Tri-N-Run has a new, exciting location!

Tri-N-Run 1Tri-N-Run, the locally owned running, walking, and triathlon store, has a new location with more modern facilities! They were previously located on Earl Ave. in the Lafayette area but have now relocated to Wabash Landing in West Lafayette. The new location is perfect with the proximity to Purdue University and the many other businesses that neighbor Tri-N-Run. “The new location is great. We are receiving more traffic from being in Wabash Landing and are just really enjoying our new space,” said owner Tami Butts. They are now located close to the trail system, which makes it easier and more convenient to take group runs. Located between Panera Bread and the Verizon store on the front strip you cannot miss the vibrant sign or resist to take a trip in and see what they have to offer along with the outstanding employees’ expert knowledge and exceptional customer service.

Tri-N-Run 3Tri-N-Run has been selected two years in a row by Competitor Magazine as one of the 50 Best Running Stores in America. I have heard and seen nothing but great things from Tri-N-Run. The store is easy to find and so welcoming the second you walk in that door. I am not someone who is a frequent runner but I do enjoy fitness and Tri-N-Run is a place where you can go, whatever your needs and interests may be, and you will be more than satisfied. They have selections ranging from walking and running shoes with different designs to fit your needs to injury prevention tools. The list does not end there. Tri-N-Run has running clothes, swim gear, nutrition products, electronic devices, and so much more!

Tri-N-Run has endless amount of events coming up located across Indiana. Looking for an outdoor activity and to enjoy this beautiful spring weather? Don’t look anymore because Tri-N-Run has events for anyone ranging from beginners to experts. You do not have to be a regular runner, you just have to want to have fun! A list of all the upcoming events and activities can be found here

Tri-N-Run 2Moving to a new location can be stressful and overwhelming but Tri-N-Run is fitting right in at Wabash Landing! They have made the new location feel like home. The store is organized and easy to find what you are looking for. Looking to become motivated this 2015 season but do not know where to start? Worry no longer and stop in Tri-N-Run today to find your exercise essentials and socialize with some of the friendliest people in town!

This blog was shared by Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern and Purdue University Student, Haley.

8 Great Events Taking Place This Weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette

DSC_05058 Great Events Taking Place This Weekend! Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  1. Taste over 100 different wines from international, national, and Indiana vintages as well as multiple different micro brews and imported beers at the 13th annual Wines on the Wabash wine and beer tasting event benefiting Wabash Center on April 24.
  2. Enjoy the play, Good Kids, that will explore the attitudes of college-age men and women regarding sexuality and relationships, with both positive and potentially negative results at the Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts taking place April 22-26.
  3. Culminating an entire year of fantastic performances, all of Purdue’s concert band and orchestral ensembles will perform in this weekend full of music at the Purdue Bands & Orchestras Spring Showcase Concert.
  4. It’s Grand Prix Weekend – The greatest spectacular in College Racing,” brings together over 50 student entries. Current students, alumni, family, friends, and community members are invited to attend this exciting “Student Event”!”
  5. Appreciate a celebration of the African American culture through rhythm, dance, and movement as the Jahari Dance Troupe perform energetic, original pieces encompassing lyrical, jazz, ballet, and African styles on April 25.
  6. On April 25 the Purduettes will present their Spring Spectacular at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.
  7. Plant sales, garden vendors, gardening advice from Purdue Extension and the Master Gardeners of Tippecanoe County will all be in one location on April 25!  Garden Expo 2015 at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds.
  8. March For Babies this Saturday during the 3k walk that helps raise money to support programs in our community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at

O’Bryan’s Nine Irish Brothers Pub

IMG_5768O’Bryan’s Nine Irish Brothers Traditional Irish Pub serves up traditional Irish pub fare in a lively, tavern setting. With locations in both Lafayette and West Lafayette (West Lafayette being the original), everyone has a chance to sample of of their delicious, hearty food. In addition to the charming wooden interior, with most of the decor coming straight from Ireland, handpicked by the owners, the restaurant also features outdoor patio seating. The thought of enjoying a glass of Guinness in the open-air lures in many passerby.

