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Pittsburgh-based Simple Sugars up to $3 million in sales after 'Shark Tank' deal

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

SimpleSugars Update

Since Lani Lazzari of Fox Chapel swam with the sharks a year and a half ago on the ABC TV show "Shark Tank," things have been going, well, swimmingly.

The entrepreneur behind Sharpsburg-based Simple Sugars, a line of all-natural sugar scrubs gentle enough for sensitive skin, is up to $3 million in sales, an update segment on the two-hour season premiere of "Shark Tank" revealed. In the next 12 months, she expects the company to do an additional $4 million in sales.

The update also spotlighted a recent deal Ms. Lazzari struck with Destination Maternity to carry Simple Sugar products in all 575 of the retailer's locations across the country.

In season 4 of "Shark Tank," Ms. Lazzari made a deal with fellow Pittsburgh native Mark Cuban, who invested $100,000 for a 33 percent stake in Simple Sugars.  

"I invested in Lani because I want to see that $100,000 turn into $20 million," Mr. Cuban said during the update segment. "The best part is there's a shot that that could happen. She's that good."

Watch the update segment below, courtesy of abc.go.com.  (Photo: Lani Lazzari trains members of the Destination Maternity sales team in New York City on how to educate shoppers about Simple Sugars.)

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Empty Netter Assists - 09-30-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-Jeff Zatkoff made six saves for the Penguins in a 3-1 loss to the Wild.

-Highlights:

-Kris Letang performed a little stick maintenance:

-Mike Johnston didn't seem happy:

-Johnston speaks:

-Zatkoff speaks:

-Pascal Dupuis speaks:

-Robert Bortuzzo's undisclosed injury will sideline him three to five weeks.

-Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond and Philip Samuelsson were assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Each player much clear waivers first.

-EN Says: It's hard to see Samuelsson getting through waivers. He's a pretty talented players as evidenced by the fact he was drafted in the second round of the 2009 draft. He played at a pretty high level with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season. And being the son of Ulf Samuelsson carries some value as well. Sending him through waivers fairly early in the preseason when other teams are trying to cut down their rosters and sneak their own players through waivers might prevent him from being claimed but we wouldn't hold our breath.

-Assistant coach Gary Agnew takes over the penalty kill.

-“I know I can get better here. I improved my first year to my second year. I plan to do the same thing this year and maybe get more games than I did last year. That’s my goal now.” - Jayson Megna on being assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

 

-Happy 30th birthday to former Penguins forward Colin McDonald (right). A free agent signing during the 2011 offseason McDondald's Penguins career amounted to five games during the 2011-12 campaign. During the 2012 offseason, he joined the Islanders. He remains a member of that organization.

 

-Happy 28th birthday to former Penguins forward Cal O'Reilly. Claimed off waivers from the Coyotes midway through the 2011-12 season, O'Reilly's Penguins career amounted to six games and one assist that campaign. During the 2012 offseason, he joined Mettalurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL. He is currently a member of the AHL's Utica Comets.

-After the Jump: Tanner Glass has a physical night.

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Two-sport standout McGinnis transfers from Ambridge to Aliquippa

Written by Mike White on .

Ambridge High School's football and basketball teams took a big hit Monday when Stephon McGinnis left the school and enrolled at Aliquippa.

McGinnis was Ambridge's leading receiver in football with 27 catches in five games. The Bridgers were only 1-4 in football.

Stephon McGinnisMcGinnis' departure will hit the Ambridge basketball team even harder. Ambridge is expected to have one of the top teams in Class AAA of the WPIAL and expected to challenge for a WPIAL title. McGinnis (pictured) was a huge part of coach Mark Jula's plans this season. McGinnis, a 5-foot-7 senior point guard, averaged 20.1 points a game as a junior and was selected by coaches as the top player in Class AAA Section 2.

Ambridge also had back 6-4 Daylo Carter, who averaged 20 a game last season.

Now, the question is whether McGinnis will be eligible to play at Aliquippa. WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley said he was informed Monday by Aliquippa officials that McGinnis had enrolled at the school. Apparently, McGinnis lived with one family member in Aliquippa but has now moved in with another family member in Ambridge.

O'Mally said McGinnis does not meet the requirements of presumptive eligibility and his eligibility probably won't be determined until the WPIAL has a hearing with him to determine if athletic intent was involved in his move. If athletic intent was involved, McGinnis will be ruled ineligible to play both sports.

The WPIAL will most likely have a hearing with McGinnis later this month. A key in the case could be whether McGinnis gets a principal-to-principal signoff from the two schools. O'Malley said the WPIAL is still waiting on that document. It seems highly unlikely that Ambridge will "sign off" on the transfer, which would say athletic intent was not involved.

McGinnis is taking a big chance. He could miss the rest of football and also his entire senior basketball season. And here is the problem for McGinnis. If he is ruled ineligible, he can't go back to Ambridge to play this season.

Stay tuned and look in tomorrow's Post-Gazette for more.

Game time change

The start of the Jeannette at Clairton football game Friday night has been changed from 7 to 7:30. Root Sports television has selected the contest as its game of the week, and Root televises live games at 7:30.

The Jeannette-Clairton game is also the Post-Gazette Game of the Week.

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Watering tips for one of the driest Septembers on record

Written by Doug Oster on .

 blog SCG DRAMM SPRINKLERIt's best to water at the base of plants, but sometimes if a big area like a lawn needs watered, a sprinkler is the only way to go. Photo by Doug Oster

While hanging around before Pittsburgh Today Live at KDKA-TV, I told meteorologist Dennis Bowman I needed some rain. Dennis is a weather junkie and quickly said, "this is the second driest September on record." I didn't realize it was that bad. After a wet spring and summer, we need to water newly planted stock and smaller established plants too.

Small trees and shrubs need the water to prepare for winter. They should be watered until the ground freezes solid. The biggest trees and shrubs will have to fend for themselves. But don't forget the rest of the garden if we don't get rain.

The lawn should also be watered once a week if rain is scarce.

The best time to water is early in the morning. It gives the plants what they need to start the day, and allows them to dry off.

Watering a night will encourage fungal diseases as the leaves will stay wet for hours, especially in this humidity.

It's best to soak the plants in, this trains the plants roots to head down deep where the water is. When things dry out the plants is better able to retrieve water from underground.

Drip irrigation would be perfect for small shrubs and trees. A good soaking will help the tree or shrub survive the winter. Those bigger plants need 10 to 15 gallons of water to be happy.

It's also best to water plants at the base. There's less chance of promoting fungal diseases and more water goes right to the plant. This is the first year I've used an overhead sprinkler and I feel kind of guilty wasting some of the water to evaporation.

Mulching is a great way of preserving moisture in the soil. When possible every plant should be mulched, just make sure the mulch doesn't touch the stem or truck of the plants. It's better for the root zone to be mulched.

Hopefully October will bring us some rain, but statistically, it's also a dry month.

Watering now will get the garden ready for the change of seasons and will help marginal plants survive another winter.

 

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No Boots

Written by Rob Rogers on .

The same GOP-led Congress that is suing President Obama for overreach is neglecting their own Constitutional duty when it comes to war. 

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