Saturday, March 18, 2023

What's it Like Working in a Ghost Kitchen? | E-Neighborhood Advisor

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Your burger, tacos, or pizza could be cooked anywhere—which makes the ghost kitchen concept so lucrative and appealing to owners and investors, says Eater magazine's Terrence Doyle.🍔🍕🌮

With growing frequency, the food you order from a delivery app is being prepared in a ghost kitchen — or cloud kitchen, or commissary kitchen, or whatever you want to call it — by cooks working for a restaurant that doesn't really exist, at least not in the traditional sense. There is no storefront, no dining room, and no front-of-house staff. In some cases, the kitchen functions as a hub for a handful of other so-called virtual restaurants; in others, the virtual restaurant's food is prepared inside an established brick-and-mortar kitchen but with a separate name and menu. Either way, your burger or tacos, or pizza could be cooked anywhere by anyone — which is what makes the ghost kitchen concept so lucrative and appealing to owners and investors.
 
These kinds of digital-only restaurants existed before the pandemic broke out, but they experienced exponential growth as people across the country were confined to their homes for more than a year, unable to safely eat inside a restaurant dining room filled with strangers. Some of them are run by independent operators looking for an inexpensive and easy way to try something new (and for extra revenue to keep the lights on as the industry continues to struggle); many more are run by a number of large companies making big bets on delivery being the future of the restaurant industry. 

Take the Local Culinary for example, a ghost kitchen company that operates more than 40 virtual restaurant brands with generic names like Chef Burger or Pizza Mania. The Local Culinary launches digital-only restaurants — many of which serve burgers, chicken, pizza, or tacos — and franchises them out to operators with physical kitchen space. Its founder, Alp Franko, says he doesn't have enough revenue data to predict too far into the future. Still, some research he's seen suggests the market might "double or triple" in the coming years. In contrast, other reports predict that ghost kitchens could transform into a $1 trillion industry over the next decade.
 
Another major player in the virtual dining industry is Planet Hollywood founder and CEO Robert Earl, whose Virtual Dining Concepts has launched a handful of celebrity-branded digital-only restaurants in the past year. Like Franko, Earl — who says his budding virtual restaurant empire helped sustain his hospitality business during the pandemic — is looking to capitalize on some perceived spare capacity (space, time, equipment, labor) in restaurant kitchens.
 
None of Virtual Dining Concepts' celebrity brands (not even Pauly D's Italian Subs) have exploded more than MrBeast Burger, an online-only fast-food restaurant founded in conjunction with a wildly popular YouTuber named MrBeast. The digital burger joint launched with more than 300 virtual restaurants in more than 35 states in December 2020. Now, there are nearly 1,000, and Earl says that number is set to double. 

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Virtual Dining Concepts isn't Earl's only venture with ghost kitchens. Having previously collaborated on a fast-casual chicken sandwich restaurant called Chicken Guy, the mogul and loved/loathed chef Guy Fieri recently teamed up to launch Flavortown Kitchen. Like some outposts of MrBeast Burger and Earl's other virtual restaurants, Flavortown Kitchen operates out of a number of chains he already owns, including Bertucci's, a wood-fired pizza chain that originated in Boston in the early 1980s and is best known for its halfway decent pizza and warm dinner rolls. Now it doubles as a mass producer of Fieri's "donkey sauce."

At the end of the day, the goal of these virtual restaurants (for the franchisor and the franchisee) is no different than any other business: to maximize profits and minimize overhead. Why operate one restaurant in your kitchen when you can operate four, five, or 12? The space is there, and the equipment is there, after all. But then again, the cooks suddenly have to memorize and execute all those extra menus. Does their pay increase? Will ghost kitchens add more staff to accommodate the increased volume? In conversations with C-suite and management types for this reporting, these questions went unanswered and danced around, but more than one source said individual ghost kitchen operators determine issues of pay.

Labor in ghost kitchens, like the concept itself, is often opaque. There are certainly instances when a brick-and-mortar opts into a ghost kitchen model, increases revenues, and is then better able to retain existing kitchen staff or hire additional kitchen staff, but there are also instances when the opposite is true. Ghost kitchens put another barrier — a smartphone screen, in this case — between diners and the people making their food, hiding from view a workforce that was already next to invisible.

