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Friday, March 18, 2016 10TH ANNUAL NATIONAL LEADERSHIP FORUM Southeastern University is proud to bring together elite leadership experts for the 10th Annual Leadership Forum. Join us on the Southeastern campus to hear presentations by five renowned speakers who are sure to educate and engage those seeking to strengthen their leadership skills. Tickets are on sale now! The 2016 Forum will kick off Friday morning and will consist of presentations by outstanding speakers throughout the day. Also, save the date for the Forum Scholarship Gala, which raises much needed funds to support the SEU student scholarship programs. LT. COL. OLIVER NORTH, combat decorated Marine, best-selling author, and host of War Stories, will be the keynote speaker at the Scholarship Gala dinner following the Forum on March 18.
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very community has its own brand of unique. Lakeland is no different. We, along with our neighbors in Winter Haven, are the nation’s most generous community. We boast the world’s largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. We are home to Publix, one of the nation’s largest private companies. We have swans from the Queen of England. We are Southern and hipster. We are young, and we are old. We are traditional, but we love to push the boundaries. Yes, Lakeland is unique. This December, The Lakelander celebrates that uniqueness with the first annual Lakelander Made awards. Through this effort, we honor the creative spirit that thrives in our city. We salute the craftsmen and women who make and mold, stitch and bake, weld and forge their fine crafts to perfection — all right here in Lakeland. We hope you find time to visit each and every one of them. Take a moment to learn about their inspiration and why they, too, love Lakeland. Maybe you’ll even pick up a gift or two from our list. There’s something for everyone in the pages that follow: hostess gifts, holiday gifts, thank-you gifts, treat-yourself gifts, and more. Wishing you many happy memories this holiday season, Alice and Tina
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EDITORIAL BIOS ALICE V. KOEHLER, EDITOR, DIRECTOR OF CONTENT Alice Koehler is a longtime Lakeland resident, graduate of Florida Southern College, returned Peace Corps volunteer, mother, and lifelong learner. In 2013, she graduated from Leadership Lakeland Class 30. In 2014, she added MBA to the end of her name. Today, Alice is currently a senior market manager for the American Cancer Society where she gets to see more birthdays celebrated every year by supporting and implementing efforts that help our neighbors get well and stay well, find cures, and fight back. In her free time, she enjoys adventure seeking, memory making, joy giving, bargain hunting, community building, mind bending, knowledge acquiring, and soul filling.
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Originally from the North, Kristin first made her way to Lakeland to study at Southeastern University where she graduated with a music degree. Through an array of career experiences, including the role of commuter coordinator at SEU and a short-lived stint as a yoga instructor, a passion for writing emerged. Kristin’s publication and editorial work includes grant writing for the nonprofit organization LifeNet and various positions held at Relevant Media Group. To see more of Kristin’s work, go to kristincrosby.com and vitalmagazine.com where she is a frequent contributor.
PHOTOGRAPHER BIOS TINA SARGEANT, EDITOR, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Tina Sargeant has been professionally capturing the moments, events, and people of our region for the last seven years and photographing for The Lakelander since issue one. Tina’s photography is driven by the ability to suspend time and create emotion, and her work embodies a passion for anthropology – people, culture, and stories. sargeantstudios.com
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Jordan Weiland is a longtime Lakeland resident. She spends her time photographing weddings and dancing around the house (poorly) with her four-year-old daughter and husband. She graduated from Florida State University with a degree in studio art and has photographed weddings for several years. She loves the visual art of storytelling, which is why she loves taking on The Lakelander photography assignments in between photographing couples in love. jordanweiland.com
Growing up, Tiffani Jones could never get lost in the wonder of a storybook. Then one day she realized she could let her mind imagine a wondrous story through imagery. Photography gives Tiffani a tangible voice with her audience. After a wonderful 15year nursing career, she left the art of nursing for the art of creating. She’s a life-long Lakelander where she raises three energetic children with her husband. iamtiffanijones.com
Jason Stephens is a native Florida boy who lives in Lakeland with his beautiful wife, Jess, and daughter Isla. Whether it’s from 500 feet up in a helicopter, on a boat cutting through the water, or locked down on a tripod, Jason loves to be behind the camera capturing the moments that pass in front of his lens. jasonstephensphotography.com
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Staging – the Art of Selling Sooner than Later
Home staging, the act of preparing your home for the sale, has been proven to reduce the time your home is on the market. Increasing the ease in which potential buyers and realtors move through and view your home is invaluable. Gate Arty and the Group understand that the wait between listing and selling can be reduced by purposeful and thoughtful staging. The following are actions you should take to increase showings, attract more interest, and potentially sell your home sooner than later.
Regardless of how interesting you are, buyers need room and space to imagine themselves making dinner in your kitchen, watching t.v. in your living room, and grilling in your backyard. Anything that reminds them of you will distract them from dreaming – maybe to the point of not buying your home. Replacing family photos with photos of landscapes will help.
Curb Appeal Walk across the street and look at your home. When you pull into your driveway, notice what is naturally in your view. What catches your eye? What needs attention? • A clean, well-manicured lawn is crucial for curb appeal • Power wash exterior areas that need to be brightened up • A new mailbox and new house numbers add warmth and appeal • If the front door is marked or weathered, repaint it
Invest to Sell Sooner than Later • Touch up paint • Replace door handles/knobs, welcome mats, and bathroom rugs • Remove anything that may have an off-putting aroma • Consider having your home professionally deep-cleaned
Begin with the End in Mind The goal of everything you do is to make your home neutral, open, and uncluttered. Make the space as available to their imagination as possible. Your listing agent is experienced and ready to partner with you on how to best stage your home for the most efficient and effective outcome.
Declutter Begin by deciding what you don’t want to move to your new home. Give these items away to a nonprofit. Remember to go through your garage and attic. Pack everything you want to move to your new home but won’t need anytime soon. Examples include holiday decorations, books, linens, crafts, seasonal clothes, children’s toys, extra furniture, bikes, etc.
