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    Published on: August 7, 2006

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    Published on: August 7, 2006

    Sometimes, a grand opening has to go on forever…

    There was an interesting piece in the Detroit Free Press about an IKEA store in Canton, Michigan, in the southeast corner of the state, where two months after its grand opening, “it can still feel like opening day on weekends as a DJ plays tunes in the parking lot, hot dog vendors whip up quick 50-cent lunches and a good parking spot is hard to find.”

    The goal of management has been to not lose any momentum, and it seems to have been successful. “The store has been so successful it put approximately 100 temporary employees on the permanent payroll of more than 500 workers,” the Free Press writes. “And it's running four shuttles to two overflow parking lots, aside from the one that has room for 1,300 vehicles around the bright blue and yellow store.”

    Management plans to keep the promotional fever at a high pitch through the end of the year, including “a back-to-college giveaway that's likely to entice students -- a drawing for a year's free tuition up to $20,000.”

    The good news reportedly is spreading, according to the paper: “IKEA hasn't kept all the success to itself. Its mere presence has made other retailers feel more confident about Michigan's shaky economy and two new shopping centers and a Costco are planned for Michigan Avenue, not far from the store at Ford and Haggerty.”
    KC's View:
    Sure, an IKEA is different from a supermarket, but the basic lesson, we think, is worth paying attention to. Retailing these days is the kind of business where you have to keep the pressure on all the time…because to let up, even for a day, is to give someone else the opportunity to romance away your customers.

    The words “business as usual” ought to be struck from retailers’ vocabularies…

    Published on: August 7, 2006

    The Times of London reports that Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have been ordered by India’s highest court to make public the chemical compositions of their soft drinks – including the secret formula for Coke that has been secret for more than a century.

    Local analysts say that if the companies don’t comply with the order, they could be banned from selling product in India, one of the world’s fastest growing consumer cultures.

    The ruling follows a report issued about a week ago by the non-governmental Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) saying that testing has revealed that Coca-Cola and PepsiCo products are showing 30 times more pesticides than was found in a previous study three years ago.

    “Soft drinks are completely safe,” the Indian Soft Drink Manufacturers Association (ISDMA) replied in a statement disputing the findings. “The soft drinks manufactured in India comply with stringent international norms and all applicable national regulations.”
    KC's View:
    Tough decisions to be made by Coke and Pepsi, which have to be concerned that once they make their formulas public, it will open the door to the entire world ripping them off.

    The two companies’ problems in India aren’t new, since they have long been criticized for bringing what some feel is a certain colonial attitude to the country as they have dominated the soft drink business there.

    We read this story and immediately flashed on the wonderful John Huston movie, “The Man Who Would Be King” (based on the Rudyard Kipling novel), in which Peachy Carnahan (played by Michael Caine) says, “Detriments you call us? Detriments? Well I want to remind you that it was detriments like us that built this bloody Empire…”

    Though it probably is important for Coke and Pepsi to remember what happened to Carnahan and his compatriot, Daniel Dravot (Sean Connery) when they pushed their luck too far…

    Published on: August 7, 2006

    The New York Times reports that “more consumers are going directly to small local farms to buy their produce, often by becoming share members of such programs, a reflection of the growth of the organic food movement,” with “more than 1,200 of these programs now operate nationwide (and) about 150 new ones emerging each year.”

    The upside of such programs is that the products are perceived as being fresh and organic as well as tastier and of higher quality than traditional produce. The downside, at least for some, is that such products are more expensive than you might buy in a regular grocery store – consumers often have to pay a subscription fee to have access to the products, sometimes have no choice about the items they get on a regular basis, and the process isn’t as convenient as shopping at the supermarket.
    KC's View:
    What we like about this idea is that it stresses connections – it makes consumers feel like part of the farming process and gives them a palpable connection to local and family farms.

    We think that in a homogenized and corporate environment, finding ways to give people a greater sense of where their food comes from is a very smart thing to do. It can create a real differentiated advantage for the modern supermarket looking for one.

    Published on: August 7, 2006

    Japan has just now imported its first shipment of American beef since the ban on US beef was lifted last month – 5.1 tones of chilled US beef from Cargill that was sent to Costco Japan. In a departure from past practices, the entire shipment was examined by Japanese health officials to make sure it did not contain any banned products.

