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Holdridge Arcade

 

This arcade is an arcade in the old sense; a covered locale of shops.  Establish in 1918, the Holdridge arcade was the brainchild of George Holdridge, a wealth land developer.  Fashioned after designs from Europe and England in particular, the Holdridge arcade is home to some 40 shops.  In the early 80s, the arcade struggled to maintain relevance with the many malls which had opened but it has persisted and in the 21st century has been revitalized as an upscale, high end shopping location.  The arcade has enhanced this aspect even further by using older, traditional decorations and events such as using carolers around Christmas and free apple cider in addition to Santa Claus.  

 

The arcade has its own security personnel dressed in Victorian Beadle costumes.  The beadles provide security and, despite the costumes, are experienced security/first responders as the position of beadle pays very well.

 

Arcade example: By Andrew Dunn - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.0,https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=184544

Beadle example: By User:Knwwsss, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29496840

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Chavez and Associates

 

Chavez and Associates is a law firm that has been serving the community for over 25 years.  Enrique Chavez is set to retire soon and his daughter Elena Chavez is set to take over the business.  The firm has quite the reputation both good and bad and is willing to represent anyone with good legal advice.  While the firm will bend the law at times, it has never broken the law and at worse has suffered only reprimands from the bar associations.  As such, Enrique has been cleaning up his law firm before Elena Chavez takes over.  Rumor has it that Enrique has manipulated supers in taking down some of his more troubling clients with the client nor the super knowing about it.  What Enrique doesn't know is the Elena is not the innocent princess he envisions and her taking over the business will both ensure its profitability and move towards a more seedier side of the law.

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POWERS

 

Powers supplies support personnel for super hero teams/individuals.  All candidates are screened and background checked before being allowed to participate.  Powers supplies clerical staff, PR consultants, legal advisers, janitorial services, etc.  Their minimum pack is the Small Office Superstaff.  This consists of a receptionist/personal assistant, legal adviser, and PR Consultant.  Larger staffing packages are available.

 

Recently, the POPS group has been edging in on services POWERS has traditionally provided, but POWERS reputation seems to keep them ahead of the competition.

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Franklin School for the Gifted

 

Moira Kinross is head mistress of a facility designed to house and teach specially "gifted" children.  All of the children have some type of mutation in their genetic make up which makes normal schooling difficult.  Many of the genetic aberrations make the raising of the children difficult for normal parents and the teachers specialized in teaching these kids such that they can graduate with a high school or higher education.  The school has several University connections and can provide education for special needs students beyond just the mandatory high school education requirements.

 

Many other schools in the area call the Franklin school - Freakland.  The students of Franklin are for the most part well behaved, but all take offense at the slur.  It doesn't help that the academic achievements of the school put to shame the other schools with several of the graduates become successful CEOs.  

 

Tuition is fairly high for Franklin though through various donations from corporations, scholarships have helped many poorer student families into attending.

 

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Gay Pride Rainbow Parade

 

The city has had a gay pride parade since May 22 1989 but the affair was not as well known as many of the other gay pride celebrations in the United States.  In 2005, the LGBT community was banned by organizers from participating in the St. Paddy's Day parade.  In response, the LGBT community moved the Gay Pride Parade from May 22nd to March 17th which began a 9 year parade war between the two groups.  Pope Francis stepped in and has seemed to settle the two factions down and the Gay Pride Day celebration having been moved back to May 22nd.  The both parades now carry a contingent from the other parade.  The St. Paddy's parade has a LGBT float and the Gay Pride parade has an Irish float in commemoration of Ireland's legalization of marriage equality.

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