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Connecting with Customers in a COVID World

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Today, small businesses struggle to find their stride of maintaining relevance during a pandemic. One local Los Angeles entrepreneur - Kim Ashley, founder of Kim Ashley Design - found a meaningful way to connect with her customers.

Ashley has built a successful online business selling her signature stackable gold bead bracelets, chokers and link chains to clients across the nation. "I wanted to find a way to address COVID-19 that struck a positive helpful note for my customers," says Ashley. "I wanted to say be safe by gifting them something useful. It's not about sales right now, it's about reaching out. As a female entrepreneur I've always been focused on empowering women and now more than ever we need to come together to create that spark."

Ashley settled on an easy to carry hand sanitizer pen and sent it to every customer as a gift. There was no purchase involved. "I loved getting my pen!" stated Julia Martinez, a customer. "It was something unexpected and thoughtful. I think new habits are going to stick with all of us and hand hygiene is probably top of the list. This pen is great, I carry it just like sunglasses always there in my side pocket."

As small businesses, the engine of the American jobs machine, find courage and commitment to come back to life, they must create new customer connections. This language between business and patron has to say both we understand the world we are coming back to and we have not forgotten the world we came from just 9 weeks ago. Offering gestures of support during this time will go a long way to strengthen ties between re-starting the American economy boldly.

Kim Ashley Design sells handcrafted stackable gold bead jewelry adorned with gemstones. She lives and works in Los Angeles and her product is American made.

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Whole Beauty Salon on A Mission to Beautify Health Care and Frontline Workers During COVID-19 Crisis

NEWTON, Mass. -- Whole Beauty Salon and Spa of Newton, Massachusetts is donating free haircut or express facial to health care workers, policemen and firefighters for a duration of month of June 2020. Per Governor Baker's reopening order, a haircut service will be available as early as May 25, 2020 and spa service will be available as early as June 8, 2020.

Olga Kwasniewski, the owner of Whole Beauty Salon and Spa was brainstorming on how she and her company can contribute and support a community during this unprecedented time of combating the virus.

"Donating our services to frontline workers seems an ultimate decision, especially when a basic haircut or a facial is becoming so essential for those who are working around the clock right now in order to keep us safe. They are fighting for lives of thousands of people! I genuinely believe that willingness of our society to become as one force will help us stand strong together against this virus," says Olga Kwasniewski.

"I am incredibly grateful to my team, who instantly agreed to support this mission. Especially Vanessa Lyn Lavin, a lead master stylist of Whole Beauty Salon, is overly excited to contribute to this cause her talent and skills."

Whole Beauty Salon is operating under all State's regulations and compliance of safety. With these guidelines, the salon will accept up to three frontline workers per day with their choice of complimentary service. At a time of appointment, a frontline worker has to present a valid ID.

Appointments can be made online via by selecting "First responder service," via phone at 617-955-1551 or visiting our website

About Whole Beauty Salon:

Whole Beauty Salon and Spa was established in 2009, right in the heart of Newton Centre and located at 74 Langley Road. The highly skilled team of hairstylists, estheticians, nail technicians, and massage therapists are experts offering high-quality services. All services and treatments have a goal to get a complete customized look suiting clients' needs and personality. Using the latest advanced technology and natural organic products helps them stand out and take pride in their services.

If someone would like to be a part of this campaign, they can become a sponsor by clicking on Book Online and select "Sponsor a HERO."

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The Whistling Elk, Chester NJ is honored for excellence by Home Accents Today magazine

CHESTER, N.J. -- Home furnishings and design source The Whistling Elk, in Chester, New Jersey, has been named one of Home Accents Today's Retail Stars for 2020 by editors of the premier trade magazine for the home accents industry.

The Retail Stars list, sponsored by AmericasMart Atlanta and Las Vegas Market, publishes each year in Home Accents Today's May issue. This year's list was compiled and narrowed down by research analysts and Thomas Lester, Home Accents Today's digital & managing editor.

The Whistling Elk, owned by Barbara Clark Collins, is a sophisticated home furnishings shop featuring fine upholstery, furniture, lighting and distinctive home accessories that reflect the ultimate elegance and quality located in the heart of quaint Chester, New Jersey at 50 Main Street. The shop was established in 1990 and is a specialist in casual European elegance.

