Every editor knows a magazine is only as good as its sources. Thus far I have found there is no better source than men with long, white beards. The length of the beard is usually proportional to the breadth of their wisdom. This is why Moses (of the Old Testament) is always portrayed with a beard down to his knees. Scott Vanleeuwen’s beard reaches the top of his … [Read more...]
What is Zaniac?
The bright purple and green building on 2100 South and around 1000 East, once the home of Sugar House Coffee, certainly attracts attention. The sign outside reads “Zaniac.” “What’s this?” I wondered. “Another Zumba-like fitness studio?” The immaculately remodeled interior is full of brand new Apple computers. Chess and game boards fill the tables. I was still guessing at the … [Read more...]
Eating crickets, not just for reality TV shows
“Are they crunchy like Cheetos?” I ask. “Well, here,” Pat says, “try one.” He slides the glass jar filled with baked crickets across the table. It’s a subtle, poker-like move. I’m not on the set of Fear Factor, but sitting with local businessman Pat Crowley. Pat has just met me and is being appropriately cautious laying down his eat-a-cricket bet. I see his wager and twist the … [Read more...]
In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lambert
Over 55 years ago, Paul and Barbara Lambert grew plants in their backyard greenhouse. They later moved to their present location at 3910 S Redwood Road where Lambert Floral, Spring Garden Plants, has expanded to seven large greenhouses. Redwood Road was a different place then. There were fields and farms rather than wall-to-wall businesses. The Lamberts had eight children … [Read more...]