Marians Clothing A History

first_img Tags: Business • fashion • history Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% You have seen the signs outside Marian’s for months. “Store closing!” they blare to passerby on Mission Street, now through the bars of a sliding gate. Once a vibrant clothing store, Marian’s has closed – but not without leaving behind a rich history. Andrew Thompson, nursed the store along on its deathbed after 63 years in business. He and his brother-in-law, Joel Anker, oversaw the sales, the signs, the clearing of the men’s department (in the left-hand side of the building, nearly separated from the women’s side). But perhaps more importantly, they kept greeting customers.The register at Marian’s ringing up some of its last sales. Photo by Laura Wenus“It’s going to be sad. You get a personal relationship with all your customers,” Thompson said. 0%center_img Everything in the store was a reminder of its past. Thompson still rings people up on a mechanical register with loud keys and numbers on plastic decals that flick into place to show the total. He keeps track of hundreds of customer accounts in a thick roster of heavy yellow paper – and he’s tracking their accounts because Marian’s has always offered a credit system for people who may not qualify for cards from a bank. “We built our business on seeing each of these customers come in and make payments every month,” he said. The in-store system was even set up to handle cashing customers’ paychecks, he said.Andrew Thompson selects a customer’s card out of a thick roster. Photo by Laura WenusNow that the store is closed, the business will continue to accept payments to a post office box. During its last month of operations, some customers still trickled in to have a look at the odd gown or pantsuit, while others came to put $20 toward their debt.Irene Munoz has chosen a different way to pay her debts – and her respects – to the venerable shop with the fading pastel countertops. “Over 20 years ago I used to live on the corner. I didn’t have credit, but I’d stop by” says Irene Munoz. Because of the in-store credit system, Munoz could select an item or two of clothing from time to time to wear to church or special occasions. In its last days, Munoz came by the store to help customers out to work off her debt.“I’m going to miss not being able to come to Marian’s anymore,” she said.But Munoz is part of a disappearing breed. Thompson said his customers have been passing away or moving out of the area, which depleted business. The popularity of cheaper alternatives like Ross and Costco didn’t help either.In better times, Thompson estimated, more than 100 customers came in every day. Shortly before its closure, Marian’s would be lucky if it saw 20 in a day.“People certainly are always looking for a deal…There’s nothing you can do about it, people are buying online,” Thompson said. “We can sometimes buy clothing from competitors cheaper than they offer wholesale.”In its heyday, the store employed a union staff of between 8 and 10 salespeople. It was part of the formidable Mission Merchants Association, which at that time offered discounts to shoppers who collected stamps from member businesses when they made purchases there. Thompson still had the booklet, weathered and yellowed, behind the counter.“We’re a bastion of old school, no doubt,” he said.A Mission Merchants savings stamp booklet. Photo by Laura Wenus last_img read more

