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Is the Greeley Square Bathroom “America’s Best Restroom”?

Yes, it’s true, a bathroom in Greeley Square is in the running for “America’s Best Restroom.” In fact, this year, New York City has the honor of having two bathrooms in the final round of the Cintas competition: the one in Greeley Square just next to Herald Square and one at the JFK AirTrain station. Last year, a bathroom at LaGuardia Airport was one of the finalists. (It lost out to the Nashville Zoo in the end).

Aerial of Greeley Square bathroom

The Greeley Square bathroom is located in the park just off 6th Avenue and 32nd Street. It’s situated just behind the statue of Horace Greeley, the founder and editor the New-York Tribune. He is credited with the quote, “Go west young man, and grow up with the country,” which you can find lately on the pages of the U.S. passport. The hexagonal kiosk has a glass overhang, translucent glass ceiling and glass doors, offering a view into the Italian mosaic-tiled bathroom.

Italian mosaic tiles in bathroom

As fas as public restrooms go, the Greeley Square bathroom is a classy affair. Next to the sink, above the hand dryers are freshly cut flowers, accompanying the classical music playing over the speakers. A historic photo of Herald Square, showing the former Heralrd-Tribune headquarters (designed by Stanford White) and the elevated train line is incorporated on the wall. You’ll be at just the right temperature, because this little kiosk even has air conditioning and heat. The toilets self-flush and have automated seat-covers that change after each use. Already a handsome bathroom before, the latest renovation took place over a year and half from 2018 to 2019. The tiling was salvaged from the ceiling of the last bathroom.

Outside door looking into Greeley Square bathroom

There has been a movement towards more design-oriented public bathrooms in New York City in recent years. The Bryant Park bathrooms, located in a

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Home Depot Has Long Dominated America’s Newest Pastime: Home Improvement Projects

It all started with a firing—a very foolish one.

In 1978, Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank were executives at Handy Dan, a home improvement chain based in Southern California. Despite the business being very profitable, the pair had begun to tinker with a new idea. By lowering prices, they found, the stores’ volume shot up, making Handy Dan even more money. The executives had planned to implement that strategy systemwide, but they never got the chance. Corporate raider Sanford C. Sigoloff—who liked to call himself the “Skillful Scalpel”—took over the company, and deciding to save himself two salaries, got rid of Marcus and Blank.

That one decision probably prevented Handy Dan from becoming America’s home improvement leader. Instead, that honor would go to a place called The Home Depot.

Recruiting investment banker Ken Langone and retailer Pat Farrah, who’d run National Lumber and Supply Company, Marcus and Blank opened up a one-stop warehouse destination with everything a homeowner could want, staffed by knowledgeable salespeople and all selling at discount prices. 

“We believed from the start that if we brought the customer quality merchandise at the right price and offered excellent service, we could change retailing in the United States,” Marcus said in a 2008 interview with Entrepreneur.

As we know, they did just that. The first Home Depot opened in Atlanta in the summer of 1979. By years end, there were three more. Home Depot officially became the largest home improvement retailer in America by 1990, and today it has nearly 2,300 stores.

In recent months, Home Depot has been America’s go-to home center in ways it never imagined. After the pandemic sealed much of the citizenry behind closed doors, Americans made home improvement into a new national pastime. For Q2 2020, the chain’s net sales soared more than 23%

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America’s Favorite Home Improvement Store Might Surprise You

Home Depot and Lowe’s might be the best-known home improvement retailers in America, but neither is the favorite of consumers.



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That honor goes to Ace Hardware — again.

Ace ranked No. 1 for overall customer satisfaction in J.D. Power’s 2020 Home Improvement Retailer Satisfaction Study, marking the 13th time in 14 years that the retailer outscored the competition.

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The 2020 study was based on a survey of more than 2,600 customers who had purchased home improvement-related products from a home improvement retailer in the prior 12 months.

The overall customer satisfaction scores are based on five factors:

  • Merchandise
  • Price
  • Sales and promotions
  • Staff and service
  • Store facility

Speedy service from friendly, knowledgeable staff is key. Christina Cooley, director of the @Home practice at J.D. Power, explains:

“The one-on-one engagement a customer has with the retail staff continues to be the largest driver of overall customer satisfaction with home improvement retailers. Now, more than ever, customers are looking for the guidance they need — but they’re also looking to get in and out of the store quickly.”

All of the retailers included in J.D. Power’s 2020 study, and their scores, are:

  1. Ace Hardware: Overall customer satisfaction score of 844 out of 1,000 points
  2. Menards: 841
  3. Lowe’s: 838
  4. True Value: 832
  5. Home Depot: 827

The average overall customer satisfaction score this year was 834, meaning True Value and Home Depot scored below average.

Ace Hardware also has a leg up when it comes to savings. Its loyalty program landed the chain a spot in our story “10 Retailers That Give You Rewards on Every Purchase.” As we report:

“Sign up for Ace Rewards, and you’ll get

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Legacy Bath and Kitchen Ranked as one of America’s Largest

Legacy Bath and Kitchen Ranked as one of America's Largest

SAN ANTONIO, TX – Legacy Bath and Kitchen, a San Antonio based remodeling company, has been ranked in Qualified Remodeler’s list of the top 500 remodeling companies in the nation.

Qualified Remodeler is a leading publication in the remodeling and home improvement industry. This is the publication’s 42nd annual TOP 500 Remodelers list. They have ranked Legacy Bath and Kitchen number 203 out of 500 remodeling companies. The criteria used to determine their placement in the ranking includes total remodeling revenue, years in business, industry association memberships, industry certifications, industry awards and community service.

Legacy Bath and Kitchen recently went through a total rebrand and like many local businesses, has faced difficult times during the COVID-19 pandemic and financial crisis.

“To be on this list in the midst of a rebrand and economic crisis shows us that our efforts to run an exceptional remodeling business are paying off,” Krishelle Hicks, Owner of Legacy Bath and Kitchen said. “To be in the company of so many excellent remodeling businesses across the country is gratifying and humbling.”

This is Legacy Bath and Kitchen’s second time to land on the Qualified Remodeler top 500 list. The family-owned and operated company has also won other awards for their quality of service including the Angie’s List 2019 Super Service Award.

For more information about Legacy Bath and Kitchen, please contact Kriselle Hicks at [email protected] or visit https://www.legacybathandkitchen.com/.

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Legacy Bath and Kitchen
15719 US-281 N, San Antonio, TX 78232
(210) 361-3587
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About Legacy Bath and Kitchen – Founded in 2006, Legacy Bath and Kitchen was started with the purpose of creating beautiful and functional kitchens and bathrooms for our clients. Our team is devoted to making remodels big and small exceed client expectations. Through professionalism, design expertise and excellent communication, Legacy Bath

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