The Koffee Klatch dates back to a postwar Redding of simpler times, when thoughts of a downtown mall hadn’t even materialized, and it continues to the present day. Like clockwork, its members meet each weekday morning at The SandWichery to ruminate on matters large and small.
As a little girl, Marlene Meyers observed disabled people being left behind when families went to events. Her father explained that it was hard to load and unload the person into a car along with wheelchair and other necessary paraphernalia like oxygen tanks. She thought how unfair it was for them to miss out. Meyers never forgot those early images and her father’s sad assessment.
It couldn’t have been more ordinary—just a humdrum old metal utility box that for years had occupied the sidewalk next to the Greyhound bus station.
And then Sally Marbry got her hands on it. Now it’s a steamer trunk, a whimsical example of trompe-l’oeil painting and a perfect example of how art and beauty seem to follow the Redding resident wherever she goes.
When Roger Lawson bought a smokehouse in a foreclosure sale in Santa Rosa, it was the beginning of the end of his day job. A meat cutter who worked for every major grocery store in Humboldt County, Lawson says he began smoking and curing meats as a hobby.
To walk through the doors of La Flor de Michoacan Paleteria y Neveria in Chico is to step into a part of Mexico where ice cream and frozen fruit bars are a steadfast tradition and recipes are handed down through the generations. The bright pink walls and freezer cases from Mexico transport customers of Mexican descent back to their homeland and offer others a unique opportunity to experience a sweeter side of Mexican cuisine.
Just north of Mount Shasta near Hammond Ranch sits a very special 112 acres of woods, streams, meadows and mountains. Tucked into this beauty is Headwaters Outdoor School, where people from all over the country, and indeed the world, have come to appreciate nature and learn wilderness skills from founder Tim Corcoran.
Gannon has even begun designing her own scrapbook paper, which proudly features the Sundial Bridge and is available at her store. The shelves at She’s Crafty are adorned with paper in virtually every color of the rainbow, crafting materials, tools and everything needed to create a beautiful work of art – and the work of some of her customers. “I want them to feel that they belong here. Because they do. This place is for us.”•
Like most college graduates, Jorgelina Roisenzvit, 35, was ready for a high-powered job when she was handed her diploma at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Unlike most grads, however, she wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the part-time retail job she’d held to get her through school. She worked in a clothing boutique and found she’d developed a bond with her co-workers and enjoyed interacting with customers. She decided to stay on as she moved forward in her career in wealth management.
We’ve come to accept that bugs are bad, in any form. Spot a spider. Squish it. Spy a praying mantis. Get rid of it. Cruise the gardening aisles at any home center and you’ll find significant shelf space devoted to all manner of bug-killing potions.
It was my Uncle Joe who taught me the game that forever influenced my life and brings me such great joy today. My Uncle Joe in Lorain, Ohio, who, because of a bad bout with polio, had one leg significantly shorter than the other, had me fielding grounders and taking batting practice at the age of 5. My Uncle Joe Katkic gave me the gift of baseball.