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Paula Deen To Debut Jewelry Line On JTV

October 14, 2019

Paul Deen and her sons were a fixture on Evine, now known as ShopHQ. She offered kitchenware, apparel and even beauty items.

https://www.shophq.com/b/beauty/paula-deen/?icid=DB-_-B-_-PaulaDeen-_-100618

Now she has another pan on the fire, to mangle a cliche.

We were among the folks who saw the promo Friday night on Jewelry Television saying the Southern belle was bringing a line to that home shopping network.

We never saw Deen on ShopHQ. We do know she also did an apparel line for that channel. Now it’s jewelry for JTV.

https://www.jtv.com/pauladeen

Here’s what JTV.com has to say:

Dress yourself in tasteful and dazzling designs from best-selling author and restaurant entrepreneur Paula Deen. Inspired by the rich heritage and coastal feel of Paula’s adopted and beloved hometown of Savannah, Georgia, this charming collection showcases her personal passions, along with her southern style and spirit.

And then there is this full-fledged pitch:

Culinary icon, best-selling author and restaurant entrepreneur Paula Deen is serving up a new dish made up of dazzling jewelry designs. Known as the Queen of Southern Cuisine, Deen is adding another jewel to her crown with stunning styles that symbolize her spirit and personal sense of style. The Paula Deen Jewelry collection celebrates her everyday inspirations including the joy of family, life’s simple pleasures and the most meaningful parts of her life.

Inspired by the rich heritage and coastal feel of her adopted and beloved hometown of Savannah, Georgia, the Paula Deen Jewelry collection features several pieces with intricate, ornamental details found in the historic homes and buildings throughout the city. Some of the most well-known architectural features in Savannah are the cast iron and wrought iron fences, gates, and stair rails. Many of the filigree styles in the collection are taken from Savannah’s beautiful wrought iron work and allow everyone to add a piece of Paula’s adopted hometown to their wardrobe.

Another source of Paula’s inspiration for Paula Deen Jewelry is the Atlantic waters running along the coast of Savannah. Between living on the water with her husband Michael, a tugboat captain, and fishing, the water is a huge part of Paula’s life. One of her most loved hobbies is shelling and creating her own crafts and designs with seashells. One of Paula’s favorite pieces in the collection is a seashell necklace with flowing tassels and gold ornamental plating surrounding the shell. She believes every woman needs classic pearl pieces and the pearl accent on this necklace adds a timeless look to a fun and bold accessory.

It’s no surprise that Paula enjoys sharing her passion for jewelry as much as her passion for cooking and entertaining. She loves to wear large hoops that can work with any outfit or for any occasion. She also loves necklaces that features a variety of styles and design elements, including long and adjustable lengths, two tone colors such as gold and silver, along with ornamental details. Discover all your favorites from Paula Deen Jewelry, available exclusively on JTV and jtv.com.

In addition to working on her new jewelry collection, Paula Deen continues to be a best-selling author and restaurant owner. She has sold over 11 million copies of her 18 cookbooks. Her 2019 cookbook, Paula Deen’s Southern Baking, features 125 brand-new, soon-to-be-classic baking recipes for casseroles, breads, cakes, pies, and a whole lot more. The Lady & Sons restaurant in Savannah that Paula founded with her sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen, remains one of the country’s most popular regional restaurants.

Since 2015, Paula has opened six new restaurants, including Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Branson, Missouri; Destin, Florida; and Panama City Beach, Florida; and Paula Deen’s Creek House in Savannah, Georgia.

Evine Sales Flat In Second-Quarter

September 3, 2018

Catching up here, on the second-quarter results that Evine posted last week.

Everythng’s relative, we guess, and the No. 3 home shopping reported basically flat sales, up just over 1 percent to $150.8 million. Since HSN was down 11 percent and QVC saw a 4 percent gain.

Evine cut its net loss, bringing it down to $40,000, “improved by approximately $2.0 million year-over-year, representing the best second quarter performance since fiscal 2000,” according to the company. It also boasted that it had introduced 17 new brands during the second quarter.

And there were lengthy remarks Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt.

