Ok, let’s talk about toys. Your humble blogger just spent a week-long family reunion marveling as his slew of nieces passed the hours watching other people open toys on YouTube. Subsequent investigation led me the following set of understandings: 1) LOL Surprise dolls are the hottest toy on the planet, 2) Children are as happy watching people open them on YouTube as they are playing with them themselves, and, 3) They are a manufacturing market research marvel.
Rihanna—the only popstar whose wattage can hold a candle to Beyoncés, the most fashionable lady in the business this side of Janelle Monáe, and righter of retail wrongs—debuted her newest venture, a hyper-luxury fashion brand called Fenty.
Northgate Market, a chain of Mexican-oriented grocery stores and a bonnafide southern California institution, is living the dream. From its bootstrap immigrant origin story to its current stranglehold on the Latinx grocery market, its national recognition as essential to low-income communities to its seduction of hipster/millennial shoppers, Northgate Market’s history and trajectory tell us a lot about the evolving nature of ethnic grocery stores.
When Beyoncé, reigning queen of all that is pop and popular, took over the world for those two weekends in Coachella (hereafter known as BeyChella), she had spent the previous months eating vegan, reclaiming her legendary curves less than a year after giving birth to twins. No, this isn’t just your humble blogger’s latest attempt to remind the world that he was there, witnessing the defining concert of our generation and falling in love (but, yeah, it kinda is), it is about the mainstreaming of plant-based diets.
Most of you are likely already on vacation as we write this—it’s already pretty quiet in TrendSource’s halls, and just because your humble blogger has nothing better to do on a Thursday-before-Christmas afternoon, doesn’t mean you don’t either.