PHOTO COUR TESY JOHN HALDANE
An Edibles Incredible!
chair did wrong with the food,”
recalls Hanna. A friendship formed.
After bringing homemade fudge
(Furman) and toffee (Hanna) to a
weekend retreat, and garnering rave
The “maybe we should do something.”
reviews from friends, they decided
taste of First, the friendship turned to marriage. Then they cooked up a business
called Edibles Incredible! Desserts,
love Dean & DeLuca, then
opened a kiosk at a mall.
“It was down the esca-found a corporate client in
Mix them in a singles group. Throw
in a mutual love for
baked goods, candy
and fun and you’re
in for a treat.
Those were the ingredients for a new
marriage, and a new business, for
Sterling, Virginia, Costco members Alan
Furman and Robyn Hanna. At a group
event, Furman asked Hanna—then the
group’s social chair—to dance.
“He told me all the things the last
PHOTOS: EDIBLES INCREDIBLE! DESSERTS
lator from Godiva,” says
Furman, “so we had to get
their permission. Their
reaction was ‘Homemade
fudge and toffee compete
with Godiva? Who cares?
Let them in.’ ”
Alan Furman and Robyn Hanna The kiosk was a suc-
cess, much to Godiva’s
chagrin. They now have three locations
in Virginia—Sterling, Reston and
Brambleton—as well as an Internet
store, www.ediblesincredible.com, and
For the Hanna-Furmans, life is
Preserving the past
JOHN HALDANE is keeping the past
alive. Haldane, a Costco member and
retired computer specialist, began
researching his family genealogy in 1975.
In 1998, he came across some faded photographs of his great-great-great-grandfa-ther, a Union soldier in the Civil War.
Haldane’s son, a talented graphic artist, showed him how to restore the photos using computer
restored the tarnished
images to their original
condition within a week.
“I showed them to
people at work, and they
all asked me to restore
their old family photos,”
Encouraged by the
Haldane founded a photo restoration service called Grand Memories ( www.grand
memories.com) in Mesa, Arizona.
Haldane uses digital imaging to
repair damaged photos and improve any
photographic image, even antiquated
daguerreotypes. Grand Memories is
working to bring the past into the
John Haldane’s photo restorations restore history.
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AS ANYONE WHO has entered a marathon
competition can attest, it is an extreme test
of character. Many who try take pride in the
accomplishment of completing the route and
never try again. For Hillsboro, Oregon, Costco
member Ginny Turner, once was not enough.
In the 113 days from November 5, 2006, to February
26, 2007, the 56-year-old grandmother of six earned a
Guinness World Record for “the shortest overall time to
complete a marathon on each of the seven continents.”
Turner had been a marathoner, but knee surgery put
a crimp in her running. She adapted to walking marathons and, after picking up a copy of Guinness World
Records, found a new goal. As Turner recalls, “I thought,
‘Wouldn’t that be cool if my grandchildren could say,
‘My grandma has a world record.’ ”
Including the world-record events, Turner has been
in 123 marathons in 50 states and seven continents,
including Antarctica three times and the North Pole.
(She holds a second record for including the North Pole,
for which Guinness created a new category.)
Her avocation doesn’t come cheap. Turner says,
“I take my recreational support very seriously, and
that’s where I choose to spend my entertainment
money.” Asked if she has ever tallied up the amount
she has spent on marathoning, Turner
says, “I would be afraid to.”
She is putting together a book proposal and mulling her next conquests.
If you know a Costco member who
holds a Guinness record, contact The
Costco Connection (see box left).
Guinness World Records 2009 is
available on Costco.com.—SF