    Japan’s borders were first closed to US beef when a case of mad cow was found in the US in December 2003, and then reopened late last year, only to be closed again early this year when beef containing spinal matter – specifically banned by the agreement reopening the border – was found in a Japan-bound shipment.

    Testing levels have been a major sticking point between the two countries. Japan's national policy is for every cow to be tested, but in the US, the government tests about one percent of the cattle population and plans to reduce this level of testing.
    KC's View:
    Let’s start the lottery now to name the date upon which US beef will once again be banned from Japan.

    Published on: August 7, 2006

    The Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that with fuel prices going through the roof, many consumers “now go beyond stocking up at warehouse clubs and clipping coupons by seeking out Web sites that arm shoppers with detailed comparison information on weekly sales.”

    Among the sites cited by the paper:

    • The Grocery Game, “a weekly online list of the best sales and coupon deals at major grocery stores” where consumers “pay $10 every eight weeks for a weekly list of the best sales at their favorite store.”

    • CouponMom.com, “which offers a virtual coupon organizer, links to printable coupons, tips on cutting gasoline costs and money-saving grocery-shopping strategies.”

    • Grocerysavingtips.com, offers the kind of informal and practical advice you might expect to get from a frugal friend or neighbor.

    The paper also suggests 10 ways for consumers to cut their food expenses:

    1. Never shop without a list. Organize your list by the layout of your store so you can sweep through as quickly as possible, avoiding the temptation to buy items not on your list.

    2. When a big sale hits on items your family uses often, stock up. Try to buy enough to last you until the next sale.

    3. Shop at stores that double and triple coupons.

    4. For your first few months of couponing, dedicate your savings to a special fund for a deep freeze. Having a separate freezer will allow you to stock up on meats, ice cream and other expensive frozen foods when they go on sale.

    5. Bring a calculator. The biggest sizes are not always the best value, especially if you have a coupon. Calculate the price per ounce before you decide what size to buy.

    6. Leave the kids at home when you shop. Not only do they grab impulse items and throw them into the cart, they will distract you from finding the best bargains.

    7. Ask the butcher, produce manager and other staff at your favorite store about upcoming sales and specials.

    8. Compile a list of what your family buys most often, then note the regular store price of each item wherever you regularly shop. Next time that item is on sale, write the sale price next to the regular price in pencil. If you ever see the item on sale for an even lower price, erase that sale price and replace it with the lower price. Then you will always know what the rock-bottom price is for that particular item.

    9. Use a coupon organizer and always keep it with you.

    10. Watch the cash register screen as your items are being rung up to be sure you are charged correctly. And check your receipt before you leave the store.

    KC's View:
    As we read this list, we wondered if somehow the implication is that the retailer is the enemy, and that the consumer has to be vigilant in order to get the most value for his or her dollar. If this is the perception, it strikes us as the kind of attitude that needs to be adjusted…because the retailer able to convince the consumer that they are on the same aide is the retailer that will have a strong competitive advantage.

    Published on: August 7, 2006

    Announcements from both Tesco and Wal-Mart-owned Asda Group suggest that there may be a significant trend in the UK away from the use of plastic bags and toward a more environmentally friendly approach.

    Asda said that it is going to begin selling reusable cloth bags that will cost just none cents apiece, and will be replaced by Asda when and if they wear out.

    And Tesco said that it will begin offering consumers points in its Clubcard program – one point for every bag saved - to consumers using bags they bring with them into its stores; Tesco is using actress Martine McCutcheon (“Love Actually”) in a series of television ads promoting the program.
    KC's View:
    It would be sort of amusing if people brought the new cloth Asda bags into Tesco to buy their groceries.

    Published on: August 7, 2006

    • The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the passage of an ordinance in Chicago raising the minimum wage and establishing health benefit minimums for big box stores will slow down but not necessarily cancel out Wal-Mart’s plans to build urban stores there.

    “It’s back to the drawing board,” company spokesman John Simley tells the paper. “The net margins at Wal-Mart are very thin, about 3 percent. The ordinance will have a financial impact.”

    The Chicago bill establishes a $10-per-hour minimum wage for big box store employees, plus a minimum of $3 per hour in health benefits. Target announced last week that it is pulling out of at least one Chicago development because of the bill.