"Receiving this recognition is such an honor," said Collins, "especially when retail is facing so many challenges due to the Coronavirus crisis. My hope is that it will remind us all to continue to support local business."

The Retail Stars list, now in its 16th year, recognizes independent brick-and-mortar retailers of home accents - including furniture stores, home accessories boutique stores and interior design showrooms - that merchandise creatively, have a positive presence in their local communities and stand out from the competition.

"Home Accents Today's 2020 Retail Stars list showcases some of the best independent home décor and home furnishings retailers in the country," said Lester. "While retail faces severe challenges due to the coronavirus crisis, we believe these stores are among those that will step up and up with safe and creative ways to revitalize their business as shutdown restrictions gradually lift. This honor recognizes their skills, hard work and dedication, and should serve as a reminder to us all to support local businesses."

This year's class comes from 32 states. For a complete list of Home Accents Today's 2020 Retail Stars go to to review the list.

Learn more about The Whistling Elk at:

The Whistling Elk, 50 Main Street, Chester NJ 07930

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Fractured Prune Donuts of New Jersey Expands to Sea Isle – Grand Opening May 22

SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. -- Fractured Prune Donuts of New Jersey announced today the grand opening of its 4th location at 5004 Landis Ave in Sea Isle City, New Jersey, for May 22, 2020 at 7 a.m. The Jenkins family who currently have three other Fractured Prune Donut locations, two in Ocean City and one in North Wildwood are excited to bring their Hot, Hand Dipped Donuts to Sea Isle!

The Fractured Prune serves Hot Hand Dipped donuts, made to order. The fresh donuts are dipped in a variety of over 17 glazes and toppings. Customers can create their own or choose from a selection of our specialty donuts. Daily and weekly specials are available throughout the summer with donut varieties you can't get anywhere else!

This isn't just a donut shop though; the Fractured Prune also has a variety of breakfast sandwiches made with bagels baked fresh daily. The signature breakfast sandwich is the famous Prunewich, which is egg, cheese and your choice of meat on any of our delicious donuts, glazed or plain.

The Fractured Prune also has premium coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, with almost as many flavors as they have glazes!

To top it off we also have some desserts including the Hole-In-One, which features your choice of ice Cream on top of any donut, topped off with glaze and whip cream. This is also the home of the "Glazer," which is a one of a kind treat that has your choice of ice cream heat sealed in between two Fractured Prune donuts and drizzled with glaze and powdered sugar.

We are family run business with all our children being part of running the day to day operations. We are grateful that our fans allow us to be part of their vacation experience at the Jersey shore year after year and cannot wait to meet more of our fans in Sea Isle this summer.

For more information visit us online at and checkout our Facebook page ( ) for giveaways and announcements leading up to our grand opening.

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Shoplifters and Dishonest Employees Steal Profits from U.S. Retailers, According to Jack L. Hayes International’s 32nd Annual Retail Theft Survey!

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. -- Jack L. Hayes International, Inc. released today the results of their 32nd Annual Retail Theft Survey which reports on over 348,000 shoplifters and dishonest employee apprehensions in 2019 by just 21 large retailers, who recovered over $136 million from these thieves.

"Two-thirds of retailers participating in this survey reported an increase in shrink in 2019, which is reflected in their reported apprehensions and recovery dollars. Overall apprehensions increased 2.4% and recovery dollars from those apprehensions were up 4.9%. Shoplifting apprehensions and recover dollars increased 3.0% and 3.5% respectively, with recovery dollars from shoplifting incidents without an apprehension increasing by 11.0% (to $176 million) over the prior year," said Mark R. Doyle, President of Jack L. Hayes International, Inc.

Mr. Doyle added, "While employee theft apprehensions were down 2.9%, the recovery dollars from those apprehensions increased 7.8%. Overall, retail theft continues to be a serious problem for retailers negatively impacting their bottom-line, and creating more out-of-stocks and higher prices to the consumer."

Highlights from this highly anticipated annual theft survey include:

* Participants: 21 large retail companies with 18,994 stores and over $510 billion in retail sales (2019).

* Shrink: 66.7% of survey participants reported an increase in shrink in 2019, with 23.8% reporting a decrease in shrink, and another 9.5% reported shrink stayed about the same.

* Apprehensions: 348,036 shoplifters and dishonest employees were apprehended in 2019, up 2.4% from 2018.

