YESTERYEAR: Peerless Laundry by Pat Sides

first_imgYESTERYEAR: Peerless Laundry by Pat SidesThe photograph was taken shortly after Peerless Laundry’s expanding business relocated from Main Street to a new facility at Eighth and Oak streets in 1914. The tedious chore of cleaning in washtubs at home was giving way to the modern, large-scale technology provided by such professional laundries as Peerless. In 1919, a newspaper reported that more than a hundred “girls” were employed at the laundry; some of them are pictured here on the second floor, which contained the drying, ironing, and finishing rooms. The building, later occupied by the Swanson-Nunn Electric Company, was recently razed.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

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first_imgIf you’re not a coffee shop food eater, then you could be one of only 4% of the UK population who never buy food in coffee shops (source: Allegra Strategies). Coffee shops are big business, with a UK market value of £5bn so you should be pretty keen to get in on the action. But this market is dominated by big players, with branded chains growing by 12.9% in 2010. This poses a problem for the independent coffee/sandwich shop, as the big boys are pretty professional.If you want success, you need to be able to compete on quality as well as price. If you’ve been to a coffee shop recently, you’ll know that they are not that cheap, but if you want to command top prices, then you need to merchandise and this seems to be where most smaller businesses fall down.I’ve eaten some great food in some lovely little coffee shops, but the displays often leave a lot to be desired. If your display looks like a school summer fête, then expect to only be able to charge fête prices!Our recently launched pre-packed thaw-and-serve cookies, slices and muffins have been developed specifically to help customers achieve a great visual appearance and have the quality to back it up. We often use picnic hampers as a great way of displaying the products to give a premium feel, while retaining a bit of quirkiness.If you’re using traybakes or baking from scratch, glass cloches or clear kilner jars will help to create an upmarket feel, so you can command higher prices and healthier margins.Remember that there are two markets you need to hit in coffee shops: the eat-in trade and the take-out trade. Make sure you either offer the same product for both markets and provide take-away bags or have a freshly baked offer for eat-in and a fully baked pre-packed offer for take-out.Coffee shops remain a growing market, so know your market, pick your products carefully and present them in the best possible light.last_img read more

Store closures and jobs axed at Solihull bakery chain

first_imgA West Midlands-based high street bakery chain has gone into administration, with eight outlets closed and 42 jobs made redundant.Cooks the Bakery, which sells freshly made sandwiches, baguettes and rolls across the Midlands and south of England, has shut down bakeries in Birmingham, Worcester and Coventry. It has kept a further eight stores open until the business can find a suitable buyer, with the assistance of administrators from ReSolve Partners.Simon Harris, one of ReSolve’s partners, said: “It’s too early to say at the moment as to who has been interested in the potential buyout of the business. But as soon as we were appointed on 16 November, we decided to close the business’ loss-making stores and maximise those making a profit.”Despite the company taking over more than 120 leasehold stores around five years ago after negotiating a deal with rival firm Three Cooks, the business has failed to keep many of these outlets open as the number fell to 80 in 2008. Employee figures in 2006 were around 900, in comparison to a mere 62 now hired by the company.The bakery chain made a loss of nearly £594,000 in the year to 27 March 2010, after a small profit in 2009, according to the latest accounts filed at Companies House.Revenue from outlets in Northfield, West Heath, Bromsgrove, Dudley, Halesowen, Kidderminster and Redditch, fell from £13.7m to £10.7m across the period.last_img read more

Pret to launch four vegan versions of its top sarnies

first_imgPret A Manger is to launch vegan versions of four of its most popular sandwiches and open a fifth Veggie Pret store.The Vegan Classics range will consist of four reimagined sandwiches, baguettes and wraps that will be exclusively available at Veggie Pret stores.Before revealing The Vegan Classics, the food-to-go chain has launched a push on social media, asking its followers “If you could make any classic Pret recipe vegan, which one would it be?”.Pret will also be opening its fifth Veggie Pret store in Canary Wharf later this month. It will mark the first Eat site to be converted following Pret’s acquisition of the business earlier this year. It joins the existing line-up of Veggie Pret stores in Soho, Shoreditch, Exmouth Market and Manchester.“Veggie Pret is a space where we’ve had a great opportunity to experiment with vegan and veggie food. It’s our mission to make it easier for customers to eat less meat, so we challenged ourselves to recreate the delicious flavours and textures of our meaty bestsellers, using only vegan ingredients,” said Hannah Dolan, global head of food innovation at Pret.“We’re excited for everyone, (vegans and non-vegans alike), to try The Vegan Classics – and to see if they can tell the difference between the new vegan recipes and the originals!”last_img read more