The mood at Nine Irish is always high-energy. Servers (some dressed in kilts) will make sure your cup is always toIMG_5773pped off with your favorite frosty beverage or amber-colored whiskey. Nine Irish has a wide selection of beer, whiskey, wines and draughts. Some of these beverages, like Guinness are deviously added to some of the lip-smacking menu items, such as the Guinness Stew. The stew is a combination of slow-simmered beef, Angus pot-roast and of course, a dash of Guinness Stew. My personal favorite menu item is the warm, crispy, battered fish, served with a side of pub chips, and a cup of lobster bisque. The bisque makes for a decadent, rich appetizer. I highly recommend this dish if you’re looking for a great place to get fish n’ chips.

Every dish at Nine Irish has an unique flavor combination that artfully combines the recipes of old with some modern inspirations. Nine Irish proudly serves several Irish-American classics like, Bobby’s Corned Beef and Cabbage. This plentiful portion of slow-cooked, melt-in-your mouth corned beef and steamed cabbage is heaped over a mess of champ-mashed potatoes. Whatever you decide to try at Nine Irish Brothers is sure to please your palate. A warm, full-belly of delicious Irish-American fare is a guarantee when you visit O’Bryan’s Nine Irish Pub.

Beef Manhattan

For those of you who are wondering where the name comes from too… it’s an interesting story. The family is originally from Cork (hence the Irish theme) and Jerry O’Bryan, the principal owner of Nine Irish Brothers is the youngest of nine boys. He also has 5 sisters and honors them with an inscription above the bar that says: “& Five Irish Sisters”. To read more about the family visit their website:

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Experience “Hoosier Hospitality” at its Finest – Visit Camera Outfitters

DSC00838 Great Cities, 1 Great University, “Hoosier Hospitality”.  To experience “Hoosier Hospitality” at its finest visit Camera Outfitters, where hands on customer service has been the mentality for local shop Co-Owners Dawn Ross (former owner of Berry’s Camera Shop in downtown Lafayette) and Rena Aiken (longtime employee of Berry’s Camera) for a number of years. Camera Outfitters is a newly established business opening in 2013, but with Dawn and Rena’s experience at renowned Berry’s Camera Shop, which closed in 2012, they are serving our community with one of a kind camera expertise.

Their motto is “Let Us “OUTFIT” you and your camera so you are ready for every photo opportunity.” In this world of mass media and the importance of a single photograph that can send a message far better than words, a good camera and knowing how to use it are very important things. At Camera Outfitters you will find camera lenses, photographic accessories, lighting equipment and much more. They provide many photographic services including printing, scanning, video transfer, camera repair, rental and photo classes.

DSC00839Personally, I am a novice at taking photos and part of my job is social media and taking video and photos. I recently stopped by Camera Outfitters to take photos to post on Facebook and Twitter. When I was there, I asked for a few tips on how to use my IPhone to take the best photo, and they were quick to give me some great pointers on angles, lighting, etc. The customer service was superb. They were busy with shoppers looking for cameras and/or dropping off their broken equipment needing repair, but they spent time going over how to use my device that I had not even purchased there. When I left I had a jolly kick to my step. Something can definitely be said for great customer care!

Living in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, one thing we value is customer service and appreciating the times we receive great customer care.  Hoosier Hospitality is Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.  We are proud of our local businesses, including Camera Outfitters, who provide gracious and friendly service. For more information about this shop and other fun activities in the area, visit our website at

Weekend Update: Spring Fest and Visit from NY Times Bestseller Author, Marie Bostwick

Bug Bowl

Bug Bowl

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Where can you find education, entertainment and fun all in one place? Spring Fest is back for another exciting weekend full of animals, art, astronomy, hands-on activities, and more. This Saturday, April 18 and Sunday April 19, head to Purdue University and traverse over 30 different stations of educational fun that include activities such as insect art contests, cricket spitting contests, face-painting, and honey tasting. Come to the Boiler Barnyard to see live animals, sheep shearing demonstrations, and milk a dairy cow. Play animal trivia games, hold a baby chick, and enjoy coloring books. Bring the whole family to create lasting memories!

