Mattel stock soars on report of Hasbro takeover offer

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 5:46 PM
Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 5:46 PM

Shares of Mattel soared in after-hours trading Friday after a report that rival Hasbro has made a takeover offer for Mattel. Such a deal could bring together well-known brands like Monopoly, Nerf, Barbie and Hot Wheels.

The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter that it did not identify, said Hasbro approached Mattel recently about a deal. Hasbro said it does not comment on "rumors or speculation." Mattel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Toy companies, including Hasbro and Mattel, have had trouble selling their toys to today's kids, many of whom would rather play with a tablet.

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Revenue at El Segundo, California-based Mattel has fallen every year since 2013, and its stock has lost nearly half its value since the beginning of the year.

Hasbro, based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, has fared better after it took over the rights from Mattel for Disney's "Princess" and "Frozen" dolls in late 2014. Hasbro's stock is up 18 percent this year, and the company has a market value of $11 billion — more than twice as much as Mattel.

Both companies took a hit when Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy protection in September. Hasbro and Mattel said that they temporarily reduced shipments to the toy store operator ahead of the bankruptcy filing, but said they were working with the retailer to get their toys on its shelves during the holiday season.

Shares of Mattel Inc. rose $3.38, or 23 percent, to $18 in extended trading. Hasbro Inc. shares rose $2.55, or 2.8 percent, to $94.

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Get your fresh Georgia peaches when Southern food truck makes stops near Dayton

Published: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 7:05 AM
Updated: Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 3:14 PM

The Peach Truck is coming to Dayton June 26

A popular Nashville food truck that sells fresh peaches from Georgia is making its way back to the Dayton region.

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Starting Tuesday, July 17, The Peach Truck takes the food truck idea and puts a healthy, Southern twist on it — offering fresh, juicy peaches from Georgia. The truck will visit parts of Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus.

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The first few stops in Dayton will include Church of Incarnation, Rural King, Handyman Ace, Meadow View Growers and other garden centers.

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The Peach Truck idea came about when founder Stephen Rose moved to Nashville in 2010 and discovered no one sold fresh, flavorful peaches like the kind he’d grown up eating in Georgia. Two years later, he and his wife Jessica made a trip back to Rose’s hometown farm and started selling peaches out of the back of a ‘64 Jeep truck.

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The truck will make stops in Dayton, Hamilton, Kettering, Middletown, Beavercreek, Miamisburg, Xenia, Fairborn, Huber Heights, New Carlisle, Troy and Springfield. 




8:00 AM - 10:00 AM — Dayton, OH - Church of Incarnation, 55 Williamsburg Lane 

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM — Hamilton, OH - Rural King, 1416 Hamilton Richmond Road 

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM —  Kettering, OH - Handyman Ace, 1950 E. Stroop Road 

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM —  Middletown, OH - Berns Garden Center, 825 Green Tree Road 

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM —  Beavercreek, OH - Berns Garden Center, 3776 Indian Ripple Road 

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM —  Miamisburg, OH - Handyman Ace, 1240 East Central Ave.


8:00 AM - 9:30 AM — Richmond, IN - Tractor Supply Co., 4675 National Road E. 

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM — Xenia, OH - Rural King, 1900 Progress Drive

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM — Fairborn, OH - Handyman Ace, 122 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Road 

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM — Huber Heights, OH - Rural King, 7611 Old Troy Pike 

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM — New Carlisle, OH - Meadow View Growers, 755 N Dayton-Lakeview Road 

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM — Troy, OH - Crystal Room, 845 W. Market St.


3:30 PM - 5:00 PM — Springfield, OH - Rural King, 1476 Upper Valley Pike

See the full schedule here.


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Mattress Firm hiring for intern who will get paid to sleep

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

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Mattress Firm is hiring for a “Snoozetern,” an intern who will get paid to sleep.

The mattress retail chain is searching for someone who can put their rest to the test. The “Snoozetern” will test out beds and create written and video reviews for Mattress Firm’s social platforms and The intern will also create regular video content about their Snoozetern experience.

The paid internship is a 20-hour per week commitment. Candidate must be 18 years old and “passionate about sleep and comfort.” Competitive candidates will have experience with editing short videos and using editing software like Animoto and iMovie.

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The selected Snoozetern will be notified by Aug. 10.


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Cheesemakers seek liquor license for new downtown Lebanon location

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 2:26 PM

            Cecelia Garmendia and Ryan Tassef plan to open Lamp Post Cheese in September on the north end of the area envisioned for an occasional entertainment district area on East Mulberry Street in Lebanon. LAWRENCE BUDD / STAFF
Cecelia Garmendia and Ryan Tassef plan to open Lamp Post Cheese in September on the north end of the area envisioned for an occasional entertainment district area on East Mulberry Street in Lebanon. LAWRENCE BUDD / STAFF

A couple of Lebanon cheese-makers could have a full liquor license just in time for the opening of their creamery and wine bar in Lebanon’s proposed entertainment district.

