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Unclaimed Baggage Concludes Unforgettable ’50 Years, 50 States’ Anniversary Road Tour

Over the span of four months, Unclaimed Baggage, a popular tourist destination and the country’s only merchant of lost baggage, embarked on a 50-state road tour in celebration of its 50th anniversary, surprising and delighting fans with games, giveaways and unique experiences.

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Beloved retailer welcomes ‘Hugo’ home after engaging with fans and giving back across the country

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. /PRNewswire/ — Over the span of four months, Unclaimed Baggage, a popular tourist destination and the country’s only merchant of lost baggage, embarked on a 50-state road tour in celebration of its 50th anniversary, surprising and delighting fans with games, giveaways and unique experiences.

“From our store in Scottsboro, Alabama to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, from the St. Louis Arch to Boston’s Fenway Park, Unclaimed Baggage literally put itself on the map this summer,” said Bryan Owens, owner of Unclaimed Baggage and son of the organization’s founder, Hugo Doyle Owens. “The ’50 Years, 50 States’ road tour was an expression of gratitude for the fans, team members and community who have supported this family-run business over the course of its 52-year history, and it was a remarkable experience.”

Led by “Hugo,” the restored 1965 Chevrolet truck named after Unclaimed Baggage’s founder, the summer tour commenced in May 2022 and brought one-of-a-kind experiences to fans across all 50 states. The eye-catching vintage vehicle was a popular sighting on social media, having posed with some of the country’s most iconic and unusual roadside attractions.

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  • Hugo and his handlers drove 19,000 miles, visited all 48 contiguous states and met fans in 52 cities.
  • The iconic Unclaimed Baggage suitcase made its way to Alaska and Hawaii, to complete the lofty goal of visiting all 50 states.
  • The travel team hosted 50 consumer events, including Love Luggage events, charitable drop-offs and media stops.
  • Hugo engaged with more than 27,000 fans of Unclaimed Baggage and countless others over the course of the tour.

Giving Back with Gratitude

“In every state we visited over the course of the tour, engaging with fans was a rewarding experience, but what we’ll never forget is the opportunities we found to give back and make a difference in the lives of others,” noted Bryan.

As Unclaimed Baggage made its way across America, the retailer identified organizations along the route whose missions align with that of their own and made either a monetary gift or donated practical items that meet direct needs, such as clothing, shoes, eyewear, bedding and toiletries.

“Giving, serving and supporting sustainability is part of our company’s DNA,” said Sharon Owens, co-owner, Chief Brand Officer and director of the retailer’s charitable foundation, Reclaimed for Good. “We’re passionate about seeking opportunities to redeem lost items that could transform the lives of people in need, such as wheelchairs, prescription glasses and medical supplies. On the tour this summer, we created unique ways to do it, like auctioning off a suitcase filled with luxury items that were all found in lost luggage, and then donating the proceeds.”

“Love Luggage” is an ongoing program of Reclaimed for Good that gives personalized luggage to foster children. This gift was given many times over the course of the tour, replacing the garbage bags many children typically use to transport their belongings.

Welcome Home, Hugo

The memorable “50 Years, 50 States” road tour concluded with a celebratory welcome home rally and two-day retail event that included giveaways, promotions and fun guest experiences.

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About Unclaimed Baggage

Located in Scottsboro, Alabama, Unclaimed Baggage is a one-of-a-kind retail store that draws one million shoppers annually from all 50 states and around the world. As the country’s only merchant of unclaimed and lost airline baggage and its contents, Unclaimed Baggage offers a treasure trove of goods that airlines have been unable to reunite with their former owners. The store has made national news for its ever-changing array of unique items from around the world, all sold at an incredible value. As part of its commitment to service and generosity, the company created the Reclaimed for Good foundation which has given millions of dollars’ worth of product and profit to meet needs around the globe. Learn about Unclaimed Baggage at unclaimedbaggage.com.