Make another special memory and meet NY Times Bestseller Author, Marie Bostwick, at the West Lafayette Public Library, this Friday, April 17. Author Marie Bostwick, writer of the Cobbled Court Quilt Series is coming to the library to talk and sign books.  Her newest book, The Second Sister, will be available for purchase.

Please note both of these events are FREE! What a great, inexpensive way to spend your weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at

Childhood Memories and Tradition at Dog N’ Suds

Ordering at Dog N' Suds

Ordering at Dog N’ Suds

There are moments in life where we sit down, take a deep breath and wonder what it would have been like to grow up in the same decade as our parents or grandparents and experience the same little things that they did. It’s funny how we seem to take advantage of the fact that we were able to actually experience little things that can bring us back to our childhood days or even our parents childhood days. Little things like drive in movie theaters, roller skating rinks, and the best of all, drive in restaurants are just a handful of some of those bittersweet opportunities that we don’t explore enough in our lifetime.

Dog N Suds 2012.4JPGOne of my all time favorite places to go that brings me back to being the tiny little brown haired girl sitting in the back of my parents van is the infamous restaurant, Dog N’ Suds. The restaurant always caught my eye, (I mean, who wouldn’t love someone coming to your car to take your order without having to get out of your car seat?!). Going there with my mom and dad was always a special treat, not only because of their divine root beer floats, but also because of how the tradition of pressing that red button to order has carried on so well and how nice the customer service has stayed throughout the years.  Fortunately, I had the treat of getting to eat there once I moved to West Lafayette and carry on the tradition with my new college friends.  It seems to attract just about anyone and every spring when that opening weekend comes, there’s always a police officer escorting cars into the parking lot to avoid the inevitable traffic jam caused by the hungry customers craving their first spring hot dog and root beer from Dog N’ Suds that they’ve been waiting for all year long.

DSC_0460My newest experience (I visited opening week in February!) at the restaurant as a 20 year old hasn’t changed a bit since I was a child.  I still received that giddy feeling as I reached out my car window to order into the old-fashioned metal speaker-looking thing and then pigging out in no longer the back seat, but the front seat as the driver of my own car.  It may have still been in the low negatives because of Indiana’s interesting weather but leaving my window down to prop my tray onto the edge was well worth the little bit of shiver that came with my meal on the side.  I had a chance to try something I’ve never tried before which just makes me want to travel back there as soon as possible! A melt in your mouth, addicting drink called a “Root Beer Freeze” appeared in my hands one second and what seemed like 10 seconds later it was completely gulped up into my stomach.  Yeah, you’re probably thinking it’s just like a root beer float, which I’ve mentioned a couple of times already but think again. You know at the very end of your root beer float when you have that perfect amount of melted ice cream and root beer mixed together to create what seems like the best concoction your mouth has ever tasted? Did you ever think you could get an entire drink of that magical flavor that you’re able to drink out of a straw? Well guess what, YOU CAN. I never thought I would see the day come where I could taste something better than the original root beer float but I was completely and utterly wrong.DSC_0467

Don’t worry; the cheeseburgers, hot dogs and other menu items haven’t changed a bit.  There’s just something so tasteful about an experience coming with your meal that makes it so much better. Dog N’ Suds never fails me and I never come home upset after sitting in their parking lot and time traveling back to when drive-in restaurants were popular and everything seemed a little more simple in this crazy hectic world of ours.

Maddie, Visitor Information Specialist and Purdue University Student, shared this blog.

True Hoosier Hospitality at Blooms & Petals Flower & Gifts

IMG_63832 Great Cities, 1 Great University, “Hoosier Hospitality”. To experience “Hoosier Hospitality” at its finest visit Blooms & Petals Fresh Flower & Gifts, where the flowers are blooming beautifully and the service is exceptional. This local family owned florist has over 75 years of combined experience in the floral industry. They purchase their flowers directly from farms in order to give customers the freshest and longest lasting product!

