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In Need of New Windows, Maryland Area Windows

When watching closely, there are signs houses give when in need of repair. This article is particularly speaking about windows. Although windows will not last on a house for forever, high-quality and well maintained windows like the ones mentioned in thompson creek windows reviews could last up to 20 years or more. Windows that are more than 10 years old may already be showing signs of needing some tender love and care. Knowing when the time is right to repair or replace windows is very important, so pay close attention to any signs already given or about to appear. Here are five signs a house may need window repair or even replacement.

1. Damaged, warped, or broken windows may be able to get by with just a repair. However replacing a damaged, warped, or broken window is usually preferred.

2. Have a high energy bill? Drafty windows in the winter time can cause energy use to be 10% to 25% higher. Replacing windows with energy-efficient ones will reduce heating and cooling energy use.

3. Out dated! Sometimes houses are just in need of a makeover, like a change of hair style or wardrobe. Windows are a prominent feature of houses. A feature that does not go unnoticed.

4. Damage from severe storm. This in most cases should be covered or helped by from insurance. But only if repairing or replacing the windows damaged during the storm.

5. Though historic homes are unique and beautiful. Their windows may be really damaged or have bad seals. If concerned about keeping the original look of the house, maybe just look into repairing or seeing what older style windows are available.

Listed below are a few of the best window companies in the Maryland area that do window repair and replacement.

* 5 Star rating company – Quality Window & Door Inc. Window Supplier. Located in Beltsville, MD.
* 5 Star rating company – HomeRite Windows and Doors. Window Installation Service. Located in Baltimore, MD.
* 4.9 – Renewal by Andersen. Window Installation Service. Located in Rockville, MD.
* 4.6 Star rating – Window …

The Magical Miami Design District

Miami has become one of the worlds most visited tourist destinations in the world! With its bright lights, party atmosphere, and warm weather year round, tourists and locals visit Miami to have fun and relax, and visit breathtaking beaches that go on for miles.

One of the most visited attractions in Miami, is the newly opened electrifying Craig Robin’s Miami Design District, specializing in one of the best shopping and culinary experiences. With the participation of famous architects, the Design District shows its dedication to fashion, art, architecture, design, and dining, where some of the most famous people and celebrities have been spotted. From once being a pineapple farm to now having the most beautifully designed upscale and luxury boutiques, this open-air shopping hub has become one of the most frequented fashion havens in the country. Some of the boutiques are Dior, Saint Laurent, Gucci, Cartier, Burberry, Bvlgari, Celine, Christian Louboutin, Dior Home, Fendi, Prada, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Harry Winston, Hermes, Loewe, Tiffany & Co., and Valentino.

The Miami Design District is conveniently located within the city of Miami, Florida, around 2.8 miles from Downtown Miami, 5 miles from Miami International Airport, and less than 7 miles from the heart of South Beach. There are also plans to add more shops, a 120 room boutique hotel, and luxury residential condos and lofts. Also in the plans are 10 more restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, art galleries, and garages that artistically designed.

Part of the new development includes restaurants owned by celebrity chefs, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Joel Robuchon. Among the celebrities, Emilio and Gloria Estefan are honored to open the first Cuban restaurant. Dior is one of the newest fashion shops opening, featuring a VIP salon and a terrace for customers to enjoy drinks and entertain. With trending eateries and bars, and high-end shops, celebrities like George Clooney, Beyoncé, Sylvester Stallone, and Madonna are just a few of the stars that have been spotted there. Kate Hudson visited to attend a party, and Miranda Kerr was also there for a private party thrown by Louis Vuitton. Leonardo DiCaprio was also seen …

While Many Malls are Closing Up Shop, Others are Capitalizing

The shopping experience in America is currently in a state of evolution. In years past, American consumers of all income brackets flocked to shopping malls to purchase gifts, attire and household goods.

Nowadays these demographics are changing. There are shopping malls that are still flourishing and undergoing major renovations in the United States; most of these tend to be high-end malls located in affluent areas. In less affluent areas, significant numbers of previously lucrative shopping malls are losing their anchors and scrambling to replace the lost income. Many malls have been unable to attract new anchors, resulting in noticeable vacancies or outright closures. Many more shopping malls are in danger of closing soon. However, by all appearances, reports on the total demise of the American shopping mall have been premature and wildly exaggerated.

