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Out! Raleigh Pride returns in person on June 25, 2022 for our official 10-year anniversary! Join us on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh for an action-packed, family-friendly, inclusive event with activities for all ages. From 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., the event features live entertainment, local vendors and artists, great food, a KidsZone, and a beer garden! There are no admission fees.

This event is an important way to raise the funds needed to support the Raleigh LGBT Center and all of its 20 incredible community programs. Our latest in-person event brought together thousands of people on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community, our friends and families.

Over the past decade, the event has become an integral part of downtown Raleigh’s culture, promoting diversity, awareness and a sense of inclusion for the LGBTQIA+ community. Each year has been more successful than the last, and this year will be no exception!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Police investigate latest alleged drinking spike at Mosh nightclub after 18-year-old woman fell ill

Police are appealing for information after an incident in which a young woman allegedly had her drink at Mosh nightclub in Leicester. It comes after a number of similar incidents at the club last year.

The alleged victim, 18, fell ill after visiting the club late on Saturday night. The incident was reported to police at 4.30am yesterday and officers spoke to the woman.

Now Leicestershire Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. A police spokesman said: “Shortly before 4.30am yesterday a report was received that an 18-year-old woman had fallen ill at a nightclub in St Nicholas Place, Leicester. Officers were present and spoke to the woman.”

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In October last year, LeicestershireLive reported that the nightclub had set up special ‘welfare staff’ to make clubbers feel safer after a series of reported spikes led to some people feeling boycott as well as other places.

An Instagram post featuring the team on the nightclub’s official page said: “Our job is to help you feel safe and to listen to any concerns you may have. If you have any issues, please let us know. know, we’re here to make sure you are taken care of.”

In December last year, LeicestershireLive released official data on Leicestershire police caseload peaks for the previous five years. According to official data, 257 incidents – 192 reported by women or girls and 65 by men or boys – had been reported to the force since the start of 2016.

However, an astonishing 72 of them were reported to police in October – including 29 cases which allegedly involved the use of a needle to inject a victim. In each of the past five years, the average number of ‘spikes’ incidents officially recorded with police each month had been in the single digits, with some months passing without any being reported.

The data showed that before October, using a syringe had only been mentioned by four people in five years. A significant number of cases are believed to have occurred in private homes, but 160 involved licensed premises – mostly bars, nightclubs and student unions.

Leicestershire Police Chief Superintendent Shane O’Neill said at the time: “Doping, where someone adds drugs or alcohol to another person’s drink or injects them without their knowledge, is illegal. Whether done as a prank or with the intent to steal or assault the victim, we want people to be vigilant.

Police have received hundreds of spike reports in recent years, including a spike last year

“If you’re drinking with strangers, be aware of what’s going on around you and if you have any suspicions about someone, report it to staff immediately. It’s always good to have a drinking buddy .

“If you’re going out with a friend or friends, keep an eye on them. If they seem to be more drunk than you think, if they are dizzy or if they speak badly, take control and make sure they are okay and, if they concern you, make sure whether he gets medical help or returns home safely.”

The alcohol peak can occur in any situation, at home or in the evening. However, according to Leicestershire Police, there are things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Never leave your drink unattended, whether alcoholic or not
  • Don’t accept a drink from someone you don’t know
  • Avoid over-drinking by sticking to UK ‘low-risk’ drinking guidelines
  • Stay with your friends and look out for each other

The Force also suggests people take the following steps if they come across someone they think may have been doped:

  • Notify a bar manager, bouncer or staff member
  • Stay with them and keep talking to them
  • Call an ambulance if their condition deteriorates
  • Don’t let them go home on their own
  • Don’t let them go with someone you don’t know or trust
  • Don’t let them drink more alcohol – it could lead to more serious problems

Anyone with information about this weekend’s incident is asked to contact Leicestershire Police on 101, quoting reference 22*307207.

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M&S is launching a fabulous new breakfast offer at its cafes – plus returning kids eat free

M&S has launched a breakfast and hot drinks offer for £4

The new deal combines a roll of oak-smoked British bacon and a hot drink for just £4. That’s a saving of at least £2, this offer is available in M&S cafes until 10am each day.

The usual price for the bacon roll is £3.95 and is freshly made and cooked to order in store.

It consists of six slices of bacon sandwiched in ciabatta bread.

To drink – baristas are on hand to whip up your favorite hot drink.

Using in-house Fairtrade coffee, the selection of coffee drinks offer a fruity, rich and flavorful taste. The store also offers several dairy alternatives to milk; all are completely free to substitute and include the “milk” of the moment, oats.

M&S has brought back the famous Kids Eat Free promotion to its cafes for the summer season.

Available in stores from Monday 30 May until Friday 3 June, it is offering a free children’s promotion at all its UK cafes.

Just spend £5 in a single transaction and receive a free kids meal worth £3.95. sandwich, toast with ham and cheese and pizza.

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ITAT confirms the AO’s order that the assessee failed to provide evidence of the unsecured loan claim

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The Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), Delhi, composed of Anil Chaturvedi, Accountant Member, and Kul Bharat, Judicial Member, upheld AO’s order in which the assessee had failed to provide evidence supporting the claim for unsecured loans.

The assessee, Vijay Gupta, filed an income statement stating an income of Rs. 5,18,781/- after the assessee claimed a deduction. The same was processed under Section 143(1) of the Income Tax Act 1961. The case was then selected for consideration under CASS and a Section 143(2) Notice was issued and served on the assessee. In response to the issued notices, the adjudicant attended the adjudication procedures from time to time along with Shri Ganesh Bhardwaj (lawyer). The Assessing Officer (AO), after reviewing the Assess’s submissions, took an additional Rs. 93,50,014/- due to Short Term Capital Gains (“STCG”) and Rs. 74,00,000/- for Unresolved Unsecured Loan and Rs. 30,897/- for non-admission of the Deduction claimed under US 80C & 80D of the Act. Therefore, AO valued the income at Rs. 1,72,99,692/- compared to the income of Rs. 5,18,781/- declared by the beneficiary. Angered by the order, the Assesse chose to appeal to the Commissioner of Income Tax (CIT), who, after examining the Assesse’s submissions, upheld the addition made by AO. Offended by the CIT’s order, the complainant preferred to lodge a complaint with the ITAT.

The Respondent’s Counsel, Umesh Takyar, submitted that AO was entitled to calculate the capital gain since the transfer of ownership was complete and all the conditions for STCG’s taxation were met.

The court said: “The assessee had to prove the identity of the creditors, the authenticity of the transaction and the creditworthiness of the creditors. The appraiser grossly failed to do this. Therefore, in the absence of supporting evidence for the unsecured loan claim, we see no weakness in the authorities’ finding below.”

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Cafe workers’ union tackles sexual harassment in bars and restaurants

Many restaurant workers regularly face sexual harassment from customers. FNV Horeca has offered to set up a hotline for workers to report, according to AT5.

Brechje Bevers, who worked from the age of 19 to 23 in a bar in Amsterdam, is all too familiar with this type of behavior. When she was cleaning glasses in the bar, for example: “I asked a guy if I could pass, then he turned around and squeezed my breasts,” she recalled in an interview with AT5. “I realized that I had almost never felt the feeling of being pushed into a corner so much.”

Sexual harassment could range from an inappropriate comment to a slap on the butt to something more violent, like what Bevers experienced. Bevers said it could happen every night and his co-workers have experienced it too.

“It’s an open topic. Undesirable behavior and sexual bullying are not always acknowledged and acknowledged,” said Edwin Vlek of FNV Horeca.

Although catering staff can report such incidents to their supervisors or contact a health and safety doctor, they do not have a centralized hotline to share their experiences. Larger bars and restaurants must appoint a confidential counsellor, while the Sexual Violence Center can put employees in touch with therapists.

But Vlek told AT5 that wasn’t enough, in his view. There are power dynamics in the industry that make it harder for victims to report, he said. FNV Horeca itself has received dozens of reports over the past year from both men and women.

People are divided on the usefulness of the proposed helpline. “I would be more in favor of a mandatory confidential counselor within the restaurant industry, who then has to report this,” Bevers suggested.

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The Ten Best Bars and Nightclubs in the North East According to Google Reviews

The North East is famous for its party people who come out every Friday and Saturday to enjoy all the nightlife the area has to offer.

With shows like Geordie Shore showcasing Toon’s nightlife attractions, plus a number of other buzzing nightclubs in Sunderland, South Tyneside and Durham – there’s plenty to see and do in the North East in the last hours.

And while many may have their favorite night spot that has stood the test of time, others may be on the hunt for something cooler this weekend – having seen their favorite nightlife hub come and go. with the ever-changing face of the local landscape.

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So here at ChronicleLive, ahead of the busy holiday weekend ahead, we thought we’d take a look at all the late night bars and nightclubs in the area, compiling a top ten list of the most favorable according to the ever-stalwart Google reviewers.

10. Pop World – 14 Bigg Market, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

pop world

3.8 out of 5 stars based on 348 reviews

At number 10 there is none other than Pop World, which sits in the bustling and bustling Bigg’s Market. Dubbed “a late-night bar with a difference”, it’s an exciting establishment packed with personality.

Hosting an abundance of different local DJs every night, revelers can dance to nerdy music on the spectacular dance floor, with retro wigs, goggles and inflatables also available to add an element of madness to their evening.

Gemma Brians wrote: “I love coming to Popworld. It has the best atmosphere and lovely, friendly staff, including DJs, bar staff and doorman.

“DJ Trig is very entertaining playing the best music and creating a fantastic atmosphere. Always a pleasure to visit.”

9. Sinners – 63 Newgate Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Fishermen in Newcastle
Fishermen in Newcastle

3.8 out of 5 stars based on 402 reviews

Open seven nights a week, Sinners in Newcastle. Billed as “Newcastle’s (and probably the world’s) most infamous, notorious and favorite student treble bar”, the description pretty much says it all.

With two music floors playing contrasting indie and house music on each – students flock to Sinners no matter the day to make the most of the cheap highs and lackluster Gotham-like atmosphere (RIP!).

Joshua Beck, commented: “Not bad honestly, I always thought Sinners had a bad reputation but after going inside it’s totally unwarranted.

“Sleek vibe, great alt-rock/metalcore playlist, live DJ, and they sell buckets every day of the week. If you’re a Rise fan or miss how sticky Gotham’s floors used to be, Sinners might be for you.”

8. Howlers – 28-32 Collingwood St, Newcastle upon Tyne

Howlers, which includes a giant ball pit
Howlers, which includes a giant ball pit

4 out of 5 stars based on 166 reviews

The only bar in Newcastle with an adult ball bar. . . Yes, you read that right!

Howlers on Collingwood Street is sort of a mega club with different areas inside one big building. The piece de resistance is undoubtedly the fancy ball pit that punters can make the most of while enjoying cold refreshments.

All in all, a place where some adults can be big kids if they want – while more serious parties can enjoy a sizzling night out in another part of the club.

Vince Smith, reviewed the bar and said: “First time and I have to say we had a great night. It’s a big club with three different big areas with different types of music. There was also entertainment on the main stage.

“There’s a ball pit that people seemed to like but not for me.”

7. Fabio’s – 66 Saddler Street, Durham

4 out of 5 stars based on 186 reviews

The only entry on this list located in Durham is none other than Fabio’s on cobbled Saddler Street. Sitting above an Italian restaurant, the impressive nightclub promises a spectacular evening for those who choose to visit.

Slightly out of the way for those unaware, many people walking the streets of Durham may not even know the place exists – but once they find out they won’t stop never to come back.

They also won Best Night Club of 2018 at the Best Bar None awards.

Felicity Ap, said: “Such a great atmosphere! Dance floor and bar downstairs and seating upstairs. Bar staff super friendly and efficient.

“Good selection of cocktails and good music!”

6. Digital – Times Square, Scotswood Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle's biggest nightclub: Digital
Newcastle’s biggest nightclub: Digital

4 out of 5 stars based on 519 reviews

In the heart of bustling Times Square is Digital – a popular music venue and nightclub that hosts a number of club nights and occasionally live musicians and DJs. With a huge sound system and resident DJs on site, you can feel every sound wave flowing through you at this great nightclub.

A student favorite due to cheap drinks and a central location means it always bounces back and scores high on this list respectively.

Damilola Oderinde, wrote: “A bustling nightclub, great music and fairly cheap drinks. You’ll always want to come back here.”

5. Flares – 33 Mosley Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Flares on Mosley Street in the center of Newcastle
Flares on Mosley Street in the center of Newcastle

4.1 out of 5 stars based on 260 reviews

Flares in Newcastle upon Tyne is a throwback to the 70s, with wacky wallpaper and glitter balls hung everywhere. Visitors can expect nerdy pop anthems to spin throughout the night, while other punters strut their stuff on the classic light-up dance floor.

And it’s not just old timers who experienced 70s nightlife who often take a trip down memory lane, with younger generations and college students often attending on Friday and Saturday nights.

Paul Stray, said: “We had a fantastic evening! A really good and lively evening with drinks at great prices, music on tap and all the staff while having fun went the extra mile for providing me and my party with excellent service.”

4. Jalou – Neville Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne


4.1 stars out of 409 reviews

Newcastle’s Quayside neighbor Jalou just missed out on pole position. A dimly lit late-night bar with an impressive amount of cocktails on offer, the establishment makes guests feel welcome with luxe cabin seating and refreshing R&B.

The number one hotspot for young people, as well as those who want a ‘classier’ night out, there is always something exciting going on at Jalou.

Louie M, commented: “We were out for bachelor parties and even though this place wasn’t on our itinerary, it became our favorite spot instantly! Chilled vibe, diversity of people and great DJ/music -you !”

3. Independent – Holmeside, Sunderland

Independent on Holmeside, Sunderland
Independent on Holmeside, Sunderland

4.2 out of 5 stars based on 197 reviews

The only Wearside-based establishment on this list, Independent have been a fixture in Sunderland for the past two decades as clubs have come and gone. Originally located across the road, the old club was demolished to make way for new buildings, forcing owner Ben Wall to move next door.

However, Independent 2.0 managed to convey the same vibe to their new home – known for playing 2000s indie anthems into the wee hours of the morning. They also invented the famous blue pint, which has become a club classic for locals, with no other competitor able to do it in the same way.

Jack Mccaig, wrote: “Awesome atmosphere, cheap drinks and great if you like indie music!”

2. Global Headquarters – Carliol Square, Newcastle upon Tyne

A DJ spins his decks at global headquarters
A DJ spins his decks at global headquarters

4.4 stars orout of 5 based on 169 reviews

Global Headquarters takes silver in terms of Northeast nightclubs. Newcastle’s oldest underground club born in 1993, Worldie’s is a dark and drab setup but works perfectly for the clientele.

Known for their acceptance and diversity, those who head to WHQ can expect a plethora or different genres of up-and-coming talent in the industry – bringing a “credible, cosmopolitan alternative” to a commercially saturated downtown.

Michael Shaftoe said: “I’ve been going to the club for a really long time now. I can honestly say it’s by far the best club in Newcastle. The atmosphere is amazing, the music is outstanding and the door staff and the Bar staff are the friendliest around.”

1. Hoochie Coochie – 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Crowds throng to Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle
Crowds throng to Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle

4.5 out of 5 stars based on 410 reviews

Top of the list is none other than Pilgrim Street’s Hoochie Coochie – a candlelit bar during the week, transformed into a soul, funk and jazz club from Friday to Sunday.

Described by many as ambient and uplifting, the incredibly friendly establishment offers a safe and hassle-free place for Tyneside night revelers, offering calm and scenic tunes with a refreshing selection of drinks.

The club also often features live performances by skilled musicians, which keep the atmosphere as chilled as a cucumber all night long.

Hal Property, wrote: “This club is my happy place.

“The place is great and the staff is great. The philosophy is essential to create a good atmosphere.

“Never make the mistake of bothering the DJ with a request – they don’t play the requests.”

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London’s East End ‘Free Meals for the Homeless’ cafe in jeopardy as donations dry up | Cost of living crisis

The founder of a London social enterprise that gives free meals to refugees and homeless people said it was at risk of closing as the cost of living crisis led to a slump in sales and donations.

Ruth Rogers, the founder of The Canvas in London’s East End, said there had been a dramatic collapse in trade at her cafe in recent weeks, with takings so low that one day she thought her boxes were broken.

“Last Thursday at 3pm I had to ask my manager if the checkout system had broken down as sales were £57,” Rogers said. “We had been open since 10 a.m. Before the pandemic it would have been £300-400 at that time of day. »

While coffee sales were weak after the lockdown, they had started to grow again by early 2022, said Rogers of the community center near Brick Lane in Tower Hamlets, which has the highest child poverty rate of any borough from London.

“Once we got past Omicron, sales were up month-over-month an average of 17.5%,” Rogers said. “But April was down 5% from March and May looks like 15% down from April. It sounds like a direct impact of the cost of living issues that people are facing.

“We have a fantastic menu, our space is welcoming, our team works hard, but if people don’t come through the door because they feel they can’t afford it…how can a small business survive, let alone one like The Canvas?I know other places like us are already closing.

‘We have four weeks to fix it’: The Canvas has launched a final crowdfunding campaign with a target of £100,000. Photography: Jo Thorne

The café business was once thriving with additional revenue generated by renting out its event space. Customers would “pay it forward” by adding the cost of a drink, snack or hot meal to their order “for someone who might not be able to afford theirs”, allowing the cafe to distribute free food and drink.

In January, however, the cafe donated £1,700 worth of food and Rogers realized that, for the first time since opening in 2014, the term payout pot was drying up and running out within weeks, the forcing him to limit the amount of food he distributed.

“It’s never been a problem before,” she said. “Now we are seeing 30% more need, but we are experiencing 60% less trade and because of that our donations are down. If people don’t walk through the door, they don’t donate at the checkout.

The situation matches the experience of food banks, which report growing demand but declining donations as the rising cost of living bites. This combination creates a “perfect storm” for charities and social enterprises, according to a recent study by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).

Nearly three in five charity leaders feared people would have less money to give, while a third worried about the future of their organization, according to a poll of 547 leaders in April. Its consumer survey found that 14% of people planned to cut back on their charitable giving over the next six months to help manage their bills.

High street campaigner Mary Portas, co-chair of the Better Business Act campaign, said it would be “awful” if The Canvas closed. She added: “It’s a shining example of the best ways businesses need to operate to deliver a more sustainable future.”

The Canvas has launched an ultimate crowdfunding campaign called Save Our Seats (SOS) with a target of £100,000. “We have four weeks to fix it,” Rogers said. “We have to save time because I don’t know how long it will last like this. I need to find a new business model for this business environment. »

The crisis has led to offers of help from its famous supporters, including artists Gilbert & George who live nearby. In 2019 they donated designs to create art plates to sell and fundraise and agreed to sign a limited number which are offered as “rewards” for large donations. In a statement, they said: “Gilbert & George are happy to create their magic plates to help The Canvas in their campaign to help feed the homeless.”

Jason Williamson, the lead singer of English electronic punk duo Sleaford Mods, said the cafe helps people “directly with food and drink, but also with friendship and respect. A place like this cannot close when things are about to get worse for everyone.

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After years of social distancing, restaurants are ready for Memorial Day crowds without COVID-19 restrictions

NEW HANOVER COUNTY (WWAY) – As tourists and locals prepare to relax and enjoy Memorial Day weekend, restaurants in the area are preparing for crowds like no other.

Every year, tourists flock to Cape Fear for the water, the beaches, and the amazing food.

“In the north we do it, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Boston, the calamari is the best,” said one Oceanic visitor. “These calamari here in this restaurant is the closest thing to New England calamari I have ever eaten in my life. Fantastic.”

This is one of the busiest times of year for local restaurants, especially those on the water.

“It’s the unofficial start of summer,” said Mark Zecher, CEO of Oceanic. “Just like the big kickoff. Lots of people come to town. We’re going to be very, very busy all weekend.

And as the first Memorial Day without any form of coronavirus restrictions in place, managers like Ben Reingold are preparing staff for non-stop shifts.

“We should expect to be even busier than we have been,” he explained. “Throughout the year, this year we have seen a steady increase in activity. I would expect it to be good.

Reingold runs Elijah’s, a riverside restaurant in the heart of downtown Wilmington. The establishment is no stranger to holiday crowds.

“If it wasn’t raining today, I think we could have had a long queue at the door,” he said, looking outside. “Especially since we are considering tomorrow, no school, no work. So I think tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. we will open to lineups at the front and lineups at the river.

Although the crowds have returned, staff have not fully recovered. Oceanic is always looking for cooks and cleaners. By this time last year, Reingold says he had half the staff and twice as many customers. Although they are still hiring, he says his staff are prepared and ready for anything.

“Friday, Saturday, Sunday is game time here. So I just tell them to rest now, take care of yourself, drink water, and yes, that’s what we’re here for. This is what we do.”

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How Northern California hotels are turning leftover soap into new bars for those in need

You might not be the last person to use that bar of soap you left in your hotel room.

That’s because lodging properties around the world, including several in North Bay, are taking steps to turn used bars of soap into new. And instead of garbage, renewed bars of soap may end up in the hands of some poor people around the world.

“It’s actually costing us money, but it’s the right thing to do,” said Gary Stymus, general manager of the Best Western Corte Madera Inn in Marin County. “It’s not really something that we announced. This is part of our general recycling program. We try to divert as much as possible to different recycling streams. »

More than 25 North Bay hotels have signed up with Orlando-based Clean the World and have collected a total of 17,562 pounds of soap, one small bar at a time.

It’s easy to collect that much soap based on a 2019 study from Boston University revealing that the #1 amenity used by hotel guests is the provided bar of soap.

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Chris Johansen, one of the owners of Embrace Calistoga, a five-room property in Napa County, has worked with Clean the World since it opened in 2011.

“We pay the membership and we pay the shipping (to ship the soap to Florida),” Johansen told the Business Journal. “It’s not about saving money. But it’s better than every week to put I don’t know how many plastic objects in the recycling, and the soap bar would go to the trash in a landfill.

Whether a product has obviously been used or not, each is replaced at Embrace Calistoga.

At the Farmhouse Inn in Forestville, Sonoma County, guests are encouraged to cut whatever soap they need from a specialty long bar and are then encouraged to take what’s left with them at the end of their stay.

You won’t find bar soap at Waters Edge in Tiburon. Hotel Marin uses EO Products, a San Rafael company. Employees use one-gallon jugs to refill dispensers in rooms. These larger containers can then be filled by EO.

The Country Inn and Suites by Radisson in Dixon and the Holiday Inn Express in Vacaville, both in Solano County, are among the hotels throwing used bars in the trash.

The days of small toiletry bottles are numbered in California. As of January 1, 2023, properties with more than 50 rooms cannot legally provide these tiny bottles of shampoo and the like. In 2024, the same law applies to all accommodation establishments.

Wall-mounted dispensers will do, as will bottles of at least 6 ounces. These tiny bottles that are the norm today usually hold no more than 3 ounces of product.

Benefits of recycling

Since its inception, Clean the World has delivered 70 million bars of soap to 127 countries.

“When we started the business in 2009, 9,000 children a day were dying from pneumonia and diarrheal diseases. In 2020, before COVID, that had been reduced by 65%,” founder Shawn Seipler told the Business Journal. By providing soap to countries with hygiene problems, Clean the World helps people live longer.

Although the impact is enormous, Seipler is quick to point out that 2 million children worldwide (before the pandemic) were dying from diseases that could be prevented with good hygiene.

He said it was difficult to assess needs today, especially with the war in Ukraine and the ongoing pandemic.

“I wouldn’t say the needs are going down,” Seipler said. “There are always humanitarian responses that need to happen.”

Clean the World has provided hygiene kits to those on the US-Mexico border, as well as those affected by natural disasters, including wildfire victims in North Bay.

At the height of the pandemic, Clean the World reconfigured its hygiene kit manufacturing program. Before COVID, this was often a team-building exercise or corporate volunteer opportunity. The nonprofit has moved to sending kits directly to employees. The complete kits, which contain a host of products, could then be donated to a local charity, such as a homeless shelter or women’s centre.