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In recent years, Lakeland has welcomed some incredible homegrown businesses that chose this city as their base of operations and inspiration. These businesses contribute to our identity as a community, make Lakeland unique, and add to our flavor. They are part of what makes us proud to be Lakelanders. To celebrate the crafted goods these entrepreneurs create, The Lakelander proudly presents Lakelander Made. Throughout the summer, The Lakelander collected nominations in the following categories from readers and fans: Taste, Culture, Style, and Shelter. All entries were evaluated on the following criteria:
Innovativeness, demonstrated creativity, and originality of idea • Originality and level of creativity • Clearly identifiable customer need • Customer value and usability
Workmanship • Quality of materials used • Attention and care paid to product details and/or customer satisfaction • Level of craftsmanship involved in production
Appearance • Unique design aesthetic • Visual appeal of product packaging • Compelling logo and/or typography
Embodiment of Lakelander Made theme • Use of local components and processes • Engagement of local community In the pages that follow, you’ll meet the people behind the products. As you read, we hope you discover something new, craft your holiday gift giving around locally grown and made products, and be inspired by the creative energy in our city!
It’s not a food drive. It’s a food convoy. A convoy has the potential to involve the entire community! • Publix Super Markets Charities is donating $1.5 million to help 12 Feeding America food bank members acquire refrigerated delivery trucks. • Publix Super Markets, Inc., has been recognized as a Visionary Partner of Feeding America for its food donations through its Perishable Recovery Program. Publix will be making a special donation of 12 tractor-trailers full of food to complement Publix Super Markets Charities’ gift. • You can help! Participate in the Food for All program at your neighborhood Publix. At checkout, you’ll have the opportunity to donate to support food assistance programs. ®
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PERFECTLY IMPERFECT MODERN FURNISHINGS By Kristin Crosby • Photography by Jason Stephens
When Jon and Sarah Bucklew began to furnish their 1970s’ suburban home, they sought pieces that were both rugged and livable. Unable to find just the right thing, the furniture company Seventeen20 was born. Using responsibly sourced materials, each piece is handcrafted to be “perfectly imperfect.” The couple’s designs seek to marry modern minimalism with industrial toughness, inspired by their travels across the globe ( Jon as a touring musician and the drummer for Copeland, and Sarah through her work in technology education). After living in Lakeland over 20 years, this couple agrees that their unique venture in this city arrived at a timely season. The Lakelander: What inspired to you both to launch Seventeen20? Sarah: A love for design and money. Not a love for money! [laughs] A need for money. Jon: It started because we were doing a remodel of our master bathroom. Sarah found a tub she wanted, and it was more than what we had budgeted for the bathroom remodel. (We don’t borrow money. That’s 30
a big thing in our lives.) So we were either going to sell something, wait until we had enough money to afford the tub we wanted, or pick a different tub. So, Sarah decided we should sell our dining table I had just made, to cover the cost of the tub. And my response was, “Well, what are we going to eat on?” And she said, “Well, you can just make us another table.” So I said, “Fair enough. Where are we going to sell a table like this in Lakeland?” She said, “We probably can’t, so we’ll try Etsy.” I figured Etsy was just yarn, beads, and sewing. But we found quite a few furniture makers on there, so we decided to list our table for sale. To do that, you have to come up with a shop name. So we named it after our house address, 1720, but that was taken, so we decided to spell out Seventeen20, which wasn’t taken. In about three or four months, we had a request to make the table in different dimensions. After selling a couple of made-to-order pieces, we sold the original piece and decided to take photos of a bed I made and put that for sale on Etsy. Then we decided we would build this coffee table I’ve been wanting to build and list that for sale. It just kind of grew from there.
We listed our first product around my birthday in November 2011, sold our first piece in February 2012, and by August 2012, I had so many orders I had to rent a warehouse. That’s when we thought, “Ok, I guess this is a business.” TL: How long have you been working on your craft? Sarah: Jon made our bed when we got married, as a wedding present. And then he made a dresser for our first apartment. Jon: I’ve always felt more comfortable with a drill and a screwdriver in my hands than a set of crayons. My dad and I always used tools, and when I was 18 I had a job with my friend’s brother’s company welding trailer frames together and learned how to work with steel. So, it’s just always been something I’ve done. Just never professionally, until now. The business really grew out of necessity. Both of us have traveled so much and been exposed to a lot of great design and a lot of cool furniture at a lot of cool hotels and restaurants. Sarah: In modern design, there is this
“modern” that is very pristine but not very livable. Then there’s modern that is too mid-century. I love mid-century, but it feels too precious, almost like doll furniture. And we’re like, “We have a big dog, we need stuff that is durable.” Jon: And you have a big husband. I need to be able to dance on the table without it falling down. Sarah: [smiling] We need something that is livable. But we couldn’t find something we liked. So a lot of the design came out of, “I want that, but more like this …” Jon: That and the fact that we didn’t want to pay for such expensive furniture all the time. So I would just make it. Sarah: I think eventually we would like to do light fixtures as well. Maybe more house things … Jon: Eventually, we will. We’re growing slowly with our product line. We have to look back and see it’s been three and a half years since I sold my first piece ... Sarah: ... which we called The Original. And there are certain pieces that have similar lines. So then we’ll come up with a name that captures them. We have the Bento Box collection and that came out of the idea of a bento box. I had stayed at this hotel in New York, in the Meatpacking District, and their room service came in bento boxes — for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s so cute! And the way Jon does joinery is called box joinery. So from “box,” to “bento,” it just kind of spurred the idea for the name. We try to see things that have similar lines, similar colors or like how this table [referring to the conference table in Concord Coffee] uses this really large steel. This is called the Concord table. So anything that’s going to have this large steel, we will likely call Concord. Jon: We’re very creative with our names. Sarah: Yeah, we like things really simple, so [she says with a laugh] the names are all really simple. Jon: We definitely gravitate to a design that has clean lines, is very industrial, but livable, takes a beating, and looks good doing it. But I think the hardest part about what we do is making it as simple as 32
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possible. Like, how do you have a table that’s standing 12 feet and looks like it has no structure underneath it? TL: What is unique about Seventeen20, compared to other places people might be buying? Sarah: Well, obviously in our area, it’s going to be the fact that it’s handmade. In Central Florida, people are going to shop primarily at stores where things are imported (not that that’s bad), but things are mass produced. They’re made in China and then they’re sent over here. So the biggest unique quality is that our furniture is handmade. And, too, I think it’s the restrain. There’s this famous Chanel quote, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” Her idea is, don’t overdo it. And that’s sort of how we look at it: What can we remove to make it more clean and simple? I think a lot of design often has too many details and is over complicated — just too much. Our aesthetic is much simpler. Some might think it’s too simple (laughs). It’s very minimalist. 34
TL: What’s the most interesting part of working in Lakeland? With all the traveling you’ve both done, why did you choose to stay here? Jon: I think we’ve been kind of courted to move outside of Lakeland. But, at this point, we’re staying here because we’re rooted here. I think we’ve both been here so long and are so well-connected. Sarah: And I like the opportunity you have here. Of course, you could go to places like Portland, or Brooklyn, or even Asheville, where there’s more of an artisanal community going on. So I feel Lakeland is nice, where it’s still kind of a secret that there is such a creative community here. It’s like the coolest place to go that nobody knows about ... yet. You don’t have to be cool to be here. You can be yourself. But you can be creative and you’re welcomed. And we really like that. Jon’s been here 30 years, and I’ve been here 20, so it’s like, “Wow! I can’t believe I’m old enough to say I’ve lived here 20 years.”