We had a very productive quarter and I’m pleased with our results. We not only accelerated top line growth, but we improved bottom line profitability and grew Adjusted EBITDA by 12 percent year-over-year. We also strengthened our balance sheet and overall liquidity with an amendment of our credit facility that will provide interest expense savings and additional availability.

Our expertise is in building great brands. We do this by curating a portfolio of enticing products that have a unique story and then, with the right storyteller, we bring these products and brands to life across all of our platforms.

We strive to keep our content fresh and relevant with a combination of both core and new brands. To that end, we introduced 17 new brands during the quarter and celebrated a number of milestone anniversaries. Additionally, during the quarter, we continued to advance our digital and social initiatives, grow our subscription business and increase purchase frequency.

As previously announced, Evine noted that Anne Martin-Vachon had joined the network as president Aug. 1, and oversees merchandising, marketing, digital, broadcast and production. Previously, Martin-Vachon was president of the Canadian multiplatform digital commerce company TSC – Today’s Shopping Choice, a division of Rogers Media.

Evine also said that:

* The top performing category in the quarter was beauty and wellness, which grew 27 percent year-over-year, reflecting continued strength from our subscription business.

* Digital net sales as a percentage of total net sales increased 450 basis points to 52.6 percent, reflecting a continued focus on making the customer experience seamless across all platforms.

* The return rate for the quarter was 18.7 percent; an improvement of 40 basis points year-over-year and across multiple categories.

* Gross profit dollars increased to $56.9 million and gross profit margin was 37.7 percent.

* Operating expenses decreased 1.7 percent or about $1 million year-over-year to $56.0 million, reflecting reduced variable selling and distribution expenses.

A Review Of ‘Dreck,’ QVC’s 28-Hour Black Friday Extravaganza

November 28, 2009

In the next few days we are sure QVC will put out a press release about the robust sales from its 28-hour Black Friday event. We bet the revenue breaks records.

But we’re in the camp of viewers who were disappointed at the consumer-electronics-heavy assortment of goods, and bland “gift shows,” that QVC had on the air Friday. If fact, some irritated posters on QVC’s online forums rather eloquently summed up our sentiments.

In a thread titled, “In all my 20 years as a Q customer,” poster Bungo went on to write “I have NEVER seen such dreck as I have seen for this holiday season.”

“Dreck,” for those who don’t know, is derived from Yiddish and German and means “trash, rubbish,” according to Merriam-Webster.

Online poster Moonsista agreed with Bungo, writing, “22 years here and I agree. It’s like they drag out the cheapest, chintziest stuff made in China that they can find….I’m also tired of the same things over and over – the Floxite mirror, ClickFree external hard drive, Philosophy Amazing Grace, Mrs. Prindable’s, etc.”

Gardensla posted, “I’m into my second decade with the Q too and I totally agree with your assessment AND use of words to describe holiday 2009. Where are the high quality great priced jewelry items we’d all like to give? What happened to the really luxe cashmere scarf and glove sets of yore that were perfect SIL gifts?”

She went on, “And, how can you do holiday without lovely pajama and robe sets? Instead we get slankets, flashlight and coffeemakers — all of which I can buy for less at Target. Q always touts its amazing buying power due to its size and clout in the industry. Why then aren’t they offering the super items at way below retail prices of the past?”

Other QVC posters complained that the home shopping network wasn’t offering free shipping and handling, and that it had very few Easy Pays available.

We know why QVC programmed Black Friday the way it did. All the home shopping networks, including QVC, are shifting their product mix away from pricey jewelry, whose sales have nosedived. They are stocking more of the hot-selling consumer electronics items.

But for customers like us, who became home shopping network fans because of their huge assortment of jewelry at great prices, a Dell laptop or pocket camcorder is not going to float our boat.

By the way, we were too tired to stay up and watch, but did host Dave James survive his 28-hours straight on the air for Black Friday?

QVC, Let ‘Black Friday’ Host Dave James Go Home, After 20-Plus Hours On-Air He’s Getting ‘Zombiefied’

November 27, 2009

What a trooper QVC host Dave James is! But get the man some strong coffee, or drugs. Or better yet, cite QVC for cruel and unusual punishment of its employees.