Three San Rafael companies participated: Autodesk assembled 5,000 kits; Enterprise Events Group and The Dutra Group each collected 1,000 kits, according to Clean the World.

Pandemic impact

Because hotels are just recovering from being devastated by a lack of travelers at the height of the pandemic, Clean the World predicts it will be 18 months before its portfolio contains 9,000 properties – the number it was. in 2019. It is closer to 8,000 today.

These hotels pay to play. In the United States, the cost is between 50 and 80 cents per room. So a hotel with 100 rooms would pay between $50 and $80 per month, regardless of occupancy. Fees include delivery of empty collection bins, postage to be sent to Clean the World, welcome materials and training information. The price varies according to the volume of rooms.

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LGBTQ+ nightclub receives apology after open letter to man who trashed venue

A man thought to be a ‘troglodyte’ who caused more than £1,000 damage to a Middlesbrough nightclub has come forward to apologize.

A small nightclub on Albert Road struck earlier this month after a reveler caused extensive damage including ripped out light fixtures, dented walls and a smashed photo booth screen.

After highlighting the damage on social media, LGBTQ+ club bosses say the shameful culprit has now said sorry.

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A follow-up statement on their Facebook page said: “The man explained that it was not in his nature at all and that he had simply gotten too drunk and made stupid mistakes. Thanks for the concern of all.”

“And thank you sir for coming too. It must not have been easy, and we think you are sincerely sorry. Appreciate the honesty.”

With the new social media post came floods of comments, with Facebook users praising the man for coming forward.

One user said: “Amazing this is great news and I definitely thank the man for coming forward and admitting his mistakes.”

While another said: “It’s amazing guys, it’s good that he came and raised his hand. Too many people would have just ignored the message and laughed at it.”

“It took him a long time to do this and credit where it was due, but it shouldn’t have happened in the first place.”


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From Leh to Kalimpong: the mountain cafes that the stars are crazy about this summer

Imagine filming in the desert of Rajasthan or a village in Haryana in scorching 40 degree temperatures and revisit your longing for the life of an actor. However, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Tiger Shroff, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Suhana Khan were lucky. Not only did they swap the scorching heat of the plains for the cool hill stations, but they also found the mountain cafes perfect for relaxing. From Leh to Ooty, Kalimpong to Srinagar, here are the mountain cafes stars love.

From tiramisu to thukpa: here’s what the stars feast on in these hillside cafes

Alchi Kitchen, Leh

This Ladakhi restaurant run by Nilza Wangmo, winner of the Nari Shakti Puraskar, showcases the region’s traditional cuisine and ingredients. In the six years since it opened, Alchi Kitchen, an all-female business, has gained enough of a reputation to entice people to travel 66 km from Leh to eat here. Maybe that’s why Tiger Shroff, Kriti Sanon, Jackky Bhagnani, Rakul Preet and the rest of the crew of Ganapath landed here recently after finishing a day of filming. After a leisurely meal of Tibetan delicacies, the whole team also spent time with the staff and posed for photos. Bollywood endorsement aside, the restaurant deserves its spotlight for preserving and promoting authentic Ladakhi cuisine in a venue dominated by cookie-cutter momo-Maggi joints.

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Neena’s Kitchen, Kalimpong

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Top Rated Steakhouses in Phoenix

(Stacker) — Cooking meat over low, slow heat over an indirect heat source – the only real qualification for barbecuing – is a true American tradition, dating back to indigenous cultures and carried over to the early Spanish colonizers who also gave it the name that the kitchen style now wears: barbacoa. Today, barbecue is a hugely popular staple in the United States, with many cities and regions offering their own version (and all claiming to have the best). Because barbecue meat takes hours and hours to cook, restaurants are a go-to source for many Americans who prefer not to spend all day and night tending to their flames. Stacker has compiled a list of the highest rated barbecue restaurants in Phoenix on Tripadvisor.

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#18. Cold beers and cheeseburgers

– Rating: 3.5 / 5 (22 reviews)

– Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (3.5/5), Value for money (3.5/5)

– Type of cuisine: American, Brasserie

– Price: $$ – $$$

– Address: 4731 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032-7725

– Learn more on Tripadvisor

#17. Cold beers and cheeseburgers

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (13 reviews)

– Detailed notes: not available

– Type of cuisine: American, Brasserie

– Price: $$ – $$$

– Address: 3950 E Indian School Rd #150, Phoenix, AZ 85018

– Learn more on Tripadvisor

#16. Lovecraft

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (16 reviews)

– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (5.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5)

– Type of cuisine: Mexican, Brasserie

– Price: $$ – $$$

– Address: 3128 E. Cactus Rd. ADDITIONAL PARKING: Wethersfield Road or East Florist AFTER 6 PM ONLY., Phoenix, AZ 85032-7115

– Learn more on Tripadvisor

#15. House of Astor

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (13 reviews)

– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)

– Type of cuisine: Barbeque

– Price: Not Available – Address: 2243 N 12th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006-1703

– Learn more on Tripadvisor

#14. Hawaiian BBQ Ono

– Rating: 3.0 / 5 (11 reviews) – Detailed ratings: Food (3.0/5), Service (3.0/5), Value for money (3.0/5)

– Type of cuisine: Barbeque

– Price: $

– Address: 2415 E Baseline Rd Ste 121, Phoenix, AZ 85042-7089

– Learn more on Tripadvisor

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#13. Rustler’s Rooster

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (1,952 reviews)

– Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (3.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)

– Type of cuisine: American, Steakhouse

– Price: $$ – $$$

– Address: 8383 S 48th St, Phoenix, AZ 85044-5302

– Learn more on Tripadvisor

#12. L&L Hawaiian BBQ

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (30 reviews)

– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5)

– Type of cuisine: Hawaiian, Fast Food

– Price: $

– Address: 2501 W Happy Valley Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85085-3701

– Learn more on Tripadvisor

#11. Sizzling Korean BBQ

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (51 reviews)

– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.0/5)

– Type of cuisine: Asian, Korean- Price: $$ – $$$

– Address: 21001 N Tatum Blvd Desert Ridge Marketplace, Phoenix, AZ 85050-4206

– Learn more on Tripadvisor

#ten. hole in the wall barbecue seal

– Rating: 3.5 / 5 (209 reviews)

– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (3.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)

– Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue

– Price: $$ – $$$

– Address: 7677 North 16th Street #4434, Phoenix, AZ 85020

– Learn more on Tripadvisor

#9. Barbecue Company Grill and Cafe

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (28 reviews)

– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)

– Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue

– Price: $$ – $$$

– Address: 4636 S 36th St, Phoenix, AZ 85040-2904

– Learn more on Tripadvisor

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#8. Trapp House

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (15 reviews)

– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5)

– Type of cuisine: Barbeque

– Price: $$ – $$$

– Address: 511 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1920

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#7. HEK Yeah BBQ

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (39 reviews)

– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)

– Type of cuisine: Southwest, American- Price: $$ – $$$

– Address: 15044 North Cave Creek Road #6, Phoenix, AZ 85032

– Learn more on Tripadvisor

#6. Texas barbecue house

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (57 reviews)

– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)

– Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue

– Price: $$ – $$$

– Address: 5037 S 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85040-2604

– Learn more on Tripadvisor

#5. Smugglers

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (91 reviews)

– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (3.5/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)

– Type of cuisine: American, Bar

– Price: $$ – $$$

– Address: 3375 E Shea Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028-3352

– Learn more on Tripadvisor

#4. Angry crab and barbecue

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (189 reviews)

– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)

– Type of cuisine: American, Seafood

– Price: $$ – $$$

– Address: 2808 East Indian School Road #D110, Phoenix, AZ 85016

– Learn more on Tripadvisor

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#3. jL Smokehouse

– Rating: 5.0 / 5 (20 reviews)

– Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (5.0/5), Value for money (5.0/5)

– Type of cuisine: Barbeque

– Price: $

– Address: 1712 E Broadway Rd Ste 3, Phoenix, AZ 85040-2400

– Learn more on Tripadvisor

#2. Bobby Q

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (100 reviews)

– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.0/5)

– Type of cuisine: American, Bar

– Price: $$ – $$$

– Address: 3154 E Camelback Rd Biltmore Shopping Center, Phoenix, AZ 85016-4502

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#1. Bobby-Q

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (2,175 reviews)

– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)

– Type of cuisine: American, South-West

– Price: $$ – $$$

– Address: 8501 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85051-4063

– Learn more on Tripadvisor

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Convicted of assault after prison guard killed outside Saratoga Springs bar, man sent to jail

BALLSTON SPA — A Saratoga Springs man who pleaded guilty to a felony related to a fight that ended in the death of a retired state corrections officer was sentenced to 4½ in prison on Wednesday.

Judge Chad W. Brown imposed the sentence on James Garafalo during an afternoon appearance in Saratoga County Court. Brown also ordered him five years of post-release supervision.

James Garafalo, 28, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault last March after he and his brother, Jordan Garafalo, allegedly started a fight with Mark French, 56, at Clancy’s Tavern last August. According to French’s friend Kevin Gordon, French died after being thrown onto the sidewalk, hitting his head and going into cardiac arrest on Caroline Street.

Jordan Garafalo, 39, pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges last December and is free on $100,000 bond.

French, then living in South Carolina, died at Albany Medical Center on August 15, 2021, the day after his injury. French, a retiree from Great Meadow Correctional Institution in Comstock, was visiting the town, his former home, with his son Nick French. They were at Clancy’s, a well-known local bar, celebrating a $2,000 win at Saratoga Racetrack.

Around 11 p.m., the father and son called an Uber. Gordon said that as they were leaving, the brothers, who allegedly caused trouble in the bar, came up behind Nick French and allegedly “kicked” him on the head.

Mark French, a 6ft 5in cancer survivor, saw him and went to help his son. Then he was punched in the back of the head.

“He fell so hard,” Gordon told The Times Union last year. “When he went to Albany Med, they put him on life support. But he was on blood thinners and he took such a beating, he didn’t have a chance. He never got out of it. It’s foolish, simply foolish.”

Prior to French’s death, the Garafalo brothers, who own J. Garafalo and Son Asphalt Paving of Wilton, faced other recent charges. Police blotters, as printed in Saratoga Today, note that in 2021, Saratoga Springs police charged Jordan Garafalo with felony assault, harassment, criminal mischief, criminal contempt, criminal possession of a weapon and acts intended to harm a child under the age of 17.

James Garafalo was charged with criminal mischief in 2021.

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Glasgow nightclub boss warns ScotRail schedule could impact gig-goers

A Glasgow nightclub boss has raised concerns about the impact of Scotrail’s reduced hours on attendance at music events in the city.

The new timetable came into effect this week with more than 700 services cut and some last trains leaving before 8 p.m. due to ongoing wage disputes.

With a summer season busy with big names visiting the city, industry professional Donald MacLeod fears concertgoers will have no way of getting home unless the driver shortage is resolved.

Pictured: Industry boss Donald MacLeod spoke out

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He said the scottish sun“The Scottish Government really needs to pull their fingers back because it’s just a mess at the moment.

“This Saturday, for example, you have Alice Cooper and The Cult at The Hydro – very high prices – but they don’t finish until 10:30 or 10:45 p.m.

“And how long does it normally take to get from the Hydro to the stations?”

“On Monday we have a show at the Barrowlands with Meshuggah and the same evening you have My Chemical Romance at The Hydro, how are people supposed to go home?

“It’s going to cause huge problems, especially in Glasgow where you already have a shortage of taxis.”

Glasgow Times: Pictured: Over 700 services have been cutPictured: More than 700 services have been cut

Mr Macleod’s comments come after two turbulent years for the nightlife industry that have left many businesses struggling to recover.

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Glasgow Times: Pictured: There are fears the timing could impact Glasgow concert attendancePictured: The timing is feared to have an impact on concert attendance in Glasgow

He said: “We were the first to close and the last to open when the pandemic hit and now we are bearing the brunt of it again.

“A general feeling of negativity could mean that people are just not going out.

“Places like the Garage and the Cathouse have a 10 p.m. curfew, but that’s a pretty tight deadline.

“In some cases we may open the doors earlier, but by then people have already made up their minds.

“God forbid the last train from Glasgow is cancelled.”

“Then you have a whole host of events coming up this summer including massive shows at Hampden Park and of course TRNSMT.

“There are time limits set for these bands to play and be under contract and the license itself is granted on that. How do you accommodate this? »

Speaking about the reduced timetable yesterday, ScotRail Service Manager David Simpson said: “We are keen to resolve the dispute as soon as possible and the timetable will run for as long as necessary in order to provide a more reliable service.

“The schedule will be reviewed and any improvements or returns to normal will be communicated via the ScotRail website, mobile app and social media channels.”

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Bars and Cafes Market Size and Forecast

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Five new restaurants in Midtown St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) — This summer, food lovers in St. Louis will have plenty of new options in Midtown, as several new concepts open on Locust.

The development of the old Beaumont telephone exchange building helped spur Locust’s growth and now more excitement is to come.

“Part of the success of the neighborhood so far has been the mix of tenants and the dining opportunities we’ve been able to organize. This end of the neighborhood has a lot of momentum, but we need dining tenants to make it accessible. on foot and active,” promoter Jassen Johnson said.

Videira Wine Shop and Bar will open at the back of 2700 Locust. Owner Mykel McIntosh says he will offer local cheese, meats and wines from local vendors.

Kain Tayo will open 2700 Locust. The Filipino restaurant hails from Trenton, Illinois and will be moving to the St. Louis area, serving traditional cuisine.

Anita Cafe and Bar will open in the corner space of 2700 Locust. It is described as serving morning style drinks and small plates, with a focus on Mediterranean style drinks and food.

Nexus Cultural Cuisine and Craft Cocktails will open at 2704 Locust. Chef Ceaira Jackson worked at Eclipse at Moonrise and opened Bait STL in the Central West End. The new concept will feature elevated global cuisine and feature a lush patio.

Rick’s and Rick’s Rooftop will be located at 2639 Locust. The entertainment and music concept will open later this year. It is expected to feature bowling alleys, pinball and arcade games as well as a place for a food truck. The rooftop will be a live music venue at night.

Johnson says they’re also working to negotiate a lease with a football bar and a microbrewery.

The goal is for the new restaurants to open this summer.

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What is beauty without water? | Marie Claire

Once upon a time, water took first place in almost every beauty formula. Whether the product in question was designed for skin, hair or makeup, it didn’t matter – good ol’ H2O was the first component on the ingredient list, where it was prized for its user-friendly emulsions, its non-sticky finish and satisfactory foam.

But the tide has turned. Brands are increasingly creating waterless products and instead relying on butters and oils to get results. This change has a ton of eco-potential, reducing waste and, of course, the water itself.

Despite their recent rise, the bars, powders, and concentrates that fill shelves today aren’t exactly new. In fact, the first shampoo bars debuted in 1987, thanks to Lush co-founder Mo Constantine and cosmetic chemist Stan Krysztal. There have always been “anhydrous, or ‘waterless’ products, such as face and body oils, balms, sticks and powders,” says cosmetic chemist Marisa Plescia, researcher at retailer NakedPoppy. own beauty products. “But over the past few years, we’ve seen this category grow with new ideas and new concepts.”

Rather than renaming products that never contained water to begin with, brands are developing waterless versions of traditionally water-based formulas, such as cleansers and conditioners.

Logistics also plays a role in its development. As consumers have largely shifted from store shelves to scrolling pages, products have adapted accordingly. As companies competed for shelf space with shiny, oversized bottles, says Jenkins, “shipping water around the world just doesn’t make sense anymore.” Remove water from the equation and you get a smaller, lighter product to transport, which can translate into cost savings. (However, it’s hard to say if brands pass these savings on to consumers. Additionally, “the cost of anhydrous materials can [actually] be higher,” says Plescia. “Water is cheap, while waxes, oils, butters and powders often aren’t.”)

Ultimately, however, it’s all about supply and demand: sustainability is finally having its day, and foregoing water in a given product can create a domino effect of environmental benefits down the road. throughout its life cycle. “Over the past couple of years, consumers have become increasingly aware of the need to protect natural resources broadly and to be more mindful of water conservation specifically,” says Mia Davis, vice -President of Sustainability and Impact at Credo Beauty, a clean beauty company. retailer. And where consumers go, so do businesses. “It’s becoming increasingly clear to investors and companies that making products — and disposing of them — is having a huge impact on our young consumers,” says Boma Brown-West, director of consumer health at Environmental DefenseFund. The cosmetics industry is responsible for approximately 120 billion beauty packages produced each year, most of which are never recycled. “It’s important for companies to recognize that they have an environmental footprint and actually take action to address it.”

Size, in this case, matters. Since water equals volume, waterless beauty products are literally smaller than their traditional counterparts, which can have an eco-friendly ripple effect. “Because you reduce the size of a product, you invariably reduce the amount of packaging needed,” says Brown-West. This could significantly limit the item’s total carbon footprint. “Smaller product means more space in the truck to store more product,” she explains. “It can help reduce the amount of fuel used to transport each product.” It can also reduce the amount of emissions, like carbon and air pollutants.

Then there is the benefit of recycling. Some waterless products, such as solid bars, allow for more consistent recycling across the line. “If the result of making a product without water reduces the need for smaller components, like caps, or materials that aren’t accepted by recycling programs, like pumps with metal parts, then it could there’s a benefit,” says Karen Hagerman, director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.

That’s what led entrepreneur Kate McLeod to seek alternative packaging for her eponymous line of solid hydration bars, which she calls Stones. “Our strong formula forced me to look at packaging differently,” says McLeod, who ultimately settled on a bamboo backing that was both pretty and durable enough to be reused.

Speaking of the (environmental) devil – i.e. plastic – waterless formulas allow products to be packaged without anything because, depending on the formula, there are fewer worries about drips or leaks. This is what led to the creation of HiBar, a line of plastic-free hair and skin care bars. “We looked at different product forms, like solubles and refills, and concluded that our best chance of providing our customers with a high-quality product was simply to remove the water from the formulation,” says Dion Hughes, co-founder of the brand. And that’s a big deal, given that fossil fuels are the primary ingredient in plastic production. Around 91% of plastic is never recycled, leading to it endlessly accumulating in oceans and landfills.

Another advantage: preservatives are not really necessary. After all, bacteria live their best life wading through a water-rich environment; conversely, “in anhydrous formulas, bacteria find it more difficult to grow since there is no water, so this risk is lower,” specifies Plescia. And fewer preservatives is a good thing, adds Jenkins, because “everything we use in our shower goes down the drain and into our water systems.”

These are all promising and eco-friendly reasons to swap your shampoo bottle for a bar. That said, it’s important to think about these things in context – not all waterless formulas are created equal. “A water-free product doesn’t necessarily mean the formula is more durable, took less energy or carbon to make, or has a great safety profile,” Davis says. “Water is a major piece of the puzzle of more sustainable products, but ‘waterless’ products may or may not be better for the environment or for you, the user.”

Part of that is because while H2O might be irrelevant, there’s still a whole lot more to it. “With higher levels of other ingredients, the sustainability of those ingredients themselves can be called into question,” says Plescia.

Plus, Davis points out that if you’re taking hour-long showers and drinking from single-use plastic water bottles, choosing a waterless beauty product won’t matter much. “Beauty without water can be great, but it won’t solve the water crisis,” she says.

To put a pin in the sustainability conversation for a second, waterless beauty products have a whole host of other benefits, like gaining in potency and convenience. They tend to be more concentrated, which means they contain more nutrients, vitamins, and other beneficial compounds. “What I noticed visiting different African communities was that the herbs, oils and butters were all so rich and pure,” says 54 Thrones founder Christina Funke Tegbe, whose beauty line is rooted in waterless body butters. “A little really goes a long way. The advantage, therefore, is a more concentrated, more effective product that goes further, because no water is used to reduce it. And frequent travelers, behold: Some waterless products can be a travel dream, eliminating a step down the ever-anxiety TSA line.

Yet, there are still downsides to these amplified formulations. A big consideration? The texture. While emulsions, like your average lotion, can be smooth and satiny on application, “an anhydrous formula, like a balm, can be heavier with an occasional greasy feel, which may not be desired by some consumers. “, explains Plescia.

Before adding a product to the cart, do your research on the brand itself. On the one hand, there’s always the risk of being overlooked in an industry that has historically left women of color behind, Brown-West notes, adding that waterless brands need to consider the specific needs of women of color when of product formulation. (For example, some brands only offer one solid shampoo option, instead of considering all hair textures, including natural hair, when making them.) is, is high wherever sustainability is involved. Some products have always been waterless, says Hagerman, (think powder blush) and calling them “waterless” is just a way to cash in on the hype.

Nuances notwithstanding, experts and founders agree that waterless products are a positive net development for the beauty industry – and certainly better than buying products with non-recyclable packaging filled with unsustainable ingredients. Although they may take some getting used to, it is worth it. As Jenkins says, “In the end, your hair and the planet will thank you.”

This story appears in the May 2022 issue of Marie Claire.

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DJ Z13 Named Newest Resident DJ at ‘Trust Nightclub’ in Detroit

Poster for Trust Nightclub’s “Summer Magic” launch event on May 28 with DJ Z13

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Poster for Trust Nightclub Ft. DJ Z13 every Saturday night this summer

Detroit will have DJ Z13 headlining this summer’s Saturday Night ‘Summer Magic’ events at Trust Nightclub beginning Saturday, May 28 from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

You will have to see it to believe it. Confidence will be truly “magical” on Saturday night now that I’m back in town. Summer Magic is the move of summer 2022 to the city of Detroit.

—DJ Z13

DETROIT, MICHIGAN, USA, May 23, 2022 / — Zachary Sinutko aka DJZ13 officially announced via social media last weekend that he would be partnering with Trust Nightclub in Detroit this summer. The DJ Z13 residency will begin on Saturday May 28 and will continue throughout the summer every Saturday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Every Saturday, DJ Z13 will be the official DJ for the “Summer Magic” party at Trust Nightclub in Detroit. Trust Nightclub are extremely excited about the opportunity and are also promoting the new addition to the team on social media starting this week.

Guinness World Record holder and Detroit native DJ Z13 is back in town. Returning in mid-May, Detroit will see DJ Z13 weekly at Trust Nightclub in Detroit. DJ Z13 is the host and executive producer of the hit radio show “808s and Mixtapes”, which airs on WJCU 88.7 FM in Cleveland and worldwide via the WJCU app/website. DJ Z13 plans to stay in Detroit for another residency for the foreseeable future. Hot off the heels of winning his first National Broadcasting Award as a live radio personality, DJ Z13 aka Zachary Sinutko has big plans for the summer.

“I’m extremely excited about this opportunity and to be back in the city of Detroit. Trust Nightclub’s Saturday Night ‘Summer Magic’ event will be something you’ll have to see to believe. If you love music Top 40/Pop, you won’t want to miss Saturday nights at Trust Nightclub this summer. Thank you Trust for believing in me and allowing me to do what I love the most” – Zachary Sinutko aka DJ Z13 ( Saturday Night Resident DJ for Trust Nightclub)

“Summer Magic” will be a returning format with a new twist for Trust Nightclub. “Summer Magic” will consist of Top 40, Pop, EDM and Dance music. Zachary Sinutko aka DJ Z13 hopes to bring Trust Nightclub a wider audience, special guests and unforgettable memories. With DJ Z13 bringing weekly excitement to Detroit pop music and EDM fans, there’s no telling what’s to come. Top 40 & Pop is something Trust hasn’t seen lately and DJ Z13 is extremely happy to bring it back to town.

