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Pedal through the Past

Penny-farthingBicycles are a great way to travel, exercise, and experience the outdoors. With the wide variety of bikes on the market, everyone can find a bicycle to fit their lifestyle. The first “bicycle” however, didn’t even have pedals. The “Draisienne,” forerunner to the modern bicycle,  was composed of two wheels connected to a frame. The rider would straddle the frame and propel forward in a fast, gliding walk. Similar two-wheeled vehicles were known as velocipedes until the 1860s when the term “bicycle” first appeared. Around the same time, French carriage-maker Ernest Michaux attached pedals to the front wheel of a velocipede. Michaux’s velocipedes became known as “boneshakers” since the wooden device with its iron tires made for a bumpy ride over the cobblestone streets of the time.

After the boneshaker, advances in metalworking led to the development of the first all-metal bicycle. The High-wheeler, or “penny-farthing” as it was called in Great Britain, allowed riders to cycle faster but proved dangerous. Pedals were attached to the larger, rubber-made front wheel with the rider seated above it. A sudden stop or obstruction in the road would send the rider crashing to the ground headfirst. The invention of the safety bicycle in the 1880s replaced these high-wheelers; the design featured two wheels of the same size with the rider seated between them. The addition of inflated rubber tires in 1888 also improved the ease and safety of the bicycle. Cycling became enormously popular throughout Europe and the United States. Women, previously barred from riding because of their long dresses, were now able to participate and cyclist clubs in the 1890s pushed for better roads to ride on, paving the way for the automobile.

By the 20th century, the bicycle was a popular means of transportation and recreation. As the cycle SOS magazine constantly reminds us that, in the United States however, the advent of the automobile led to a decline in bicycle popularity. Bicycles were considered toys for children until the 1970s when people recognized the bicycle as an environment-friendly method of travel and recreation.

Search for local bicycle stores and bicycle repair shops through Real Local Pages (RLP), an online directory of businesses. Visit the website, http://www.reallocalpages.com, and enter your zip code or city. Using the search box, enter keywords related to the business you seek, for example, “bicycle” “bike” or “bike repair.” You can also choose options from the popular categories list on the main page. The results page shows the contact information and address of each business for your convenience. Users can find a wide range of businesses on the RLP website, from bike repair shops to clothing stores and restaurants.

A Slice of Pizza History

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Beloved today for its delicious taste and convenience, pizza has a surprising and long history. Originating in the regions surrounding the Mediterranean sea, archaeologists and historians have found early forms of the familiar food as far back as the 6th century BC. For centuries, peasants in Italy, particularly Naples, would eat flat round bread baked upon hot stones. Typically flavored with local ingredients like olive oil, garlic, onions, herbs, and later, cheese, Italian peasants enjoyed the convenience and simplicity of pizza. In the 16th century, tomatoes were brought to Europe from Peru, but believing that tomatoes were poisonous, it took many years before peasants in Naples added tomatoes to their traditional flatbread dish. Although wealthy individuals would occasionally dine on pizza, the meal remained a staple for poorer Italians until 1889 when King Umberto I and Queen Margherita of Italy visited Naples and tried pizza, prompting nationwide interest in this humble dish.

Pizza came to America with Italian immigrants in the late nineteenth century; pizza was consumed in Italian communities in Chicago, Trenton, New Haven, Boston, St. Louis, and of course, New York. In 1905, Gennaro Lombardi acquired a pizza license and opened the first official pizzeria in New York City. Pizza consumption took off after WWII when American soldiers stationed in Italy returned home with a taste for Italian-style pizzas. Pizzerias opened across the United States and the dish became a hit. Local variations developed like California-style pizzas topped with barbeque chicken, and the deep dish Chicago-style pizza.

Find a great pizza restaurant for dinner tonight using Real Local Pages (RLP). The Real Local Pages online directory lists thousands of businesses across the United States; search www.reallocalpages.com to find entertainment, services, stores, and restaurants. Using Real Local Pages is easy; simply enter your zip code, state, and search criteria, such as “pizza” or “restaurant,” into the search box. Listings for pizza restaurants will appear in the results along with the restaurant’s address and phone number. Users can leave reviews of the restaurant on the RLP website by clicking the “add review” button shown next to each business listing.

