Landmark Study Urges Immediate and Universal Affirmation of “The Right to be Creative

A body of knowledge no one thought or knew existed uncovers the authentic, inherently creative, but universally overlooked human essence – a discovery that will forever change the way humanity perceives itself, organizes society, and conducts affairs.

Blacksburg, Virginia, May 31, 2015 – An astonishing compendium and synthesis of creativity wit and wisdom brings humanity face-to-face with its innermost, but historically overlooked essence. In words that speak to the reader personally, deeply, and directly, Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature conclusively demonstrates:

The inherence of creativity in human nature and, therefore, its universal distribution.

The naturalness of creativity: a quality, ability, and “right” that exists by virtue of natural law, and that therefore is both universal and inalienable; a right inherent in the person as “a direct prerogative from the Infinite Will and Consciousness”; a right that is not contingent upon tradition, custom, belief, culture, or government.

The centrality of Creativity in human life, i.e., its primacy among the forces that drive human behavior and shape people’s lives.

Actualization of one’s creative potential as the primary goal of life; “the healthiest and highest expression of human nature”; and “the optimal state of being.”

Widespread blockage of people’s Creativity as the root of the global epidemic of meaninglessness, and the resultant social and psychological problems that are ruining the lives and destinies of countless millions of people around the world, traumatizing families and societies.

Analysis and interpretation of the insights that are brought together in Revealing the Truth about Human Nature resolves three persistent psycho-social, psycho-spiritual issues, with fundamental implications for the way humanity perceives itself, organizes society, and conducts affairs:

* What it really means to be human

* What a one’s life is all about

* What gives it meaning and enduring significance

The crux of Revealing the Truth about Human Nature and reasons for its writing are two and related: The first is to return humanity to the proper understanding of its authentic, quintessentially creative, nature. The second is to free mankind from obsolete self-perceptions that, clearly, are no longer serving it well – self-perceptions that are at the root of most social and psychological problems.

A global treasure, Revealing the Truth about Human Nature signals the beginning of a movement to reclaim humanity’s defining and most important quality – creativity; and necessarily, to formally recognize and protect that quality – The Right to Be Creative – in all existing and future charters of humanity.

The E-Book version of Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature, ISBN 9781622875160, published by First Edition Design Publishing, is available online across e-book reading platforms.

The 428-page print version of Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature, ISBN 9781622875153, is published by First Edition Design Publishing and distributed worldwide to online booksellers at*&destination=us&currency=USD&binding=*&isbn=9781622875153&keywords=Creativity&minprice=&maxprice=&mode=advanced&st=sr&ac=qr

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About the Author
Dr. Efiong Etuk is founding director of the Global Creativity Network, a worldwide community of concerned individuals dedicated to the idea of a world in which everyone can be effective, creative, and successful. Proponent of the “Global Creativity-Consciousness,” “The Right to Be Creative,” “The Age of Creativity,” “Mass Creativity,” and the “Global Creativity ‘Marshall Plan,’” Dr. Etuk speaks and writes extensively on strategies for nurturing and engaging everybody’s unique abilities in the Great Work of building a viable and sustainable global civilization that is a befitting tribute to our generation and an enduring legacy to posterity.

For more Information about Revealing the Truth about Human Nature, contact, (540) 953-0685

Efiong Etuk
Global Creativity Network
403-2 Cedar Hill Drive
Blacksburg, Virginia
(540) 953-0685

Insurance King to open Auburn St. and Rockton Ave. Castle

Insurance King on Auburn and Central will be moving into Castle 0001 located 1515 N Rockton Ave. Rockford, IL 61103 on June 1st, 2015.

Rockford, IL, May 30, 2015 – Insurance King on Auburn and Central will be moving into Castle 0001 located 1515 N Rockton Ave. Rockford, IL 61103 on June 1st, 2015.

Insurance King has decided to upgrade their location and get ready for franchising in the near future. Insurance King’s castle 0001 will be a floor model for a satellite office system. The 1515 N Rockton Ave Rockford IL 61103 office will have the same number it has had at the Auburn and central office 815-968-(KING) 5464.

