ShopSmart, a new publication from Consumer Reports, gives a quick read on what to buy — or not. Topics in the first issue (on newsstands...

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Dollar-stretching delight

ShopSmart, a new publication from Consumer Reports, gives a quick read on what to buy — or not. Topics in the first issue (on newsstands through Oct. 31) include wine, refrigerators, digital cameras, organic products and cars. Just like its parent magazine, ShopSmart doesn’t accept ads, and it tests all of the products. $4. On newsstands.

Grab a hot dish with finesse

KIM Potholder Squares by Seattle textile designer Kim Rosin feature colorful graphics of flora and fauna on a padded 9-inch square. $14. KIM’s new Web site is www.kimthings.com. KIM products are also available at Venue, 5408 22nd Ave. N.W., Seattle (206-789-3335), and other local retailers.

Fido, hold the door!

A charming pup holds doors open when you can’t. The Doggy Door Stop from Streamline Inc. is about 8 inches long by 4 inches high. $13. www.karmakiss.com

Wipe your feet in style

Give your family and friends a cheery welcome with this whimsical doormat. The coconut-husk, Garnet Hill doormat is a generous 24 inches by 36 inches, and is treated for fade resistance. $38. www.garnethill.com

Compiled by Judy Averill, digs editor. Photos courtesy of Sean Hoyt (KIM Potholder Squares), Streamline Inc. and Garnet Hill.