Saturday, June 11, 2016

Happy Birthday!

                                                                Happy Birthday Drew!

Open Blog - Weekend

Have a marvelous weekend!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Four for Fridays!

I am so sorry about Four for Fridays last week everyone. I had an early doctor appointment and a lot of errands to run. I know that is no excuse to not getting the questions out for everyone I am sorry. Here are the questions for this week.

1) Is everyone ready for the warm and humid weather coming this weekend?

2) Have you ever gone camping?

3) Do you ever get to the point that you never know what to make for dinner?

4) Do you think that some people go way overboard for their weddings?

I hope everyone has a great weekend and stay indoors were it is nice and cool this weekend!



"For Ron Miscavige, life after Scientology hitting high notes"

Ron Miscavige has written a tell-all memoir about his son David who heads the Church of Scientology - Rob Quinn
From JSOnline:

By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel

"For a man who devoted half his long life to the Church of Scientology, quit, wrote a book highly critical of its leader — his son — and now suffers the church's wrath, Ron Miscavige comes off as a pretty happy, upbeat guy.

"The 80-year-old West Allis resident sat down this week to talk about his memoir, 'Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige and Me,' which almost immediately landed on The New York Times bestseller list and put the first-time author on major network news shows after it was published last month by St. Martin's Press.

"It also thrust him into the crosshairs of the church, which calls the book a lie and launched a website portraying Miscavige as a wife-beater, ungrateful son and huckster trying to make a buck off his famous son.
Plus, he assumes he's still under constant surveillance, but doesn't seem to care.

"'You don't ever beat a bully by running away,' he said.

"His main hope for the book, he said, is that it might lead to an end of the church's policy of "disconnection," in which all members stop contact with anyone who leaves. He remains cut off by two daughters still in the church.

"Though there's little Scientology presence or history in Milwaukee, the area became part of the story when West Allis police arrested a private investigator who had been getting paid $10,000 a week to shadow Miscavige's every move since he left the church in 2012.

"He and his second wife of nearly 25 years had come to Wisconsin to be near her parents. The private eye had fake IDs, multiple license plates, a GPS tracking device, guns and a silencer.

"The Florida-based investigator told West Allis police that once when he thought Miscavige was having a heart attack in a parking lot and called it in, David Miscavige himself told him not to intervene. 'If he dies, he dies,' the younger Miscavige said, according to the investigator.

"The investigator was arrested in 2013, but the story didn't break until 2015. Scientology denied the investigator's claims.

"Miscavige says now that he was in fact clutching at his chest on the day in question, but only to find his cellphone, which had fallen from a pocket as he loaded groceries into his car. He wrote that when he later learned of this son's instruction, he was stunned, and the anecdote leads off the book."

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Open Blog - Friday

Learn cursive you little shits!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

"'Dear Refugees: This Is How To Interact With Our Women' - Austrian Politician Releases Scandalous Video"

"In their ongoing attempts to assimilate and integrate the several hundred thousand recent middle-eastern refugees, both Germany and Austria have resorted to what some have dubbed childish measures, creating pamphlets and websites explaining what is permitted, either in public, by the swimming pool, or even what is proper and improper during sex (along with a basic sex education course). Not surprisingly, these have failed to work, as today's report of 69,000 crimes committed by German refugees in just the first quarter has demonstrated.

"Which is perhaps why an Austrian politician from the right-wing Freedom Party, Armin Sippel, has taken these steps to their absurd extreme and released a provocative, and according to many, scandalous video in which he 'explains' to asylum seekers, using a blonde mannequin and posters in Arabic, that European women generally don’t like being groped in public by strangers.

"The video sparked a lot of negative comments and a series of video responses, forcing Sippel to take the video down due to 'extremely aggressive personal attacks,' reports the Local.  'A debate on this unpleasant topic of sexual assaults is essential, but should be good mannered,' Sippel said on Facebook. Soon, however, the video reemerged on YouTube uploaded by others.

"Sippel appears on the screen and addresses the viewers: 'Dear … Asylum Seekers.' Then a blonde mannequin dressed in an open blouse and a low-cut skirt comes into shot.

