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Judges for the Bake Off and Chili Cook Off always take their duties seriously. Getting to taste the homemade offerings is just a lucky part of the job. Honoring a long tradition, the names of the Judges remain a secret. CARVING By Larry Wilham available at Salt Creek Attic GUESS WHO'S COMING TO TOWN NOVEMBER 4? Julie Mason 12 Arrives on Courthouse Square ulie Mason Prop. By Mike One aspect of her shop is what she calls her European Flair. One Julie's 10-year dream of open- ing her own floral shop ended when she walked into the Caves- tani's comer building at Cooke & Lafayette (SE Comer of the Courthouse Square). She saw her business location for lease and she knew it was time to take the next step and open her business. Just days after readying the shop to open, Julie's distinctive creative designs were on display in her new shop. She started out in high school, taking a vocational class in floral design and found at that young age what she knew was her career path. Julie has worked for about 21-years in florals, working in florist shops where she honed her eye in floral designs. "I dreamt flowers and I would go to sleep thinking of different creations and arrangements," Julie said. "I really like it here," she said, "Everyone has been so welcom- ing." She credits family and friends for supporting her dream. Her husband Chris has used his tal- ents in the shop, constructing a floral cooler in the back. Julie said he has done a lot of research and will finish turning that research into a cooler soon. The shop specializes in wed- dings, sympathy tributes, cel- ebrations, and everyday occa- sions. Whether it's a bouquet for a loved one, an arrangement for a special event or home decor, Julie offers a variety of options. Seeing what she has in her shop now, it's obvious she can create almost anything with flowers. Julie says she enjoys silk arrangements and - of course - fresh flowers. aspect of this is the table in the middle of the shop where visi- tors can create their own floral Julie says this lets arrangements. visitors "be a part of the shop." Julie's good friend April Pal is o the shop's resident artist. April's O artwork is offered for sale in the showroom and she also happened .~ to create the artwork on the front door. Between Julie and April vis- itors can join in some interesting conversations. In addition to April -- and Julie's husband Chris -- the handiwork of Julie's son and daughter is also present. In months to come, Julie is starting to work out plans for floral classes that will welcome visitors looking to leam floral arrangement. Julie says she gives God all the credit for what has happened in her life. She added - "Truly all the credit is Him, not me, I carry out the work," :: As for the details, Jules Flower Shop is open 9Am- 5Pm Monday through Friday and 9Am - 1Pm Saturday. The shop is dosed Sun- days. Shop's phone number: 217- 792-5888. Floral deliveries are available. By the way Julie is an "East Coast Mason," having lived in Illinois for 9-years. Yes, this seems familiar; what was to be a proofread draft was filed as final. And then it went into the paper. Violated my own rule proofread same day you write it, don't wait over 24-hours you'll forget where you were at in the process. April Pal