Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Takes History to Heart

As a historian, Heather Nicole Lonks Minty is used to telling stories. Other people’s. So that’s where we start. Heather makes history come alive. We’re in England, where in 1909 two suffragettes, identified as a Miss Solomon and Miss McLellan, find a novel way to draw attention to the cause. They mail themselves to the prime minister at No. 10 Downing St. so they can advocate, in person, for the right to vote. (The postal charge is 3 pence, and the “human letters” are…

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Astoria Characters: The Woman in Retro

From the color-coordinated racks of clothing, Lisa Ferrari-Sullivan pulls out a 1940s sundress and holds it up to the light streaming through the front windows of her new shop, Pimbeche Vintage. Lisa’s the owner of Pimbeche Vintage. She points out its flamboyant green-rose floral print, its contrasting yellow piping, its perky front bow and its metal zipper. Although the dress is at least 80 years old, it looks as gorgeous as it did the day it was made. Pimbeche Vintage is at…

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Astoria Characters: The Planet Proponent

The planet is weeping when Kayli Kunkel opens the door to her store, Earth & Me. Kayli’s the ‘me’ in Earth & Me. It’s raining cats and dogs and elephants and lions. She sighs –she’s holding an event later, and this May monsoon isn’t about to stop sobbing any time soon. The planet’s perpetual peril pains Kayli. Kayli, whose face is defined by horn-rims and a sense of urgent earnestness, grew up in the Mississippi River bluff town of Dubuque, Iowa,…

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Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Took a Deep Breath

The lights are low, the music is soft, and the sweet scent of flickering candles is oh so soothing. Erika Ferrentino, who has luminous blue eyes and the poise of a ballet dancer, is eager to welcome everyone to the first downward-facing dogs of the day at YUG Wellness. Erika is the owner of YUG Wellness. She’s still pretty new at being a business owner – she started the studio in October 2021. It wasn’t as simple and as straightforward as it sounds. Erika had to make a lot of…

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