Draw Another Circle, LLC Adds MovieStop To Its Portfolio Of Companies To Create A Family Of Specialty Entertainment Retailers Oct 31, 2014 06:21PM

HILLSIDE, N.J., Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Draw Another Circle, LLC and MovieStop, LLC today announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which Draw Another Circle will acquire MovieStop, adding to the previously acquired Hastings Entertainment, Inc. to form a retail family of stronger, more efficient providers of movies and entertainment products.  Customers will benefit from enhanced offerings across multiple distribution channels and markets. Working under the same ownership, the companies will also have significantly improved financial strength and flexibility, with the ability to deliver long-term operating performance and improvements through its increased scale and significant synergy opportunities.

"Working together, the two companies will enhance our ability to serve customers around the U.S., open up new markets, make us a more attractive partner to our vendors, and increase value," said Joel Weinshanker, CEO of Draw Another Circle. "Hastings Entertainment and MovieStop share a similar vision and culture, and will greatly benefit from drawing on the industry's most talented people, combining our best practices and realizing significant savings. We are confident that this transaction will allow us to build a more competitive enterprise for the long term. We believe in and support the future of physical media and in the innovation and growth of our great vendor partners."

Despite the growth of digital entertainment delivery, physical media continues to play a major role in home entertainment.  U.S. sales of DVD and Blu-Ray discs last year reached nearly $8 billion in sales, with approximately 700 million units sold. Research conducted by Home Media Magazine found that the total number of DVD and Blu-Ray discs sold during the first half of 2014 was up more than 2%, and according to a report by the Digital Entertainment Group, Blu-Ray disc sales rose 10% in the second quarter of 2014.

"Hastings has transformed from a retailer of books, music, and movies to a leading multimedia entertainment retailer combining the sale of new and used books, videos and video games, comics, toys, card and board games, music, trends and consumer electronics merchandise, with the rental of videos and video games in a superstore format," said Alan Van Ongevalle, President and Chief Operating Officer of Hastings. "We have enhanced our stores and expanded our merchandise offerings, we have a format that works, and now our focus is on growth. The addition of MovieStop to the Draw Another Circle family helps to extend our reach of product, adding 42 stores in major markets and prime locations at a fraction of the cost of what it would take to build new stores."

Russ Howard, CEO of MovieStop, added "Hastings brings significant expertise in entertainment trend merchandise for our customers which complements our broad catalog of movie titles, and MovieStop contributes a unique business model of buy/sell/trade that offers the consumer unrivaled value, selection, and service, as well as providing expertise in major market and mall-based locations."  

About MovieStop

MovieStop, LLC is a leading value retailer of new and used movies based in Atlanta, GA. MovieStop currently operates 42 destination locations in 10 states, primarily along the Eastern United States Coast. The chain was established in 2004 originally operating as a division of GameStop, and subsequently spun out into a private entity.

Over the last 10 years, MovieStop has perfected a unique business model (buy / sell / trade) that offers the consumer unrivaled value, selection and service. The concept revolves around selling the broadest catalog of new and used movie titles alongside the latest new release hits. Central to the concept is MovieStop's proven ability to make the market on used movie titles on a large scale. MovieStop has changed the way consumers purchase movies by offering significantly better value, selection, and service as compared to its contemporaries.

About Hastings

Founded in 1968, Hastings is a leading multimedia entertainment retailer that combines the sale of new and used books, videos, video games and CDs, and trends and consumer electronics merchandise, with the rental of videos and video games in a superstore format. We currently operate 125 superstores, averaging approximately 24,000 square feet, primarily in medium-sized markets throughout the United States. We also operate four concept stores, Sun Adventure Sports, located in Amarillo, Texas and Lubbock, Texas, and TRADESMART, located in Littleton, Colorado and Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

We also operate www.goHastings.com, an e-commerce Internet web site that makes available to our customers new and used entertainment products and unique, contemporary gifts and toys. The site features exceptional product and pricing offers.

SOURCE Hastings Entertainment, Inc.