Emily Balskus wins $1M Waterman Award

first_img Related Microbes might manage your cholesterol Balskus uses chemical tools to unravel how gut microbes impact human health and disease “Much of our work has focused on elucidating how microbes in this environment are performing chemistry — what are the specific catalysts, or enzymes, that they use to perform chemical transformations that are linked to health or disease,” Balskus said. “With this knowledge, we can more accurately predict the chemistry performed by microbial communities, can begin to study its biological consequences, and can even think about developing tools to control it.”The Waterman Award, Balskus said, will allow her research team to take on higher-risk projects with potentially greater rewards and pursue creative directions that would have been impossible without NSF support.But Balskus has more than just scientific ambitions. “I hope that by receiving this award,” she said, “I can inspire women and other individuals who are underrepresented in science as well as gain a platform to highlight the challenges we currently face.” Growing up, all her science teachers were women; because of that, she didn’t hesitate to pursue a career in science.“The future of human health, of medicine, needs Emily’s research,” said Catherine Drennan, a professor of biology and chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of Balskus’ collaborators. “I’m a fan of Emily. I’m just really inspired by her. And I want my 11-year-old daughter to look at her and say, ‘yes, women can do anything.’”Balskus shares the 2020 Waterman Award with John O. Dabiri, an aeronautical engineer at the California Institute of Technology. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NSF postponed the original award ceremony; the agency will present Balskus and Dabiri with their awards, which include a medal and $1 million in research funding over five years, in Washington, D.C., at an unspecified date. Two plush microbes stare up at everyone who visits Emily Balskus’ office. One, a buttercup yellow, mimics the fuzzy hotdog-shaped E. coli. Another, baker’s yeast or Saccharomyces cerevisiae, is just a white sphere with eyes.Far larger than living microorganisms (and far cuter), these cuddly counterparts reveal not just Balskus’ research area, but also her admiration for her subjects. Most people fear the trillions of bacteria that live in and on the human body. But for Balskus, these microbes provide potential solutions to vast problems in human health and medicine ranging from drug metabolism to cholesterol management and even cancer.“Emily Balskus has opened up novel ways to explore and exploit the chemistry and biology of microbes that live in our bodies and how they are linked to our health,” said Sethuraman Panchanathan, director of the National Science Foundation (NSF).  “And we’re already seeing the potential impact.”Today, Panchanathan announced that Balskus is one of two recipients of the Alan T. Waterman Award, the NSF’s most prestigious prize for scientists under 40 in the United States. Balskus is only the sixth Harvard scientist (and the only Harvard woman) to receive a Waterman, which the government has awarded annually since 1975.“I hope that through receiving this award I can help to bring attention to microbes, the important roles they play in all aspects of our lives, and how chemistry can help us to understand the microbial world,” said Balskus, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology. She credits her research group, past and present, for earning this award. “It means a lot to all of us to know that the scientific community is excited about our discoveries and approach to science.”To study microbes, Balskus shifted into the biological realm, but her work is still fundamentally chemical. Bacteria perform mysterious chemistry, sometimes forging or dismantling molecules using reactions that lie beyond the skills of today’s best chemists. So, Balskus hunts for microbial genes that produce enzymes, protein-based catalysts that perform chemical reactions, to understand how and why microbes do what they do.“Despite the important roles these organisms play in all habitats, we know very little about how they influence surrounding environments and organisms,” Balskus said. “We don’t understand the chemistry they perform. For example, 85 percent of genes in the human gut microbiome can’t confidently be linked to a microbial activity.”But in her latest work, Balskus and her team linked genes in the human microbiome to microbial activity, mapping, in a way, how some members of the human gut might influence their host.For example, her lab recently discovered how certain microbes break down cholesterol in the human gut. Only some people host these cholesterol-busting bacteria and those who do tend to experience lower levels of blood cholesterol. This finding could lead to new types of treatment to manage high cholesterol levels.Balskus also discovered that some gut microbes can interfere with drug metabolism, gobbling up L-dopa, for example, before the Parkinson’s treatment can reach the brain and help assuage symptoms of the disease. And, her lab played an important role in discovering how E. coli produce a harmful toxin that damages the digestive system and potentially leads to increased risk of colon cancer. Harvard microbe hunter wins Blavatnik Award Researchers discover mysterious bacteria that break it down in the gut last_img read more