IMG_6371Is there anything better than walking into a store on a cold, rainy day (well maybe not being out in the cold!) and being instantly greeted with a happy, cheerful smile and welcome. It may be a dreary day, but as soon as you enter Blooms and Petals, sunshine and friendliness await! And the smell of fresh flowers takes all the worries away. I love visiting this store as the owner and her staff are so nice and the store itself is quaint yet filled with fresh flowers and gift items. Blooms & Petals is unique as it is a flower shop but it has more than flowers (although their flowers are beautiful!). They offer gift items such as jewelry, lotions, artwork, holiday decorations and more.

IMG_6379Another item that makes the perfect present is their gift baskets, which have fresh fruit, locally produced edibles, unique items to your taste and the baskets are generous! They even do custom gift shopping for customers upon request. I recently had a friend whose mother passed away and I sent her their “Heartfelt Sympathies Gourmet Basket.” She said it was beautiful and so thoughtful.

Blooms & Petals Fine Flower & Gifts also has large and unique plants from all around the world. Their plants are easy to care for and can be given for any occasion. This was another idea I thought to send to my friend’s who lost her mother, but I opted for the basket instead.

IMG_6374“Hoosier Hospitality.” What does this mean? I (a true Midwesterner born and raised in Indiana) feel that “Hoosier Hospitality” is a friendliness and openness people from this area show to one another and to others from other parts of the states and world.  We wave.  We smile. We say hi. In essence, we are just friendly to everyone. Living in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, one thing we value is customer service and appreciating the times we receive great customer care. Hoosier Hospitality is Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana. We are proud of our local businesses, including Blooms & Petals, who provide gracious and friendly service. For more information about this shop and other fun activities in the area, visit our website at

Weekend Update: Beer, Blues and BBQ at the John Purdue Room & Right Steps Run

A Chef at John Purdue Room plating scrumptious delights!

A Chef at John Purdue Room plating scrumptious delights!

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

It's beer tasting time at John Purdue Room!

It’s beer tasting time at John Purdue Room!

It’s a culinary night you cannot miss at the John Purdue Room this Friday, April 10. Enjoy delicious food, listen to sweet Blues music and taste a wide range of craft beers at the Beer, Blues and BBQ Reception. Purdue’s HTM 492 students, with award winning Chefs Lulay and Conway, will prepare BBQ styled foods that will be paired in People’s Brew Co. draft stations. This reception will have musical performances by Queen Delphine and the Crown Jewels. The cost is $50 per person (plus) tax. Space is limited so we encourage calling the JPR reservation hotline to guarantee entry at 765-494-6845.

Work off all the calories from Friday night’s event the next day at the Right Steps Run at Prophetstown State Park. Right Steps Run is a 5K Run/Walk /10K on Saturday, April 11, at 9 a.m. at Prophetstown State Park. Not only will you burn calories but you can feel good about knowing 100% of the profits will help families afford high quality child care, in support of Right Steps Child Development Centers’ mission to provide and advocate for quality child care and early education. Right Steps Run is a family friendly event. Feel free to bring the children. Children under 16 who do not want to be timed, do not need to register. Post race awards ceremony and snacks will be provided.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at

Dining Divas Experience Indian Street Food at Shaukin Indian Fast Food

Dining Divas visit Shaukin

Dining Divas visit Shaukin

If you think you’ve had Indian food but haven’t had Indian street food, then you’ve had an incomplete experience. The Dining Divas were thrilled to munch their way through the menu at Shaukin; Indian Fast Food in River Market on River Road. Street food is popular throughout India but most especially in the west where a huge variety of small snacks can be found, often for very reasonable prices. Luckily for our community, the owners, Himanshu & Minal Bhatt, brought street food to West Lafayette.

Himanshu & Minal Bhatt

Himanshu & Minal Bhatt

They came from India to Orlando, FL where they started as dishwashers, moved on to cooking and opened a restaurant there. Their son was a student at Purdue and he let them know there was nothing like Indian street food in our area. They moved to town, opened Shaukin, and we are so glad they did.