Jon: I don’t think Lakeland is ever pretentious, and I like that about it. Though with this business, we actually sell such few pieces in Florida as a whole, so we don’t have to be anywhere specific. Our storefront is our website. We don’t have any physical presence here, other than I rent a warehouse. But really, all the traveling we’ve done and all the places we could be, is one of the reasons we’re here. I think I’ve learned, no matter where you live, there’s going to be something you love about it and something you hate. I used to want to get out of Lakeland, but I feel that traveling has made me appreciate staying here more. TL: What is the creative process in designing pieces for Seventeen20? Jon: I think one of the reasons we’ve been successful is that we’ve offered specific products and given people a way to purchase them on our website and leave without having to go back and forth figuring out a customized design and pricing. When they come to visit, we have size options,
finish options, and already designed pieces, so our customers can select pieces that will go in their space and a size that will fit in their space. It’s like this marriage between custom and factory products. Sarah: A lot of times we do get requests, like, “I love this table, but I want it as a desk.” Or, we have a media console and some will request, “We would like to mount it on the wall.” And that has caused us to think, “OK, if we can do that, why don’t we do this!” And it’s kind of spurred on ideas for more design. So, we do a lot of custom work. Jon: We like to stay within the realms of our current designs, so we customize dimensions a lot and make some alterations. And then, for hospitality and for the trade, we’ll go a little further into customizations, where we’re talking about larger installations, restaurants, hospitality industry, that kind of thing. We’ll do complete custom designs for something like that. Sarah: And a lot of our ideas come from what we’re looking for. Because we’re still remodeling our house, it’ll be things like, “OK, I really want to work on this room, and we need a desk or a table.” That process will cause us to work on something new. I’ll have an idea. Jon is really good at using Sketchup to design our pieces in 3-D so that I can visualize it. I’m not really good at drawing, but I’ll have a vision and then I’ll try to explain it. And he’ll design and say, “Are you saying this?” So we’ll go back and forth. Jon: It works really well, because I think very structurally. So when I think of design, I think of how capable this is to accomplish structurally. And she thinks more in terms of, “Who cares
about that? I want it to look like this.” When I design something, Sarah pushes me further. Then I’ll try and argue, and she’ll push me to the point that I have to figure out how to make something work within that realm. So I think it works really well. Sarah: Yeah, it’s a good team! Even in our house, we have a bathroom where I wanted to have a concrete counter, where the sink sits on it. But I wanted it to look like was floating. So we have this solid concrete counter that weighs, what, 300 pounds or something? Jon: Yeah, so instantly I just think about water falling and making it go down the sides and things. And easy solutions to it. But, no. Sarah: No, I wanted it to float. Jon: She just kept pushing me until we found a solution. So we tore up the walls, and we did this big steel structure, and doubled up the studs, and now we have floating concrete counter tops in our bathroom. So, the result of her pushing me is … good. Sarah: But sometimes [she says, smiling] ... Jon: Yeah, I can get grumpy. It’s kind of funny. TL: Do you have a thing or person who is a muse for Seventeen20? Sarah: I would say our house. Jon: Primarily, the house we’re living in. We’re still remodeling. Sarah: We want to stock it with pieces that
are cool, and we don’t want to shop only at CB2 and West Elm. (We like what they’re doing. Their designs are always very affordable.) Jon: And we’re seven years into our fiveyear plan for the interior. But life has thrown us a new business and a lot of changes, so probably once we get to the outside (which is the next five-year plan), then Seventeen20 will start making outdoor furniture [laughs]! Sarah: But it inspires us to make new things. Until the house is done. Jon: Yeah, then we’ll have to buy another house to keep expanding the business. Though I really do get inspired by some of the industrial pieces we make. We’re working right now on a piece that’s for a restaurant set to open up soon in Williamsburg (Brooklyn, New York). So we’re being challenged to work with some new materials, some new concepts and design, which is great! So rather than just putting a picture in our portfolio, we’ll begin to work that concept into more products. TL: How do most of your customers find you? Is it mainly through word of mouth? Jon: Well, we did the Architectural Digest Home Design show in New York. And we also did Dwell on Design, which is Dwell’s design show. So I think those two gave us a bit more credibility. And we’re in Dwell magazine pretty consistently, so I think that affiliation gives us an exposure that we wouldn’t have had otherwise. Dwell is actually giving away one of our products as a Christmas gift this year — a dining room table, that will be featured in the issue.