Insurance King has had its main office located in Rockford, IL since 2001 and has grown into the entire states of IL, IN, WI, IA, MO, KS, TN, and OH with more states launching soon. Insurance King focuses on low cost auto, renters, and cycle insurance for the good to high risk driver. Insurance King is inviting current customers and previous customers to see the new location which will have new extended office hours Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm and Saturdays 9am-3pm.

Insurance King wanted to extend the office hours to better serve our customers with the new IL verification act to allow people to make payments and prevent lapses.

Dan Block
Insurance King
127 N. Alpine Rd.
Rockford, IL 61107

Insurance King

“Changing a Culture through the Lens of Storytelling and Reading”

Eli Media Productions Book Project Release, “TomKat, A Family Dinner, Table Manners”

Weston, FL, May 28, 2015 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — Eli Media Productions announces the New Release of the first TomKat Book Series, “TomKat, A Family Dinner, Table Manners.”

The TomKat Series feature four main characters, Professor TomKat, Sari, Tommie, and Kayle TomKat.

Eli, the author of the TomKat children books, captures teaching moments of practical everyday living and forms the subject matter into stories and instructional reading books.

TomKat, A Family Dinner portrays Professor TomKat taking his family out to dinner to celebrate at an upscale restaurant. Sari, Professor TomKat’s wife, teaches Tommie and Kayle the rules of etiquette while enjoying dinner with the family.

“We are in the business of ‘Changing a Culture’ through the lens of storytelling and reading. If we successfully engage, excite, and educate early readers, then we will begin to build stronger foundations for enriched neighborhoods and communities,” said Leigh Hardaway, CEO of Eli Media Productions.

Eli Media Productions is pleased to announce TomKat Book Series, “TomKat, A Family Dinner makes a debut at the Book Expo America, BEA. Checkout TomKat, as he is featured as a member of the New Titles Showcase starting May 27, 2015 – May 29, 2015.

Eli Media Productions, founded in 2014, offers educational resources to reflect the characteristics of the Ecological Theory. The first year’s project will be a series of stories to target the primary educational levels Pre-Kindergarten to Fifth Grade.

Eli is committed to designing instructional learning activities to make reading fun!

For more information visit!

Contact-Details: Eli Media Productions
Leigh Hardaway
P.O. Box 266223
Weston, Florida 33326
Contact Telephone: 678-597-8122

GiftWorksPlus Debuts Its New Line of Custom Colorful Wooden Frames

Leading custom frames and picture gifts company GiftWorksPlus has now added color to its popular line of personalized picture frames.

Waukesha, WI, USA (May 28, 2015) — is excited to announce that it now offers colored customized picture frames. This is the first time color has been added to the company’s collection of custom frames. In addition, GiftWorksPlus is pleased to announce that its new color frame line includes select dog breed frames as well.

With the introduction of color to GiftWorksPlus custom frames, customers can now enhance their photographic displays even more. And as always, customers can easily add special details to picture frames with free personalization. Simply choose the picture frame designs and sizes and then provide names, dates, and phrases to be included on the custom wooden frames. is a Midwest company that is proud of its American craftsmanship. Based in Waukesha, Wisconsin, the picture frame leader employs master craftsmen who take pride in creating custom designed frames and personalized gifts and a support team dedicated to meeting customers’ needs.

To learn more about GiftWorksPlus custom frames or to order, visit or call the friendly customer care team at 888-456-9878. GiftWorksPlus picture frames can also be purchased at and at

Headquartered in the heartland of America, GiftWorksPlus is proud to offer a full line of personalized picture frames, personalized key chains, picture gifts, and more. Each GiftWorksPlus item is intricately handcrafted in the USA out of renewable resources. Special requests and custom orders are always welcome at GiftWorksPlus. Further, free personalization is standard and shipping is free for orders more than $50.

Media Contact:
Karla Jordan
N15 W22218 Watertown Rd. #5
Waukesha, WI 53186

Very Important Relationships, Inc. Announces New CashBack Button Extension feature for its CashBack Shopping Malls

Very Important Relationships, Inc. (VIR), one of the nation’s premier developers of corporately branded Internet CashBack Rewards Shopping Malls today announced the launch of its new CashBack Button browser extension which helps members always get CashBack even when not shopping logged into and shopping from their mall account.