"The politician asks migrants not to look at women provocatively, whistle or harass them. Sippel physically demonstrates on the mannequin that groping women, 'grabbing a woman by the butt or bosom' is unacceptable.  At the end of the video, Sippel shows a sign reading: 'Keep your fingers off our women'.

"As a reminder, the anti-immigration and Euroskeptic party nearly won the presidential post in a recent poll with candidate Norbert Hofer, who was even ahead of the Green Party candidate Alexander van der Bellen while ballots were being counted.

"The FPO says the making of the video was spurred by a string of sex harassment scandals in neighboring Germany involving asylum seekers.

"Only a month ago, a German education center was reportedly hired by the German government to teach migrants how to approach and get acquainted with local women at specially organized classes. Bayerischer Rundfunk television filmed one of the classes teaching migrants how to get along better with women. The majority of comments on the video were negative."

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And keep your fingers off of our men, children, and sheep, too.

Barge in our Basement

It's a full-size Buick, but I don't know what year.  1960's something.  The fluid leaking out is red, which means it's transmission fluid.  Could be a gasket, could be a hole in the pan, could be some missing or broken bolts.  The trunk is large enough to sublet to a refugee family.  Seriously, whenever I get near this car, I'm impressed again with how huge it is and it's difficult for me to believe that I lived in a time when almost all cars were that huge.  My dad's 1958 DeSoto had outlandish fins, but almost all cars had fins back then.

I betcha this baby drinks gasoline by the bucketload.

Top 10 Media Thursdays

Open Blog - Thursday

I usually 'throw-back' a few pots of coffee a day.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

What Wonderful Memories Part 2

Today would have been my mom-in-love's birthday.
Sadly, she passed away at the end of October.
She was truly one of the most amazing people I have ever met, EVER. She was a treasure and I count it an honor to have been able to have her in my life. 
From early on, she always told me that she loved me and no matter if we were meant to be forever or not, she would always love me.
There were days that the future hubby would annoy me, I would just go visit with his mom and hang out. He was quite the car guy back then and half the time, didn't even realize I was there...
We spend so much time together and grew close quite easily. 
Her smile was infectious. Her love was stronger and deeper than I'd ever seen before. I knew that no matter what, she would be in my life and that she loved me. 
Mom volunteered daily, at various nursing homes and care facilities, playing the piano for residents. She would go wherever they would have her, just to play for people to make them smile. This brought her incredible joy. She was loved by so many people everywhere. I was very fortunate to be part of this amazing ladies life and to know she loved me as if I were her own. 
This birthday, she spends with her hubby, who we lost 10 years ago tomorrow. I miss them so much, but have learned much from them. 
Treasure the people in your life, they won't be here forever.
Happy Birthday, Mom!!

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello my lovers and haters!  How are you?  Although our temperatures have been a bit on the cool side lately, I'm not complaining.  Even when it rains cats and dogs, I take great solace in the fact that at least it's not s-word.  It's not unheard of in May. but it's a rare occurrence.  I remember one.  Everything had melted away by the following day.  Hopefully, we'll be s-word free for the rest of the season.  I would suggest Poor Richard's Almanac, but that's like throwing darts at a board, especially since Mother Nature has gone insane from all the pollutants that we've rammed down her throat.

Well, the weather being topsy-turvy might as well match the rest of the world.  Black is white and white is black, maybe  I'm so encouraged when I see passers-by who return my smile.  The vast majority don't.  It seems as if people are hurt or angry, or both.  I swear I used to get a better return just 10, or even 5, years ago.   I'm not counting the people who are head bowed, fully absorbed by the "toy" in their hands.  Maybe it's just me, but I don't feel as comfortable out in the world as I once did.  Just the other day, I was in line at the Post Office and I watched a man come in and set a box underneath a counter, next to a woman who was writing something.  The man left.  I looked at the box.  I'm sorry, but I thought of the possibility of terrorism.