‘808s and Mixtapes’ airs Tuesday nights from 10 p.m. to midnight on WJCU 88.7 FM and worldwide via their website. DJ Z13 (Zachary Sinutko) produces and hosts the weekly radio show alongside Emily Davala and Collin Kennedy, all of whom are current students at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. As of April 11, 2022, DJ Z13 (Zachary Sinutko) and Collin Kennedy are currently award-winning radio DJs and Guinness World Record holders. Zachary Sinutko aka DJ Z13 currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest radio interview in the world with his 25 hour and 32 minute interview with Collin Kennedy earlier this year in February. DJ Z13 aka Zachary Sinutko plans to break a second Guinness World Record later this year. More information can be found at 808s and mixtapes

“Believe me when I say this, pun intended, ‘Summer Magic’ will be legendary. Trust Nightclub in Detroit has yet to see the next Top 40/Pop movement make its way to clubs across the United States. format to trust and bring the city of Detroit together as one. I also have special guests planned, so be on the lookout!” – Zachary Sinutko, DJ Z13 (Saturday night resident DJ for Trust Nightclub).

DJ Z13 will be live at Trust Nightclub every Saturday night from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Reservations can be made by texting 313-300-3750. More information can be found on DJ Z13’s social networks or on

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Daily Dose Cafe opens at Capital Mall

Coffee lovers in Jefferson City have a cozy new place to check out at the Daily Dose Cafe.

Daily Dose Cafe, a new store owned by Joe and Karina Amsden, opened Thursday at the Capital Mall at the Jefferson City Wellness Center. The shop sells coffee from Serendipity Coffee in Eldon and offers a healthy menu with salads, sandwiches and wraps, as well as muffins and other baked goodies.

Joe, who has worked as a bartender for several companies in the city and recently worked in construction, said the opportunity came at the perfect time earlier this year. Having dreamed of opening their own business anyway and with a young son, Liam, to support, the couple chose to jump at the chance when the owner of the center mentioned that she was looking for a cafe to add to the mixed.

“It was one of those things that just happened,” Joe Amsden said. “It always seemed like a retirement plan, something we could buy into later, but it was a lifelong passion and a smart decision.

Karina Amsden, a graphic designer, is friends with the owner and said the new venture was a perfect opportunity to join a supportive network of local businesses while bringing something new to the mall.

“We thought this might be a really cool opportunity: everything was in place here, and we’re both coffee fanatics,” she said. “And everyone here is local. The others here have found that area of ​​support and are very strong supporters of local businesses, so we thought we’d have something here.”

She designed the new company’s logo, combining the shape of a coffee cup with the health focus of the rest of the center.

With a friend helping to illustrate the large menu that adorns a chalkboard by the counter and support from other local businesses and owners of Serendipity, the couple said everyone had something to bring to the table.

“We want to run a family business, support other local businesses and great coffee,” they said.

Daily Dose Cafe is located in the Jefferson City Wellness Center in the Capital Mall at 3600 Country Club Drive. It is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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Archbishop of San Francisco Bans Pelosi from Communion Due to Abortion | Nancy Pelosi

The Roman Catholic archbishop of Nancy Pelosi’s hometown of San Francisco banned her from receiving communion there because of her steadfast support for abortion rights, which she reinforced as judges in the Supreme Court are weighing in on finalizing a draft ruling banning pregnancy termination in more than half of the counties.

In a letter to the Speaker of the United States House and posted on his Twitter account, ultra-conservative Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone argued that “Pelosi’s stance on abortion has only become more extreme over the years, especially in recent months,” and he had decided to block it. of communion after she ignored his demands for an explanation of her position to him.

Cordileone – the archbishop of San Francisco since 2012 – accused Pelosi of not “understanding the grave harm she is doing, the outrage she is causing and the danger to her own soul that she is risking”. He said he should stop her from receiving Communion until she “publicly denies her support for abortion”.

“Know that I find no pleasure in fulfilling my pastoral duty here,” Cordileone added in his letter, which he said served as public notice of his decision to Bay Area Catholics.

The missive praised Pelosi for ‘her advocacy for caring for the poor and vulnerable’, said the decision was apolitical and called the longtime Democratic congresswoman a ‘sister in Christ’, but she also called out the president of the House to confess and repent.

Pelosi, who has often mentioned his faith in Catholicism, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Cordileone.

Cordileone’s letter comes after a May 2 leaked draft ruling that showed the conservative Supreme Court majority was prepared to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that essentially legalized abortion nationwide.

Abortion would be banned in 26 states if Roe v Wade is overturned.

Although the conservatives celebrated the leak, the liberals protested strongly, including by staging demonstrations in the streets.

Pelosi has been at the forefront of objections, including appearing on CNN last week and calling the current Supreme Court makeup “dangerous to families and freedoms in our country.”

During that interview, Pelosi predicted that the Supreme Court would also seek to ban contraception and same-sex marriage if Roe v Wade were to fall, which the Speaker of the House said would be “an abomination, one worst and most damaging decisions in modern history. ”

“Understand that,” Pelosi said. “It’s not just about terminating a pregnancy.”

Politically, Catholic Democrats who support abortion rights often draw criticism from other members of their religion. A prominent Catholic Democrat who opposes abortion is Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, although he has also pledged to veto legislation that would criminalize abortion.

Cordileone has built its reputation on its outspoken opposition to same-sex marriage. He has previously said that many of his views are actually quite similar to those of Pope Francis, although Cordileone has posited that the world leader of Catholicism might just be better at communicating them.

Last year, Francis told Joe Biden to continue receiving communion as conservatives pushed for the Democratic US president to be denied the sacrament over his support for abortion rights.

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Remembering the nightclubs and bars of Salisbury and Amesbury

EARLIER this month we asked you, our readers, to step back in time and tell us which Salisbury clubs, bars and pubs you miss.

With around 200 responses submitted, we’ve compiled a list of your favorite watering holes and dance spots.

Some responses paid homage to life in the 60s and 70s, while other selected buildings have stood the test of time and still contribute to nightlife today.

From Concordes to Music Box, here are 12 of the city’s most missed pubs, bars and clubs – and a live music venue – in order of popularity.

– Concordes
– Enzo’s
– Barn
– Alexandra Rooms
– High post
– Nn Bar
– Mortimer
– White Rooms
– Town hall
– Music Box

Did we miss one? Let us know your thoughts and nighttime memories in the comments!

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Beeston’s new Compa Sicilian cafe is run with “passion and love”

A new cafe brings something different to Beeston with a menu of Sicilian street food and pastries served with “passion and love”. Compa will open its doors on Saturday May 21 after transforming the former Renaissance fashion agency.

The tight-knit group of family and friends behind the cafe say it’s the real deal – from their accents to the authentic Sicilian delights on the menu such as cornetto, arancina, cannolo and cassatina. Beeston has its fair share of Italian restaurants — lively Amores, the intimate L’Oliva and the new 150-seat Ottimo — but there’s nothing else quite like it.

Compa – pronounced with an emphasis on the “pa” – is the brainchild of best friends Angela Aiello and Manola Perez, who have known each other for 25 years. The duo first met while working at high-end Italian department store Rinascente in their hometown Palmero.

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Angela, who says Manola is like a sister, said: “Compa, you can translate it in English as mate or bro but for us it’s a bit different. For us it’s ‘I’ll take care of you “. We call each other compa.”

Signing a lease wasn’t enough to show their commitment to the company — the duo had matching tattoos inked on their forearms. Angela said: “We’re excited, nervous and crazy but very happy. We got tattoos because we believe in what we’re doing.

LR: Massimo Bellavista, Rebecca Romano, Manola Perez, Angela Aiello and Andrea Ledda at Compa

“We would like to bring a bit of Sicily here in the heart of Beeston, our home away from home. If people want to taste the authentic flavors of Sicily, come here.”

Sicily, the island at the southern tip of Italy’s foot, has its own regional specialties. Angela’s son, Andrea Ledda, 23, explained that Sicily does not have the same wealth as the north of the country. Generations of cooks have therefore learned to prepare simple and inexpensive ingredients, such as arancina dumplings filled with rice, served at the café with ham and bechal, stew, mushrooms and spinach.

Andrea said: “In northern Italy they tend to use expensive ingredients. In southern Italy, especially in Sicily, because we have been poor for generations, our grandmothers used to cook very cheap dishes, but the amazing thing is that even though it was cheap food, it is so good because the way we prepare it makes it enjoyable.

Caponata, a Sicilian vegetarian dish, at Compa
Caponata, a Sicilian vegetarian dish, at Compa

“It’s not as expensive as in northern Italy, where you’ll find more steaks and more meat. I think that’s why Sicilian food is better – making steak taste great is easy. Making rice good is not so easy, which is why there is a very big difference between Sicilian cuisine and the rest of Italy.

“Everything on the menu is mostly Sicilian street food, so all the arancina, rotisserie, paninis – it’s something you can’t find anywhere else. If you go to an Italian restaurant, you won’t find any none and if you do it will be adapted British recipes.”

The reasonably priced menu, with most items costing between £3.50 and £6, also includes slices of pizzetta, with tomato sauce, mozzarella and oregano, cooked and fried calzone and rollo, stuffed with pork or chicken. The paninis are topped with mortadella sausage, stracciatella cheese and flaked pistachios or porchetta, wild arugula and grana.

Lasagna can be bought per portion at £5 or a box of six portions at £25. The same goes for the Sicilian-style cooked pasta, which consists of rigatoni, beef stew, bechal, eggplant, ham and mozzarella.

Needless to say, the cannolo, brimming at both ends with creamy ricotta and chocolate drippings, is part of the pastry section. Other sweet treats include the green cassatina, a sponge cake made from homemade marzipan, topped with a cherry.

In addition to Italian coffee, tea and hot chocolate, the range of cold drinks includes Tomarchio Bio imported from Sicily, in flavors such as lemon and chinotto. It looks like cola but doesn’t taste like it, instead having a bittersweet orange taste.

Open Monday through Saturday in time for breakfast, guests can start the day with cornetto — not the ice cream — but the croissant-like pastry. Plain, apricot, chocolate and hazelnut and almond flavors are available. Customers can also buy take-out Italian products such as crisps, fruit drinks, cookies and pesto.

Large windows, overlooking Wollaton Road, allow light to flood the 20-seat cafe, with its simple black-topped tables, colorful artwork by Manola and a Palmero football shirt on the wall. A traditional Sicilian cart, or carretto, was made by Angela’s husband, Massimo Bellavisita, and decorated by Manola, who also created the cafe’s logo of the mustachioed, winking man carrying a traditional Sicilian coppola .

Angela moved to Beeston five years ago with Massimo and their three children and has dreamed of opening a café ever since. But she said a new country, new people and a new language first held her back, so in the meantime she helped run her husband’s electricity business.

She said: “I had basic English when I moved five years ago and went to MagiKats school in Beeston to learn English, but then Covid came along so I had to stop my classes and everything I’ve learned since then I’ve learned about TV shows and movies with English subtitles to link the words.”

Manola, who followed her friend to the UK three years ago with her two daughters, runs the kitchen. Eldest daughter Rebecca, 18, also works at Compa.

Customers can eat in, take out or have it delivered via Deliveroo, starting Monday. There is also a click and collect option on the Compa website. Compa will open at 11 a.m. on its first day, and regular hours will be 9:10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Spring and Summer Cocktails at Vermont Restaurants and Bars

With the arrival of warm spring weather and the easing of COVID-19 restrictions after two largely isolated years, many of us are reappearing in some semblance of social life.

This requires a toast.

So why not offer that toast with a signature cocktail created by one of Vermont’s bars or restaurants? Sure, Vermont is known as a beer state, but with a growing number of distilleries in the state and a penchant for the simple pleasures in life, Vermonters are more than happy to drop off their pint glasses at the take advantage of the martini glasses.

If you’re looking for an eye-catching cocktail, where do you start? Maybe one of those bars or restaurants that puts its cocktail concoctions front and center.

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Cocktail name: The lovely Rita

Composition of cocktails: Quebranta pisco (a Peruvian grape brandy produced by Barsol), Vida mezcal de Del Maguey from Mexico, Ancho Reyes chili liqueur, red pepper, strawberry and lime.

What is the story behind this drink? The Archives bar in Burlington offers a popular cocktail that includes yellow pepper and agave liquor and is called Lonely Hearts Club in honor of the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” according to Sean McKenzie, Beverage Director for The Archives. “That’s kind of how we landed on the name Lovely Rita (also a song on this album) because it’s kind of inspired by that other cocktail,” McKenzie said of the drink. on the Winooski menu. “It’s a super refreshing summer cocktail.”

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Tara Downs, bartender at Barr Hill in Montpellier, tops off a Bee's Knees cocktail on August 8, 2019.

Cocktail name: Bee knees

Composition of cocktails: 2 ounces of Barr Hill gin; 0.75 ounces of fresh lemon juice; 0.75 ounces raw honey syrup (two parts honey to one part hot water; let cool); lemon zest garnish; combine ingredients in a mixing container, add ice, shake, then double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add the filling.

What is the story behind this drink? Barr Hill is made by Vermont-based Caledonia Spirits, which has its roots in beekeeping. Hence a classic drink that incorporates honey into the mix.

An old-fashioned at Drink in Burlington on September 3, 2020.

Drink, Burlington

Cocktail name: Southwestern Old Fashioned

Composition of cocktails: Bourbon, Ancho Reyes chili liqueur, demerara syrup, Fire Water Bitters, orange and Angostura bitters.

What is the story behind this drink? If he had to pick an after-work drink, head bartender manager Matthew Doyle told the Burlington Free Press in 2020, he’d likely pick an Old Fashioned. This take on the classic spice things up a bit.

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Whispers of Meloncholy, a cocktail from Pizzeria Verita in Burlington.

Cocktail name: Whispers of the Meloncholy

Composition of cocktails: Cantaloupe purée, spicy tequila, port, lime juice and mint

What is the story behind this drink? This upscale pizzeria is revamping its cocktail menu, according to bartender Paul Beroza. While Verita wanted to keep some of its staple cocktails such as Brooklyn to Burlington, Icarus Wing and Botticelli’s Daughter, the restaurant was also looking for something spring-like to add to the list. “It’s bright, refreshing,” according to Beroza. “It kind of reminds me of what I think of when I think of spring.”

Hearts on Fire, a cocktail that features pineapple and jalapeño infused tequila, at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury.

Cocktail name: Flaming Hearts

Composition of cocktails: Charred Citrus, Pineapple & Jalapeño Tequila, Gran Gala Liqueur, Lime, Agave, Tajin Rim Seasoning, Alice and the Magician Fresh Citrus Spray.

What is the story behind this drink? This drink was recommended by the bar manager of the Waterbury barbecue restaurant, Laura Thompson. Exotic Vermont ingredients such as citrus fruits, jalapeño and lime get a local twist with the citrus spray created by Burlington-based aromatic beverage company Alice and the Magician.

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5 Best Nightclubs in Omaha, NE

Below is a list of the best nightclubs in Omaha, NE. To help you find the best nightclubs near you in Omaha, NE, we’ve put together our own list based on this list of rating points.

Best nightclubs in Omaha, NE:

The best rated nightclubs in Omaha, NE are:

  • 80s retro disco – one of Omaha’s coolest retro music clubs.
  • Rhythmz Lounge – features live music, a dance floor, with a fully stocked bar in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Parliament pub – Local drinking trough with English decor, billiards, fireplace & sidewalk terrace.
  • Retro arcade lounge – vibrant nightclub offering arcade games, cocktails and snacks including sandwiches and jerk chicken.
  • The maximum – drag shows, theme nights and more at this gay nightclub with a large dance floor and outdoor terrace.

80s retro disco

5 Best Nightclubs in Omaha, NE

80s retro disco is a very popular nightclub in Omaha considered by many to be one of the best. This nightclub is considered a top destination for parties and drinks. Retro Rewind 80s Nightclub takes you back to when disco was a huge thing. The atmosphere will surely take you back to a time when everything was colorful, shiny and fuzzy. They also have amazing drinks to help you relax and enjoy your time more. If you are looking for a nightclub to dance the night away, this is the best place. Do you like to dance and sip martinis? Retro Rewind 80s nightclub is the destination in Omaha.

Parties, food, drinks, events, live DJ, dancing, happy hour

Address: 15475 Ruggles St Suite 108, Omaha, NE 68116
Phone: (402) 315-1406

Really fun atmosphere, clean. I saw in a few other reviews that the drinks are a bit pricey but they are no more expensive than other bars. Plus, you’re paying for the experience. Plan to come back for sure. – Channa Lewis

Rhythmz Lounge

Best Nightclubs in Omaha, NE

Rhythmz Lounge presents a great and entertaining time for those looking to let loose in Omaha. This nightclub also offers amazing food and drinks. Rhythmz Lounge features amazing music and live DJs. The staff are very attentive and friendly. They are more than happy to serve you. The customer experience is amazing. If you’re looking for a great place to let off steam with your friends, this is the place. They have an amazing atmosphere, music, food and drink. Are you looking for a nightclub of choice to discover the nightlife of Omaha? Check out Rhythmz Lounge for their amazing experiences.

Parties, food, drinks, events, live DJ, dancing, happy hour

Address: 10841 Q St, Omaha, NE 68137
Phone: (402) 933-8896

I love the atmosphere. Such a great place to hang out at night and have some nice drinks with nice people. The sound quality in the club is super dope too. –Denzel Maxwell

Parliament pub

Best Nightclubs in Omaha, NE

Parliament pub has served Omaha as one of the best nightlife destinations for years. The music and DJs are some of the best highlights. The Parliament Pub offers an assortment of drinks that will surely suit your cravings. The food is also amazing and will fit perfectly with your drink. They feature local bands and artists. Their very hospitable staff will go above and beyond to make sure you enjoy everything. The customer experience is simply amazing. Looking for an exciting night in Omaha? Consider the Parliament Pub for the best entertainment, drinks, music and dancing.

Parties, food, drinks, events, live DJ, dancing, happy hour

Address: 1212 Harney St #2, Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (402) 934-3301

The Parliament Pub is always great! DJs with great music and great bartenders making stiff and affordable drinks! The atmosphere is dark and gloomy as I like. Parliament West Omaha is my favorite but if I go downtown I stop at the original! –Jeff Sharman

Retro arcade lounge

Omaha, NE Best Night Clubs

Retro arcade lounge offers an amazing nighttime experience filled with music, drinks and fun. This nightclub is one of the most popular destinations for many Omaha natives. Throwback Arcade Lounge has an incredible menu of food that complements their drinks perfectly. The staff are very attentive and accommodating. They will go above and beyond to make sure your experience is something to write home about. The nightclub is clean and well maintained. Want to experience the best nightlife in Omaha? Throwback Arcade Lounge has amazing specials that you will surely appreciate.

Parties, food, drinks, events, live DJ, dancing, happy hour

Address: 1402 Howard Street, Omaha, NE 68102

This is THE first 80’s themed downtown hotspot. The staff is knowledgeable and very professional. They offer VIP bottle service like no other. Vegas atmosphere and the dance floor is really cool! I highly recommend checking it out! – Richie Nastase

The maximum

The Best Nightclubs in Omaha, NE

The maximum is arguably Omaha’s most popular LGBT nightclub. This nightclub has amazing events and a great time for LGBT and straight customers. Le Max always sells out and for good reason. The drinks are amazing, next to the food and the music. You can let loose and have fun with your friends. Dance your worries away with amazing music and DJs. Their staff is very friendly and will make sure you have the time of your life. Looking for a thrilling night in Omaha? Le Max offers everything from amazing music to wonderful drinks.

Parties, food, drinks, events, live DJ, dancing, happy hour

Address: 1417 Jackson St, Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (402) 346-4110

I’m so glad I heard about the Max. One of the best clubs I know. Everyone I took there had a great time. Fridays and Saturdays are always crowded. The max has cool events and shows regularly. Crazy that this club is in Omaha. An LGBTQ club where everyone can have an amazing time. –Leif Carlson

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Unsecured Business Loans: How Do They Work?

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Unsecured loans allow you to borrow money without risking any assets. Are they worth the steep price? Read on to learn more about unsecured loans.

I have worked in a client facing role in commercial credit sales for a number of years. I’ve grappled with a common refrain among older business owners: “Why can’t you just do that with my signature?”

For decades, banks have made loans to borrowers who have had a longstanding relationship with them. The loans would be settled in one day and the borrower would have the money based only on their guarantee.

Modern banks make the search for a small business loan much more difficult. Hundreds of bank failures and thousands of new regulations have made it significantly more difficult for banks to lend money in high-risk situations. Despite this, you may still be able to get an unsecured business loan. Here’s how.

Overview: What are unsecured business loans?

Unsecured business financing is when a business can get a loan without posting any collateral. Most business loans are made for a direct purpose (e.g. real estate or equipment) and the loan is secured by that purpose. This means you cannot sell the equipment or real estate without first paying off the loan, and if you default on the loan, the bank will take back and sell the collateral to reduce the loan balance.

Unsecured corporate loans are generally for working capital and are rarely large enough to purchase real estate or a significant amount of equipment.

How do unsecured business loans work?

If you do manage to get an unsecured business loan from a bank (not easy), you will likely have to personally vouch for the loan. This means if your company defaults on the loan, there is no collateral to withdraw and the bank will come after you to pay the balance. If you get the loan from an online lender or a credit card company, you may not have to personally vouch for it.

Unsecured loans almost always have higher fees and interest rates; Even government-guaranteed microloans can have interest rates in the mid-teens.

4 Types of Unsecured Business Loans

Here are four common types of unsecured small business loans.

1st SBA

SBA loans under $150,000 do not require collateral. Between $150,000 and $350,000, the bank must “seek additional collateral,” but if it’s there, the deal can still go unsecured.

In both cases, the bank makes a general UCC registration for the deal. UCC stands for Uniform Commercial Code and is how states register collateral for items such as accounts receivable and equipment. You can think of it like the title of a vehicle or property.

The general UCC means the bank will grab any assets you have that have no prior liens. These are usually things like desks, computers, and inventory. This means that the loan is not technically unsecured but is a kind of purgatory for business loans. You are free to do with your assets and sell them if you wish, but the bank will take them if you default.

The most common SBA loans are working capital loans and business loans for startups.

2. Lines of Credit

If you have a good relationship with your bank, you may be able to avail an unsecured line of credit. Most banks do everything they can to avoid unsecured lines of credit over $50,000. Even then, you’ll likely need to sign the same general UCC as you would for SBA loans.

I was in a store for months getting an SBA export credit line for a company that was buying cornmeal in the US Midwest and shipping it to Indonesia for use as animal feed. The process was incredibly complicated, and the SBA required the bank to be first on our UCC filing.

Turns out the borrower had obtained what he believed to be an unsecured $25,000 line of credit from a major bank during underwriting to help make ends meet until we got SBA approval. The big bank secured its loan with a UCC application and was now in first place. The borrower bought $80,000 in cornmeal and had to be reimbursed to make his own mortgage payment, but he was technically in arrears on the export loan.

We had to have a conventional emergency loan approved until he was able to close the “unsecured” line of credit and remove the UCC. Unsurprisingly, the big bank took its time. Make sure you read the loan documents you sign and know what they mean.

3. Credit Cards

Credit cards are the most common form of unsecured business financing. A bank I worked for automatically approved 10% of every loan amount in potential credit cards to try to sell to customers.

Credit cards are also the most expensive of these options. They have sky-high interest rates and often an annual fee. If you use them, stick to the general running costs and pay off the balance monthly.

4. Merchant Cash Advance

The reason banks force credit cards on their customers is because of the high interest rates and hefty merchant fees. Every time you use a credit card, the business owner has to pay a merchant fee to process the transaction. Merchant Services may be provided through your bank or a third party.

Some merchant service providers allow you to make a merchant cash advance. This is like a small business payday loan. The trading services company knows how much you make in credit card transactions and guarantees the transaction based on those inflows.

After receiving the advance, the balance will be paid out slowly if you accept credit card purchases. As you probably expected, cash advances at merchants have fairly high fees. Only use them as a last resort.

Should You Use an Unsecured Business Loan to Fund Your Business?

Here are a few pros and cons of unsecured business loans.

3 advantages of unsecured business loans

Unsecured business loans can offer some attractive benefits.

1. Releases collateral

The main advantage of unsecured business financing is that you are free to use your assets as you see fit. If you need to sell equipment to enter a new line of business, you can. If you need to account for your receivables to speed up your cash conversion cycle, you can. If you’re having a big month and your inventory is sold out, you don’t have to worry about that.