Reno, NV, May 28, 2015 – Very Important Relationships, Inc. (VIR),, one of the nation’s premier developers of corporately branded Internet CashBack Rewards Shopping Malls today announced the launch of its new CashBack Button browser extension which helps members always get CashBack even when not shopping logged into and shopping from their mall account. VIR’s new CashBack Button is now available on all its newest generation of CashBack Shopping Malls and works on Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, and Firefox. An example of one of VIR’s CashBack shopping malls with its new CashBack Button is

“Our new CashBack Button changes everything as our members can now earn CashBack when visiting any of our 3,000+ merchant’s sites directly without going through the mall first.” says Jody Tallal, CEO of VIR. “This means once a member installs their extension; it will always let them know when CashBack is available whenever they do normal web searches on Google, Yahoo or Bing, as well as go to any of our merchant stores directly.”

The extension also lets a member see which stores in the mall are the most visited over the last 24 hours as well as the best Hot Deals sales offered by the mall’s merchants today. It also lets member see their CashBack totals available in their account.

VIR’s core service is its unique CashBack Shopping Mall which feature over 3,000 of the nation’s best know brand store, all offering CashBack on everything purchased. VIR, founded in 2006, is one of the nation’s premier developers of CashBack shopping malls and began its operations when the CashBack small industry was new.

“Today, VIR’s proprietary technology is unmatched in the CashBack Shopping Mall channel, and since its focus is on enhancing the customer experience through high-quality interactions, the end result is a winning combination.” adds Tallal. “VIR has research all of the major CashBack malls and other savings sites in the industry to determine what they are doing that that is working best and they are doing that is not. Previously, no one had figure out the magic combination that consumers want most out of the myriad of single focused savings sites out there. Therefore, VIR’s goal was to evaluate the best of the best of these sites and determine what their most popular elements were, and then combine those together to all inclusive platform.”

VIR’s new third generation malls (v3) are an ultimate shopper’s paradise where retailers from clothing to electronics to jewelry to travel, plus many more products and services, are all available together under one roof for the shopper’s convenience. VIR has relationships with most of the top retailers on he Internet like as Target,, Staples, Best Buy, Travelocity, and over 3,000 others merchants, and brings CashBack shopping, special discounts and significant bargains to its shopping members.

“VIR’s new CashBack Button now allows members to install it once and then never miss another opportunity to earn CashBack.” says Tallal. “It like having a constant monitor set on your computer to visually alert you anytime you are about to make any type of purchase when CashBack is available. For people interested in always getting the highest and best use of their money, it doesn’t get any better than this”

Additionally, clipping coupons from the Sunday newspaper is now a thing of the past. VIR’s malls also have their own Coupons section which offers the four largest online coupon sites on the Internet, all together in one place. These sites include, SmartSource, Redplum and CouponNetwork; so all a member needs to do is select the coupons they want, print them out on their printer, and use them at their local grocery or drugstore. The malls even include a direct API feed from Groupon offering its daily Groupon Goods, which are Groupon’s deeply discounted products offering.

“Since VIR is a technology company first, it can integrate any of its discount health and lifestyle benefit programs with the mall so they are presented to the end user as a seamless website.” states Tallal. “We can integrate multiple independent web based services from different sources and produce a seamless end user experience, all on the same URL. Very Important Relationships, Inc. simple has the best platform available for any company wishing to offer a merchant funded loyalty CashBack shopping mall to its customer, members or supporters.”

About Very Important Relationships, Inc.
Very Important Relationships, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier developers of Internet CashBack Rewards shopping programs. VIR operates different CashBack mall business models that serve seven industries, including customer loyalty, employee benefits, nonprofit fundraising, and association benefits. For more information on Very Important Relationship, Inc. and the services they offer, visit or call (972) 726-9595.

Jody Tallal
Very Important Relationships, Inc.
2533 N Carson Street, Suite 1V
Carson City, NV 89706
(972) 726-9595, Ext 229

Sweet Honey in the Rock Set for US Embassy Tour in Swaziland with Performance at the 9th Annual Bushfire Music Festival May 27-30th

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK, the venerable and Grammy-nominated a cappella ensemble who’ve built a legacy for merging an inimitable and distinct harmonic vocal blend with a veracious commitment to activism.