* Recovery Dollars: Over $136 million was recovered from apprehended shoplifters and dishonest employees in 2019, up 4.9% from 2018.

* Shoplifter Apprehensions: 315,095 shoplifters were apprehended in 2019, up 3.0% from 2018.

* Shoplifter Recovery Dollars: Over $90 million was recovered from apprehended shoplifters in 2019, an increase of 3.5% from 2018.

* Employee Apprehensions: 32,941 dishonest employees were apprehended in 2019, down 2.9% from 2018.

* Employee Recovery Dollars: Over $45 million was recovered from employee apprehensions in 2019, up 7.8% from 2018.

Full survey results and some thoughts behind the numbers are available at:

Jack L. Hayes International, Inc. is a leading loss prevention and inventory shrinkage control consulting firm, and for over 40 years has provided a wide spectrum of Asset Protection, Inventory Shrinkage Control, Loss Prevention, Safety, and Security related services to every facet of industry including retail, manufacturing and industrial organizations.

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Las Vegas Restaurant Franchise Provides Healthy and Safe Meals For The Las Vegas Community During The Coronavirus Crisis

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Ori'Zaba's, one of Las Vegas's most popular scratch Mexican food franchises, is open for business and dedicated to serving the public in this time of concern and need.

Since 2001, the Mexican food franchise has served the Las Vegas community. And owner, Kori McClurg, has pledged to continue to provide safe, secure and affordable food to the Las Vegas community during this unprecedented time in our history.

Our restaurants are operating and offering free pick up orders - including beer orders - through our online site at:

"Everyone is doing their best during this stressful time," McClurg said. "We are with you and we support all the great work being done by healthcare workers, teachers, and everyone on the front lines of this crisis."

McClurg said the Ori'Zaba's family will provide healthy and safe food for the community. Those seeking the very best from our staff can get free pick up orders just inside our door at a contact-free station. In addition, all our offerings are labeled for accuracy and sealed for safety. We are also now offering beer and specialty drinks to go! Add beer or specialty drinks to any pick-up order.

Delivery options have been expanded to include; DoorDash, Postmates, Grubhub, UberEats and also EZCater.

Mexican dishes available for order include: Build Your Own Burritos and Bowls that can be filled with grilled chicken, slow roasted shredded beef and hand-trimmed steak marinated in Zabadobo spices. See more menu details online at

Ori'Zaba's also makes grocery shopping easy! Our restaurant offers "A La Carte" options to help keep refrigerators stocked with essentials. Our catering menu includes "grocery list" items that will make meal prep easy. Our sides can feed 3-25 people and include pre-prepared rice, beans, cheese, grilled chicken, steak and grilled lime shrimp, just to name a few. Shopping can be easy when essentials like sour cream, guacamole, chips, salsa and tortillas can be ordered in one place. For our full offering of items, see our online ordering page.

All "grocery list" items can be delivered straight to your door in tamper-proof bags. Or order free pick-up and your items will be just inside the restaurant door at our contact-free station.

"We are all in this fight together," McClurg said. "But there's no need to miss out on easy to get, fresh, safe and healthy food. Let's eat well, live well, and stay strong."

For more information about Ori'Zaba's, and how to stay healthy with the best Mexican food in Las Vegas, contact: Nicole Brooks at or go to

Ori'Zaba's, 9360 W. Flamingo #110-521, Las Vegas, NV 89147

Nicole Brooks
720-325-2517, 733

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Autocraft Bodywerks Expands Service with New North Austin Location Dedicated 100% to Tesla!

AUSTIN, Texas -- Autocraft Bodywerks, Austin's premier automotive collision repair center located at 5411 Wasson Rd, Austin, Texas, has opened a second location at 12131 Roxie Drive in North Austin, Autocraft Principal Chris Raeder announced today.

The new location will be dedicated exclusively to the repair and restoration of all Tesla models and is now open for estimates, bodywork and painting.

According to Principal Chris Raeder, "Our General Manager, Tammie Harper, will manage the new location, possibly making her the first female GM of a body shop dedicated exclusively to Tesla, in the entire country."

He adds, "Of course we want the community to know about our new location, but we also want them to know that during this Covid-19 crisis, we have taken exceptional measures at both locations to prevent the spread of the virus and to protect the health and safety of our customers and our employees. In addition to sanitizing our lobbies and bathroom facilities daily, our detail department is completely sanitizing each vehicle inside and out prior to delivery back to the guest.

