Her Times
By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘San Francisco’
Posted: December 21st, 2013

Front Door

Millennials — those kids born between 1980 and 2000 — have flocked to California in a new tech boom reminiscent of the old tech boom.

Finding affordable living quarters is still a problem. NPR shared a story on a dozen young professionals who have created their own community of sorts. You can read and/or listen to the story here

The NPR story references that the San Francisco Chronicle reports that mansions are finding new life with group living where friends and acquaintances room together in one home — a much more affordable option to renting an apartment or buying a home in California’s expensive real estate market.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: November 6th, 2013


Months ago, Intuit launched a contest called Small Business Big Game that will award a small business its own Super Bowl commercial. Some Erie companies entered admirable ideas, but didn’t hit the final Top 20.

However, quite a few women- and family-owned companies did make the Top 20. The contest will narrow down to four finalists in about four days, and the winner will be chosen. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorites.

GoldieBlox Engineering toys for girls, Oakland, Calif.  There are no bears in this story. Instead this toy company, headed by Debbie Sterling, a Stanford graduate, sells toys that encourage building skills in little girls. Sterling has a degree in Mechanical Engineering/Product Design and wants to see more women succeed in her field.

Barre Bee Fit, Chicago, Ill.
Written about in Self Magazine and dozens of other places, this workout technique of incorporating the ballet barre into fitness routines is sweeping the country.  Jillian Lorenz and Ariana Chernin started in Chicago, and they have franchises either in or on the wayt to Pittsburgh, Ann Arbor, Milwaukee, Detroit, Washington D.C. and Indianapolis. I think Her Times may have to take a road trip and test this out.

Barre Bee

Here’s the rest of the pack — with 11 companies that manufacture food. The rest fall into a variety of categories.

Locally Laid Egg Company, Duluth, Minnesota
Jackson’s Honest Chips, Crested Butte, Montana
Kebroak BBQ, Hialeah, Fla.
Anda Piroshki, San Francisco, Calif.Sweet Lucie’s Organic Ice Cream, Los Angeles, Calif.
Wireacake Bakery, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Cops and Doughnuts, Clare, Mich.
Liddabit of Sweets, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Three Jerks Jerky, Venice, Calif.
Food for Lovers, Austin Texas
Mama Jess Organic Pasta Sauce, Barrington, Ill.
Sweet Lucie’s Organic Ice Cream, Los Angeles, Calif.

Green technology
Urban Wood Goods, Chicago, Ill. – construction
Dairypoop.com, Nampa, Idaho – it’s dairy compost

Personal health and beauty products
Dream Beard, Atlanta, Georgia – better beards
Clean George, Bend, Oregon – natural beauty products

Goodie Two Sleeves, Chatsworth, Calif. – funny T-shirts and more.

Pet foods/services
Woofie’s, Ashburn, Virginia
Barley Labs, Durham, N.C.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: February 3rd, 2013

49ersIt’s Super Bowl Sunday, and I grew up loving football with my dad Walt Strosser, a legendary high school football coach. My hubby is an assistant football coach and all five boys in this blended family played the game.

My oldest has been a San Francisco 49er fan since he was a tot. We’ve been to San Diego — but not San Francsco, and today our hearts are close to San Francisco — hoping for a win over the Baltimore Ravens.

My son has had a 49ers baseball cap every year that I can remember. They aren’t easy to find around here. He started as a fan in the glory years of Jerry Rice and Steve Young.  He lives in Virginia, and I know his girlfriend has already taken care of the hat for this year.

One of my daughter’s friends loves the team too. It’s kind of in the family — except for my youngest’s love of Green Bay Packers — but even he is rooting for San Francisco today.

I don’t know much about the players for either team in today’s game. But I do know the coaches are brothers. That in itself is an interesting story.

Tony Bennett, will hopefully sing “I left my heart in San Francisco” at some point during today’s festivities. If not, watch the video of a 1960s version here. And here’s his 1982 version on Johnny Carson. It’s associated more with the San Francisco Giants than the Niners, but who doesn’t love Tony Bennett? He first sang the song in 1961.

Good luck to both teams, and Go Niners!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.  Her oldest son has been a San Francisco 49er fan for more than 20 years. 

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