New York, NY, May 21, 2015 – SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK, the venerable and Grammy-nominated a cappella ensemble who’ve built a legacy for merging an inimitable and distinct harmonic vocal blend with a veracious commitment to activism, social justice, equality and freedom has been invited by the United States Embassy in Swaziland and the Arts Envoy Program to perform at the internationally acclaimed 9th Annual MTN Bushfire Music Festival (May 30th) and to contribute to several cultural and community outreach programs and high school workshops sponsored by Embassy. The Sweet Honey tour dates and activities are scheduled May 27- 30, 2015.

The Swaziland tour marks the ensemble’s fourth international US Embassy tour this year. They were invited in by the US Embassies in Ethiopia, Peru and Jamaica in February to help them honor and celebrate Black History Month. They performed several major concerts and contributed to community programs sponsored by the Embassy in each respective country.

One of the major highlights of their visit to Swaziland will be their debut performance at the MTN Bushfire Festival (May 29-31) which will feature a special collaboration on two songs (one by each artist) with noted songwriter/singer Floewe (real name Fikile Dhladhla) a native of Swaziland.. CNN recently noted the Festival is one of the top seven “must attend music festivals” in Africa. Each year the Festival attracts a diversified mix of globally renowned artists and performersthat “Bring Their Fire” for a multi-cultural and international audience that reaches 20,000 people strong.

“We’re truly honored and excited to be invited to visit Swaziland by the US Embassy” says Carol Maillard, one of Sweet Honey’s founding members. “We’ve enjoyed serving as cultural ambassadors and artists for all the Embassies and countries we’ve visited.We’re deeply grateful to be given another opportunity to share our music and messages with the people in Swaziland,” she added.

In addition to their headlining performance at Bushfire, Sweet Honey will also host a workshop and deliver an abbreviated performance for the Bushfire School Festival, which facilitates workshops for over 750 students from 40 schools and youth groups, led by over 60 teachers throughout the music festival.

Sweet Honey will host a workshop and performfor 500 high school students (15-18) from all over Swaziland. The School Festival is designed to motivate and foster social behavioral change, especially related to HIV. They will host a workshop and perform for 350 students at Elangeni High School during their visit as well.

Sweet Honey will also serve as guest performers at a special welcoming reception by Makila James, the US Ambassador to Swaziland at her private residence. The reception will be attended by local VIP’s, dignitaries, artists, musicians and poets who will be performing at the Bushfire Music Festival.

Last year, Sweet Honey made their premiere US Embassy tour (August 27- 31) as part of the longstanding Arts Envoy program to Belize. The Arts Envoy Program is a longstanding outreach program and initiative by the US State Department.

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK, which celebrated their 40th Anniversary last year is comprised of vocalists Louise Robinson, Carol Maillard, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, Shirley Childress (American Sign Language Interpreter) and special guest acoustic upright/electric bass player Romeir Mendez.

For further information about SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK go to:

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093
323-806-0400 Helps Homeowners Realize the Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors

Minnesota deck builders helps people enjoy the benefits of being outside with maintenance free decks and pergolas.

Burnsville, MN, USA (May 28, 2015) — With today’s indoor and sedentary lifestyles, humans are suffering from debilitating physical and mental health conditions. The popular way to treat modern illnesses is often to take prescription medications. However, there is a very simple (and often free) way to address the problems: get outside., premier Minnesota deck builders and deck building materials supplier, is pleased to share a few reasons why homeowners should spend time outdoors.

One of the most important reasons to go outdoors is to boost the immune system. Having a strong immune system means a person is less likely to contract viruses and diseases that prey on weak or compromised bodies.

Other benefits of spending time outdoors include lower stress, increased happiness, and brain stimulation. Further, studies have indicated that being outside may also contribute to weight loss. believes one of the best ways to spend time outdoors is to enjoy the opportunities an outdoor deck and/or pergola provides. By extending living space beyond the walls of a home, a family can easily move their times together outdoors.

For those in need of deck replacement, deck restoration, or deck building, deck building company is happy and qualified to help. With years of experience in creating customized deck designs and building decks, is the deck builder and decking material supplier to call.

