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Visit the Emerald Isle with Ireland Excursions

December 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

What better way to visit friends and family in Ireland than with Ireland excursions. You can tour all the major cities and visit small villages during your stay. You can visit shops and boutiques and enjoy authentic Irish cuisine.

Ireland is rich in history and the Irish are very proud of their heritage. They welcome tourists and invite them to become a part of their everyday life.

If you’re planning a vacation, then visit www.irelandvacations.net. They have several vacation packages available at various times of the year. Be sure to check out escorted Ireland for sightseeing and tour packages of all the major cities. Most people when vacationing in Ireland book a Shannon airport transfer that takes them directly to their hotels. There are many 5 star hotels in Dublin and other major cities. Once you are settled in you can go sightseeing either by foot or by car. You can also take a driving tour yourself and check out some of the highlights of Ireland. Create your own vacation package by booking one online. Most of the hotels post on their websites activities and events for certain times of the year. Some of them also have recommendations of the best places to rent a car. Before you book your hotel first decide what dates you want to go then book your flight. Be sure to compare prices for air fare to find the cheapest rate. You may even be able to get discounts when you travel during certain times of the year.

An old food concept getting attention of retailers

December 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In the 1900s, many department stores provided restaurants at their retail locations.  Some of the stores that belong to Macy’s, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus carry these restaurants even to date.  Wal-Mart and Target runs fast food restaurants inside many of its locations.

Big name clothing stores such as Tommy Bahama are now adding a concept known as Island, a restaurant and bar combination to their retail outlets to provide convenience for their customers and to attract more.  The Atlanta-based Oxford Industries who owns Tommy Bahama, 13 of the 97 worldwide retail locations now have combination restaurant and bars inside.  Their restaurants are generating 12 percent of its $452 million of annual revenue.  Urban Outfitters run two restaurant locations in Pennsylvania offering farm-fresh menu.  When retail sales are moving to online, the new concept is generating additional customers and more money for the chain.

More and more retail stores are adding food and beverage for special occasions.  Banana Republic owned by Gap, offers cocktails at new clothing line introductions.  The Loft owned and operated by Ann’s, holds occasional Friday happy hours.  J.C. Penney is planning to add juice bars to its locations over the next few years.