Monday, October 10, 2011


At Seattle Home Show 2, both would-be and current home owners are learning to navigate the ins and outs of home financing from the experts at BECU.  This non-profit organization is showing visitors what financing works best for them, whether it be a new home purchase, a remodel or home equity line of credit.  Show visitors are taking time to sit down with BECU representative s at the BECU booth to discuss their home financing needs – including submitting an application on site if they desire! BECU offers a wide range of options to meet your needs, including its HELPR first time home buyer’s loan for moderate incomes, which requires just 3.5 percent down.


As Seattle Home Show 2 enters its final day of the 2011 run, show visitors continue to flock to the booth of the Master Builders of King and Snohomish Counties Remodelers for free advice on their home improvement needs. Show goers are stopping by the booth to discuss their questions and ideas for their home projects and are receiving free on site consultations by MBA members, who represent the leading building, design, landscape and home improvement professionals in the region. If needed, members of this more than 100 year old professional association are referring show visitors to professionals who can turn their home improvement ideas into reality.

Chef Nick Musser – The icon Grill – Monday, October 10, Noon

After spending years underfoot in Mom's kitchen, I moved to Seattle, and had the opportunity to work with Chef Christine Keff. Then, I say, my education into seafood, wine and produce truly began. Under her tutelage, I developed my own cooking focus and personality, and continued to evolve my own style at restaurants like McCormick and Schmick’s, Yarrow Bay Café, Flying Fish, and now icon Grill. Today, on my own, I am always looking for new ways to challenge and diversify my palate and continue my culinary growth.

The icon Grill – Downtown Seattle

Seattle’s icon Grill features aroused Americana cooking from signature dishes like Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese, Fried Chicken with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, and Potato Wrapped Halibut. Hundreds of pieces of blown glass decorate the restaurant highlighting the eclectic décor. Seattle’s home for comfort food and good times.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Northwesterners are having a great time at Seattle Home Show 2 test driving the newest Toyotas from your Western Washington Toyota Dealers.  Once they’ve completed their test drive, they are receiving two free admissions to the Show!  To receive your two free admissions, simply visit the CenturyLink Field Event Center Parking Garage during the show and test drive a new Toyota from your Western Washington Toyota Dealers.  But be sure to hurry in – Seattle Home Show 2 2011 concludes 4 P.M. on Monday October 10.


Kitchen Plus at Seattle Home Show 2

At Seattle Home Show 2, show visitors are having fun as they learn all the ways they can improve the look of their kitchens at the Kitchen Plus booth.  This popular exhibit features a variety of kitchen vignettes in a range of styles, from traditional to contemporary.  Show visitors are taking the time to stroll through “before” and “after” examples of Kitchen Plus’ remodel and design work, which includes both cabinet refacing as well as new cabinet design.   For more ideas, they can also view the photo gallery of some of Kitchen Plus’ award winning kitchen remodels that line the outside of the exhibit. 

It’s The Big Green Egg at Seattle Home Show 2

The Big Green Egg
Question: How does a big green egg fit in at Seattle Home Show 2? Answer: when it’s the popular outdoor grill and smoker that happens to go by the same name.

The Big Green Egg (which gets its title from its uncanny resemblance to a big green egg) is one of the many new products for outdoor living and entertaining being featured at Seattle Home Show 2. Being showcased by Aqua Quip, The Big Green Egg also includes a whole line of accessories, including salt and pepper shakers in the shape of big green eggs.

Fireplace inserts at the Aqua Quip booth
In addition to outdoor living, Aqua Quip is also showcasing products for inside the home to make them more enjoyable and comfortable during the longer fall and winter months ahead.  Among the products Aqua Quip is featuring at Seattle Home Show 2 are a selection of wood burning stoves and fireplace inserts, including models that feature blowers (the mechanism that helps distribute heat from the inserts throughout the house) that can operate even during power outages.

Chef Deb Breuler – Avalon – West Seattle – Sunday 2pm

Chef Deb Breuler
It was at Zinfandel, the pioneering concept in Chicago, that Thomas and Deborah met and began forging their lifelong passion for food and family. They moved to L.A. to work in motion picture catering as well as a stint catering for private jets at the 14 regional airports in and around Los Angeles County. Deborah moved on to become the Executive Chef at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Woodland Hills. Thomas moved on to become a Store Manager for Starbucks.