    There remains the possibility that Chicago Mayor Richard Daley will veto the ordinance, but he will have to convince at least two aldermen who supported the bill to change their votes to make his veto stick. If that doesn’t happen, it is judged likely that one or more chains will file suit against the city to get the ordinance declared unconstitutional.

    CBS News reports that Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen wants the state’s community college system to begin teaching retail management courses that are specific to the skills that students will need to work at Wal-Mart, and hopes that the retailer might in return guarantee jobs for graduates with good grades.

    Wal-Mart seems receptive to the idea, which would be a first not just for the company but for a state educational system.

    • More Chinese Wal-Mart employees are voting for unionization, raising to four the number of Wal-Mart stores there that have seen organized labor make real inroads. Labor officials say that their goal is to organize every Wal-Mart in the country; there currently are 60 Wal-Mart stores in China.

    Chinese law requires that businesses allow unionization of employees; however, there is only one government-certified union, and all others are prosecuted by the government.

    Ironically, Wal-Mart is just now kicking off an American food festival in its Chinese stores, selling US specialties such as Alaskan seafood and California wines and using a wide range of promotional activities to get people into its stores.

    • The New York Times reports that the state of Maine is providing a textbook example of how Wal-Mart – anxious to “fill in the gaps” by opening stores where it does not yet have them, and with a plan to open as many as 300 in the US this year – is running into opposition.

    In Maine, it has taken the form of local ordinances restricting the size of new stores to well under the 100,000 square foot minimum that Wal-Mart needs to open a new unit.

    While referenda sometimes overturn these efforts, the suggestions is that culture clashes remain very much a part of Wal-Mart’s present and future.
    KC's View:
    While we have doubts about the constitutional future of the Chicago ordinance, we believe absolutely that communities ought to have the right to limit the building of supercenters if they feel they will negatively impact the local environment and/or economy. In fact, we think communities have the responsibility to have a full and exhaustive debate about these issues.

    This doesn’t mean that we think communities ought to ban big box stores purely to protect local retailers that, in the end, need to find ways to be competitive. But the issues need to be debated.

    As for the Tennessee idea…why start with college students? Maybe they should teach high school and middle school students the same stuff.

    Published on: August 7, 2006

    It was announced last week that Whole Foods has closed one of its seven Fresh & Wild Stores in the UK because of a redevelopment plan for the site that did not include a supermarket.

    Whole Foods acquired Fresh & Wild in early 2004 for about $38 million (US). The company plans to open a flagship Whole Foods Market in the UK early next year, and has said it is actively looking for other sites.
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    Published on: August 7, 2006

    • The Jacksonville Business Journal reports that Winn-Dixie’s reorganization plan has been approved by the bankruptcy court overseeing the company’s finances, which clears the way for the chain to exit bankruptcy protection later this year if its creditors approve the plan.

    • Food Lion announced last week that it is revamping its in-house consumer magazine, InBloom, to include subjects other than food. Its editorial content now will include lifestyle subjects such as entertaining, travel, health and wellness, and home décor.

    • Safeway announced that it will expand its Blackhawk Network – which markets third-part gift cards in supermarkets and other stores – to the UK this year, with Safeway CEO Steve Burd quoted as saying that the program “is the fastest growing category” in the chain’s US stores.

    • The Boston Globe reports that Procter & Gamble has reduced the weight of its Tide powdered detergent by 20 percent, but is still charging the same amount for the product.

    P&G, however, says that isn’t a matter of sneaking a price increase, but rather that the company has been able “to improve their powdered detergent formula so a 70-ounce box of Tide can now clean just as many clothes as the old 87-ounce box.

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    Published on: August 7, 2006

    • US and Canadian drugstore chain Jean Coutu reports that its fiscal 2006 revenues increased 15.9 percent to $11.1 billion, from $9.6 billion a year ago, with net earnings for the year down slightly to $103.8 million from $104.4 million a year ago.
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    Published on: August 7, 2006

    Published reports say that Vito Urgesi, the 47-year-old president of C&S Wholesale Grocers’ Fresno division, has died of an apparent stroke.
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    Published on: August 7, 2006

    On Friday we wrote about a wine that has become one of our summer favorites:
    “a 2005 Gruner Veltliner, which is a white wine from Germany that is perfect with just about anything during the summer months…and that, believe it or not, comes with a pop-top.”

    Well, we got the pop-top part right.

