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Park City shops and galleries for your retail fix

Park City’s Historic Main Street is filled with a mix of luxury lifestyle boutiques, artsy galleries, and specialty stores. Whether you intend to go on an all-day shopping spree or browse for accessories to complete your outfit, the shops at Park City have you covered.

Here’s a list of top shops and galleries to get your retail fix:

Mary Jane’s
613 Main Street, Park City, UT
Keep up with trends at Mary Jane’s, one of the most fashionable boutiques in Park City. Find great women’s shoes, apparel, and accessories from local and national designers. You’ll find top brands on their shelves.  The goal of Mary Jane’s is to make their customers look and feel their best. Most of their items have a chic yet laidback vibe perfect for casual wear.

Hilda Park City
541 Main Street, Park City
If it’s casual elegance you’re after, look no further than Hilda Park City. Featuring luxury clothing for men and women, the shop sources their merchandise from all over the world. While you’ll find big name brands on their racks, you’ll also come across pieces the most promising up and coming designers. Hilda Park City has been providing its clients with comfortable and stylish clothing since 1988.

Panache—Park City
738 Main Street Suite 2-102, Park City, UT
Panache offers contemporary women’s clothing for discriminating shoppers. High-end garments include everything from everyday wear to elegant cocktail attire from brand names like Nigel Preston, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Donna Karan. Names exclusive to Panache Park City are Lola Cruz, Herno, and L’Agence.

Park City Fine Arts
558 Main Street, Park City, UT
Park City Fine Arts highlights the best artists in the region. The gallery has a range of traditional paintings and contemporary sculpture to give collectors ample pieces to choose from. Most of the art is inspired by nature and takes their cue from western themes. If you need help picking out a piece, the Park City Fine Arts staff will be happy to help you expand your collection.

Art Works Gallery
461 Main Street, Park City, UT
This fine craft gallery features the best regional and national artists working in a variety of  media. Browse for fascinating finds, like art fashioned from hot glass, kaleidoscopes, clay, wood, jewelry, and much more.

Alaska Fur Gallery
537 Main Street, Park City
If you need something to warm you up in the cold Utah winters, Alaska Fur Gallery has got you covered. This enterprise has been in the business for three generations, with shops in Alaska and Wyoming, as well. They have a wide selection of fur outerwear for men and women, including vests, jackets, capes, shawls, and long coats. You’ll also find accessories like earmuffs. Their fur varies from beaver to mink, lynx to rabbit, and more. All their items are designed by top brands. You’re sure to feel toasty and fashionable after shopping here.

Explore everything Park City has to offer, including your real estate options in this incredible resort destination.  Get in touch with local real estate experts, Team Schlopy, the #1 Real Estate Team at Coldwell Banker. Call

 (435) 640-5660 or email info@teamschlopy.com to learn more.

The Report 2020 by Coldwell Banker Global Luxury

Published by the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury® program, The Report 2020 analyzes the latest trends and data provided by leading influencers from The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, WealthEngine, Unique Homes and in-the-field real estate specialists.

In this edition, we again shine a light on the U.S. power markets. Change has been a significant theme for the high-end real estate sector — so we decided to look at the country’s luxury hotspots under a different lens this year. Rather than categorize markets as buyer’s or seller’s markets, we looked at top-performing markets like Malibu, Austin, and Arlington, Virginia, and identified five non-traditional luxury markets to watch like Boise, which are displaying strength thanks to growing numbers of affluent buyers who want more value for their money. Recognizing that modern affluent buyers are diverse and influenced by a variety of factors, we also examined 15 locales across five luxury market types: feeder, vertical, urban lifestyle, evolving and tourism. We also take the “global” in our name seriously, so we included buying and selling insights from Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Caribbean, and India. Understanding buyers is critical for anyone considering a high-end property sale, whether abroad or in the U.S. So in a Report “first,” we polled 22 Coldwell Banker Luxury Property Specialists around the world and took their pulse on changing buyer demographics and desirable home features, styles and property types. No surprise: Outdoor living spaces, home automation, open-concept floor plans, and new builds continue to dominate in desirability. There is a lot more to explore in this edition — our largest yet at 128 pages.

