About Paula Block Erdmann and Terry Erdmann

Paula and Terry ErdmannPaula and Terry each have long impressive-sounding resumes implying that they are battle-scarred veterans of life within the Hollywood studios. They’re now happily relaxed into Jacksonville.

Scheffel’s Toys & More

180 WEST CALIFORNIA STREET

Toy stores are meant to be magical places, filled with unique treasures that spark the imagination. Often, such wonderful neighborhood stores exist only in memories. But everyone who visits Scheffel’s Toys & More, on the northeast corner of California and Oregon streets, knows that they’ve found the real thing: a classic toy […]

Carefree Buffalo

150 WEST CALIFORNIA STREET

Handmade. Handcrafted. Hand-Created! At Jacksonville’s Carefree Buffalo, visitors will find a collection of functional artisan masterpieces, from the world’s finest pocket knives to incredible leather and high-density microfiber jackets, from gorgeous ceramics to unique reading glasses, from exquisite purses to precision crafted clocks. “We admire products that personify uniqueness, […]

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The Pot Rack

140 WEST CALIFORNIA STREET

Sunday afternoon. Everything is ready for the party except…

Oh no! The Cherries Jubilee! Two pounds of cherries need to be pitted. You reach for a knife, then remember how badly that went last time. Those poor cherries looked as though they’d been trampled by a wild animal. How are you going to […]

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Blue Door Garden Store

130 WEST CALIFORNIA STREET

Shoppers stepping into Blue Door Garden Store feel they’ve found an enchanted place filled with wondrous miniature gardens, with a populous of whimsical gnomes, fairies, elves, and Zen figurines. Conversations in the store are punctuated by the melodic knell of myriad wind chimes—and the thump-thump-thump of shop dog Myah’s wagging tail.

“Sometimes it […]

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Farmhouse Treasures

120 WEST CALIFORNIA STREET

Farmhouse Treasures, at 120 West California, specializes in reminders of a more relaxed era. Gift items cover every surface: chalkboards and sloganed tin signs decorate the walls; seasonally themed décor, and anything you need to make your home comfy, draw your eye; aprons and dishtowels spill across upcycled vintage cabinets—which also are […]

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The Crown Jewel

165 EAST CALIFORNIA STREET

“With a 1908 vintage motorcycle on the wall, I guess you could say we’re not your traditional jewelry store,” says The Crown Jewel co-owner Jason Robison. “But we’re not simply out to offer the unusual—we’re here to have fun and do things with meaning.” In fact, the store’s slogan is ‘Jewelry and […]

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Pickety Place Antiques & Collectibles

130 NORTH FOURTH STREET

Aficionados of antiques and collectibles have been finding their way to Pickety Place for over thirty years, even though the white picket fence that inspired its name has been absent most of that time.

“When it opened in 1986, Pickety Place was in a little house with a yard, surrounded by that fence,” […]

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Country Quilts & Gifts

214 EAST CALIFORNIA STREET

Many people come to Jacksonville to retire…but then, somehow…don’t. Because they love what they do.

Take Marge Wall, owner of Country Quilts. She’s operated the shop, located at 214 East California, for fourteen years, although she and her late husband Bob had established the business in 1987, in the building right next door. […]

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Pico’s

160 EAST CALIFORNIA STREET

You need a gift for someone, but you’re not certain about that someone’s size or special interests. And if the giftee is male, your task is even harder.

Stumped? Seek inspiration at Pico’s, 160 East California Street, where co-owners Michael Richardson and Louise Lavergne have made a point of keeping the mix eclectic, […]

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Quintessence Décor

120 EAST CALIFORNIA STREET

Jacksonville represents the fulfillment of a dream to those lucky enough to have found a cozy nesting space within the city limits—including business owners who long to set up shop in this historic community’s downtown.

Case in point: Adrienne and Pat Powers, proprietors of Quintessence Décor. They’d owned […]

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Tobiano Boutique

120 SOUTH THIRD STREET

Tobiano Boutique, at 120 South Third Street, exudes an artsy vibe. It’s clearly a women’s apparel shop, filled with colorful, flowing garments. With the abstract patterns on many of the fabrics, and the prints of Picasso, Matisse, and O’Keefe gracing the walls, the shop also brings to mind a gallery, or an […]

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Artist & Gardener

130 SOUTH THIRD STREET

Artist Todd Lovett and gardener Mark Sutter opened their gift store when they realized how smoothly their individual careers blended into a cohesive package. “I had done landscape and event planning,” Mark says, “and Todd’s career was in art and retail. It made sense to merge our professions. That’s how we came […]

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WillowCreek

115 WEST CALIFORNIA STREET

They say to be careful what you wish for.