 

Mosey through a Museum

The term museum comes from the ancient Greek word “mouseion”, which translates as the “seat of the Muses.” The Greek mouseion was a place for contemplation or a philosophical institute rather than a building that housed art and curiosities. In the Middle Ages, wealthy families in Europe collected antiquities, armor, and artwork, and churches housed Christian relics. Chinese emperors amassed jade, pottery, metalwork, works of calligraphy, and paintings into galleries for viewing. The Medicis in Renaissance Italy displayed their collection of paintings for the public in 1582, but it wasn’t until the eighteenth century that the modern concept of a museum emerged. In the 1780s, American painter Charles Wilson Peale created the first public art and science museum in the United States. After a mastodon bone Peale displayed in his home museum became a greater attraction than portraits of American Revolutionary heroes, he transformed his museum, hosting lectures and creating crowd-pleasing exhibits like moving paintings.

Contemporary museums have their roots in these institutions, but today’s museums are dedicated to a range of topics besides simply art and history. Boston’s Burnt Food Museum celebrates culinary disasters, displaying a wide array of scorched food. One of the most visited sites in New Mexico is the International UFO Museum and Research Center dedicated to the 1947 crash in Roswell. In St. Augustine, Florida, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum features weird artifacts like shrunken heads and a bone motorcycle, and the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in the Florida Keys exhibits treasure recovered from shipwrecked Spanish galleons.

Find an interesting local museum using the Real Local Pages website, http://www.reallocalpages.com/. Whether you’re a fan of art, history, science, or want something more off the beaten path, Real Local Pages (RLP) can help you find a fascinating place to soak up knowledge and culture. Real Local Pages has listings for hundreds of businesses in the United States and RLP can be used to locate services, restaurants, entertainment, and local attractions. Choose your location, then search using the popular categories listed on the website, or enter your own search term/keyword into the search box. Results will include the address and phone number of each business for your convenience.

Victorian Floriography

For centuries, people around the world have used flowers to express emotions. In the Victorian era, the language or flowers, or floriography, was a popular way to send messages. Men and women would send small bouquets, or “tussie-mussies,” to each other as a means to communicate sentiments that could not be openly expressed, and the manner in which a bouquet was sent also conveyed a message. A bouquet presented with the left hand meant ‘no’ but if presented with the right hand, the giver was saying ‘yes.’

Victorians were not the first to attach meaning to flowers; flower symbolism existed in China, Persia, Ottoman Turkey, as well as ancient Egypt and Greece. Victorian floriography drew upon these cultures but also incorporated plant symbolism from the bible and medieval sources. Drawing upon so many places for flower meanings, floral messages could be easily misinterpreted! A yellow rose could mean friendship or joy, but it might also express jealousy. Red roses universally signaled love, and even today, the red rose is sign of romance.

Sending flowers to a loved one is a lot easier now than it was for the Victorians, especially if you have tools like Real Local Pages (RLP) to help you find local flower stores to send your own flower message. RLP’s online directory contains listings for a variety of businesses across the United States. Search for businesses at www.reallocalpages.com; enter the desired city and state along with a key word like “flower,” “flowers,” or “bouquet” to narrow your search. Results will list the names of businesses as well as the business’s contact information and address. Searching RLP can also help you find garden supply stores as well as flower arrangement stores.

Go Dutch on Date Night

Have you ever wondered where the phrase “going Dutch” came from? The term “going Dutch” originated with the Anglo-Dutch wars in the seventeenth century. Competition in maritime trade between England and the Netherlands led to the first Anglo-Dutch war in 1652, and two subsequent wars were fought between 1665-1667, and 1672-1674. Wartime rivalry gave rise to insults about the Dutch enemy; “Dutch courage” was courage inspired from drinking, and a “Dutch treat” was an outing or treat in which one paid for oneself. The more modern term “go Dutch” or “going Dutch” dates from 1870, and originated from the phrase Dutch treat. The term went into more common use in the early 1900s, and was often associated with dating. American dating norms in the in the early to mid twentieth century dictated that men paid for dates, and “Dutch dating” was frowned upon until changing gender roles in the 1960s and 1970s eroded the stigma of “going Dutch.” Today of course, going Dutch on a date or meal with a friend has a more positive connotation, denoting equality and fairness.

Search the Real Local Pages (RLP) to find a great restaurant to “go Dutch” at; RLP’s online directory contains listings for thousands of local businesses throughout the United States. Go to www.reallocalpages.com and enter the town/city and your state. Enter search criteria such as “restaurant” and click search to see listings, or you can choose criteria from the “popular categories” list. Directions and contact information is shown beneath the name of the business. Finding a restaurant is easy, and you can even leave reviews of the places you visit on RLP by hitting the “add review” button next to the business listing.