    While Gruner Veltliner indeed is the grape, the manufacturer is Weingut-Hofer, which is sort of important if you’re trying to track down the wine.

    Furthermore, it also would be nice if we got the country right. The wine is from Austria, not Germany.

    Our only excuse is that the print on the bottle is in a weird typeface and really, really small…and our eyes are getting older every day.

    Still, it is a terrific wine….and you should enjoy it…whoever makes it and wherever the hell it is from.
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    Published on: August 7, 2006

    We had a piece on Friday about Mark Murray - the former president of Grand Valley University who apparently has only been in supermarkets as a customer but now is the new president of Meijer Inc. The board apparently believes he has the right leadership abilities to guide the chain.

    Our comment: Leadership is a good thing, and probably in too short supply in an industry where sometimes it seems like there are more managers than leaders.

    That said, some modicum of experience in the retailing business might be useful in the competitive cauldron of Michigan retailing. In academia, where Murray comes from, the biggest challenge is publish or perish. But in retailing, the stakes and the pressures are a lot greater. This will end up either being a master move by Meijer, or an utter disaster.


    This generated a fair number of responses…

    One MNB user wrote:

    Collaboration and consensus are the usual means of leadership in academia (It’s all about “we.”) versus the dictate and tirade style common in corporate America (It’s all about “me.”). We may see that Meijer isn’t so much bold as visionary.

    MNB user Phyllis Palmer wrote:

    Reminds me of the line in the original “Ghostbusters:”

    “Personally, I liked the university. They gave us money and facilities, we didn't have to produce anything! You've never been out of college! You don't know what it's like out there! I've ‘worked’ in the private sector. They expect ‘results’.”

    MNB user Jackie Lembke wrote:

    I would disagree somewhat about academia being simply publish or perish. That might hold for the instructors, but the president's job is more marketing than publishing. Universities must also have a point of difference to attract students. There are lots of choices for post-secondary education and appealing to a wide range of consumers is a necessity for any university or college to survive. I am not disagreeing that some retailing experience wouldn't be helpful, but both jobs demand that you find what attracts you to your target and emphasize why your entity is a better value than the one down the street or online.

    You’re right. The “publish or perish” line was us being glib. Murray deserves better than that.

    Besides, as MNB user Bill White wrote:

    Let us not forget what a great CEO & leader Joe Pichler made at Dillon's and then at Kroger. His previous job - Dean of the Business School at Kansas University! I was working for King Soopers at the time he was hired to take over Dillon's, and was similarly skeptical about his lack of a retailing background. However, one meeting with him and my skepticism turned to utmost respect. I realize that was in the early eighties, and that today is a different environment in retailing, but let's give Mark a chance, if only because we have the Joe Pichler success story as historical fact. Sometimes a very smart guy who has only been a customer can be a great help to a company such as Meijer, an outsider looking at things through the eyes of a customer can be a really good thing!

    It was mentioned in the story that on a tour of Meijer’s stores, Murray was accompanied by other members of the Meijer management team, including Doug Meijer, co-chairman, and Paul Boyer, vice chairman and co-CEO, a position he shares with Hank Meijer.

    Which led one MNB user to observe:

    Who makes decisions at Meijer with Chairman, Co-Chairman, Vice Chairman, Co-Vice Chair and President? I’d love to see their job descriptions. Trying to put everyone in a decision-making role is a recipe for disaster especially when some are family members!



    The Chicago ordinance giving employees of big box stores a higher minimum wage continues to be an attention-getter, especially since Target decided last week to pull out of at least one development it was planning on for the Windy City.

    MNB user David Livingtson wrote:

    Target was probably not over ecstatic about opening those Chicago stores in the first place. Even without the wage ordinances, it takes years to get site plans approved and permits issued anyway. They probably needed a real good excuse not to pull the trigger and now they have it. Now they will hope to make the Chicago city council their whipping boys to make a point and send a message to other governments.

    Hopefully Target and Wal-Mart will milk this for all its worth. This is not bad news for the big box stores. Similar to the way Whole Foods got out of the unprofitable live lobster business. They are able to get more mileage if they claim it was cruelty to animals instead of being an unprofitable product. The suburbs will be tripping over themselves to offer Target, Wal-Mart and others corporate welfare and quick planning approvals. I don't think the city and unions would want them even if they paid $15 an hour. Wal-Mart would be a big threat to Jewel and Dominicks and probably result in multiple store closings and the loss of hundreds of union jobs. Otherwise, the city would have made it fair and had the wage ordinance apply to all billion dollar retailers like McDonalds and Walgreens. This is all about protecting union jobs. Which maybe is not all that bad.