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LAKELANDER MADE MAKERS OF NOTE 1. DOGHOUSE FORGE knives
doghouseforge.com Featured on the The Lakelander’s November/December 2014 cover, Doghouse Forge specializes in artistic bladesmithery, ranging from culinary, outdoor, and custom-made knives. Products from their culinary and outdoor lines are in-stock and ready to purchase. See doghouseforge.com for more info. -
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WALT CANNOY PIPES A HANDCRAFTED PASTIME
By Kristin Crosby • Photography by Tiffani Jones
The nostalgic scent of a pipe smoking often brings to mind the things of yesteryear. In many ways, our current culture is gravitating toward the genteel and old-fashioned customs of the generations before us. Likewise, pipe smoking has found its way back into the interests of many a common man, though never has a pipe been so uncommon. The global intrigue of the oldest form of smoking tobacco has become an art form all its own. A fine maker of this rare trade and refined tradition can be found right here in Lakeland. Or better yet, in Walt Cannoy’s backyard, in a small studio shed. Owner and founder, Walt Cannoy, and his fine handcrafted pipes are in demand around the world. Yet Lakeland remains the home for him and his craft.
The Lakelander: What was the inspiration for starting Walt Cannoy Pipes? Walt: It was a large combination of things. I suppose it all started when I was fresh out of high school. A couple of my friends and I got into cigars. The big 1990s’ cigar boom was going on. Everyone was getting into cigars, and I had to be like everyone else. When I’d go to the local cigar shop, every time I walked in I’d smell the pipes. And, growing up, I had an uncle who smoked pipes. Every time we went to his house, it had that nice aroma of pipe smoke. Going into the cigar shop brought back those memories for me, and I kinda caved in and said, “Hmm, I think I’ll start smoking a pipe.” So I started pipe smoking. But, you know, there are a lot of different levels and price ranges of pipes, and the pipes I was
attracted to at the time were very expensive, much more than I could afford. I had noticed a pipe-carving kit on the shelf [at this pipe shop], which was essentially a block of wood with holes drilled in it and a stem stuck in it. And I said, “I think I’ll try making myself a fine and fancy, expensivelooking pipe.” So I bought the carving kit, brought it home, and sat down with a couple of files, some sandpaper, and worked on that for a couple of weeks. Finally, I got to a point where I said, “OK, I’m finished with it. It’s not exactly how I want it to look, but I made this thing. And I think I like it.” The whole process of it really intrigued me. I liked sitting down and making something with my own two hands and having a finished product at the end, for better or for
worse. So, at that point, I was kind of hooked and went back to the cigar shop to buy another one of those pipe-carving kits. I bought another kit and made another pipe out of it. And bought another kit and made another pipe out of it. Until finally, they ran out of pipe kits for me to buy. Then I went out and found some more block, drilled the holes myself. I had to go find stems to put in them. And it kind of all went downhill from there. I started making pipes on the side, while I was going to school and selling AT&T wireless phones from a kiosk in a Walmart and working at a manufacturing plant that made equipment. TL: So have you always been interested in building things? Walt: Yeah! Oh wow, man. Yeah, growing up I think I was always building things and taking things apart as well. Because pretty much anything electronic or mechanical (or really anything that had a screw in it), I wanted to take apart and see what was inside of it. Growing up, I was in the gifted program and
all that fun stuff in school, and everybody was always telling me, “You’re going to do great things!” and this and that. And I suspect, though I’ve never asked my father about this, at one time my parents must have been told, “Whatever your son wants to do to express himself creatively, let him do it.” Because, man! I tore up the place. I painted a mural on my bedroom wall without permission, and they didn’t say anything about it! As one of five kids, we all had a bit of a knack for some creativity. But I was always the one making stuff, like a cheese-grater robot, and robot arms out of paper. So, obviously coming from that, once I started making a couple of pipes, I was hooked. TL: When did you see you had the potential to launch this as a full-time business? Walt: It all happened gradually. I started out making pipes for myself in my spare time, then to making them for friends, then to having people say, “Hey can I buy that?” It had evolved to a point where I had to ask myself, “Do I go to a job that I hate? Or, can I better spend this time making
pipes for people who will pay me for them?” And yeah, that’s when I knew I’d be making pipes. TL: What makes Walt Cannoy pipes unique as compared to mainstream pipes? Walt: Mostly what you will find are factorymade pipes. Someone takes a piece of wood and they stick it in the machine, they hit a button, and it does most of the shaping. So, mostly, you have less-expensive factory pipes. There are some middle-range, middle-class, I guess you would say, handmade pipes in town, but none quite as refined as the pipes I produce. If you think of it in terms of automobiles, I have a line which is my Bentley. Those are the “Cannoy” pipes; my signature pipe, with my name on it. And then I have a line that is more like a Cadillac. They’re not quite as expensive as a Bentley, but those are what I call my “Cardinal House” pipes, and this is actually my focus currently. I launched this line just last year. The Walt Cannoy pipes have been pushed back to a part-time gig, so those are made when I’m done with my day job, focused on Cardinal House pipes.
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A LOT OF MY INSPIRATION COMES FROM WHAT I WANT TO SEE IN A PIPE I WOULD OWN. EVERY PIPE I MAKE FOR MYSELF. I MAKE SOMETHING THAT’S GOING TO APPEAL TO MY TASTE, BECAUSE I TRUST MY OWN JUDGMENT AND MY OWN ARTISTIC ASSESSMENTS.