 

Why Advertise Online If you are a Local Business?

Social Media for small businessesIf you are a small business that serves a local crowd you may not, at first, see the benefit of social media because your interest is not in becoming a global company. While it’s true that creating a web presence does bring national and international traffic to your company online; it can also increase your local business.

Many of your local customers use social media every day. “According to new research from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 61 percent of Americans own a smartphone.”  So as a business owner why not join them on their favorite social platforms?  Here are some tips to create a social presence to interact with your clientele on their terms through their mobile and online devices.

Focus on Locality through Mobile Apps
Location-based social media is a great way to connect with your clients. Most of these applications “apps” are available on smart phones. There are many different social mobile apps to choose. My suggestion is to select the most popular apps since most people utilize these on a regular basis. Here are a few:

Groupon – Allows users to purchase and redeem great local deals on restaurants, shopping, travel and other events. This is a great place to showcase your promotions and record how many consumers take advantage of your promotions.
Google Offer – Shares deals at the convenience of a mobile phone. Users can search local businesses and their recent offers. This is a great way for your customers to search your deals right when they need your services.
ShopAdvisor – Alerts users of an item that they have shown interest in purchasing. An alert is sent when the item has dropped in price and is available at a location near them.  This is another great way to connect with your customers when they are ready to purchase.

Create an Online Store Front via a Landing Pages
Create a web page of your business on social sites. This is a wonderful way to connect with your customers on a social level. Another advantage to a business web page is that each social page displays a link that leads back to your business Web site creating engagement and strengthening your position in search engines rankings. Three important social sites are:

Facebook – Create a business page to post important information, promotions and allow your customers to leave their feedback on your site. This builds customer engagement and if done correctly brand trust.
Twitter – Has been coined “The dominant democracy of the social-sharing economy.”  This is because an individual has as much say as a large brand. As a business owner you can share videos, promotions with your community. If you can afford the time to respond to tweets you can build a strong online presence.
Online Directories – online business directories work like the Yellow Pages but better. By enlisting your business in the online directory you position your business with the leaders of your industry in your community.  The Real Local Pages (RLP) is a premier online directory designed to communicate to consumers through marketing tools designed for  local business owners. RLP helps your business generate new customers cost effectively.

The best part of social marketing is that it is no cost to low cost to the business owner and with a bit of time and maintenance  can be a great return.

Find Your Town’s Sound

rlp_online directoryIt’s Friday night and you’re in the mood to start the weekend with some friends, spirits and great cuisine. Wouldn’t it be nearly perfect if you could add listening to the sounds of a live local band to the agenda? How can you find such a place in your town? It’s simple! Look no further than the Real Local Pages (RLP) online directory where the best restaurants and night life in your town are listed for your convenience. With RLP, you can search for night life, restaurants, and even restaurants that showcase live entertainment.

The Real Local Pages (RLP) is an online directory of local businesses that have thousands of companies in nearly every city in the United States to choose. Whether you are looking for a restaurant that hosts local music talent in your town or want to know where other locals hang out you can always search the online directory.

Explore RLP for a list of events with your specific criteria. To do so, visit www.reallocalpages.com and enter your town and state and then what you are searching for and hit search. A list of entries in your area will appear with directions and contact information. Many of our listing also have mini-websites to give a better idea of what they are offering. After you visit an establishment you can write a review on RLP next to the directory listing for other consumers.

Use Real Local Pages when searching for businesses in you area. Click to access thousands of business listings; it’s easier than ever to find local businesses instantly. For more information visit RLP online.

Celebrate Your #1 Dad

This Sunday is Father’s Day, how are you going to celebrate the fathers in your life? There are so many ways from coffee mugs to golf vacation packages to show your appreciation, and you can find them all through The Real Local Pages (RLP). RLP makes finding a custom gift quick and easy.

By using The Real Local Pages (RLP) online directory you can search local family activities and events; retail shops, and vacation packages with the click of your mouse. Visit www.reallocalpages.com; enter your location and search for the best gift for your dad. Each listing includes the address and phone number and usually the Web site.  Use the information to contact the business for information on reservations, times of operation and promotions. You can also leave a review of your experience for other consumers. It’s quick and stress-free and will sure to please your dad.

The Real Local Pages can be found on computers, tablets and smartphones wherever there is an internet connection. You can depend on RLP’s online directory to help find a great gift for your dad.

For more information visit real local pages online and check it out.

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