B’way Grosses: Skylight Kicks Spaghetti Up a Notch in Final Week

first_imgAfter 106 performances/batches of spaghetti bolognese, Skylight, starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, ended its Broadway run on June 21. The production, which took home the 2015 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, broke the Golden Theatre box office record in its final week, bringing in $927,539. The other big Tony-winning play of the 2014-15 season, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, continued to inch toward hitting seven figures once again (having done so previously over Christmas and New Year’s). Fun Home and The King and I, which received Tonys for Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical, respectively, celebrated their highest-grossing weeks; we expect both to ride their trophy-fueled wave with rising numbers throughout the summer.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending June 21:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1.The Lion King ($2,154,719)2. Wicked ($1,947,674)3. Aladdin ($1,625,997)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,517,932)5. An American in Paris ($1,440,627)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. On the Town ($558,807)4. Hedwig and the Angry Inch ($479,292)*3. Wolf Hall Parts One & Two ($467,890)2. Hand to God ($415,154)1. It Shoulda Been You ($344,196)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. Fun Home (103.53%)2. The Book of Mormon (102.63%)3. The Audience (101.72%)*4. Aladdin (100.06%)5. Skylight (100.00%)=5. The Lion King (100.00%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Jersey Boys (71.84%)4. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (71.27%)*3. It Shoulda Been You (66.08%)2.  On the Town (60.82%)1. Wolf Hall Parts One & Two (44.50%)* Number based on seven regular performancesSource: The Broadway League View Commentslast_img read more

Culturalist Challenge! Rank TV Shows Featuring Broadway Faves

first_img View Comments The staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. When we’re not theater-hopping (truly a perk of working here at, we’re cheering on all the theater folk gracing the small screens from the comfort of our living rooms. Have you noticed how many of your fave Broadway performers are killing it on TV lately? In celebration of the new fall theater and television seasons, we’re talking a look at TV shows that do a great job of featuring stage actors. Here’s the question we’re posing on Culturalist this week: Which TV show best features Broadway faves? Video Producer Anthony Taylor kicked off this new challenge with his list of top 10 picks here. Now it’s your turn…STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on!last_img read more

Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee formed through merger

first_img May 1, 2004 Regular News Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee formed through merger The merger of the Judicial Evaluation Committee and the Judicial Administration, Selection, and Tenure Committee has been approved by the Bar Board of Governors pursuant to a recommendation from the Program Evaluation Committee.PEC Chair Hank Coxe brought that recommendation to the board at its recent Pensacola meeting. PEC had discussed the matter with the board at the board’s January meeting.Coxe said PEC was recommending against including the Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee in the merger, because its duties were different enough to leave it separate.The new committee will, for the moment, be called the Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee (JAE).The merger shows “the Bar is capable of streamlining and reducing size and numbers when it’s appropriate,” Coxe said.He also recommended waiving the term limit requirements for the leaders of the JEC to provide continuity during the merger, and the board agreed to that as part of the PEC recommendation.On other matters, Coxe said the PEC is continuing to review the Bar’s Clients Security Fund program.It is also looking at the Citizens Forum, “which was characterized as cost efficient and very valuable to the board,” Coxe said.Board member Mike Glazer, who has served on the forum, noted it has between 11 and 14 nonlawyer members from different constituencies, as well as several member. They frequently examine major issues coming to the board and have provided insightful and critical feedback on issues ranging from lawyer regulation, court funding, this year’s For The Children campaign, and other matters.“They’re input has been invaluable,” Glazer said. “If anything, we need to find ways to use them in more and better ways.”The PEC also at the board’s May meeting will be bringing recommendations from it review of the Equal Opportunities in the Profession Section and on a petition filed by Bar members to create an animal law committee, Coxe reported.center_img Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee formed through mergerlast_img read more

Joe Arpaio’s former deputy is poised to lose his bid for Maricopa County sheriff.