"We've been serving the Austin community since 1984 and the time had come for us to expand our operations by adding a location in North Austin. What makes our new location unique is that it is dedicated 100% to repairing Tesla vehicles. This expansion will increase our capacity and allow us to shorten our delivery time while continuing to provide our customers with the very best collision repair available. Our Wasson Road location will continue the repair and restoration of Tesla, Lexus, Acura, Honda and all vehicle brands in Austin and surrounding communities, just as we have for 35 years."

"We're truly excited," explains Autocraft Bodywerks General Manager Tammie Harper, "to be able to provide Tesla owners throughout Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Pflugerville and Georgetown with a Tesla Approved Body Shop that is dedicated exclusively to the repair of their Tesla. Our new, state-of-the-art facility has been designed and equipped specifically for Tesla using our special brand of quality collision repair, using only Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) replacement parts. This will be exciting news for Tesla owners throughout our region."

Autocraft Bodywerks, now with locations in South Austin and North Austin, is a locally owned and operated Austin, Texas collision repair business that has been restoring Automotive Dreams Since 1984. Autocraft is a Tesla Approved Body Shop, with the training and equipment, including 14,000 square feet of dedicated aluminum repair facilities (South and North locations combined), to handle all aspects of Tesla collision repairs.

In addition, the shop is a Lexus Authorized Collision Center. As a ProFirst Certified shop, certified by American Honda, Autocraft Bodywerks is qualified to repair all Acura and Honda vehicles to the highest standards. Autocraft is the premiere I-CAR Gold Class Austin based body shop specializing in the repair and restoration of luxury vehicles. Autocraft Bodywerks combines the latest technology and the most comprehensive training available to repair damaged vehicles and restore them to the original manufacturer specifications for performance and structural integrity.

Autocraft is also Certified by Assured Performance to repair Infiniti vehicles. The team of collision repair specialists at Autocraft Bodywerks has years, and in many cases, decades of experience in automotive collision repair.

Autocraft Bodywerks is Aluminum Certified and is approved in the repair of both Lexus, Tesla, Acura, Infiniti, Fiat, and Alpha Romeo luxury vehicles. Autocraft Bodywerks uses only OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) replacement parts and our South Austin location services all makes and models specializing in luxury vehicles including Tesla, Lexus, Acura, Honda, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, Land Rover, Jaguar and more. Autocraft Bodywerks proudly supports the Center for Child Protection, the South Austin Pregnancy Resource Center, St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Relevant Radio and the Regents School of Austin.

For more information about Autocraft Bodywerks services please call Autocraft Bodywerks South at 512-441-7444, Autocraft Bodywerks North (Tesla Only) at 737-238-3752, or visit

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Fanplayr Data Shows Retailers Are Making Up for Lost Sales

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Fanplayr, a leader in e-commerce intelligence, released figures that give clear insights into the adjustment consumers are making in light of significant lifestyle changes forced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tracking aggregate behavior across clients' sites, the data prove a shift from retail to online purchasing. The results are particularly dramatic in large clothing, sports and kids fashion retailers.

According to analyses of sites with over 20 million visitors per month, key indicators of e-commerce success have risen consistently and simultaneously during the period of time a particular market has been dealing with COVID-19. Visitor traffic, conversion rates and AOV (average order value) have all increased. Simultaneous increases in key indicators is rare, even during peak holiday seasons. Simon Yencken, Founder and CEO of Fanplayr states, "It demonstrates our clients are recapturing some lost revenues, namely 30- 40%, caused by limited or no store traffic."

For example, the Japanese market has been dealing with COVID-19 longer than the U.S. because of their proximity to the epicenter. Over the period of time from first reports of infection to today, online key indicators have all risen.

This information is critical for retailers scrambling to make up lost profits. It demonstrates that lost revenue from shelter-in-place and school closures can be recovered from increased online sales, and the overall impact can be mitigated even more with strategies to increase closure rates of shoppers.

As transactions move increasingly online, revenue attributable to AI and behavioral personalization is also increasing. Yencken says Fanplayr's behavioral intelligence responds to anonymous online visitors by understanding their intent, based on their online behavior, and then responding appropriately. This removes the need for third-party tracking to increase conversion rates.

