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Jean Tarbett Hardiman: Blenko designs vase to honor memory of museum volunteer

Oct. 18, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

A special vase has been designed by Blenko Glass in memory of Patsy Lansaw, a longtime volunteer manager of the gift shop at the Huntington Museum of Art.

Lansaw passed away earlier this year, and in her honor, the museum has commissioned a special, limited-edition vase now being sold in the gift shop for $112. Proceeds will support the museum.

The design for the Blenko vase is inspired by Alexander Calder's Red G mobile, which is part of the museum's permanent collection. The vase stands approximately 111/2 inches high and is made of clear glass with red and orange touches of color, meant to bring to mind the movement of Calder's mobile.

Sixty vases of this design have been made, and as of Wednesday afternoon, 42 had already been reserved. Paid pre-orders for the vase are being taken through Tuesday, Nov. 6. The vases will be available for pickup at the museum's annual Holiday Preview, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 6. Call 304-529-2701, ext. 323.

MARCO'S PIZZA: A new pizza place is setting up shop where Jolly Pirate used to be at 110 5th Ave.

Marco's Pizza, a chain based in Toledo, Ohio, sells pizzas, subs, wings, meatballs and more, offering catering and online ordering as well. It focuses on fresh ingredients and is based on Italian family recipes of founder Pasquale "Pat" Giammarco.

The chain now operates more than 320 franchises in 26 states and the Bahamas, with the Huntington store its first in West Virginia. The franchise will be run by Mike and Bettie Chapman, who expect it to open late next month.

According to its website, the Huntington store will be open at 11 a.m. daily, closing at 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and closing at midnight Fridays and Saturdays. The store is hiring for all positions. Learn more at marcospizza.com.

ELDER-BEERMAN: The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., which operates Elder-Beerman and other retailers, will host its Community Days fundraising event Friday, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 10, nationwide, including its Elder-Beerman store at the Huntington Mall.

Eligible 501C-3 nonprofit organizations and schools may still sign up at www.communitydayevent.com to sell savings booklets for a $5 donation to support their group. In return, purchasers receive a booklet with more than $400 in savings, including a $10-off coupon. The organization keeps 100 percent of the $5 donation.

For the first time, donors can purchase a savings booklet online at bonton.com or communitydayevent.com, and direct the funds to the participating organization of their choice. Booklets will be mailed to donors by The Bon-Ton Stores free of charge.

The savings booklets can be used for purchasing merchandise in stores and online Nov. 9-10.

TOYOTA MANUFACTURING: Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virgnia, in cooperation with Special Olympics West Virginia, awarded a Toyota Tundra valued at $39,000 to Jack Richards.

Richards won the vehicle for his Hole In One Shot at the 15th Annual Toyota/Special Olympics West Virginia Golf Classic, held last month at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Hurricane. The tournament is a private fundraiser wholly underwritten by Toyota. Since its inception 15 years ago, the event has raised more than $739,000 to benefit Special Olympics West Virginia.

Please send business news items to Jean Tarbett Hardiman at jeant@herald-dispatch.com.