Here’s what people are buying at home goods, home improvement stores and more | Food + Living

COVID-19 is shaping shopping behavior. That’s been bad news for retailers on many fronts — but certainly not all. Here’s a sampling some of the items shoppers have been snapping up for their homes.

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The Shops at Rockvale, located off Route 30 in East Lampeter Township, have seen a lower traffic count than usual over the past few months, says manager Kristi Burkholder. But sales reports show that those shoppers who are there are buying more things — especially if those things are related to eating at home, says Burkholder.

“The kitchen stores are out of control,” she says.

Foodie-focused business is also brisk at Zest! in Lititz. There, manager Elizabeth Elia says shoppers are increasingly investing in quality basics like kitchen scales. Pizza stones also are selling. So is anything having to do with bread.

“They’re getting serious about baking. One item that is selling like crazy now is the Danish bread whisk,” Elia says of the circular tool used for denser doughs and batters. “We can’t keep them in stock.”

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Going big

Tina Ator, owner of Olde Mill House Shoppes in Lancaster, says she has noticed a renewed interest in larger furniture pieces and lighting rather than smaller, “knick-knack-type” purchases.

Customers are looking ahead to the future too, specifically to Christmas gifts and holiday items. Ator says customers started asking her to display those in September.

“They don’t know what is going to happen, so they want to be prepared,” she says. “Some of them want to get it now while they are out and about.”

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Project materials

From paint to tools, people are buying for do-it-yourself projects. Second-quarter revenue was up 30% over the same period last year at Lowe’s and 23% at Home Depot.

“Most of us are forced to

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Lorella design offers spacious living room | Current Prices

An intriguing three-step hipped roof crowns the Lorella, a small home with a surprisingly spacious living room. Its stately brick column works with the brick detailing on the garage to create an attractive frame for the front door and sidelight.

This plan’s narrow footprint, a mere 40 feet in width, allows for construction on a small lot, deeper than it is wide.

Parents with young children will appreciate the close proximity of the bedrooms, all on the right. Bathrooms, utilities, and closets placed down the middle do double duty, serving as sound buffers between the sleeping rooms and the typically noisier active living areas.

Standing in front of the living room’s gas fireplace, you can gaze outside in three directions. Wide multipaned windows fill most of the front wall, sliders at the rear look out across a patio, and another set of windows flanks the fireplace. On days when you don’t want to be reminded of the weather, you can lift your spirits by shifting focus to the colorful flames in the fireplace.

The kitchen is large enough to provide plenty of cupboard and counter space, yet small enough to be efficient. Counter space wraps around all four sides. The peninsula bordering the dining room could be outfitted as an eating bar, and the partially covered patio outside the sliding glass doors could be screened in, if desired.

Luxury touches in the Lorella’s owners’ suite include a roomy walk-in closet, and a private bathroom with oversized shower, double vanity, and display shelves. Utilities are close to both bedrooms and the garage, located in a pass-through space that also serves as a mud room.

Associated Designs is the original source for the Lorella 30-154. For more information or to view other designs, visit or call 800-634-0123.

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Redefine essential bathroom living with VADO

VADO, the company which prides itself on supplying high quality bathroom taps, showers, accessories and fittings to invigorate the senses and reconnect with space through the power of innovative design have recently added to their product collection.


VADO are delighted to announce the launch of three new additions to the celebrated Omika collection. Two additional mono basin mixers complete Omika’s comprehensive tap portfolio whilst a new and improved, compact showering option will accompany the Omika shower handset. Embracing smooth, rounded forms with sleek, circular contours, each mono basin mixer offers simple single lever movement for ergonomic temperature and flow control. The Omika Mono Basin Mixers feature the collection’s renowned textured, geometric pattern wrapped around the single lever handle for a subtle style statement. Complementing modern minimalist trends,the redesigned Omika Mini Shower Kit with Integrated Outlet has been elegantly streamlined keeping with the collection’s minimalist appeal.

