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First season of ‘The Layover’ now on DVD

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Gaiam announced the release of "The Layover" Season 1 on DVD under its exclusive home video license agreement with Travel Channel.

The first season follows host Anthony Bourdain through Europe, Asia and the United States as he shows viewers that vacation fun can be doubled during a layover by soaking up as much culture as he can within 24 to 48 hours of layover time to provide viewers with the most unpredictable, unique stories of places, people and their food. Bourdain also shares some top-of-the-line insider tips.

"The Layover" Season 1 is comprised of ten episodes on two discs. It has a run time of 430 minutes and carries a suggested retail price of $19.98.

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Playtex Sport continues support of Women’s Sports Foundation through donation, Facebook campaign

BY Allison Cerra

SHELTON, Conn. — Playtex has extended its partnership with the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Playtex said it is donating $150,000 to further the foundation’s mission of advancing the lives of girls and women through physical activity and sport via the brand’s Playtex Sport line. What’s more, the Playtex Sport brand is leveraging its own Facebook community to raise awareness of the foundation’s important mission and to inspire action by encouraging users to share and pledge their support. Additionally, visitors to the Facebook page also will find ways to improve their workout routines, download a Playtex Sport coupon, watch and share inspirational videos featuring active girls, as well as view personal messages from such Women’s Sports Foundation champion athletes as Angela Ruggiero (ice hockey), Jessica Mendoza (softball) and Leslie Osborne (soccer). The brand said the goal is to reach a pledge of 100,000.

"With the 40th Anniversary of Title IX and on the eve of the London Olympic Games, this is a year to reflect on and celebrate the heights that women have achieved through sport," Playtex Sport senior brand manager Chit Itchon said. "We’re proud to support the Women’s Sports Foundation for a second year. Its mission aligns to our own brand values that encourage the confidence, personal achievement and friendship that young women forge on and off the field. We hope that women everywhere will join us in pledging to Play On, each and every day."

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Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods swap store locations

BY Allison Cerra

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two North Carolina-based grocery stores have announced a purchase and sale agreement.

Harris Teeter will acquire 10 of the Lowes Foods’ store locations in the central Carolinas region, while Lowes Foods will acquire six Harris Teeter store locations in western North Carolina. In addition to six of its stores being acquired by Lowes Foods, Harris Teeter said it also will pay the latter $26.5 million. The transaction is expected to be completed in the company’s third quarter of fiscal 2012, which ends July 1.

"This transaction aligns with our strategic plans to replace rural store locations with more urban locations with higher density of our target demographic groups," Harris Teeter board chairman and CEO Thomas Dickson said. "It provides us with the opportunity to explore in selected locations an innovative format that we think our customers will find exciting."

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