Perfect in Perlis
Etc. EditorialLocal clothing institution Perlis is revamping its image this fall, thanks to owners David G. and Sharon Perlis, and the direction of the son, David W. Perlis. The store, which opened three generations ago under Rogers Perlis, has long been known as the go-to place in town for premium men’s suiting and custom tailoring, as well as their exclusive crawfish logo clothing. Their on-site alteration shop staffs nine people all times, ensuring clothing purchased here by men, women and children alike will have expert care for the life of the garment. Now, the store is taking those long-term customers into a new age, modernizing their incoming clothing and fashion lines. Carrying the latest in fashion for men and women – including designers Zanelli, Badgley Mischka, Yansi Fugel and Jack Victor – the retailer assures there’s something for all tastes and wallets. “If you haven’t been to Perlis in a while you should come check things out,” says David W., “the fashion industry constantly changes, and we are carrying a more diverse offering than ever before in order to grow customer relationships in the entire region.” This month, check out their men’s cashmere sport coat sale for the chilly weather ahead, as well as their women’s pre-holiday sale.

Information 6070 Magazine St., 895-8661, www.perlis.com  –Lilith Dorko Tiny titans of the Insectarium
Etc. EditorialJune 13, 2008 marked the opening of the Audubon Insectarium. The facility holds over 15 exhibits and galleries that feature insects from all around the globe.

Part of the mission of the Insectarium is to bring the “often misunderstood world of insects and their relatives up close and personal to our guests,” says Meghan Calhoun, volunteer manager. Without these “tiny titans,” continues Calhoun, “much of life as we know it would not be possible.” That is because insects help pollinate food products, in addition to breaking down garbage and controlling pests amongst populations.

 “They make up 80 percent of life on the planet, so it’s only fitting that they have a place to give them honor,” says Calhoun. Four main areas are found at the Insectarium; in each one, staff entomologists are positioned with insects to interact with guests. Volunteers, called “Bug Ambassadors” and “Team Insect” roam from gallery to gallery loaded with “knowledge, props, biofacts, games, prizes and more” to engage and educate visitors.

Species vary throughout the year and Calhoun believes that “everyone walks away from the Insectarium with a favorite bug.”

Information, 423 Canal St., 581-4629, www.auduboninstitute.org. – Sarah Ravits