Booth and Co

Axbridge by Booth & Co., is an exclusive, distinctive, Victorian-inspired collection available from Earthridge International. Beautifully tailored to complement traditional and contemporary interiors, the distinct Axbridge collection is available in two lustrous colours; polished chrome or bright nickel, each featuring their own unique ceramic accents, with a choice of cross and lever handles. A true statement in brassware design, the Axbridge collection in bright nickel offers a modern-vintage aesthetic. Its taupe crackled ceramic levers and indices combine with an understated, golden glow to exude a rich, ornate styling reminiscent of the Victorian era. Whereas, the Axbridge collection in polished chrome presents a touch of style and sophistication, harnessing dove white, ceramic levers and indices to truly capture the essence of Victorian design.


The Individual range by VADO, a distinctive collection of taps, showers and accessories is available in six contemporary finishes. Complementing contemporary trends for coloured and textured finishes, VADO’s

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Treasure in old homes | Living

I’ve always wondered if walls really could talk, what my 90-year-old house might have to say.

Over the years we have had to renovate and restore many things in our home. Some projects were not so bad, while others probably left my home wanting to thank me for giving it a makeover.One of those times was when I stripped wallpaper from the half bath. Seven layers later, I could actually pinpoint each decade just from the wallpaper prints. The ’70s look was not a pleasant one.

Fort Wayne’s neighborhoods are filled with historic homes whose walls can tell some interesting stories. And it’s not only the walls, but the items that make a home, well, a home. Staircases that have been walked by generations of residents. Oak entryways or heavy wooden doors that have been entered or exited hundreds of times. Ornate fixtures or handcrafted pieces that have seen special events and family memories.

Chuck Springer makes it his business to know about these items. Inside his business at 1514 St. Joseph Blvd. are hundreds of years of history waiting to be explored and reused again.

Springer and his wife, Lyndsey, own Reclaimed Fort Wayne. It is a new name and new location for what was the Wood Shack, which was founded as an architectural salvage company many years ago. Now the Springers are continuing the saving and preserving of pieces and parts of the past.

Springer says the opportunity to take over the Wood Shack fell into the couple’s lap. He was working full time at a bank and found out that the building that contained the Wood Shack had been bought and there were plans for other uses for the space. The Springers were able to buy the contents inside the Wood Shack and began their own expansion

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Bellevue homes designed for top-tier luxury living

The future is rising over Northeast Eighth Street in Bellevue in a pair of high-rise towers that will soon be home 85,000 square feet of retail and fine dining, the first InterContinental Hotels & Resorts in the Pacific Northwest, and 365 condominium homes that span a variety of price points while elevating the standard of urban living to heights never before seen in the city.

The colossal project known as Avenue Bellevue is more than just a collection of dwellings. It was conceived and designed be the new center of Bellevue energy and a premier downtown destination — the focal point of a new lifestyle and a new brand of luxury urban living.

“I can’t think of many places in the world that offer as good a quality of life as Bellevue,” says Andy Lakha, CEO of Fortress Development, the company behind the development. “As a Bellevue resident for more than 20 years, I am deeply committed to the future success of the community — and Avenue Bellevue is the biggest and most important project of my life. We are creating something that will set a new standard for hospitality and residential design in the Pacific Northwest.”

Lakha says the project is on target to begin occupancy in spring 2023.

For buyers seeking top-tier luxury living in a class by itself, exclusive Estate Homes are planned in the south tower at Avenue Bellevue.

With the InterContinental Bellevue at Avenue serving as a podium, Estate Homes come in one-, two- or three-bedroom designs up to 2,997 square feet.

Each Estate Home is designed to deliver a state-of-the-art experience of custom comfort that exudes sophisticated synergy and chic urban elegance. Luxurious open layouts feature custom-made Italian Ernestomeda cabinetry; integrated Gaggenau kitchen appliances; Gessi bathroom fixtures and showers that evoke a spa experience;

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