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|Volume 11 Issue 8
In this issue
Letters From Ralph
San Diego Vacation Rental
Vendor Days During Farmers' Market
Although Orange City has a Farmers' Market every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday evenings, once a month it has been opened to regular vendors. Technically, in order to participate in a Farmers' Market in Iowa, at least 50% of what you sell has to be home made or home grown. So the Vendors of regular retail products have to be separated from the Farmers' Market people, thus we have the west side of Main Street and the Farmers' Market people are on the east side.
We have participated in June, July and August so far. June and July were VERY warm, August wasn't too bad. They have been very good for us. Several times I have had people request things by phone and I just tell them to meet me at the Vendors' Fair in downtown Orange City. That is sometimes easier to find than our new location at our house, plus then they can take in all the other vendors as well.
And Something Borrowed
On August 2 Lee and I signed the final paperwork to sell the building that housed Jubon Juweelen for the past eight years. We sold it to Katie Schuller who will be moving her business And Something Borrowed into it. She was hoping to be able to open in about two months. If you want to know more about her, please go to the Facebook page titled And Something Borrowed. On her home page she has a short video of the inside of the store on the day she purchased it. She has a nice summary on her Facebook page, also. I'll summarize it. Katie said that her dream took seed when she was in high school and started as a wedding photographer. She then graduated with a degree in Art and Psychology. She loves helping decorate weddings. She specializes in wedding décor, but her goal is to bring elegance and simplicity to your day in any way she can.
In the fall of 2018 she purchased the inventory from Elegant Florals owned by Marilyn Dekkers from Sioux Center. She will be Marilyn's "apprentice" during 2019 and will learn from her 20+ years of extensive knowledge of fresh flower arrangements.
The following paragraph is quoted directly from Katie's Facebook page:
And Something Borrowed is a rental business by definition. However, we aspire
to be so much more. Our extensive inventory and creatively allows us to design
each element needed to create the atmosphere that you desire. We offer, but are not
limited to the following Rentals:
Katie is targeting October 15 as her opening date; however, she said that might be optimistic. She will not be open every day as she has a very young family and she said that most of her business was by appointment. We are very happy to welcome Katie to Orange City's business community.
World Urban Games
The Inagural World Urban Games (WUG) will be a downtown, three-day, multi-sport celebration featuring a new generation of sports. It will be held in Budapest, Hungary September 13 - 15. WUG "is the ultimate celebration of new-generation sports forged by the spirit of youth. It is a showcase for the skill, style, and power of the most inspirational urban athletes on the planet. The World Urban Games comprises a wide-ranging programme of competitive and showcase urban sports complimented by a Festival of youth- focused music, art and culture." For more information, visit the WUG website: wugbudapset.sport/en
There will be 6 competition sports as well as 2 showcase sports. The competition sports include: 3x3 basketball, BMX Freestyle, Breaking (break dancing), Flying Disc Freestyle (Freestyle Frisbee), Parkour, and Roller Freestyle. The two showcase sports are Indoor Rowing and Laser Run. The competition sports are by invitation only. In Freestyle Frisbee there will be 12 teams comprised of one man and one woman. There will be two teams from the USA, 2 teams from Germany, 2 teams from Italy and 1 team from each of the following countries: Sweden, Isreal, Canada, Poland, United Kingdom, Columbia. Juliana Korver has been choosen to be on one of the American teams.
All teams will compete in the preliminary round on Friday. 8 teams will move on to the semi finals on Saturday and then 6 teams will move on to the fianls later in the day on Saturday. The event will be televised on the Olympic Channel, but I do not know if it will be live or shown at a later date or time. Due to the time difference, I would guess it will not be live in the US.
Aspire Center for Healthy Living
I recently went to a presentation about the possibility of Orange City building a Center for Healthy Living called Aspire. This would be about 120,000 square foot facility featuring healthy living and would be a part of the Orange City Area Health System. Some of its features would be 24/7 cardio/fitness, a walking track, an urgent care clinic, physical therapy, occupational health, massage therapy, general purpose classrooms, demonstration kitchen, coffee/smoothie shop, Sanford Profile, children's indoor playground, secure child watch area, Cross Fit gym, Courts and indoor turf. The courts would include basketball, pickle ball and volleyball and the indoor turf would support soccer, baseball, archery and football. The facility would cost $20,000,000. The key to the whole concept is a bond issue that will take place on September 10 next month. According to Marty Guthmiller, if the bond issue doesn't pass by 60.1% the whole idea dies. The bond issue is only for $5,000,000 with $10 million to be borrowed through a variety of loans and $5 million to be raised through a philanthropic campaign and hospital cash.
This may be a bit of a challenge in Orange City, as another bond issue will be coming up in the spring for a new elementary school. As a former school superintendent I hope very much that both bond issues will pass, however, speaking from experience, that doesn't always happen. Anyway, it is nice to see that some of our community leaders do have some dreams and visions to help make our community a better place to live.