For QVC’s big Black Friday event, James is appearing live for the network for 28 hours straight. He started at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night. If he’s not on the air live, he is appearing on a Webcast, showing viewers a behind-the-scenes look at QVC.

About 4:45 p.m. Friday, we checked out the Webcast and saw James with fellow host Sharon Faetsch. He was using a Dell laptop that is going to be tomorrow’s Today’s Special Value, and he looked like he needed toothpicks to keep his eyes open.

Sharon Faetsch

“He’s a little zombiefied at this point,” said Faetsch, since James had been on 20 hours straight by that time.

“I can only close one eye at a time, or I’ll fall asleep,” he said at one point.

James could barely feign interest in Faetsch’s babbling about a taco-egg recipe. Finally, he got up and said he was taking a break.

“I’ll be back in just a few minutes,” James said. “Guys, I’m going to cut off my microphone.”

Thank God. It’s embarrassing when you leave you mic on when you’re in the bathroom. Didn’t Leslie Nielsen do that in one of his movie comedies, maybe “Naked Gun”?

James took such a long time getting back that Faetsch brought out a life-sized photo of him and sat it next to her, and then she had a backstage crew member come up and chat with her.

James is a pro, and it was amazing to see him summon up his energy and perk up when he want back on live TV.

Behind the scenes, we saw James being told he was going to have to do a “walkaround” with a cameraman with a Steadicam.

In between all this, James was concerned about the score for the Alabama-Auburn game. We know nothing about college football, but he was rooting for Alabama.

“Roll (Crimson) Tide, roll,” he said.

Some posters on QVC’s forums complained that looking at the Webcast “was like watching paint dry,” but we actually enjoyed watching Faetsch squirm when James took so long to come back from his break.

Amy Stran

And we heard this behind-the-scenes tidbit: “We’re going to have to be quiet when we go where Jane (Treacy) is selling,” the stage manager told James.

As we turned off the Webcast, host Amy Stran, a former cast member of the soap operas “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” had just joined James.

At one point, Stran and Faetsch were chastised by a stage manager for talking about one of their wedding-ring sets while James was chatting to his wife on the phone about the football game.

“You can’t have two conversations,” the stage manager said, noting that viewers — like us — were hearing everyone talk at once.

QVC, let James go home.

ShopNBC Launches Online Cellular Store That’s Powered By Simplexity

November 25, 2009

ShopNBC Wedneday unveiled the ShopNBC.com Cellular Store, featuring mobile devices and service plans.

The new online destination at ShopNBC.com is powered by Simplexity, an online retailer of cell phones and home services.

ShopNBC.com’s Cellular Store offers wireless devices and service plans. Customers now have the ability to research and buy mobile devices, accessories and service plans through the ShopNBC.com Cellular Store.

It has more than 400 items from wireless providers across the country, so visitors can browse hundreds of wireless devices from LG, BlackBerry, Samsung and more by phone type, service provider, or rate plan as well as order accessories for mobile devices. Users can also upgrade their existing cell phone and service plans with ease.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Simplexity on this expanded Web product initiative for our consumer electronics category,” John Schrogie, ShopNBC’s Director of Housewares and Consumer Electronics, said in a prepared statement. “Through the ShopNBC.com Cellular Store, we are able to enhance our premium shopping experience for customers seeking the newest wireless brands and products.”

Simplexity’s technology solutions include merchandising, procurement, customer service, billing, customer relationship marketing, order processing and cell phone activations for the largest U.S. carriers.

It operates private label Web sites for some of the largest names in retail, including Best Buy, RadioShack, Newegg, Sears, and Dell, as well as Wirefly, the leading one-stop cell phone and wireless plan comparison shopping site that has been awarded “Best of the Web” by Forbes magazine and “Best in Overall Customer Experience” by Keynote Systems.

“We are excited to be selected by ShopNBC,” Jeff Baskin, senior vice president of the Consumer Wireless Division of Simplexity, said in his prepared statement.

“They have earned a stellar reputation for being the premium lifestyle brand in the electronic retailing industry, and an authority and destination for consumer electronics,” he said. “With our support, they can now include wireless products and services to their product assortment and further delight their loyal customers.”