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Village businesses buzzing this summer

— All those years when it was a State Farm office, 512 Oswego Street never looked so good. The old house’s austere exterior promised a professional experience within as State Farm reps Bob Brittain, Jon Brittain and later Mark Schroeder sold insurance of all types.

Now the property fairly sparkles with flowering potted plants, forest-green shrubs and miniature wrought-iron chairs.

The new look heralds the arrival of Kashani Home Décor & Gifts which opened recently after owner Sohyla Ziaie carefully refurbished the interior. Ziaie retains the home’s traditional dark wood and stocks the rooms with a variety of themed gift items. The inventory runs the gamut from crystal vases to porcelain water pitchers to old-fashioned lamps. The displays dazzle the eye while inspiring redecoration projects with historical and multi-cultural motifs.

Ziaie, who lives in Baldwinsville, frames her gorgeous gift shop with lovely outdoor landscaping. The frontal flowerings are complemented by even greater greenery in the back at end of driveway.

Kashani is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about Kashani, call the shop at 457-0494, or visit facebook.com/Kashanidecor.

Iranian roots

FYI: “Kashani” is a common Persian surname meaning a person hailing from Kashan, in the province of Isfahan, in central-western Iran.

Bella Regalo closes

Last week another village gift shop — Bella Regalo — closed its doors at 305 Vine St. after doing business there for more than a year and a half. Owner Tea Avalon, who’s well known for the scarves which she knits with a unique Swiss fabric, lives in Baldwinsville with her significant other, B’ville Mayor Joe Saraceni.

“I know we have not seen the last of Tea,” hinted Liverpool Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lucretia Hudzinski.

‘Everybody’s Neighborhood’

The Z-Bones performed their uptempo rock tune, “This is Everybody’s Neighborhood” on July 18 at Johnson Park. The band may have written the song about Syracuse’s Tipperary Hill, but the quintet may well have been singing the praises of our own village of Liverpool.

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