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Shower me with household items

I’ve bought two wedding shower gifts in the last seven days.

After perusing the registries at places like Anthropologie, Bed Bath and Beyond, West Elm, Target and the like, I had a single thought.

I want one.

Kristen Tribe

After being married 20 years, I could really use another wedding shower. We’re two apartments, two houses, two kids, three cats, four dogs into this deal, and we could use some new stuff. My towels will soon be thread-bare, some of my dishes have broken, and you know, my taste has changed, so some new home decor would be nice.

I think this should be the new 20-year thing. A lot of us still have kids at home, so we need some items to freshen up our households and keep them going for a few more years. We can’t even think about downsizing until they’re in college. I mean, eventually, we’ll only need four towels. But that’s not cutting it right now.

The drinkware in my cabinets currently consists of four yellow tea glasses; three plastic, maroon “glasses” that came from Messenger Hallmark way back when; a handful of Fuzzy’s cups; two stemless souvenir wine glasses; and a collection of mismatched coffee cups that drives my husband crazy because they don’t stack neatly on the shelf.

If we were showered with a new collection, we could ditch this random selection.

Plus, there are a lot of great, new appliances available. The options in coffee makers alone will make your head spin. I could definitely use a new food processor or something of the sort. Mine is the old school, on/off variety. I need more power. Maybe even two – a big one and a little one.

I would also love a broiler oven. We had one once. It broke.

Our cookware seriously needs to be updated. Some of our pots are missing lids, the Teflon is peeling off some skillets and we could use a bigger variety of sizes. We have tiny pots and large pots. We need medium-sized cooking pots.

I could use new dish towels – pretty ones, a sheet set or two and of course, gift cards. Bring on the gift cards!

I don’t think the phenomenon of needing another shower is singular to the Tribe household. I think most of my friends would like one, too.

Maybe it’s a tradition we could start. It would be a grassroots effort right here in Wise County – the 20th anniversary wedding shower. If we started doing it here, it would spread to neighboring counties and then states until it stretched across all of America, refreshing households everywhere.

It would be like a reward: Congratulations, you made it 20 whole years! Not to mention encouragement to keep going: You can’t stop now; you just got all this new stuff.

So what do you say, Wise County? Want to give it a whirl?

I volunteer to go first.

Kristen Tribe is the assistant publisher of the Wise County Messenger. She’s been promising herself for a year she’d buy new towels.

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Real estate briefs

Summer Stroll of Homes

The News-Press Media Group is presenting the 5th Annual Summer Stroll of Homes June 15-17 and 22-24. Take a self-guided tour of more than 25 decorated models from Babcock Ranch to Bonita Springs. Guests will get a first-hand look at the latest innovations in home building and living in Southwest Florida including outdoor kitchens, spas and pools to year-round outdoor recreation such as golfing, tennis and family living. Admission is free. Tour homes on Friday, June 15 and 22 from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 16 and 23 from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 17 and 24 from noon to 5 p.m. Go to www.news-press.com/stroll to map out your tour.

Shops open

Tacos Tequila Cantina opened May 21 at University Village Shops. The restaurant occupies 4,300 square feet under air and joins Skillets, Thai Udon, The Shaved Ice Bar, Yoga Lab and Vânti Nails Spa which opened May 1 in the new retail center. Additional University Village businesses will continue to open throughout the summer, including Smoothie King, Mellow Mushroom, KC American Bistro, F45 Fitness, Poke Fusion and Frutta Bowls.

O-A-K relocates

Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. (O-A-K) has moved into a larger Naples office to accommodate the company’s growth in Collier County. The new 1,600-square-foot office is at 5117 Castello Drive, Suite 2, southeast of the intersection of U.S. 41 and Pine Ridge Road. Its previous location was on Trail Boulevard. 

Construction underway

GATES Construction has started construction for the new amenities center at The Dunes of Naples.The project consists of the complete demolition of the existing clubhouse followed by the construction of a two-story, 25,857-square-foot amenities center. Design services are provided by LOTUS Architecture.

