of high school. We started a band Grey Daze based out of Phoenix. We were in a band for probably six years during that time. We did well for ourselves. There was a really great club that we would play at all the time, and Sean decided he wanted to open the first Club Tattoo right next to it. That was the first one 14 years ago. Sean was solo at that time, and I was working at Burger King and riding my skateboard back then. But I laid the tile and did the painting, and that’s how it all started.

RL: Why did you wait so long to come to the No. 1 city in the world for tattoos?

CB: It’s a good question. We wanted to take things one step at a time. When you start up a business, you start shooting from the hip, you have to go through the trial and error in terms of the kinds of artists working for you, working out all of the kinks. They did a good job with the first location, and it became very successful, so they opened a second location. They asked me to be a partner in it, and I turned them down. I still kick myself in the ass now and then for that one.

But I joined as a partner for the third, fourth and now the fifth. It was five, six years ago we opened store No. 3 and about three years ago opened store No. 4. The plan when we started talking about opening the third store in Mesa, we had our sights on Las Vegas. We knew that we wanted to take our shops and make them internationally known and an incredible chain.

TD: It took us three years to arrive in the Vegas market. We originally were trying to work something out with the Hard Rock, but we didn’t find our calling there. We signed a lease with the Cosmopolitan we laugh about it now because they still haven’t opened as we were working through that, we found the Miracle Mile was a better brand for us. Great amounts of traffic, and the patronage here is a good indication of who our clients are. We decided to come over and seize the opportunity here at Miracle Mile. It took us a year to build the store to the day, and it is fabulous. We have a beautiful store. We have talented artists working for us. We currently offer five tattoo stations and one private piercing room in our 3,500 square foot store.

RL: Why is there such a popularity with tattoos, and since this city has one on every corner, do we have too many of them? Is there such a demand?

TD: There is not a tattoo studio or store in the United States that compares to Club Tattoo. We are a retail fashion boutique, as well as doing tattoos and piercings. We also have the largest collection of body jewelry ever. Nothing compares to our store. Las Vegas has 180 shops, but they are typical smoke shops that add in some tattooing.

Sean Dowdell: Why would they keep building casinos here? Because if the next one is better, it becomes the next hottest property. That is what we did. We did the hottest tattoo studio in the world. We did it in a hot property, and we did it as well as we could, so it won’t be touched for a long time. We have also been doing it for the last 14 years in Arizona, starting off with a modest shop that has grown into the premiere tattoo, body piercing and clothing store in our genre anywhere in the world.

RL: When it comes to body jewelry, what is the most expensive and the least expensive?

TD: One of the most expensive pieces is a 14K gold diamond naval gem, which you can pretty much find on three out of five females in any given city. We have some handmade mother of pearl for ears that are ornate and organic. There are horns and cow bone and mother of pearl, things of that nature. The gold is the most expensive; we use real diamonds. They can run anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000 depending on what you have in it.

RL: People are spending that kind of money today on body jewelry?

SD: Surprisingly, there are many different kinds of people from many different financial backgrounds who not only get tattooed, but get pierced. The same woman who would walk into a jewelry store and spend $7,000 on a ring, if she has her bellybutton pierced, why would she not spend the same amount on quality to go there, as well?
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Chelsea’s Pamida discount store to close

Chelsea’s Pamida discount store to close

Chelsea will lose its only chain discount store when the Nebraska based Pamida Stores closes its long time anchor store in the Chelsea Shopping Center on M 52 south of downtown.

The store will close on Dec. 31.

News of the store closing was announced to employees and some community officials on Thursday, said Bob Pierce, executive director of the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re very saddened to hear that they’re closing,” Pierce said today. “Pamida serves our population very well.”

The store opened in 1993, said Dean Williamson, Pamida’s senior vice president for human resources and general counsel, in an email. For a time the store was among the chain’s most successful.

However, he wrote, “In Chelsea, declining sales caused by a number of factors of business after the fire in 2008 as well as the slow recovery from the economic downturn, to name two continuing operation of the store unviable.”

The chain operates more than 200 stores in 16 states, according to company web information. Locations tend to be in very small towns that are not served by other general discount stores. Other Michigan locations include Brooklyn, Tecumseh, Allegan and Clare.

The chain is closing two other stores at year end, Williamson said: Hayward, Wis., and York, Neb.

Pamida is an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners Inc.

The store reopened in fall 2008 after a fire damaged the mall and about $1 million in inventory about five months earlier.

No signs at the store announced the pending closure as of Monday.

The rebuilding time for the mall probably took “longer than anybody would like,” Pierce said. A few vacant storefronts remain in the center, which is operated by Lars Associates LLC in West Bloomfield.

As Pamida winds down in Chelsea, Pierce said many of the town’s senior citizens would likely miss the store most.

Community based organizations also will feel a void, he added, since Pamida contributed to many of them.

“Pamida has been just a wonderful supporter of this community,” he said. Grants from the Pamida Foundation went to the Chelsea Area Fire Department, Faith in Action and the chamber.

“They are very community oriented,” Pierce said.

He added: “It’s very unfortunate that at this time they’ve chosen to close the store.”