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Currently, I get a lot of orders from Japan, Singapore, China, and the Middle East. I send a lot of pipes to Kuwait. I have loyal customers all around the world, though I actually have very few requests in Florida. TL: How do all these people find you? Walt: I get a lot of exposure on Instagram. It’s pretty popular in the pipe community. I also have so much direct demand. I mostly sell off of my website, and online retailers at tobaccopipes. com and smokingpipes.com (based in South Carolina) who are probably the most prestigious retailers of pipes in the world. They just opened an office in China. I’ve had a long relationship with those guys, and the exposure they give me is beyond my own reach. TL: What is your creative process like in launching these individual lines? Walt: Creating a Cannoy Pipe (which is what I call my Bentley Pipes) can be a pretty long
process. Most of it starts with my drawings in my sketch book. I’ve got some pretty crazy ideas and some not-so-crazy ideas. It starts with interesting shapes. And I’ll just play around with shapes and lines until I see something that catches my eye that I’m attracted to. TL: What, or who, would you say is your muse? Walt: A lot of my inspiration comes from what I want to see in a pipe I would own. Every pipe I make for myself. I make something that’s going to appeal to my taste, because I trust my own judgment and my own artistic assessments, if you will. So I’ve learned to rely on that and basically make a pipe I would want for myself. But, unfortunately, when I finish it, I have to turn around and sell it. TL: What would you say is the best part of working and creating in Lakeland? Walt: Living in Lakeland is all-around
fantastic. Especially in this part of town, where you get out and drive around. My drive to downtown, to get a cup of coffee at Black & Brew (those guys are my friends) is the best. The route is full of palm trees, the lake, you’ve got Florida Southern College, the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings (fantastic stuff to look at). You go up Success Avenue and you’ve got the historic-district homes, and then you see the swans and the ducks. The city is not so big that you get lost in it. It’s big enough to offer a large local community to be involved in, but not so big that you’re lost within that community. Man, what’s not to like about it? TL: What is your favorite place in Lakeland? Walt: Well, I’ve spent many, many, many hours sitting downtown at Black & Brew, watching cars go by, talking to people. Favorite place to hang out? Yeah, that would be it.
To purchase a Walt Cannoy pipe, got to tobaccopipes. com and smokingpipes.com. Custom orders can also be made at waltcannoy.com.
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LAKELANDER MADE MAKERS OF NOTE 1. ELIZABETH HULTS It’s Five O’clock Somewhere elizabethmakes.com As designer of the much-loved logos for The Poor Porker, Campfire Coffee, and Concord Coffee (to name just a few), Elizabeth Hults’ talents cover a broad range of concepts, from somber to carefree, strong to delicate. A graduate of Florida Southern’s Graphic Design and Studio Art programs, Elizabeth is a full-time freelance designer. Her works can now be found at 801 E. Main, The Poor Porker’s new location, where she has also played an essential role in bringing the space to life. -
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4. MARNI’S STAINED GLASS Self-portrait
314 North Kentucky Avenue Marni Johnson’s glass work has adorned churches, homes, and stores around town for years. The piece featured here has been displayed at several art competitions and is a self-portrait of the artist. Her work is custom-made to fit entry ways, windows, and design criteria. To see more of Marni’s work and discuss custom orders, stop by her shop, Home Essentials on North Kentucky Avenue, or contact her studio at 863.687.2718.
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A HUMBLE CAFE SERVES UP HEARTY TASTES By Kristin Crosby • Photography by Tina Sargeant
Originally from Ankara, Turkey, Berna Nar has been preparing Turkish organic meals at Café Zuppina for the past six years. (In fact, when Berna sat down to talk with The Lakelander, it was exactly six years ago to the day that she and her husband, Erkan, opened the restaurant.) For three years, Café Zuppina has been rated the top restaurant in Lakeland, bringing visitors and tourists from all over the nation to the doors of this humble restaurant. And though the setting may often be described as small and meek, Berna’s fresh creations and warm, rich spirit keep customers coming back. The Lakelander: What inspired you to start Café Zuppina? Berna: We were in Plant City first, for seven
years, running a sandwich shop. And then we decided to move to Lakeland. Lakeland is more of a city. It’s kind of a little city. So we thought maybe an ethnic restaurant would work here. I was originally looking for a soup place, maybe soups and little salads. But I always wanted to make something different, something healthy. Wherever you go, you always eat the standard food. It’s always the same things, mashed potatoes or broccoli. But there were no different veggies. And I said, “Why don’t they eat veggies?” But even if you go to Mexican or Italian [restaurants], it’s always the same thing. So I said, “I will do something different.” Even when I put celery root on the menu, so many people said, “Why would you put that on? They will not like it!” But I said, “I will try.” And it worked.
A lot of people ask, “Why is this Zuppina?” I had lived and studied in Italy for many years, and I know my Italian. And when I entered this location that we decided on, I thought “I’ll make soup — and call it Zuppa.” But this can’t even be that, because it’s so small. So, in Italian you add ina and it’s smaller. But I said “I can do this! I will start in the small.” Really, I think I’m here because of the Brussels [sprouts]. Everybody loves the Brussels. When I started Café Zuppina, you couldn’t find Brussels sprouts in any Lakeland restaurant. No one else made them. Here we make mostly veggies, almost no bread. In classic Turkish food, you will find bread. But I don’t do that. The more you eat healthy, the less you need to go to the doctor’s, right?
