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Celebrating earth’s bounty in the heartland

It’s a pretty memorable occasion to host a James Beard Foundation celebrity chef dinner. Even more extraordinary is to do it on the opening night of a new restaurant. That is what happened in March when Michael and Tara Gallina opened Vicia in St. Louis, their new vegetable-forward concept. The Beard dinner had originally been scheduled for what they thought would be months after the launch, but construction delays pushed their projected opening date back.

Main Attraction: Nexus Health Care

Toledo’s urban UpTown neighborhood, located between downtown and the city’s Old West End, was being served by two outdated healthcare clinics operated by Neighborhood Health Association (NHA): The Huron Women’s Healthcare Clinic was located in a 100-year-old building that was unable to accommodate new technology and the Mildred Bayer Clinic, providing care to the area’s homeless population, wasn’t large enough to accommodate the influx of patients over the years. In 2012, NHA decided it could m

The Outside World

Nothing gets a dog’s tail wagging more furiously than the question, “Who wants to go for a walk?” Not only do dogs love to go outdoors and explore, but the exercise from regular walks contributes to good health. While some dogs like leisurely strolls, others are more adventurous, preferring runs, hikes or boating. No matter the adventure, products for outdoor activities have a dominant place in the dog market. As people engage in healthier and more active lifestyles, they often bring their pets

Fashion Forward – Gift Shop Magazine

Unique apparel and accessories can make a small shop a destination for a fashionistas The owners of the eclectic Y & I Clothing Boutique in San Francisco not only fill their brick-and-mortar store with the latest trends in fashion and accessories, but they affiliate with Shoptiques, an online resource that gives small boutiques the opportunity to sell their wares to a worldwide market. “We run our entire online platform with Shoptiques,” owner Robin Boesch said. “We’ve been with them since they

Private Enterprises

The nuts and bolts of partnering with a private labeler. Your natural products business is thriving. Or maybe it’s struggling a bit. Or maybe you want to provide more options for your customers. Whatever the reason, perhaps you’ve considered partnering with a private labeler to create a unique brand for your store. Carrying a private label creates brand recognition as well as an exclusive product that can be tailored to your customers’ unique needs and demands. It may sound like a daunting pro

Taking a Break at the Lake

When you live in a state with the nickname “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” there’s a good chance you will opt for a lakefront vacation home. A family in Windom, Minn., custom built their 1,900-sq.-ft. home in 2015.  They spend most summers at the lake and wanted a spacious enough kitchen to accommodate their family of eight. View a gallery of this project here Designer Chelsey Preuss, who at the time worked for Minnesota Cabinets, helped create a kitchen that blends rustic and contemporary elements. T

Out of Joint

How practitioners can help their patients manage bone, joint and muscle issues using natural solutions. Bone, muscle and joint pains are a fact of life for many people, regardless of age or activity level. The etiology of this type of pain can stem from systemic problems, overuse or injuries. Arthritis, for example, affects more than 54 million adults, according to 2015 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC also reported that there was an increase in people who

Change of plans

You won’t find any employees at Garden Design. The 41-person firm, headquartered in Dallas, has stricken the word “employee” from the company vernacular and replaced it with “associate.” It’s all part of a rebranding initiative launched this year in which Garden Design has given its workers ownership rights in the company. Converting over to an employee stock ownership plan was the owners’ way of giving back to their workers and rewarding them for their efforts. “It was a way to say, ‘You a

A natural fit

Nestled on 40 acres in Wexford, a northern suburb of Pittsburgh, Penn., Soergel Orchards has been drawing folks to its country store and garden center for more than 40 years, evolving from a roadside stand to a thriving, multifaceted business today. With the exception of berries and apples, which the company grows in Wexford, the majority of its crops are grown in the neighboring county of Butler. In all, Soergel’s operates 450 acres of farmland, and some of its produce is certified organic. I

Timing is everything

It’s hard to believe, but the snow has finally melted, the sun is out and the flowers are blooming. After what seemed like a never-ending season, who wants to think about winter already? For smart snow removal contractors, though, the time to secure contracts for next winter is now, before last winter becomes a distant memory. That’s what Tom Hougnon, chief operating officer of Reliable Property Services, says. Until six years ago, the Minneapolis-based company was strictly a snow removal comp