I asked the man in line behind me if he had seen the man put down the box and leave.  The woman standing next to the box overheard me and said (in a beautiful Jamaican accent), "The box belongs to a friend of mine.  I'm watching it for him while he gets more."  Better safe than sorry, I say.  But has the war on terrorism made our nation paranoid and/or hyper-vigilant?  I so long for the simpler, friendlier times of my youth.  Today, the same things that allow people to make friends globally, also allows terrorists to carry out their murders.  I'm sorry, but I have no solution for terrorism, abroad or at home.  I never expected my adulthood to be spent at war.  Why don't the "vast majority" of Muslims do something to police their own radicals?

Why, indeed.  War has plagued mankind for as long as we can remember, from battling tribes to nuclear confrontation.  For some reason, some of us can't live in peace with others.  I suggest that a few nations be ceded to the hawks amongst us so they can live and kill in peace.  The rest of us can live in the "Peace Nations," where we get along with each other and try to help each other.  My Lord, please, if only it was that easy.

Mr. OrbsCorbs insisted that I publish this: Steve Batie, of "HouseWorks" fame, has retired:  Mr. OrbsCorbs asks that there be public mourning and gnashing of teeth.

Thank you all my dears and honeybees for reading my blog this week.  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to look me over.  I love each and every one of my visitors.

How do you "gnash" teeth?  Ask

I'm so glad that we're finally seeing spring.  Everything is blooming everywhere.  There are explosions of color all over the place.  Enjoy your coming week.  Smile.  Smile.  Smile.  

Things to Ponder

Why do motorcycle enthusiasts who insist upon installing "straight pipes" for the loudest possible exhaust, then install stereos with the power of a Marshall amp to overcome the noise of their own exhaust?

Open Blog - Wednesday

The same to everyone.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

"The U.S. States With The Highest Tax Burdens In 2016"

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"People in New York pay 13.12 percent of their income towards state and local tax, the highest rate nationwide.

"Its neighbours Vermont (11.13 percent), Connecticut (10.91 percent) and New Jersey (10.38 percent) also have some of the highest tax burdens in the country."


I am so sorry I have not been posting anything on here lately I have been really busy with Doctor appointments and Drew with migration last month. I finally got caught up with my wildflowers today so now I will be able to start posting more on here for everyone to enjoy. Here are some pictures from up north.

         This is a picture of a Common Loon the picture was taken at Whitefish Lake in Three Lakes Wi.

This is a picture of a Osprey this picture was taken on Hwy 55 in Lily Wi. It was raining so the Osprey is really wet in the picture.

               This is a picture of a Pileated Woodpecker this picture was taken on Hwy DD in Pickerel Wi.

This is a picture of a Snapping Turtle this picture was taken on Hwy DD by Bog Brook in Pickerel Wi. I know this is not a picture of a bird but the turtle is laying her eggs.

This is a picture of a Yellow Headed Blackbird this picture was taken at MACC Wildlife Refuge in Black Creek Wi.

I hope everyone enjoys the pictures we really enjoy going out and taking the pictures to share with everyone.

"Tavern League Asking for Extended Downtown Parking"

From Racine County Eye:

By Heather Asiyanbi in Government · June 6, 2016 · No comments

"The Racine Common Council Tuesday will consider assigning to a committee a request to extend the deadline for overnight parking downtown by an hour, from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m.

"Implementing the change could make a big difference in the safety of both patrons and bar staff, according to the Racine Tavern League.

"Currently, alternate parking restrictions go into effect at 2 a.m.; drivers must park on the odd side of the street on oddly numbered days and on the even side of the street on even numbered days except on weekends during warm weather and every day between Nov. 1 and March 1 of every year.

"If the matter is assigned to the Public Works and Services Committee, it could appear on the June 14 agenda. That committee meets at 5:30 p.m. on second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in Room 303 at City Hall, 730 Washington Avenue."

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"Caledonia residents displeased with switch to regional land-use plan"

From The Journal


"CALEDONIA — Future development in the village will be guided by a large, metropolitan plan created largely by outsiders, much to the chagrin of some village residents who created a localized land-use strategy 10 years ago.

"The Caledonia Plan Commission last week heard from nearly a dozen residents who wanted the village to keep a neighborhood-specific land use plan devised by residents from 2003 to 2006.

"Instead, the village will use a plan created by Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, dubbed the 2035 plan.

"SEWRPC is the official metropolitan planning organization and regional planning commission for seven counties in southeastern Wisconsin, including Racine and Kenosha.

