President & Founder, Slatkin & Co Candles President, Home Design, Limited Brands News Hooks: * U.S. retail sales of candles are estimated at approximately $2 billion annually, excluding sales of candle accessories. (National Candle Association) * Candles are used in 7 out of 10 U.S. households and consumers are increasingly purchasing candles as a focal point for their home doctor, and for aromatherapy-like relaxation and stress reduction. (National Candle Association) * Fragrance is by far the most important characteristic impacting candle purchases today, with three-fourths of candle buyers saying it is “extremely important” or “very important” in their selection of a candle. (National Candle Association) * Candle industry research indicates that the most important factors affecting candle sales are scent, color, cost and shape. (National Candle Association) Story Description: Decorating (or REDECORATING) your home is easier than embarking on major projects like repainting the living room or redoing the kitchen. In these times of economic uncertainty, decorating the home is as easy as getting new pillows for the couch or adding a punch of color with fresh flowers. But one of the easiest — and most popular — ways to “decorate” the home and express individuality is with scent…specifically with scented candles. Evolving from merely functional ways to mask odors, scented candles have become true decorative accents that can help enhance the look and mood of a room, set a seasonal theme, increase energy and productivity, and help calm and relax. Your viewers will learn about an opportunity to meet Harry in person in your hometown and start your own decorating collection for free. In this segment, Harry Slatkin, President & Founder of Slatkin & Co candles will also detail: * Which scented candle is a perfect match for your life. * Simple and creative tips to help your viewers transform every room in the home and “decorate” with scent * Scents for different moods (i.e., relaxation, energize, de-stress) * The exclusive Zippo candle lighter, 100% of the proceeds of the sale of this lighter will benefit Autism Speaks(tm), the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization. Retail price: $10. * When Harry will be in your city to meet viewers and discuss and offer advice on decorating their homes. Station Note: The funding sponsor of this segment is Slatkin & Co. About Harry Slatkin: In 1992 Harry turned his passion for fragrance into a lucrative side business, selling luxury candles from a boutique in New York City and through specialty retail stores. Harry’s reputation soon led him to successful product partnerships with Elton John and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York. In 2005, Limited Brands (NYSE: LTD) purchased Slatkin & Co. and named Harry President of Home Design. ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS(tm): Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Senior Advisor at Lee Equity Partners and served as vice chairman, General Electric, and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal for more than twenty years. Autism Speaks merged with the Autism Coalition for Research and Education (ACRE), the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) and Cure Autism Now (CAN), bringing together the nation’s leading autism advocacy organizations.?