Not all ghost kitchen businesses are inherently exploitative or obsessed with profit over labor — indeed, some may even be responsible for saving independent restaurants that might have otherwise gone out of business during the leaner moments of the pandemic without the extra revenue. Take Stillwater in downtown Boston, for example. During a typical dinner service, chef and owner Sarah Wade and her kitchen staff can be found whipping up plates of Ritz fried chicken or crispy Faroe Island salmon skin for the groups of hungry diners that have swarmed back to the restaurant since Massachusetts lifted its restrictions on indoor dining in May. But the Stillwater menu is no longer the lone focus in the restaurant's kitchen — Wade and crew are also busy preparing orders for the Mac Bar, a mac and cheese-focused takeout and delivery restaurant she launched in November 2020 as a way to make ends meet.

"It's a concept I've been rolling around in my head for a while," says Wade. "And this was an opportunity to trial it and see if it worked if we got a good bite on it and if maybe someday I wanted to do it as a brick-and-mortar. So there were a lot of reasons why I started it. But mainly, of course, it was to make money and pay rent and staff during COVID."

Ghost kitchens may or may not be the future of the restaurant industry, but they're definitely the present. And as the pandemic continues to surge, making diners more wary of eating indoors, they're probably not going away anytime soon.

Ghost kitchens aside, do you have a favorite restaurant here in town? I would love to hear about it and why you like it.😀 Thanks for reading!
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Matt Capell & Capell Team
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What do lousy chefs use to tell them when a roast is done?
A smoke detector.

Saturday, March 11, 2023

The Healing Power of Nature | E-Neighborhood Advisor

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Most of us have shuddered on hearing the sound of our own voice. In fact, not liking the sound of your own voice is so common that there's a term for it: voice confrontation.

But why is voice confrontation so frequent, while barely a thought is given to the voices of others? Philip Jaekl in The Guardian has the answer.

A common explanation often found in popular media is that because we normally hear our own voice while talking, we receive both sound transferred to our ears externally by air conduction and sound transmitted internally through our bones. This bone conduction of sound delivers rich low frequencies that are not included in air-conducted vocal sound. So when you hear your recorded voice without these frequencies, it sounds higher – and different. Basically, the reasoning is that because our recorded voice does not sound how we expect it to, we don't like it.
 
Dr. Silke Paulmann, a psychologist at the University of Essex, says, "I would speculate that the fact that we sound more high-pitched than what we think we should lead us to cringe as it doesn't meet our internal expectations; our voice plays a massive role in forming our identity, and I guess no one likes to realize that you're not really who you think you are."
 
Yet some studies have shown that this might only be a partial explanation. 

For example, a 2013 study asked participants to rate the attractiveness of different recorded voice samples. When their own voice was secretly mixed in with these samples, participants gave significantly higher ratings to their voice when they did not recognize it as their own. 

What's more, a complete explanation can be found in a series of early studies published years before the plenitude of reports offering the sound frequency and expectancy explanation.

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Through their experiments, the late psychologists Phil Holzemann and Clyde Rousey concluded in 1966 that voice confrontation arises not only from a difference in expected frequency but also from a striking revelation that occurs upon the realization of all that your voice conveys. Not only does it sound different than you expect, but through what are called "extra-linguistic cues," it reveals aspects of your personality that you can only fully perceive upon hearing it from a recording. These include aspects such as your anxiety level, indecision, sadness, anger, and so on.

Their following study showed that bilinguals who learned a second language after the age of 16 showed more discomfort when hearing their recorded voices in their first language – a fact not easily explained by a lack of bone-conducted sound frequencies. (I'm in this boat.)

The complexity of vocal coordination is enormous, and we simply don't have complete, conscious, "online" control. Indeed, the vocal larynx contains the highest ratio of nerve to muscle fibers in the human body. Moreover, when hearing a recording, we have none of the control over our speaking that we usually do; it's as though our voices are running wild.

Marc Pell, a neuroscientist at McGill University, specializes in the communication of emotion. He stands by the Holzemann and Rousey studies, saying: "when we hear our isolated voice, which is disembodied from the rest of our behavior, we may go through the automatic process of evaluating our own voice in the way we routinely do with other people's voices … I think we then compare our own impressions of the voice to how other people must evaluate us socially, leading many people to be upset or dissatisfied with the way they sound because the impressions formed do not fit with social traits they wish to project."

So, even though we may be surprised by what we actually sound like, it is the extra-linguistic content of what our voices may reveal that could be more disconcerting. Yet it is unlikely that others are similarly surprised by a high-pitched aspect of your voice. Moreover, others probably aren't making the same evaluations about your voice that you might. We tend not to be critical of other people's voices, so the chances are you're the only person thinking about your own.

