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Georges Briard Wasn’t Really His Name!

Posted on June 21, 2017

Mid Century Modern style is all the rage right now. Design elements from the 1950s & early 60s are collectively known as Mid Century Modern or MCM. That era was a time of anticipation of a better tomorrow. The cars had fins like jet planes (the 1959 Cadillacs had the highest, pointiest fins and were Continue Reading »

Long Time, No See

Posted on June 13, 2017

Much like the owner of the bicycle in the photo, I haven’t written in this blog in a while. At least the bicyclist has a good excuse, the bike is locked up next to a bar. After a few drinks, you forget where you put your bike. After a few more, you forget you ever Continue Reading »

Another Happy Customer!

Posted on December 25, 2016

Happy customer Jay Kelly proudly models his Johnston & Murphy shoes from Johnny-Sells! “I can walk all day in these shoes!” Jay exclaimed after trying them on.  And that’s saying a lot for this public relations professional who often walks miles and miles at Chicago’s humongous McCormick Place Convention Center during the National Home and Continue Reading »

Playing Santa Claus Can Be a Tough Job

Posted on December 13, 2016

Back in my acting days, I played Santa Claus a lot. I played at private parties, guest appearances at stores and even in Chicago’s Christmas Parade down Michigan Avenue. That was the high point of my career. About a million screaming kids and moms and dads cheered for me, or rather, cheered for my red suit. Continue Reading »

Plan Your Christmas Tree Strategy

Posted on November 20, 2016

It’s time to start working on that Christmas Tree, I don’t mean go out and buy a blue spruce. I mean start planning what’s going to go ON your Christmas Tree. Of course, many people have a solid core of Christmas ornaments they use every year. But this year, you might want to spruce up Continue Reading »

How the Other Half Lived

Posted on October 29, 2016

We go to a lot of estate sales. Some are cooler than others. This one, in the Gold Coast neighborhood was spectacular, not for the products for sale, but for the house itself. A doctor was selling it for $4 million dollars. Originally, it had been the home of a beer baron. Some of the Continue Reading »

As American as Apple Pie

Posted on October 11, 2016

They say travel is very educational. Sometimes it is in ways you don’t expect. Several years ago, Janet & I were in Scotland visiting a lady who is the ex-wife of a close friend of her family. Despite the divorce, everybody is still on good terms and we spent a delightful afternoon with this lovely Continue Reading »