It seems so obvious now, but 25 years ago there was a lot of uncertainty about an idea of mine to create a catalog that would introduce millions of airline passengers with loads of downtime to quirky, unique products they didn’t know they needed (or, in some cases, didn’t know existed).
The arrival of spring means that flea markets are reopening for business around the country. Shoppers will hunt for treasures amid acres of used goods. A few will come home with just the right vintage art or quirky piece of furniture to make their home more beautiful.
This could start in a “way-back-when” manner by comparing how much a gallon of milk or loaf of bread cost in 1944 compared to 2014 — it’s not even a fair comparison without adjusting for inflation. This could begin with a brief waxing about the nature of time and particularly relativity — how 10 or 20 or 70 years go by with little regard until the days end — but that doesn’t feel quite right either.
Valley high school students can audition next week to be part of a new culinary TV show where they’ll compete against peers in a low-key environment. The East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) will produce FOOD-BALL TV – a cooking show for teens with no cooking experience required. The show is looking for outgoing personalities and students who want to learn from professional chefs.
Eating well can be hard to do — but not because of a lack of options. Farmers markets make finding fresh-picked produce (and a variety of locally made specialty foods and products, like hummus and bath soaps) convenient in and around the East Valley.
Skip the mall craziness, and head to The Farm at South Mountain, where you can meet the Jolly Old Elf while nibbling on complimentary cookies and hot cocoa. You can also purchase lunch from The Farm Kitchen. Guests are welcome to snap their own Santa photos.
Finding a faux snow- and candy cane-filled homage to Santa Claus is easy; just look at your local mall for the line snaking around the giant Christmas tree. Honing in on an experience that makes as much of the Christmas story — the story of the birth of Jesus — is another matter.
Earnhardt Auto Centers will break ground for its new Earnhardt Chandler Cadillac store on Oct. 23 at 3:30 p.m. The groundbreaking will take place in the Chandler 202 Auto Mall at Gilbert Road and Loop 202.