SOURCE Unclaimed Baggage

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Leading Livestream Shopping Retailer QVC Collaborates with Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth on Home Décor Line

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The Exclusive BFF Collection by Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling Launches on all QVC Apps Beginning January 26

WEST CHESTER, Pa. /PRNewswire/ — QVC®, the premier home décor retailer and leader in video commerce and multiplatform shopping, today exclusively launches The BFF Collection by Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling. Created with an approach of ‘where style meets function,’ the collection features curated home décor items meant to take the work out of home decorating and help beautify and transform homes. Exclusive to QVC, Jennie and Tori’s home collection is now available for purchase on QVC.com, with Jennie and Tori making their live on-air debut on QVC January 26 at 8 p.m. EST and on all QVC digital streaming platforms. QVC is part of Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ: QRTEA, QRTEB, QRTEP).

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“QVC specializes in effortless yet sophisticated home accents and décor, all at affordable prices. The BFF Collection with Jennie and Tori is an excellent addition to our roster of expert and celebrity brands in the home category,” said Karl Schroeder, VP and GMM of Home Merchandising, QVC. “QVC’s powerful live video commerce platform is the perfect place for Jennie and Tori to share the story behind their passion for home décor and how they worked with our in-house Design, Development, and Global Sourcing team to create these exclusive pieces.”

Best known for starring in the iconic TV show “Beverly Hills 90210,” Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling bring you The BFF Collection. Their elevated designs are both functional and stylish and will liven up any room in your home, making the collection luxurious yet accessible.

With a Beverly Hills-inspired energy and color palette, The BFF Collection presents a fresh spin on home décor and textiles. The debut collection will feature 11 home décor finds, including functional entertainment carts, storage ottomans, everyday trunks, apothecary jars, etched glass canisters, illuminated hurricanes, decorative pillows and throw blankets. Textiles featured throughout the product line include geode, marble and acrylic accents. The collection will range in price from $49 to $242.

“Our 35-year friendship was our inspiration for most of the pieces in the collection. During the design process with QVC, we reflected on all our joyful and happy memories together and designed pieces that we would want to use in our own homes,” said Jennie Garth. Tori Spelling added, “collaborating with QVC allowed Jennie and I to share the stories behind our creation of each piece. We cannot wait for the world to see how much love was poured into this collection – we are so proud and excited for it to come to life.”

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For more information, visit QVC.com and search “The BFF Collection.” Get social with Tori and Jennie @torispelling and @jenniegarth to learn more about their long-storied friendship and journey to creating The BFF Collection, exclusively for QVC.

About QVC 

QVC® is a world leader in video commerce (“vCommerce”), which includes video-driven shopping across linear TV, ecommerce sites, digital streaming and social platforms.  QVC empowers shoppers with knowledge and shares insights in a lively and engaging way.  QVC offers an ever-changing collection of familiar brands and fresh new products – from home and fashion to beauty, electronics and jewelry – and connects shoppers to interesting personalities, engaging stories and award-winning customer service.  Based in West Chester, Pa., and founded in 1986, QVC has retail operations in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Japan and Italy.  Worldwide, QVC reaches more than 200 million homes via 12 TV channels, which are widely available on cable/satellite TV, free over-the-air TV, and digital livestreaming TV.  The retailer also reaches millions of customers via its QVC+ and HSN+ streaming experience, websites, mobile apps and social pages.  To learn more, visit corporate.qvc.com, follow @QVC on FacebookInstagram or Twitter, or follow QVC on PinterestYouTube or LinkedIn.   

Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ: QRTEA, QRTEB, QRTEP) is a Fortune 500 company that includes the Qurate Retail GroupSM portfolio of brands as well as other minority interests and green energy investments.  Qurate Retail Group is the largest player in vCommerce and comprises seven leading retail brands – QVC, HSN®, Zulily®, Ballard Designs®, Frontgate®, Garnet Hill® and Grandin Road® – all dedicated to providing a more human way to shop. For more information, visit qurateretailgroup.com, follow @QurateRetailGrp on FacebookInstagram or Twitter, or follow Qurate Retail Group on YouTube or LinkedIn.  QVC and Q are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

SOURCE QVC, Inc.

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New iOS and Android App Promises to Alleviate Boredom and Difficult Decision Making

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Woman-owned “ThingstoDuo” allows users to search for activities and make decisions with a coin toss.

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (Newswire.com) – Now available on iOS and Android, ThingstoDuo provides users the opportunity to browse for things to do or sort by categories ranging from “Family Fun” to “Night Life” in a simple and streamlined interface. Not only does ThingstoDuo provide users a simplified way of exploring and socializing in their local community, but it also aids in decision making – allowing users to add two or more selections to an animated coin toss that randomly chooses between.