2. Speeds up the approval process

A large part of the underwriting time for real estate and equipment loans is evaluating the collateral. A large portion of the time that is spent each month keeping revolving credit lines open is reporting the credit base to the bank. For unsecured loans, skip this step.

Additionally, many modern lenders use an algorithm to rate and approve unsecured loans because they are smaller than a typical real estate or equipment loan. This makes the process much easier and faster.

3. Reduces risk

The ability to sell your collateral when you want isn’t the only benefit of not using it to secure a loan. You can also use the collateral to continue the business if you default on the loan. This gives you an opportunity to turn back and eventually repay the lender.

3 Disadvantages of Unsecured Business Loans

However, unsecured business loans also have their pitfalls.

1. Interest Rates

In the financial world, there is a clear connection between risk and interest rate. Lenders who are unable to collect collateral must be compensated for this risk. If you get an unsecured line of credit or credit card, make sure the balance stays at $0 as much as possible.

2. Fees

Lenders know that high interest rates are unattractive and will seek to lower interest rates and compensate by charging for things like closing costs, line usage, line non-usage, document preparation, business plan preparation, or executive bonuses.

Keep track of your loan documents and make sure you go through all loan uses. Sometimes the lender pays their fees with the loan, so you don’t start with a $0 balance, but you don’t have to put up cash for the fees either.

3. Discipline

I worked with a cranky old man (as he would proudly have called himself) experienced from decades of working with high-risk companies. He was in the SBA department and often wanted collateral on loans that technically weren’t required to impose discipline on the borrower.

If a borrower has to pledge a second lien on their home to get a loan, or has to report a credit history each month to maintain access to a revolving line of credit, they’re far more likely to pay off the loan on time.

This discipline is a good thing when running a business. The risk of losing important assets or the need to support a credit base helps ensure you are not living beyond your means. An unsecured loan does not impose any discipline on your business as there is no direct risk to your assets if you default.

Should You Secure an Unsecured Loan?

Unsecured loans seem ideal at first glance. You get the money without the risk of losing anything. In reality, most successful small businesses don’t use unsecured loans much because of the cost. Unsecured loans are a cut above loans from Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) or mezzanine funds and are often the last gasp of a failed business.

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Astoria back: One of Wellington’s oldest cafes reopens after 18 months of closure

A refurbished Astoria cafe has reopened after closing in December 2020.

Ross Giblin

A refurbished Astoria cafe has reopened after closing in December 2020.

A well-known cafe that shocked Wellington foodies when it suddenly closed 18 months ago has reopened with a new look and menu.

Astoria in Midland Park, originally opened in 1996, was one of the capital’s oldest cafés and a must-see place to see and be seen. Its proximity to the Parliament, the courthouses and its capacity of nearly 150 places have made it a regular place for all kinds of networking and small talk.

In 2013, a young Labor backbench MP, Jacinda Ardern, was pictured there sympathizing with Grant Robertson after his failed Labor leadership. Former Prime Minister Don Brash was a regular at this favorite table around 2011.

James Pask, chief executive of the Yu Group, says the pandemic has delayed completion of the development.

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James Pask, chief executive of the Yu Group, says the pandemic has delayed completion of the development. “We had a few hiccups along the way.”

Now the cafe is open again after a complete reconstruction of the place’s interior and kitchen.

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Oscar Schicker 6, Marc Schicker and Vinetya Harza enjoy first day back at Astoria Cafe.

Ross Giblin

Oscar Schicker 6, Marc Schicker and Vinetya Harza enjoy first day back at Astoria Cafe.

James Pask, chief executive of Yu Group Owners, said he was “very, very happy” to be open again after the pandemic delayed the opening date.

“We had a few hiccups along the way.”

The room’s decor was brought back to concrete with dim lighting, a range of seating and a 13-metre bar, crowned by a custom-made suspended wooden beam, as the focal point of the room.

Don Brash at his favorite table in Astoria in 2011.

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Don Brash at his favorite table in Astoria in 2011.

The menu has also been revitalized with an emphasis on New York charcuterie and Italian cuisine “with our own twist”.

A take-out window will allow coffee and food to flow to customers seated in the park and the cafe’s opening hours have also been extended into the evening. Pask said the intention was to accommodate a quick coffee stop alongside a longer dining experience.


A cascade of central problems from Wellington left behind a struggling Golden Mile.

“The venue has the ability to allow people to settle in for a night out or stop in on their way to town,” he said.

When it reopened on Wednesday, Marc Schicker and his family had just returned to Wellington from Singapore. Schicker had a background in design and had taken his own photos of the new layout.

“Astoria has been around forever, so it was nice to come back. It looks fantastic,” Schicker said.

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North Italia sets opening deadlines for its first two restaurants in Atlanta

Modern Italian restaurant Northern Italy later this year will enter the Atlanta market with not one but two locations in Buckhead and Dunwoody.

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North Italia Buckhead, at 3393 Peachtree Road in Lenox Squarewill open on June 22, 2022, and marks the brand’s 30th location in the United States, according to a press release on Tuesday. The Buckhead location will feature an outdoor patio and the concept’s first U-shaped bar as the centerpiece of the dining area.

North Italia Dunwoody, which will open in Peripheral shopping center, at 4600 Ashford Dunwoody Road, debuts later in the season. The Perimeter location has picture windows offering views of the surroundings and a large covered patio for alfresco dining.

Both venues will pay homage to the Atlanta area, incorporating the work of local artists in the form of unique murals and artwork.

“Bringing a local twist to the kitchen of Atlanta-born executive chef Buckhead Nate Lowe will add his exceptional culinary skills to the famous modern approach to the concept of classic Italian dishes, including pizzas, pastas, seasonal salads, chef’s boards, craft cocktails, handmade desserts and more. “, According to the press release. Chief Lowe will be joined by Monish “Mo” Banerjea who will run the restaurant as general manager.

Both Atlanta locations will offer lunch, happy hour, dinner and brunch service, as well as takeout, online ordering and delivery through DoorDash.

Starting May 18, North Italia Buckhead will host a job fair, first off-site at AC Atlanta Buckhead Hotel, and later at the North Italia Buckhead restaurant, for future employees. The job fair will run through May 24, with hours Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 3600 Wieuca Road NE., then 3393 Peachtree Road, NW from May 25 to June 5. , with the same hours.

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Restaurant Review: Nonna Dora’s Pasta Bar in Kips Bay

In kitchen mythology, no archetype is more powerful than the grandmother, and the most powerful of all is the nonna. Even if you’re not Italian, you probably have some idea of ​​how the archetypal Italian grandma looks and, more specifically, how she cooks.

Pick a major cooking website and you can search for recipes for Nonna’s Meatballs, Nonna’s Gnocchi, Nonna’s Minestrone, Nonna’s Schnitzel, Nonna’s Brodo, Nonna’s Tiramisu, etc., prepared by an army of nonnas brandishing wooden spoons, rolling pins and sprigs of rosemary. One has to wonder what these women might have done if they had been let out of the kitchen.

Restaurants have taken advantage of the nonna factor in their marketing. Some type the word on a dish made with a recipe from the chef’s grandmother. On Staten Island, Enoteca Maria supplements a fairly common Italian-American menu with several dishes each night from a rotating cast of nonnas. Italy initially supplied them all, but for some years now the kitchen has been welcoming grandmothers from other countries, such as Nonna Kathy from Uzbekistan and Nonna Pauline from Trinidad.

But few places have carried Grandma’s mark as far as Nonna Dora’s Pasta Bar. There is a real Dora, whose legal name is Addolorata Marzovilla, and she is a real nonna, born 86 years ago in Puglia. The pasta is hers, rolled and shaped by her hands in a glass-roofed workshop inside the dining room. The pasta bar itself is also hers. She opened it in February in Manhattan’s Kips Bay neighborhood, the first business she owned after making pasta for more than 30 years at restaurants owned by her son, Nicola.

The latest and oldest of them, I Trulli, closed permanently last year. Ms Marzovilla apparently did not retire well.

“She hated it,” her son said one evening, stopping by my table to suggest a bottle of Chianti. “I had to build her this restaurant so she had something to do.”

When Mrs. Marzovilla gets restless, my best advice is to be hungry. She bakes about 20 kinds of pasta a day — 40 batches in total, if you include the gluten-free option of each variety. Some are rarely seen in New York. One is barely known outside Puglia, where Marzovillas originate: ceci e tria, chickpeas mixed with boiled and fried noodles, rolled into little crispy golden tubes that look like empty cannoli. One theory on this e tria, more formally ciceri e tria, holds that the fried strips of dough were intended to offset the taste of the meat, which few Apulian families could afford. My own guess is that the dish was invented by a restless nonna pushed to the heights of ingenuity by too many plain chickpea pasta nights.

A better-known product from Puglia’s hard times is grano arso flour, ground from charred wheat kernels salvaged from the fields after the stalks have been cut and burnt to the ground. Ms. Marzovilla kneads the flour into long, thin tubes of maccheroncini, then contrasts their bread-crust flavor with the sweet peas and tender strands of duck confit.

The standards are there too. The fluffy black strands of Nonna Dora’s spaghetti neri retain their squiggles and creases after being dressed with bottarga butter and toasted breadcrumbs. Thin, translucent pappardelle tangles with wild boar ragout in a broth that contains just enough tomato to give it the color of a terracotta planter. The cannelloni, in delicate leafy greens, doesn’t quite contain the filling that spills onto the plate – whipped ricotta with burrata to a smoothness that suggests fior di latte gelato if you could heat it without melt it.

I could complain that the cavatelli seem heavy and dull, but I suspect that has less to do with the pasta itself than with its filling: chopped broccoli and almonds that don’t quite match a sauce.

In addition to putting Ms. Marzovilla’s skills center stage, turning the pasta into the main event makes Nonna Dora’s feel more in tune with how people eat now than I Trulli. Those cuts of meat and fish that tend to be the least interesting part of a traditional Italian meal, no matter how good, have been eliminated from the menu. The idea of ​​secondi lives on in the form of large platters for two or more—bistecca Fiorentina, zuppa di pesce—that must be ordered a day in advance.

But the focus is on the things most of us go to Italian restaurants for. A night at Nonna Dora’s might start with a velvety pink mortadella or a sweet-salty culatello, and maybe a few crystalline chunks of two-year-old Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Dried fava beans cooked and mashed with dandelion greens – fave e cicoria – might not sound as appealing as a charcuterie platter, but I could probably eat these once a week. I won’t go over the so-called octopus salad – a salad with a not-so-tender octopus leg sitting on top. Fried calamari strips spilling out of a wax paper bag are fun even if the marinara you’re supposed to dip them in is a little thin. The kitchen must keep the best of the sauce for the aubergine in the oven, a setting as pure and convincing as possible for the pleasures of southern Italy.

You eat it all either at tall tables squeezed next to Mrs. Marzovilla’s glass den, or on a stool along a long counter that faces the stove at the other end and shelves of arcane liquor at the other. When you imagine a grandmother in the kitchen, the scene might include a small glass of wine discreetly hidden behind the can of flour. You don’t necessarily envision a top notch cocktail bar, but Nonna Dora’s has one.

Many drinkers will see the Negroni section on the first page of the menu, a growing list with 11 at the last count, and decide to work their way through the whole group. (Negroni Tre has a stiff spine of evergreens, while Negroni Cinque invokes a forager’s basket of wild herbs.)

It’s a nice answer, but the plot thickens on the next page. At the top are Aviation, The Last Word, and other classics; the background is devoted to tiki drinks. Both categories are deeply rooted in Italian minds; the idea behind the tiki tribute was the observation that Italians are behind a number of great rums, including the Capovilla sugarcane rum that goes into the anise-flavored pineapple punch called Frangipane.

As you try to keep the mint sprig and Frangipane’s paper umbrella out of your eyes, you may look around and notice that the most notable thing missing from dinner at Nonna Dora’s Pasta Bar is Nonna Dora’s -same. His workshop, so productive during the day, is mainly used at night for the presentation of desserts. Mrs. Marzovilla, presumably, is at home, gathering strength to prepare the next day’s orrecchiete (in a shiny rabbit stew with tomatoes) and ribbed saffron-tinged malloreddus (shiny with a tomato-sausage sauce).

Who can blame him for a few hours of rest? At the same time, I can’t help but hope that her restaurant will start serving lunch, and that when it does, she’ll be at her post, squeezing some dough on her thumb to put the dimples in those orrecchiete .

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King Pins opens in the former Talk Nightclub in Southend

A FORMER seaside nightclub has come back to life after a £1.6m makeover that turned it into a bowling alley.

King Pins has officially opened on the site of the former Talk Nightclub in Lucy Road.

The site offers ten bowling alleys, darts, large screens for live sports and dining areas for families.

Drinks – The bar area of ​​the room

Kessirose Larnder-Smith, 37, general manager of King Pins, says the response from the community has been very positive so far.

She said: “We have interactive bowling and darts with projectors showing drawings and different things on the play areas and both have booth seating.

“We also have lots of other games such as duck lanes, which look like smaller bowling pins and are great for kids.

Echo: Bowling - The tracks on the siteBowling – The lanes of the site

“We have four big screens and BT and Sky Sports. There is also air hockey, pinball and we also offer food with pizzas, burgers and more.

“It is truly stunning inside and has been refurbished to the highest standard, the whole project cost us around £1.6million.”

Miss Larnder-Smith says the bowling alleys have been nearly full every night since the venue opened last week, with guests completing the transformation

The former nightclub had gone through several different identities during its tenure, having opened in 1973.

It closed on New Year’s Eve in 2019.

Echo: Game - A worker playing dartsGame – A worker playing darts

Miss Larnder-Smith added: ‘The venue can accommodate around 20 people for food and we have created around 25 new jobs for the town.

“It’s important for the public to be able to go to an affordable and pleasant place with good quality food and good prices too.

“Our concession prices also apply to caregivers, NHS workers and emergency service workers such as police and ambulance personnel.

“It’s suitable for everyone and is suitable for dates, families, work events and we’ve even brought in single people who want to go bowling.”

Echo: Refurb - the bar and seatingRefurb – the bar and lounge areas

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Sadness as cafe owners who ‘light up’ Nottinghamshire village announce closure

A cafe described as a real ‘asset’ for a Nottinghamshire village will close for good next month. Owners Vaughan and Vicky Prendergast said it had been 10 years of laughter and laughter serving customers behind the counter at Chef’s Cafe in East Leake.

“It is with great sadness that we have to inform everyone that the Chef’s Café will close its doors for the last time on Tuesday June 28th. Thank you all, for your support over the past ten years, we really appreciate it” , this is how they announced the news on Facebook.

The traditional village cafe on Gotham Road is loved by locals for its full English known as ‘The Works’, hash browns, homemade lasagna and free refills of tea. Customers, saddened by the news, said they would be sorry to see the couple go.

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Vaughan, who opened the cafe after leaving the Royal Navy, told Nottinghamshire Live he will turn 61 this year and with the lease up for renewal he did not want to sign up for another 10 years. “It’s a real shame – it’s been a giggle but I can’t do this until I’m 71. I don’t think it’ll be vacant for too long. There’s a pretty loyal following.

“Ten years ago a lot of kids were coming and now they’re coming with their kids. It’s been 10 years. It was a bit hit and miss. [after leaving the Navy] but it was nice. You have to make a bad cup of coffee before someone wants to shoot you,” the former frontman said.

The couple has no specific plans for the future. However, Vaughan said, “We thought we would have part-time jobs to keep us going.”

By June 28, business is business as usual, so customers can come in for a cup of tea and a chat, with many saying they will miss the banter. One said: “It’s such a shame. The owners were always friendly and constantly offered free tea refills.

“We used to go there a lot. It’s a great place for full English and no fuss breakfasts. It was always busy. Lots of builders use it, families and old people from the village also.”

Chef’s Cafe in East Leake

One customer, commenting on the announcement of the closure on Facebook, said: “We will miss you guys, such a lovely cafe and lovely owners! Such an asset to the village, we will miss you.”

Others said it was terrible news. “You both light up the village and we will miss you very much,” said one fan. The cafe has been popular with vegetarians. “So sorry to read this, I loved taking my boys over the summer break for some good food at reasonable prices, and as a vegetarian you were one of my top choices to visit as you had always so much to offer,” said another villager.

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As virus cases rise and fall, some DC restaurants are keeping COVID restrictions in place

COVID-19 may be entering a more manageable phase, but some DC businesses are keeping their pandemic-era protocols alive for the foreseeable future.

COVID-19 may be entering a more manageable phase, but some DC businesses are keeping their pandemic-era protocols alive for the foreseeable future.

“As long as (hospitalizations and cases) continue to go up and down, and up and down, I’m comfortable maintaining the policies we have in place,” said Cathy Nagy, chief executive of Mr. Henry’s , in the southeast.

Proof of vaccination is still required at the Capitol Hill pub along Pennsylvania Avenue, a policy Mr. Henry has maintained for indoor dining since August last year, Nagy said.

Just around the corner from Southeast 8th Street, Crazy Aunt Helen’s also maintained its vaccine requirement and recently dropped its mask requirement for guests and employees.

The American comfort food restaurant only opened last July, and owner Shane Mayson implemented both policies when he said his business had plummeted a month into its existence due to concerns over the Delta variant.

Since then, Mayson has maintained its vaccination policy for customers.

The state of COVID

By any measure, coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths are at some of their lowest levels in the district.

As of May 7 — the last date recorded in DC’s COVID dashboard — even though the city has seen a slight increase in cases over the past month, the percentage of people hospitalized due to their COVID-19 infection does not is only 0.4%.

(Screenshot via DC Health)

From Feb. 20 to April 22, the seven-day average of COVID deaths rounded to 0 in the district, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From April 26 to April 29, the seven-day average of deaths briefly rose to 1 before falling back to 0, where it has remained since.

Cases fluctuated during this time. In early April, for a two-week period, DC’s case positivity rate exceeded the 2% threshold set by the CDC, moving DC from a “low” level of community transmission to a “medium” level. but it went down later in the month.

In its May 5 COVID Weekly Report, the CDC said that while cases and hospitalizations are on the rise nationwide, deaths continue to decline.

End in sight?

DC’s most recent pandemic restrictions seemed to come and go as quickly as omicron.

The District brought back its indoor mask mandate for a third time in late December and required proof of vaccination for certain businesses by mid-January. A month later, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the end of the vaccination requirement and by March 1 had dropped the indoor mask mandate.

But the companies OMCP spoke to were in no rush to set their own end date.

“It’s certainly not a set schedule,” Nagy said of how often she plans to pursue Mr Henry’s vaccine demand. “It really has a lot to do with what’s going on in the news.”

For Mayson, the owner of Crazy Aunt Helen’s, he said, “I don’t really have a barometer of what (normal) looks like yet.”

Mayson said if DC returned to a medium level of community transmission, its staff would resume wearing masks, but would not require customers to do so.

Inside Crazy Aunt Helen’s in Southeast DC (Courtesy of Abdul Rahman Majeedi)

Although their general attitude is, what is the rush? It didn’t hurt their bottom line.

“I would say we had a little uptick as soon as we put this vaccination proof requirement in place,” Mayson said.

He mentioned that the overwhelming response from customers is that they appreciate it, especially those with children who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated.

Nagy said separately that generally anyone over 30 was in favor of his vaccine requirement.

She pointed out that they got new regulars from their requirement. Nagy said a regular now hangs out with Mr Henry because his old watering hole didn’t do vaccine checks.

“We also have a live music program, and it’s a bit difficult for a musician to sing with a mask or play with other instruments,” Nagy said. “So we adopted it at that time, and we got nothing but great responses.”

Crazy Aunt Helen’s had a COVID outbreak among its employees, which caused the restaurant to close for a week last December. All staff were fully vaccinated and masked at work, but that was still not enough to curb the spread of omicron.

But Mayson said the variant’s ability to evade its mitigations doesn’t mean there’s less reason to drop the requirement for customers.

“It’s really about safety and health, and being a little too cautious. But I’d rather be overcautious than underestimate,” Mayson said.

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Business slows in downtown bars during Milwaukee Bucks playoff game

Two days after gunfire broke out in Milwaukee’s downtown entertainment district, injuring 21 people and triggering a curfew order, bars and restaurants saw significantly smaller crowds on Sunday afternoon to watch the NBA playoffs.

The Milwaukee Bucks canceled their watch party at the Deer District plaza outside the Fiserv Forum, and it appeared business was slow at several downtown hotspots that had been bustling in previous games.

Those who ventured out said they weren’t worried about their safety but expected weekend violence to affect attendance in the short term.

Matt Painter lives near the Deer District and said he usually goes out to watch Bucks games. He was one of three dozen people present at the Beer Garden on Sunday during the whistleblowing. The area is usually crowded during playoff games.

“I don’t think one serious incident can ruin the Deer District. I think it’s still a good home environment,” he said. “I always feel safe here.”

He said the shootings will likely affect business in the area in the immediate future, as he thinks people will be reluctant to travel downtown.

Max Bradshaw, assistant general manager of Oak Barrel Public House, a block from the Fiserv Forum on North King Drive, said he thought fewer families would bring their children to the area.

But he believed Milwaukee would bounce back.

“People like to have short memories like that,” he said.

On Sunday, some bars seemed to have steady traffic, but most were sparsely populated. The streets were quiet and the outside tables of most bars were empty.

Bars and restaurants along North Water Street saw few people during the Milwaukee Bucks playoff game on Sunday afternoon.  The street was the scene of two shootings Friday night after the previous game, including one that injured 17 people.

Sunday’s calm tone contrasted with the chaotic scene on Friday after the Bucks lost Game 6. Large crowds had swelled in the streets in what was almost an early festival atmosphere that spilled out of control – with loud music, clouds of smoke and people stopping traffic for impromptu dance parties.

Demetre Davis, who works at McGillicuddy’s – located at the intersection where 17 people were shot – criticized police for not doing enough to control crowds on Friday.

“You have crowds of 50 people standing on the corner in front of the businesses,” he said.

He suggested making the Entertainment District a pedestrian zone with more security.

When asked if the security situation would improve in the area, Davis replied that “it depends on how they (the police) start enforcing things.”

“People are always going to carry guns,” Davis said. “(If) the police sit back, let it go, then they won’t do anything.”

A Stop the Violence sign was posted outside the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee on Sunday, May 15, 2022. In addition to a curfew, following a series of shootings Friday night following the Bucks' loss to Boston to force a Game 7 on Sunday afternoon, the Bucks opted to cancel watch party in the plaza outside the Fiserv Forum.

Milwaukee police said downtown Saturday night was “peaceful and uneventful” and no citations for curfew violations were issued.

There was no indication Sunday that criminal charges had yet been filed against any of the 11 people Milwaukee police said they arrested Friday night.

Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson imposed a Saturday and Sunday night curfew, beginning at 11 p.m., for people under 21 in downtown neighborhoods bordered by Knapp and State Streets, Vel Phillips Avenue and Broadway.

In enacting the curfew, Johnson urged people who wanted to cause trouble to stay away from downtown.

“To put it simply, if you intend to loiter, if you intend to act, to cut, if you intend to do anything illegal, then my message is simple: don’t come not here,” Johnson said.

However, violence was reported elsewhere in the city overnight.

Two people, a 28-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy, were killed in separate shootings early Sunday morning.

Nine minors have been victims of homicide this year in Milwaukee, according to police. Four were killed last week.

An emergency curfew sign hangs on the corner of East Juneau and North King Drive in Milwaukee on Sunday, May 15, 2022. In addition to the curfew, following a series of shootings Friday night after the Bucks loss to Boston to force a Game 7 on Sunday afternoon, the Bucks opted to cancel watch party in the plaza outside the Fiserv Forum.

On Saturday evening, officers scoured the area around North Water Street in small groups.

Still, some people made the decision to go out for the night.

One woman, Shannon King, said it was always important to have a social life.

She also said more could be done to engage young people in the city and that elected officials should hold community meetings to hear residents’ ideas on how to improve the city.

“There are a lot of different people in Milwaukee who have great ideas,” King said. “We just need to come together and stick together as a community.”

Sentinel Journal’s Drake Bentley contributed to this report.