I found this article interesting for sure. I surveyed the Capell Flooring team, and nobody really likes how their voice sounds to them, including myself. Interesting for sure to learn more about this topic. I hope you are having a good weekend so far, and thanks for reading!
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Matt Capell & Capell Team
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Have you ever met someone with a high-pitched voice?
They're nothing but treble.

Saturday, March 4, 2023

New Year Traditions to Bring You Luck From Around the World | E-Neighborhood Advisor

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In 1722, a pet squirrel named Mungo passed away. It was a tragedy: Mungo escaped its confines and met its fate at the teeth of a dog. Benjamin Franklin, a friend of the owner, immortalized the squirrel with a tribute, according to Natalie Zarrelli in Atlas Obscura.
 
"Few squirrels were better accomplished, for he had a good education, had traveled far, and seen much of the world." Franklin wrote, adding, "Thou art fallen by the fangs of wanton, cruel Ranger!" 

Mourning a squirrel's death wasn't as uncommon as you might think when Franklin wrote Mungo's eulogy; in the 18th and 19th centuries, squirrels were fixtures in American homes, especially for children. While colonial Americans kept many types of wild animals as pets, squirrels "were the most popular," according to Katherine Grier's Pets in America, being relatively easy to keep.
 
By the 1700s, a golden era of squirrel ownership was in full swing. Squirrels were sold in markets and found in the homes of wealthy urban families, and portraits of well-to-do children holding a reserved, polite upper-class squirrel attached to a gold chain leash were proudly displayed (some of which are currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art). Most pet squirrels were American Grey Squirrels, though Red Squirrels and Flying Squirrels also were around, enchanting the country with their devil-may-care attitudes and fluffy bodies.
 
By the 19th century, a canon of squirrel-care literature emerged for the enthusiast. In the 1851 book Domestic pets: their habits and management, Jane Loudon writes more about squirrels as pets than rabbits. She devotes an entire chapter to the "beautiful little creature, very agile and graceful in its movements." Squirrels "may be taught to jump from one hand to the other to search for a hidden nut, and it soon knows its name and the persons who feed it." Loudin also waxes on their habits, like jumping around a room and peeping out from wooden eaves, writing that "an instance is recorded of no less than seventeen lumps of sugar being found in the cornice of a drawing-room in which a squirrel had been kept, besides innumerable nuts, pieces of biscuit." Loudon's advice: when your squirrel is not running around the room, provide it with a tin-lined cage that has a running wheel.

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Meanwhile, in 1859, Leisure Hour Monthly advised to feed it "a fig or a date now and then" and that you should start your squirrel-raising adventure with those procured "directly from the nest, when possible." The unnamed author's own pet squirrels, Dick and Peter, had the freedom of his bedroom and plenty of nuts to store away. "Let your pet squirrels crack their own nuts, my young squirrel fanciers," the author wrote.

While many people captured their pet squirrels from the wild in the 1800s, squirrels were also sold in pet shops, a then-burgeoning industry that today constitutes a $70 billion business. For example, one home manual from 1883 explained that any squirrel could be bought from your local bird breeder. But not unlike some shops today, these pet stores could have a dark side; Grier writes that shop owners "faced the possibility that they sold animals to customers who would neglect or abuse them, or that their trade in a particular species could endanger its future in the wild."

Keeping pet squirrels has a downside for humans too, which eventually became clear: despite their owners' best attempts at taming them, they're still wild animals. As time wore on, squirrels were increasingly viewed as pests; by the 1910s, squirrels became so despised in California that the state issued a widespread public attack on the once-adored creatures. From the 1920s through the 1970s, many states slowly adopted wildlife conservation and exotic pet laws, which prohibited keeping squirrels at home. Experts and enthusiasts warn that squirrels don't always make ideal pets because of their finicky diet, space requirements, and scratchy claws.

None of this, of course, will deter the most determined squirrel owner. Fans of Bob Ross might remember his pet squirrel named Peapod, and some squirrel owners are rekindling the obsession by making their pets Instagram-famous. Still, wild squirrels surely agree—it's probably best we're now mostly leaving them to the forest.