Colorful photos of the menu options–plus numbers if you’re shy about uttering foreign words– make ordering a breeze. We started with Hot Masala Tea, which was sweet and milky like a spicy hot chai.

Next up, the Chaat Platter #18 ($7.99) featuring sampler portions of five chaats which means a savory snack. The word is derived from a word meaning to lick, to devour with relish, to eat noisily. The Divas are too polite to lick or eat noisily, but we did devour the delicacies with relish!

Bhel puri

Bhel puri

Here are a few more vocabulary words for you. Puri is a flat crunchy bread and sev is a seasoned crunchy noodle. Mix those with spices, potatoes, onions, chutneys, chickpeas and yogurt in various combinations and you have a multitude of chaats to enjoy, each with a distinct flavor and texture. #14 Papdi Chaat is Kay’s favorite. “The combination of colors and flavors and the solidity of the chick pea and the crunch of the chips—there’s really a lot going on in your mouth!” All the Divas liked #15 Samosa Chaat ($5.99). Under all the goodness of chickpeas, onions, chutneys and yogurt, there’s a piping hot samosa (fried pastry typically stuffed with savory things like potatoes, lentils and peas) waiting for you.

Samosa chaat and chaat platter

Samosa chaat and chaat platter

“Samosas alone are delicious, but samosas swimming in yogurt and sauces are even better,” said Margy. The samosa is crunchy when it’s served so eat it right away to enjoy the textures.

We moved on to #6 Idli Sambar ($5.79), which consists of steamed rice cakes served with sambar (a spicy lentil-based vegetable stew) and coconut chutney.  We loved the coconut chutney, which is not the sweetened coconut most Americans know. It’s creamy and delicious. We put it on everything and would probably order a side of this even if we didn’t get the idli!

Aloo frankie

Aloo frankie

Next up, the #9 Aloo Frankie (($5.79), a flat bread stuffed with spiced potatoes, onions, vinegar & chutney. This is spicy hot and one of Margy’s favorites. She says it freezes well, but we didn’t leave a scrap so we’ll have to try that another time. You will have noticed a repetition of ingredients by now—onions, potatoes, chutney, yogurt—but in the hands of excellent cooks with great knowledge of spices, no two dishes taste the same.



#17 Dabeli ($3.99) was a selection that we might not have chosen based on the description—mashed spiced potatoes in a bun. In the U.S., we don’t often eat potatoes on buns—but served with 3 chutneys, onions, nuts, sev, cilantro and—get this– pomegranate, it was amazing! Wow! Spicy and every flavor of these varied ingredients danced in our mouths.

Curry paneer

Curry paneer


Another of our very favorites is #19 Curry Paneer ($7.99). Cubes of tender paneer (a fresh non-melting cheese) in masala sauce are served with rice. It is incredibly savory with a complex blend of spices. This can be ordered with chicken instead of paneer. We don’t want to know the calorie count of this creamy goodness.

The #20 Chilli Chicken ($7.99), made of bell peppers, green onions, soy sauce, vinegar and chicken (paneer can be substituted) had nice complex flavors and is very different than the other dishes.

Dessert cake balls

Dessert cake balls

When we were too full to appreciate it, we were given a complimentary portion of Gulab Jamun, a dessert of deep-fried balls of dough soaked in a sugary syrup. Happy sigh…

The Bhatt’s son has graduated now but they are staying put and have just signed a lease for another five years. They expressed thanks to everyone in West Lafayette, from the building inspector and fire department to the students who love Indian fast food, all were so helpful when they started their business. Since Bev works with the City of West Lafayette, she ate that up as happily as the Dabeli!

On an Indian food high, Bev reached out to friends who know plenty about the cuisine. Sundeep Rao said Shaukin’s Batata Vada, Bhel Puri, Dahi Batata and Sev Puri are simply phenomenal and extremely authentic. “Their Frankies taste just like what I used to have near my house back home (a spot renowned for local foods) in India,” he said. “They have, by far, the best Bombay street food (“Chaat”) that I’ve ever had in the US.” That’s high praise!



