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Conscientious Consumerism

Spending for Change

Pepperdine University defines Conscientious Consumerism as buying practices driven by a commitment to making purchasing decisions that have a positive social, economic, and environmental impact. SENA is launching a series of local business profiles that identify opportunities for you to practice conscientious consumerism right here in our neighborhoods.

A handful of wonderful!

Eat with your hands granola

Ingredients 5 cups rolled oats (“old-fashioned” not quick oats) 1 cup each: – raw sliced almonds (or walnuts, pecans, whatever you have on hand) – shredded unsweetened coconut – dried…  Read More

SENA Welcomes Northern Fires Restaurant

New Standish-Ericsson takeout restaurant is off to a great start.

Chef and owner Arie Peisert takes a break from daily food prep and stands near the cord of wood stacked outside his new Standish-Ericsson restaurant, Northern Fires. Snow falls as nearby cars push through the slush on 42nd Street. In spite of the cold, Peisert is in shorts, a t-shirt, and a long black apron.…

Ben Swart of Hardshell Fitnes, Thrive Might, and Frost Iron Training.

Meet your Neighbor: Ben Swarts

building community through health & wellness and the importance of strength and resilience in meeting the challenges of living in our current environment. 

Last week, on a chilly late October afternoon, I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down and talking with Ben Swarts, founder of Frost Iron Training – the newest gym…  Read More