Audio: Shortage Of New Refrigerators Leaves Appliance Shoppers Out In The Cold

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Shay Chandler did not plan to buy what seemed like the last full-sized refrigerator in all of San Antonio. When her old one broke a few weekends ago, she discovered she’d have to wait almost two months for a replacement.

“I found out that all I could buy was a mini fridge,” she said. “It’s nuts. … All the Lowe’s all over San Antonio — and San Antonio is a very large city — everyone was out.”

Shortages have hit all kinds of major appliances: dishwashers, dryers, dehumidifiers, even some of the microwaves. That’s because the pandemic threw a monkey wrench into both their supply and demand.

The stage was set by a springtime run on freezers, followed by refrigerators with freezers.

“We sold more freezers in two days than we did all of last year,” said Steve Sheinkopf, who runs Yale Appliance with stores outside Boston. “People were storing

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A striking design adorns Amazon’s Rivet Modern Media Cabinet: $193 (Reg. $300)

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Amazon is offering its Rivet Modern Media Cabinet for $192.96 shipped. Today’s discount delivers $107 in savings and beats the lowest price we have tracked by $32. This unit features a white finish paired with dark wood to usher in a striking design. Owners will find a total of three cabinets and two shelves that provides a respectable amount of storage. Rivet’s furniture piece measures 59- by 17- by 21-inches, making it a great option for an entryway, hall, and more. Ratings are still rolling in, but Rivet furniture is reputable.

If you’d like to shift your attention towards the living room, you should peek at Amazon’s Rivet Bayard Sofa deal. It routinely fetches $759, but right now you can get it for only $403. This amounts to $356 in savings, a discount that’s hard to overlook, just like this sofa’s minimalistic appearance.

Oh, and you know what

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Cincinnati Zoo opens African Penguin Point, new habitat gives warm-weather penguins room to roam

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The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has opened its African Penguin Point, the new home for African penguins three times larger than their former habitat. It includes a dramatically larger indoor bedroom area to encourage breeding and expand nesting sites.

“African Penguin Point was funded through the Zoo’s More Home to Roam capital campaign, which aims to give animals more space and to improve visitor experience,” said Cincinnati Zoo director Thane Maynard. “This habitat achieves both goals. It’s so much fun to watch the penguins walk on their new sandy beach and dive into their gigantic pool.”

Visitors will enjoy a clear underwater view of the penguins swimming and interacting with the fans, misters, sprinklers, underwater jets, heat lamps, and other enrichment features that were built into the habitat to promote natural behaviors for overall optimal health and wellbeing.

Some of the enrichment features will allow the colony to stay

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Pantry Improvements Stocked With Simplicity

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Most people have been spending more time at home in 2020 than in years past, and certain projects around the house have become a priority. 

One home improvement idea that serves the double benefit of creating organization and making cooking at home more efficient is reimagining the kitchen pantry. Pantries can be highly useful spaces that provide ancillary storage in kitchens. Many modern homes are equipped with pantries, but older homes may require some modification to create more useful storage spaces. 

Whether starting from scratch or modifying an existing pantry, these tips can help projects go more smoothly.


Utilizing vertical areas can help increase storage capacity. Build in extra nooks by investing in under-shelf storage baskets. These baskets can instantly create designated areas for different types of ingredients. Homeowners also

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Samsung’s new appliances want to make staying home smarter

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It’s been an odd year for tech giants and product announcements. A global pandemic put the brakes on multiple conferences and exhibits, resulting in a less than exciting time in tech.

a large kitchen with stainless steel appliances: Samsung quietly released new appliances over the summer months. Samsung

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Samsung quietly released new appliances over the summer months. Samsung

Still, Samsung quietly released new appliances over the summer months, and the company is now putting them center stage in its new ad campaign focused on how staying home is inspiring more people to cook, upgrade their homes for high-tech efficiency and even clean as a distraction. Here are the newest offerings from the appliance and electronics manufacturer.