    MNB user Ken Fobes wrote:

    I have some serious doubts as to whether this legislation would hold up in a court of law (i.e. Maryland). If this legislation isn't discriminatory, I don't know what is.

    Agreed.

    MNB user William Schober wrote:

    Some of the more radical members of the city council either voted for the corporate chains (Dorothy Tillman) or clearly signaled grudging support by abstaining (Helen Schiller). I think they understand that the lower prices those chains will bring to their entire neighborhoods will have the effect of raising the purchasing power for everyone -- a tremendous social benefit that nobody seems to acknowledge. It was the working/middle-class aldermen who were pushing this thing.

    If Wal-Mart had a history of entering a market, running competitors off with artificially lowered prices that could then be raised back to profitable equilibrium later on -- I'd vote to keep them out. But that is not Wal-Mart's practice. They keep their pencils sharp.

    By the numbers, the council vote was termed veto-proof. But a lot of aldermen did not know how to vote because the Mayor didn't tell them what to do. When he snaps his fingers, they fall in line.

    I am sure the city has an agenda here. The Mayor makes the rules in this town, and he seems to be playing the game in a peculiar way right now.


    The vagaries of Chicago politics elude us, to be honest.

    Another MNB user wrote:

    If you live in the Midwest, you can’t be looking at what Ford and GM are going through and not realize that laying off welfare costs on private industry is a bad idea. Both these companies are fading in the glare of the Japanese sun because they can’t produce a competitive car due to significantly higher legacy costs. Now the folks who thought that was a good idea, now want to do the same thing to the successful large scale retailers. Mayor Daley is right to fight it . If they create a “big box ring” around the city limits a lot of sales tax money will go with it. And Chicago will be left with mom and pops, hard discounters like Aldi, and Dollar Stores...not a group of retailers known for their generous wages and lavish benefits.

    Responding to the accusation that MNB has turned into a Wal-Mart apologist, one MNB user wrote:

    I, for one do not think you are being an apologist for WM or any big box retailer. Maybe I have missed part of the debate the past few weeks, but has anyone thought about how this plays out for the small retailers supposedly protected by this legislation? First of all, I suspect that a majority of the small retailers are paying minimum wage or slightly above, and I do not know if they are offering any benefits. If they are chain drugs like Walgreens, or smaller chain stores that have the infrastructure, they most certainly do. However, do we know if the companies with less than a billion and stores under 90,000 square feet are providing any better for their employees than the box stores? Would like to see more information. I also believe that if jobs are available, people will travel to them, based on the traffic I see on the “el” and the CTA train from O’Hare to downtown and back I have ridden many times when I have traveled to the city for business. People are on there commuting 15 and 20 miles to jobs, so with an excellent transportation system and housing that is affordable within the tolerance of the worker, it seems that a living wage can be made. Anything beyond that is up to the individual, so I don’t buy the City Council’s logic.

    I think if Mayor Daley allows it to become law, we will see the impact in 4-5 years, when the 'burbs ringing the city pick up all the sales and property tax revenue, and City of Chicago has either a) more businesses leaving because the amenities remaining can’t handle the demand of the workers remaining, or they cannot attract workers because the amenities are not there. I hope they rethink the whole thing or show the public the facts and figures behind the bill so we can see what they see in the future. I’d hate to see the city go into a “death spiral” and fall to Houston as #3…


    On the broader issue, MNB user Doug Galli wrote:

    Since when has it become the responsibility of an employer to make sure that everyone is paid a living wage and is provided with full health benefits. This is a free market economy and we should let the market decide. If an employer can't find enough good workers they will offer more pay and benefits as they compete with other employers. By mandating a certain wage and benefits, they only people that will pay for this is the buying public.

    For example with the increase in minimum wage for both NY and PA, the company I am associate with will begin to raise retails because our payroll will increase substantially next year.

    The officials only want to get re-elected and have no idea of what it takes to run a business.


