Why Sports Illustrated's buyer is keeping the print magazine around

Mar 19, 2024
Sports Illustrated has a new publisher who says it will keep producing the magazine's print editions. That could benefit the brand.
By keeping the print magazine version of Sports Illustrated around, "you're maintaining the value of that brand," said the University of San Francisco's Nola Agha.
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Looking for an escape, more adults are buying childhood toys

Nov 29, 2023
From Tamagotchis to Star Wars, the number of adults buying new and old versions of their childhood toys has continued to climb.
Tamagotchis and other toys from the '90s are becoming popular collectibles for adults looking to reconnect with their childhoods.
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How brands like Birkenstock and Victoria's Secret stage a comeback

May 2, 2023
It takes more than trends and nostalgia to become popular a second or third time around. It can take years of hard work.
"How can we not sell, you know, mastectomy or maternity bras?" says Sarah Sylvester, executive vice president of marketing at Victoria's Secret. "Like, why would we turn any woman away for anything that she needs if we’re supposed to be the leader in bras?" Above, an underwear display from 2021.
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From Legos to Lite-Brite, toymakers win big with adult nostalgia

Dec 21, 2022
The toy industry's sales are up 30% since the pandemic – with "kidults" driving significant growth.
Star Wars themed Lego sets are displayed on a shelf at a Target store in San Rafael, California.
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The enduring legacy of “Schoolhouse Rock!”

Nov 6, 2019
After 45 years, the songs are still a hit in classrooms.
From Disney's "Schoolhouse Rock!", uploaded to YouTube by NBC

The new Toys R Us won't be like the old Toys R Us

Jul 19, 2019
Although holding onto the name for customer nostalgia, stores will be fewer and smaller with more of an emphasis on show cases and play spaces.
An "old" Toys R Us closing, as seen in Arlington Heights, Illinois in 2006.
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The rise and fall of Facebook’s memory economy

Apr 26, 2019
Facebook’s “Memories” feature used to be Molly Wood's favorite thing about the platform. Not anymore.
Facebook’s “Memories” feature used to be Molly Wood's favorite thing about the platform. Not anymore.

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New barbershops cash in on male grooming trend

Jan 16, 2018
Men are shelling out for barbershops that have nostalgic atmospheres.
Jonah Buffa co-owns this Fellow Barber location with his brother Sam.
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RIP Blackberry phones, you will be missed (kinda)

Sep 29, 2016
Good riddance? Best work phone ever?
So long, Blackberry!
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