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Cynthia Brick, the matriarch of Brick's Fine Furniture, died at age 78 on Friday during a short battle with an undisclosed illness. Marsha Brick, Cynthia's daughter, said her mother's death while in hospital at the Health Sciences Centre was unexpected as she had been planning to rejoin Marsha at work in the family's furniture store at 171 Bannatyne Ave. Cynthia and her late husband Fred, who died in 2016, together operated their downtown furniture store since August of 1969 and together won a five-year legal battle in the 1990s with furniture giant The Brick to uphold their family's right to use their name as their store's name.
Calgary police are hoping to put on ice a serial cigarette thief who hurled a slush drink in one of the heists. Since June 14, police say a man has entered eight Calgary convenience stores where he lunged over the counter to grab cigarettes before fleeing. “In one case, the man also threw a Slurpee at the clerk before taking the cigarettes,” police said in a statement.
Since 1985, Twice But Nice has been getting items and giving back. The store in downtown Fort Saskatchewan takes donated items and sells them. Whatever they make above paying their staff, they give back to community groups or initiatives. Most recently, the Twice But Nice board gave $5,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Saskatchewan. The money will go to helping 16 youth (aged 13-17) involved in the Youth Employment Program. "I keep encouraging people to come out and buy because that's how we fund this stuff," said Birgit Blizzard, secretary of the Twice But Nice board. The program pays for the youth to work 20 hours a week for about four weeks. While doing so, they gain valuable work experience.