The store employs 17, and some may transfer to the Tecumseh store, Williamson said. All who do not remain with the company will receive severance, he added.

“It a sad occasion any time Pamida exits a community, but we want to thank the people of Chelsea for their support over the years,” Williamson said. “In addition, we like to thank the Pamida teammates for their hard work towards making the Chelsea store successful.

“The store closing is certainly no reflection on their efforts.”

With the VERY lengthy delay re opening after the small fire, residents knew that the store wasn going to be on a priority list with Corporate HQ. Also the smaller and less desirable stock had it own indications. Having Pamida in town was the best store for those of us raising young families and in need of clothing for growing children, last minute school projects, bulk items, holiday shopping and such that DIDN require a twenty plus mile trip East or West. If your family needed better quality dry goods (NOT higher priced fad clothing), then Vogel and Foster was the place to be and we NEVER regretted a purchase there with those items being of high quality and sturdy enough for multiple childrens wearings. Groceries, of course, are at Polly (Country Market), a clean and well stocked store. If your menu needed specialty or gourmet items, then Chelsea Market has what you need or will get it for you. Being a small city (still in it infancy from being a Village) Chelsea is a viable stop on I94 and the crowds in it stores are proof of that. Pamida will be missed and since there is no reason that Corporate HQ would listen to it customers I will set my sights and hopes on another similar type 5 10 store. As for me? When I need anything for the family? I staying in town as long as I can. Can help you on the ammo, however. “Chelsea is ripe for a market that actually gave a damn, while still charging reasonable prices.” People forget about the New Chelsea Market right in the heart of downtown. Yeah, their prices are higher than what you find at Polly or Meijer, but I can walk there from my house, the store owners know me by name, and also know to do things like set aside six packs of Bell Oracle for me without my asking, and that worth more than any amount of money I might save by shopping at some big box store where the staff couldn care less. Give me an Oreo cookie over some cardboard tasting mini cow dung looking excuse for a Most general grocery stores do carry the same products I hardly believe that Ann Arbor grocery stores have less additives in their Cap Crunch than Pollys does. Polly is clean waaaayyyy cleaner than Meijer on Zeeb. I will NOT buy fresh meats or fish from that place. When you walk by and the fish counter smells like fish it isn good. Fresh fish doesn stink. I seen frozen food and meat found in other aisles at Meijer and watched the store personnel put it right back in the cold case. Sorry not going to buy that stuff, don know how long it sat out. I lived out here for a very long time and I like Polly a lot more than the stores I used to shop at in Ann Arbor and Downriver.

Having lived in Chelsea for 10 years now, I always thought of Pamida as a half stocked Kmart; everything I ever looked for there, they never had. The name of the store sounds like some rare disease. Chelsea suffers dramatically in the retail sector. Polly staff could care less if you shopped there. Every time I ask for help, I am shocked at their dismissal of my interest in purchasing something from their workplace. Yesterday I asked them where they kept apple cider; no answer was offered nor any help to find out. Polly carries far too much junk with unnecessary additives and very little organic food. Chelsea is ripe for a market that actually gave a damn, while still charging reasonable prices. Chelsea needs a place to buy linens, baby clothes, ammo a Meijer maybe, but, please no Malwart. Pamida carried junk with a selection so poor I wouldn waste my time looking for it there. Walmart treats their employees and by extension, their suppliers employees (see Lawnboy)like dirt. I cannot in good conscience ever go in a Walmart again. I would really like to see a return to a decent department store owned by a local, instead of the faceless corporate entity that seeks to suck all our cash into some black hole in Malibu while abusing every tax loophole.

Totally agree with you Tree Town. I wonder why a larger chain can put in an store. Re: Pollys While they don carry as many products as Meijers the prices are still lower for common labels. One of the things I didn like about the Farmer Jack store was the one get one free sales you had to buy TWO items while only paying the price for one that price was still higher than the price for the same product at Polly Not only that Buy one get one free at Polly means if you only buy ONE product you pay half price for that one item. If you really comparing prices product for product Polly is lower. If you want the international foods they don have the selection that Meijer has, I go to Zeeb Rd when I make certain things that require ingredience that Polly doesn carry. Hence, if one were to come here it will be down near 94. Country Market “Polly advantage? They are the only large grocery store in town. What they need is some good competition.

I really can remember exactly how long Pamida has been in that location. I do remember that it was an Ames store prior to being Pamida. I like to see a similar type of store there but with higher quality merchandise and reasonable prices. The thing that used to bother me was that I could go to the Pamida in Clinton and it was bigger and nicer the merchandise was better too. That they didn do the same here in Chelsea may be a reason why they are closing down. As for what should be built here I do NOT want a huge Walmart, K Mart, Meijers. As far as another grocery store don see that happeing either. Farmer Jack came and closed. The prices were waaaayyy higher than the prices at Polly (Country Market). The one good thing about Farmer Jack was that once they moved out Polly moved in. Say what you want but I think the prices and quality at Polly is better than many other stores including places that are supposed to be discounted like Meijers. Plus they are clean.
Chelsea's Pamida discount store to close