Second Homeless Encampment Dismantled Under New Program

first_img“We came to know everyone who was in these tents, and we came to know everyone who was an occasional visitor to these tents,” Albertson said.The encampment on 19th Street between Folsom and Harrison streets in September, before it was cleared on October 5. Photo by Lola M. ChavezJason Albertson, the head of the Encampment Resolution Team, on 19th Street between Folsom and Harrison streets on October 7. Photo by Lola M. Chavez.The Department of Homelessness announced in September that it would target encampments in the Mission District between 16th and 19th streets and Bryant Street and South Van Ness Avenue. First on the list would be the 40 or so tenants around the PG&E building, right next to the Mission Cliffs gym and Lyft’s headquarters.City staff met with homeless people there over the next three-and-a-half weeks, Albertson said, and were able to move 33 people of “some 40–50” into the Mission District’s Navigation Center. Two people were moved into drug abuse services, and another two into shelter. Fewer than 10 refused services, said Albertson, adding that one of the problems staff faced was with undocumented people who had “legitimate concerns” about being moved into the system. Others who were difficult to convince had severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia, he said. On Wednesday, the final day of a nearly four-week process, city workers cleaned up the area and removed abandoned property. Some had moved from the encampment days before the end, Albertson said. Others held on till today, but all left by Wednesday without any arrests.“I think people make a decision,” he said. “The people with the steam cleaners are here and the police say, ‘You have to take down the tent and you can’t bring it back up because we’re here.’”The notice posted in the area of 16th to 19th streets and Bryant Street to South Van Ness Avenue advising homeless campers to clear out. Photo by Laura Wenus.Spearheaded by Jeff Kositsky, the director of the newly-created Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, “encampment resolution” sees city workers stay with a single encampment for weeks, offering services and movement into the Navigation Center, the city’s flagship transitional shelter at 16th and Mission streets.Since the first opened in the Mission District more than a year ago, the more navigation centers have been opened – one in the Civic Center and the other in the Dogpatch. The Mission District center will be dismantled next spring to begin construction for an affordable housing building.Officials say that the encampments will be prevented from returning by coordinating with property owners, like PG&E, and ensuring they report new encampments. Police and city staff then visit and ask people what services they need — and inform them that setting up tents is illegal. It’s unclear whether this will be successful in preventing the resurgence of encampments.Supervisor David Campos, for his part, said that the new approach taken by Kositsky was more compassionate than others in the city, like Proposition Q, which would give a 24-hour notice to encampment residents before abatement.“It just doesn’t work that way,” he said. “It took a few weeks to get to that level of trust with people. Unless you’re able to do that, the efforts are not going to be successful.”Albertson helped abate the first encampment under the city’s new program: a dozens-strong tent city on the banks of Islais Creek in Mission Bay. The city moved more than two dozen people there into shelter, but eventually dismantled the encampment and told another dozen holdouts to clear out.Following the abatement of the encampment around the PG&E building, Albertson and his team will focus on other Mission District encampments: those between 14th and 16th streets and Bryant Street and South Van Ness Avenue. “This is an area that’s been very difficult,” said Sam Dodge, the deputy director of the Department of Homelessness.Supervisor David Campos on 19th Street between Folsom and Harrison streets on October 7. Photo by Lola M. ChavezSam Dodge, the deputy director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, on 19th Street between Folsom and Harrison streets on October 7. Photo by Lola M. ChavezSprawling encampments line the sidewalks of 16th Street in front of the Muni building near Folsom Street, where a man was found dead last month. On Florida Street between the Best Buy and the SPCA veterinary hospital, dozens of tents have been a mainstay for years, ebbing and flowing in size but a persistent fact of life.A count by Mission Local in September found some 50 tents in the area. More lie to the west on Alameda Street in another semi-permanent encampment, and still more populate the area under the freeways, Dodge said, but those areas would be addressed in due course.Other areas near the PG&E building still had encampments. On Shotwell Street between 18th and 19th streets, where police officers shot and killed homeless man Luis Gongora in April, five tents were up. One person said the tents belonged to those who had been moved from the PG&E encampment.“I think all of us was [from that encampment],” said a woman who wished to remain anonymous. She moved before the final day given by the city, but said that her neighbors were there and told to move along when city staff came. 0% Homeless encampments in the Mission District are being “resolved” one by one, said city officials on Friday, in a bid to move unhoused San Franciscans into transitional shelter and offer them various services.The difference between this and other encampment sweeps? Those who refuse services are told not to return to their former campsites.Jason Albertson, head of the Encampment Resolution Team, said he and his team had been conducting outreach at a Mission District encampment as part of a new effort by the city to focus on tents and move their denizens into supportive housing. As military jets roared overhead for Fleet Week and drowned out his words, Albertson explained his recent efforts at 19th and Folsom streets, the site of a homeless encampment surrounding the Pacific Gas & Electric building that was cleared on Wednesday after weeks of outreach.center_img Tags: homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their 19man squad for Satur

