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From the Editor: A Flowery Sight/Open Arm’s Purse Pull



Nothing delights me more than coming across something unique and beautiful, like this vintage VW van transformed into a mobile flower stand. I ran across it Mother’s Day weekend parked in front of Edward’s Dessert Kitchen, where they were participating in a cross promotion with the pastry-with-benefits (cocktails) restaurant. The flowers this day were wild and a delicate pink color, and were sold individually at a not insignificant cost. But like fine dining, it’s the experience that balances the check, right?

Ma Jolie Marché was also taking up a parking space or two in front of Red Rabbit and a brewery later that day. 

Another delight I had was attending Open Arms of MN’s Moveable Feast. Open Arms is, as I hope you all know, the Charlie Awards Charity of Choice. 

Thirty-eight restaurants opened their arms to a table of 10 in support of the nonprofit that delivers made-from-scratch, healthy meals to people coping with life-threatening illnesses. 

After arriving at Holman’s Table, a limo/bus transported us to a donated hanger at the St. Paul Airport for the program and giving portion of the event, before another party bus transported us to our restaurant for the dinner. 

Guests were asked to donate to a variety of concealed prizes. For instance, one display had cards with numbers and a category, such as theater, fitness or bling and a dollar amount. After the volunteer ran your credit card, you could see what you won. 

My favorite was the purse pull, where bidders put their name and $25 into a shopping bag for the purse they wanted. Open Arms Executive Director Leah Hébert Welles then drew a name from each bag for the winner of the purse donated by Mall of America. One woman’s name was called twice. Someone can’t win twice, can they, asked Hébert Welles. When she started to draw another name, the women pleaded to be able to choose which of the two bags she wanted. Sorry but no, Hébert Welles countered, drawing another name. When it was announce, the woman shrieked, “that’s my mother!”

Thinking she was winning two purses after all, the woman approached her mother with open arms and received a look that said, back off, it’s my purse (or at least that’s the way I imagined it from my vantage point). What a delight! See our blog for more on the event. 

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