Today's Curated NoPo Headlines - February 28, 2019

CONSUMER/PERSONAL FINANCE

Starbucks opens new four-story, 32,000 square-feet store in Tokyo today–its biggest in world; Pedestrian deaths hit 28-year high, and big cars and smartphones are to blame; Homes lose $15.8 billion in value as seas rise, Maine to Mississippi; Mysterious surge in $100 bills in circulation – linked to global corruption?; Marie Kondo’s Netflix series boosting sales of shredders and organizing supplies; FedEx going to trial autonomous delivery robots this summer; Most popular Porsche going electric; Best Buy’s hot streak…continuing; People buying less at Home Depot – another sign housing market cooling down?; Why flights to Hawaii could soon be 30% cheaper (Thanks, Southwest); What you should worry about when flipping a house; The rare Tom Brady rookie card that just sold for > $400,000 at auction (record price); A new company that helps arrange dog-friendly vacations.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Wall Street thinks $1 billion market for CBD could reach $16 billion by 2025?; Cedars-Sinai puts Alexa in patient rooms as part of pilot program; Amazon continues its push into pharmacy business; Study says handwritten fonts on menus can make food seem…healthier?; What to know about phosphates, the additive that’s in (almost) everything you eat; How to minimize the risk of a fall; The most underrated and unappreciated superpower successful people possess [Spoiler Alert: resiliency]; An unusual partnership using snowboard boot technology to help chemo patients keep their hair.

FASHION/BEAUTY

What’s behind the rise in retailer loyalty program revamps?; Police officer trades in her badge for a crown and wins Miss Germany competition; Foot Locker invests $12.5 million in kids’ clothing subscription service, Rockets of Awesome (sorta like a Stitch Fix for kids); FaceGym enters its future w/disruptive motion-activated skincare; J. Crew names new head of women’s design; The stealthy lies people tell to cover up their plastic surgery; Chanel’s $7700 skateboard and $8900 surfboard.

FITNESS/DIET

Hello, Weight Watchers/WW–maybe, just maybe…people want to lose weight FIRST, and THEN focus on wellness??? Maybe…just maybe…”diet” shouldn’t be a four-letter word??? Everything but what we’re saying – from Oprah’s absence to name change confusion to America’s preference for keto – being blamed for company’s downward spiral; Fitbit shows growth in sales devices, but stock plunges as outlook clouds earnings; Brainiac Kids delivers first food-based brain nutrition, reimagines yogurt aisle; Blender Bombs – to help you lose weight and gain energy along the way?; A CrossFit gym creating fitness community for people in wheelchairs; The hot pink energy drink made to taste like rosé.

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