Holiday gift ideas from D.C. small businesses

Saturday was “Small Business Saturday,” but small businesses should always be front-of-mind these days. Now more than ever, local shops and entrepreneurs deserve our support. But that’s pretty easy when what they’re making is this cool.

Compiled by Adele Chapin, Anying Guo, Fritz Hahn, Angela Haupt, Michael O’Sullivan and Stephanie Williams.

Appointed

Packages of stationery from Appointed arrive fastened with tape inscribed with the words “Beautiful Tools to Inspire Beautiful Work.” That’s graphic designer Suann Song’s mantra. After having a hard time finding “minimalist, super-functional, well-designed American-made paper products,” she decided to make them herself, launching Appointed in 2015. All the materials are purposefully selected (such as the U.S.-manufactured, water-resistant book cloth covers), and then almost everything is assembled in Appointed’s Ivy City warehouse. The signature product is Appointed’s monogrammable spiral-bound notebook ($24). But lately, Song’s having trouble keeping up with demand for planners, which went up more than fivefold

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Portland spends $65k to remove protest graffiti from businesses, homes

The city of Portland has spent about $65,000 removing graffiti plastered on businesses and homes during dozens of protests since the middle of the summer, according to figures provided by Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office Wednesday.

Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly earmarked $100,000 in public funds for the cleanups on July 20, city officials said, nearly two months into the nightly demonstrations that erupted after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, in late May.

The elected leaders tapped the six-figure sum from an existing graffiti removal program operated by the city’s Office of Community & Civic Life, which Eudaly oversees. The program has an annual budget of about $200,000, the office said.

People have routinely spray painted slogans and messages onto private property across Portland during racial justice demonstrations, which are now in their seventh month. The city continues to remove such protest graffiti free of charge to

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Panic buying, businesses to shutter as new Washington restrictions loom

Washington Republicans say the state Legislature should immediately meet in special session to address the economic fallout from Gov. Jay Inslee’s latest COVID-19 orders – and even consider tapping the state’s “rainy day” fund.

Under Inslee’s orders, gyms, movie theaters, bowling alleys and museums will once again have to close. Also, restaurants and bars will have to cease offering indoor dining service and limit outdoor dining to five people per table. Many other businesses will also be affected. The new rules will remain in effect for at least the next four weeks.

In a Facebook post, House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox said the new restrictions will result in a “catastrophic cost” to small and family-owned hospitality businesses.

“The executive branch should be able to produce plans to save these people as quickly as they can produce plans to restrict them,” Wilcox wrote.

He also said House Republicans, who are in

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Panic buying, businesses to shutter as new Covid restrictions loom. WA GOP urges special session

Washington Republicans say the Legislature should immediately meet in special session to address the economic fallout from Gov. Jay Inslee’s latest Covid-19 orders – and even consider tapping the state’s “rainy day” fund.

Under Inslee’s orders, gyms, movie theaters, bowling alleys and museums will once again have to close. Also, restaurants and bars will have to cease offering indoor dining service and limit outdoor dining to five people per table. Many other businesses will also be affected. The new rules will remain in effect for at least the next four weeks. 

In a Facebook post, House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox said the new restrictions will result in a “catastrophic cost” to small-and-family-owned hospitality businesses.

“The executive branch should be able to produce plans to save these people as quickly as they can produce plans to restrict them,” Wilcox wrote.

He also said House Republicans, who are in the minority, are

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3,761 Massachusetts households without power after Sunday’s storm; As many as 20,150 homes and businesses lost electricity overnight

Thousands of Massachusetts households were left without power after a storm swept through the region Sunday, officials said.

The storm brought heavy winds, strong rainfall and severe thunderstorm risks throughout the state from 8 p.m. to after midnight. By around 12:35 a.m. Monday, 20,150 homes and businesses in the commonwealth had no electricity, forecasters said.

As of 6:30 a.m., that number had dropped to 3,761, with the most outages reported in Franklin, Worcester and Essex counties, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s (MEMA) power outage map, which aggregates data from the state’s four power companies every 15 minutes.

Haverhill in Essex County was reporting the most outages at 552. In New Salem, 363 households were without power, amounting to roughly 70% of the Franklin County town. In Worcester County, 374 Petersham homes and businesses lost power, or 58% of the community.