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The Scoop with Team Schlopy – Episode 22

In this episode of the Scoop, Chris and Lana discuss the latest happenings at Golden Eagle development in Hideout, Utah. Over 328 single-family homes will make up the Golden Eagle community. With a stunning gatehouse at the entrance and finely appointed amenities throughout, this is a wonderful spot for families to call home. Enjoy community gathering spaces both indoors and out, as well as open space and access to miles of trails. Learn more at GoldenEagleHideout.com.

How to reduce your carbon footprint while on a Ski Holiday

Living an environmentally conscious lifestyle can be problematic, especially when you’re on vacation. With so many things to do and places to see on your ski trip, it’s hard to keep your impact on the planet to a minimum.

To help you maintain your green lifestyle, here are some tips and tricks to reduce your carbon footprint during your ski holiday:

Cut back on air travel

Air travel accounts for 2.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. You can reduce your carbon footprint by opting for other modes of transportation.

For those who live close to Park City, it’s best to travel by car or by train. Your travel time will certainly take longer compared to flying, so factor in lengthier transit times on your schedule.  Make sure there’s more than one passenger in the vehicle if you’re driving.

If you have to fly, remember that less is more 

If you have to go by plane, opt for direct flights.  Sit in economy because first-class offers more products and services that result in more waste. Also, pack less, so your stuff doesn’t add to the weight of the plane – the more weight the plane carries, the more fuel it consumes.

Choose green manufacturers 

When you’re shopping for your ski holiday, be mindful of the products you’re buying. Look for green manufacturers of ski gear. And, opt out of what’s trendy if you want to keep reusing your ski clothes and gear year after year. Better yet, repair winter coats you can still use.

Eat and drink local 

Reduce your carbon footprint by enjoying the local cuisine. Look for farm-to-table eateries or restaurants that use local, seasonal produce. Order a local beer instead of imported. Sample the area’s specialties.

Also, eat everything on your plate to prevent food waste. If you’re with your family or friends, make the experience more memorable by sharing food, especially if the portions offered are gargantuan. You’ll get a little bit of everything without  wasteful leftovers.

Your green habits don’t have to go on vacation, either

Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you have to put your green habits on hold. Avoid buying single-use plastic bottles of water. Refill reusable water bottles instead. Purchase sunscreen in plastic-free tin containers. If you have one too many winter coats, donate to a shelter.  You can also book a ski lodge or resort with sustainable practices.

Follow the ski slope rules

Restricted areas on ski slopes are there to keep you safe and preserve the natural surroundings. When you see signs that warn you against entering a restricted area, stay out. Remember, an abundance of wildlife and plant life can be found in the mountains. Straying into restricted areas could disturb or damage natural habitats. In Park City, most wild animals are active during dawn and dusk so it’s best to keep out of the way during these times.

Looking for the best eco-friendly ski holiday destination? Check out Park City and your real estate options in the area. Call Team Schlopy, the #1 Real Estate Team at Coldwell Banker, at (435) 640-5660 or email info@teamschlopy.com today.

 

Things you should know before buying a home in a resort community

Park City, Utah is a true winter destination and the quintessential ski town. The city’s picturesque slopes, luxurious resorts, wide range of outdoor and indoor activities – not to mention a dose of Hollywood glamor during the yearly Sundance Film Festival – make it one of the most desirable places to live in the United States.

With so much on offer, it’s no surprise that people from all over the world are eager to be a part of Park City’s wonderful communities. As in any other place, however, many of the upsides come with potential downsides.

Before you start your search for the right Park City home for you, here are some things you need to know:

Know what to expect on- and off-season

Most resort communities like ski destinations or beaches are at their best during certain times of the year. The seasonal aspect of resort communities should be a major consideration when choosing your next home.

Winter is the peak season in Park City.  Ski resorts are at their busiest and activities like skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing are in full swing. However, unlike other resort cities, Park City is just as alluring off-season.

Summer activities in Park City include playing golf, fly-fishing, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, and mountain biking.  For those who want something more laidback, shops, museums, galleries, and shows are open year round.

Check out the amenities 

Resort communities usually have more shops, restaurants, and entertainment options compared to other towns. All are designed to please the influx of people during peak months.