A pergola is a beneficial addition to almost any yard, patio, or outdoor deck. It provides an attractive living space and can be customized to fit any space and style. is pleased to offer Heartland Pergolas and offers a photo gallery of custom pergola ideas at

To learn more about outdoor deck options and Heartland Pergolas offered by, maintenance free decks, or franchise opportunities, contact at or at 952-736-3308. For those located near Burnsville, Minnesota, visit the showroom located on Nicollet Avenue just behind the Burnsville Bus Station. is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am until 4:30 pm, and Saturday from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.

Media Contact:
Bill Barton
12277 Nicollet Ave S.
Burnsville, MN 55337
(952) 736-3308

Dakota Dental is Helping Patients Prevent and Treat Unsightly Cold Sores This Summer

Apple Valley dental clinic Dakota Dental offers information, diagnosis, and treatment of oral health problems such as fever blisters.

Apple Valley, MN, USA (May 28, 2015) — Dakota Dental is pleased to assist clients in preventing and treating cold sores. The Apple Valley dentists are experienced in educating patients on and diagnosing a range of oral health problems including cold sores.

Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are an outward sign of an inner virus. The herpes simplex virus is highly contagious and is easily transmitted. All it takes to transfer the herpes virus from one person to another is a kiss, a shared eating utensil, or even a communal bathroom towel. Even though this virus is easily transmitted from person to person, it still has no cure.

After the initial manifestation of the virus, it will lie dormant until triggered. Once the virus is triggered, an infected person will feel the tell-tale tingling, itching, and burning sensations of a sore about to appear.

Most cold sores are located on the edges of the lips, but sores can also manifest on the chin and cheeks, in the nostrils, and in the mouth. Once the fluid-filled sores appear, they will eventually burst and crust over. Within about two weeks, the sore will heal and gradually disappear.

What triggers cold sores? It varies by person, but most cold sore flare-ups are caused by triggers such as excess sunlight exposure, illness, or stress. There are some treatments available to reduce the symptoms and to shorten the duration of cold sores. These include prescription and over-the-counter antiviral creams to be applied as soon as symptoms are noticed. Pain killers may also be taken to reduce the discomfort.

At Dakota Dental, the family dentists are very experienced in diagnosing and treating oral health problems such as cold sores. There is no reason to be ashamed of dental health issues – the Dakota Dental dentists in Apple Valley are dedicated to providing support to any person seeking dental care and strive to make every dental service experience positive.

To learn more about cold sores or other oral health issues, contact Dakota Dental at or 952-431-5774.

Dakota Dental, located at 14682 Pennock Avenue in Apple Valley, serves the southern Minneapolis/Saint Paul suburbs. Dakota Dental provides comprehensive dental services including, but not limited to, preventative dental work, dental implants, dental care for kids, cosmetic dentistry, and dental emergency services.

Media Contact:
Dr. Shelley Wakefield
Dakota Dental
14682 Pennock Avenue
Apple Valley, MN 55124


DuraFast Label Company Offers Fast, High Resolution Product Label Printing with the Epson TM-C7500G Gloss Color Label Printer

With resolution of up to 1200 x 600 dpi and print speeds of up to 11.8 inches per second, the Epson TM-C7500G Gloss color label printer is perfect for printing photo quality product labels.

Toronto (ON), Canada (May 27, 2015) — DuraFast Label Company is a certified Epson partner now offering the Epson TM-C7500G Gloss color label printer as well as replacement ink cartridges, supplies, accessories, and glossy labels designed specifically for use with this printer.

According to Basat Khalifa from DuraFast, the Epson TM-C7500G Gloss color label printer is ideal for companies that want to print their own product labels on demand. “The Epson ColorWorks C7500G produces gorgeous, full color glossy labels at 1200 by 600 dots per inch,” he said. “And it’s fast – nearly 12 inches per second.”

This speed is the result of a single-pass inkjet system. The Epson TM-C7500G Gloss color label printer includes a built-in unwinder, allowing for larger unattended print runs. “Labels can be printed and immediately wound onto the roll by using the optional TM-C7500 rewinder. The unwinder is contained within the machine and can hold media rolls up to 8″ outside diameter, or OD,” he explained. “If the user wants to bypass the unwinder and connect an external unwinder with larger rolls up to 12″ OD, that is also easy to do.”

The Epson TM-C7500G Gloss color label printer uses modified pigment-based inks specifically developed by Epson for prime label applications on materials such as glossy polypropylene, glossy clear polyester, and even glossy white polyester labels. The ink dries immediately, with no smudging or smearing. The label printer also uses high capacity CMYK ink cartridges.