Wind gusts as high as 65 miles per

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Glastonbury office condo project developer targeting small businesses

The developer of a $7 million office condominium project said Friday he is targeting a market for small offices even as many larger businesses struggle with a deflated need for office space due to the coronavirus pandemic.

To be built on 2 acres at 219 Addison Road, The Offices at Addison Square is to comprise four buildings with a total of 18 units, TruNorth Construction co-owner Jeff Sawyer said.

Sawyer said he hopes to start construction in January. Two units will be ranch-style condos of 1,500 square feet each, and the rest will be 1,350 square feet each.

Six units will be designed as medical offices. Sawyer said he expects interest from businesses such as doctors, therapists and accountants. The medical office condos will be offered for over $400,000 each, while the other units are to sell for about $385,000, Sawyer said.

He said he sees a ready market for

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7’s HERO: Local businesses come together to help Nampa veteran buy, renovate a house

91-year-old U.S. Navy Veteran Lawrence Hewitt needed a place to live. He couldn’t believe it when the community came together to help him find his forever home.

NAMPA, Idaho — Lawrence Hewitt is a 91-year-old U.S. Navy veteran. He lives in Nampa, and he grew up here in the Treasure Valley. 

“I was born and raised in Caldwell,” he said. “I sure have seen a lot of changes here.”

Hewitt joined the military as a young man and served in two wars. In total, he spent 23 years serving his country.

Over the summer, Hewitt met Michael Christianson, a local realtor and owner of Idaho Home Realty.

“He’s a character number one, and at 91 years of age, he’s got some stories and I just immediately took to him right off the bat,” Christianson said. 

They met under stressful circumstances but soon became close friends.

“I met Mr. Hewitt because

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San Francisco Voters Approve Higher Taxes for Big Businesses

Key Takeaways

  • San Francisco voters approved a CEO tax, business tax overhaul, and real estate transfer tax
  • The measures attempt to address economic disparity in the city

San Francisco voters approved several tax measures targeting big businesses and property owners in an effort to address economic disparity exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 65% of voters approved placing a new additional tax on San Francisco businesses that report CEO compensation that is more than 100 times the median compensation paid to employees. Gap, for example, is headquartered in San Francisco and pays its CEO more than 1,000 times the median employee salary. Other companies headquartered in San Francisco include Square, Twitter, and Levi Strauss & Co.

The tax rate will be between 0.1% and 0.6% of gross receipts or between 0.4% and 2.4% of payroll expense for those businesses, giving the city an estimated $60

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Homes with Heart VC Invites all Businesses Virtual Seminar

(VENTURA, CA) – October 28, 2020 – Business with Heart VC is a four year old initiative, of Homes with Heart VC, responsible for helping many families. Originally set up as a program comprised of business members that helped resource families and youth with discounts from each of the local businesses, the program has grown to become an exciting way to provide internships and jobs for our older youth, that will be expanding to biological families and all other families in need. The core of the program is to also help businesses with additional foot traffic and recognition through website, social media exposure, and new signage.

On November 12 at 10:00 a.m., Homes with Heart VC will bring together local businesses via a Zoom learn more seminar. The event will engage business owners, inform them of what’s new in signage, and discuss ways to increase the number of people likely

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Fire weather watch for 38,000 Sonoma County homes and businesses could lose power as North Bay upgraded to red-flag warning

More than 38,000 homes and businesses in Sonoma County could lose power as the strongest winds of the 2020 fire season are forecast to rip over the Bay Area beginning Sunday, prompting Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to consider turning off electricity to more than 466,000 customers throughout the state.

The preemptive power shutoff, done so the utility can prevent its equipment from sparking new fires during gusty weather, would be the most widespread of the year so far if the utility decides to pull the trigger, PG&E spokeswoman Mayra Tostado said.

Expected gusts of 70 mph in the hills and up to 50 mph on the Santa Rosa Plain, paired with an ongoing dry spell, prompted the National Weather Service on Friday to issue a pair of red flag warnings for both the Bay Area hills and lower-lying areas.

“The really strong, critical time for winds will be Sunday

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