Design firm chosen

Studio+ has been chosen as the architecture firm of record to design the renovation of two, eight-story residential towers at Moorings Park. Located near the center of the Moorings Park’ 83-acre campus, these residential towers will continue the Mediterranean Modern design that has been integrated into the newer developments within the community. The renovation plans involve full exterior modifications. The estimated completion date for this project is December for Building A and August 2019 for Building G.

Real Estate Show: Being prepared during hurricane season

James D. York P.A., a local Realtor, is the host with Realtors Michael and Morgan York of York Real Estate Group of Downing-Frye Realty on the show “Southwest Florida Real Estate Update.” The show has different guests who specialize in relevant topics. This week’s show will discuss how to be prepared on real estate transactions during hurricane season. Questions about upcoming topics or to suggest a topic for the show, email: usamrktggroup@cs.com. All shows can been viewed at www.NaplesYorkRealEstate.com under the online education icon.

ULI Florida Summit

The annual ULI Florida Summit connects more than 500 of the top real estate professionals from throughout the state including developers, attorneys, engineers, architects and land use planners. The Summit is hosted by the five District Councils of Florida including Southwest Florida, Southeast Florida, Tampa Bay, Central and North Florida. It will be held Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8 at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. For information or to register by June 1, visit florida.uli.org or call 1-800-321-5011. 

Tenant improvements

Stevens Construction has been awarded the construction management services for two additional tenant build-outs within Marlins Plaza at 5631 Six Mile Commercial Court in Fort Myers. Lena’s Nail Spa, a 2,200-square-foot nail salon, will provide a full suite of nail care services. The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen is the first franchise in Florida and will offer several varieties of grilled cheese sandwiches, salads, soups and sides. Construction of both projects have started and will be completed concurrently. The Stevens Construction team includes Mike Waskiewicz as project manager, JJ Slaugh as superintendent and Rebeccah Hamilton as project administrator. Architectural services are provided by Southview Studios. 

Breakfast seminar

The Sales Marketing Council (SMC) of the Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) is holding a breakfast seminar titled “FANtastic Marketing” led by sales and marketing expert Meredith Oliver, president and creative director of Meredith Communications, a digital marketing agency in Raleigh, N.C. The breakfast will be held Thursday, June 7, at Quail West Golf Country Club, 5950 Burnham Road, Naples and is open to the public. The SMC Breakfast Series doors open at 8:30 a.m. for networking and a breakfast buffet. Oliver’s 45-minute presentation will start by 9:20 a.m. Cost: $20 for SMC members; $30 for CBIA and NABOR members; and $40 for nonmembers. To RSVP, call 239-436-6100 or email Nancy@cbia.net by June 1.

REIS to meet

The Real Estate Investment Society (REIS) will meet on Tuesday, June 12 at 11:30 a.m. in the Osprey Room in the Pelican Preserve Clubhouse on Treeline Avenue at Colonial Boulevard. The Village of Estero: Implementing the Vision will be presented by Mayor Jim Boesch. Cost: Members $30; nonmembers $40; college students $20. Register at www.reis-swfl.org.

Transaction

Investment Properties Corp. (IPC) reported this transaction: A private Dutch investment group, Tamiami Investments 2 LLC, purchased Lot 2 Eastlinks Business Park and Units 2 and 3, Eastlinks Business Condominium, Fort Myers, from Creekside West Inc.; WGP V LLC; JCRW LLC for $25 million. David J. Stevens of IPC negotiated this transaction for the seller. Rainer N. Filthaut of IRC International Realty Corp. negotiated this transaction for the buyer.

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Garage Sale – Furniture, kitchen/dining wares & more!

Downsizing! 2 homes-1=BIG sale!

Couches, end tables, bar seats, liquor cabinet, all types of kitchen/dining wares, linens toddler/baby items. Home decor, lamps and other accessories too. Perfect for furnishing an apartment or home.

SATURDAY, JUNE 2; 8AM-11AM.

2085 Colonial Drive, Elko.

ABSOLUTELY NO EARLY BIRDS.

