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Retail Reset: Sharpening The Sharper Image Brand

Anyone who shopped at a mall in the 1980s or 1990s – particularly with their dad (or, really, anyone’s dad) likely enjoys a twinge of nostalgia anytime they hear the words “The Sharper Image.”

More than a store or a brand, The Sharper Image was the traditional mecca of the husbands, fathers and boyfriends along for mall trips they didn’t really want to be on, offering consolation in the form of a session in the vibro-massaging leather recliner and the opportunity to touch a  plasma globe .

“The brand is 40 years old, and when you mention it to consumers, they still smile and remember the stores in the malls or looking at the catalog,” David Conn, CEO at ThreeSixty Group, told Karen Webster in a recent conversation. “And that is what attracted us to the brand: that consumers have such a positive reaction to it. We think those brands – those with an authentic history and story to tell – are going to be the winners in this changing retail environment.

What's different at this year's NBA All-Star Game

The time when conference rivals like Isiah Thomas, Michael Jordan, and Larry Bird teamed up against the likes of Magic Johnson, Karl Malone, and Hakeem Olajuwon some 30 years ago are gone.

Instead, the 2018 All-Star Game, which takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, has implemented a draft to choose its teams.

A lot of us remember what it's like to line up and wait as two team captains choose among us to determine who will join them in competition for a pickup game in the school gym, backyard or public park.

This year, the NBA All-Stars got comfortable with that process.

The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James and the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, the fans' top two vote-getters, played the role of team captains, selecting from their respective peers, regardless of conference, to build competing rosters.

On paper, the game looks like yet another lopsided contest, the very thing the league hoped a draft would help avoid. Team LeBron had