Upscale tailor and menswear retailer Romualdo in Madeira, Ohio, has grown by 30% over the past five years, despite the recession and the growing trend toward more casual looks, owner Trevor Furbay said. The 45-year-old store has added services and kept its focus on high-end suits, but tweaked the lineup to include stylish looks at more price points and a line of more affordable high-fashion for younger clients launched through a partnership with Artfully Disheveled.
A bill designating shelter dogs and cats as the official state pets of Colorado has been approved by lawmakers and is awaiting the signature of Gov. John Hickenlooper. Schoolchildren in the state proposed the idea.
The new Petbrosia company creates customized pet foods based on information provided by owners and the company's nutrition formula. Petbrosia was started recently by former Proctor & Gamble product innovation employee Keith Johnson. The food sells at roughly twice the cost of other pet foods, but Johnson says it's worth it. "Our overall goal is to hopefully see fewer chronic conditions later in life, when the effects of an unhealthy diet can add up," Johnson said.
Wal-Mart has quietly started selling caskets and urns through its Web site. Almost all of the caskets sell for less than $2,000 and ship within 48 hours. Funeral homes, which traditionally handle casket sales, are legally obligated to accept third-party caskets.