Gourmet Gallery sets tasting
Gourmet Gallery, at 1532 S Boulevard in Edmond and in the Shoppes at Northpark in Oklahoma City, will host a tasting event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to introduce the Terrapin Ridge Farms product line to its stores. Terrapin Ridge Farms produces a specialty food line that includes gourmet condiments, sauces, meal starters, dressings, jams, dips, mustards and dessert sauces. Terrapin Ridge Farms CEO Mary O’Donnell and her team from Clearwater, Fla., will visit each location to sample products and provide recipes. Gourmet Gallery Grill Masters also will conduct a grilling demonstration featuring Oklahoma-based Holder Brothers dry-aged Angus beef.
Orange Leaf expands into China
Oklahoma City-based Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt will launch two stores in Shanghai this year. Orange Leaf has secured a master franchise agreement with a group of Chinese investors that has committed to opening 100 stores across China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau in the coming years, the company said. All stores will mirror the experience of Orange Leaf stores in the U.S., giving customers the ability to create desserts with self-serve frozen yogurt machines and a variety of toppings, as well as a modern place to gather. The franchisees will offer locally sourced, authentic Chinese toppings to cater to regional tastes. Once development is underway, Orange Leaf will develop Asian-inspired flavors and additional toppings.
Schlotzskys plans state growth
Texas-based sandwich chain Schlotzsky’s has announced plans to expand its presence in Oklahoma. With 14 locations in the state, Schlotzsky’s is looking to sign an additional 10 franchise deals in Tulsa and another 15 deals in Oklahoma City by the end of 2014, the company said.
Tilly’s schedules grand opening
The new Tilly’s store at Penn Square Mall will celebrate its grand opening with giveaways, prizes and live entertainment beginning 10 a.m. Saturday. The store will give free Tilly’s gift cards and other giveaways to the first 100 customers. DJ Infamous will perform live at the store at 2 p.m. Customers can enter to win a $500 shopping spree at tillys.com/500.
Apple acquires Beats for $3B
CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple is striking a new chord with a $3 billion acquisition of headphone and streaming music company Beats Electronics. Wednesday’s announcement confirms earlier reports of an imminent deal. It’s by far the most expensive acquisition in Apple’s 38-year history, a price that the company is paying to counter a threat posed to its iTunes store. Apple Inc. broke into music streaming with the launch of iTunes Radio last September, but the Beats deal is a sign that the service hasn’t been a big hit. Beats launched its streaming service earlier this year to supplement its trendy line of headphones.
Amazon, Hachette dispute goes on
NEW YORK — Amazon says a dispute between it and publisher Hachette that has made it harder to find Hachette books on the site could drag out. It is even saying that customers should go to its competitors if they need a book published by the major New York publishing house quickly. The e-commerce giant said late Tuesday it has been ordering less stock from Hachette and stopped letting customers pre-order books by Hachette authors, which include J.K. Rowling and Michael Connelley. The changes had been widely reported but Amazon had not commented on them previously. Amazon said Tuesday it was “not optimistic” the companies would reach an agreement soon. Hachette did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Amazon and Hachette are reportedly at odds over terms for e-book prices.
From Staff and Wire Reports