Wi-Fi slide-in ranges

a stove top oven sitting inside of a kitchen: Samsung's new slide-in ranges include an updated interface and Wi-Fi connectivity. Samsung

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Samsung’s new slide-in ranges include an updated interface and Wi-Fi connectivity. Samsung

Samsung’s newest Wi-Fi range is a slide-in model with a new interface. Samsung added what it calls the Smart Dial to the front of the range’s control

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Bring New Life to That Tired Quarantine Space: Wallauer’s Design Centers Can Help

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Aesop once famously said, “familiarity breeds contempt.” Thanks to the pandemic, which has resulted in people being stuck in their homes for the past six months, there has been a little too much familiarity of late.

People are yearning for a change of scenery. No problem. Wallauer Paint & Design can help.

“People have been stuck at home staring at the walls,” said Laura Nally, Wallauer’s design manager. “But you have to be in a place where you feel good. Now, people are carving out home offices and they don’t want to be staring at white or gray walls. They want more vibrant or soothing environments.”

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“Because of that, we have been busier than we have been in years,” she added. “It’s been phenomenal. People

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Sportscaster Michelle Beadle Lists Encino Mansion

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After a few on-and-off-again years with cable sports juggernaut ESPN, popular sportscaster Michelle Beadle had her contract bought out late in the summer of 2019, and quietly exited the company. Now, it looks like the NBA Countdown host is also waving goodbye to another significant aspect of her life — she has listed her luxe Encino home for $4.375 million.

Once upon a time, admitting you lived in the Valley would have garnered a look of sympathy or an incredulous, “Really?!” but those days are long gone. Now, the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Encino is unfathomably popular and packed with influencers and celebrities like Nick Jonas, James Charles, Kelly Clarkson, and Selena Gomez. Encino is known for its celeb-sized estates, and Beadles’ lavish manse is certainly no exception. Her former residence packs in five bedrooms and seven bathrooms within a roomy 5,876 square feet, and she purchased the property

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Friends of Blackstone show off new pollinator garden

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Dave Newton, left, John Marsland, center, and Vincent Mancini stand in front of the new turtle-shaped pollinator garden at Sycamore Landing, 100 New River Road in Lincoln, last Saturday afternoon. (Breeze photos by Melanie Thibeault)

More projects in the works at Sycamore Landing site

LINCOLN – A new pollinator garden at Sycamore Landing in Lincoln is nearly complete after volunteers spent three weeks in August constructing the turtle-shaped garden bed and planting native species, as part of a bigger project to create a calming space for the community.

Earlier this year The Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone received a Rhode Island Foundation Community Grant to create a peaceful community gathering spot that’s steps away from the Blackstone River, consisting of raised bed pollinator gardens, native shrubs and trees, and a comprehensive way to control invasive plants at its Environmental Center’s 12-acre property, located at 100 New River

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BSH Home Appliances sees strong demand for dishwashers and front-load washing machines

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As consumers increasingly seek convenience while they stay and work from home due to the pandemic, high demand for dishwashers and front-loading washing machines helped BSH Home Appliances register over 40 per cent growth in sales in August.

Consumer durables players begin gearing up for the festival season from August kick-starting their special offers with Onam and demand trends in the month help them gauge consumer sentiment for the overall festival season.

Talking about recent demand trends, Neeraj Bahl, MD & CEO, BSH Home Appliances, said, “Despite the pandemic, we had the biggest August, in 10 years, beating even the last year Diwali sales. We registered 40 per cent plus growth in terms of value. We are positioned in the premium segment and this segment has been relatively insulated from the economic impact of the pandemic.”

“We were also helped by our clear strategy for our range of dishwashers, a

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Lessons from inclusive design can help architecture adapt to COVID-19 – from Richard Turlington Architects Inc.

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This is Part 4 of a 4-part series from Richard Turlington Architects.  Written by David Larumbe Smith.

In the months since COVID-19 first came to our shores, society has wrestled with how to best respond to the crisis. Architects for their part, have been hard at work evaluating the built environment in relation to this new challenge. Common solutions include plexiglass shields, guiding tape on the floor, and sidewalk seating at restaurants. These are all important solutions to help mitigate the spread of the virus, but what they represent is a rudimentary first step that needs to be refined and improved upon. As Architects look for inspiring ideas to help tackle COVID-19, one promising source comes from lessons learned in design for inclusivity.

Scavetta House, Silver Hill Hospital. Renovations by Richard Turlington

met strict state requirements while retaining the historic aesthetic.

In 2012, Richard Turlington, principal architect of Richard

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