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pMsburcib PosKDawfle MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 1989 y.yu,. 4 4V. F' Zappala expects the Galleria to do for affluent suburbia what the Shops at One Oxford Centre have done for Downtown: provide an upscale center with no department store or similar draw as an anchor 11(11 1. Mark MurphyPost-Gazette Developer Richard Zappala at the Galleria leria rnour will open April 15 on the upper level. Three of five restaurants will also be ready: Galleria Cafe (run by Damian Soffer, owner of Le Petit Cafe), The Good Earth Restaurant (natural foods, from California) and Seafood Grill.

First City Co. banks on the belief the Galleria's appeal will come from products Pittsburghers can't find elsewhere here. Ten stores will be new to this region. "For Pittsburgh, this will be its best assemblage of unique shops. We call it a specialty center.

Initially, 70 percent of the merchants on the fashion level will be national, the rest local; the exact opposite on the lifestyles level, said Richard B. Hodos, the Galleria's executive director and former partner in Flowershow, specialty florist at Oxford Centre. "What the merchants will have here is a synergy that each store will feed into and derive strength from. That's the philosophy behind the concept," Hodos said. One of the Galleria's offerings will be a specialty grouping where tenants wishing a smaller rental space will be arranged together like the first floor of a department store.

On the fashion level, Katherine Barchetti, Oxford Centre, will launch a new store, Zebra by K. Barchetti, a futuristically designed shop with men and women's accessories. It will be different from anything she has done. One of the largest fashion stores will be Graham Gunn, a chain catering to the well-turned-out man who is conservative but up-to-date. Some stores are spending up to $200 a square foot for their installations.

The low end is $90 a square foot. Ready for the grand opening will be: Ann Taylor (women's upscale clothing); Benetton; Cache (after-5 women's wear); Carroll Reed (traditional women's clothing and accessories); Crabtree Evelyn (home specialties); Executive Accoutrements; Gap, Gap Kids; Godiva Chocolatier, Lillie Rubin (extravagant evening wear); Style-gate (featuring Hugo Boss); Talbots (women's classic clothing); Units (moderate modular clothing) and What on Earth (books and accessories on natural themes). Opening shortly after March 3 will be: Cheryl and Company (gourmet food); Cinnamon Jim's (buns); Country Road Australia CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 the background for individual installations which each tenant oversees. The shops will be arranged as though on elegant streets, or corridors, with separate entrances for each. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Galleria is that Zappala, developer of suburban shopping centers, expects the Galleria to do for affluent suburbia South Hills, North Hills, Sewickley but also Shady-side what the Shops at One Oxford Centre have done for Downtown: provide an upscale center as a term is frowned on at the Galleria) with no department store or similar draw as an anchor.

The Galleria is roughly twice the size of the area of the Oxford's shops, Zappala said during a walkthrough. The Galleria encompasses 165,000 square feet of rental space plus another 100,000 square feet of common area with visitors at a parking stall no farther than 156 feet from an entrance. Garage lighting has been increased three times and a newsstand is planned for colorful interest The Galleria will have a six-screen motion picture theater, Galleria Cinema, run by the Pittsburgh Theater Group (controlled by Harper Investments PPG Place). It By Donald Miller Post-Gazette Staff Writer there may not be a busier place in this region than the Galleria, which developer Richard Zappala, president of The First City Downtown, will open on March 3. The much-nlarged space that once boused Kaufmann's in Mt Lebanon has been renovated at a budget of $35 million, excluding individual tenant costs estimated at another $16 million.

Eventually, the Galleria is expected to be home for approximately 80 specialty shops, from fashions to antiques. About 19 are expected to be ready for opening day. Shoppers will browse in a warmly colored Mediterranean neo-deco interior of two floors. The "fashion level" is situated on the lower floor, "lifestyles level" on the upper one. Each can be reached from separate parking lots and a below-deck garage as in the Kaufmann's era.

The landscaping has been improved, Zappala said, but looks much like the old days. Light salmon walls, terra cotta details, teal-green tiles and tan marble floors are 'Young and Restless' star itchy for comedy, movies Mi I 4 'V 4 I -Vjs i -v John Beale Post-Gazette Sister Wagner with rosary beads lost nine years ago Long-lost rosary beads weather the test of tides want to do it's painful not to act. "You have to be crazy. It's like being a race car driver or any other high-risk profession. You're always tempting fate and asking for rejection.

