BUSINESS Q&A: Decor shop specializes in pretty
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Photo by Justin Zamudio/San Angelo Standard-Times A doll with a handmade dress is available for purchase at Vangie’s Floral, 1440 S. Bell St. Owner Vangie Alvarado designs all the decorations in her shop, which she also rents out, primarily for weddings and quinceañeras.

— Evangelina “Vangie” Alvarado can’t seem to stay away from all things pretty, and for her, there’s plenty of frill to be found in the bridal and quinceañera industry.

Alvarado, the longtime owner of Vangie’s Floral, now at 1440 S. Bell St., creates and provides silk flower arrangements and décor for special occasions and also offers interior decorating advice. Her first job, she said, was embroidering wedding dresses.

“It always caught my attention to make pretty things,” Alvarado said. “I did (embroidery) for a while, and then I learned to sew and I did that until I got married.”

Alvarado and her husband moved away from San Angelo for 25 years for his military career, but she stayed interested in special-events planning, she said.

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Eye-catching works of art take the cake at Indiana show
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Ranging from beautifully detailed floral themes to whimsical depictions of iconic movies, the works of art on display in Corydon, Ind., on Sunday revealed the skill of their creators.

Unlike works created with paint or clay, these art pieces were not intended to decorate a home or hang in a museum. In fact, they weren’t intended to last any time at all.

They were cakes entered in the Sugar Artists of Southern Indiana 2012 Cake and Sugar Art Show, and they drew crowds over the two-day event held at the Golf Shores Fun Center.

Mary Crosier of Laconia, Ind., came on Sunday. “I used to decorate cakes,” she said. “I just wanted to see if I needed to get back into it. I don’t know — some of this is way beyond me.”

Lynn Waters of New Albany, Ind., who took third place in the beginners’ division with a multitiered baby-themed cake, said, “I want to make a profession out of it. I just like to create and see joy on people’s faces.”

Cakes were entered in seven divisions, ranging from beginner to advanced and including sculpted and movie-themed.

In its third year, the competition offered a children’s division for the first time, receiving four entrants.

Sugar Artists of Southern Indiana is a social club dedicated to experiencing growth, knowledge and friendship through a shared love of the sugar arts.

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