According to British legal stature...
1) an idiot is an individual with an IQ of less than 20,
2) an imbecile has an IQ of between 20 and 49, and
3) a moron an IQ between 50 and 69. 4) a cretin is specifically a person with a deformity or mental retardation caused by a thyroid deficiency; cretinism is now more commonly called hyperthyroidism.
Idiotis derived from the Greek for "private person" (as in idiosyncracy); Imbecileis a construction from a Latin phrase meaning "without a stick"; Moron is from the Greek for "childish"; Cretin comes, via the French, from the word "Christian" and implies a holy person - "God's fool" as it were.
It was my mom's favorite store.
From the very 1st one in YarmouthPort on Cape Cod.
It grew into a retail giant!
We always teased mom about it.
But she was their target audience.
Christmas Tree Shops has its beginnings in the 1950s, in a barn in the quaint Cape Cod town of Yarmouthport, Massachusetts. The store was a holiday gift shop called The Christmas Tree Gift Shop and sold Christmas gifts and ornaments May through October.
Twenty years later, Chuck and Doreen Bilezikian bought the seasonal shop, and with their sons, began to transform the business into a destination for one-of-a-kind items and real value prices. They found authentic deals for their customers, and stocked the shelves with closeouts, overruns by well-known manufacturers, and unique products at wholesale prices. The buildings were renovated into quaint bargain-filled spaces known as the Barn Shop, the Front Shop and the Back Shop (which is why it’s Christmas Tree Shops instead of Shop). Customers were delighted with the treasures -- and the prices -- and slowly the business became a year-round operation. Though no longer a Christmas shop, the name remained, and added even more character to the store's distinctive personality.
Christmas Tree Shops expanded along Cape Cod, opened the first off-Cape store in 1981, and continued to grow. Visitors to New England and Cape Cod fell in love with the quirky, charming stores that carried just about everything under the sun (including the beach umbrella and the sunscreen). For vacationing families, a trip to Christmas Tree Shops became as anticipated as the first trip to the beach. During the holidays, Christmas Tree Shops was (and still is) a wonderland of home décor, trim-a-tree, gifts, stocking stuffers, holiday baking supplies and so much more.
In 2003, the buzz about Christmas Tree Shops caught the attention of housewares and home furnishings retailer Bed Bath & Beyond, and later that year, Christmas Tree Shops became part of the Bed Bath & Beyond family. Recognizing that everyone loves an amazing value, Bed Bath & Beyond began introducing Christmas Tree Shops to markets beyond New England and the northeastern United States. In 2012, to communicate to customers in those new markets that the store is more than a holiday destination, new stores opened with either andThat! or Christmas Tree Shops andThat! as the name. Today more than 70 Christmas Tree Shops andThat! and andThat! stores are located in 21 states.
Roger Ridley performing in Santa Monica shortly before died in 2005.
In the 1990s Roger played on the NYC subway platforms and I used to watch him every day during my commute. I'd listen with tears in my eyes. No singer had more soul. I gave him tips each time. And I'd often miss my train because I could not leave. I was transfixed by his greatness.
Around 2001 he left NYC to perform regularly in Las Vegas at the (then new) New York New York Hotel in the role of (what else?) a street performer.
Ridley eventually moved to Santa Monica and got "discovered" by music producer Mark Johnson. Roger's performance of "Stand By Me" inspired Johnson to produce this round-the-world rendition... viewed by more than 106,000,000 people.