"Companies must focus online to capture every potential sale," says Yencken. "Without segmentation strategies, companies are losing potential sales, something no one can afford to do in this business landscape."

About Fanplayr

Fanplayr is a leader e-commerce behavioral data, using machine learning and AI to enable businesses to increase conversion rates and revenue, collect more leads, and retarget visitors with personalized recommendations during and after the shopping experience. Fanplayr is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.

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Kroger, Mattress Mack and Mayor Sylvester Turner Announce Partnership on Senior Needs Drive for 10,000 Seniors

HOUSTON, Texas -- The Kroger Company (NYSE: KR) along with Mattress Mack of Gallery Furniture and Mayor Turner announced their partnership to feed over 10,000 seniors in need.

"There is an extremely large number of housebound seniors in our community who don't have access to the food and supplies they need," said Joe Kelley, President of Kroger Houston. "While many people can make a weekly trip to the grocery store, this specific group of individuals cannot. We want to make sure that our seniors are taken care of by ensuring they are fed and their pantries are full. These are people's parents and grandparents - and they need our help. That's why we wanted to get involved in the senior drive alongside Mack and Mayor Turner. Together, we can make a bigger impact in fighting hunger in our communities."

Customers can donate non-perishable food at any Houston area Kroger store or at Gallery Furniture 6006 N. Freeway or Gallery Furniture Grand Parkway every day from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Gallery Furniture is also accepting donations of cleaning supplies and toiletries.

"We are living in an unprecedented time that is affecting various areas of our communities in different ways. Many Houstonians are asking - what can we do to help?" said Mayor Sylvester Turner. "This is one easy way you can support those in need within our local community, whether it's through donating food and supplies or volunteering your time. We are Houston Strong, and helping is what we do best."

"Gallery Furniture would like to personally thank Kroger and the City of Houston for the incredible donations and continued support," said Mattress Mack. "Thousands have already benefited from the generosity of amazing Houstonians and we will continue to do our best to lead these efforts. Stay strong, stay safe, and remember the essence of living is giving!"

About The Kroger Co.

At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are Fresh for Everyone(TM) and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit(R). We are, across our family of companies, nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names. We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.

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About Gallery Furniture

Mattress Mack and the Gallery Furniture Family believe in hard work and community outreach. Jim McIngvale "Mattress Mack" and his wife Linda arrived in Houston in 1981 with $5000 and a dream. With great work ethic and perseverance, the couple became Houston's favorite furniture and mattress retailer. Houston has come to know that Mattress Mack has their back, and not only will he SAVE YOU MONEY but continues his calling to provide for his beloved city. Learn more:

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The Kroger Co:
Clara Campbell (936) 777-0442

Gallery Furniture:
Angelica Folliard (713) 552-3461

City of Houston Press Office:
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Capital Automotive Group Shows Sensitivity to Their Customers During COVID-19 Threat

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Leading the way in prioritizing the health and safety of their customers, the Capital Automotive Group has taken the initiative to offer a variety of services during the ever-changing circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic.

In order to eliminate further spreading of the disease, the Capital dealerships are meticulously following the CDC guidelines for a safe and sanitary environment for all by cleaning and sanitizing each department on a regular basis throughout the day. Additionally, they are offering innovative ways to purchase or service your vehicle by taking their showroom tables outside in the fresh air, where potential customers will have to opportunity to negotiate a deal or have their vehicle serviced.

"We are determined to provide safe surroundings to all of our patrons, as always, but especially during this unprecedented time," commented Tim Michael, president of Capital Automotive Group. "We're offering a variety options as we navigate through this and encourage everyone to explore what we have to offer."

So, what does the automotive group have to offer during this time? While the national emergency continues to be in effect, Capital is offering the following:
* Service appointment pick-up and drop-off
* At home service test drives
* At home vehicle delivery
* Quick Trade Evaluation on their website
* Finance applications on their website
* 24/7 messaging on their website

In addition, they are offering surprising incentives from Capital Ford, Chevy, and Chrysler Jeep RAM dealerships:

* No payments for up to 6 months
* 0% APR for 84 months on New 2019 Fords

* No payments for 120 days
* 0% APR for 84 months on select models

* No payments for 90 days
* 0% APR for 84 months on select models

At a time when communities are coming together in creative ways, Capital Automotive Group continues in their involvement with a long-standing commitment to their sphere of influence.

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