Moody Gardens' Holiday Season Kicks off Nov. 15 with Grand Opening of ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants and the 13th Annual Festival of Lights Oct 31, 2014 06:21PM

Tom Kenny and the Hi-Seas to Kick-off Holiday Celebration with Live Performance on Opening Day

GALVESTON, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Moody Gardens has announced the grand opening of ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants and the 13th annual Festival of Lights debut on Saturday, Nov. 15. As a special treat for guests, this year’s opening day celebration will not only have a parachuting Santa, but will also feature a special, live performance by Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, and his band the Hi-Seas to help welcome in the holiday season.

The voice of Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants, Tom Kenny and the Hi Seas band will perform at the grand opening of Moody Garden's ICE LAND Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants attraction Nov. 15 in Galveston (Photo: Business Wire)

As the only holiday ice exhibition on the Gulf Coast, ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants will transform Moody Gardens into the premiere holiday destination in the Southwest with the help of the beloved underwater characters from Nickelodeon’s hit animated series, SpongeBob SquarePants. Chilled and held at a temperature of 9 degrees, guests can witness this vast and magnificent holiday display of 900 tons of towering ice creations through January 4. Admission to the exhibition is $26.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors and $15.95 for children, and is also included in both Value Passes.

  • Tom Kenny and the Hi-Seas will kick-off the grand opening of ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants at noon with their first performance for the day.
  • Free holiday-themed entertainment from talented locals including the Galveston Ballet and Master Illusionist Curt Miller and Friends is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Guests can welcome Santa at 5 p.m. when he parachutes down from the North Pole to help prepare Moody Gardens for the grand lighting.
  • Tom Kenny and the Hi-Seas will perform again at 5:15 p.m., along with SpongeBob SquarePants, followed by a special musical performance from Galveston ISD.
  • After these dazzling performances, Mr. Claus will flip the switch to begin the Festival of Lights at 6 p.m. and officially ring in the holiday season on Galveston Island.

Tom Kenny, who voices the lead role of SpongeBob in Nickelodeon’s iconic hit series SpongeBob SquarePants, is a notable voice actor who has also lent his talents to other Nick classics, such as the voice of “Dog” in CatDog and “Heffer” on Rocko’s Modern Life. Since its 1999 debut, SpongeBob SquarePants has consistently been the most watched animated series with kids across all TV, in addition to being nominated for 15 Emmy Awards.

Admission to the Festival of Lights is $8.95, including ice skating admission. Guests can bring their own skates or skate rental is available for $7 with the purchase of a Festival of Lights ticket. Tickets to the Aquarium Pyramid®, Rainforest Pyramid®, MG 3D Theater, 4D Special FX Theater, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat and Arctic Ice Slide are available for just $7 each with a Festival ticket. Arctic Ice Slide Passes are $7 for two slides, $20 for 10 slides and $25 for all day extended fun and excitement at one of the Festival’s coolest attractions. A Value Pass is offered that includes admission to the various Moody Gardens attractions including Ice Land and Festival of Lights for $59.95 with a three dollar discount when purchased at moodygardens.org. A Two-Day Pass is available for $79.95.

For more information, please call 800-582-4673 or visit moodygardens.org.

Moody Gardens® is a public, non-profit, educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research.

Moody Gardens

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Dallas-based Park Cities Pet Sitter Advises: When Searching for a Pet Sitter to Care for Family Pets During the Holidays, Start the Search Early and Do Proper Research Oct 31, 2014 06:20PM

Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) October 31, 2014

The Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's holidays are often the busiest travel times each year in America. As many families visit friends and relatives in other cities, pet sitters around the country begin their busiest time of year, caring for the pets that often stay behind while their human family members travel. Many people seek out a pet sitter for the first time when the holidays are approaching. They sometimes fail to realize that this timeframe can be the hardest time for them to find a quality pet sitter, as many pet sitters and pet sitting companies are booked months in advance for the holidays.

Joette White, President of Park Cities Pet Sitter, has led her team of pet sitters through fifteen busy holiday seasons, and has words of advice and caution for those who choose to hire a pet sitter for the first time just before the holiday season. "With people's lives getting busier all of the time, many individuals forget that they really must plan ahead if they need pet care during the holidays. I would recommend that anyone that does not already have a professional pet sitter that they have used before, that they begin screening professional pet sitting companies in their area at least six weeks before the holiday for which they need service," said Ms. White.