Shortly after the birth of their second child, they decided it was time to return home to be close to Deborah’s family in the Seattle area. They settled in West Seattle where they have lived since 2005. Deborah continued her tenure with Maggiano’s by opening the Lincoln Square location in Bellevue. The couple saw the opportunity to open Avalon as the perfect way to pay back the community of West Seattle and the surrounding region for offering a highly satisfying way of life.

Avalon – Rustic Pacific Northwest Fare & Bar

Avalon is a casual fine-dining restaurant and lounge located in West Seattle. The menu’s focus is on local Pacific Northwest fare with a touch of Mediterranean flavor.

Joko Riang – Joko’s Indonesian Kitchen – Sunday, Noon

Chef Joko Riang,

If you're ready to break out of your same-old shell, venture to Joko’s Indonesian Kitchen. Spice-savorers will salivate over the nasi padang -- rendang (beef cooked in coconut milk and spices), anchovies in green chili, spicy collard curry, and egg belado. However, Seattle's only rijsttafel is the menu item not to be missed. Personally prepared by chef-owner Joko Riang, this traditional family-style meal consists of several entrées served with rice. Emerge from your cocoon of routine, and transform from a creature of habit into a creature of culinary adventure -- you (and your taste buds) will be glad you did.

Saturday, October 8, 2011


Seattle Home Show 2 is making the news again during its 2011 run!  This time, local ABC affiliate KOMO TV will be covering Seattle Home Show 2 tonight during its evening news broadcasts.  Earlier today the station was seen on the Show floor working on its story, including filming show visitors enjoying the sights.  Several different exhibitors were interviewed as well for the segment.  Be sure to tune in tonight to see the final story!

Chef Michael Hillyer – Daniel’s Broiler – Saturday 4pm

Chef Michael Hillyer
Chef Michael Hillyer started with Schwartz Brothers Restaurants in July of 1996 as Chef at Benjamin's on Lake Union and then went on to become the opening Chef at Daniel's Broiler on Lake Union in September of 1999. Mike then moved over to become Executive Chef at Daniel's Broiler Bellevue Place, supervising kitchen operations at one of the top 100 grossing independent restaurants in the United States. Daniel's Broiler continues to garner accolades from both local and national media as a great steakhouse.

Daniel's is the only major Seattle steakhouse to serve USDA prime steaks exclusively. If you want the finest steaks available in Seattle or America, your choice is simple, Daniel's Broiler. Guests enjoy stunning views from waterfront dining at Lake Union and Leschi, piano bars at Bellevue and Lake Union, a Wine Spectator award winning wine list and exceptional service. Daniel's defines steakhouse excellence in Seattle.

Chef James Gibson – Salty’s on Alki Beach – Saturday 2pm

Chef James Gibson
Mastering his craft through, in his words, “the school of hard knocks and cheap pops,” Chef Gibson learned from Salty’s former pastry chef, William Leaman, Gold Medalist at the 2004 World Cup of Baking, and most recently pastry chef and mom, Jane Gibson. He has also assisted Master of French Pastry and Chocolatier Pascal Janvier at Seattle-area events. Gibson was promoted to pastry chef for Salty’s on Alki in June 2009.

Salty’s on Alki Beach

This is "One of the World's Great View Restaurants"™ says a local critic. You'll love our sweeping views of Elliott Bay and the Seattle city skyline, like no other restaurant in Seattle. Enjoy award-winning Northwest Seafood & Steak Cuisine and Five-Star Diamond Award friendly service. Voted Best Waterfront Restaurant in Seatte and Best Brunch in Seattle in 2010 on

Come dressed up or casual!

Chef Franz Junga – Il Fornaio – Saturday, Noon

Chef Franz Junga
Chef Franz Junga graduated Lewis & Clark College in Portland, with a degree in English and Latin American studies. It was his travels following graduation that led him to his passion: the culinary arts. Junga returned to school in Portland where he graduated with honors in 1996 from the Western Culinary Institute. Now chef-partner of Il Fornaio in Seattle, Junga oversees the kitchen, the restaurant, the bakery, and the menu writing.

