Slide Show: The 10 best U.S. cities for pizza
Travel + Leisure’s annual America’s Favorite Cities survey reveals voters’ reverence for pizza. The top-ranking U.S. cities for pizza reflect an increasing passion for authentic, Neapolitan-style pizza—as well as a flair for quirky, local renditions, such as brisket pizza in San Antonio, lobster pizza in Boston, or even Fritos-as-toppings in Houston.
Amazon Gets More Same-Day-Delivery Competition: Shutl Coming to 20 Cities
Do you want some stuff, but don’t want to leave the couch? A new same-day delivery service promises near-instant gratification for millions of online shoppers all over North America. This week, a UK-based company called Shutl announced that it will begin offering its same-day delivery services next month in Chicago, New York City, and San Francisco. Shoppers will be able to purchase goods online from three as-yet-unnamed major U.S. retailers, and delivery within 90 minutes of the order will cost around $10. After the initial rollout, Shutl has plans to expand to a total of 20 North American cities—those above, as well as Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa, Washington, Montreal, and Toronto. Shutl, which was founded in London in 2009, currently operates in 60 cities in the UK, serving 75% of the population. The company claims that one-third of its orders are delivered within an hour. Customers ...
Why Is Walgreens Selling Sushi? The Changing Business of Drugstores
Drugstores are generally considered as little more than necessary and convenient. But now that some Walgreens boast nail salons, cafes serving sushi and smoothies, and impressive selections of beer, wine, liquor, and cigars, can a drugstore be thought of as “crazy awesome”? A 23,500-square-foot new Walgreens in Hollywood—which replaced an old Borders location—has indeed been described by a Los Angeles Magazine writer as “deep breath—crazy awesome”: This, the most beautiful Walgreens I’ve ever seen, has daily hand-rolled sushi, a fro-yo bar and a soda fountain with 130 different Coca-Cola drinks. But the feature that got me oohing and ahhing nonstop was (surprise, surprise) its liquor section. High-end tequila and vodka, decent prices on staples like Beefeater’s Gin and Maker’s Mark, a broad selection of wines and macro and microbrews alike, even cigars and a “Virtual Bartender” kiosk to help round up ingredients for specified cocktails—they’re all in the mix at ...
Why Santa Claus Is a No-Show at Many Malls This Year
The imagery of the Christmas season overwhelms every shopping center at this time of year, with candy canes, snowmen, wreaths, holly, and red, green, and gold accents everywhere you look. And while the image of Santa Claus is also ubiquitous, you can’t expect a living, breathing version of the jolly old elf at every mall in the land. Throughout North America, most shopping centers are proceeding with the traditions of the season, including regular appearances of Santa, complete with the chance for kids to sit on his lap, tell him what they want, and get a picture taken—so long as they can endure the traditionally long line to get their turn. The San Diego Union-Tribune recently reported, however, that Santa is showing up less, and sometimes not all at all, at certain malls. In the San Diego area, a live Santa made just a single appearance this season at the Vieja Outlets, and is only showing his face on Saturdays at the Westfield Horton Plaza Mall. The Hazard Center mall decided not ...
Slide Show: The 5 richest cities in America
The richest cities in America? Easy, you say! New York, San Francisco, Washington. Well, close, but not quite.