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Eataly Chicago Vegetables

Eataly in Downtown Chicago Should Be Your New Italian Grocery Store

Eataly in Downtown Chicago Should Be Your New Italian Grocery Store After hours browsing the Thorne miniatures and the paintings, sculptures, and pottery at the Art Institute of Chicago, we were hungry.  Jimmy wanted us to see a grocery store he thought we’d love called Eataly.  He was right.  This place is everything a grocery store…

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BP Gas Station in Chicago

The Oil Tankers Are On Their Way

One of the tricks I use to think of the stocks I hold as real businesses, just like the operating companies we own, is to get a physical representation of the firm, putting it in an investment cabinet.  Now that I am building a 25-year energy portfolio as a personal side project for my household, I already have replica die cast oil tankers on their way from retailers and eBay.  I’m having a hard time finding a comparable quality Total SA tanker, if they are even manufactured.

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Acqua di Parma Fragrances and Colognes

Acqua di Parma Is a Good Case Study of Reviving an Old Brand to Create a Story that Resonates with Consumers

After the Guerlain fragrance purchases earlier, I ended up buying several new bottles of Acqua di Parma, including the Colonia, Colonia Intensa, and Blu Mediterraneo Bergamotto di Calabria in the Italy Pavilion of Epcot at Walt Disney World.  Again, I realized that most of the people who were in the store with me probably didn’t know the story of the high-end brand, or the business behind it that provides a great example of how a left-for-dead business can be revitalized to become relevant, fresh, and lucrative.

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Guerlain Is Another Example of a Successful Family Business Lasting 150+ Years Before Being Sold

If Creed is the king of French perfume houses, Geurlain is the Queen.  It is one of the oldest perfume companies in the world, and for 166 years between 1828 and 1994, the business was in the hands of the Guerlain family.   In Walt Disney World’s Epcot French pavilion, I visited the Guerlain store, which…

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