Drawing Attention

The cover of the September 2018 issue of Oregon Business magazine

In its September issue, Oregon Business magazine took on the topic of elevator maintenance and safety in an article titled “Shafted,” which noted a shortage of qualified technicians and a growing maintenance backlog as part of the reason for an increasing number of entrapments. In fact, the article became the edition’s cover story, and, as such, was the subject of much internal discussion about how to illustrate it. In a companion piece, Oregon Business Art Director Joan McGuire explained the creative process for designing the cover, which is both stark and compelling. As developers build ever higher, the issues raised in the article will have to be addressed, and the sooner, the better. This simple yet engaging cover should catch the attention of those in a position to tackle the problems.

Iconic New Orleans Restaurant Giving Diners a Lift

Antoine’s Restaurant has been a home for fine dining in New Orleans’ French Quarter since 1840; photo by Wikimedia user Infrogmation.

At Antoine’s in the heart of New Orleans’ famed French Quarter, you can delight your senses with the original Oysters Rockefeller, alligator bisque soup and Chateaubriand. You can enjoy Sunday brunch served against a soundscape of live jazz music or drop in during the week for a unique lunch experience. You can immerse yourself in the elegant surroundings of one of this iconic French-Creole restaurant’s 14 dining rooms. But, what you’ve never been able to do, not in its nearly 180 years of operation, is take an elevator for an upstairs table. That’s about to change, though. Local television station WGNO reports that Antoine’s, the oldest family-owned restaurant in the U.S., will be adding a lift to make it easier for diners of all ages and abilities to take in all it has to offer. Details about the elevator’s design or when it would be installed were not immediately available, but for fans of fine dining, this is indeed an uplifting development.

The Elevator as Farmer’s Market

A neighbor of Jiang Haiyun’s praised her for leaving a bag of peppers in the elevator.

Most people use elevators to go up or down in a building. Some use them to practice a sales pitch. But, for Jiang Haiyun, a doctor in Quzhou, China, her building’s elevator seemed the logical place to share a bounty of fresh chili peppers with her neighbors earlier this month, reports the website Shine.

Jiang Haiyun with a young patient.

Jiang’s parents, who live in the nearby countryside, often bring her seasonal vegetables. It’s been a great year for chili peppers, so during a recent visit they brought her chilis. A lot of chilis — more than she could use. Jiang’s immediate thought was to share them with her neighbors, but didn’t like the idea of knocking on doors. Her solution? Leave a nearly 3.5-lb. bag of peppers in the elevator with a note saying they were free for the taking.

The “taking” didn’t take long. Within 20 minutes, several of her neighbors had snapped up the spicy, pungent delights. They were quick to praise Jiang, with one social media post calling her a “great Chinese neighbor.”