A number of people helped
The Nearby Café during its original launch
phase. We remember them fondly; some of their
energies remain embedded here.
- Nina Sederholm, the
Café's part-time Assistant Manager, a
Finn sometimes residing in New York City but
presently back in Finland -- teaching, lecturing,
consulting, and pursuing her several creative
photography projects. Nina's a photographer,
printmaker, graphic designer and maker of unique
artist's bookworks. We're featuring extensive
samplings from several of her unique photo series
in the Café Gallery. These include .
- Annika Eklöf, artist,
writer, and jewelry designer, another Swedish-speaking
Finn. Annika also resided briefly at Villa Florentine
in the mid-'90s. Her ice-cream dish and coffee
cup serve as our logos, but she also produced
the drawings for the Café's unique Extra
Anchovies! newsletter. Back in Finland, Annika
had a baby -- her first -- in September '97.
- Alexander "Sandy"
Kohner, from Connecticut via Nantucket -- artist,
carpenter, novice bartender, all-around good
guy. Spent a few months at Villa Florentine
in the mid-'90s, serving as handyman-in-residence
for our physical plant and contributor of some
delicate graphics for our original Guest Book
page. Still on Nantucket, so far as we know.
- Peter C. Guagenti, our
good friend and start-up designer of the Café.
Peter has since moved on to bigger (if not better)
things: he's designed sites for People and Paper
magazines, and worked on the Superbowl '96 site
as well. Peter now lives in Portland, Oregon,
but still keeps a helpful eye on us -- and we
suggest that you keep your eye on him, via his
own site, guagenti.com.
- Ralph Mastrangelo, the
Café's second former chief designer,
digital-imaging specialist, and overall technical
whiz. Currently applying his skills to a job
on Wall Street.
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