When I first moved here to Lakeland, I had to stay here because of some health issues I needed treatments for. And soon I was sitting at home and thinking, “I don’t want to sit here and worry. I have some health issues. I have some problems. I can’t do this. I need to work.” I’ve always worked in restaurants, and they always have the same thing. There’s something missing. And I wanted to try something different. TL: What’s unique about the food at Café Zuppina? Berna: Vegetables, and fewer grains. The more vegetables you eat, the healthier you’ll be. People always come in and ask for a kids’ menu. I tell them, “There is no kids’ menu, no nuggets.” But they like what I do! The kids love the way I cook the vegetables. I cook a lot of my dishes similar to how they were cooked when I was raised. At the time (when you’re a child), you think you don’t care, but you remember. Whatever happens in the family, it remains in your mind. We used so many vegetables in our home. In Turkey they’re very important, very fresh. It’s like nature is your home. And I find variety here, too. If you
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look, you can find it. But the thing is, here, no one knows how to cook it! And we also serve chicken, beef, lamb, salmon, and Icelandic herring (when I can find it fresh). With all of our platters, Brussels always come. They are our signature veggie. TL: What is your favorite part of working in Lakeland? Berna: It’s a great community, great people. I love all of my customers. They’ve supported me from the very beginning. When they take the love that I give to the food, they answer. The food is like medicine to a sick person, and it brings them health. The people I cook for have healed me, actually, with their love, with their support, with their warm words. It’s a big love here. TL: What is your creative process like? What inspires your meals? Berna: Mainly the cooking I grew up around. I remember the big weekend parties with family — grandmother, aunts, everyone’s in the kitchen. Everyone is in the kitchen when the holidays come. This is a cooking time
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and an eating time. Holiday times are the most memorable times in people’s lives. You remember what is good, what is not good, what you hated that your mother cooked. I try to make a menu that meets all expectations. I mainly cook recipes from my mother, which are mostly vegetarian (but at the same time, with meat options). Sometimes I call my aunts in Turkey, and they remind me of different recipes I grew up with. When I put the food in the pan, I see the life. It’s so good for me. It’s a pleasure for me. I love hearing people enjoy my food; I know it brings life to them. This is the best thing. Not the money. Money is second. Of course, you make your living, but the satisfactions of the appreciation of the people … that is something else.
TL: What do you enjoy most about your cooking classes, which have become very popular in town? Berna: I love when people ask questions. I want to teach people how to cook fresh meals in 20 minutes, instead of eating the frozen stuff. You can cook fresh, and freeze that for later. The other products, we don’t know what they put inside. I want to teach people how to make good things for themselves quickly. I’ve been teaching for two and a half years, and people love it. The classes are always full. Now people know how to cook things other than potatoes and green beans. People always say they don’t have time. But how much time do you take on preparing a frozen meal? At least 30 minutes! It’s very easy to cook healthy. In January, I’m teaching a soup class where I’ll teach them how to make three soups and one entrée. I teach at least two classes a month. I want to stop sometimes, but everyone says, “No! We will not let you!” TL: What is your favorite place in Lakeland? Berna: We love Lake Hollingsworth and Lake Morton. When we have time (if I ever have time), we go and walk among the swans and ducks. My dream is actually to have a house on Hollingsworth one day. We love this place; it is home. Wherever you feel like home, it’s home. The more important thing is where you feel you belong. And my husband and I, and Café Zuppina, belong here. It is a joy serving the people.
For Café Zuppina’s hours, catering, and class schedule, go to cafezuppina.com.
LAKELANDER MADE MAKERS OF NOTE 1. A COW NAMED MOO ice cream sandwiches
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2. THE POOR PORKER beignets
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3. MEGA MERCADO tacos
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4. PATRIOT COFFEE Tanzania Peaberry
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RANE MADE A REFRESHING TAKE ON STYLE
By Kristin Crosby • Photography by Jordan Weiland
Rane Made’s feminine line of soft, drapey silhouettes comes as a refreshing take on style. A fifth-generation Lakelander, or what she calls “100% Lakeland,” Raney Wade is an accomplished musician and recent graduate of Southeastern University’s marketing program. Though Raney is young, she’s already experiencing great success. Her effortless and flattering silhouettes debuted as a pop-up shop at Concord Coffee’s Summer Nights this past season and have caught the eyes of many. Clearly, it hasn’t taken long for word to spread about Raney’s seamstress talents. The Lakelander: What inspired you to start Rane Made?
Raney: I had been doing alterations in high school, and I had a small embroidery business, too. I started making clothing about a year and a half ago. I actually made my first piece two years ago. It was blackstriped, sheer on the back, and a high crew neck with short sleeves, very flowy. One night, a friend was having trouble finding something to wear to an event. And I was like, “Here try this shirt on.” She did, and she loved it. Seeing my friend wear the shirt, seeing it on someone else, was really exciting. I had never seen someone else wear my clothes before. After that, I made my own shirt — technically, my second piece. I wore it to a conference at Southeastern University and got a lot of compliments. People were like,
“If you made them, I would buy them.” I started an Etsy shop for a while called Originally RAW (my initials are R.A.W.). So, I would sell a few pieces online, and that went OK. But Etsy isn’t super great for this. At least it wasn’t great for me. So I stopped it about the time I graduated. Then I started getting people saying, “Hey, I saw one of your shirts!” Or, “I like this shirt on your Instagram,” so I started it back up again. That’s when I started doing pop-up shops at Concord Coffee’s Summer Night Events under the name Rane. I eventually started calling my business Rane Made, because my handle was @ranemade — just really based on what was available. Then, I had a new graphic made and launched
the website October 31st. I have order forms online for certain items. And I do a little crochet wear as well, like beanies and scarves. TL: What would you say is unique about Rane Made as opposed to other clothing stores? Raney: Well, now everything I make is patterned, which is not something I used to do. And all my materials are hand cut from a bolt of fabric. My creations start as a piece of fabric and become something else entirely. I do everything in between. I cut it. I sew it. I tag it. I distribute it. Rane Made is kind of a one-man band. I guess the different appeal would be that Rane Made’s creations are handmade in the U.S. There’s no middle man; there’s no factory. Every piece is unique. Even if I pattern a piece, every little piece will have its own quirk, just based on sewing it, or if I like or don’t like something, or the fabric lays a different way than it laid before. I think that’s what makes Rane Made unique.
