YAKIMA, Wash. —It’s Friday, which means the weekend is here and you have time to read some interesting stories.

Or perhaps catch up on what you missed.

With that in mind here are few stories worth reading if you missed it earlier:

• My colleague Savannah Tranchell wrote a story in Monday’s Marketplace section looking at baby consignment stores. Speaking of babies, Savannah also just gave birth to a lovely baby boy this week. Congrats!

• Also in Monday’s Marketplace section was my weekly column where I talk about a new collaboration between Union Gap bottle manufacturer Liberty Bottles and a North Carolina drink cover company. There’s also a slew of restaurant updates. Check it out.

• Not retail-related per se, but always a topic that gets many people’s attention: securing air service. I wrote a story earlier this week about a community forum organized by the city of Yakima and its consultant, Airplanners. The meeting was part education, part focus group.

And once you get through those articles, here are a few interesting pieces from around the web worth checking out.

• For those of you who are regular shoppers at Lowe’s, you might have noticed the hardware retailer is becoming more competitive in its prices. Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock talks about the its pricing strategy. [Home Channel News]

• The average fuel economy for new cars rose to 23.8 miles per gallon in 2012, 1.2 mpg higher than 2010. But is it enough? [The Wall Street Journal’s Driver’s Seat blog]

• National Retail Federation says gas prices are top of mind for seven in 10 Americans. [Retail’s BIG Blog]

Have a great weekend!