Five years ago, Jo Parker told her husband, Jacksonville Review publisher Whitman Parker, that she needed a change. After a lengthy career in marketing and title insurance, she was tired of sitting behind a computer all day. “It just wasn’t me,’” she says.

Asked what […]

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Jacksonville Company

155 WEST CALIFORNIA STREET

“Where Style Meets Elegance” isn’t just a slogan at Jacksonville Company, it’s a policy that’s evident when customers step in the door. From handbags to jewelry to women’s clothing, owner Lorraine Akin keeps a keen eye open for both the latest styles and classic designs.

“I call it […]

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Rebel Heart Books

157 WEST CALIFORNIA STREET

Readers will find that the shelves in Rebel Heart Books, the newest retail establishment in Jacksonville (located in the old blacksmith shop building at 157 West California), don’t display category labels. Thus, they may not immediately divine where the poetry volumes await, or whether there’s a sports book section (there is). The […]

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LA BOHÈME

175 WEST CALIFORNIA STREET

Sandi Whittle, co-owner of La Bohème, gazes about her Jacksonville boutique with a smile. “My daughter, Amy Blanchard, talked me into it,” she admits. “I was happily retired.”

The two shared a vision strong enough to pull Sandi back into the workforce in 2007, […]

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Joyfull Yoga Wellness Center

135 SOUTH OREGON STREET

JoyFull Yoga Wellness Center may seem a non-traditional destination for seasonal shopping, yet it offers surprising and unique gifts for your loved ones.

“We’re all about providing opportunities to help people feel better,” says owner Louise Lavergne. “We offer the gift of wellness. And you can treat yourself […]

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The Cotton Broker

110 SOUTH OREGON STREET

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss… one generation removed.

The Cotton Broker has been a fixture on the Jacksonville fashion scene since 1994, when store founder and Jacksonville native Alice McGee acquired the historic brick building on the corner of California and South Oregon. Having […]

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Ruch Hardware

181 UPPER APPLEGATE ROAD, RUCH

Standing near a wall of drawers filled with nuts, bolts and other fasteners, and in reach of a selection of hand and power tools, paint supplies and general hardware items, Ruch Hardware owner Tiffany Ryan readily describes her business philosophy: “We do anything we can to make your life easier. That’s […]

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Inconceivable – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – November 2017

May we get personal here? We have a tale to tell.

Many of you know writer William Goldman for his Academy Award-winning screenplays to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and All The President’s Men. None of his work, however, is remembered as fondly as his story of Buttercup and Westley. […]

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What? Biopics again? – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – October 2017

Okay, we’ll admit it. We haven’t reviewed much cinema this year. Frankly, we weren’t inspired by Hollywood’s offerings in 2017. Yes, we liked Wonder Woman (a lot) but many of the other films left us—hmm—we believe the correct word in the current parlance would be “meh.” Look it up.

Until recently, […]

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Once more, with extreme feeling – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – September 2017

You don’t know what you missed. And that makes us very sad.

We’re serious. Every August, the residents of Southern Oregon are offered a tremendous opportunity. Yet many residents let that opportunity slip away with little thought of its value. And, now that September has arrived, it’s gone. Again.

Yes, we’re talking […]

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Celebrating Ten Years: The Magnolia Inn – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

It has been said that Jacksonville chooses its residents. That also may be true of the town’s businesses. Or so it seems for the Magnolia Inn bed and breakfast, which this year marks its tenth anniversary under the stewardship of owners Robert and Susan Roos.

It’s an anniversary the couple never would have predicted when they […]

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Pot Rack Owners Mark Twenty-Five Years in Business – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

On any given morning on Jacksonville’s California Street, passersby will see Steve Abandonato washing down the sidewalk in front of his business, The Pot Rack. “I like to clean up,” Steve explains. “I don’t like things dirty, inside or out.” Aiming his hose at a large stainless steel pet dish on the sidewalk, he adds, […]

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The Classical Side of the Hill – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – August 2017

By the time you read this, the migration will have begun.