"The commission was created in 1960 to provide basic information and planning services to solve problems which transcend local units of government, according to the SEWRPC website.

"The two plans vary in some areas, and residents told the village Plan Commission they want the 2006 plan, which formulated specific land uses and green space requirements for individual neighborhoods, to take precedent.

"'I think it’s a little disturbing that the work we did gets put aside,' said Susan Greenfield, a former Caledonia town chairman who worked on the 2006 plan.

"Greenfield suggested forming a citizen group to review the two plans. 'I think you should hear what we thought should be there,' Greenfield said. 'This is our village. I think the recommendations we made back then were good ones.'"

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Open Blog - Tuesday


Monday, June 6, 2016

Barnes & Noble Teen Book Festival



"Move Over: Slow Traffic to the Right is DOT Law of the Month"

From Racine County Eye:

By Heather Asiyanbi in Community, Government · June 5, 2016 · No comments 

"Drivers on Wisconsin’s divided highways be aware: you could get a ticket and lost points if you drive too slow in the left lane instead of using the right lane.

"Racine Neighborhood Watch posted on their Facebook page Saturday a reminder that not obeying this law could cost motorists up to $213.10 and four demerit points on their license.

"With gas prices at their lowest points in 10 years, AAA is predicting a busy summer, according to a story in their online newsroom, with nearly 56 percent of American drivers saying they plan on taking a road trip this year.

"'This year’s summer driving season is expected to be characterized by higher-than-normal gasoline demand,' the story reads. 'More than half of Americans say low gas prices are the reason they will travel this summer.'

"WIth the increased traffic, paying attention to and obeying this law just makes good sense. Neighborhood Watch lists pointers from Wisconsin State Patrol about staying safe while traveling state roadways:

"• If you’re not passing another vehicle, use the right lane as much as possible.
• If you’re in the right lane, allow other drivers to merge from the left lane into the right lane so that faster traffic can pass in the left lane. In addition, provide space for vehicles to merge into the right lane when they are entering a roadway from an on-ramp.
• If you’re in the left lane, don’t tailgate or try to make a slower vehicle ahead of you move to the right lane. Be patient and courteous"

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"Be patient and courteous"  ROFLMAO!

"As California's End of Life act goes into effect, some doctors question where to draw the line"

From Los Angeles Times:


"As a new law goes into effect in California allowing terminally ill patients to take medicines to kill themselves, physicians are contemplating whether they would ever write a prescription for death.

"For Dr. Neil Wenger, an internal medicine doctor and director of the UCLA Health Ethics Center, physician-assisted dying blurs what had once been a clear distinction for physicians.

"'We have always, up till now, been able to say we will never hasten a death,' Wenger said. 'Suddenly, that bright line is not so bright.'

"He added that the Hippocratic Oath doesn’t just say that doctors shouldn’t harm patients but specifically forbids providing poison to kill someone. 

"Wenger’s stance is common among doctors in California: He accepts that physician-aided death is now legal -- in fact, he’s in charge of implementing the new law at UCLA -- but remains unlikely to participate himself, saying it goes against his oath to save lives.

"Though both advocates and opponents of doctor-aided death call California’s legalization a big step -- either forward or backward – for medical care, experts predict that it would probably be a marginalized practice within the healthcare system, with few patients asking for lethal medications and few doctors furnishing them. 

"'For most of us this may be a once or twice in a lifetime, or in a career, situation,' said Dr. Jay Lee, head of the California Academy of Family Physicians.

"When the End of Life Option Act goes into effect Thursday, California will become the fifth state in the nation to allow patients with less than six months to live to request end-of-life drugs from their doctors. 

"The law is intended to help terminally ill patients avoid suffering. When he signed the bill into law in October, Gov. Jerry Brown wrote that he believed it would be a comfort to have this option if he were 'dying in prolonged and excruciating pain.'

"More than three-fourths of Californians were in favor of such a law, including 82% of Democrats and 67% of Republicans, according to a poll conducted last year by the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley.

"But doctors tend to be more wary. Neither the American Medical Assn. nor the California Medical Assn. support such legislation.

