22 April 2006
Saturday spottings (shiny)
Gloria Berkey has died.
You remember Gloria. She and her husband Jim operated the Trust House Jewelers, first in French Market Mall, later at Wilshire and May. For thirty-five years Jim and Gloria ran the store, and during most of that time they did their own TV spots, always formulaic, always ignored, and obviously not forgotten. Mitchener & Farrand, the store which now occupies the old Trust House space at 2844 West Wilshire, was thoughtful enough to remember Gloria on their sign today.
Farther south, the old KFC just north of 50th, near the Quasi-Super Target, is being redeveloped into something else, though what that something else might be is unclear just now.
Meanwhile, construction on the new Laredo's at Belle Isle reportedly has ground to a halt:
According to a subcontractor of VanHoose Construction, the owner lost a good portion of his backing and was unable to meet his obligation to the general contractor on the job.
The jobsite has been fenced off and construction has ceased.
After the general contractor files suit on the owner, what will most likely follow is foreclosure at which point the property will be up for grabs.
Possible explanation here.
Finally, I met up with Michael Bates today. He was in town for some Republican meetup, and he informed me that Tom Daxon will be taking over the chair of the state GOP, replacing Gary Jones. (Jones, says Bates, may run for State Auditor, a position Daxon held from 1979 to 1983.)Posted at 6:26 PM to City Scene
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It's been a busy but fun couple of days. Friday was "Oklahoma Day" for my son's grade -- they spent the day at a little farm in the south part of town, reliving the days of early Oklahoma Territory. There was a re-enactment of the 1889 Land Run, comple......[read more]