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Gabe’s Family Restaurant: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Our brunch and breakfast series continues as we check out Gabe’s Family Restaurant this week. Here’s a look at what to expect:

Location + hours: Gabe’s is at 2044 Broadview Road, Cleveland. Open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. It’s at the northeast corner of Spring and Broadview roads and has been open 14 years, our affable server Nicole told us. It has its own parking lot.

Menu or buffet? Menu.

Ambiance: The decor is one steeped in pride – for sports teams, for its neighborhood, for its city. An Old Brooklyn flag hangs along with shots of Progressive Field, artwork of former Browns quarterback Brian Sipe and the skyline.

Classic: There’s a “no smoking section” sign, for old time’s sake. And you have to love the “Louie Catania: Don’t stay in jail, call Louie for your bail” ad.

The eats: Breakfast items are under $8. (Specials included a tempting and unique dish of breakfast nachos.) The menu is extensive, with more than 50 items including multiple variations on hot cakes and French Toast as well as skillets and omelettes.

Don’t miss: Several variations on French Toast. We chose cranberry and walnut, with the berries and nuts mixed in the batter. The bread came out dense and delicious.

Nice touch: Syrup is served in a hot squeeze bottle. It stayed warm throughout our breakfast.

Presidential placemat: While you wait for your meal the placemat will make your dining experience a bit educational. I did not feel any guilt eating a side order of biscuits and gravy (tasty but not spicy) as Herbert Hoover‘s beady little eyes stared at me.

Have a brunch spot you’ve wondered about and want us to visit? Email me.

Previous eats: Northeast Ohio breakfast-brunch spots we’ve tried:

111 Bistro – Medina

35 Brix – Green

Akron Family Restaurant – Akron

Alley Cat – Cleveland

Bay Diner – Bay Village

Beau’s on the River – Cuyahoga Falls

Big Al’s Diner – Cleveland

Blue Canyon Kitchen Tavern – Twinsburg

Blue Door Cafe – Cuyahoga Falls

Brim Kitchen + Brewery – Willoughby

Check Please Cafe – Grafton

The City Diner – Cleveland

The Eye Opener – Akron

First Watch – Fairlawn

Flour – Moreland Hills

Flury’s Cafe – Cuyahoga Falls

Flying Fig – Cleveland

Fred’s Diner – Akron

The Girves Brown Derby – Medina

Hofbrauhaus – Cleveland

Jennifer’s – Strongsville

Lamp Post – Akron

Michael’s A.M. – Akron

Mom’s Deli Grille – North Royalton

Mustard Seed Market Cafe – Fairlawn

Tartine Bistro – Rocky River

Tony’s Family Restaurant – Parma

Urban Farmer – Cleveland

Valley Cafe – Akron

Wally Waffle – Akron

Yours Truly – Mentor

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The 5 best things to buy in June

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Fresh produce

In-season fruits and veggies not only taste better, but they’re cheaper, too.

June brings a fruit-heavy harvest, meaning “you can shop watermelons, strawberries, peaches, apricots, peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers while they’re over 50 percent cheaper than their midwinter highs,” DealNews reports.

Gym memberships

Demand for gym memberships is low in June. With summer weather sprouting, people start heading outside to exercise. Plus, vacation season is kicking off and kids are out of school, making this time of year even slower for gyms.

Capitalize on the lull. Even if your local spot isn’t offering an official discount, chances are you can negotiate a lower membership fee this month.





Dinnerware

It’s officially wedding season and that means department stores will be competing to get you to buy your gifts from them. Expect hefty discounts on registry-friendly items, especially dinnerware.

“Macy’s should be top of your list for highly discounted sets, including designer pieces,” DealNews reports. “Last year it offered select Kate Spade dinnerware from just $7. You can also expect dinnerware and flatware specialist Oneida to host its best sale of the year this month, knocking a massive 35 percent off across the store.”

Lingerie

Typically, lingerie will set you back a lot, but you can score deals in June thanks to the Victoria’s Secret semi-annual sale, which typically lasts two to four weeks. According to DealNews, “you can expect to see bra prices drop to just $10, while panties and beauty items go as low as $4.”

