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Fashion designer of the week

A.J. Silva seems to find Concord a good fit

Name: A.J. SilvaOwner, BravoHow long have you been making gowns?Going on 26 years.What inspired you to get into dress making?My niece got married and couldn't find a headpiece she liked, so I went ahead and bought the materials and I made her one. People told people, and it just gave me the inspiration to go into… 0

February 28, 2012

Raise your glasses to the toastmasters

Fear of public speaking is enough of an epidemic that it has its own doctory word and everything: glossophobia. To some, the thought of getting up in front of strangers and muttering even a few phrases can lead to crippling anxiety.We have it easy at the Insider. Our work is read by editors before it is received by… 0

February 28, 2012
Missed connections

Crash into these missed connections

We at the Insider often scour Craigslist Missed Connections for any mention of ourselves journalistic reasons. As always, the items are presented without this boys dreamHike up your skirt a little more And show your world to me In a boys dream. In a boys dreamCandy - Supercuts - m4wCandy you are goddess-like… 0

February 28, 2012
Ornate flute maker of the week

John Lunn’s art tells a story

John Lunn's ornate flute, "The Dryad's Kiss," is the centerpiece of the "Music From Our Hands" exhibit. We caught up with Lunn and asked him a few questions about his craft.There can't be many ornate flutemakers out there. How did you get into the field?There are no other flutemakers… 0

February 21, 2012

The Ghost Dinner Band is ready to rock a local haunt

The Ghost Dinner Band is playing at Penuche's on Feb. 25 at 9 p.m. We put our fear of ghosts aside for a moment and got in touch with them for a quick preview.Let's get this right out of the way: How many of you are ghosts?It's hard to say - we haven't done any tally recently. As for our name, it's… 0

February 21, 2012

Octagenerian author Mara Clark is addicted to danger

Like any blossoming author, Mara Clark is excited. Anxious, even. She has scheduled the requisite book signing and local television appearance to promote the release of her first novel, and has several other pieces in the works, a few of which are almost complete.In terms of anticipation, she's like any other emerging… 0

February 21, 2012
Cleaner of the week

Take your jacket out tonight

Name: Cindy Ann AveryOwner, Cindy Ann CleanersHow long has the business been here?Forty-six years at this location.Can you explain the process of dry cleaning? How dry is it?It's a solvent that's used that's volatile to greases and oils but is safe for most fabrics. It's the same concept as a washing… 0

February 14, 2012
Bartender of the week

Bill Dunn orders a round for John Lennon and MLK

Name: Bill DunnBartender, Tandy's Top ShelfHow long have you been a bartender?Thirteen years, all in the Concord areaHow did you get into the profession?I've been in restaurants since I was 10 years old. My mom is a bartender, and my dad is a chef.What is the strangest drink order you've ever taken? Have… 0

February 14, 2012

Coming soon: a little bit of everything artistic

Laura Loci's frustration at work was becoming more and more evident by the day. So her boyfriend offered up a seemingly simple piece of advice."He told me, 'Take it easy, figure out what your dream is, and do it,' " Loci said.So she's doing it. But she's not doing it alone.Loci took the… 0

February 14, 2012

Missed Connections

We at the Insider often scour Craigslist Missed Connections. As always, the items are presented without edits.THE LADY THOUGHT I LOOKED LIKE A DAVID DOING LAUNDRY - m4w - 41 PLEASURE CHATING WITH YOU. . . WOULD LIKE VERY MUCH TO GET TO NO YOU BETTER. . . TELL ME MY REAL NAME WHEN U REPLY. . . HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOUat… 0

February 14, 2012