Contact Sophie Carson at (414) 223-5512 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @SCarson_News.

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Michael Gove’s Memorable Moments After Scouse Impression, From Cocaine Confession to Nightclub Dancing

“Still trying to figure out what happened. I hope Mr. Gove is well.

Those are the words of BBC presenter Dan Walker, following a bizarre interview with Upgrade Secretary Michael Gove on Wednesday.

The MP for Surrey Heath imitated two different accents, with a hint of sarcasm, as he answered questions about the cost of living crisis.

The peculiar nature of Mr Gove’s performance was such that some people online, including a few MPs, jokingly asked if the minister had been under the influence.

Mr Gove is described by some of his colleagues as an eccentric who can sometimes take an innovative approach when trying to get his point across.

He’s also had a few controversial moments over the years, ranging from admitting to taking cocaine as a young journalist to being filmed alone ‘at a party on the tiles’, raving the night away in Aberdeen.

Michael Gove suggested it was ‘bonkeroony’ to suggest the PM should quit Partygate

(PA wire)

Take a look back at some of those memorable moments.


Let’s start with Mr Gove’s most recent episode – this interview with the BBC on Wednesday morning.

The upgrade secretary adopted Liverpudlian and American accents at different points during questioning when asked why the government had not included in the Queen’s Speech on Tuesday any measures to help families cope with rising bills.

He suggested the lack of an emergency budget to deal with the crisis was “no big deal”, saying people should “calm down” in a Scouse voice.

Labour’s shadow leveling secretary Lisa Nandy lambasted him for ‘making jokes and using silly voices as families across the country struggle’ to make ends meet. “It’s not a game…Take it seriously.” Do your job,” she added.

Admission of cocaine

During the 2019 Conservative Party leadership campaign to replace former Prime Minister Theresa May, Mr Gove admitted to taking cocaine on “a number of occasions” – which he said he “deeply regrets”.

The then environment secretary said he used drugs at social gatherings as a young journalist.

“I took drugs many times at social events over 20 years ago,” he said. The daily mail. “At the time, I was a young journalist. It was a mistake. I look back and think, “I wish I hadn’t done that”.

Michael Gove goes to 10 Downing Street


Party the night away in Aberdeen

Hilarious footage showed the moment Mr Gove was spotted dancing at a nightclub in his hometown of Aberdeen.

He was spotted throwing shapes and two-stepping into the early hours at the downtown Pipe nightclub on a Saturday night.

The 54-year-old, who recently divorced his longtime wife Sarah Vine, waved at the camera clearly enjoying Parliament’s summer recess.

Musician Emma Lament, who posted the videos on Instagram, wrote in the captions that the Tory MP was ‘giving her big licks’ on the dance floor.

Michael Gove spotted raving at Aberdeen club

water failure

When asked about possible trade deals with the United States at a meeting of the government’s future relations with the EU committee in March 2020, Mr Gove appeared to laugh at his own response, before taking a jug on the desk and put out his own paperwork, and possibly his cell phone in the water.

He finally directed the stream of liquid into a single-use plastic cup in front of him.

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10 Facts About Van Gogh’s Masterpiece “Café Terrace at Night”

Vincent van Gogh, “Café Terrace at Night”, 1888 (Photo: Paul Hermans via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

In 1888, Vincent van Gogh traded the electric nightlife of Paris for the tranquility of the French countryside. There, in Arles, the Dutch artist flourished creatively, even as his mental health declined. He created 200 paintings and over 100 drawings inspired by the idyllic landscape, local people and charming towns. Among the many iconic works that emerged this year in Arles was the masterpiece, Cafe terrace at night.

Completed in September 1888, this blue and yellow canvas depicts a snapshot of a street in Arles, located near the Forum Square and the Palace Street. At an unknown late hour, people are crammed onto the outside terrace of a local cafe as people pass by in the street. Nestled between the two rows of buildings is a glimpse of a vibrant starry sky, reminiscent of Van Gogh’s other paintings, Starry night over the Rhône and The starry Night. Like the rest of the Post-Impressionist’s work, the Cafe terrace at night was underestimated during Van Gogh’s lifetime. Today, however, it is recognized as one of the artist’s most important works.

Scroll down to discover 10 interesting facts about Cafe terrace at night.

Learn 10 facts about Van Gogh’s painting Cafe terrace at night.

Self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, “Self-Portrait”, 1889 (Photo: Szilas via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

It is based on a real place.

Unlike his friend and artistic rival Gauguin, Van Gogh preferred to paint from real life and Cafe terrace at night was no exception. He set up his easel at the corner of the Forum Square and captured the sight of a bustling local cafe lit by artificial light. While he retained most of the main features of the area, he omitted some of the architecture and embellished the ambience with his own stylistic choices.

“I really enjoy painting on location at night. In the past, they drew and painted the picture from the drawing during the day. But I think it suits me to paint the thing right away,” he wrote in a letter to his sister.

Drawing of a café terrace at night by Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, Drawing for “Café Terrace at Night”, 1888 (Photo: Dallas Museum of Art via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

He first made a drawing of the painting.

Van Gogh was no stranger to hard work and often created many preparatory drawings – practicing composition and figures – before picking up his brush. He also made a sketch of the Cafe terrace at night in ink, rendering the narrow view of the street almost the same as it is depicted in color. The only significant difference between the two pieces seems to be the sky, which in the sketch is filled with dozens of hatch marks instead of stars.

Van Gogh's Starry Night

Vincent van Gogh, “The Starry Night”, 1889 (Photo: MoMA via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

It features the first depiction of Van Gogh’s iconic starry sky.

The starry Night is undoubtedly one of Van Gogh’s most iconic works of art. However, the splendid canvas was not the first interpretation of expressive skies – he first used the star motif in Cafe terrace at night. In the small gap between the architecture, viewers can see a luscious blue sky dotted with shimmering yellow dots.

Painting by Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, Detail of “Café Terrace at Night”, 1888 (Photo: Paul Hermans via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

The stars in the table are in the right place.

According to Van Gogh’s catalog of letters, Cafe terrace at night was known to have been completed in September 1888. However, scholars have reduced the dates he worked on the piece to the 17th and 18th of the month. With this information, they were able to compare the arrangement of the stars in Van Gogh’s painting to what they would have actually looked like at that time. In the end, they realized that the artist had placed the stars exactly where they would have been on those dates.

He did not use the color black anywhere in the painting.

Although a work with “the night” in the title evokes the idea of ​​a darkly rendered scene, Van Gogh managed to create the painting without using the color black. Instead, it relies on a range of different blues and yellows to convey the scene.

“It is a painting of night without black, with nothing but beautiful blue and purple and green and in this environment the illuminated area takes on a color of pale sulfur yellow and lime green,” he said. he explained in a letter.

Detail of the café terrace at night by Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, Detail of “Café Terrace at Night”, 1888 (Photo: Paul Hermans via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

Some believe the painting is associated with the Last Supper.

In 2013 scholars proposed that Van Gogh’s painting may include references to the Last Supper. Among the most notable evidence is the inclusion of 12 figures on the café terrace – the same number of people described in the Bible – and the “holy” yellow light surrounding them (similar to a halo).

Coffee terrace at night could represent a scene from a novel.

In a letter to his sister Wilhelmina, Van Gogh says:

“You never told me if you had read Guy de Maupassant Nice friend, and what you now think of his talent in general. I say this because the beginning of Nice friend it is precisely the description of a starry night in Paris, with the lighted cafes of the boulevard, and it is somewhat the same subject that I have just painted.

Because of this description, art historians believe Cafe terrace at night depicts a scene from Maupassant’s novel, which depicts a group of people drinking at night, illuminated by the lights of a building.

Comparison of paintings by Van Gogh and Louis Anquetin

Left: Vincent van Gogh, “Cafe Terrace at Night,” 1888 (Photo: Paul Hermans via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)
Right: Louis Anquetin, “Avenue de Clichy: 5 p.m.,” 1887 (Photo: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art via Wikimedia Commons, public domain)

It could also have been inspired by a friend’s painting.

However, the novel Nice friend may not have been Van Gogh’s only influence. Although he mentions a starry night in his letter to Wilhelmina, there was no such descriptor in Maupassant’s novel.

Instead, historians believe the composition of the painting – with the narrow perspective and rich blue color palette – may have been based on the work of fellow Post-Impressionist Louis Anquetin. Famous for his cloisonnist style, Anquetin created Avenue de Clichy: 5 p.m. a year before Van Gogh’s work, and there is a striking resemblance between the two plays.

He has been known by three different titles.

Before it became known as Cafe terrace at nightthe painting was exhibited under the title Coffee, evening in 1891, and alternatively known as The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum.

Cafe Van Gogh in Arles

Photo of Café Van Gogh in Arles, 2016 (Photo: John via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

The cafe depicted in the painting still exists.

While many sites of famous paintings can no longer be found, Van Gogh’s Painting Cafe not only still exists, but is still in operation. Renamed Café Van Gogh in honor of the artist, this destination restaurant was restored in the 1990s to resemble its appearance in the famous painting.

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Meals, frozen bananas served by Newport Beach restaurants at the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter

The smell of fresh chili wafted through the air as hungry customers lined up at the kitchen window, with a volunteer in a red apron asking what additional toppings they would like.

Onions? Cheese? Sour cream?

Did they want cornbread?

A little butter ?

How about some honey?

A man, previously known at the Costa Mesa Bridge Center for only eating croutons when dining there, smiled behind the glass, then waved and thanked Newport Beach restaurateur Sheri Drewry, for the chili and fixings he was about to savor.

It was the second time they had met. At the first opportunity, last month, he tasted two baguette sandwiches she had given him, Drewry said.

“He said [that meal] was great. For someone to get so excited over a sandwich, I mean they knocked on the window and made a heart [gesture]. He said, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you’ and it made my whole day to know he had something good in his belly instead of croutons,” Drewry said Friday afternoon as a volunteer served. bowls of chili from his company. , Wilma’s Patio Restaurant.

Courtney Alovis of Sugar n’ Spice in Balboa Island delivers frozen bananas to the Bridge Shelter freezer on Friday.

(Don Leach / personal photographer)

Other customers leaned over to ask when they could get a frozen banana at Sugar n’ Spice on Balboa Island. Costa Mesa outreach supervisor John Begin laughed as he said they had to serve lunch first and then they would start “throwing everyone bananas.”

This is the second lunch rush Drewry and Courtney Alovis of Sugar n’ Spice have taken over the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter, despite being just two of the few other organizations and restaurants in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach who have fed shelter residents over the past year.

Alovis and Drewry said they became involved in the donation to the facility through their publicity and marketing teams and, for Drewry, through his personal relationship with the Newport Beach homelessness coordinator. , Natalie Basmacyan.

“They said, ‘We need help’ and asked if we could help and we jumped on it,” Drewry said. “It was the right thing to do, so now we’re here. It’s an amazing place. It’s amazing what they are doing and we just want to help as much as we can.

Sheri Drewry of Wilma's Patio and Courney Alovis of Sugar n' Spice, left to right.

Wilma’s Patio’s Sheri Drewry and Sugar n’ Spice’s Courtney Alovis, left, stand in the kitchen of the Bridge Shelter in Costa Mesa Friday.

(Don Leach / personal photographer)

Both said they received excellent feedback from shelter residents. Alovis noted that some had told him that frozen bananas reminded them of their childhood. About 70 frozen bananas and about the same number of chili and cornbread dishes were donated Friday by the two local restaurants.

That was just enough to feed every person in the shelter, which is currently at capacity, Begin said.

The plan, Drewry and Alovis agreed, was to continue their monthly giving.

Other local restaurants including Toast Kitchen and Bakery, Dick Church’s, Newport Rib Company and Dave’s Hot Chicken have also donated breakfasts, lunches and dinners to the shelter. Begin said he tries to reach out to others, but noted that Bracken’s Kitchen in Garden Grove will take over the shelter’s kitchen in June.

Costa Mesa Neighborhood Improvement Manager Nate Robbins said the shelter has served about 204 people, of whom about 33 have moved to permanent housing over the past year.

Basmaciyan confirmed Friday that at least 65 people who came through the shelter were from the Newport Beach community.

Melanie Vinyard serves chili and cornbread at the kitchen window.

Melanie Vinyard serves chili and cornbread from the kitchen window of the Bridge Shelter in Costa Mesa on Friday.

(Don Leach / personal photographer)

The cities of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach operate the shelter, with Newport Beach contributing $1.6 million in one-time funds to build the shelter and $1 million annually for operating costs.

Begin said the shelter is looking for volunteers to help distribute food in the kitchen. Interested readers can contact Bracken’s Kitchen at [email protected]

Those interested in volunteering at the shelter in general can contact Mercy House, the shelter operator, at [email protected] and businesses interested in donating meals can contact Begin at [email protected]

There’s more to food, Begin said, than just eating.

“What we’re really trying to create is community and that the community is involved in the process in the shelter. It’s not just a municipal government program. It’s really the city coming together and blessing those on the streets and helping them move forward,” Begin said.

A customer thanks waitress Melanie Vinyard for a second piece of cornbread.

A customer thanks waiter Melanie Vinyard for a second piece of cornbread in the dining room at the Bridge Shelter in Costa Mesa on Friday.

(Don Leach / personal photographer)

“If you go to [Bracken’s] website, they have a great quote about how food is not just physical food, but food for your soul,” he continued. “The family gathers around the table to eat. People gather around the table to eat — friends and community. I think that’s where relationships really feed, not just food, but you also feed into your soul to come together and have a good meal.

“We’re able to breathe people nutritionally through a good meal, but also fill them up in a good way.”

Customers enjoy chili and cornbread in the Bridges Shelter dining room.

On Friday, customers enjoy chili and cornbread in the dining room at the Bridge Shelter in Costa Mesa.

(Don Leach / personal photographer)

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No dancing in nightclubs

Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun

KOTA KINABALU (May 13): Nightclubs and karaoke places in Sabah will be allowed to operate from May 14.

However, dancing will not be allowed on the premises, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun said.

Customers of the premises must have completed their vaccination against Covid-19 and received the booster dose, he said.

And they are also obligated to check their risk level and scan their MySejahtera before entering nightclubs and karaokes.

Sabah recorded 78 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday.

Masidi said the increase is attributed to celebratory activities, as previously expected.

“The number of new cases in Sabah has increased to 78 cases today, 21 cases more than yesterday and an increase of almost 37%,” he said.

He also said that 12 districts recorded an increase in new infections, while nine districts recorded fewer cases.

“Kota Kinabalu with 21 cases and Papar with 16 cases are the two districts in Sabah that recorded double digit new infections. Daily infections in Kota Kinabalu and districts surrounding the city are expected to remain high or increase until the first week of next month (June),” he said.

As of Friday, of the new cases, 76 were at stage one and two, while two cases were at stage three.

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Vodacom introduces unsecured lending platform

Mariam Cassim, CEO of Vodacom Financial Services.

Vodacom’s financial services unit has launched Compare VodaLenda marketplace for unsecured personal loans.

VodaLend Compare allows users to compare personal loans offered by financial institutions such as Nedbank, African Bank and Finchoice based on individual risk profile and affordability.

Personal loan products range from R500 to R350,000, with repayment options from three to 72 months.

Vodacom, which has expanded its financial services business, says the platform is a one-stop market for sourcing emergency loans.

“VodaLend Compare is designed to respond to consumers who may need a quick financial boost for personal use, such as: Emergency medical expenses, unplanned relocation expenses or home renovations without a lengthy application process,” says Mariam Cassim, CEO of Vodacom Financial Services.

“Providing unsecured personal loans to clients can help individuals achieve their various personal goals and gain financial freedom more easily compared to other types of loans that require collateral as collateral.

“Customers also have the peace of mind that their debts are being serviced through a secure feature of the VodaPay environment.”

Vodacom has aggressively entered the financial services space after turning the previously loss-making unit into a cash cow.

The telecom company already offers loans for small, medium and micro businesses and has also launched VodaTrade, which caters to small businesses and helps them find business opportunities and conduct secure transactions.

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Lutunji’s Palate Bakery & Cafe debuts in Elliot Park this weekend

Lutunji Abram built his bakery on a uniquely beautiful dessert: Southern-style peach cobbler. For the past four years, she’s sold it at farmers’ markets, restaurants and grocery stores around the Twin Cities – but on Saturday May 14, Lutunji’s Palate Bakery & Cafe is finally opening in a space of its own. Located on the sunny first floor of the Gatsby Apartments near downtown Minneapolis, the bakery is an exciting addition to both the Elliot Park neighborhood and the local bakery scene, where Southern-style desserts are a relative find. rare.

“It’s a luscious Southern style, because of its juiciness – it’s meant to be moist and juicy in texture with the peaches,” says Abram of the Cobbler’s defining characteristics. “And it’s meant to be sweet, to be honest. I’ve had people say ‘Oh, you use canned peaches?’ Well, let me give you the story. You are talking to a researcher now.

Abram deliberately uses canned peaches for their juiciness — the practice dates back to the 1950s, she says, when the Georgia Peach Council founded National Peach Cobblers Day to boost sales of canned peaches. His preference is canned kosher peaches, which blend sumptuously into the cobbler: there’s no syrupy taste, no metallic spiciness. Peaches hold their shape, but pull apart easily under a fork.

In addition to menu collaborations with Sammy’s Avenue Eatery and the Handsome Hog, Lutunji’s Palate Bakery will serve Peace Coffee.
Tim Evans / Twin Towns Eater

Then there is the crust. Abram makes two varieties: a “butter-butter” version and a vegan version made with coconut oil. The way she tells it, Abram’s vegan crust recipe was born when she was stuck in a demoralizing job search years ago, baking crust after crust in her kitchen to cope. “One day, I literally heard my highest power say, ‘Searching for Vegan Crusts,'” Abram explains. “I say my highest power because vegan was nowhere in my vocabulary. …I grew up in a house where your crust was Crisco and lard mixed together, or you weren’t a baker.

Vegan Cobbler is a close approximation to buttery butter: it has the same caliber of sweetness, the same fragrant blend of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. The crust retains its texture – crispy around the edges, doughy and dense in the medium cuts – and the coconut oil taste is slightly high compared to the cobbler’s flavor profile, giving the lemon an extra kick.

“My nephews love the peach vegan cobbler,” says Abram. “It blesses my soul, because we grew up on butter butter, with a lard crust. My grandma, I’m sure she’s looking down from the sky saying, “You ran away with this one.” She makes a big bet on vegan baked goods, noting the growing demand for alternatives that retain the characteristics of classic milk-and-buttery desserts. Besides buttery peach and buttery pecan — which are really accessories to his vegan cobblers – Abram’s entire menu is vegan.

She is also deeply interested in adding nutrients to her desserts. At the new bakery, look for red velvet cupcakes made with organic beets and oranges, gluten-free coconut cake bites, and vegan sweet potato pie. Its Peanut Butter Fig Cookies are baked with Irish Sea Moss, a mineral-rich seaweed. “If I have to make an apple pie, I put turmeric in it, because turmeric is anti-inflammatory,” she says.

Since starting her business Lutunji’s Palate in 2018, Abram has been cooking in the kitchen of the historic Calvary Church in south Minneapolis – Pastor Jeff Cowmeadow offered her the space, which initially encouraged her to transform her peach cobbler hobby into a business. Sharing the kitchen with four other businesses, Abrams has managed to sell his desserts in grocery stores across cities – his new kitchen gives him the ability to increase sales even further (Goldbelly is a future goal).

Abram raised $70,000 in community donations to open the new bakery and cafe. She has also found immense support from local chefs and restaurateurs – from Tomme Beevas and Brian and Sarah Ingram, who have had her desserts on their restaurant menus – to Sammy McDowell and Justin Sutherland, who have contributed dishes to the menu. . Look for turkey and seitan pastrami sandwiches at Sammy’s Avenue Eatery, and chili cheese and crackers at Sutherland’s Handsome Hog.

Abram envisions Lutunji’s Palate Bakery & Cafe to be a community gathering space for the Elliot Park neighborhood, where apartments are plentiful but cafes and restaurants are relatively scarce. And, true to her background (Abram has a master’s degree in organizational leadership), she will retain the social enterprise element of her business: Lutunji’s Palate Bakery partners with local organizations that help businesses employ young people, adults and formerly incarcerated men.

Then there is the crucial question: Does Abram herself prefer buttered peach cobbler or vegan? Diplomatically, she likes both – but on the rare occasions when she eats dessert, she opts for vegan. Her secret, she says, pairing it with cashew milk ice cream.

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Cloud kitchen software helps MENA restaurants

Operating – and growing – a restaurant business in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region comes at a high cost, leading to reduced margins for restaurant owners and operators who sometimes see no business logic in expanding to new locations.

According to Ahmed Osman, co-founder and CEO of Egypt-based cloud kitchen operator The Food Lab (TFL), it can cost between $100,000 and $200,000 to rent food court space, repair it and acquire the equipment. needed to start a food business in the North African country.

The fact that companies cannot afford these high rental prices is not the only problem to be solved. Osman said rising rent prices are pushing a growing number of Egypt’s 120 million people from urban cities to rural areas – an economic process known as counter-urbanization – leaving restaurants with the additional burden of volatile demand.

“Operations are so inefficient because you’re spending all that upfront fixed cost getting people – lab manager, cashiers [and waiters] — but you actually have no idea if there’s a demand there or not,” Osman told PYMNTS in a recent interview.

Another major challenge he pointed to is the negative impact of high third-party aggregator costs on restaurant operators’ bottom lines, enough to deter even potential business owners and operators from venturing into the food business.

“Aggregators currently take 25-30% [in fees] just to manage the orders, the restaurant ends up making between 0% and 5% margin while making an initial investment of $200,000. [With that low margin] it will take a long time for them to break even, so they end up not doing everything together,” he explained.

That’s where he said the Cairo-based cloud kitchen service provider comes in, helping restaurants – their “brand partners” – minimize costs, increase margins and improve customer service. operational efficiency through managed shared kitchens.

From a margin of 0% to 5%, Osman said, companies can earn 15% to 20% without incurring any capital expenditure (CapEx) or risk involved: “It’s a pure revenue sharing model, which means that every time you sell, I take my cut; if you don’t sell, I don’t get a discount.”

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Branding, marketing, customer segmentation

According to Osman, the Egypt-based startup, which launched in October 2020, is not limited to its core cooking business, having grown into a food and beverage infrastructure services company providing additional services to empower regional brands.

Powered by machine learning, the company’s virtual brand consultant gives restaurateurs access to a data-centric dashboard that provides actionable insights and recommendations on menu engineering and food analytics. suppliers, as well as how to optimize operations and finances by reducing the amount of a specific ingredient used. , for example.

When it comes to marketing, he said business owners in Egypt and the Middle East approach it very reactively without having a clear target market in mind.

“For example, they just put sponsor ads on Instagram or Facebook, but there’s no call to action,” Osman said. Here too, the TFL brand consultant supports them in customer segmentation which allows them to properly target customers.

“It helps brands know their customers so well that they can literally target people who haven’t ordered in the last 20 days, for example, simply by automatically generating a custom list that they can copy and paste into Facebook and running a sponsored ad,” Osman noted.

He added that the whole point of The Food Lab is to integrate into restaurants’ infrastructure and provide services that will allow them to optimize their costs, improve their profits and increase their reach thanks to the cloud kitchens or delivery-only restaurants – also known as dark kitchens, ghost kitchens or virtual kitchens – as well as supply-as-a-service, delivery or a central facility for their retail needs retail.

See also: Consumer adoption of food service robotics varies based on local technical standards

The future is in the cloud

The cloud kitchen concept is rapidly gaining traction around the world, with research showing that by 2025, 50% of all restaurant deliveries will be food prepared in a dark kitchen.

According to Osman, the pandemic has further accelerated this trend, with brick-and-mortar food businesses losing appeal as more people embrace the convenience of ordering and delivering food online in Egypt – a food delivery market of $7 billion.

Going forward, he said the plan is to leverage the recently raised $4.5 million TFL to expand across Egypt over the next 12-16 months, ensuring his kitchens ghosts are found in key hotspots across the country.