Park City’s Historic Main Street is lined with a mix of luxury apparel boutiques and specialty shops. Enjoy a delicious meal or try some locally crafted wines and spirits at one of over 150 restaurants in the city.

Resort communities also attract more performers and artists during events and celebrations. The annual occasions in Park City include the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera Deer Valley Music Festival, the Big Stars, Bright Nights Concert Series, and the renowned Sundance Film Festival.

Factor in the cost of living 

As resort communities often sit on prime real estate because of their location and added amenities, expect to pay a little more for goods and services.  To get the best deals on homes for sale in resort communities like Park City, get in touch with real estate professionals specializing in the area. <insert link to Contacts page>

Consider the investment opportunity

You can purchase a home in a resort community to rent out and diversify your assets. Park City, for example, is one of the best places to invest <inset link to Why investing in Park City real estate makes sense> in real estate, especially when it comes to ski properties <insert link to Great reasons to invest in a prime Park City ski property>.

If you’re using the property part-time, you can also rent it out for a substantial amount during peak seasons while still reaping the benefits of your vacation home.

Want to know more about living in a resort community?  Contact Team Schlopy, the #1 Real Estate Team at Coldwell Banker, at 435) 640-5660 or info@teamschlopy.com.

Your Complete Guide to Creating a More Accessible Bedroom

Having a relaxing and calming bedroom can help you get better sleep at night and thrive throughout the day. If you are a homeowner who is living with a physical or mental disability, creating a stress-free sleep sanctuary in your bedroom can mean making modifications for improved safety and accessibility. Not sure where to start with these essential accessibility upgrades? This guide can help you build a better and more accessible bedroom with less effort.

Budgeting for Bedroom Accessibility Changes

Before you start planning for accessibility in your bedroom, you need to figure out how you will finance these remodeling projects. Thankfully, there are quite a few financial resources that can make accessibility modifications more affordable for homeowners who are living with disabilities. Here are just a few examples of ways you can finance your own accessibility upgrades.

Cash-Out Refinancing

If you have an existing mortgage on your home, you may be able to leverage it to cover the costs of accessibility modifications for your bedroom. A cash-out refinance can transfer your existing loan balance to a larger home loan, and these loans pay the difference out to qualifying homeowners. Before you consider this financing option for your home upgrades, think about whether you have enough equity built into your home and can afford higher monthly payments.

Home Improvement Loans 

Another option for financing accessibility projects is to take out a home improvement loan. These loans are offered as home equity loans or personal loans, and each type of home improvement loan comes with its own set of qualifications and specifications. So be sure to review the details of each loan offer so that you can determine which is right for you.

Low-Interest Credit Cards 

If you have a credit card with a low-interest rate, that could be a feasible way to cover the costs of home modifications. Low-interest credit cards with a high credit limit are the best option for paying for bedroom accessibility upgrades so that you can avoid negative impacts on your credit score by utilizing too much credit. If you cannot qualify for higher credit limits or want to avoid interest charges, you may be better off using your credit cards for low-cost home modifications.

Grants and Government Benefits 

Last but certainly not least, you may be able to use grants and benefits to avoid paying out of pocket for needed changes to your bedroom. Many federal and non-profit organizations provide financial assistance to help people who are living with disabilities make their homes more accessible. If you are a veteran, VA benefits can also help you budget for bedroom upgrades.

Planning for Bedroom Accessibility Modifications

With reliable funding sources lined up, you can start planning modifications to your bedroom. Just as with your budget, having the right resources and information can make this process less stressful, so here are some helpful resources to keep in mind when planning for modifications.

ADA-Compliant Contractors

When you need to make major changes to your home, you need reliable contractors who have the necessary experience to create helpful accessibility bedroom features. ADA contractors have demonstrated an understanding of ADA compliance requirements and have also had experience implementing ADA-approved accessibility changes within their clients’ homes.

Accessibility-Boosting Modifications 

As you plan for upgrades to your bedroom, it’s also helpful to know which accessibility changes tend to matter the most for people who are living with disabilities. Major changes that can enhance mobility include wider doorways and ceiling-mounted chairlifts, both of which are improvement projects that should be completed by an experienced and licensed contractor. Of course, there are some bedroom changes you may be able to make on your own. For example, you can upgrade your bedding to accommodate specific physical or cognitive disabilities.