first_imgMr. Sheridan had not yet conceded as of early Saturday morning. During the campaign, he tried to distance himself from his old boss, who was found guilty of criminal contempt of court in 2017 for defying an order to stop detaining suspected undocumented immigrants.Mr. Sheridan defeated Mr. Arpaio, who lost his seat in 2016, in this year’s Republican primary. But he also promised to revive some of Mr. Arpaio’s most aggressive practices, and analysts saw the race as another referendum of the former sheriff’s divisive legacy. In his first term, Sheriff Penzone, while hardly a progressive on immigration issues, has closed an outdoor jail that Mr. Arpaio once called a “concentration camp,” and shut down some of his other programs. The former deputy to Joe Arpaio, whose hard-line anti-immigrant positions won him praise from President Trump, appeared headed toward a loss in the race for sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz.The Democratic incumbent, Sheriff Paul Penzone, declared victory over Mr. Arpaio’s former deputy chief, Jerry Sheridan, in a statement on Friday, The Arizona Republic reported, and led the race by more than ten percentage points.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

ACIP recommends flu shots for all school children

first_imgFeb 27, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) today recommended influenza vaccination for all school-age children, boosting the number of children targeted for flu shots by about 30 million.The ACIP, whose recommendations are routinely adopted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said children from ages 5 through 18 should get flu shots, the CDC announced in a news release.The CDC already recommends flu shots for children from 6 to 59 months old, along with people aged 50 and older, those with certain chronic medical conditions, people in nursing homes, pregnant women, healthcare workers, and other close contacts and caregivers of those who run an increased risk of flu complications.”The expanded recommendation is to take effect as soon as feasible, but no later than the 2009-2010 influenza season,” the CDC said.The agency said healthy children bear “a significant burden” from flu. In addition, there is evidence that reducing flu transmission in children may limit its spread among their household contacts and in the community, officials said.Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said the recommendation should reduce children’s need for flu-related medical care and school absenteeism.Increased coverageThe CDC said the recommendation increases the number of children targeted for flu shots by about 30 million. On the basis of current vaccination rates, the agency predicts that about 7 million more children will be vaccinated as a result of the recommendation, according to a Reuters report published today.In calling for full implementation of the recommendation by the fall of 2009, the CDC said this will allow time to plan for vaccinating so many more children. “However, immunization providers should begin efforts to offer influenza vaccination to all children aged 6 months through 18 years in the 2008-09 influenza season if feasible,” the statement said.”This new recommendation will help parents understand that all children can benefit from vaccination and further encourages providers to start vaccination of children through age 18 next year,” Schuchat said.The last major expansion of flu-shot recommendations came in February 2006, when the ACIP endorsed vaccination for 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds (ages 24 through 59 months), which added an estimated 16 million children to the targeted groups. In 2004 the CDC began recommending flu immunization for children aged 6 through 23 months.Last week the CDC reported that 22 children had died of flu so far this season. In the 2006-07 season, 68 children died of flu-related causes, including 39 who were between the ages of 5 and 17, according to CDC data. Of 53 children older than 6 months whose vaccination status was known, 50 had not been vaccinated.FluMist production to tripleIn the wake of today’s ACIP recommendation, MedImmune announced plans to raise production of its nasal-spray flu vaccine, FluMist, to 12 million doses for next season, nearly triple this year’s production. The vaccine uses a live but weakened virus.”To support this move by the ACIP, MedImmune is preparing to manufacture a record number of FluMist doses—about 12 million—for the upcoming flu season, with the intention of continuing to substantially increase production in subsequent seasons,” the company said in a news release.Dr. Frank J. Malinoski, MedImmune’s senior vice president of medical and scientific affairs, said the company’s plan to sharply boost production was partly but not wholly in anticipation of the ACIP recommendation.”We’ve been hearing from public health groups like the National Association of County and City Health Officials who’ve been saying we need to move to this next step for a while,” he told CIDRAP News. “We’ve also been hearing from customers . . . that they see a need for a needle-free vaccine as something they’re interested in and want to use more.”Malinoski said the company made about 4 million doses of FluMist for this season and sold just under that number. “We essentially sold out,” he said. In September, just before the start of flu immunization season, the Food and Drug Administration expanded the indication for FluMist to cover 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds; previously it was indicated only for healthy people aged 5 to 49 years.Malinoski predicted there will be challenges in implementing the ACIP recommendation. He added that MedImmune has seen healthcare providers use a number of innovative methods to immunize children against flu, including school-based immunization programs.”A lot of flu immunization in adults is done in the workplace, and if you think about kids, school is their workplace,” he said. “So it makes sense to do it that way.”The CDC said ACIP recommendations become CDC recommendations as soon as they are accepted by the CDC director and the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.See also: Feb 27 CDC news release data on 2007-08 flu season 27 MedImmune news releaselast_img read more