Il Fornaio

Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. Early mornings bring rustic, crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by the scent of fresh brewed espresso. During lunch and dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables roast over hot coals. Bottles of wine from small, regional wineries are uncorked to complement the dishes, which have been crafted in the custom of Italy's chefs, bakers and homemakers.

Friday, October 7, 2011


There’s excitement in the air on opening day at Seattle Home Show 2 as show visitors get a first-hand look at all the latest in products and services for the home.  Among today’s special visitors was KING 5’s morning news reporter Christie Johnson, who interviewed Seattle Home Show 2 special home and garden experts Ph.d art and antiques appraiser Dr. Lori, and Don Engebretson “The Renegade Gardener.:  Dr. Lori shared with viewers some of her tips and secrets to the world of collecting and conducted several on-the-spot appraisals on air (including a $200 lunchbox), while Don Engebretson provided a glimpse of his exclusive presentation “How to Craft Cool & Creative Containers.”

Chef Dan Ratigan – Port Ludlow Resort – 2PM Chef Demo, Friday – Oct. 7

Chef Dan Ratigan
Originally from upstate New York, Dan Ratigan arrived in the Pacific Northwest at age 14 and worked his way up through many of Seattle’s finest restaurants before taking the helm at The Fireside Restaurant in 2007. Since then Chef Dan has worked to create seasonal menus that feature Northwest gastronomy at its best. Dan’s approach is simple: Start with top-notch ingredients, prepare them carefully and send them out of the kitchen in meals that showcase the best the ingredients have to offer.

The Fireside Restaurant at Port Ludlow Resort offers an exceptional dining experience in a casual, yet elegant, setting. Guests may enjoy views of the Olympic Mountains, fireside dining or enjoying the sound of water on the veranda. The menu reflects the finest in seasonal ingredients from the Pacific Northwest from local beef and lamb to an abundant variety of fresh seafood and produce from local farmers.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Dr. Lori
It’s the final countdown to the opening of the 2011 Seattle Home Show 2 and exhibitors are putting the final touches to their displays at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Once the displays are complete, the red carpets will be rolled down the aisles to complete the look (as well as for the comfort of showgoers) at this annual Northwest tradition.
Don Engebretson
"The Renegade Gardener:

This year. Seattle Home Show 2 will feature free on-the-spot art and antiques appraisals by noted expert Dr. Lori, as well as how-to gardening tips by Don Engebretson “The Renegade Gardener.” We can’t tell you details yet, but watch KING-TV's morning news tomorrow for previews of the expert tips and tricks they will be sharing with showgoers during the 2011 edition of Seattle Home Show 2!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


It’s less than two days and counting until the opening of the 2011 edition of Seattle Home Show 2  and the pace is brisk as exhibitors work to complete construction of their displays.   Companies such as Coast Cabins are actually erecting model homes and cabins on site for show visitors to stroll through at the Show – complete with custom landscaping!
Others such as Aqua Quip are preparing a full display of outdoor living and recreation ideas, including outdoor fire pits, wood burning fireplace inserts and a ceramic grill and burner called The Green Egg. This classic grill (which looks just like what its name indicates – a big green egg) has been experiencing a recent resurgence in popularity, and show goers will have the chance to see it close up, as well as other of the latest trends, products and services for the home.
Check in tomorrow for more updates!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


It’s the sound of forklifts running and hammers clanging at CenturyLink Field Event Center as Seattle Home Show 2 prepares for the opening of its 2011 edition. The fall version of the nation’s oldest and largest home show opens this Friday to showcase all the latest in home improvement and design, concluding on Monday October 10 (Columbus Day).

This year, green is the theme at Seattle Home Show 2, which is a one-stop shopping showcase of all that is hot for the home. New this year is the New Products Pavilion, which highlights many of the latest in exterior and interior products for the home. Also being featured is an Outdoor Living Showcase (created by London Design Build), a 1,200 square foot exhibit featuring a series of vignettes devoted to the latest in outdoor living ideas.

Check in daily for more updates!

Sunday, February 27, 2011


Show visitors are in a buying mood as Seattle Home Show 2011, the nation’s oldest and largest home show, marks the final day of its annual nine day run.