“The Epson ColorWorks C7500G Gloss uses high yield ink cartridges, bringing the cost of ownership down,” Khalifa said. “We regularly provide our customers with ink cost analyses, and they’re usually pleasantly surprised at the cost savings in terms of operating costs. Not only that, they don’t have to stop production as frequently and there’s less waste, both of which add to the bottom line.”

According to Epson’s brochure, the Epson TM-C7500G Gloss has up to 50 percent lower printing costs than its competitors. Khalifa said that the Epson TM-C7500G sells for $8495 USD and is now being shipped to DuraFast customers across USA and Canada.

The Epson TM-C7500G Gloss label printer is designed for high volume “prime” label production. Prime labels are typically product labels featuring rich, colorful graphics and text. For example, fresh food producers can use this label printer to produce their own fresh food product labels such as labels for baked bread, fresh produce containers, cookies, deli meats, and gourmet foods.

A matte version of the Epson TM-C7500 is also available for printing highly durable GHS BS5609 chemical labels.

About DuraFast Label Company
Serving the “do-it-yourself” business market, DuraFast Label Company is a certified Epson partner that specializes in helping companies produce their own product labels in house. DuraFast Label Company offers a large selection of Epson ColorWorks label printers including both versions of the Epson TM-C7500 color label printer (Matte and Gloss), Epson TM-C3400, Epson TM-C3500, and Epson GP-C831.

DuraFast Label Company also carries replacement ink cartridges, accessories, blank media designed specifically for use with Epson label printers, and custom labels made to order.

See the Epson TM-C7500 Gloss color label printer in action:

Media Contact:
Basat Khalifa
DuraFast Label Company

SAMANA Moves to Le Souk San Francisco Located at 1465 Custer Avenue in San Francisco

A ‘souk’ is a North African word for a marketplace (usually open-air), equivalent to a Persian bazaar, flea market or commercial quarter in Middle Eastern and North African cities.

San Francisco, CA, May 25, 2015 — A ‘souk’ is a North African word for a marketplace (usually open-air), equivalent to a Persian bazaar, flea market or commercial quarter in Middle Eastern and North African cities. Le Souk SF is filled with antiquities, folk art, ethnic and graphic arts, along with furniture, home decorative items, mostly, but not exclusively, from Asia and other ports of call. This, coupled with an extraordinary exotic outdoor garden resplendent with vertical gardens, trees, plants , outdoor sculptures and unusual planting vessels, creates a magical environment rarely found.

All located under one roof are several businesses including: Gil’s Upholstery; Khatriya Armstrong Collection; La Follia; Living Green Planscape; Richard Gervais Collection, and the latest addition SAMANA.

SAMANA’s now sole owner Sandy Martinez reminds her customers of her relocation to a wonderful warehouse named Le Souk SF in what is now BECOMING known as the new Garden District in the Bay Area: located at 1465 Custer Street, SF. Her store features unconventional furnishings, decorative accessories, lighting, garden ITEMS, and gifts brought in from around the world. She features exclusively enhanced designed objects created by SAMANA artists.

SAMANA caters to the eclectic, the bohemian; and has an unconventional approach to interior design. It’s about what’s personal, what’s meaningful, what”s fun, and what’s provocative. It’s about what feels good, looks great and, simply is “you and no one else.”

What’s behind the name? SAMANA comes from Sanskrit , India’s mother language. The word has several meanings – one being that of Hindu wandering monks who emphasize and individualize “ unconventional” ways on their path to enlightenment.

Under this inspiration, we at SAMANA try to bring untraditional inspirations that may brighten up your home, office and favorite spaces.

About the owner of SAMANA – Sandy Martinez:
Sandy was born in Argentina, the end of the world in her opinion. She grew up with the travel bug and it was only a matter of time before she started exploring the rest of Latin America. With a knack to adapt easily to other cultures, she expanded her horizons pursuing adventures in other parts of the world. Purchasing beautiful things and “buying without guilt” as she puts it, came as a natural consequence….. SAMANA was born and ironically the chosen name for her store mirrors her “unconventional” life. Phone: 866-901-1871, 415-642-1056

Richard Gervais Collection
Richard Gervais began traveling and shopping in Southeast Asia in 1968 while vacation traveling there with a college friend from the Philippines. Intrigued and enamored by the interesting never-before-seen folk art, handicrafts and ethnic items abounding there, they decided to open an export/import business together. They immediately began shopping and exporting from the Philippines, and shortly after added Bali, Java, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, Tibet, Nepal, and eventually India, Sri Lanka and Brazil as ports of call.

