Evanston continues to charm. Several examples:
- On July 13 I attended the Recycling Fair at the Evanston Township High School. Attended is really the wrong verb; I drove through it. This is my first recycling fair and I have nothing to compare it to, but I am impressed with the great customer service provided by the workers and volunteers. Everyone I interacted with was helpful and friendly. (Remember, we are talking about folks approaching your car with a smile asking to take your trash.) The entire process was extremely organized and efficient. Within five minutes I safely disposed of old electronic items, dropped of bags of old forms for shredding, and got rid of used batteries and light bulbs. Kudos to everyone involved.
- After visiting one of the recent street fairs, I stumbled upon a delightful breakfast and lunch restaurant, Delbe’s Corner at 1100 Davis Street. The owners, Tasha and Sam, are French and love good, fresh food. The pastries and coffee are delicious, the menu has an extensive range of steamed sandwiches, they offer free WiFi and play good music on the sound system. What sealed them in my heart though, was how kind they were to me and my puppies, Fig and Honey. We had not been walking more than 15 minutes, but already I could see F&H were fading…I popped into Delbe’s Corner and asked if they could please give me a small paper cup of water for my doggies. The guy in charge said, “Sure!” and brought out a bowl of water just for them. They drank to their hearts’ content and Delbe’s made me a fan for life.
- Further north at 1937 Central Street, I stopped in a fascinating retail store and gallery, George Ritzlin Maps & Prints. This is one to savor: a goldmine of original antique maps from 1490 to 1890, rare books, natural history prints, botanicals and fashion plates. The owners, George and Mary Ritzlin, are dealers, teachers, writers and experts about cartography; Mary is especially interested in and has written extensively about pre-twentieth century women cartographers. George and Mary are sought out regularly by private and institutional clients from around the world–and they are here, in our backyard! If you appreciate old printed works as reference items and examples of art, you will enjoy any time spent at George Ritzlin Maps & Prints.
Some days I don’t get further than nearby blocks as I walk my dogs, admiring the stunning architecture, big porches and fanciful gardens that dot our streets. And some days I wander, finding new places to explore and interesting people to meet. It’s the best combination of city sophistication and small-town charm.