Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Naples Island Annual Holiday Boat Parade
Naples Island 65th Annual Boat Parade
Theme: "T.V. Land Holidays"
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Saturday, December 17th, 2011 “Parade night” streets close at 5:00 PM
Large Boats Starts at 6:00 PM
All Large Boats will assemble along Lido Lane and off
the sea wall in front of Naples Plaza and follow
the Large Boat Parade map outline.
Small Boat Parade Starts at 6:45 PM
All the Small Boats will assemble in Marine Stadium. The
#1 boat will lead the Parade. No boat will begin until
the #1 boat has started the Parade. Boats will travel the
route outlined on the Small Boat Parade Route map.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- What sets Fern Solomon's Belmont Shore shop apart from many others is what customers read on the labels and price tags: Made in America.
Ninety percent of products sold in Fern's Garden are made in the U.S.
Solomon opened her shop 12 years ago. Her mission, as she calls it, is to sell gifts made by artists based in Southern California and across the country.
Even in the down economy, she says business at her shop at 5308 E. 2nd Street has been good.
"People, they really want to make a difference with their dollar, and once they find that there is a place where they can make a difference, they come and they support us," she said.
"Americans need to buy American," said Donna Penny, a customer.
Fern's Garden sells wind chimes, jewelry, home décor, wall art and more.
Jacob Sokoloff, Solomon's brother, makes wind chimes that are sold at the store. He used to have 50 employees at his studio, but says overseas competition forced him to lay them off.
His big challenge now is working with local manufacturers.
"I'm always struggling working with makers to keep it local," he said.
Fern stresses to her customers that buying American-made products means job creation at home.
We need to bring our product back, our factories back into beautiful working order so we can make Americans have beautiful (manufacturing) jobs again right here in the United States," Solomon said.
Fern's Garden is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Information: (562) 434-6425.