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ThingstoDuo
“Top Things to Do” search category in the ThingstoDuo mobile app.

“The idea is to get people to spend more time actually doing things rather than planning them,” said Kilane Garrett, founder of ThingstoDuo. If users find themselves particularly fond of a location they have visited or want to save it for later, they are able to save the location as a “Favorite” under their user profile, which also allows for profile customization with a section for a profile photo and bio.

Businesses have the option of promoting exclusive discounts to users on the app, however, paid promotions are limited “in order to provide businesses with adequate screen time.”

About ThingstoDuo
Founded in September 2022, iOS and Android app ThingstoDuo allows users to search or sort by category, learn about local businesses, receive exclusive discounts, and make decisions with the flip of a coin. ThingstoDuo aims to make sure you spend less time making plans and more time doing them.

If you would like more information on ThingstoDuo or would like to download the app, please visit thingstoduo.com

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Source: Things to Duo LLC

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Blue Compass RV Kicks Off Nationwide Rebrand Redesign With Blue Compass RV Tampa

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Blue Compass RV Tampa marks the first step in a rollout of renovations for all locations across the US to now feature unified branding and logos

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — Blue Compass RV, one of the nation’s largest providers of sales, service, and protection products to the recreational vehicle market, celebrates their recent rebrand by beginning a series of store transitions throughout 2023, kicking off with rebrand of Blue Compass RV Tampa (previously RV One Superstores Tampa).

Blue Compass RV Executive Team Cuts the Ribbon at Blue Compass RV Tampa
Blue Compass RV Executive Team Cuts the Ribbon at Blue Compass RV Tampa
Blue Compass RV Tampa marks the first step in a rollout of renovations for all locations across the US to now feature unified branding and logos
Blue Compass RV Tampa marks the first step in a rollout of renovations for all locations across the US to now feature unified branding and logos

After rebranding the company in late 2022, Blue Compass RV will begin the outfitting and rebranding of its impressive portfolio of over 100 dealerships across the country. With the goal of having each dealership included seamlessly under the Blue Compass RV umbrella, each store location will receive both an interior and exterior upgrade to boast the new name and logo of Blue Compass RV.

“We are on the heels of our rebrand announcement and cannot wait to begin showcasing the unified Blue Compass RV brand to our consumers,” says Blue Compass RV Founder, CEO and President, Jon Ferrando. “We are excited to kick off our rollout of nationwide rebrands in 2023 with the rebranding of our flagship store in the Tampa market here in our company’s home state of Florida at the same time of the Florida RV Supershow one the largest RV shows of the year.”

Blue Compass RV Tampa, one of the top performing dealerships in the country has won numerous awards as the top selling Jayco motorized dealers year after year. The ribbon cutting event unveiling the new Blue Compass RV store branding took place on January 17 at the Blue Compass RV Tampa store.

The updated branding consists of a blue-hued logo, featuring a sun-drenched landscape of mountains accessible by a road of possibilities – best seen through a vehicle purchased at a Blue Compass RV location. Rolling out to over 100 stores throughout 2023, RV customers will be treated to an elevated store experience that directly reflects the Blue Compass RV brand.

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To learn more about Blue Compass RV, please visit: https://www.bluecompassrv.com

Blue Compass RV

Blue Compass RV is a leading recreational vehicle retail company in the United States with a focus on providing an outstanding experience for recreational vehicle customers in new and used sales, service and parts, and customer financial services. RV Retailer has over 100 RV stores in 33 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming. Regional store brands include: RV One Superstores, Motor Home Specialist, ExploreUSA, Floyd’s RV, Harper’s Camperland, Sonny’s Camp-N-Travel, Cousins RV, Camper Clinic, RV Outlet USA, Lifestyle RVs, Family RV Group, Northgate RV, Tom’s Camperland and Blue Dog RV, which sell a wide range of new and used RV brands with thousands of RVs in inventory.

Blue Compass RV has a great management team led by founder Jon Ferrando, Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President. Jon Ferrando was instrumental in building America’s largest automotive retailer from start-up to over $20 billion in revenue. Blue Compass RV’s leadership team has over 250 years of automotive and RV retail industry experience.

SOURCE Blue Compass RV

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