first_imgSAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for Saturday’s Carnegie Challenge Cup Semi Final against Wigan Warriors at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington.Sia Soliola and Francis Meli return from injury, whilst Paul Clough is also named after coming through the under 20s match against Castleford last weekend.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Leon Pryce, 7. Kyle Eastmond, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Jonny Lomax, 22. Jamie Foster, 25. Lee Gaskell, 28. Thomas Makinson.Michael Maguire, Wigan’s Head Coach, will choose from:1. Sam Tomkins, 4. George Carmont, 5. Pat Richards, 6. Paul Deacon, 7. Thomas Leuluai, 9. Michael McIlorum, 10. Andy Coley, 11. Harrison Hansen, 12. Joel Tomkins, 13. Sean O’Loughlin, 14. Paul Prescott, 15. Jeff Lima, 16. Ryan Hoffman, 17. Brett Finch, 21. Lee Mossop, 22. Liam Farrell, 25. Josh Charnley, 34. Gareth Hock, 35. Ben Cross.The match kicks off at 4.30pm and the referee is Richard Silverwood.If you can’t make the match it will be covered extensively in the Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Facebook sites.Stats:St Helens are appearing in a record-extending 11th successive Challenge Cup Semi-Final. They have won six of the semi-finals and gone on to win the Cup five times in the period.The only current Saints player to have played in all ten of the previous Semi-Finals is Paul Wellens.Wigan are appearing in a record (shared with Leeds) 43rd Challenge Cup Semi-Final. They have won 29 and lost 13 of their previous semi-finals.Saturday’s game will be the first Challenge Cup Semi-Final the old rivals have contested since Wigan’s 20-14 victory at Old Trafford in 1990. That was the second of an incredible nine Challenge Cup meetings between 1989 and 1998.Saturday’s game will be the fifth time the sides have met in the Challenge Cup since the turn of the Millennium, with Wigan’s only win in that period coming in the 2002 Final (21-12) at Murrayfield.St Helens – Previous ten Challenge Cup Semi-Finals:2001: Won, v Leeds (27-22) (at JJB Stadium, Wigan)2002: Won, v Leeds (42-16) (at JJB Stadium, Wigan)2003: Lost, v Leeds (26-33, aet) (at McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield)2004: Won, v Huddersfield (46-6) (at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)2005: Lost, v Hull FC (8-34) (at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)2006: Won, v Hull KR (50-0) (at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)2007: Won, v Bradford (35-14) (at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)2008: Won, v Leeds (26-16) (at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)2009: Lost, v Huddersfield (14-24) (at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)2010: Lost, v Leeds (28-32) (at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)Previous Challenge Cup meetings:2005 (Quarter Final) St Helens 75 Wigan 02004 (FINAL) St Helens 32 Wigan 16 (at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)2002 (FINAL) St Helens 12 Wigan 21 (at Murrayfield, Edinburgh)2001 (Round 4) St Helens 22 Wigan 81998 (Quarter Final) Wigan 22 St Helens 101997 (Round 4) St Helens 26 Wigan 121995 (Round 4) Wigan 16 St Helens 161995 (Round 4, Replay) St Helens 24 Wigan 401993 (Round 2) Wigan 23 St Helens 31992 (Quarter Final) St Helens 6 Wigan 131991 (FINAL) St Helens 8 Wigan 13 (at Wembley Stadium)1990 (Semi-Final) St Helens 14 Wigan 20 (at Old Trafford, Manchester)1989 (FINAL) St Helens 0 Wigan 27 (at Wembley Stadium)1986 (Round 2) Wigan 24 St Helens 141984 (Quarter Final) St Helens 7 Wigan 161982 (Round 1) St Helens 12 Wigan 201977 (Round 2) Wigan 4 St Helens 91973 (Round 2) Wigan 15 St Helens 21966 (FINAL) St Helens 21 Wigan 2 (at Wembley Stadium)1965 (Round 2) Wigan 7 St Helens 21961 (FINAL) St Helens 12 Wigan 6 (at Wembley Stadium)1930 (Semi-Final) St Helens 5 Wigan 5 (at Station Road, Swinton)1930 (Semi-Final, Replay) St Helens 22 Wigan 10 (at Mather Lane, Leigh)1929 (Quarter Final) St Helens 2 Wigan 21929 (Quarter Final, Replay) Wigan 25 St Helens 51897 (Round 3) St Helens 11 Wigan 0Records:Highest score: Wigan 71 Bradford Northern 10 (1992) (Also widest margin)Most points by losing team: St Helens 28 Leeds Rhinos 32 (2010)Highest scoring draw: Leeds 24 Hull Kingston Rovers 24 (1986) (Hull KR won replay 17-0)Scoreless draws: There have been five, with the last being Halifax v Hull FC in 1988 Highest attendance: 69,898 (Warrington v Leeds at Odsal Stadium, Bradford – 1950)Lowest attendance: 5,500 (Batley v Warrington at Fartown, Huddersfield – 1897)Players:Most tries: 5 by Martin Offiah (Wigan) v Bradford Northern (1992)Most goals: 9 by Frano Botica (Wigan) v Bradford Northern (1992)Most points: 22 by Frano Botica (Wigan) v Bradford Northern (1992)last_img read more

