SHORT HILLS STOP: A 3,000-square-foot D&G boutique will open at The Mall at Short Hills, in New Jersey, on Friday. D&G is the youth-oriented diffusion collection of Dolce & Gabbana for men and women. Architect Rodolfo Dordoni, from Milan, designed the boutique with an open and modern environment, white walls, two large well-lit windows for an unobstructed view into the store, and steel glass front cabinets with smooth, bright surfaces. The space, all on one level, features the men and women’s D&G collections of clothing, underwear, swimwear, sunglasses and accessories. The boutique is D&G’s first in New Jersey.

DOL GRANTS NRFF $2.8M: The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $2.8 million grant to the National Retail Federation Foundation to help establish new training and skills centers in shopping centers. The grant runs through February 2005. The NRFF, the research and education arm of the NRF, and several mall developers, community colleges and government and community-based partners already provide training facilities in nine shopping centers. The centers provide customer service, and retail education and training for mall tenants, surrounding employers and area workers seeking jobs. The DOL grant will be used to establish six new centers and designate existing skills centers as learning laboratories for use by the state employment and training system, and local employers.

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