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MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1997 J The Palm Beach Post m sl SECTION D t PRINT INSIDE - STYLE Fashion icon Diane Von Furstenberg is coming to Saks Fifth Avenue with her spring line of wrap dresses. PAGE 3D ; MartinSt. Lucie County Living Books Editor Scott Eyjrian recommends: Penelope Niven's Steichen, the story of the great photographer Edward Steichen. I Jeri Butler ACCENT f f& J" BEAN w-J : W A R S , ;: Second Sight gives the blind a new insight The narrators at the Second Sight Taping Studio may read The Mistress of Spice or The Internet for Dummies. "We don't censor or judge, we provide access to information," said Janet Andrien, who manages the Stuart studio where volunteers record books and magazines on tape for the blind a u.,:.,n.. u a: J f i emu puyaiuuiy iicuiui- fi capped. 'I The infnrmnrinn mav , ( Urn in be in novels, biographies, f 1 magazines or textbooks, ' - V i fit & J including charts and foot LI IY 111 afcVVI fa notes. , "Charts are a challenge," Andrien said. Andrien 1 71 l, t 'Is - ! ".:.. O .ifr , " i - " ' ft"W - 1 ' i ..- i Ph04,By,M.: KENNEDY IllStaff Photographer The new Starbucks Coffee on Clematis Street is already percolating with customers, especially post-Baby Boomers. -' . There's a bit of a battle brewing among the jitterati in downtown West Palm Beach between a trendy corporate giant and a hip local bistro. T "We have to try to find a way to set up a chart in the listener's mind," she said. Second Sight records the books for patrons of the Library of Congress Talking . ' Books program but will also do recordings for local residents' needs. It also has a small lending library. The current reading assignments from the Florida Regional Library in Daytona Beach are being read by people with excellent diction. j Besides the narrators, there are also monitors, like Charles Shinn, who set up the taping equipment and keep track of the material as it's being read. j Later reviewers listen to the recordings , to be sure they're correct. ; -j ': . Second Sight Taping Studio, which was 1 founded in 1975 as a non-profit organization, operates completely on donations, Recently . it got a windfall when Andrien won j$5,000 from the Paul Newman Foundation. She created a recipe called Alphabraille Soup using Newman's Bombolina sauce. - - For information on Second Sight Taping Studio, call 288-2040. . : Gone to Pieces? Join the group This group has no bylaws, no officers, no minutes and only one rule. , "Don't bring your problems," said Carol Sullivan of Palm City, who founded Gone to Pieces in 1995. This is not a group of neurotics. Gone to Pieces is a quilting society that meets every Monday morning. 1 ! ' "We have 40 quilters of every skill level," Sullivan said. ' ! . See for yourself. Gone to Pieces is exhibiting beautiful quilts, many of them of holiday designs, at the Palm City Library until Dec. 29. For more information on the group, call Sallie Townsend-Hughes, 223-8368. Champagne and music A special afternoon of champagne and , music is planned for Sunday at Vince Lloyd's riverfront home in Fort Pierce. Members of the Treasure Coast Opera Society, including Judy Brown, Eddie Sensl and Stephanie Catania, accompanied by Anne Abood, will sing Victorian music to benefit the proposed Hospice of the Treasure Coast residence. Tickets are $50. Call 465-0504. To share your news about people or events on the Treasure Coast, call Jeri at 223-3552, e-mail her atjeripbpost.com, or write her at The Palm Beach Post 2101 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, Fla. 34994. Please include any photos. i (if By Paul Reid Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Let's go ringside to the coffee clash brewing right here on our streets. In this corner, wearing the forest green and white storefront sign and weighing in at $955 million in sales, the Seattle-based international coffee giant, Starbucks Corpu ration. The latest Starbucks contender, one of 1,335 nationwide, opened on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach last week. In the other corner well, nestled in a basement around the corner on Narcissus Avenue the Underground Coffeeworks, wearing old wood tables, chessboards, plump sofas, porcelain mugs, live music and poetry readings. Shelia Powell, co-owner of the Underground, says this is what entrepreneurial America is all about: competition, image, atmosphere, a good cup of coffee. An esoteric cup of coffee. Loads of coffee. And if the coffee bean gods are just, there will be no losers in this fight, just happy java drinkers with one more choice of where to indulge their tastes. Powell, 33, opened the Underground in 1993 with her partner, Cathy Volpe. They were early and real pioneers in the resettlement of downtown. Clematis Street closed down at dusk back then. Some would argue there wasn't much to Clematis when it was open in the daytime anyway, so there was nothing to close at dusk. But the Under- Please see COFFEE CLASH41) i (a. Cathy Volpe (left) and Shelia Powell are co-owners of the Underground Cof-feeworks, which opened in 1993, before Clematis Street was cool. Royal glut: Publishers have Diana covered lyUmnm 12 DIANA HIE CtHlK OF LOVE 1 IIIJ..I.I.HU " i .nil' hhmi r .w J ; . L- ...... ,ril T n trttrrrTTTT"' R LtdAO if L A littbwht TIM CRAUAM A Another way to get out cheap is the paperback Book of Love, a goofy compilation of Diana quotes with flower photos and lots of white space by Eagle Rose Publishing for $6.95. Some examples of the, ahem, deep insights revealed: "I am about caring." "Oh Rosa, I do so love my boys." "Call me Diana, not Princess Diana." The glut, of course, comes as no surprise. Diana was the most photographed woman in the world. But when, pray tell, is enough enough? Never, retailers say, if customers are still buying. "The good books the beautiful keepsakes are selling heavily because of the holidays," says Mike Sieczkowski, manager of Liberties in Boca Raton. "But let me tell you what else we're getting in the Princess Diana Beanie Baby. It's a purple bear with a white rose on its chest and a poem about her on the tag. "I've been getting calls every day about that, so enough isn't enough just yet." By Loretta Grantham Palm Beach Post Staff Writer The toughest task had to be coming up with different names. Diana: Her Life & Legacy. The Diana Years. Diana: A Tribute to the People's Princess. Diana, Princess of Wales: A Tribute. Diana: Queen of Hearts. Princess Diana: The Book of Love. . . . Less than three months after Diana's Aug. 31 death, zealous publishers have packed bookstores with tributes ranging from glorious coffee-table tomes to chintzy paperbacks. And they did so virtually overnight, ad nauseum. "The day after she died, I ripped the store apart looking for a couple of books," says Jennifer Coomer, assistant manager at Waldenbooks in Greenacres. "We had nothing. Then almost immediately, everything started pouring in." Commemorative edition status quo: Glossy photos, minimal text, about $25. (Except for The People's Princess, published by Courage, which is a Waldenbooks "Bargain Book" for $12.98 perhaps because the yellowish cover photo makes Diana look jaundiced.) (DIANA 1 V o t, Make way for Li'l Penny What's on the top of every hoop lover's must-have list? The toy version of the diminutive alter-ego of basketball's Anfemee 'Penny' Hardaway, of course. It even comes in a model that talks in the distinctive voice of comedian Chris Rock. Story, Page 4D Publishing companies are cashing in on Princess Diana's death.