When asked what type of screening questions should be asked when hiring a professional pet sitter for the first time, Ms. White gave the following recommendations:

   •  Verify that the company is bonded and insured, and that all pet sitters on staff have undergone background checks.
   •  Ask how the pet sitting company handles emergencies such as: if their sitter's vehicle breaks down; if the sitter is involved in an accident and is unable to complete their assigned pet sitting visits; or if the sitter accidentally locks themselves out of the client's home.
   •  Confirm that a pet sitter would be available if personal travel circumstances changed, and the initial service dates needed to be extended.
   •  Ask how long the company has been in business to ascertain the amount of experience they have, particularly in managing extremely busy times like the major holidays.
   •  Ask if there are managers on duty to assist pet sitters in emergencies, and if a company representative can be reached any time day or night.
   •  Confirm that your pet sitter will be able to meet you and your pet(s) in advance of your departure date so that house keys can be provided and all important details about pet and home care can be documented.

According to Ms. White, using a professional pet sitting service is better than using a friend or neighbor to care for pets, simply because a pet sitting service has clear policies and procedures in place to handle just about any emergency that can occur. "Our pet sitters have extensive experience caring for pets, have undergone pet first aid training, and have clear processes to follow if something unexpected happens. No one expects weather to cause home damage, or pipes to freeze and burst, or to have a pet suddenly fall ill while they are away. But these things do happen, and they will likely happen to someone this holiday season. An experienced pet sitter and pet sitting company are trained to handle these emergencies, and are there to provide great service and peace of mind in case they do."

About Park Cities Pet Sitter: PCPSI has served the Dallas area 7 days a week, 365 days a year since 1992. Pet sitting, daily dog walks, pet taxis, overnight sitting, pet supply shopping, litter box cleaning and dog training are all part of the services PCPSI offers. Park Cities Pet Sitter is bonded and insured, and all sitters are employees--not independent contractors. A manager is on-call 24 hours a day to handle any emergencies. Additional information about Park Cities Pet Sitter can be found on their website at http://www.pcpsi.com.

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Fox Run at Orchard Park Introduces Community Members of the Month Oct 31, 2014 06:20PM

Orchard Park, NY (PRWEB) October 31, 2014

Fox Run at Orchard Park is now showcasing some of their community members on their website. This month, they are sharing the story of Harriet and Lew McCauley.

Harriet and Lew McCauley have been married for 59 years, with three children and six grandchildren. The two met at age 14, when they both lived in the same North Buffalo neighborhood. Today, the McCauleys live in a beautiful patio home at Fox Run, which they moved into four years ago.

At Fox Run, the McCauleys embrace the same lifestyle they have always had. Lew goes to work every day at McGard, an automotive security products company which he founded and owns. Harriet is active in a number of community activities, as well as events on the Fox Run campus, such as water aerobics, happy hour at Fox's Den and the Orchard Park Farmer's Market at Fox Run, which takes place every Thursday from May through October.

The McCauleys decided to move to Fox Run to give peace of mind to their children.

"We are in good enviable shape and in good health, and we count our blessings," said Lew. "But we didn't want to put our kids through what we had to go through with our mothers."

Both Harriet and Lew have found that they fit right in at the Fox Run community.

"It's pretty easy to stay young in this environment," said Harriet. "Nobody acts their age, and there's such variety of activities that you could do something every day of the week if you wanted and still not cover everything."

Lew claims that one of the best things about Fox Run is the camaraderie, "from my neighbors to the Fox Run maintenance staff, everybody is just wonderful."

To learn more about the McCauleys, read their story on the Fox Run website at http://www.foxrunorchardpark.com/page/embrace-life/41.html.

About the company:
At Fox Run, residents are surrounded and supported by a family that includes fellow residents and Fox Run's staff, directors, board members, and their sponsor, The United Church Home Society, Inc. All working together, this family is committed to providing the best senior living experience possible to all the residents who live there. Within no time, residents are on a first-name basis with neighbors – not to mention the executive chef, healthcare administrator, executive director, and all of the Fox Run family. For more information, visit their website at http://www.foxrunorchardpark.com/.

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