You deserve to find peace and comfort through your home, but especially in your bedroom. So use this helpful accessibility guide to plan and pay for the bedroom changes that will help you feel more relaxed and less stressed in your home. Because the secret to a better night’s sleep often comes down to building and creating a better bedroom.

 

Park City, Utah’s outstanding bakeshops, coffee places, and delis

Whether you’re looking for the perfect cup of coffee paired with a delicious freshly baked pastry or a great place for a quick bite, Park City has something that will satisfy your cravings.

Check out the best bakeries, café, and eateries in town:

Windy Ridge Bakery
1255 Ironhorse Drive, Park City, UT
Windy Ridge Bakery is widely regarded as the finest bakery in the city. The array of artisan breads, French-inspired pastries, and incredible savory gourmet treats are more than enough reasons to warrant the accolade.

Every item in Windy Ridge Bakery’s extensive, seasonal menu is prepared fresh each day. Plus a daily changing menu begs repeat visits.

The bakery’s exceptionally talented chefs don’t just whip up divine-tasting confections, they make sure everything looks fantastic, as well. They want customers to eat just as hungrily with their eyes, as they do with their mouths.

Deer Valley Bakery
Snow Park Lodge, 2250 Deer Valley Drive South, Park City, UT
Velvety cakes, flakey pies and tarts, rich cheesecakes, and soft cookies are Deer Valley Bakery’s all-season desserts and pastries. They’re renowned among ski season regulars, but are just in demand with local residents.

Everything in the shop is made from scratch using only the finest ingredients. Long-time fans will recommend the Chocolate Snowball, Stein’s Marzipan Cake, or the Dulce de Leche Cake to first-timers.

Java Cow Café & Bakery
402 Main Street, Park City, UT
If you like deliciousness paired with kitschy décor and exceptional service, drop by Java Cow Café & Bakery.  This independently owned shop has been a prominent fixture in Park City’s Main Street since 2003.

Jumpstart your day with a cup of organic, mountain-grown roast and pair it with housemade eats like Liege-style made-to-order waffles; gluten-free turkey sausage, egg, and cheddar biscuits; sweet or savory crepes; or daily-made quiches. Java Cow Café & Bakery is also a great place for a quick and light lunch.

The bakery also has a range of other treats including traditional and vegan ice cream in seasonal flavors, as well as Italian biscotti and French macarons. Drop by on Fridays to pick up freshly baked challah bread after 1 p.m.

Atticus Coffee, Books & Teahouse
738 Main Street, Park City, UT
Atticus Coffee, Books & Teahouse has a classic teahouse vibe complete with tea trays and homemade scones and lemon curd. It’s also a place where coffeeholics, tea aficionados, and bibliophiles are encouraged to come together.

Check out their array of amazing brews (hot and cold) made from Millcreek Coffee Roaster beans, organic teas, and delicious breakfast and lunch fare. The shop’s collection of 11,000 books is your cue to linger as you enjoy your beverage and your salad, wrap, or sandwich.

Stoked Roasters
268 Main Street, Park City, UT
Kick off your day or get a midday pick-me-up at Stoke Roasters. Their premium coffee is made with high-quality green beans. Order a different Signature Series blend each time you drop by to sample all six on offer. They also have a selection of Single Origin roasts, Signature House Blend Espresso, and Single Origin Espresso.

Main St. Deli & Eatery
525 Main Street, Park City, UT
For over 30 years, Main St. Deli & Eatery has been a local favorite. This is the place to get your classic deli fix. Whether you want a delicious breakfast, gourmet sandwich, or hearty homemade soup, this go-to deli serves ‘em up.

Learn more about what else Park City has to offer. <link to Park City Community Page> For inquiries, contact Team Schlopy, the #1 Real Estate Team at Coldwell Banker. Call (435) 640-5660 or email  info@teamschlopy.com.

How Many Homes Should You See Before Buying?

House hunting is an exciting part of the home buying process. After all, who wouldn’t be elated at the prospect of finally finding their dream home? And if you’re a fan of home search TV shows, it’s important to remember that it’s not going to be as smooth and breezy as these shows make it out to be. For sure, you’ll need to look at a number of houses before you buy, and not all if it is going to be a fun experience.