“The public is definitely responding to the current market conditions that make now one of the best times to buy or remodel a home,” said Mike Kalian, executive director of the Seattle Home Show. “Interest rates are about as low as they going to get, and housing prices probably are at near bottom as well. All this combined makes 2011 one of the best years in recent times to move forward on a home purchase or home improvement project.”

In the waning moments of this year’s Show, visitors are enjoying themselves as they stroll among the nearly 600 exhibits devoted to the newest in interior and exterior home improvements. Others are taking the opportunity to sit in on one of the Show’s “Meet the Experts” Seminar Series to get expert insight on their home improvement needs.

Coming up next will be Seattle Home Show 2, the fall edition of the Show. More information, including dates for the 2011 version of Seattle Home Show 2, will be announced in April.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


The mood is upbeat and the crowds are brisk as Seattle Home Show 2011 enters the final weekend of its 67th annual run. Show visitors are taking the opportunity for one last look at “America’s Biggest Open House” as the nation’s oldest and largest home show winds up its final two days.

Show visitors are strolling the aisles to take advantage of the unique “one-stop shopping” opportunity that makes up the Seattle Home Show. They are looking at everything from interior design to roofing as they open their pockets in the concluding days of the Show. Many of the exhibitors also are offering show-only discounts, making Seattle Home Show an even more attractive opportunity to save money.

Check in tomorrow for final updates!

Friday, February 25, 2011


From light therapy for seasonal affective disorder to heating green and healthy, Seattle Home Show is offering visitors the chance to learn from the experts on just about everything relating to the home at its “Meet the Experts” Seminar Series. Designed both to be informative as well as entertaining, the “Meet The Experts” seminars are taught by many of the region’s leaders in all aspects of home design and improvement, including members of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties.

Here’s what is happening now through Sunday:


  • 11:30 AM – Extreme Cost Control for Building & Remodeling (UBuildIt)
  • 12:30 PM – Heating – Green and Healthy (Comfort Glow Heating
  • 1:30 PM – Improve Home Accessibility to Make Life Easier (McAdams Builders)
  • 2:30 PM – Ten Steps to a Quality Remodel – Save Money, Stress & Time (Kitchen Plus)
  • 3:30 PM – Wedi Shower Pan & Wallboard System (Seattle Glass Block)
  • 4:30 PM – Solar Works! The Truth About Costs & Benefits for Solar PV Systems (West Seattle Natural Energy, LLC)
  • 5:30 PM - High Antioxidant Weight Loss Made Simple (Xocai)
  • 6:30 PM – Light Therapy & Seasonal Affective Disorder (Sun Sauna)


Thursday, February 24, 2011

For Baths That Really Shine From the Rest, Visit Seattle Home Show 2011

From tubs and fixtures to full bath remodels, Seattle Home Show 2011 has it all for the Northwest home or condo owner. Show goers are enjoying themselves as they view all the latest for the bath from among dozens of exhibits — all in a single location!

One of the newest offerings making its Seattle debut here is Bath Simple, a new “bath remodel in a box.” This new service allows homeowners to design a bathroom themselves, from the comfort of their home, and then everything they need – from fixtures to grout – is delivered directly to their doorstep. Using the Bath Simple online design program, homeowners can choose a predesigned room vignette in their preferred style. All fixtures, furnishings, and surfaces in this virtual bathroom are customizable via a series of drop-down menus, so they end up with a unique digital visualization that lets them see what their finished bathroom space will look like and what it will cost. Once final, all products needed for the remodel are delivered to the homeowner in a box! Homeowners can either install the bath themselves or use Bath Simple’s network of contractors to install it for them. A key component of this process is a national network of design consultants who are available for in-home visits to answer design questions, provide product and materials samples, and to finalize measurements and product selections.

In addition to Bath Simple, show goers have a variety of options for their bath design and improvement needs available at Seattle Home Show 2, including full service design/build firms such as Norsk Remodeling and Showplace Design as well as others offering tubs, fixtures, tile and more.


Seattle Home Show 2011 visitors are indulging themselves with all the newest and best in entertainment in the home. Everything from home theater to barbeques and more are on display.

