Day: October 29, 2012

“Return to The Big Fancy” by Freeman Hall

“Return to The Big Fancy” by Freeman Hall c.2012, Adams Media $22.95 / $23.99 Canada 272 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER The holidays are coming. That means you’ll need a little extra. Extra time to go gift-shopping, for sure, and extra closet space in which to hide packages. More importantly, you’ll need extra money for all that buying, which means you’re looking for an extra job. There are a lot of openings at the mall, but be careful what you ask for. According to Freeman Hall in his new book “Return to The Big Fancy,” that part-time gig you’ll grab might just be extra irritation. Freeman Hall figured he’d done his time at The Big Fancy, an upscale department store chain with a Burbank location. Hall worked the “Handbag Jungle,” where he dealt with nasty “custys,” greedy co-workers, and a store manager he called Suzy Satan. He put up with them all while bringing home an insultingly small paycheck so, when he got the chance, he escaped to pursue his dream of being a screenwriter. But screenwriting didn’t pay the bills. Working at The Big Fancy did. Shortly after leaving, it was back to Retail Hell for Hall. The new department manager of Handbag (never “purse”) Jungle was a wonderful woman Hall calls Maude and, since she knew about his past at The Big Fancy, she was happy...

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Two injured as vehicle smashes into Quiznos

Two patrons of a River Road sandwich shop were injured when a vehicle crashed through one of the shop’s front windows over the weekend. Eleanor Pohl, 84, of Keizer was pulling up to Quizno’s, 5133 River Road N., around 3:40 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, when she told police she mistook the the accelerator for the brake and drove up over the curb and through the restaurant’s window. Two patrons were struck as the vehicle entered the building. A 43-year-old male suffered injuries to his legs and a 43-year old female suffered cuts, abrasions and bruising. While none of the injures appeared to be life-threatening, both were transported to Salem Hospital for evaluation, police officials said. Keizer Police and the Keizer Fire District both responded to the scene at 3:43 p.m. Keizer police are still investigating the crash and no citations have been issued as...

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New florist fulfills lifelong dream

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Something fresh is in the air at Keizer Florist, and it’s not just the mums, the roses and the baby’s breath. Its on-site cafe now opens at 6 a.m. daily serving fresh coffee and lattes to go with fresh-baked cookies and brownies. And its showroom has been refreshed to show more gifts, including a wide variety of gourmet chocolates, to go alongside what was already an impressive selection of fresh-cut flowers. In the middle of it all is Julie Wallace. If you can’t find her, just look for the beaming smile. This is life, full circle. “My parents, in our living room, had French doors opening into a greenhouse. It was heated and watered, so we grew our own flowers,” Wallace said. “I’ve had my fingers in it all my life.” A love for plants would seemingly be part and parcel of the desire to open a floral shop, and the green thumb she picked up as a child has developed with Wallace as an adult. Her home has its own greenhouse and she’s been president of her local garden club. And when she decided to make a real, professional go at the floral dream she enrolled at Portland’s Floral Design Institute, including its entrepreneurship weekend. (Wallace knows her numbers, having a hand in managing the Oregon Department of Transportation’s bond portfolio when...

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