When I was younger, I thought it might be fun to have a pet monkey. Now, I realize that isn't super practical. Is there an exotic pet you have ever wanted to own and be part of your family? Please feel free to share. We have a couple of squirrels that live in the tree in my backyard. They are fun to watch, but I think it is best that they stay outside.🐿️🐿️
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Matt Capell & Capell Team
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What’s a squirrel’s favorite ballet?
The Nutcracker.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Welcome to March 2023 | Capell Flooring and Interiors

 

Dear Friends, 

March is here again, and with it, our latest welcome into the new month!

We never quite know what to expect from March.

Is winter going to hang on a bit longer, or is it going to warm up?  It feels like the coldest bit of winter is behind us, but there may still be cold, wintery days ahead.  With wintery weather comes muddy floors and boot tracks through our homes, which can really do a number on our flooring.  If your floors have suffered this past winter and you’re thinking of a refresh this spring, it’s the perfect time to consult our team on the best floors for your home.  Don’t wait!

We generally have a bit of a waiting list to complete installations, so please head on over today to see us!

Thank you for reading, and we hope you have a wonderful month!

Your friend, 

Matt Capell of Capell Flooring and Interiors

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Four Areas in Your Kitchen You're Forgetting to Clean | E-Neighborhood Advisor

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Even if you religiously clean your kitchen, you're human — and chances are, there are a couple of spots you've forgotten to clean. Or maybe you know you should clean them, but you just keep putting the chore off. Either way, now's the perfect time to address those oft-forgotten kitchen areas. 

Not sure exactly where to begin? We tapped professional chefs to find out which kitchen spots are most forgotten, and how to clean them most efficiently, according to Apartment Therapy. 

Your Stovetop Crevices
You might be great about wiping away visible food splatters when you're cooking, but what about all the nooks and crannies in and around your stovetop? If you can't remember the last time you tackled those areas, Katina Mountanos, founder and CEO of Kosterina and author of Kosterina Kitchen, suggests you do so pronto — and she suggests you use olive oil to get it done. 

"I dab olive oil on a microfiber cloth, and it works wonders on stainless steel," she says. While you can use pretty much any olive oil to shine up your stove, save the fancy stuff for cooking. "I use generic olive oil for this," says Mountanos. "I wouldn't disrespect high-antioxidant EVOO in this way!"

Your Electric Kettle
Tea and coffee-drinkers, this one's for you. Carla Contreras, a professional chef and food stylist, and photographer says electric kettles can quickly accumulate limescale. "I had no idea about this until I started to make tea and pour-over coffee regularly in my electric kettle," she says. "To my surprise, there was a build-up of white gunk."

Luckily, it's simple to clean. Contreras adds a cup of white vinegar and a cup of water to the kettle, brings it to a boil, and then lets it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing. Then, fill up the tea kettle with clean water, bring it to a boil, and rinse it again. "I do this at least once a month to keep my kettle clean, and my tea fresh-tasting," she says. No electric kettle at home? This method also works for a stovetop one!

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Your Silverware Drawer
Another commonly forgotten space: inside your silverware drawer. "I recently replaced my silverware organizer and was surprised by the amount of crumbs that had accumulated," Contreras says. "This area can get really dirty, especially if you are prepping food above and the drawer isn't closed 100%."

To clean, take everything out, including the drawer liner and silverware. If the drawer has a ton of crumbs, Contreras suggests using a vacuum hose, then wiping down with hot soapy water and drying with a clean towel. Once everything is dry, put everything back in the drawer. "I now do this once per season to keep things neat and tidy," she says.

Your Spice and Oil/Vinegar Area
Timothy Hollingsworth, chef and owner of Otium in Los Angeles and OXO Chef In Residence, says people commonly forget to clean their spice and oil and vinegar areas. "A lot of the time when people are cooking, they tend to grab, use, and put back," he says.

The easiest way to keep things tidy is to give your spices, oils, and vinegars, a quick wipe-down every time you use them. To go the extra mile, keep your spice jars organized and easily accessible to prevent them from falling over and spilling. (Hollingsworth likes OXO Not So Lazy Susan Turntable and spice organizers.)

Another tip: Go through your spices, oils, and vinegar at least quarterly. "I pull everything out, make sure things are not expired, still in good condition, and the shelves or drawers are wiped down," Hollingsworth says. "This is also a great opportunity to take inventory of what you have and restock on anything you might be running low on."
After going through this, I'm guilty of most of these, sounds like this Saturday, I might need to pull out my stove and fridge and brave the horror that I find behind them and give them a good cleaning. Good luck!

Happy Early Spring Cleaning!
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,


Matt Capell & Capell Team
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P.S.  Here is joke for you....