Ultimately, TFL’s goal is to “connect the nearest kitchen or the nearest kitchen to the furthest appetite,” Osman said. “[Distance] shouldn’t be an obstacle.

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Bar veteran Collin Nicholas brings old-school whiskey lounge vibes to the Pearl District

The cocktail scene in the Pearl District continues to grow, as a new lounge with returning sensibilities from bar veteran Collin Nicholas heads to the space that once housed the Vault Cocktail Bar. Opening in mid-June, Fools and Horses will feature raw bars and steakhouse cuisine, a vintage-inspired whiskey-filled cocktail menu and live music in a dark setting.

Nicholas has participated in the opening of more than 20 bars. The current owner and manager of the Pearl District’s electrifying Pink Rabbit cocktail bar, he also helped open all three bars at the Hoxton Hotel, developed the cocktail program when G-Love opened and managed the operations of Bamboo Sushi. Throughout it all, he has always pushed himself to create more creative and ambitious cocktail programs – his personal brand is “rare cocktails by the common man”. This is reflected in Pink Rabbit’s ambitious and playful menu, as well as its upcoming Fools and Horses. But while it won’t be the now-familiar “classics with a tweak” approach, it will still be rooted in old-school aesthetics. For example, visitors may find a drink similar to a boulevardier but with brandy and bourbon as the base, and added cocoa and orange liqueur.

The opening adjacent to Pink Rabbit, Fools and Horses will be an exercise in juxtaposition: where the former is bright, vibrant and frenetic, Fools and Horses will be dark and lush with an emphasis on table service. “Sophisticated and refined, but never rigid” is how Nicholas describes his vision of the bar. Most seating will be based on reservations, with diners sipping champagne by the glass or a daiquiri spiked with sherry, banana and coffee. Whiskey will be the focus of the bar, with Nicholas having secured rare allowances, many of which are unavailable elsewhere in Oregon.

Rather than drawing on Thai and Korean influences for the food menu, like the menu at Pink Rabbit, Fools and Horses, it will take on elements of Americana. Nicholas has brought on chef Alex Wong to handle the food, and Wong will draw on his growing heritage in Hawaii and its paniolo culture, which saw Hawaiian ranchers and cowboys in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The menu will include raw sea bass dishes and fire-grilled meats: a meal can start with oysters in chili water before moving on to mahi mahi crusted with coconut and sesame, or ribs short pipikaula with soy and garlic.

Americana influences extend to the physical space, and Vault fans will find the space dramatically changed. “Fools and Horses will be dark, sexy and sultry, with a huge cosmetic facelift in space,” says Nicholas. “[We’re] exploiting this darker, richer aesthetic with organic materials like raw leathers and woods as well as metallic gold trim pieces. Part of the room will serve as a playful version of a VIP area, elevated to overlook the rest of the bar, but will be cleared for live musical performances. The music will evolve into acoustic ensembles of jazz, blues, folk and bluegrass.

Nicholas wants the bar to be accessible to all visitors. He says someone can easily come in for a bite and a beer and leave without spending more than $25 or $30. However, the focus will be more on special nights and occasional or regular splurges. For example, diners can subscribe to a special cocktail subscription service: for a monthly subscription, members will have a card and a personal one-litre carafe. The team will fill it with a special, shelf-stable monthly cocktail exclusive to members. Each time a member comes to the bar, they can receive the carafe and a few glasses, and pour as they please. Although the price is yet to be determined, Nicholas says it will run into the hundreds.

While renovating the space and building menus, Nicholas says he’s confident Fools and Horses should open around June 15. The bar will initially be open Wednesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to midnight at 226 NW 12th Avenue.

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5 men aged 29-59 arrested after fight outside nightclub along Cecil Street – Mothership.SG

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Five men have been arrested for rioting after a fight broke out outside Cherry nightclub along Cecil Street, CNA reported.

On May 10, police said they were alerted to the incident at 133 Cecil Street around 1:40 a.m. on May 7.

Ongoing investigations

Police say the men arrested are between the ages of 20 and 59.

Two men, aged 21 and 30, were taken to hospital in a conscious state.

Investigations are ongoing, police said.

Denial of reinstatement due to behavior towards staff

Cherry disco told CNA that the group of patrons had left the club around 1:30 a.m. on May 7 to smoke.

As the premises were at full capacity, they were asked to queue to be readmitted.

After queuing for about 10 minutes, the group began raising their voices with nightclub staff, helping to manage the queue and ease re-entry, the club said.

The club said CNA which the group insisted they deserved priority as they had booked one of its more premium tables.

After being told that all guests were “treated equally” and had to wait until enough space became available, the group began to verbally abuse the staff.

The group continued to shout aggressively at their staff and demanded to see those responsible.

One of the managers decided to deny the group entry due to their behavior towards staff, the club said.

The club also invited the subject of the booking back to the club to claim the belongings of their group of friends and reimbursed them for their unconsumed drinks.

Director’s head was hit

Unhappy with the situation, other members of the group began to act violently, pushing other customers, knocking over queuing poles and throwing punches at some staff, the club said. CNA.

One of the managers received a queuing pole in the head.

They also noted that two other members of the group came to kick the manager in the head as he was lying on the ground.

Another member of staff called the police as the manager was assaulted, the club told CNA.

The club maintained that the actions taken by their staff were purely in self-defence and for their own protection and that of their customers.

The group had left the scene when the police arrived.

Injured employees were medically assessed

The club said CNA that a few of its employees had to undergo a medical evaluation after being injured.

The director received stitches behind his ear and was advised to go for further checks with a specialist.

According to Cherry Discotheque, the manager went to the accident and emergency department that night and visited a brain and spine specialist earlier this week.

What happened

A ruckus occurred at the entrance to Cherry Discotheque after a group of drunken men were allegedly refused entry to the nightclub.

The incident happened on the night of May 6 as revelers lined up outside.

A Mothership reader shared that the group created a scene after being denied entry and then returned to the counter to beat security that night.

Videos of the fight sent to Mothership showed the group of men attacking Cherry Discotheque security and counter staff.

Staff members retreated into the club and attempted to close the gate after a queuing pole was thrown at them.

However, they were chased by their assailants and one of them tried to force the door open.

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(LEAD) Bank household loans grow in April for the first time in 5 months

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SEOUL, May 11 (Yonhap) – Household loans granted by banks in South Korea rose in April for the first time in five months, despite the government’s restraint on lending and rising borrowing costs, central bank data showed on Wednesday.

Banks’ outstanding household loans stood at 1,060.2 trillion won ($829.8 billion) by the end of April, up 1.2 trillion won from the previous month, according to Bank of Korea (BOK) data.

This was the first month-on-month increase since December. It was also compared to a 1 trillion won drop in March.

Outstanding household loans to the entire financial sector, including non-banks, rose 1.3 trillion won in April from the previous month, according to data from the Financial Services Commission and the Financial Supervisory Service.

The rise in April came despite the government’s restraint on lending amid concerns about spiraling household debt and rising borrowing costs due to the central bank’s move to raise interest rates to curb mounting inflationary pressures.

Last month, the BOK raised its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 1.5 percent, the fourth rate hike since August last year. It pointed to further increases in the coming months.

“Banks are stepping up their promotional efforts (to attract customers) by tightening spreads and raising lending limits, which appears to be causing lending that has been frozen since December to slowly change,” a BOK official said.

Observers expect Yoon Suk-yeol’s new government, which took office on Tuesday, to push for easing the current tight limit on lending amid signs that household debt has been managed stably in recent months .

The BOK said April’s rise in household credit was the slowest pace of growth on record this month. The previous record was an increase of 1.5 trillion won registered in April 2010.

Of the total, banks’ mortgage loans to households rose 2.1 trillion won month-on-month to 786.8 trillion won in April, while their other lending, mainly unsecured loans, shrank 900 billion won to 272.1 trillion won, like the data showed.

Meanwhile, banks’ corporate loans grew for the fourth straight month in April due to seasonal reasons such as the need to pay the sales tax due in the month.

Their corporate loans stood at 1,106 trillion won at the end of April, up 12.1 trillion won from the previous month, the data showed. The month-on-month growth was faster than the previous month’s increase of 8.6 trillion won.

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BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: BJRI) Receives an Average “Hold” Rating from Brokerages

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI – Get Rating) received an average recommendation of “Hold” by the fifteen brokerages that currently cover the business, reports. One financial analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have issued a hold recommendation and six have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have reported on the stock in the past year is $41.08.

BJRI has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft cut its price target on BJ’s Restaurants stock from $42.00 to $40.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a Friday, April 22 research report. Citigroup launched coverage on the shares of BJ’s Restaurants in a research note on Tuesday, April 12. They set a “neutral” rating and a price target of $29.00 on the stock. Stephens lowered his price target on shares of BJ’s Restaurants from $50.00 to $45.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, April 22. launched coverage on BJ’s Restaurants stocks in a research note on Thursday, March 31. They have placed a “holding” rating on the stock. Finally, Barclays raised its price target on BJ’s Restaurants shares from $25.00 to $26.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a Monday, April 25 research note.

Shares of BJ’s Restaurants opened at $24.83 on Tuesday. The company has a fifty-day moving average price of $27.50 and a 200-day moving average price of $31.33. The company has a current ratio of 0.40, a quick ratio of 0.40 and a debt ratio of 0.15. BJ’s Restaurants has a 12-month low of $24.02 and a 12-month high of $59.91. The stock has a market capitalization of $581.99 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 827.94, a growth price-to-earnings ratio of 3.54 and a beta of 1.93.

BJ’s Restaurants (NASDAQ:BJRI – Get Rating) last released quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 21. The restaurateur reported earnings per share of $0.06 for the quarter, beating analyst consensus estimates of ($0.26) by $0.32. BJ’s Restaurants had a net margin of 0.09% and a return on equity of 0.07%. The company posted revenue of $298.70 million in the quarter, compared to $297.22 million expected by analysts. During the same period of the previous year, the company posted an EPS of ($0.14). The company’s revenue for the quarter increased 33.8% year over year. Analysts expect BJ’s Restaurants to post earnings per share of 0.51 for the current year.

In other news from BJ’s Restaurants, insider Brian S. Krakower sold 1,000 shares in a trade that took place on Monday, April 25. The shares were sold at an average price of $29.42, for a total value of $29,420.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 4,677 shares of the company, valued at approximately $137,597.34. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, accessible via this link. Insiders of the company hold 3.60% of the shares of the company.

Several institutional investors have recently increased or reduced their stake in BJRI. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. increased its holdings of BJ’s Restaurants stock by 56.2% during the 4th quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. now owns 1,070 shares of the restaurateur valued at $37,000 after buying 385 additional shares last quarter. Dark Forest Capital Management LP bought a new stock position in BJ’s Restaurants during Q3 worth $57,000. O Shaughnessy Asset Management LLC bought a new stock position in BJ’s Restaurants during Q3 for $72,000. Point72 Hong Kong Ltd increased its equity stake in BJ’s Restaurants by 73.7% during Q3. Point72 Hong Kong Ltd now owns 2,680 shares of the restaurateur valued at $112,000 after buying 1,137 additional shares last quarter. Finally, SG Americas Securities LLC bought a new position in BJ’s Restaurants stock during Q1 valued at $128,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 99.15% of the company’s shares.

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BJ’s Restaurants, Inc owns and operates casual dining restaurants in the United States. The company’s restaurants offer pizza, craft and other beers, appetizers, entrees, pastas, sandwiches, specialty salads and desserts. As of April 19, 2022, it operated 213 restaurants in 29 states. The company was founded in 1978 and is based in Huntington Beach, California.

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San Antonio tequila and Mas Chingon mezcal bar are now open

South Presa’s new spot for tequila, Latin music and San Antonio flair is now open. Mas Chingon opened in the Mission Reach area on Thursday, May 5.

The tequila and mezcal bar owned by Sam Garcia Jr. hosted a double celebration marking the grand opening of Mas Chingon and Cinco de Mayo. As the San Antonians planned their Cinco de Mayo nights, Mas Chingon made it easy for Southside revelers with a list of ready-to-go branded tequila and mezcal and music to keep the fun going.

Around 9 p.m., the bar was full of customers and the DJ was blaring a list of party favorites, including “Tusa,” “Oye Mi Canto,” “Soltera,” and just about every other Latin tune that tequila will get you. convinces you can dance to.

The bar menu includes tequilas like Dos Artes, Clase Azul, Casamigos as well as mezcals like Tapatio Reposado and Rey Campero. While tequila and mezcal take center stage, Mas Chingon also serves other spirits, beer, micheladas, and Bloody Marys. The bar offers standard margaritas as well as specialty cocktails with San Antonio-centric names like a “Como La Flor.” I opted for a tangy, tangy margarita on the rocks with a chili rim, which is about $6 before tip.

Mas Chingon, at 4904 South Presa Street, is now open.

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Mas Chingon’s website says it aims to reflect the Southside neighborhood in which it is nestled.

“Mas Chingon was inspired by the community that lives in the Mission Reach neighborhood south of San Antonio, where Mexican food, cocktails and good vibes are always flowing,” the site says.

The large opening crowd seemed to fit the mission perfectly. Patrons of all ages gathered around the bar to take selfies with their drinks, while others danced around the DJ. It was like a weekend on a working night.

The space is big on San Antonio and the Mexican aesthetic. The bar, with a pewter backsplash resembling a kaleidoscope and ironwork, is illuminated by four neon-glowing pewter star pendants. Spurs-inspired artwork hangs on the bright orange walls. While the bar is a party spot in its own right, there’s a cozy nook marked by a stone wall with cutouts holding velas emblazoned with the faces of celebrities like Betty White, Tiger King, and more. It’s the perfect place for a quick chat away from the music and makes a nice backdrop for photos.

Mas Chingon, at 4904 South Presa Street, is now open.

Mas Chingon, at 4904 South Presa Street, is now open.

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Mas Chingon is open Wednesday to Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. You’ll find the bar at 4904 South Presa Street.

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Jockey rushed to hospital with a broken jaw after being punched in a nightclub toilet celebrating the biggest win of his career

A JOCKEY has been rushed to hospital with a broken jaw after being punched in a nightclub toilet while celebrating the biggest win of his career.

The left side of poor Ashley Butler’s face was grotesquely swollen after being ambushed in a seemingly random attack.


Jockey’s jaw was horribly swollen after he was punched in a nightclub toilet
Butler's jaw was broken in five places and he will need surgery


Butler’s jaw was broken in five places and he will need surgery

Butler, 30, was the victim of a loose punch, according to his wife Heidi.

The jockey was celebrating after winning the £250,000 Archer race at Rockhampton Racecourse in Australia earlier on Saturday.

Butler, who has earned over £4m in his career, took the Emerald Kingdom 10-1 win.

He was out for a few drinks with some buddies when he went to the bathroom.

It was then that he was apparently turned on by another reveler and forced to spend a night in hospital before being booked in for surgery in Brisbane on Sunday.

Heidi said: “They’re going to take a helicopter and fly it to Brisbane.

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“He was hit by the King when he went to the toilet last night in one of the nightclubs here in Rockhampton.

“It broke his jaw in five places.

“He’s aware, responsive and all like that. He’s fine but the scanner came back and he broke it badly.”

Incredibly, Butler made it home with Heidi before the extent of the damage became clear.

She added: “I’ve been through a few boxes of tissues but we’re getting better.

“We have to think positive with all of this because it would have been 100 times worse.

“We had the best day at the races on Saturday and for that to happen I just don’t know what to say.”

Butler added that the attack meant he had gone “from the penthouse to the s***house”.


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CRB list freeze hurts personal loans, lenders say

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CRB list freeze hurts personal loans, lenders say

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  • It is estimated that 99 percent of the 4.6 million credit accounts negatively listed on CRBs will have their data frozen following the suspension.
  • Data from the CRBs shows that the companies can only share default data from fewer than 50,000 credit accounts.
  • The freeze on small borrower information sharing has prompted banks to rely on their own data to manage short-term default risk.

Suspension of listing of borrowers who are in default on loans of less than Sh5million hurts lending and credit risk management in personal loans, lenders say.

Banks were barred from reporting defaults that fell within the set limit for 12 months from October last year. The lockdown is set to end on September 30.

The move is seen as an attempt by the government to offer financial relief to Kenyans recovering from reduced incomes in the wake of Covid-19.

“The requirement to stop registering customers with loans under Sh5m with credit bureaus is likely to continue to impact our business performance, particularly in the retail banking space,” says Absa Bank Kenya in its latest annual report.

It is estimated that 99 percent of the 4.6 million credit accounts negatively listed on CRBs will have their data frozen following the suspension.

Data from the CRBs shows that the companies can only share default data from fewer than 50,000 credit accounts. Most of the negative entries concerned loans that were bugged via mobile phones.

Banks have used CRBs to weigh default risk and also as a deterrent. It is a particularly important tool in the unsecured personal loan category, where borrowers rely on small business salaries and income to repay.

The freeze on small borrower information sharing has prompted banks to rely on their own data to manage short-term default risk.

For example, a customer’s loan repayment history can be used to assess creditworthiness. Despite the suspension of the negative listing, personal lending was among the segments that grew, according to data from the Central Bank of Kenya.

Loans to households rose to Sh482.6 billion in February, up Sh16.7 billion from Sh465.9 billion in September last year.

Lending to the transport and communications sector saw the largest expansion, up Sh31.8 billion to Sh270 billion. Property was one of two sectors to see a contraction in credit, shrinking Sh3 billion to Sh410.4 billion.

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three generations of women owners

ONTONAGON, Mich. (WLUC) — Pastries and donuts are two popular items at Syl’s Café, a family business in Ontonagon.

It has been passed down through three generations of women and was first opened in 1972. Current owner Kathy Wardynski says she follows the original recipes from her grandmother, who opened the cafe.

“It’s really neat to be able to check out a cookbook there and follow recipes that are still written in my grandmother’s handwriting,” Wardynski said.

Wardynski says everything from homemade bread to basic soup recipes was passed down to her, though she had to make some adjustments.

“My grandmother had recipes, but she didn’t really follow them. So the first thing I had to do when I took over the restaurant was write down the recipes with what she put in there. We had a recipe for Molasses Cookies where she said it was four cups of flour, but in fact it was four full cups.

The recipes are extremely popular among Ontonagon residents, who appreciate the restaurant’s authenticity.

“It’s been an institution in this community for so many years and for generations. Every generation is just wonderful,” said client Lois Gregory.

This June 1 will mark the 50th anniversary of coffee. Wardynski also says it was an honor for her to continue what her grandmother started.

“She only went to school until eighth grade and was able to start a business like this which was able to run for almost 50 years. It is a source of pride for me to be able to follow in his footsteps.

Wardynski is opening another business called the Squeeze on Main, it will be a juice and smoothie bar. She plans to follow her family’s tradition and pass it on to her daughters.

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Restaurants old and new, east and west of Route 1

I have to say the Back Porch Cafe has been my favorite restaurant since it started in the early 1970’s. It’s never open on my birthday or my anniversary, but I manage to splurge there a few times in summer. There are always old friends around, and the brewing of the house’s flamboyant coffee is a real sight to behold.

It used to be The Avenue Restaurant on Rehoboth Avenue, owned by Helen and Alvin Simpler. When I was a teenager, our family went there every Friday, and sometimes, if I was lucky, on Saturday evenings too. It served wonderful classic American dishes like imperial crab and braised beef, and the key lime pie was to die for! Then I walked by The Art Age, an art supply store, and visited Mr. Howard Schroeder, who was for me the first example of a “real artist”, as I wished one day the be.

I was at a recent class reunion and my classmates had gotten nostalgic for the Seahorse and the Dinner Bell, also old favorites. Since we moved back here at the end of 2016, I’ve been lucky enough to go out for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights like my parents did. When we spent our summers on Rodney Street in Dewey Beach, they used to go out for date nights at the Bottle & Cork or the Henlopen Hotel.

Jeff made lists of cheap and expensive restaurants. Now we’ve started looking around West Sussex for restaurants that are our southern home, or let’s face it, affordable. We still venture into Rehoboth and Lewes settlements some of the time to splurge. Feeling a bit like food critics, we like to discuss our experiences afterwards.

There were humorous events. We once visited a local restaurant a few times for, shall we say, a really budget dinner. One evening I ordered a Bloody Mary from a waitress who seemed beleaguered, pissed off and naive when there was no crowd to besiege her. The cocktail had always been well prepared before, served by a waiter with flair, and containing celery, olives and even carrot shavings, but this waitress brought me a glass of tomato juice juice, with maybe be a teaspoon of vodka and an ice cube. She then said she couldn’t make Greek salad. Finally, a more experienced waitress, looking puzzled but exasperated, brought me a competent version of my order. The first irresponsible waitress appeared with our main entrees and happily asked, “Who’s hungry?”

Later, the waitresses were herded into a nearby group. A woman who appeared to be their boss was telling them about their duties at the breakfast buffet the next morning and the behavior of the servers in general. Finally, amused, I asked, “Are you the head waitress?” “No, I’m the dishwasher,” she replied, to my amazement! Eventually our bill arrived, and it was for two corned beef hash breakfasts – nothing like what we ordered. If any of this sounds like Mel’s Diner from the old It was the TV show “Alice” or the movie “Alice doesn’t live here anymore.” Where’s good old waitress Flo when you need her?

Then there’s a local Italian restaurant whose owner is like a well-known character in an episode of Seinfeld, and all the customers feed on the hope that they’ll endear him, because he’s finicky – or he they just might keep coming back because his food is good and reasonably priced too. My husband’s sister went there and ordered a bottle of Italian sparkling water – on ice. He told her it was cold enough and he didn’t need any ice cream!

My search turned up some real gems west of Route 1. One is on Route 13 near Seaford, a restaurant called Stargate. It’s a 40 minute drive through rural pumpkin patch in the fall and definitely worth the drive. The pristine salad bar is phenomenal, well stocked with crispy choices chilled over ice. The usual offerings are lettuce, cherry tomatoes, shredded carrots, bean salad, heaps of sliced ​​onions and pickled mushrooms. But they also have the most fabulous potato salad, coleslaw and even a mountain of boiled eggs!

Their 2 for $25 special is a pretty good deal. You get soup or salad bar, starter and pudding or ice cream dessert. Our favorite starter is the grilled plaice. I also recommend the Maryland Crab Soup, loaded with veggies and even sprinkled with Brussels sprouts, a first for me.

Another favorite restaurant west of Route 1 “down Ellendale way” is the Southern Grille, where there are plenty of Southern offerings, as the name suggests. Lima bean soup with dumplings, homemade yeast buns, and even chittlins (aka chitterlings) and muskrat for the real down-homers. And of course, there’s a pretzel salad, a square of shimmering strawberry jelly with a scrumptious base of cream cheese and pretzels. The cakes lined up in the refrigerated display case are worthy of a painting. The people who own and work in the Southern Grille are also great. We had dinner and breakfast paid for by kind customers who said they pay next. Our first Thanksgiving here in Sussex, a waitress invited us to her Zion AME Church down the street from the restaurant for her free dinner. I’ve always believed that the best Thanksgiving dinners, like the very first one, are shared by new friends, and this one was no exception.

Finally, to complete my visit, we came across Bella Capri, a real find of an Italian restaurant in Georgetown across from the Walmart store. The owner is originally from Naples, Italy, and he offers great Italian classics and evening meals that can be 4-star quality! A memorable starter for me was a beautiful shiny oval dish topped with pumpkin ravioli in a succulent sauce and sprinkled with mussels and shiny black-boiled prawns. Even the salads that come with dinner are generous. The bread is warm and crispy. Thursday is half price wine night and the servers are friendly and efficient.

So ends my tour of East and West Sussex county restaurants, old and new. I’ll never taste The Avenue’s lunch special or the homemade key lime pie again, but I’ll always remember that warm feeling all the way home down Cave Neck Road after one of those weekend dinners.

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When do pubs, restaurants and bars close on the Queen’s Jubilee Bank Holiday?