We catch up with Merchandising Manager Steve Law t

first_imgWe catch up with Merchandising Manager Steve Law to get the very latest from the Club’s retail hub:Mothers Day – March 30We have a small number of Mugs and Mother’s Day cards to buy for the special Saints’ Mum in your life. Get them in store or online whilst stocks last.Boots Is Back In Store!After an unbearable absence Boots, our very own Club Mascot, is back in soft toy form in our Saints Superstore and online.Priced at £14.99 he has already proved very popular for fans young and old.Towels All Around The WorldSaints velour beach towels rolled into store on Catalan matchnight fulfilling a number of customer requests made in the last few months.Whether it is Blackpool, Benidorm or Barbados…. you can show the world who you support by rolling out your Saints Beach Towel.Priced at £14.99New Products Landing Next Week Spring range of ISC Trainingwear in Grey / White / Lime Green. Includes Vest, Training Tee, Media Polo and Zipped Tech Hoody.Black/Red ISC Gillet.Royal Blue Performance Hoody.Saints Grey Marl Fashion Hoody.New Design Latte Mug.Limited Edition Cotton Shirts We were given a mid-April delivery date for the re-made Cotton Shirts. At the time of going to press this is still our delivery expectation but we are chasing ISC for a definite date asap. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.I am pleased to say most people have kept hold of their shirts awaiting the new stock. We will give the fans with the faulty shirts prior notice of the re-made stock to allow all swaps to take place before we put the shirt back into stock.Visit Saints Superstore at Langtree Park or online at for these and many more great Saints products.Support Saints – Buy from Saints.last_img read more

Pet Pals Meet Roxy A 5yearold Lab mix

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Today’s pet pal is a beautiful little pup who’s looking for a forever home.Meet Roxy. She is a 5-year-old Lab mix with a tan coat and a gorgeous smile. Roxy is already spayed and up to date on her shots. Now, she just needs a loving owner!- Advertisement – If you think Roxy could be the newest addition to your home, stop by and meet her at New Hanover County Animal Services.County residents can adopt for just $70.Adoption services are available between noon and 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday or on Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.Related Article: Pet Pals: 5-year-old pug mixTo see other animals available for adoption, click here.last_img read more

Popup market benefits those affected by grocery store fire

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — When a grocery store in Wilmington burned down in the beginning of May, it left a void for those in the Greenfield neighborhood who relied on it. Over the weekend, Support the Port and Nourish NC got together to hold a pop-up farmers market for those affected.Everybody’s Supermarket was destroyed by fire on May 2, along with the rest of Village Plaza. It was a blow not only to business owners, but also to the local community.- Advertisement – “After the grocery store burned down, this area instantly turned into a food desert,” said Support the Port founder Cedric Harrison.“You have elderly folks, you have people that are handicapped in wheelchairs. Think about your grandmother, your aunties, your uncles carrying loads of goods,” said Harrison.That’s why Support the Port and Nourish NC stepped up to hold a pop-up farmers market over the weekend just a short walk from where Everybody’s Supermarket once stood.Related Article: Petition pushes for grocery store to replace Everybody’s SupermarketJakeema Boykin with Step Up Wilmington was happy that she could help contribute to a positive event for the community.“We got stuff for everybody, whether it be food, or outreach programs, or just outreach programs. Everything that’s going on in the community is going on right here.”At the entrance, attendees were given bags and fake money they could use to buy real items.The Salvation Army served a free breakfast, and kids could jump in a bouncy house or get their faces painted. There was even a performance by members of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra.“I’m having a great time, the kids are having a good time, there’s a lot of people out here that are hungry, and I’m glad that they’re doing that for them mostly,” said one attendee.Harrison says the event was a big success and he hopes to create something more permanent in the near future.If you’d like more information or find out how you can help, click here to go to Support the Port’s website.last_img read more

Snows Cut Bridge closed as Florence rips through region

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The bridge to Pleasure Island is closed.The Town of Carolina Beach said Snow’s Cut Bridge closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic at 10:30 p.m. Thursday because of weather conditions. A curfew remains in effect for Carolina Beach and Kure Beach.- Advertisement – Ahead of the storm, officials said the bridge would close when sustained winds reached 45 mph.Click here to find out what point bridges around the region will close if at all.last_img