Cecelia Garmendia and Ryan Tassef plan to open Lamp Post Cheese this fall on the north end of the area envisioned as an occasional entertainment district on East Mulberry Street in Lebanon.

“We make cheese from locally sourced milk from Swallow Hill Jersey Dairy in Bowersville,” Tassef said. “We know it as Farmer Todd’s.”

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The couple had been making the cheese in a small rented space in Sharonville and selling it at the the Lebanon Farmers Market and Findlay Market in Cincinnati and to other customers, including Oakley Wines in Cincinnati and Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar, across the Ohio River in Covington, Ky.

“Our goal is to provide the urban community with the end-to-end experience that surrounds cheese. Starting with locally sourced milk from farms, to crafting small artisanal batches. We are bringing this process into the urban community to provide both visual and hands-on opportunities,” Tassef and Garmendia tell visitors to their web site.

“In addition, we seek to work with the local food community, to help organize tastings, pairings, events and novel collaborations that allow us to enjoy and learn about cheese and other local foods together. Ultimately, we strive to maintain olde world traditions in cheese crafting.”

In September, the couple plans to open at 107 E. Mulberry St. in Lebanon, down the street from the main stage area for city festivals and within the proposed entertainment district.

“We will now be able to serve all the cheese enthusiasts from Dayton to Cincinnati,” they advised visitors to the web site.

Meanwhile, they are working with contractors to build an aging room, bar, tasting and cheesemaking areas. The cheesemaking is to be happen next to a window on Mulberry.

“Right in the window, right here,” Tassef said, standing in the unfinished 2,450-square-foot space leased for five years from Keith Alexander, the local property owner whose family has developed a string of businesses on Main Street.

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Last week, Lindsey Leberth from the Ohio Department of Liquor Control said the Lamp Post application was for a D5 license for liquor sales on-premises only and beer, wine and mixed beverages on or off-premises until 2:30 a.m.

“It has completed the first inspection,” Leberth said in an email. “General issuance is normally within 10 to 12 weeks from the application date.”

Tassef said they didn’t really plan to operate a full bar, but found these licenses more readily available than lesser ones.

Lamp Post had one of two pending D5s in Lebanon. Reids Sports Bar and Grill, 549 E. Main St., is the other, Leberth said. Two are available, she added.

Meanwhile demand for Lamp Post Cheese seems to be building.

“We’re out of stock at this point,” Tassef said.

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Rejected for a state capital funding request, the city plans to use $400,000 in state racetrack redevelopment funds to set up the area on East Mulberry Street to be designated for open-container drinking during special events.

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Last month, Lebanon City Manager Scott Brunka said the city was working with the state to use the last of the city’s racetrack redevelopment funds to pay for entertainment district development.

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“This project will include the construction of brick street pavers, the installation of a removable bollard system to safely close down the street during events, area signage and other amenities. The proposed plan calls for East Mulberry Street to remain a functional roadway, with only temporary closures for the events,” Brunka said in an email.

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Recall roundup: PJs for kids, pill packages, and more 

Published: Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 12:18 PM

Sleepwear for children and medication packets are on this week’s list of recalls from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

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Children’s onesies with hoods and fleece pajama pants by Allura are being recalled because they don’t meet flammability standards and pose a risk of burns, but no injuries have been reported. 

The onesies were sold under the brand name “Delia’s Girl” and the fleece pants have the brand name “Sweet N Sassy” on the waist label.

They were sold in a variety of colors and prints

Don’t let your child wear the pajamas and contact Allura at 866-254-3103 to receive a full refund.

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Prescription drug blister packages by Sandoz and Novartis are being recalled because they aren’t child resistant. 

There is one report of a child ingesting a haloperidol after opening a blister pack.  

Multiple prescription pills and packages are part of this recall.  The full list can be found here

Consumers should continue to take the medication but keep the packages away from children and contact Novartis or Sandoz at 888-669-6682 for further instructions. 

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Snowboard boots by Burton are under recall after seven reports of them releasing from the binding without warning, which could cause a fall. 

No one has been hurt but don’t use the recalled models and colors of Step On snowboard boots and contact Burton at 800-881-3138 to receive a free heal cleat. 

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Avalanche transceivers by ORTOVOX are being recalled because they may fail to transmit a survivor’s signal after an avalanche. 

No one has been hurt but do not use the transceivers with the model numbers 1137000006, 1137000001 and 1137000002, which were manufactured from 2010 through 2018. 

Contact ORTOVOX at 877-384-9252 for information on how to return the product for a free repair. 

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