As the Queen celebrates 70 years as Britain’s monarch on her Platinum Jubilee, many of us will be celebrating alongside her over the bank holiday weekend.

The 96-year-old is the first British monarch to celebrate her 70th birthday, and a national celebration will be held across the country to honor her years of service. But those looking to celebrate the festivities in a pub, bar, club or restaurant may wonder how the occasion will affect opening and closing times.

Pubs, bars and restaurants will be able to extend their opening hours in order to celebrate the Jubilee bank holiday weekend from Thursday June 2 to Saturday June 4. EssexLive gave you all the information you need on when pubs, restaurants and bars will close and why they may close later.

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When will pubs, bars and restaurants close?

Pubs, clubs, restaurants and bars may close at 1am each public holiday (Thursday June 2 to Saturday June 4). Usually on public holidays they close at 11 p.m. The extension will allow people to continue their celebrations during the holiday.

Why can they close later?

On Monday April 25, Parliament passed an order extending licensing hours at pubs, clubs and bars across England and Wales from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. to mark the Jubilee platinum from Her Majesty the Queen. Section 172 of the Licensing Act 2003 gives the Home Secretary the power to make a License Hours Order, allowing premises to extend their opening hours to mark special occasions during a temporary period.

However, the government has not extended the deadlines for premises that sell alcohol to be consumed off-premises, such as off-licences and supermarkets. This means that the closing hours of these types of establishments will remain the same.

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‘It’s unwarranted for what they did:’ Man arrested outside Wynwood nightclub claims police used excessive force – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – One of four men who were arrested outside a nightclub in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood said officers used excessive force during the difficult removal, leaving him bloodied and bruised.

Christian Llanos spoke to 7News after leaving Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in West Miami-Dade on Saturday.

He maintained his innocence during Friday morning’s encounter with officers outside Centro Wynwood.

“Disappointed, completely, because we didn’t do anything wrong,” he said.

Llanos said chaos unfolded after he and a group of friends left the club and saw his brother being attacked.

“Two random guys stopped, walked up to my brother, slapped him,” he said.

Shortly after running to help his brother, Llanos said, two Miami City police officers arrived.

“The officer hits me from the back, completely hanging on the side of my face. They handcuffed us; [the officer] grabs my leg and pulls me while I’m handcuffed. I hit my head on the car,” Llanos said.

It was then, Llanos said, that the men who had attacked them before the officers arrived fled.

When the officers started beating him and his friends, Llanos said, his friend Antonio Ordonez took out his cell phone and started recording.

Ordonez spoke to 7News on Friday.

“[The officer] is just hitting it nonstop,” he said.

Footage shows an officer repeatedly punching Llanos as he lay on the sidewalk.

Llanos and three others were arrested and imprisoned.

But video posted online by Only in Dade showed men throwing punches at police before being shot.

In the arrest report, an officer wrote that a man “punched me in the ribs/waist, grabbed me aggressively and pushed me.”

Another officer said, “I was hit on the right side of my face.

But Llanos said the officers’ response was excessive.

“We didn’t do anything wrong. All we were doing was defending someone very dear to us, because these two guys wanted to fight for some reason. We don’t even know why,” he said.

Llanos hopes the situation and the officer who he said left his face scarred and swollen will be fully investigated.

“It’s unjustified for what they did, I really think so. I understand that they wanted to contain the situation, but it is not containing the situation. I don’t see that as containing the situation,” he said.

A Miami Police Department spokesperson released a statement that reads: “In accordance with its internal investigative protocols, the Miami Police Department is actively reviewing all video and testimonial evidence related to the use of the force and will take appropriate action if violations are identified”.

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Gold Loan vs. Other Loans: Is a Gold Loan a Better and Easier Option?

Ideally, one should avoid borrowing unless there is a need to acquire an asset that would either enhance future income or save on current expenses. Businesses also take out short-term loans to meet their working capital needs.

However, in emergencies, you may need to take out some borrowings to cover the unexpected increase in expenses, especially when there is not enough emergency fund.

There are two types of loans – secured loans and unsecured loans. Obtaining a secured loan involves pledging an asset as collateral that can be sold to collect fees if the borrower is unable to repay the principal and pay interest on it.

Because of the presence of underlying assets as collateral, secured loans are generally cheaper than unsecured loans. Loans taken out to purchase assets generally fall into this category.

On the other hand, in the absence of an asset as collateral that could be sold to recover the loan amount, financial institutions generally charge higher interest rates for unsecured loans – like personal loans.

However, to lower interest rates on loans not taken out to purchase assets, one can keep investments (e.g., mutual funds, insurance, stocks, etc.) or movable assets (e.g., gold, jewelry, etc.) as collateral, which are used to The loan amount can be sold to repay in the event of insolvency.

Given the costs involved in ensuring the safety of idle gold, it is best to take out a gold loan if needed to reduce the cost of borrowing as well as the cost of storing the physical gold.

“You may be surprised to learn that 80 percent of Indian households have gold at home or in safe deposit boxes! This gold can be easily used economically to apply for a loan compared to other types of loans,” said Nitin Misra, co-founder of Indiagold.

“Imagine someone owns a nice 1 BHK beachfront apartment in Goa and then only uses it 1-2 months a year. Wouldn’t it be worth earning the rest of the year by listing it on Airbnb? Gold as an asset is similar in that sense,” he added.

Misra lists the benefits of taking gold loans:

  • Gold loans come with low interest rates and the flexibility to pay both interest and principal at the end of the loan term – meaning no hassle with EMIs.
  • There are no processing fees or foreclosure fees. In addition, renewing or extending the loan is free and easy.
  • Gold loans can be availed with minimal documentation, free from strict terms and conditions like regular proof of income or credit history.

“In a country like India, where 83 percent of the workforce is self-employed, gold loans just make sense,” Misra said.

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The Cat Cafe will open soon in Newmarket, New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s first cat café will soon open in Newmarket. The non-profit organization Cat Tales Rescue will be on hand to snuggle up with customers. “These kittens will be available for adoption and you can spend time with them in the lounge area with pastries or hot drinks you get from the cafe side,” said Tipsy Tabby owner Kaitlyn Ferretts. Customers will not be able to bring their own cats to the cafe. The cafe is expected to open from mid-June to the end of June.

New Hampshire’s first cat café will soon open in Newmarket.

The Tipsy Tabby, located on Main Street, is still under construction.

Once construction is complete, the building will have two distinct areas: a lounge area and a café.

Kittens from the nonprofit Seabrook Cat Tales Rescue will be on hand to snuggle up to customers.

“These kittens will be available for adoption and you can hang out with them in the living room with pastries or hot drinks you get from the cafe side,” said Tipsy Tabby owner Kaitlyn Ferretts.

Customers will not be able to bring their own cats to the cafe.

The cafe is expected to open mid to late June.

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Staffing challenges slow fast food restaurants in High Point

HIGH POINT, NC (WGHP) – Staff shortages are causing a slowdown in fast food. Almost every fast food restaurant on South Main Street in High Point has signs advertising job openings.

Tyshawn Lilly, the manager of South Main Street McDonald’s, says staffing issues started with the pandemic. They weren’t able to fully rebound.

“We desperately need people to come to work. If you can come for an interview, you can come in. If you can come in and make the request, make the request. We just need people to come and work. Lily said. “We are looking for managers. We are looking for cashiers. We are looking for cooks.

Lilly says the restaurant is just getting back to normal after losing 10 employees in the past two weeks.

“It hurt us a lot,” he said.

McDonalds isn’t the only place on a staffing rollercoaster. Signs are also posted outside Wendy’s, the Metro and nearby KFC.

The lack of staff means customers have to wait a bit longer and the drive-thru lines are slowing down a bit.

Until these restaurants can get things back to how they were before the pandemic, they’re hoping customers can put up with them.

“Just be patient with us, and we’ll get back to where we used to be fully staffed and making sure all customers are happy,” Lilly said.

McDonald’s on South Main Street is hosting a hiring event on May 10.

They hope it will attract much needed help.

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California’s ‘Class of 1972’ Vineyards Continue to Raise the Bar

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Fifty years ago, much of what we now consider Northern California wine country consisted of plum orchards for prunes and groves of walnut trees. They were cash crops that replaced the vines uprooted during Prohibition in the 1920s.

A renaissance was already underway. Heitz Cellars, Robert Mondavi, Schramsberg, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and other wineries opened in the 1960s and early 1970s with ambitions to restore California wine to its pre-prohibition glory and make wines rivaling the best wines of France.

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Then came the Class of 1972, with wineries now celebrating their golden anniversaries. According to the Napa Valley Vintners, at least eight wineries opened in the valley that year, nearly as many as in the entire previous decade. It was the start of a growth spurt, as more than 40 wineries opened in Napa in the 1970s.

Several of the Class of 1972 not only survive today, but have helped define California wine in the half century since. Caymus and Silver Oak, still owned by their founding families, pushed Napa towards a riper, more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon style and sparked the cult wine craze. Diamond Creek (now owned by Maison Louis Roederer) has lifted the eyes of valley-bottom winemakers to the challenges and rewards of mountain viticulture. Other wineries that were founded or produced their first vintage in 1972 in Napa Valley include Clos du Val, Burgess, Mount Veeder, Rutherford Hill, and Sullivan Rutherford Estate.

In Sonoma County, a civil engineer named Dave Stare, who caught the wine bug while working in Europe in the mid-1960s, bought a plum orchard west of Healdsburg and established Dry Creek Vineyard, the first winery to open in the Dry Creek. Valley since Prohibition.

“It was 50 acres bought on a handshake,” says Kim Stare Wallace, Stare’s daughter who now runs the winery. Stare’s inspirations were the white wines of the Loire Valley and the reds of Bordeaux. He was the first in Sonoma County to label Sauvignon Blanc as fume blanc, and the winery to this day specializes in this variety and Chenin Blanc. The winery was the first to use the word Meritage – a portmanteau of merit and heritage – on its Bordeaux-style red wines. And Dry Creek Vineyard was the first to describe its Zinfandel as “old vines,” says Stare Wallace, adding ruefully, “I wish I had put it down.”

Also in 1972, Tom and Sally Jordan purchased land in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley to establish Jordan Vineyard and Winery. Like Stare and other budding winemakers, they had fallen in love with French food and wine while traveling in Europe and wanted to recreate that culture here at home.

“They were foodies before foodies were cool,” John Jordan, the winery’s current CEO, said of his parents. Jordan Winery produces highly regarded Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, marketed primarily to the foodservice industry. And the winery bucked the California wave of bigger is better, preferring a European style that is coming back into vogue today. “We like to let the food do the most talking,” Jordan says.

Steven Spurrier blew up the world of wine with the Judgment of Paris. His legacy lives on.

The winery is planning anniversary dinners this summer in Denver, the Jordan family’s hometown, Dallas, where it has a large fan base, and Nashville, which Jordan says is “the country’s foodie scene in this moment”.

In Calistoga, on the other side of Mount Saint Helena from the Alexander Valley, Château Montelena was founded in 1882 by Alfred Tubbs. (Its name may be more familiar to us today due to the 2017 Tubbs Fire that started near Calistoga and quickly spread through the mountains to Santa Rosa.) The winery was in dormant from prohibition until 1972, when it was purchased by Jim Barrett and Ernie Hahn.

This year, the Barretts, led by Jim’s son, Bo, celebrate 50 years of family ownership of Château Montelena. They caused a stir at first: their 1973 chardonnay won the 1976 Paris Judgment tasting, which established California as a world-class wine region on par with France. They even recreated this winning chardonnay by blending a wine made with grapes from the same three vineyards, which Barrett says are still owned by their original families.

Montelena is replanting its vineyards for the third time, which Barrett says should allow the winery to continue producing quality Cabernet, Chardonnay and Zinfandel over the next half-century.

“The first time you plant, you pretty much guess,” he jokes. “The second time, 20 to 25 years later, you do a little better. On the third time – well, if you don’t know what you’re doing on the third time, you should probably do something else.

Other wineries are also celebrating anniversaries this year, of course. Stony Hill, on Napa’s Spring Mountain, was founded in 1952. And the Bartolucci family celebrates a century of winemaking at Madonna Estate. But it was the Class of 1972 that capitalized on a nascent revolution and propelled California wine into its modern era of greatness.

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Woman raped near Glenrothes nightclub as police demand to find two drivers

Police are searching for two drivers after a woman was raped near a nightclub in Fife.

The 39-year-old was targeted near Styx nightclub in Glenrothes in the early hours of Saturday April 30.

Officers are trying to track down the drivers and occupants of two cars seen in the area at the time of the attack, with detectives hoping to have vital information.

The first car is a silver or gray sedan taxi that was seen driving from the Tanshall roundabout onto Caskieberran Road. He stopped for a short time near the junction with Cromarty Court before driving outside Styx nightclub, where he picked up four men and left the area.

The second is a dark-coloured Audi or BMW car with five-spoke alloy wheels that was parked on Caskieberran Road outside Styx between 12:40 a.m. and 1:05 a.m. The occupants are believed to have had a conversation with people standing outside the club.

This car was then driven west along Caskieberran Road, turned around at the Tanshall roundabout and then parked again outside the club.

Officers are also calling on a group of around five women present around the Tanshall roundabout who they believe may have spoken with the victim after the assault.

Detective Inspector Graeme Dursley said: ‘Through CCTV investigations we have identified these two vehicles which were in the general area at the time the sexual assault occurred.

“I urge the owners of the cars to come forward, as well as their occupants that night. Additionally, if anyone was driving in the area at the time and has dash cam footage that could help us in our investigation, please call us.

“We would also like to speak to a group of approximately five women who were close to the Tanshall roundabout and who may have spoken to the victim after the assault. You might have some really important information and I urge you to get in touch.

Anyone who can help officers with their investigation is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101quoting incident number 0499 from Saturday 30 April, or call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Cloud City Coffee brings together community and coffee in Maple Leaf

I was chatting with Jill Killen, founder of Cloud City Coffee, on a cool spring morning when a customer stopped by and said, “I love this place, it’s part of my life now.”

Killen said this customer has been a regular for years, as have many other customers. Cloud City Coffee offers great coffee and delicious food, but community is the foundation of this Maple Leaf landmark.

Killen says, “Connections are what it’s all about.”

From day one of operation, this independent cafe has focused on building and supporting the community. With a nook full of children’s toys and books, drip coffee for diners on a budget, and a welcoming presence for all the neighbors (“We didn’t want anyone not to feel welcome in our cafe,” notes Killen), Cloud City Coffee is living its mission of being a community-centric company.

The community, coupled with freshly roasted coffee and food, makes Cloud City Coffee a hot spot in the Maple Leaf neighborhood.

Killen points out, “We make almost everything in-house from scratch, source great ingredients, and roast great coffee.”

She started roasting coffee in 2018 and this year she won a “Good Food Award” for an Ethiopian roaster.

Besides coffee, their most popular product is their coconut bread. And in response to customer requests, their menu has plenty of vegan offerings. The next step ? Cloud City Coffee will be adding ice cream to its menu for the summer months this year.

As Cloud City continues to roast coffee and cook delicious food, they simultaneously continue to focus on the community.

Killen says, “Cloud City almost always answers the call for anything the community needs, whether it’s using our front space for tables, donations to schools and churches, and a venue. of meeting for all the groups which must meet.”

The café has a telephone box transformed into a small free pantry connected to the building. Employees keep the pantry stocked with basic hygiene items — socks, feminine products, gloves — for any neighbor to take. And the bathroom is always open to any member of the community.

And the focus on community at Cloud City extends to employees. Killen ensures that all employees are paid a living wage (at a minimum). She participates in a program called Living Wage for Us, which certifies that employers keep their promise to pay living wages. When you enjoy your expertly prepared espresso drink, you know your dollars are supporting decent wages for your neighbors.

So head over to Cloud City, grab a coffee and a pastry or a sandwich, and enjoy outdoor seating (soon to be a permanent structure with warmth) or walk for mountain views at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. You will not be disappointed.

Cloud City Coffee is located at 8801 Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle.

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Mother’s Day in Bartlesville Is Better at These Local Restaurants

Now is the time for all of Bartlesville to descend on local restaurants to celebrate our mothers. As it happens, the National Restaurant Association claims that Mother’s Day is the most popular restaurant party of the year.

While some restaurants may close on Sundays and others may not necessarily be doing anything special for the holidays, a few in Bartlesville go above and beyond their usual offerings.

Reservations and availability vary by restaurant, so be sure to plan ahead wherever you go.

Here are some local favorites worth considering when planning your Mother’s Day celebrations. And if you take a photo during your meal, send us a copy to the email address listed at the bottom of the page to be featured in a special gallery next week.

Luigi’s Italian Restaurant

Luigi’s is a staple in the Bartlesville community, having opened its doors in 2011 and proudly serving classic Italian dishes like Tortellini Alla Panna, Chicken Marsala and Stromboli for the past decade.

The restaurant recently opened a new location on Washington Boulevard which owner Vito Morino says provides a better customer experience. If you haven’t visited yet, Mother’s Day could be the perfect time to check out the new spot.

Luigi's new location is open at 1409 SE Washington Blvd.

Morino is preparing special menu options for Mother’s Day, including steak tenderloin and chicken sponge cake.

The restaurant won’t be taking advance calls or reservations, but Morino hopes to open the outdoor patio for additional guests.

Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Bartlesville Prize Tower designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Copper Restaurant & Bar

Copper’s opened in 2003 and currently offers artisan dishes from Chef Albert ‘Nook’ Ducre.

The restaurant has moved to the 1st floor of the Price Tower in the Plaza Dining Room while the 15th and 16th floors are being renovated.

The Mother’s Day menu will include Eggs Benedict, Florentine Crab Cakes, Quail and Waffles, Shrimp Omelet, Donuts, Mimosa Flights and special Mother’s Day drinks.

Stop by the art gallery, which is currently showing the “Evolution of Heartbreak” exhibition of works by Alexis Hallum.

Restaurant space is limited; call and make reservations at 918-336-1000.

Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hideaway Pizza is located at the corner of Johnstone Ave and Frank Phillips Blvd.

hidden pizza

Located in the heart of downtown, Hideaway is considered by many to be the best pizza in Bartlesville, and some would say it’s among the best in the state.

Hideaway offers traditional pizzas and unique flavor combinations like The Pollinator which uses olive oil and garlic glaze, salami, spicy capicola, cup ‘n’ curl pepperoni, banana peppers and topped with honey.

Not craving pizza, try one of their baked pastas or sandwiches – and be sure to order some spicy fried pickles to share.

Hideaway won’t be taking reservations, but you can join their online waiting list.

Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Soho Japanese Steakhouse is located at 320 SE Washington Blvd in Bartlesville

Soho Japanese Steakhouse

Soho opened in 2016 in the former Golden Corral location and has been wowing customers ever since.

Soho’s menu offers a variety, from hibachi meals to fresh sushi.

The hibachi grill dining experience offers tableside cooking, humor and a bit of showmanship.

If you’re not in the mood for a show, find room in open seating and enjoy the same food, but without all the heat.

Soho takes reservations online or by phone at 918-876-3936.

Sunday hours are 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

From left, Shawn Childress, master brewer and co-founder of Cooper and Mill Brewing Company, and his son and brewer, Asher Childress, prepare for Oktoberfest.

Cooper and Mill Brewing Company

Cooper and Mill, established in 2020, is Bartlesville’s first and only brewery.

They offer craft beer brewed on site and offer up to ten styles on tap.

Cooper and Mill is a family friendly environment with pool tables, cornhole, board games and more with plenty of room to spread out.

They offer pizzas for first come, first served every Sunday and Mother’s Day will be no different.

Sunday hours from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Send your Mother’s Day celebration photos to [email protected] so we can share them with Bartlesville.

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5 Best Juice Bars in Arlington, TX

Below is a list of the best and main juice bars in Arlington. To help you find the best juice bars near you in Arlington, we’ve put together our own list based on this list of rating points.

The best juice bars in Arlington:

The top rated juice bars in Arlington, TX are:

  • SpicyZest & Boba Coffee – authentic sri lankan style juice house
  • Tropical Smoothie Coffee – offers bold, tasty and affordable smoothies
  • The king of smoothies – believes in helping every client achieve their health and fitness goals
  • Manna juice bar – fills its customers with its healthy version of smoothies
  • Bahama Buck’s – believes life should be tasty and memorable

SpicyZest & Boba Coffee

Healthy Juice Bars in Arlington, TX

SpicyZest & Boba Coffee offers authentic Sri Lankan style juices. The team is convinced that every drink should be enjoyed in the best store. They pride themselves on having a hospitable and accommodating store environment. Plus, the store is fully certified by award-winning reviewers. Their smoothies and cold pressed juices taste unmatched, unique and fresh. In addition, their team is happy to accommodate their customers at any time.

They have a variety of cold pressed juices, fruit juices and smoothies. These include pineapple juice, rose smoothies and vegetable shakes. Plus, they also have berry mixes and oatmeal acai bowls.


juice bars


Address: 8427 26 Boulevard, North Richland Hills, TX 76180
Phone: (817) 479-3666


“First time there and loved it! The meat is well seasoned and cooked. They also offer vegan options! Try boba nest time. –Lolo Yanez

Tropical Smoothie Coffee

Fresh Juice Bars in Arlington, TX

Tropical Smoothie Coffee offers bold, tasty and affordable smoothies. Their team finds real fruits, vegetables and juices for their smoothies. In addition, all meals are prepared according to the tastes of their customers. It is composed of quality meats and fresh products. They also welcome customers with a fun and relaxing atmosphere and unparalleled hospitality. Plus, they also have the unique tropical feel of all their drinks.

The shop offers a wide selection of tasty and fresh juices. Additionally, their selections include watermelon shakes, agave and lemon smoothies, and almond juice shots. They also serve avocado sandwiches and nut bowls.


sandwiches, catering, juice bars


Address: 1108 N Collins St, Arlington, TX 76011
Telephone: (817) 276-6008


“Great place for healthy choices. Smoothies are wonderful” – Mounish Reddy

The king of smoothies

delicious juice bars in Arlington, TX

The king of smoothies believes in helping every client achieve their health and fitness goals. With their non-artificial flavor and pure smoothies, they leave their customers feeling light and fulfilled. Plus, their ingredients are carefully chosen with purpose-built blends. They also find the perfect blend that goes with their customers’ diets. Plus, they’re ready to serve customers a healthy meal on the go.

They offer a full selection of tasty and budget-friendly 100% vegan smoothies. Additionally, these include beetroot shakes, buttery toast, and oat milk smoothies. They also have banana smoothies and lemon smoothies.


juice bars


Address: 3751 Matlock Rd, Arlington, TX 76015
Phone: (817) 375-0200


“I come to this place every morning because the store manager and her employees are very nice. They make my smoothie perfect every time and I’m very picky about my smoothie. I bump into two other smoothie kings just to go to this place. They are the best!” – Dezarae F

manna juice bar

Tasty juice bars in Arlington, TX

manna juice bar fills its customers with its healthy version of smoothies. They collaborated with qualified food scientists to create the perfect smoothies. For over a decade they have been dedicated to all of their active athletes and customers. In addition, they provide effective nutrition provided by cold pressed juice. Their team also believes that the perfect recipes provide the best nutrients.

The shop offers a wide selection of protein shakes and fresh fruit shakes. These include lemonades, frozen banana shakes, and protein smoothies. Plus, they also serve protein bars and vegan shakes.


protein shake, juice bars


Address: 3806 E Broad St #128, Mansfield, TX 76063
Phone: (817) 400-8059


“It was the first time I came here. There are so many flavors to choose from. I had the peach cobbler, which was delicious. I will definitely be back to try many other flavors.” – Michael Rodriguez

Bahama Buck’sAffordable Juice Bars in Arlington, TX

Bahama Buck’s believes that life should be tasty and memorable. They opened in the summer of 1990 with their original shaved ice selections. Their goal is to create remarkable memories while refreshing themselves with their freshly made beverages. Plus, it’s a family-owned smoothie and shaved ice business. They bring a variety of smoothies made from local fruits.