The first location was a boutique shop opened on the cable car line on California Street. Since then, locations have enlarged and changed to the current location in ‘Le Souk San Francisco’ on Custer Avenue. New shipments continue to arrive and the collection still comprises and interesting and unique array of new, vintage, antique, and even ancient art and artifacts that attract Richard’s eye and aesthetic sensibilities. Phone: 415-642-1056 email:

Living Green Design:
Davis Dalbok, founder, runs a multi-faceted business. Under his guidance, his company has been creating notable gardens throughout the Bay Area and beyond for more than 30 years. Living Green represents some of the industries’ finest lines, including Luciano Antiques, Wijaya Classics Lighting, Gladding McBean Ceramics, and Nature’s Treasures — Minerals and Fossils. At his new location at Le Souk SF, Davis has transformed a former functional storage yard into a thriving exterior landscape nursery and sculpture garden. Living Green now displays garden-oriented water features, garden amenities, and cutting-edge vertical living walls. Within weeks of inhabiting the new space, birds and dragonflies have found a new home in this lively oasis. This new venue captures the spirit of what Living Green has always been about: using beautiful plants and soulful objects to create outdoor living environments that are both well-appointed and spiritually grounding. Phone: 415-864-2251 email:

Gil’s Upholstery Inc
Established in 1985, Gil’s is family owned and operated and has provided the very best in upholstery services for private residences and the top interior designers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gil’s Upholstery specializes in Re-Upholstery, Antique Restoration, Custom-Made Furniture, Outdoor, Residential and Commercial Upholstery. The owner, Gilbert Herrera, takes pride in creating and sustaining authentic relationships with his clients, a key component to Gil’s Upholstery success. With his two sons, Anthony and Marcus, working by his side, along with a team of expert upholsterers, Gil’s Upholstery continues to execute one-of-a-kind work for clients. Gil’s work has been featured in Elle Decor several times and can be seen at some of San Francisco’s most prestige homes and establishments. Look for Gil’s Upholstery Inc. on various social media outlets. Phone: Call Anthony 415-290-9320/ 650-291-5473 email:
FB: Instagram: Hours: Monday to Friday 9AM – 5PM Saturday 10AM – 3pm

La Follia Floral Design Landscape
La Follia event and floral designer, Thierry Chantrel, received his degree from Ecole Speciale d’Architecture des Jardins in Paris. He began his career working with “Decoration Florale, ” one of the top Parisian decoration firms. While with them he had the opportunity to work for an exclusive list of clients and their discriminating friends, as well as the major companies in the fashion industry, such as Givenchy, Valentino, Ricci, Hermes, and many others. Thierry Chantrel now has his Atelier in San Francisco. His clientele reads like a who’s who of Bay Area society and his flowers have graced venues and homes throughout the city, the wine country and the Peninsula. He was honored with “Best of Show” for the San Francisco Landscape and Garden Show and he is regularly featured in Bouquets to Art. He is a familiar face on the lecture circuit and is a favorite of Bay Area garden clubs. His decorative furniture has been featured in Architectural Digest and in the book L.A. LOFTS by Barbara Thornburg. Thierry designs beautiful arrangements for weddings, events, or parties based on your specific needs and desires, and at the same time imbues your floral decoration with the style and classical tradition that has earned him recognition as one of America’s Top Florists (Elle Décor). His work can be seen in Vera Wang’s Vera Wang On Weddings and in Mallory Samson’s Outdoor Weddings: Unforgettable Celebrations in Storybook Settings. By appointment only. Phone: 415-551-2310 email:

Le Souk SF, 1465 Custer Ave, San Francisco 94124, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am- 4pm. SAMANA located at LE SOUKSF 1465 Custer Ave | San Francisco | 94124

Marci Bracco
Carmel, CA 93923