Still on a mission to keep talking about the food even though she was too full to actually consume anymore, Bev wrote another Indian foodie, Richard Fudge, who said, “Recently, I had a masala dosa from the ‘specials’ board. A South Indian specialty, it’s more substantial than a snack: enough food for a meal. The dosa is a large (15 inches or so) crispy crepe made from rice flour. It contains a mildly flavored potato filling and is served with sambar (a flavorful vegetable and pigeon pea soup) and a side of coconut chutney. The sambar at Shaukin was superbly flavorful and fresh tasting. The crepe is cooked just before it’s served, so it tastes freshly cooked–unlike too much Indian food in restaurants.”

Sundeep also recommended the vada pav, another potato/bun combination with a blend of chutney and spices so on a return visit, Bev picked up an array of savory treats to go and headed across River Road to The Pint, a craft beer bar with an open food policy. Great idea for a date night, the vada pav was as good as Sundeep said it would be, and it was the best $3.49 she spent all week.

Shaukin exteriorCurrently, Shaukin is open Tuesday to Thursday from 4-10 PM, Friday to Sunday from 12-10 PM and is closed on Monday. Himanshu said they plan to add staff so they’re open more days for lunch in the near future. The Divas soundly approve that plan!  In the meantime, it’s a great stop on weekends or to pick up an easy and wonderful dinner on your way home from work. Step away from the rut you’re in and give Shaukin a try!

Spring is Here and We Are Heading to the Celery Bog!

Celery Bog ChapmanSpring is finally here, and I can honestly say that I’m not looking back! As a student, you learn to appreciate even a slight increase of temperature as you walk from class-to-class nearly every day. The winter has given me a bad case of cabin fever and bitterness towards Mother Nature, but the change of seasons has left me with spring fever, and I now look forward to the adventures this spring will bring!

James Chapman - Celery BogOne of my first stops this spring will be a trip to the beautiful Celery Bog located in West Lafayette. It’s just a hop and skip away from my neighborhood, and I enjoy walking the paths that lead to the park as well as the actual park trails themself. The warmer the weather, the more I find myself more dedicated to go out for physical activity. The Celery Bog is hands-down one of my favorite locations in all of Tippecanoe County to go on a nice, refreshing run. There are numerous trails to choose from with stunning scenic views. Around every winding corner is a breath of fresh air and nature scenes. Looking for a time of relaxation? The Celery Bog offers tranquil atmospheres to those who need more leisure in their life. Along the trails, you can find frequent benches to take a seat and soak it all in. I even recommend bringing a book on a nice day. Keep your eye out for the cute and welcoming wildlife that resides within the bog’s woodlands such as adorable squirrels, rabbits, birds, and more!

IMG_7400Speaking of animals, the Celery Bog is an excellent park to bring your furry four-legged friends! Although it sounds funny to most, I often take my precious cat, Simba, for walks throughout the trails. I am not ashamed to admit that I am one of those “crazy cat ladies!” Ever since Simba was a kitten, I’ve taken him outside so he doesn’t learn to fear the outdoors. With a name such as “Simba,” he must live up to his exotic title after all (or so I tell myself)! I often see many other pet owners walking their dogs throughout the beautiful landscape, but I have yet to see another cat. I encourage all animal owners to bring their furry companions for an energizing day outdoors this spring!

SONY DSCThe Celery Bog is also a great place to bring the whole family! Bring a blanket for a lovely picnic in the open landscape featured by the parking lot or throw a football or Frisbee for a fun game that gets you out and moving! The Celery Bog also hosts a variety of events and workshops in their Lilly Nature Center to educate those of all ages about nature-like topics such as birds, bugs, geology, nature photography, and so much more!  Keep your eye on our online calendar of events for upcoming workshops and educational opportunities held at Lilly Nature Center.

IMG_7402The winter is finally behind us, and we get to look forward to brighter days. Break out of the cabin fever mentality and look for ways to spend your free time outdoors. It seems like it has been far too long since I’ve been able to enjoy the weather. I hope to see many of you at the Celery Bog! Cat lovers: start bringing your cats! Simba needs to make some friends. Enjoy the weather everyone!

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