"Physicians have no obligations under California’s law; they don’t have to prescribe such medications if asked or refer patients to colleagues who will. They don’t even have to discuss aid-in-dying if a patient approaches them about it.

"But leaders of physicians groups say they want doctors to be able to talk about the treatment so they can properly address patients’ concerns and questions.

"For the last several months, these organizations have been holding webinars and training sessions and providing educational materials about the law. The California Academy of Family Physicians launched a podcast in April about end-of-life care options.

"Lee said they want doctors to be better at talking about all treatment options around death, as well as physician-aided death specifically. 

"'Not everyone feels entirely comfortable yet, because it’s been, kind of, in the medical community, a taboo topic,' Lee said.

"Some doctors object to the idea that a patient’s pain could be so great that they would choose to die. It’s unlikely for pain to not be controlled with palliative care or other treatments, they say.

"Wenger said that sometimes a patient feels so much pain that they need to be sedated to a point of unresponsiveness. But he’s only seen one or two patients like that in his more than 20-year career, he said. 

"In Oregon, only 25% of those who died from lethal medication said they were worried about pain control, according to data from the state’s public health department

"More common reasons for choosing aid-in-dying were loss of autonomy (92%), being less able to engage in activities that made life enjoyable (90%) and burdening family or caregivers (41%)."

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"Some doctors object to the idea that a patient’s pain could be so great that they would choose to die. It’s unlikely for pain to not be controlled with palliative care or other treatments, they say."  So, because they don't like the idea, it doesn't happen. 

From the comments on The Journal Times site on a story entitled: "Heroin deaths continue locally in Racine County":
My concern about any so-called ‘...comprehensive solution to the opioid epidemic’is with the bureaucrats who lump seniors who deal with 24/7 pain together with drug addicts. That broad brush approach may be simple for bureaucrats to implement but it causes massive problems for patients and doctors. Doctors now fear the loss of their license if they prescribe even nominal opioid amounts to the elderly to control 24/7 pain when nothing else has proven to work. I am not talking about one-off pain med needs. I am talking about pain management for degenerative diseases where it has been proven that nothing else works. Many elderly tried PT, exercise, Chinese herbs, acupuncture, yoga and more. These are the people I am talking about. Bureucrats and legislators would be best served by talking first hand with elderly constituents who live with debilitating 24/7 chronic pain to try to understand this critical issue.
Today’s opioid epidemic means the elderly are discriminated against via broad-brushed laws that toss them into the same bucket with teen age heroin and meth addicts without consideration for underlying causes of 24/7 pain, e.g., degenerative osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, spinal degeneration. If you experience 24/7 pain, you are automatically labeled a drug abuser, an addict, no different from a meth head! It is now YOUR FAULT that you experience pain. YOU are a terrible person because you have pain. YOU are to be vilified, accused, judged, AND YOUR PAIN WILL NOW BE IGNORED!!!!! Those responsible for helping you, i.e., doctors, throw their hands up in the air and claim there is nothing they can do to help. In other words, maybe the elderly should just go into some corner somewhere and die. Please, don’t tell me I am over simplifying anything here. I’m just speaking facts.

Don't let the pendulum swing too far yet again but this time in the opposite direction. We let it swing too far on the use of opioids. Some patients and some doctors abused it. We now know through that experience that it not only did not work, it caused this epidemic, increased addictions and deaths. But, let’s also analyze the data to prove who died. Were the deaths among elderly who were under doctor care? Were the deaths among kids trying to get a high? Were they among known addicts? The news media carefully avoids any data to prove which age groups are most affected. Why is that when we know -- or should know -- data are critical to reaching intelligent decisions?

Here is a doctor’s comment about the critical need for data analysis from the 3.16.2016 edition of Med Page Today:

“Sadly, Opioid Addiction has become the medical news of the day. Unfortunately, much of the conversation has been based on a giant lie, half truths, and misinformation which makes trying to solve a real problem that much more difficult.

First we have to understand that the vast majority of overdoses are the result of use of heroin, methadone, and the illegal use of prescription opioids. The number of deaths from the legal use of prescription opioids under the care of a legitimate doctor - as opposed to the pill mills - is relatively uncommon.

