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5 Health Benefits of Using BBQ Grills for Cooking

June 23rd, 2017

For many people, BBQ grills conjure up images of warm summer nights, outdoor cooking, perfectly done meats and veggies, and fun with friends and family. An often-overlooked benefit of grilling, however, is how healthy it can be as a cooking option. Whether you prefer charcoal grills or one of the many other grilling options, it carries many health benefits that can help you and your family all year long. Read on for 5 of these health benefits and some grilling tips to keep your family healthy and satisfied.

More Nutrients

Unlike boiling, frying, and other methods for cooking meat and vegetables, grilling allows your food to retain more of its nutrients. Vitamins, minerals, and proteins can be damaged by overcooking on stovetops and in microwaves, making your food less healthy than it would be if cooked on a grill.

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Dylan’s Candy Bar, Now Open at Abt

June 22nd, 2017

One of the most eagerly-awaited additions to the Abt atrium has finally opened. Dylan’s Candy Bar is here! Renowned for combining candy, color, and pop art into a unique shopping experience, Dylan’s Candy Bar has become a must-visit destination in cities across the country. Now, visitors to Abt can get their sugar fix in between shopping for a new TV or kitchen appliances. Read the rest of this entry »

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Retro is Back and Better at Abt

June 19th, 2017

In the age of technology and the continuous change in electronics, some things never change. Instant Film, Vinyl, and Retro style are classic for electronics that will always come back in style.

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Five Essentials for Your Summer Beach Get-Together

June 15th, 2017

Summer is here, and for those of us lucky enough to live in close proximity to a body of water with sandy shores, that means one thing: it’s time to hit the beach! In addition to sunscreen and a swimsuit, here are our picks for the products that will make your summer day on the water a little more fun.

YETI Hopper Portable Cooler

The cooler is an essential component of any beach or outdoor party kit. But it’s time to leave behind the cumbersome, boxy coolers of the past and opt for something a little easier to lug around, like the soft-sided Yeti Hopper. Part cooler and part duffel bag, the Yeti Hopper Two 20 offers the brand’s same legendary cold-keeping capabilities, in a flexible package that you can throw over a shoulder. It holds 18 cans of your favorite beverage (plus ice to keep them cool) or twenty pounds of ice. And don’t let that cushiness deceive you—the Yeti Hopper is still leakproof and extremely rugged. Read the rest of this entry »

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Eero Introduces New, More Powerful WiFi System

June 13th, 2017

Early last year, a savvy startup set out to solve a problem that plagued households across the country: home wireless networks with poor coverage. The average users expects WiFi in all areas of their home, and why wouldn’t they? We’ve all got a multitude of devices that require an internet connection: the laptop in the bedroom, the smart TV in the den, and the smartphone everywhere in between, from the front door to the bathroom. But that reliable coverage was hard to achieve. A typical wireless router might have stellar bandwidth at close range, but when you turn a corner, go upstairs, or close a couple of doors, your wireless signal may drop significantly.

Eero solved this problem by reinventing the way home wireless systems are propogated, using multiple points of network access instead of just a single router. The resulting mesh network blankets your entire home with full coverage, meaning that even in the nooks and crannies of your home, on a floor above or below your modem, you’ll have no problem tuning in an excellent wi-fi signal. We took a look at the Eero here:

Today, Eero released their second generation wireless system, improving upon the original by making it more powerful and even easier to use. Though outward appearance remains unchanged, the Eero wireless base stations have been upgraded with much-improved internals. A new antenna array and the addition of tri-band support give the new Eero twice the bandwidth and double the range of the original, letting your Eero network support more users while giving faster speeds with farther signal penetration. Read the rest of this entry »

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

June 9th, 2017

We know how tough it is to find that perfect gift for Dad. This year, bypass the usual suspects and go for something a little more exciting. Here’s our guide for the gifts that Dad is sure to love, whatever type of man he is.

The Grill Guru

If your dad is the kind of guy that loves to cook over an open flame, no matter the weather, we’ve got the gear he needs to keep on grilling. Choose from an assortment of accessories, like a Weber grill tool set, or the Traeger Chicken Throne—which will help him perfect his beer can chicken. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Achieve the Look of a Counter-Depth Fridge Without Buying a New Unit

June 7th, 2017

A popular look in modern kitchens is the counter-depth fridge, which lines up the front of your refrigerator with the edge of your cabinets and countertops, providing a clean, flush look.

counter depth fridge

The front of a counter-depth fridge lines up almost evenly with the face of your cabinets.

If you’re planning on doing a kitchen remodel and are limited on space or budget (counter-depth fridges often cost more than normal-depth versions), or are just looking to find a way to make your existing full depth refrigerator appear more flush with your existing cabinets and countertops, there is another option. A great way to achieve that look without investing in a more expensive and smaller shallow depth unit is to simply recess the back wall that your refrigerator sits against. Read the rest of this entry »

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News from Apple’s WWDC 2017 Keynote

June 5th, 2017

While Apple’s the Worldwide Developers Conference, their late-spring keynote, is usually an event based around software announcements, today the company also showed off some refined hardware, including some iMac, MacBook, and iPad refreshes. The product news came alongside the announcement of a new OS, some AppleWatch improvements, and an assortment of other general updates. Here’s what new Apple products and software were unveiled today.

macOS Update

The operating system that powers Apple’s desktops and laptops received its latest update, with the new version dubbed “High Sierra.” Like most OS upgrades, users won’t see any drastic changes, but should expect lots of minor tweaks that will improve the overall computing experience. Apple is touting the refreshed Safari browser as being the world’s fastest internet browser, with claimed speed increases of up to 80% as compared to Chrome. One nice new feature in Safari is autoplay blocking, which automatically detects and stops videos that play when a browser window is loaded.

High Sierra will also include improvements to search functions in Mail, as well as within the OS itself—now that it will be leveraging the Apple File System. An additional exciting bit of news for gamers—a group not normally associated with Apple computers—macOS will now support VR systems like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Read the rest of this entry »

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Protect Your Eyes in Style This Summer

June 2nd, 2017

After a couple false starts this year, it looks as if summer is finally here to stay. And while gorgeous weather means tons of fun in the sun, it’s also when you have to be extra careful protecting your skin and eyes. Excess exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can have damaging effects on your eyes, causing severe conditions like cataracts, skin cancer, and worse. Luckily, staying safe is as easy as putting on a new pair of sunglasses.

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Time For a New Backyard Grill?

May 27th, 2017

Grilling season is here! Barring some unexpectedly fickle late-spring weather, this Memorial Day weekend will mark the start of outdoor cooking season for countless BBQ aficionados across the country. If you’ve been putting off getting a new grill, there’s no better time to do it than right now! Not sure what kind of grill you want, or just need some general help buying a new grill? Check out our grill buying guide video below to get all the information you need.

See our entire selection of outdoor grills here, to shop brands like Weber, Traeger, Kamado Joe, and more. And check out our Memorial Day Sale for extra savings on outdoor cooking gear and tons of other great products.

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