It is true that malls have closed, and that more malls will probably close soon. Scpr.org reports that the malls in greatest peril are middle-class indoor malls whose most appealing anchor stores are Macys and JCPenney. Both of these chains have closed stores and are planning additional store closures in the future. However, Citylab.com reports on what’s really happening: The evolution that’s taking place isn’t the complete extinction of the shopping mall, but rather its emergence as a new, more appealing type of shopping center. The indoor mall as Americans knew it before is becoming a thing of the past, and mall developers are now headed in a more positive direction.

When creating the new mall of the future, more consideration is being given to the entire experience rather than just providing a favorable shopping experience. One of the best examples is touted by the CEO off Westfield Corp, Peter Lowy, whose company in the midst of several major mall renovations and massive shopping centre projects. To better compete, Westfield is re-creating the mall as a “lifestyle center” — a destination for more than just shopping

In the dying indoor mall of the past, the shopping was the main attraction. It seemed that other fundamental human activities such as eating and using the bathroom were given …

Lower Manhattan Rises Again from Underground

The original World Trade Center had a fabulous mall underneath that spanned the entire plaza. There were wonderful stores, shops, restaurants and at the entrance, at the bottom of Fulton Street, where visitors would access an escalator that would take them below ground to the wonderful concourse, there was a fabulous “Borders” bookstore where invariably there would be some famous person signing copies of their books. It was a majestic place to be, to shop, to work and to enjoy all that lower Manhattan has to offer.

Nothing says “we are back,” after the dreadful turn-of-events that killed so many and decimated World Trade Center Plaza, then the reopening of the venerated concourse. On August 16, the underground mall reopenedwtc-mall-interior once again, and it appears to be bigger and better than the original. This Westfield Mall is “a beacon of hope”, as so eloquently pointed out by the Chief Operating Officer of Westfield, Bill Hecht, in recent comments he made at the reopening of the concourse.

Westfield, one of the most successful mall operators in this country, manages the mall, and the Ports of Authority of both New York and New Jersey own the property on which the mall sits. Over 100 stores are spread over 360,000 square-feet in this must-see mall that is both architecturally pleasing and capitalistically encouraging. Lower Manhattan needs all the attention it can get after those awful events that stole lives, business, commerce and completely negated the industrious energy that was awash across World Trade Center Plaza since its inception.

New retail entrants to this underground shopping mall are Apple, the massive specialty food store/restaurant, Eataly, as well as Ford Motor Company, which is opening up a new digital showroom called FordHub where buyers can become acquainted with their extensive line of products strictly through technology.

“All you have to look at is the Apple Store and Eataly,” said Peter Lowy, one of the two CEOs of Westfield, who attended the opening. “When you look at that, you should have much higher volumes because you have much different retailers that do very, very …

Prominent Business People Who Have Written Books

You don’t have to be in the boardroom to hear what some of the best guys in business have to say.  And you don’t need to make a mistake yourself to see what not to do in the business world.  Here are some great business related books written by industry titans and insiders.

Jordan Belfort

His book The Wolf of Wall Street was just adapted into an award winning film by Martin Scorsese, and it’s no surprise.  Although often funny and informative this book is the ultimate cautionary tale for the young and hungry, and really a playbook of what not to do in the business world.

Richard Branson

Screw It, Let’s Do It, may be the best title of any book on this list.  Virgin Group founder Richard Branson doles out advice, and talks about his holistic approach to business in this 2010 book.  Branson has a few other books on the market including Like A Virgin: Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School.

Dale Carnegie

Carnegie’s book How to Win Friends and Influence People is still used as a bible by some prominent business people such as Warren Buffet.  The book has been around since the great depression but still is still often cited as one of the best books about business.

Dennis Carey

This CEO recruiter has hired the CEO’s for some very successful firms such as 3M and AT&T.  The latest book by Dennis Carey, Boards That Lead, was published with two other coauthors and has been available since last December.

Sheryl Sandberg

Lean In is an amazing book about the challenges and truths of being a woman in the business world.  The book has taken on quite a large following by men and women, those interested in business and those who can’t even use Excel.  Sandberg serves as the COO of Facebook and is also a board member of The Walt Disney Company.…