And you won’t be limited to just Victoria’s Secret. Many other lingerie stores, like Bare Necessities and Frederick’s of Hollywood, follow suit this time of year.





Textbooks

If you know what reading material you’ll need during your next college semester, don’t wait until the fall to buy them. Prices are lowest right after students sell their copies back in June.

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The 5 best things to buy in June

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Money

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Fresh produce

In-season fruits and veggies not only taste better, but they’re cheaper, too.

June brings a fruit-heavy harvest, meaning “you can shop watermelons, strawberries, peaches, apricots, peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers while they’re over 50 percent cheaper than their midwinter highs,” DealNews reports.

Gym memberships

Demand for gym memberships is low in June. With summer weather sprouting, people start heading outside to exercise. Plus, vacation season is kicking off and kids are out of school, making this time of year even slower for gyms.

Capitalize on the lull. Even if your local spot isn’t offering an official discount, chances are you can negotiate a lower membership fee this month.





Dinnerware

It’s officially wedding season and that means department stores will be competing to get you to buy your gifts from them. Expect hefty discounts on registry-friendly items, especially dinnerware.

“Macy’s should be top of your list for highly discounted sets, including designer pieces,” DealNews reports. “Last year it offered select Kate Spade dinnerware from just $7. You can also expect dinnerware and flatware specialist Oneida to host its best sale of the year this month, knocking a massive 35 percent off across the store.”

Lingerie

Typically, lingerie will set you back a lot, but you can score deals in June thanks to the Victoria’s Secret semi-annual sale, which typically lasts two to four weeks. According to DealNews, “you can expect to see bra prices drop to just $10, while panties and beauty items go as low as $4.”

And you won’t be limited to just Victoria’s Secret. Many other lingerie stores, like Bare Necessities and Frederick’s of Hollywood, follow suit this time of year.





Textbooks

If you know what reading material you’ll need during your next college semester, don’t wait until the fall to buy them. Prices are lowest right after students sell their copies back in June.

Like this story? Like CNBC Make It on Facebook!

Don’t miss: The best cash back credit cards





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This Sunday marks the opening of the Ogden House, a well-preserved colonial saltbox home located at 1520 Bronson Road in Fairfield. Fairfield Museum Docents lead tours there every Sunday during the summer from 1 to 4 p.m.

David and Jane Ogden built the home and moved into it in 1750, when they were first married. The objects and interpretation of the house come from David Ogden’s probate inventory at the time of his death in 1775.




In colonial times, most rooms were used for several purposes, and the kitchen or “keeping room” was one such area. The kitchen was the center of the colonial home, where the fireplace or hearth was located. It was considered the heart of the home. The term “keeping” room stems from the fact that it was the room where the fire was “kept.”

The hearth would often have several fires going at various temperatures for several purposes at the same time. Pots would be placed on a “trammel,” a piece of iron that hangs in the center of the hearth. The temperature of the items in the pots would be regulated by raising and lowering the trammel and bringing the pots closer to or farther from the fire.

Some of the objects found in the Ogden House kitchen include kettles, skillets, a scale, pewter plates, a butter churn and storage barrels. A bucket and ladle for fetching water from outside was always nearby to help put out fires.



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1750

The year the Ogden House was built on Bronson Road.



The windows in Odgen House, like most colonial home windows, had small panes of glass. That is because they were imported from England and the smaller size panes did not break as easily as larger pieces. In addition, smaller pieces were less expensive because all glass was taxed, even mirrors.

Ogden House is open through September 30 (closed July 8). Tours begin every ½ hour, and the last tour is at 3:30pm. Admission is $5, $3 for Students Seniors, and free for Fairfield Museum members. For more information visit Faifieldhistory.org/visit/ogden-house/.


The Fairfield Museum History Center and Museum Shop, located at 370 Beach Road, is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members of the museum and children under 5 are admitted free. For more information, call 203-259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org.

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