    MNB user Al Kober wrote:

    This idea that Wal-mart is so unfair to its employees keeps coming up.. Did anyone see anything about just how Wal-Mart treated their employees after Katrina. They follow up of about 95% of their staff that was displaced and offered them jobs at other Wal-Mart so they would not loose their income.. The new Wal Mart in Chicago needed 350 new employees and 5000 turned out for those jobs.

    People who do not work for them seem to be the most vocal about just how terrible they are , but how about letting their employees speak for themselves. They do that everyday when they decide to go to work.


    Some of them, of course, also file lawsuits and seek unionization. But granted, that seems to be a minority.

    MNB user Rush S. Dickson III wrote:

    What is it about us that keeps from getting to and dealing with the fundamental issues at hand?

    When government attempts to "manage" the market place reaches a certain point of interference, market forces triumph. The notion of a mandated minimum wage is an arrogant chimera. Who is to say what a given job is worth to someone other than oneself? That issue is a function of supply and demand and should be allowed to be negotiated accordingly.

    Why did 20,000 applicants show up for 300 jobs at WMT?

    The notion that the government is capable of setting the market price for health care is just as absurd for the same reason. Why are health care costs out of control? Demand (inflated via third party payment that reduces the cost burden to the individual) is greater than supply. DUH. It is our government (US, the voters) that has created this situation.

    Have you ever stopped to wonder why the cost of living in large metropolitan areas is so expensive? Might it be a function of the tax burden that results from too much support for too many unproductive people through this or that program, agency, etc?

    We allow government to control just enough of the factors in the economic equation (usually supply and demand) to throw it out of balance.


    And MNB user Tom Drummond wrote:

    I too believe in a complete 'living wage' that is fair for all retailers, and employee's. But, I commend Target in threatening to pull out, and not allowing the City Council of Chicago telling them how to run their business. Typical City Council power control move, and also reflects why Chicago has had the corrupt political reputation that it has had for so many decades.




    MNB user Ray England had some thoughts about the Senate’s vote against the increase in the minimum wage as well as against a more permanent repeal of the estate tax:

    Two different thoughts here; the logic behind the minimum wage is idiotic, and the estate tax is immoral. Frankly I don’t know what to think about Republicrats (Republicans in name only, they act and vote like liberal Democrats). They continue to miss opportunities to do what the folks that elected them expect from them.

    The argument behind the minimum wage is ridiculous. The theory is that minimum wage earners can’t support a family on the minimum wage. That’s true, but the minimum wage was never meant to enable an individual to support a family. Look, when the minimum wage goes up, the cost of goods goes up, and retail prices go up proportionally. So, where does that leave the minimum wage earner? Everyone looses with a government dictated wage hike; businesses and consumers alike.

    The estate tax is nothing but class warfare. One may not like the fact that Paris Hilton will inherit millions without having to work for it, but that’s just the way it is. Perhaps your folks weren’t rich, but taught you how to be a good person, how to stay out of infra-red camera light, become a model citizen, and how to make your way in this world with some success. But watch out, if your folks did a better job of that than some crack smoking, non caring parent. The government may try to take some of your hard earned money because it is not fair that you enjoy success that others less fortunate don’t. Oops, forgive me, but our government already does that with the income tax they confiscate from your paycheck; silly me.

    For the Republican Republicrats in the House to tie a minimum wage increase to a repeal of the estate tax is just down right stupid and shows how they continue to “misunderestimate” their constituency.





    Finally, we wrote on Friday about ignoring the politics of the Dixie Chicks and taking our 12-year-old daughter to their terrific concert at Madison Square Garden because “it is good for a young girl to see assertive, talented and obviously empowered women owning the stage and the audience."

    One MNB user responded:

    Your comments are totally true….and you deserve credit for being the dad that takes her to the concert and is therefore telling her "and I'm a guy and I think it's okay for you to be this way". I know we're not in the 50's anymore but a gender gap still exists and many times women cannot be seen as assertive, talented and empowered without also being called many other names. Never discount the impact a father has on his daughter. Thanks!

    Our pleasure.

    We were driving with our daughter the other day and she asked us what the best universities in the country were. We responded with the usual list: Harvard, Yale, Stanford… She smiled and said, “I think I’ll go to one of those…unless I decide to be a chef and go to the Culinary Institute.”

    All of which gave us tremendous pleasure. Nothing like knowing you have options.

    We’re big on empowered women.

    You should meet Mrs. Content Guy.
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