At DISH Network, show goers are taking advantage of their visit to this year’s Seattle Home Show to learn more about high quality in home TV experience at the best value, as well as ways DISH Network can provide innovative ways to broaden their living experience beyond the living room. Show visitors can sign up onsite for DISH Network, which provides the highest quality programming and technology at the best value to over 14.2 million satellite TV customers.

For the latest in year round outdoor entertainment, show goers are turning towards Aqua Quip. Not only does the company offer its pool and spas, but fireplaces, outdoor kitchens and more. Among the products drawing visitors to the Aqua Quip booth at Seattle Home Show 2011 is a soda maker that lets consumers make their very own sodas at home.
Check in later for more updates!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Seattle Home Show is Open Today; Last Day for Free Antique Appraisals

The Seattle Home Show is open for business today.

“The streets around Seattle are clear and wet,” said Mike Kalian, Managing Director of the Seattle Home Show. “Temperatures are warming up during the day, so show visitors should have no trouble getting here.”

Today is the last day for show goers to get a free antique appraisal from Dr. Lori, nationally known antiques expert and personality. Her appearances are at 12:30pm and 3:30pm.

The Seattle Home Show continues through Sunday, February 27 at Qwest Field Event Center in downtown Seattle. More information is available at

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

All the best in home financing at Seattle Home Show 2011

With home prices and mortgage interest rates at record lows, now can be a great the time to buy or refinance. At Seattle Home Show 2011, show visitors have taken note and are making the most of the of the opportunity at the Show to talk about their financing needs from a variety of banks and mortgage companies - all in a single location!

Nearly a dozen banks, credit unions and mortgage brokers are on hand to help show goers with their home financing needs, including such local notables as BECU and Washington Federal Savings. At BECU, staff from this leading non-profit credit union are helping show visitors learn more about their home financing options. BECU offers a variety of mortgages, including its HLPR loan for moderate income buyers. Show visitors can even apply for a BECU mortgage or get prequalified for a mortgage onsite.

Monday, February 21, 2011


Seattle Home Show was visited by a very special guest today: Kaci Aitchison, Channel 13’s morning anchor and host of “Mornings with Kaci.”  Kaci and her crew broadcast live from the Show.   Among the Show highlights featured on air were:
- A tour of Timberland Homes “The Vashon II” by interior designer Pam Saftler

- A visit to the Family Fun Corner, including a visit through backyard cottages by Better Built Barns and a look at all that’s trending now for outdoor entertainment by Ben Middlemiss of London Landscaping
- A chat with TV personality, author and Ph.D antiques appraiser Dr. Lori, who is appearing at Seattle Home Show today, tomorrow and Wednesday with “Dr. Lori’s Antiques Appraisal Tour” Dr. Lori will doing appraisals. Come early as appraisals are limited. One item per person, per show.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

It’s Kitchens Galore and More at Seattle Home Show 2011

Kitchen Plus
What’s hot for the home at Seattle Home Show 2011? The answer: kitchens!  At this the 67th annual run of the nation’s oldest and largest home show, visitors are definitely flocking to see the latest word in kitchen design and more. 

At Kitchen Plus, show goers are arriving in droves to see examples of ways they can transform the look of their kitchens by this award winning kitchen and bath remodeler.   Not only is Kitchen Plus one of the top remoderlers in the region, but the company offers  its “On Time, On Budget” guarantee on all its projects.  If Kitchen Plus does not deliver a project on time and on budget, it will pay the homeowner $200 a day for every day the project goes over.
Gateway Distributors
For cooking appliances that really sizzle, consumers are finding the latest word in home cooking technology, including products from Gateway and Bradlee Distributors.  At Gateway Distributors, show visitors are gravitating towards  products such Viking ranges in a wide range of colors from stainless steel to cobalt blue, while Bradlee is offering them a look at such products as the new SUBZERO 27 inch all freezer or all refrigerator units.
Bradlee Distributors

For those who just want a kitchen facelift, rather than remodel, show  visitors are visiting Granite Transformations, who  can help them transform the look of their current kitchen using their existing counters and cabinets  rather than replacing them.  In particular, their unique counter replacement system enables consumers to transform their old counters into the look and feel of real granite, at a fraction of the cost.