They prepare and serve a wide selection of shaved ice and tasty juices. These include shaved ice, island smoothies, and Bahama sodas. Additionally, they also serve fresh acai bowls and shakes.


fresh shakes, drinks, juice bars


Address: 1630 E Lamar Blvd Suite 100, Arlington, TX 76011
Phone: (817) 238-3113


“It was the first time I came here. There are so many flavors to choose from. I had the peach cobbler, which was delicious. I will definitely be back to try many other flavors.” – Michael Rodriguez

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Leeds nightclub to host rave for kids under 8 – and it sounds amazing

A nightclub in Leeds city center has launched an event where children are invited to come and rave.

Cargo, a nightclub on Albion Street in Leeds, is hosting the ‘Big Fish Little Fish’ family rave this month where kids are welcome – the event will take place on Saturday May 14 from 1-3.30pm.

The party theme is festival chic, so get your best sparkly outfits together, with a dance floor filled with bubbles, confetti, balloons and foam.

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The event, which won “Best Family Event” at the National Family Arts Festival Awards from 2014 to 2019, welcomes all ages. Most of the activities designed by the site are aimed at children up to eight years old.

You’ll find craft and playdoh tables, a giant color-in mural, play areas, free transfer tattoos, a licensed bar, and a makeup booth.

Will you go to the “Big Fish Little Fish” family rave? Let us know in the comments.

The event is designed to provide an authentic, family-friendly club experience and is not a traditional kid’s party or disco. There will be no children’s music, games or shouting DJs.

Adults-only groups will not be permitted to participate in the event and there is a maximum of three children per adult in each family. There is a minimum of one adult for every two children. Larger groups should email [email protected] for approval before booking tickets – tickets cost up to £9.68.

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Multiple health code violations found at Red Ginger, Soseki Cafe in Iowa City

The Johnson County Public Health Department discovered more than 100 health code violations at restaurants in April. The violations were mostly concentrated in employees’ improper hand washing and food debris left on the blades.

Lillie Hawker

Red Ginger is seen in Iowa City on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

Johnson County Public Health found 134 health code violations in April at 39 establishments, revealing multiple issues with proper hand washing and debris on food slides at various restaurants.

Red Ginger on South Gilbert Street committed 12 violations during its April 1 inspection. Those responsible could not ensure that employees were effectively cleaning their hands or sanitizing equipment. Employees were also not trained in food safety protocols.

The report does not specify whether any changes have been made to improve these conditions.

Inspectors also found a food worker washing his hands with single-use gloves and continuing to work with the pair of gloves. A manager told the employee to throw away the gloves and they washed their hands properly.

Some prepared items did not have expiration dates displayed. Two disinfectant solutions were made too strong and the person in charge diluted them until they were at the correct concentration to use.

Iowa City’s Soseki Cafe committed 14 violations during its routine inspection on April 26. Employees have been observed washing their hands improperly without soap and failing to wash their hands after removing single-use gloves used to handle raw fish products.

The Soseki Cafe is seen in Iowa City on Saturday, April 30, 2022. (Lillie Hawker)

Some employees also used single-use gloves with raw and cooked buns. A manager has been notified. It is not clear from the report whether any behaviors have been changed.

Raw fish was stored above ready-to-eat items in the establishment’s sushi coolers, but an employee rearranged the shelves after an inspector commented on the locations.

Dried food debris was also found on the meat grinder blades and plate. A manager said the machines had not been used recently.

The Bluebird Diner in Iowa City received seven violations on April 20. An employee did not wash his hands after washing dirty dishes. Another didn’t throw away his gloves after handling raw eggs.

A meat slicer in the restaurant’s basement also had dried debris on the blades. The bacon was also kept at the wrong temperature near a grill. The inspector mentioned better storage methods to a manager.

Mosley’s on South Gilbert also committed seven offences. The restaurant had several sauces overdue in a cold room, but an employee intentionally threw the items away. An ice machine lip had excessive buildup as did a meat slicer on the premises.

There was also no certified food protection officer employed by the site.

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Outside of Iowa City, North Liberty’s Rancho Nuevo had 11 violations during its April 19 inspection. The restaurant had inadequate written procedures for dealing with bodily fluid spills. A manager said the procedures were verbal according to the report.

Raw bacon was stored in a cold room above ready-to-eat carnitas, shredded chicken, queso and chicken broth, but an employee moved the bacon to ensure no cross-contamination occurred. Dates were also missing from the establishment’s homemade foods.

The North Liberty Reds Alehouse committed seven violations during their April 13 inspection. The establishment had non-continuous cooking procedures for its chicken wings, with no procedures written or submitted to the county for approval.

Homemade sauces were held past their seven-day limit and a manager purposely threw the items away. Some steak and egg dishes did not indicate that they could be served undercooked.

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Cincinnati Asian Food Fest: Times, Restaurants and More

The 11th annual Asian Food Fest returns to Cincinnati this weekend. Coinciding with Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the two-day event will celebrate Asian cuisine, entertainment and culture with performances, food vendors and activities at Court Street Plaza downtown.

More than 35 regional restaurants and food trucks will be present at the festival, representing cuisine from 13 Asian countries. Asian Food Fest 2022 is presented by Kroger and Procter & Gamble and produced by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber in partnership with the Asian American Cultural Association of Cincinnati.

Entrance to the festival is free.

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When is the Asian Food Festival?

Asian Food Fest takes place Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Court Street Plaza in downtown Cincinnati.

Which restaurants and food trucks are participating?

Attendees will have a choice of over 35 regional restaurants and food trucks, as well as local crafts and Asian beer. Meals will be sold in “small plates” with prices ranging from $2 to $8.

Here are the participating restaurants:

  • Angie Tee’s kitchen.
  • Black Lotus Dumpling Teahouse.
  • Blesame International Catering.
  • Boba Cha.
  • Nepalese bridges.
  • Gourmet from China.
  • Chino street food.
  • Christine’s casual restaurant.
  • Cinsoy foods.
  • Deme Kitchen.
  • Hawaiian dinner.
  • Eam Kruesah.
  • Evolve the bakery.
  • Hi Mark.
  • Cuisine of Kampuchea.
  • Kona ice cream.
  • Kung Fu tea.
  • LALO Chino Latino.
  • Mahope.
  • Coffee pot of milk.
  • Neko Sushi.
  • OH! Boba.
  • Ono Turo Turo.
  • Pho Lang Thang.
  • Quan Hapa.
  • Red sesame.
  • Foodtruck SEA Cuisine.
  • Sawasdee Thai cuisine.
  • Shanghai on the elm.
  • Korean stone bowl.
  • Streetpops.
  • Tea and bowl.
  • Thai Express.
  • Travelin’ Tom coffee truck.
  • Vannon’s Cambodian street food.
  • Wendigo Tea Company.

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Nick Ho of Chino's Street Food prepares a batch of vegetarian fried rice at the Asian Food Fest on May 11, 2019.

Who is efficient?

Asian Food Fest will be headlined by singer-songwriters Kiyomi and Jamieboy on Saturday. Other notable acts include Katherine Ho, Simon Tam and Joe Jiang of The Slants, as well as local artists.

Check out the full Asian Food Fest entertainment schedule below:

Saturday May 7

main stage

12 p.m.: Sayaw FilipinoOH

1 p.m.: Mark Joshua Music

2 p.m.: Pamama dance group

3 p.m.: GCCCEA Youth Group

4 p.m.: Joy Deng Flower Dance

5 p.m.: FASO / Dancing kimonas

6 p.m.: Gajdi Jawani (Bhangra Group)

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Kiyomi and Jamieboy

DJ stage

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: DoBoy x AstroPat x Druskii

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.: DJ Das

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Mowgli

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.: LoKeez x Druskii

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Vusif

9 p.m. – 10 p.m.: DoBoy

Sunday May 8

main stage

12 p.m.: Alena (Hula)

1 p.m.: UCKD

2 p.m.: FACPA / FASO Dance Troupe

3 p.m.: Katherine Ho + The Slants

5 p.m.: Taiko Drums – Dayton

DJ stage

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: | v |

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Spam

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.: K.elgusain

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Ani Cheng x AstroPat

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Lost nightclub set on fire twice has once again become an ‘iconic’ Liverpool venue

A former nightclub described as the ‘Mecca of acid house music’ has offered a reward to catch the arsonists who torched the venue twice in a matter of weeks.

Originally opened as a stunning ballroom in the 1920s, The State nightclub on Dale Street became an iconic dance music nightclub in the late 1980s and 1990s, attracting clubbers from across the UK . However, despite its status, the club has had a checkered history.

The club was closed in 1988 and stripped of its entertainment and alcohol license after Merseyside Police claimed it had become a hangout for young people using ecstasy (MDMA). The illegal drug had become notorious after it was implicated in a number of high-profile deaths of young people who attended raves across the UK at the time.

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It was also claimed that the nightclub let in 500 people beyond its capacity for Acid House parties. The club was reopened in 1990 following a change in management and a strict anti-drugs policy was put in place. Acid House music was also banned from playing on site and all door staff were replaced.

Just a year after the nightclub reopened, it was brought to its knees by a deliberately ignited fire during Bonfire Night in 1991. In an effort to burn down the former ballroom, the arsonists had used timing switches connected to the cable and the cable, as well as other items, to form a pair of incendiary devices.

However, the homemade incendiary bombs did not ignite, instead a petrol-soaked carpet – set on fire by the arsonists – spilled into the nightclub, causing nearly £100,000 in damage. Following the devastating fire, the club was closed for weeks for repairs and renovations before reopening just five days before Christmas 1991.

But on Tuesday, January 14, 1992 – just 10 weeks after the first fire – arsonists struck again, causing catastrophic damage to the building for the second time. 11 fire engines rushed to the scene on Dale Street to tackle the blaze which started just before 11pm on a Tuesday evening, with one officer injured as a result of falling debris.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus prepare to enter the State Ballrooms on Dale Street, Liverpool at the height of the blaze. Liverpool, Merseyside. January 15, 1992

Police said they believe the same criminals struck twice and it was the work of hired professional arsonists. Chief Detective Inspector Frank Thompson, acting head of the CID in Liverpool at the time, said: “We are considering arson. It was around the same time of the week as last when the state been closed and started the same floor,” adding, “I’m sure whoever did the last one did this one too.”

The scene in the gallery of the State Ballrooms in Liverpool, after the fire.  Liverpool, Merseyside.  January 15, 1992
The scene in the gallery of the State Ballrooms in Liverpool, after the fire. Liverpool, Merseyside. January 15, 1992

After the second fire, the company that owns The State ballrooms offered a “substantial cash reward” in a desperate bid to catch the culprits. The company was quoted in the Liverpool Echo as offering “a large amount to whoever can name the wreckers”.

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Despite the reward offered, it is not believed that anyone was ever convicted of the arson attacks of the early 1990s. Merseyside Police said they had no current records relating to the case and that, as the offenses had been committed 30 years ago, no one dealing with the case at the time would still be working in the force.

Monster rat for a monster rave at The State nightclub on Dale Street.  February 29, 1996
Monster rat for a monster rave at The State nightclub on Dale Street. February 29, 1996

The club have managed to bounce back after installing sophisticated electronic and monitoring equipment worth £30,000 to deter anyone from starting any more fires. In the mid-1990s the club enjoyed a renaissance hosting huge events such as Monster Jam and Garlands, with The State reunion events still taking place today for what is now considered one of the emblematic nightclubs of the city.

Does this bring back memories for you? Let us know in the comments section below.

Since 2014, the Grade II listed State Insurance Building has housed the JD Gym.

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10 of the best cafes, tea rooms and artisan cafes in the Highlands

10 of the best cafes, tea rooms and artisan cafes in the Highlands

IF the past two years have made us realize anything, it’s the value of seemingly smaller moments and for many of us, just being outside and walking into a cafe has to be up there.

The beauty of Scotland, however, means that while sipping your coffee, you can often turn your gaze and peek out the window to find a big, beautiful view that will make your simple moment unforgettable.

And surely nowhere is this opportunity easier to seize than amidst the majesty of the Highlands and Islands.

If you’re already in the area or considering a visit, here’s a selection of some of our favorite cafes that also offer spectacular scenery on the menu to boot.

Knoydart Pottery and Tea Room, Inverie

Access to Knoydart, a Lochaber peninsula on the west coast of the Highlands, can only be achieved by an arduous two-day hike up the hills or a short ferry ride from the fishing port of Mallaig. The rugged, isolated landscape is one of the area’s main attractions and at Knoydart Pottery and Tearoom in Inverie – mainland Britain’s largest off-road settlement – the food is a draw, ranging from dumplings from Knoydart’s venison meat to clotted cream scones, as is pottery and other arts and crafts to peruse. But wow, the views offered are just amazing. Grab your coffee, sit on the deck and come rain, hail or shine, the view of Loch Nevis will hit the mark. A cafe a world away from everywhere.

The Birch, Portree

In the center of Portree, Birch is a specialty cafe that is surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Isle of Skye, but draws inspiration from further afield. Created by Niall Munro – son of former Runrig frontman Donnie Munro – Birch was inspired by trips to coffee mecca, Melbourne, and aims to replicate Melbourne’s hip café style, while using beautiful local produce Highlands and Islands. The coffee roastery opened in 2021 and offers a range of coffees to enjoy at home. A stunning mural overlooked by the cafe, depicting one of Skye’s most recognizable landmarks – The Storr – was actually painted by Donnie, who was an art teacher before rising to world fame with the Scottish band.

Puffin Cafe, Kilchoan

The scattered village of Kilchoan, near the tip of the Ardnamurchan peninsula, is home to the family-run Puffin Coffee, located in the community center of Kilchoan and serving bespoke, fair-trade coffee. This is a great place for tea or coffee or lunch, either to catch the ferry to Tobermory or take a boat trip to see the puffins on the Treshnish Islands. Regular local produce fairs are held in the Community Center on Wednesdays during the summer months, where you can meet the locals and catch up on life at the westernmost point of mainland UK. Inspired by their love of puffins, many branded items are on sale as souvenirs, including puffin mugs and coffee to take home.

Glenfinnan Dining Car, Glenfinnan

Thousands of tourists flock to Glenfinnan for its famous viaduct – memorably flown over by Harry Potter in a Ford Anglia in the blockbuster films of JK Rowling’s novels – and for a glimpse of the equally famous steam train as it passes above the arches, but the dining car is a draw in itself. Located on the museum siding at Glenfinnan Station in the clachan of Lochaber, the original cafe serves up sustainable local cuisine from a restored 1950s railway carriage, the likes of Harry and his peers from Hogwarts walk to school on the big screen. As an added attraction, it has an attached ice cream parlor made from a snow plow adapted for the steam train.

Skoon Gallery and Studio, Harris

A 20 minute drive from Tarbert – Harris’ main community in the Western Isles – takes you to Skoon, a traditional island croft building in Harris Bays on the east coast of the island. The views are incredible and if you can take your eyes off the mesmerizing expanse of white sand and turquoise water that Harris has to offer, the cafe features original oil paintings by resident artist Andrew John Craig, while all cakes, breads and cookies, puddings and soups are made daily on site. Treats include baked chocolate cappuccino cheesecake and oatmeal ginger marmalade cake. You can also pick up Scottish music CDs, vinyl and even sheet music at the café.

The Bealach Cafe and Gallery, Tornapress

The Bealach Cafe and Gallery is nestled in the North West Highlands at the foot of breathtaking Bealach Na Ba, the winding single-track road that takes you through the mountains of the Applecross Peninsula to Wester Ross – the steepest road in Britain. As well as a gallery displaying a wide range of original work by artists and craftspeople from across Scotland, such as art, jewellery, weaving, ceramics and textiles, the cafe offers soups and homemade cakes, coffees and loose tea, plus an outdoor terrace. offering stunning views over the Kishorn Estuary. It’s a great place to stop and breathe before making the 2000+ foot climb of Bealach Na Ba.

Ceilidh Square, Ullapool

This hotel, dormitory, restaurant, bookstore and music venue is also a café/bar, in Ullapool, in the spectacular surroundings of Wester Ross. With views of the mountains, the cafe is described as “the warm heart of The Ceilidh Place”, offering sensory overload as you walk through the door, from the smell of freshly brewed coffee to the warm glow of the wood-burning stove. As well as a well-stocked bookshop offering an “eclectic collection with a Scottish literary bias”, the venue has always been a base of support for writers, musicians and artists, with the walls a gallery space for Scottish makers and the venue regularly hosting a variety of concerts. If a latte and a good book, surrounded by artwork in a glorious Highland setting, is your thing, then you know where to go.

The Wildcat, Fort William

Home to Britain’s tallest mountain, if you’re heading to Fort William – the outdoor capital of the UK – to climb the Ben, you surely deserve a piece of cake and a specialty coffee for your efforts. And if you’re just there to enjoy the stunning scenery, all the more reason to seek out this warm and welcoming vegan cafe operating on the bustling fort’s main street since 2018; an ideal place to take a break while exploring the city and the beauty of its surroundings. Serving artisan roast coffees, loose leaf teas and locally made organic foods that are 100% vegan and locally sourced, there is also a whole foods store focused on zero waste to landfill, offering a growing range of products entitled “West Highland Weigh”, in honor of the fact that the famous footpath ends in the town.

Old Post Office Cafe Gallery, Kincraig

The pretty little village of Kincraig sits on the west bank of the River Spey at the northern end of Loch Insh, and so this little artisan cafe really is in the heart of the Cairngorms. The family business aims to ‘showcase the best of our neighborhood of Kincraig and bonnie Badenoch beyond’ and offer a warm welcome to Scots. Blending family passions for food and art, the cafe aims to source locally, seasonally and responsibly, with a menu featuring Mediterranean dishes. food that has a Highland touch. The cafe also focuses on the talents of local artists and makers with artwork by resident artist Ann Vastano on display. It’s all just along the road from the Highlands Wildlife Park, so you might see a Snow Leopard or Scottish Wildcat, then enjoy a slice of Strawberry Rhubarb Cream Cake or a Scone, or maybe a plate of Sicilian cannoli in a truly crazy adventure.

Slaughterhouse Cafe, Cromarty

This independent specialty cafe and cafe is in a truly beautiful location on the Cromarty shore in the Black Isle, right next to the ferry slip. Originally a sit-down cafe, it now takes the form of a hole-in-the-wall service with the cafe outside, offering the chance to spot Moray Firth’s resident bottlenose dolphins writhing and turning while you relax and watch the Cromarty-Nigg Ferry Terminal and beyond. Stocking and serving their own famous Vandyke Brothers specialty coffee, the cakes come from Black Isle Baking. The venue prides itself on its ‘community spirit’, with Laura Thompson, who took over the business during the pandemic, saying: ‘Friends, family and strangers are what add to the slaughterhouse experience’ .

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“You never notice the cool little things that exist until it’s too late,” neon sign auction of Chicago’s beloved restaurants held in the North Center – Chicago Tribune

Loyal customers and curious shoppers flocked to a public auction of Chicago restaurant memorabilia on Saturday. The most precious? Neon signs for two long-running North Central neighborhood restaurants.

The signs, for the now-closed Chicago Joe’s and the soon-to-be-closed Orange Garden, sold in the five figures each: $32,450 and $20,060, respectively. The Dinkel’s bakery sign in Lakeview, which officially sold its last pastry on Saturday, will go up for auction next month.

The auction – which was attended by nearly 300 people – was held at Chicago Joe’s, 2256 W. Irving Park Rd., where every collectible had been torn down and displayed to buyers. Tables, milkshakes, plates, framed newspaper articles, light fixtures, sporting goods and even the Rock-Ola jukebox were up for sale.

Viewing began at 9 a.m. and the auction ran from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A place where “average Chicago Joes” congregated and enjoyed cheeseburgers, the building was purchased by a construction company that plans to build condos in its place.

Chicago Joe’s was one of many restaurants that suffered financially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

After closing in October 2020 following statewide restrictions on indoor dining, Brad Rompza, the last owner of Chicago Joe and grandson of restaurant founder Joe Rompza, took the tough decision to close after being in the neighborhood since 1980.

Michael King, 30, has been a customer for many years, but this was his first auction. In addition to buying Chicago hockey sticks and sports pictures for less than $100, he was able to get Chicago Joe’s van for just $500.

“I didn’t come here thinking I was going to buy the van, but I thought it would be a fun little thing to have, it was a really good deal for $500 and I like the slogan on it,” he said. said King.

The Chicago Joe neon sign was purchased by an anonymous Michigan buyer.

Meanwhile, the recognizable bright orange neon sign affixed to the Orange Garden Chinese restaurant, also on Irving Park Road in the central north, has been sold to a local buyer in the northern suburb of Highland Park.

The double-sided porcelain sign with neon lights, the original signature of this 1932 restaurant, has been a neighborhood staple for 90 years.

Although Orange Garden, 1942 W. Irving Park Rd., remains open for business, its manager said he plans to sell next year because the owner wants to retire and the sign has no operated since the months before the pandemic in 2020. .

“We don’t want the sign to be wasted,” said the manager, who said he didn’t want his name used because he didn’t want publicity. “So we decided to auction it off before selling this place to a company that is trashing it.”

Both the last owner of Chicago Joe and the manager of Orange Garden have received heartwarming stories from loyal fans who went on first dates with their current spouses, celebrated birthdays and met many friends at their restaurants.

Randy Donley, founder and owner of Donley Auctions in Union, IL led the team that put together Saturday’s auction.

Donley, 68, founded the company with his brother Mike Donley, inspired by their father’s business – a children’s theme park in Union, IL called Wild West Town after collecting tons of relics from the US frontier .

“The park had a huge museum of Old West memorabilia,” Randy Donley said. “I remember going to auctions since I was five years old and it always intrigued me. So, you know, at some point in my life, I went to auctioneer school and started selling.

Additionally, Donley’s Auctions plans to sell the 101-year-old Dinkel’s Bakery neon sign in May after it closed on Saturday. All proceeds from the auction of Dinkel signs will go to charity, he said.

Wearing a vintage Cubs jacket, Harry Mitrovich, 55, was the second person to pop into Chicago Joe’s on Saturday morning to take a look.

“You go to a restaurant or anywhere and you never notice the cool little things there until it’s too late,” said Mitrovich, who grew up in Lakeview and used to go frequently at Chicago Joe’s in the 1990s to meet friends.

Before heading to the auction, he stopped at Dinkel’s around 6:45 a.m. to pick up a few last baked goods before the place closed.

“It’s so sad to see these places disappear,” Mitrovich said. “Chicago Joe’s, Dinkel’s Bakery, what next?”

Leroy Larsen, 81, lives in a seniors’ rental apartment community a few blocks from Chicago Joe’s, which was their “go-to” restaurant. Larsen remembers celebrating there with friends for their birthdays and using the special discount the restaurant offered to people in their residences.

Larsen, who is an American veteran, wore his American Legion cap and stayed throughout the auction to bid on the set of three American Legion wall memorials that have been in the restaurant for years, said he declared.

When Donley heard her story, he made the offers for Larsen and bought them from her as a gift for $225.

Georgina Kelle, 38, who also lives on the streets, said she and her family came to the restaurant until their last days during the pandemic.

“We were here when they brought out the tables (for outdoor dining during the pandemic). We had to come back for the key lime pie, oysters and burgers. Always the best!” said Kelle, who bid on several Chicago photos and also bought some Chicago Cubs-themed cookware.

Preservation Chicago, a nonprofit that advocates nurturing the local community by protecting Chicago’s historic buildings, creates an annual list of Chicago’s most endangered sites and in 2015 they included neon signs.

“Neon signs are in danger in Chicago because they’re being taken down left and right, they’re not necessarily appreciated, they’re not maintained,” said Max Chavez, 33, director of research and special projects at Preservation Chicago. .

“We are therefore extremely alarmed to see that not just one, but three iconic neon signs will be auctioned in the coming weeks,” Chavez said.

Preservation Chicago wants the city’s neon signs to be officially designated like any other historic building or landmark so they can be protected.

“Chicago’s neon signs are really like works of art in themselves,” Chavez said. “Each neighborhood has its iconic signs recognized by residents, which remind them of their home and which are important to them.”

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