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now I’m ready to try something new and put it out there. My creative process has become a little bit more secure, as in if I put something out there and it goes great, then great! And if it doesn’t, then I just keep moving on, and I’m not waiting for someone to determine what move I make next. It’s just a bit more matured, I guess, than it used to be. Now I’m making more consistent amounts of certain pieces, like a series of pieces. There are certain shapes that work really well, and mostly, for me, that’s circles. I really don’t like pointy edges. So everything has very smooth lines. I do a lot of circles, a lot of round edges. And then I have my experiment pieces. I had a scarf online that was all leftover yarn. So I put it together and made this chunky crocheted scarf. I really value having a few one-of-a-kind pieces like that. I think those are the really fun ones. TL: Do you have a muse that inspires your work? Raney: I follow several small clothing companies on Instagram and some designers as well. I can’t remember all their names, but there is a crochet girl who lives in Nashville; she does only scarves and I get a lot of inspiration from her. But I follow a lot of designers and a lot of fashion bloggers. And then I follow a lot of people who I would consider to be stylish — not trendy, but classic. TL: What is your favorite place in Lakeland, or having grown up here, what do you love most about it? Raney: Community in Lakeland is something that I love. It’s a great place to grow up! I’ll remember things that my friends don’t know about, like the AMC theater or when Palm Cinema used to really be the two dollar theater (and now it’s not two dollars). When downtown wasn’t really cool and we didn’t have farmers markets. Lakeland is a small town, but it’s a fun place to start a business. Watching my dad be an entrepreneur and start another business, too, is very fun [Raney’s dad is third-generation owner of Day and Night Tire, and also owns J. Burns Pizza]. So I think once I made it through college and found some really good community, I made some really great friends. And I realized how encouraging Lakeland is of the entrepreneurial spirit. It just made it feel like home. So I didn’t really see anywhere else.
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Most of the Lakelander Made nominees highlighted in this issue have given our readers great ideas of how to shop locally and find unique gifts this holiday season. While many of them offer home goods and products geared toward loved ones that may be over the age of four, Papa’s Shop is a unique maker who caters to true childlike spirits. Founded by Vincent Cotton (aka Papa) and daughter Amy Allison, Papa’s Shop crafts children’s play pieces, such as kitchen stovetops and refrigerators, with a nostalgic finish. It’s likely any child that would enter Papa’s Shop just might mistake it for Santa’s workshop. The Lakelander: What inspired you to create Papa’s Shop?
Amy: In 2012, my daughter Evelyn was enrolled in the early childcare program at St. Paul Lutheran, and they were having their annual fundraiser. Her teacher wanted to create something special for their classroom, as an auction item, and she showed me a picture from Pinterest that was one of those DIY play kitchens that someone had made from an old television console. I looked at it and told her that my dad could make something like that, but even better. And he did. It was a big hit, and it just kind of started from there. We had the kitchens, we created the workbench which I just love, and the Mommy’s Little Helpers. We had a contest to name the business. We entered a few local craft fairs, which were encouraging, but we realized that they weren’t the best place to sell the play pieces.
So we went to New York last February for the Toy Industry Association’s Toy Fair. That was a lot of fun and put us in front of hundreds of retailers, and that’s also where we connected with Magna-Tiles. TL: How long have you been working in your craft? How did you get started? Papa (Vince): I was newly married — this was the early ’70s, in Pittsburgh — and was enjoying the short-lived affluence of a twopaycheck household before we had children. My brother-in-law, a loan officer at the local bank, persuaded me that the most important thing for me to do in the whole world was to establish good credit — I had to come see him right away and borrow some money. He may have been trying to make his monthly quota. The next thing I knew, I had what looked like the whole high school wood
shop crammed into a single-car garage. I bought table saws, a drill press, radial arm, disc and belt sander, all of it. The car was outside covered in a foot of snow. TL: Whatâ€™s unique about your creations? Papa: Out of the over 400 manufacturing companies at this yearâ€™s Toy Fair, only 17 were toys made in the USA. Just 17. That really struck us. So we are really proud that we can say we our products are made in the USA. Also, our products have been fully tested and comply with ASTM F963 stringent standards for toy safety. No heavy metals. No formaldehyde. No choking, pinching, or tipping hazards. Everything we produce is handmade, heavy-duty, solid, heirloom-quality furniture designed to be passed on to future generations.
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TL: Tell us about your creative process. Walk us through how you move from an idea to a finished product. Amy: Well, I have the easy part which is to pick paint colors and fabric. That’s something that I can have fun with all day long. And we make it clear on the website and when we talk to customers that fabrics will vary. We do not mass produce curtains. We also take custom orders for those customers who want to match the play kitchen with their own kitchen or whatever they may have in mind. The real creative process, I think, happens in the wood shop. Papa: I usually go straight to the shop with an idea, sketch out a rough design on the white paper I use to cover my work bench. This is mostly used to get the right proportion for the intended user. Then straight to the
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scrap pile and table saw. I like to see my vision take shape quickly in three dimensions. Then I study the rough mockup of the project, sleep on it a bit, usually have an epiphany about 4:00 a.m. The next mockup is more refined and can be used as a test piece. Back to the drawing board (work bench) to play Henry Ford and further refine the design and fabrication techniques. I strive to design a production process that gives consistent high quality, and is controlled and repeatable. TL: What’s the most enticing part of living, working, and creating in Lakeland? Papa: I have a comfortable, year-round, open-air shop where I spend countless hours creating fun stuff. I don’t have to dig the car out from under a foot of snow. I don’t have to walk across town into a minus-14degree wind to peddle my wares. Amy: It’s a great time for Lakeland, in terms of creating and living. At one time — not even that long ago — it was hard to find something unique with all of the chain restaurants and big box stores. But that’s changing, and it’s exciting. TL: Where’s your favorite place in Lakeland? Amy: My favorite part of Lakeland is downtown, between the months of November and May, when the weather is cooler and there seems to be something happening every weekend. TL: Where can people purchase your items? Amy: They can visit our website at www.papasshop.com. Or they can call us at the shop at 863.640.3673.
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BORN & BREAD BAKEHOUSE BRINGING THE TRADITION OF BREAD TO THE CITY By Kristin Crosby • Photography by Tiffani Jones
In the past few years, food has taken on new meaning in Lakeland. Locals are finding a renewed appreciation of food and beverage as the craft experience and restaurant scene continue to grow. Jenn Smurr’s Born & Bread Bakehouse has given many Lakelanders a reason to arrive at the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market well before it even opens each Saturday, and has drawn in many visitors from outside of the city to get a taste of their own.
