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Is Etsy selling out with its upcoming IPO?
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Is Etsy selling out with its upcoming IPO?

By on Jan 20, 2015

  If you know Etsy, you know that the artisanal craft site has a reputation for being “Brooklyn hip.” It sells all manner of hand made and vintage objects that seem right at home in the hipster world. Now, the online company is ready to take the borough’s unique style mainstream. And that’s causing some people to […]

Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Jan. 13
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Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Jan. 13

First Look Media wants to go for-profit. Pierre Omidyar’s fledgling media company wants to move away from its non-profit status in the near future, according to Ad Week. The company’s only publication, The Intercept, has grabbed a number of scoops since its creation, including an exclusive interview with Jay from Serial. Despite The Intercept’s relative […]

Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Jan. 12
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Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Jan. 12

Paris’ economy can withstand terror attacks. More than 1 million people flooded the streets of Paris on Sunday for protests of last week’s shootings at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo as well as a kosher grocery. Despite the gloom over the city, analysts told the International Business Times that Paris’ economy shouldn’t be affected by […]

Tim Horton's coffee cups and Burger King bag
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Burger King bid for coffee shops puts fast food evolution in the spotlight

Wall Street gobbled up shares of fast-food monarch Burger King on Monday, following word that the 60-year-old chain might be headquartering north following the acquisition of the Tim Horton’s coffee and doughnut shops. Both chains enjoyed double-digit stock price hikes, with investors licking their chops over the favorable tax situation Burger King would enjoy as […]

divorce cake with bride on top
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Retailers delight as people throw showers for all occasions

Oh, the weather outside may be delightful, but to some the forecast is frightful:  Never-ending showers. The gift-giving type, that is.  Rites of passages of all sorts are nowadays being coopted by retailers and marketers as the ideal occasions for showers involving lots of presents and even registries. From college students to first-time grannies to […]

Minnesota State Fair ferris wheel in sunset
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Quirky business features: Carnies, damsels, scams and beer

It’s been a month or so since the last edition of Quicktips and those scraps of paper are piling up again in my notebook. From the sober to the silly, here are a few story nuggets you may want to add to your near-term lineup: State Fairs.  How did that sneak up?  Summer 2014 is […]

BEA Personal Consumption Chart
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August is the month for getting thrifty, counting resales

Over the weekend a neighbor hefted a brightly-colored plastic outdoor play set and proudly noted that it had been a bargain purchase at a local thrift shop, just in time for another visit by the grandkids. Wow, I thought, what an illustration of the timid consumer spending that – despite an uptick in June, as […]

Will Santa's sleigh be full of drones this year?
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Will Santa’s sleigh be full of drones this year?

OK, it’s the first week in August and I’m going to go on record as predicting one of the hot gifts of the coming holiday season:  Personal drones. In fact, for the selfie-obsessed who want to take it to the next level, there’s the just-out Air Dog, a drone that follows its owner everwhere, shooting […]

Clever Cupcakes on Flickr Cupcake living room
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What new finger-food trends are replacing cupcakes .. or are they?

The headline-making saga of the Crumbs Bake Shop company – the cupcake chain that closed all of its stores only to receive a last-minute reprieve from an investor group – suggests a few ideas for localizing food-related business stories. The potential survival of the Crumbs chain is good news for its investors and workers, bad […]