Granite Transformations

Saturday, February 19, 2011


Western Washington Toyota Dealers at Seattle Home Show 2011

A Toyota test drive at Seattle Home Show 2011 means free admission, thanks to Western Washington Toyota Dealers.  Visit the Qwest Field North Lot during the show, and test drive a Toyota from your Western Washington Toyota Dealers and receive two free admissions to the Seattle Home show!


The Vashon II
Crowds are brisk and consumers are in a buying mood as Seattle Home Show 2011 marks its opening day. 

On Idea Street, show visitors are lining up for a first hand tour of the latest in home design.  Making its Northwest debut on this year’s Idea Street is The Vashon II, a three bedroom, two bath rambler by Timberland Homes.  The 1638 Vashon II offers visitors a warm, comfortable living experience with a lush opulent look – but priced at an affordable $172,000, built and delivered to the customer’s site.  Interiors are by PCS Design.  Outside, Malone’s Landscaping has created a complementary landscape, including a waterfall.
Family Outdoor Fun Corner

Adjacent to Timberland Homes is a Seattle Home Show first –the Family Outdoor Fun Corner.  This fun-filled exhibit features something for everyone, from a huge oversized play set for the youngest members of the family to all the finest in outdoor living.  Designed by London Landscaping, the Family Outdoor Fun Corner includes outdoor grills, a spa and other features from Aqua Quip, a freestanding pizza oven and fireplace by Belgard, and outdoor play equipment by Rainbow Systems. Rounding out the corner is a cabin – complete with wraparound porch – and shed by Better Built Barns, which can be used for entertaining or for the overnight guest.
Coast Cabins
Next on Idea Street is a cozy cabin display by Coast Cabins.  These environmentally friendly buildings have the look and feel of real wood cabins, but in actuality are made with a proprietary tongue and groove technology that can be erected using only a rubber mallet.  Coast Cabins are available either as kits for the do it yourselfer or can be constructed onsite by the company.  A garden by Legacy Landscaping completes the display.

Aurora Quality Buildings
Rounding out Idea Street is a display of mini-cabins and outbuildings by Aurora Quality Buildings. These mini-cabins are constructed ahead of time by Aurora and then transported to the customer’s sight, making them ideal either for backyard cottages or for remote locations.

Today’s visitors included KIRO TV news, which photographed a number of exhibits at the Show as well as interviewed several show visitors and exhibitors. Look for coverage on upcoming KIRO broadcasts!


See CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG in person at the American Family Insurance booth from 1-4pm on Saturday, February 19 and Saturday, February 26.

Friday, February 18, 2011


Saws, paint and plants are going in as final touches are being put in place for Saturday’s opening of the 67th annual run of the Seattle Home Show, the nation’s oldest and largest home show.

Once the exhibits are in place, the red carpets will be rolled down the aisles in anticipation of the throngs of visitors who will stroll through this year’s Show.

Seattle Home Show 2011 opens tomorrow February 19 through 27 at 10AM for its annual nine day run!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It's Move-In Time for Seattle Home Show 2011

It’s move-in time for the Home Sweet Seattle Home Show as the exhibitors for the 2011 show prepare their exhibits for the exciting nine-day run. The sound of hammers and power saws echo through Qwest Field Event Center, with forklifts and trucks maneuvering loads that will become model homes, window and door displays and dozens of booths showing the latest kitchens, baths, technology and more.
Landscapers will soon be bringing in pickups full of plants and trees, soil and bark and blooming flowers to dress up the Idea Street model home displays and the new Family Outdoor Fun Corner display.

The big show opens Saturday, February 19th and thousands of eager visitors will gather information on products and services to improve their homes, condominiums and apartments. If they can’t take it all in with just one visit, they can take advantage of “Too Much to See, Come Back for Free,” with free return admission on another day.

Sunday night, antiques expert Dr. Lori flies in to prepare for her antiques appraisal seminars – 2 each day – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Visitors should come early with their antiques and collectibles to get the opinion – trinket or treasure – from this nationally known personality.

When the doors open Saturday at 10am, everything will be ready for you to enjoy “America’s Biggest Open House”.

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