The Lakelander: What inspired you to create Born & Bread? Jenn: Well, for years I had been on a quest for purpose. Over the last five, I simply fell in love with cooking. In fact, every vacation now is pretty much planned around food and what I’ll eat in between “seeing the sites.” But the moment bread “clicked” for me was in Paris last spring, at a standingroom-only cafe where I had the best bread and butter of my life.
After an internship with artisanal bread maker Zak the Baker in Miami, Jenn returned to Lakeland to start Born & Bread Bakehouse. As she continues to sell out at the Downtown Farmers Curb Market every Saturday morning, it’s fair to say Born & Bread’s cruffins are the most sought-after baked goods in all of Lakeland.
TL: How long have you been working at your craft? How did you get started? Jenn: I started hard-core studying bread in May of 2014. I’ve since apprenticed under renowned Miami baker Zak Stern of Zak the Baker and worked with David Bauer of Farm & Sparrow in Asheville, North Carolina. Bread is equal parts science and
art. You can’t skip the studying. I’ll be forever learning. TL: What’s unique about your creations? Jenn: At the heart of what I make, it’s simple and traditional. Bread has been around for thousands of years and is one of the few foods that every culture has in common. My mission is to make traditional breads and pastries with flair. And since these types of breads require precise focus and are incredibly labor intense, they’re hard to find. TL: What’s the most enticing part of living, working, and creating in Lakeland? Jenn: The culture of community and togetherness. There are certain people every town needs: farmers, cobblers, bakers. The way I’ve been embraced is a sure sign that Lakeland was in need. Five years ago, I
wanted to be anywhere but here, and then it became magnetic. It’s the people, all of y’all! TL: Tell us a bit about your creative process. Walk us through how you get from an idea to your finished product. Jenn: Ohhhhh, girl. Sometimes it’s as easy as thinking of my favorite foods, and other times I spend hours buried in books and websites looking for inspiration. Simply put, the process is: research, develop, test, eat, and repeat — until it’s perfect. I rely on trusted volunteer taste testers, but in the end, I’m my own worst critic.
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TL: Who, or what, is your muse? Jenn: My closest friend is one of the most passionate people I’ve ever met. He strives for greatness, works hard, has a huge heart, and his integrity is enduring. TL: Where can folks purchase your fine products? Jenn: We will soon be finished with construction on our shop in Dixieland, but for now you can find goods at the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market on Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. TL: Where’s your favorite place in Lakeland? Jenn: The Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market. This is what I imagine it was like to live in an old village. Farmers, artisans, and craftsmen worked all week to create their specialty, just to sell and barter at the weekly market. And people from all over would come to purchase and take part. Even after my space is finished, I can’t imagine not being a part of it. If you haven’t visited yet, come join and support all of our local artisans and creators!
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Location: 1035 South Florida Avenue, #200 This new fitness studio has been bustling all summer with pop-up fitness classes of every kind. The Balance Culture offers a variety of workouts, including barre, boot camps, cardio, kick-boxing, Pilates, yoga, and much more.
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Location: 801 East Main Street Famed locally and nationally for their fresh beignets and Campfire Coffee, The Poor Porker has been in the works to expand their business for some time. The much anticipated renovation of a two-door garage on East Main Street opened its doors on November 7th to an eager crowd. 801 East Main features a central point bar, an outdoor garden, and delightful surprises around every corner. The space features The Poor Porker, The Corner Store, and Bearcat & Big 6.
CRUMB & GET IT BAKERY
Location: 2510 South Florida Avenue This tasty bake shop is all about “fresh cookies, your way!” Crumb & Get It specializes in customized cookies made to your liking and delivered to your doorstep.
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Location: 1221 South Florida Avenue Date: Early 2016 5th and Hall is already a Lakeland fashion staple thanks in part to the energy created by several pop-up shops this summer. Inspired by classic 1960s’ Ivy League menswear, this clothing store will soon be offering current street trends year-round.
Location: 1212 South Florida Avenue Date: TBA Previously the chef of the Lakeland Yacht & Country Club, Chef Marcos Fernandez is striking out on his own with a true farm-to table food revolution. Nineteen61 will open its doors in Dixieland this fall, thanks in part to a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. You won’t want to miss Chef ’s classic Latin fare with a modern flare.
Location: South Florida Avenue Date: TBA This Caribbean, Florida-based restaurant chain recently announced it will be opening its first location in Polk County.
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December 20 Thelma Kells Christmas Organ Concert 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. polktheatre.org December 22 An Irish Christmas 7:30 p.m. thelakelandcenter.com December 30 Moscow’s Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker 7 p.m. thelakelandcenter.com JANUARY Every Saturday in January Downtown Farmers Curb Market 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. downtownfarmerscurbmarket.org January 5 - 6 Shen Yun 7:30 p.m. thelakelandcenter.com January 8 An Evening of Hip Hop with Marcus “Pryde” Myles 8 p.m. polktheatre.org Food Truck Rally
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(north Lakeland) 1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard 863-680-7271 MONDAY - FRIDAY: 7 am – 11 pm
SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS: 8 am – 6 pm
We all know that life’s little emergencies don’t follow a schedule. Watson Clinic’s walk-in care options are an excellent alternative for those (age 2 & up) who need immediate care for minor illnesses and injuries without an appointment. Watson Clinic’s walk-in care facilities are the ideal destination when you need fast, effective treatment for: • Earaches & Sore Throats • Upper Respiratory Infections • Sports Injuries • Small Lacerations • And much more! • Bladder Infections Laboratories and x-ray capabilities are also on-site for added convenience and even faster results.
XpressCare at Highlands (south Lakeland) 2300 E. County Rd. 540A 863-393-9472 MONDAY - FRIDAY: 8 am - 8 pm SATURDAY: 8 am - 6 pm SUNDAY: 9 am - 3 pm