I’m really not into spring cleaning.
Come to think of it, I’m not into summer, fall, or winter cleaning either.

Saturday, February 18, 2023

What Being a Dog or Cat Person Says About You | E-Neighborhood Advisor

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Are you a cat person or a dog person? The answer to this age-old question could reveal a little bit about your personality, according to Popular Science. 

For example, there are notable differences between dog and cat people as demographics. In 2014, Mikel Delgado, a postdoctoral researcher and applied animal behaviorist at the UC Davis veterinary school, authored a study that looked at something called the “Big 5” personality measurements in those who said they preferred one or the other species, as well as those who said they have no preference or don’t like cats and dogs. 

The Big 5 are widely used metrics of personality, often referenced with the acronym OCEAN: openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. (That last one, neuroticism, is defined in this context as sensitivity or nervousness.) These traits, as defined in scientific literature, can be broadly applied across cultures and form a useful way to understand personalities. 

Delgado found that respondents who said they preferred cats tended to be higher in openness and neuroticism, while self-identified dog people tended towards more extroversion and agreeableness. 

These findings line up with previous studies on this issue. Such studies have also found that those who identify as dog people tend to be more dominant in social interactions and more narcissistic, and those who identify as cat people were, at least in one study, more likely to be female. 

Still, research like this isn’t perfect. “Most of us are doing research on a limited budget, and we are doing survey research,” says Delgado. Ideally, research is conducted with balanced populations of people who are compensated for their participation. In this case, she says, “the people who are likely to fill out a survey, especially a long survey, about their pets are going to fit a certain demographic.” She says they also probably have a much higher level of attachment to their pet than the average owner. 

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She says the survey respondents in this area are overwhelmingly women, often representing 85-90 percent of respondents. They also tend to be white, which is consistent with the demographics of pet ownership in the United States. That means that survey responses probably say a lot more about how that specific population of pet owners feels about their pets than what all pet owners are likely to feel or think. 

What’s more, Delgado says, the pet industry is a huge funder of this research, which naturally shapes the kind of work that gets done. Research that’s more likely to make pet ownership seem appealing—for instance, associating certain personality traits with certain kinds of pets—supports the sale of animals and animal products. Other research, such as how being owned benefits or detracts from the well-being of the animals themselves, is less likely to do that and thus harder to get funding for, Delgado says. 

Asking how dog people and cat people differ is really just asking a simple question about a complicated issue. For one thing, in doing so, “we are treating cats and dogs as if somehow they’re equivalent,” says Delgado. “And they’re very different animals.” 
Cats and dogs have different histories of domestication, different needs, different attachments to their owners, and different natural behaviors that are more or less compatible with human needs and behaviors. And, like humans, they’re different from one another: what works for one human and one cat might not work for another human or another cat. 

All of these factors, along with past pet experiences and even the internet’s influence on companion animal culture, can affect whether someone says they prefer cats or dogs. The other big thing that hasn’t been studied, Delgado says, is what makes people who like pets at all different from those who don’t like or want pets. For all, we know, that difference could be much more fundamental and complex. 

Another future research direction Delgado says is important is looking at how COVID-19 and working from home have affected people’s attachment to their companion animals. Researchers in her field started surveys early in the pandemic, and we expect to get more information on this over the next few years. 

So, in the end, maybe the question isn’t whether you’re a dog- or cat-person at all—but whether your life has space in it for a pet, and you’re ready to bring your conscientiousness, agreeableness, neuroticism, or whatever other traits you have to your relationship with your fuzzy new friend. Personally, I like cats and dogs. I grew up on a small farm in South Meridian, and we had both cats and dogs, along with other animals. My children love cats, so I think, really, it boils down to the individual, their situation, and what they are looking for in a pet.

Do you have a favorite? I would love to hear about it and see a picture or two.
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Matt Capell & Capell Team
Capell Flooring and Interiors
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P.S.  Here is joke for you....

Why did the cats ask for a drum set?
They wanted to make some mewsic!

Saturday, February 11, 2023

How State Capitals Got Their Names | E-Neighborhood Advisor

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The history of our state capitals' names is as varied as it is storied: Some are named after presidents or notable figures, some are the stuff of legend, and some seem obvious (hello, Oklahoma City) but really have more to them than that. Here are several examples; you can check out the entire list in Reader's Digest.

