VOLUME 20 ■ NUMBER 4
2 The Barefoot Contessa
by Angela Pirisi
by Lance Cutler
A lifestyle magazine for small business
Food & Wine
Cats in the hats
11 PC Peripherals
by Marc Saltzman
8 Buying Smart:
Watches & Diamonds
BY VALERIE RYAN
Costco member Sue Ellen Cooper’s
bold gesture of giving bright red hats
to her over-50 set of friends—plus
her head for business—led to the
creation of the nearly 1-million-
member-strong Red Hat Society,
which boasts a fun-loving and
colorful group of women.
2Someone’s in the kitchen with Ina
10 Understanding Diamonds
BY ANGELA PIRISI
14 Ultra Cruising
15 Member Services Update
Ina Garten, aka the Barefoot Contessa,
popular chef and author, discusses her
passion for cooking and shares a few favorite
17Costco Book Buyer’s Pick
BY GLORIA BLAKELY
Diane McKinney-Whetstone drew upon
early-morning energy in writing her lyrical
love story, Blues Dancing.
Arts & Entertainment
17 Book Buyer’s Pick
4It’s worth a shot
BY LANCE CUTLER
18 Book Previews
We offer a primer on fine tequila, just in time
for Cinco de Mayo and the arrival of spring.
20The amazing Cirque du Soleil
BY T. FOSTER JONES
The business of entertain-
ment filtered through one of the most
amazing troops you will ever encounter,
brought to you without a net.
18 Book Look
19 DVD Previews
12A polished business
BY WILL FIFIELD
Meguiar’s car-care products have been
making vehicles shine since the 1940s.
26 Hearing Center Directory
25 The Consumer Connection
by David Horowitz
16Organizing the home office
Three Costco members
share their tried-and-true
methods for making the home office efficient.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL,
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Products advertised may not be available
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8Buying Smart: Watch for value
BY PAT VOLCHOK
You’ll sparkle all spring with Costco’s
selection of watches and diamonds.
BY WILL FIFIELD
Need tires? A few clicks on costco.com will
get you rolling with a new set of rubber.
26Hearing Center guide
Refer to this handy resource for
locating Costco Hearing Center locations,
and discover great value in hearing aids.
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