Unfortunately, much of the news coverage lumps the legal use of prescription opioids in with non legal use and illegal opioids giving an entirely false impression of the problem. As a result, and given the changes in regulations, being in pain has effectively become criminalized and Doctors are now forced to act as parole officers.

The real problem is actually concentrated in the broader use of illegal drugs. In other words it is not medical problem but an illegal drug and crime problem.

This is a problem that will not be fixed until people start treating it for the problem it really is instead of lying about the facts.” End Med Page Today quote.*This comment on the article “FDA science advisors talk strategy on Opioids” was written by “ZB” at this link. Comments are on the right side of the article:

Let’s learn from MAJOR errors of our past that were based on ignorance and no small amount of marketing by pharmaceutical firms. Let’s be smart this time, let’s be selective, let’s be definitive, let’s use data and be intelligent about any laws that deal with pain management for the elderly. Also, let’s focus on the underlying causes of addiction and put programs in place to address the causes.

Pain management does not warrant broad brush solutions or ignorant assumptions. The link below cites the personal encounter with chronic pain by Philip Pizzo, postgraduate medical student, that dramatically changed his limited view of chronic pain. As he puts it: “Previously, I had sometimes wondered whether the chronic pain that patients reported was as incapacitating as they claimed. I now know that it can become debilitating. It can take over one's life, sap one's energy, and negate or neutralize joy and well-being.” Read his New England Journal of Medicine article here:

The elderly in chronic pain are not intent on getting high. They need and seek effective pain management that allows them to live their lives in comfort, to remain productive members of society, and to enjoy their family and friends. No bureaucrat or legislator should allow any bill to lump the elderly together with addicts or kids seeking a high in search of a ‘...comprehensive solution to the opioid epidemic.’

Things to Ponder

Open Blog - Monday

Where's my glasses? Oh, it's the hangover? My God.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

"New business looks to beautify empty storefronts"

From The Journal


"RACINE — Empty storefronts bother Marty Sturino. A lot.

"So he decided to do something about them.

"Last week, Sturino and his business partner, Ed Jenkins, unveiled a new look for three large storefront windows at 427 Main St., the former Main Marine & Ski.

"Passersby may think they’re looking into a new Downtown phone store. But the reality is this: The windows are filled with a large, high-definition, 3-D graphic depicting a store inside what is actually vacant, available commercial space.

"This year Sturino and Jenkins, both retired SC Johnson executives, formed the company they are now launching: Storefronts Matter. Their business offers large, high-definition graphics that are stuck onto commercial windows to make empty spaces appear to house real businesses. The one at 427 Main St. is their demonstration project.

"'Empty storefronts are an eyesore for the community, wasted space with no utility and do little to interest potential renters/buyers,' Storefront Matters states.

"'Our storefronts improve the cityscape for residents, summer visitors and tourists by creating interest in otherwise ugly properties; provide information about the building; and create exciting promotional and advertising space for large companies, schools and civic organizations,' Sturino and Jenkins write.

"The graphics are created by a small Dublin, Ireland, graphic arts company called Virtual-Shopfronts; they’re sent to Storefronts Matter as large computer files and are printed here on vinyl sheets. The sticky sheets are applied professionally to the insides of windows.

"Virtual-Shopfronts offers more than 25 basic graphic creations including restaurants, shoe stores, men’s and women’s clothing stores, coffee shops and a health food store, Sturino and Jenkins said.

"However, Jenkins said, 'If you need something, they will create it.' The graphic artists can also move the positions of people within a graphic or change the color scheme, as Sturino and Jenkins had them do with their Main Street phone store.

"The building owner chose a phone store because that is what the company would like to attract to that space, Sturino explained.

"The demonstration space is adjacent to the Downtown Racine Corp. office at 425 Main St., and DRC Executive Director Devin Sutherland is thrilled by what Storefronts Matter is doing in a Downtown space.

"'Storefronts Matter is one of the most exciting business startups we have worked with,' he said. 'The concept of not only trying to enhance the aesthetics of a business district, but using this new approach to business attraction is very unique and innovative. The scalability of this is huge, and the applications for this product are endless.'"

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