Just the odds alone against becoming successful are great," he said. In fact Lester, in his late 30s, was so unaware of what he was getting into when he started in the business that today he says, "Knowing what I know now, I never would have done it" But after growing up in Indianapolis, graduating from DePauw University with a political science degree and a stint in the Army, he went to California to be an actor. His father thought that was a pretty bad idea but wished him well. It wasn't like magic, but he worked and eventually accepted his current job. Aside from the unlikelihood of getting a steady job, doing it is work hard work.

Lester's call is often for 7 a.m. at the CBS studio where the show is taped. It is usually finished about 6 p.m. Then there is an 80-page script, many pages of which are his, to memorize for the next day. He usually works four days a week and he doesn't watch the show when it airs.

But then there's the fan mail, which he reads, the Emmy nominations, the personal assistant and the house, the girlfriend, the fame, the parties and all that stuff that come with success in a very tricky industry. "The money is only the opportunity to buy yourself more freedom. I've been poor but happy," Lester said. He's also been lucky and he knows it. "There are tremendously gifted actors who will never be successful," he said.

Lester describes himself as ambitious, one who loves challenges and a basic American guy who loves to play, too. These days he's also sounding a little bit restless. slow in getting to the room, so Lester, I and a P.R. person settled in amid the clutter of his room. As Abbott he's a charming cad who wants what he wants when he wants it.

And being a schemer, he usually gets it. His modus operandi includes duplicity and sleeping with other men's wives. Almost nine years of this routine would be enough to make any man weary, and Lester said he's "thinking of hanging it up" when his contract expires in August. It's a decision that precious few actors have to worry about since only about 5 percent of the members of the Screen Actors Guild really earn a living through their craft, Lester said. "Any actor who has a steady job is lucky," he said.

But he said he's earned "a ton of money" and can afford to coast for a while and see what else turns up. "While it's nice to make money, if you're good at what you do and are more artist than business, it's hard to do this day to day instant TV," he said. There are people who would say he's crazy to even think about leaving this kind of deal. and usually flip flops with "General Hospital" as the No. 1-rated network daytimer.

Lester is a prominent player and that equals visibility, accompanied by a paycheck that is coveted even in corporate board rooms. So what's up? Good question. This tall, thin, handsome, bespectacled blond soap star wants to do a situation comedy. His agent is looking. It could help that his girlfriend of three years, Lindsay Harrison, is a comedy writer.

Maybe they'll collaborate. Movies also appeal to Lester. In the meantime he's doing theater on the west coast during breaks from the show. No matter what you're doing, being an actor is not for the fainthearted. But if it's something you if toil If J' 'V my father, brothers, sister and me, and I treasured it," she says.

At the time of the theft, Sister Wagner was advised to notify the Fort Myers police, which she did. They told her that if her handbag or its contents were found within three years they would be returned to her. But nothing happened. Then, last Saturday, while attending a conference at the Divine Trovidence Mother House in Mc-Candless, Sister Wagner noticed an envelope in her mailbox with a return address from Fort Myers, Fla. "I was really puzzled because I don't know anyone in Fort Myers," CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 By Marcia Bennett Post-Gazette Staff Writer ister Margaret Mary Wagner, principal of St.

Bonaventure Elementary School in Glenshaw, believes in miracles. Nine years ago, while vacationing with her sister on Sanibel Island, Sister Wagner's handbag was stolen from the beach. It contained her wallet, identification cards plus the keys to her sister's car and home. But most importantly, it contained a sterling silver rosary which had belonged to her mother. "She said the rosary every single morning for the safety each day of Terry Lester of "The Young and the Restless" the residue of breakfast on a tray and Jack Abbott, of "The Young and the Restless," with blue eyes blazing.

Actually I was there to interview Terry Lester who plays Abbott on the popular daytime soap opera, and the housekeeper had been a little By Jane Crawford Post-Gazette Staff Writer nt was a setting some women would have killed to be in. The hotel room draperies pulled LJshut, rumpled sheets and pil-'lows tossed around the unmade beo,.

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