According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), home shoppers looked at an average of 15 houses before deciding to buy. If that sounds like an intimidating prospect, is it possible to shorten the process? What if the first property you visit seems like the right one?

There is no cut-and-dried formula for arriving at the optimum number of houses to see before you make your decision. Everything boils down to your personal judgment. If a house ticks all the right boxes, then there’s no reason you shouldn’t pick the first one you come across. But to prevent buyer’s remorse, it helps to develop a keen gut instinct before making your final decision.

That nagging feeling

Gut instinct is the feeling you get that tells you when you should jump in head first into a venture, take a step back, or run in the opposite direction. When something feels right, your gut will tell you so. On the other hand, when something seems off, your intuitive wisdom will nag you to beware, helping you make the right decision.

Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to listen to their gut instinct, and they end up being very disappointed with the decision that they make.

Develop your gut instinct

The people with the best gut instincts are often those who have the most experience. Therefore, before you can listen to your gut, you must make sure that its voice is trustworthy.

Developing an instinct for the home buying process requires evaluating the pros and cons of a piece of property to see how it fits your lifestyle and personal needs. Some of the most important questions to ask include:

  • Can I afford it?
  • Is the house in relatively good condition?
  • How are the neighbors?
  • How close is it to my priority amenities and facilities?
  • What are similar homes selling for?

By answering these questions, you may start to develop either a positive or negative feeling about the property. You’ll be able to tell whether a house is the ideal one that suits your needs.

Harness technology

The good news is that with the internet, you can look at as many houses as you want in a significantly less amount of time than if you were to visit each house in person. Use online listings to whittle down your list to a more manageable number, then visit three to five properties in a day. If nothing stands out, rinse and repeat.

Perhaps, after looking at five to six houses, you would’ve developed an instinct about the kind of house and neighborhood that fits you. If you’re unsure, consult your local agent. Their insight might help you make your decision sooner rather than later.

It can help to work with a trusted real estate team like Team Schlopy if you’re house hunting in Utah. Being the #1 Real Estate Team at Coldwell Banker in Utah, Team Schlopy has the knowledge and experience to make sure you make no mistakes along the way. Get in touch with the team today at (435) 640-5660 or send an email to info@teamschlopy.com.

 

Park City School District Upgrades Security

A safe and secure school environment promotes better learning. More and more school administrators are recognizing how important security reinforcements are to the daily school environment for both students and staff, and the Park City School District (PCSD) is no exception. That’s why the school district has taken measures to upgrade its security.

The effort began in 2017 when PCSD allocated $3 million for several safety measures including:

  • Reconstructing entryways
  • Installing automatic door locking systems
  • Setting up perimeter fencing for elementary schools
  • Installing reinforced glass.

In 2018, PCSD budgeted another $1 million for future security items deemed necessary by the Security Committee, such as:

Automatic door locking systems 

All elementary schools in the district now have automatic door locking systems that activate as soon as the school bell rings. If any door is left open or forcibly opened, the system sends an alert to the front office. The district hopes to incorporate the measure for secondary schools as well.

New visitor management system

New protocols for visitors will also be implemented across all schools. It will require all visitors to  provide state IDs to school authorities before they can be allowed in the school premises. They can also only enter through one enclosed entryway.

The procedure will mean creating secure vestibules where people can get in line while their state ID is checked against a national database. Once their identity is confirmed, they are issued a school ID that gives them permission to enter school premises.

Training for school secretaries and students

School secretaries, who have been tasked with checking visitor IDs and letting visitors enter and exit through one door, are also being trained to adapt to the new security measures.

Park City’s school district also plans to share the new security protocols with students to ensure that they do not let any unauthorized individuals into the school and would know what to do in case of emergencies.

Mike Tanner, chief operations officer of the school district, said that they are looking to use national best practices and employ emergency management resources in Summit County, located 90 kilometers east of Salt Lake City.

“We’re going to look at everything from communications to access to the buildings to what kind of physical barriers we need to put in place,” Tanner said. “The police and fire department, Summit County Emergency Management, and all those folks are going to look at that vulnerability and how can we get smart about balancing that access with security.”

