To Have and Have Knot—Recently overheard at Katia’s Collections, the East Sacramento fashion boutique owned by the agelessly gorgeous Katia Davies, which shares a building with S. Benson & Co., the men’s store owned by the edgily adorable Steve Benson (look, I need some new shirts): Davies was showing a customer how to stylishly tie the waist belt on a wrap sweater. “See how easy it is?” Davies asked. “Yes, Katia,” the woman replied, “but you’re not going to be with me the next time I get dressed.” Sure enough, Davies says the woman returned to the store three times during the next three days for refresher courses. I sympathize with the customer. In fact, her experience explains why I’m still trying to patent a spray-on tuxedo.
The Sing Is . . .—“Choristers are like athletes,” says Jim McCormick, executive director of the Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra. “They miss exercising their voices in the summer.” Which is why Donald Kendrick, the group’s music director, started up Summer Sings, a couple of free concerts held during the hot months in, as McCormick points out, “air-conditioned churches.” Aug. 14’s event takes place at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 1701 L St. in midtown; the church also will be celebrating the arrival of a new pipe organ. McCormick says the Summer Sings feature “large works, masses, Te Deums and classical content.” A Te Deum, according to my research staff (OK, it’s Wikipedia) is “an Early Christian hymn of praise”—although I’m pretty sure that late-arriving Christians also will be allowed to listen.
Public Out-Teach—If you teach in a classroom, are a scout leader or work at a child-care facility, you need to climb onto Mark Anderson’s RAFT. Anderson’s nonprofit organization (the acronym stands for Resource Area For Teaching) is a members-only, educators’ supply store at McClellan Business Park. Anderson described RAFT to me not long ago as “a Costco for teachers who, on average, spend $2,000 a year out of their own pockets on school supplies.” And, as we all know, those pockets are rarely as deep as their owners.
Frank Talk—Wife and husband Carolyn and Hector Meza are the new owners of The Wienery (now open Mondays), the popular frankfurter emporium at 56th and H streets, just across the street from this magazine’s offices. The late Anne Fox opened The Wienery 30 years ago. Her daughter, Cynthia Fox-Vanover, says she agreed to “temporarily” help her mom run the place in 1990. But after Fox’s sudden death in 1998, Fox-Vanover continued to run the family business for another decade. This is the kind of neighborhood joint—very few tables, lots of snapshots on the wall—that attracts kids, retirees, doctors and judges. I know a few people who have lunch there three and four times a week year-round, not just during the dog days of summer.
Precedential Rebate—When my wife, Candy Dahl Goldman, sold her home after we got married, she naturally discontinued the telephone service there. Not long ago, AT&T sent her a refund check for 3 cents—as well as a final bill, which indicated she’d be receiving the 3-cent refund she’d already received. Both of these items arrived in envelopes with first-class postage, at a cost of 42 cents each. If you factor in the cost of cutting the check, printing the bill and purchasing the envelopes, I’d guess it cost the telecommunications giant at least a dollar to return 3 cents to a loyal customer. And Nordstrom thinks it’s service-oriented.
Laugh with your mouth full: Ed Goldman’s Fear of Frying is online at sacmag.com/fearoffrying. Two new recipes are offered every week.