Juneau, Alaska
Joseph Juneau discovered gold in Alaska in 1880 with his prospecting partner, Richard Harris. When other prospectors flocked to the area, Harris named the resulting town after himself: Harrisburg. It was briefly renamed Rockwell, ostensibly because there were too many towns in the U.S. named Harrisburg. But Joe Juneau felt something in the town should be named for him, and in 1881, he garnered enough support to change the name to Juneau. In 1906, the city became the territory capital; Alaska officially became a state, and Juneau became the state capital in 1956. Today, Juneau's natural beauty is offset with one of the strangest roadside attractions in America.

Little Rock, Arkansas
Bernard de la Harpe, a French explorer from New Orleans, noticed an outcropping of rock along the banks of the Arkansas River—the first he had seen since leaving New Orleans—which he called la petite roche (translation: "the little rock"). In 1803, the United States purchased this area, which was then part of the Louisiana Territory, from France (although Native Americans still occupied it). In 1818, boundary lines defining what's now Arkansas were drawn via a treaty that referred to this spot as "Little Rock," and the name stuck. The settlement was designated as the territorial capital in 1820, and in 1836 Arkansas became a state.

Honolulu, Hawaii
The word Honolulu means "protected bay" in the Hawaiian language, and it's thought that there has been a settlement in the spot since the 12th century. Despite English colonists wanting to call it Fair Heaven or Brown's Harbor (after Captain William Brown, who landed there in 1778), the Hawaiian name for the city stuck, and it was ultimately declared capital of the Hawaiian kingdom by King Kamehameha III in 1850, more than a hundred years before Hawaii became a state in 1959.

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Frankfort, Kentucky
Frankfort has nothing to do with the similar-sounding German city and everything to do with Stephen Frank, a local settler who was killed during a skirmish with Native Americans in 1780. Because of a ford along the river that ran through the area, a Buffalo trail that led the way for settlers, "Frank's Ford" seemed a good choice. In 1786, the name was shortened to Frankfort, and it beat out other cities to become the capital when Kentucky became a state in 1792.

Helena, Montana
Montana's state capital was originally named Crabtown after one of the four prospectors who found gold on what's now Helena's main street, which they called "Last Chance Gulch." As more people moved to the town, they decided to rename it, St. Helena, after a town in Minnesota where some of them were from. It was eventually shortened to Helena. (Reportedly, other names were floated, including Pumpkinville and Squashtown, as their meeting was close to Halloween.) Helena became the territory capital in 1875 and retained the honor when Montana became a state in 1889.

Trenton, New Jersey
Here's one of the not-so-surprising facts about George Washington: Trenton is the site of Washington's first victory in the Revolutionary War after the general crossed the Delaware River and arrived there for a surprise attack on Dec. 25, 1776. But surprisingly, Trenton was named for someone else: William Trent, one of the leading landowners in 1719. Initially, it was called Trent Town, which eventually became consolidated into its current form. Trenton became the capital of New Jersey in 1790.

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe, which means "Holy Faith" in Spanish, is the oldest state capital in U.S.: The city, the second oldest in the country, was founded in 1610. It was a Spanish capital, a Mexican capital, the American territorial capital and, finally, the U.S. state capital from 1912. Sante Fe is not exactly the name that was intended by the man who christened it, however: New Mexico's first governor under Spain, Don Pedro de Peralta, wanted it to be known as "La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asís," which means "The Royal City of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi."

Boise, Idaho (Here's what they had to say about our capital)
Boise (pronounced "boy-see" by locals, not "boy-zee") is a French word that means "wooded," which, legend has it, is what 19th-century French Canadian fur trappers exclaimed when they saw the tree-lined banks of the Boise River: "Les bois!" It appeared like an oasis after crossing the plains of the eastern part of the state. Some accounts say they called it "la rivière boisée," which means "the wooded river." Even today, Boise is known as the "City of Trees." In 1864, a year after Idaho Territory was established with Lewiston as the capital, that distinction moved to Boise, and Idaho became a state in 1890. Today, Boise's old Idaho State Penitentiary is one of the spookiest abandoned places.
I still remember back in 5th grade here in Meridian, Idaho; we learned all the state capitals for a test. I still have most, if not all, memorized, but it was fun to read about how some of them got their names and origins.

Happy Saturday to you, and please don't hesitate to contact us if you need anything!
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,
Capell Flooring Team
Matt Capell & Capell Team
Capell Flooring and Interiors
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What is the capital of Alaska?
Come on, Juneau this one!