Everyone must be involved

Even as school safety experts continue to push the implementation and enforcement of updated security measures into every school security plan, PCSD is happy to comply. It believes that everyone in the community must be involved in ensuring a secure and safe learning environment for children.

“In today’s world we have to be prepared for anything,” Tanner said. “What kind of protocol is best practices for our students and our faculty to stay safe? We’re going to review that.”

PCSD is home to four elementary schools and two middle/junior high schools, including Park City High School, which is ranked the number one high school in the state of Utah.

If you would like to learn about the housing options in the communities where the Park City School District security measures have been implemented, don’t hesitate to talk to any member of Team Schlopy, the #1 Real Estate Team at Coldwell Banker in Utah.

Get in touch with Team Schlopy today at (435) 640-5660 or send an email to info@teamschlopy.com.

Inhale, Exhale: Find Your Zen at These Yoga Spots in Park City, UT

Life is all about balance, finding the middle ground where you can calmly stand between the yin and the yang. A middle ground where you are in control amidst the daily stresses and chaos surrounding you. As such, enjoying the Park City lifestyle goes beyond exciting activities like skiing at Deer Valley Resort, mountain biking in its world-class bike parks, or paddleboarding at Jordanelle Reservoir. If you wish to simply relax and find your center, the following Park City, UT yoga studios and destinations won’t let you down.

Haum Meditation1500 Kearns Boulevard Suite AG- 20, Park City, UT 

Tune out the world’s din and re-center yourself here at Haum Meditation. The  variety of yoga classes includes kundalini, katha, restorative, qigong, flow, and more. When it comes to meditation, classes include haum recovery, binaural beats, metta meditation, seven-chakra balance, reiki, pranayama, and vipassana to name a few. Indeed, Haum Meditation is a yoga studio where you can sharpen your mental focus along with strengthening your body.

Eventful Yoga1695 Redstone Avenue APT B1, Park City, UT

If you’re looking to have a customized yoga class for you and your friends, Lindsey Marshall, founder and owner of Eventful Yoga, would be more than happy to oblige. Eventful Yoga takes typically upbeat occasions, such as corporate retreats, bachelorette celebrations, wedding parties, and baby showers, and turns them into opportunities for attendees to nourish their souls and calm their minds. An interactive, fun, and social yoga class from Eventful Yoga could be the unique touch that your celebration or get-together needs to really bring it to life.

Backcountry Yogis1912 Sidewinder, Park City, UT

Move out of the typical four-walled yoga studio and meditate in the heart of nature with the Backcountry Yogis. Their outdoor yoga classes allow yogis of all levels to roll out their mats and practice their poses after a scenic hike. Students could even do their tadasana and vrikshasana poses while surrounded by calming waters with Backcountry Yogis’ stand-up paddleboard yoga.

Tadasana Yoga Studio3156 Quarry Road, Park City, UT 

If you want to heat things up a bit, check out Tadasana Yoga Studio’s power vinyasa yoga classes. Coordinate your movement with breath and flow from one pose to the next in a room heated to 96°F. Tadasana Yoga also offers sculpt classes that integrate cardio workout and weight training into a yoga flow. Guided by their five pillars of yoga practice – intention, motion, athleticism, grit, and focus – Tadasana Yoga provides students with vinyasa yoga classes that are one of a kind. They have PowerJAM classes where students do Power Vinyasa to loud and uplifting tunes and Slow Flow classes where you can focus more on key stretching poses.

The Lodge at Blue Sky yoga classes27649 Old Lincoln Highway, Wanship, Ut

If you want even more an even more dramatic backdrop to go with your asanas, head to The Lodge at Blue Sky, just 21 miles northeast of Park City. The Lodge offers yoga classes including aerial yoga with a stunning view of the Wasatch Mountains and paddleboard yoga in a crater where participants can opt to sink into the warm mineral water and be wrapped in Mother Nature’s embrace. Students are in for a truly unforgettable and magical experience.

If you want more than just yoga spots in Park City, contact Team Schlopy, the #1 Real Estate Team at Coldwell Banker in Utah. They’ll present you with the best real estate investment options in what Forbes has called one of 20 “prettiest towns” in the US.

Get in touch with Team Schlopy at (435) 640-5660 or send an email to info@teamschlopy.com.

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