Dozens of classically trained, world-class musicians will be returning to the stage on Britt Hill, where Conductor Teddy Abrams will greet them, ready to chase the summer doldrums from all of our brains.

To some, the summer seems a sleepy time. […]

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A Superhero(ine) for Our Times – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – July 2017

Comic books once were considered kid stuff. No one over sixteen admitted to reading them, let alone dared to dream of watching his or her favorite superheroes on the big screen. A theatrical serial starring Kirk Alyn as Superman arrived in the 1940s, but it was sequestered in kids’ matinees. […]

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Cold Comfort – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – June 2017

Shakespeare, we believe, was thinking of us, your humble critics, when he wrote these prophetic lines: “Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.”

With May hard upon us, and the submission deadline for this June column nigh, Will’s rough winds […]

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The Britt pre-invasion – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – May 2017

Halfway through last winter, we began to feel antsy. We’d hike the Woodlands trail above the Britt Festival grounds—and pause to look longingly through the fence. We’d drive up Oregon Street—and inexplicably detour past the Britt Pavilion just to… just to…

Like we said: antsy.

Patience, it’s been noted, is not simply […]

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Black is the New Black – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – April 2017

Hollywood’s movie business is exactly that: a business, dedicated to the creation of art that (hopefully) will bring in enough money to cover the cast, crew, and dozens of others whose names you read in the end credits, while still garnering a sizable bottom line for the studios. The studios, […]

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Dog Gone – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – March 2017

Recently a movie named A Dog’s Purpose flickered through the multiplexes. It hasn’t fared well. Critics across the country panned it. The New York Times’ reviewer got right to the point: “You can skip it because it’s clumsily manipulative dreck.”

We suspect that’s not the reaction the filmmakers hoped for. But […]

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City of Stars – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – February 2017

La La Land, a cinematic love letter to classic movie musicals, just won a bunch of Golden Globe Awards. Seven, in fact—the same number it was nominated for. You can expect it to win a bunch of Oscars, too. As well it should.

But not for the reasons you’d think. As […]

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“Pressure” – by Paula and Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic, December 2016/January 2017

“Pressure pushing down on me, pressing down on you…” ~Queen/David Bowie

Whew! Well, that’s over. We finally can relax, knowing that the incessant pressure exerted by an endless flow of shrill television commercials, flyers cluttering our mailboxes, competing yard adornments, and snarling voices has come to an end. Few of us […]

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The Magnificent Twenty-One – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – November 2016

One of our edicts is: “Don’t remake Hollywood’s great classics; remake the movies that had the potential to be great but were screwed up in some way.” Cases in point: remakes of The Karate Kid, King Kong (twice), Psycho, and The Pink Panther each did a disservice to the originals. […]

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It’s only forever, not long at all… The Anniversary of Labyrinth – by Paula and Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – October 2016

Thirty years ago, three master entertainers joined forces to create the fantasy film Labyrinth: director Jim Henson (creator of the Muppets), producer George Lucas (the man behind Star Wars), and actor/artist/rock god David Bowie.

If your memories of Labyrinth are vague, you’re probably a guy. If, however, your memories are tinged […]

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The Television Show on the Edge of Forever – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – September 2016

Brace yourself. The cultural phenomenon known as Star Trek is about to turn 50. In the coming weeks, you’ll likely hear a lot about the celebratory gatherings taking place. But we like to think this monumental anniversary calls for a look back to the beginning.

On September 8, 1966, Star Trek […]

TV, or not TV – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – August 2016

It was lunchtime. The café was jumping. We stood near the entrance, enjoying the air-conditioning while quietly awaiting an available table. Across the room, a gentleman stood to leave. As he approached the door, he glanced at our faces and smiled in apparent recognition. “Mr. Robot is coming back,” he […]

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A Glorious Cycle of Song – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – July 2016

It’s official: Teddy Abrams loves a challenge. Now entering his third season as the Britt Orchestra’s music director, Abrams is challenging himself, the musicians from whom he will coax each precious note, and the audience that we’re sure will fall under his spell. If you anticipate a snoozy little symphony […]

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The Air is Filled with Speeches. And Vice Versa – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – June 2016

Step right up, folks, for the most captivating show of the era. It’s everything a big-budget entertainment should be: edgy, unpredictable, alternately hilarious and horrific. Yes, it’s that character-driven competition known as The 2016 Presidential Election.