Craft brewers wholesalers lift glass to distribution deal

first_img The agreement “marks a new day in building a strong industry-based economic model for all craft beer businesses,” Susan Ford, co-owner of NoDa Brewing Co. in Charlotte. “Out of conflict has grown resolution to establish a framework that allows existing and new microbreweries to become economic engines for our state and provide a clear pathway to grow and prosper.”Right now third-party distributors take over all sales, marketing and pricing of a brewer’s products at retailers once the brewery sells more than 25,000 barrels in a year — roughly equivalent to what can fill an Olympic-size swimming pool.Lawmakers had declined to change the limit, which was supported by state’s beer and wine wholesalers group. NoDa and Olde Mecklenburg Brewery sued in 2017, arguing the limit was unconstitutional and stifled competition by discouraging companies from exceeding the hard cap. Craft brewers, which formed an advocacy group to fight the limit, joined the well-established wholesalers’ as political donors to legislators in the influence game.Related Article: North Carolina asks Congress for $8.8B in Florence recoveryThe agreement, if signed into law, would end the litigation, according to industry attorneys. The legislation would allow the creation of a new classification of brewers that can self-distribute up to 50,000 barrels a year. While these mid-sized brewers would still be able to sell up to 100,000 barrels, distributions above the first 50,000 barrels would have to be performed by a wholesaler.Ford said the proposal, which also continues to exempt sales at the brewery or at three other affiliated retailers from the limit, will give her brewery more options to expand, even statewide with the use of a distributor.“We have never been anti-distributor,” Ford said. “We want the choice to decide what direction we go. This bill definitely gives it to us.”Ford said NoDa and Olde Mecklenburg are likely the only craft breweries currently close to the 25,000-barrel cap, but signs points to more bumping up against it without a change. The number of craft breweries in the state has grown from 45 in 2010 to over 200 today, and the environment has attracted larger breweries like Sierra Nevada to build its East Coast operations in North Carolina.The agreement, reached over lengthy negotiations, will help keep North Carolina remain a destination location for malt beverages, North Carolina Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association CEO Tim Kent said.“It’s great news for consumers, craft brewers and wholesalers alike,” Kent said. “North Carolina is going to continue to be a leader in the craft beer industry.”Craft beer sales increased nationwide in 2017 while overall sales fell, according to the Brewers Association, a national organization representing small and independent brewers. Kent pointed to data showing the beer industry directly creating over 6,000 jobs in the state, and with suppliers and other transactions added generating $11 billion in total economic output.The legislation could be on tap in House and Senate committees as early as next week, according to Rep. David Lewis of Harnett County and Sen. Bill Rabon of Brunswick County. Each leads the powerful rules committee in his respective chamber. Craft Beer (Photo: Paul Joseph / CC BY 2.0) RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Small North Carolina brewers and alcohol wholesalers raised glasses on Thursday to what they call a legislative compromise that allows small breweries to keep control of their products longer as they grow.Legislators from both political parties and industry representatives announced an agreement in General Assembly bills filed this week to let small craft breweries sell double the amount of their beer annually on their own compared to what current law allows.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Michela to sing at the Eurovision finals

first_imgThe final of the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be happening at 9:00pm tonight, at Tel Aviv in Israel.Michela Pace, represening Malta, will be the first to sing her song ‘Chameleon’. 26 countries will be participating in the final. The last time Malta passed to this stage of the competition was in 2016, when Ira Losco sang ‘Walk on Water’.The famous singer and artist Madonna will also be performing during tonight’s show, singing ‘Like A Prayer’, 30 years after it was originally produced.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

When will the revised fuel station policy be put into motion –

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) Member of Parliament Jason Azzopardi has requested a meeting so that the Parliamentary Environment Committee is informed about when the newly revised policy regarding fuel stations will start taking place.Read: Revised fuel station policy: Intentionally ambiguous or not properly reviewed? – KAOn a Facebook post, Azzopardi told the Committee Chairperson to call for a meeting. He added that the last meeting to take place regarding the revised Fuel Stations Policy was on the 25th of April 2018.Azzopardi explained that the Planning Authority (PA) published the proposed revised policy at the end of April 2019. He added that public submissions closed on 14th June 2019.Watch: Minister says fuel stations policy will be up and running by AprilIt was also mentioned that there are currently applications regarding fuel stations in front of the PA. Azzopardi mentioned that with the original 2015 fuel station policy, there is nothing stopping this application from taking place.The Member of Parliament also requested that civil societies would be asked to attend and participate in this discussion.Moviment Graffiti had asked the PA to pause all applications for fuel stations till the new revised policy is put in place.Read: Petrol Stations Policy to be revised following pressure from GraffitiWatch: Graffitti calls out PA delays on Fuel Station policyWhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more