We’re fascinated by this big show. But as absorbed as we are, we can’t bring […]

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Something for everyone. – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – May 2016

Once upon a time, categorizing popular music was simple. Musicians stayed in their lane, playing either “Country/Western,” or “Rock ‘n’ Roll,” or “Folk,” or “Easy Listening.” Radio programmers would adopt a category and run with it. But then Willie Nelson let his hair grow long. Bob Dylan picked up an […]

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“Would that it were so simple.” – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – April 2016

We admit to being suckers for Hollywood biographies. Many of these “based on fact” movies extol the accomplishments of famous personalities: Lawrence of Arabia; Lincoln; J. Edgar. Others examine lesser-known individuals who deserve our attention: Schindler’s List; Twelve Years a Slave; A Dangerous Mind. Filmed portrayals of Stephen Hawking, Butch […]

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“Autumn Leaves Must Fall.” – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – March 2016

We first noticed it in October of 2014. Singer Paul Revere, of Paul Revere and the Raiders, died at age 76. The band was internationally known, but he’d been born in Idaho, and shared the stage with Eugene, Oregon native Mark Lindsay, so to us it was a local story.

Three […]

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Make Your Own New Kind of Music – Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – February 2016

Remember the slogan, “Don’t trust anybody over 30?” It was a centerpiece of the “generation gap,” that sprang up in the 1960s.

Well, a variant of that slogan has come back to haunt us: “Don’t trust anyone under 30.” And we’re hearing it, surprisingly, from music fans.

In the ‘50s, listeners, young […]

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V is for… – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – Dec 2015/Jan 2016

A few weeks ago, on Halloween night, we found ourselves standing in the middle of Jacksonville’s historic cemetery.

It was quiet up there, and very dark. The outlines of nearby tombstones were clear, but we couldn’t read the names on them without a flashlight. Reading, however, wasn’t what we were […]

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Survivor: The Martian Chronicles – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – November 2015

Mars is an unlucky place to be stranded. The planet awaits, desolate and bleak, offering an environment with no air to breath, no water to drink (well, a little, if recent reports pan out), and no food to eat. The surface is dead. This, of course, makes Mars a lively […]

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Predicting the Future, Hollywood Style – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – October 2015

Why is a trailer like a t-shirt?

Showbiz, baby!

Every film marketer knows something about t-shirts that bear movie logos: they’re only in demand before the movie is released. Fans of Quentin Tarantino want to be “first on their block” to promote his upcoming film, so they’ll definitely wear that t-shirt with […]

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Las Vegas: The Final Frontier – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – September 2015

If you’ve encountered us on the streets of Jacksonville within the past twelve months, you may have overheard us in heavy discussion about the meanings of words like “trapunto” and “boucle.” Or you may have heard us contemplating the virtues of double-sided tape in the dressing room. Or the reason […]

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Outlasting the Smoldering Doldrums – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – August 2015

Reluctant to step outside without a straw hat, sunscreen and a handheld, battery-powered portable fan? Yeah, us too.

We’re not the first to despair over the hot sun in the summertime. In 1933, Songwriter Irving Berlin composed “We’re having a heat wave.” Ethyl Merman sang the song in the film Alexander’s […]

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Something Classical This Way Comes – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – July 2015

The Britt Classical Festival is about to begin. And we’re ecstatic!

Once again, one hundred-plus of the world’s finest musicians will take time from their tuneful day jobs to join us here in Jacksonville. We’ll welcome them into our homes and they’ll join us at our bistros and bars. But that’s […]

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Sound checking the 2015 Britt lineup (part two) – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – June 2015

08/08/08.

That’s the date we arrived in Jacksonville. Not being numerologists, we had no idea of how auspicious a day it would prove to be. Our new house, located near the top of a (steep) hill, offered a great view. Our dogs approved of the yard. The neighbors, even after learning […]

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Ain’t we got fun: The 2015 Britt lineup – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – May 2015

You probably heard a while back that Weird Al Yankovic will be coming to J’Ville’s Britt hill. Yup, on September 2 that freaky accordion player who turned “Beat It” into “Eat It” will perform live right here in town. That early announcement was a rare “sneak peak” into the Britt […]

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