Historic Livermore Valley Kicks Off Sauvignon Blanc Month – July


Livermore, California (PRWEB) July 08, 2014

The winemakers and growers of the historic Livermore Valley grape growing region have kicked off Sauvignon Blanc Month and it looks to be another exceptional opportunity to get summertime into your glass. Various wineries are offering discounts, free bocce and other enticements to celebrate this quintessential Livermore heritage grape, Sauvignon Blanc.

One of California’s oldest wine regions, the Livermore Valley has played a pivotal role in shaping California’s wine industry since the Spanish missionaries planted their first wine grapes there in the 1760s. Robert Livermore, the valley’s namesake, is credited with planting the first commercial vineyards in 1840. Over the succeeding decades, Livermore was followed by icons Charles Wetmore, President of the California Viticultural Commission and Carl H. Wente, who founded one of the first wineries in Livermore in 1883.

Unbeknownst to many, the first international, (read French) Gold Medals (read Grand Prix) awarded to a California wine were from the Livermore Valley. The event was the 1889 International Paris Exposition (about 113 years before the well known judgment at Paris) when Cresta Blanca Winery, owned by Wetmore, submitted a ‘dry white wine’ for the competition. The wine was composed of Sauvignon Blanc, grown on cuttings, that, ironically, originated at Ch


The Laguna Cliffs Inn Appoints New General Manager


Laguna Beach, California (PRWEB) July 22, 2014

Rachel Tejeda has been appointed general manager of The Laguna Cliffs Inn, the latest addition to Classic Hotels & Resorts Coastal California Collection. The boutique hotel, located in the heart of Laguna Beach, is slated for a multi-million dollar renovation set for completion in early 2015. Ms. Tejeda will lead the iconic hotels relaunch, bringing her strong hospitality background, years of luxury hotel experience and a proven track record to The Laguna Cliffs Inn.

With more than ten years of hospitality experience, Ms. Tejeda has held diverse positions at some of the most prestigious hotel groups, including several posts at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park. Most recently, she served as the assistant general manager at The Inn at Laguna Beach, a nearby sister property also owned and operated by Classic Hotels & Resorts. She held that position and has been part of the luxury hotel group for the past three years.

It is an honor to be joining The Laguna Cliffs Inn team, and I look forward to introducing a new, personalized hotel experience to first-time and returning guests, said Ms. Tejeda. Laguna Beach is one of Californias most celebrated beach towns, and we are excited to bring the best of this great community to our guests for years to come.

As general manager of The Laguna Cliffs Inn, Ms. Tejeda will be responsible for directing the relaunch of the 36-room hotel and introducing an elevated level of service to the property. Marked by personalized service and attention to detail, The Laguna Cliffs Inn provides for an intimate coastal getaway from start to finish beginning with complimentary coffee and croughnuts at daybreak, a nightly wine hour at sunset and cookies and milk turndown service to follow before bedtime. Guests of The Laguna Cliffs Inn will enjoy all the comforts of home with panoramic views of the ocean and mountains falling in the backdrop. The hotel is a short walk from Main Beach and also offers guests easy access to the surf and sand with an in-house Beach Concierge and exclusive paddleboard lessons/rentals packages.

Following the busy summer season, we will begin a gradual rollout of the multi-million dollar refresh of the property, said Classic Hotels & Resorts Senior Vice President John Grossman. In addition to public space and guest room updates, we are enhancing all of the hotels amenities to create a one-of-a-kind experience that is unique to both Laguna and the lifestyles of our individual guests.

About Laguna Cliffs Inn:

Located walking distance from Main Beach and downtown Laguna Beach, The Laguna Cliffs Inn is a 36-room boutique hotel providing guests with the perfect escape for a relaxing seaside getaway. Inspired by the California coastline, the hotels coastal modern design flows seamlessly throughout each guest room and is framed by sweeping views of the ocean and nearby mountain ranges. This coastal hideaway beckons an experience that is uniquely Laguna and welcomes guests to enjoy all the destination has to offer just footsteps from bed to beach and more. Currently being modernized and upgraded, the hotel will unveil a new design in early 2015. For more information on The Laguna Cliffs Inn, please visit: http://www.lagunacliffsinn.com.

About Classic Hotels:

Laguna Cliffs Inn is managed by Classic Hotels & Resorts (CHR), an affiliate of Grossman Company Properties (GCP). GCP is one of the premier commercial and residential developers in the Western United States. During the past 50 years, GCP has built, developed and managed more than 14 million square feet of high-quality properties, including Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Biltmore Fashion Park, The Inn at Laguna Beach and the Phoenix Spectrum Mall. Additional information is available at http://www.classichotels.com.

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Bean Bag Chairs

Three are many different types of furniture you can put in your home, but most of it is for looks only and no one thinks about the furniture you can have fun with but still be practical. This is where bean bag chairs come in, because they have made a magnificent come back. There are a lot of new styles, colors, and even sizes. You can get them up to six feet in diameter! Fido can have one too because they make some specifically for dogs. There are better than the ones from your childhood because they now have pieces of foam as the filler. They look better; they even have ones that are designed to fit in a corner. So why not have bean bag chairs in you living room, you reading nook, or in you theater room? Bean bag chairs have made a remarkable come back and they are better than ever.


Aesops Keys to Profitable Marketing by Dr. Betsy Kruger Leads Executives to Stratify Customer Service: Chapter 10 Coaches Corporations to Reward Their Best Customers


Daytona Beach, FL (PRWEB) July 15, 2014

Should a business treat customers equally even though customers do not treat the business equally? No, complainers squander resources, but others are highly profitable.

In fact, a universal law, the 80/20 rule predicts that the top twenty percent of customers will produce eighty percent of the profits.

Dr. Betsy Krugers new book, “Aesop’s Keys to Profitable Marketing” coaches executives to stratify customer service policies to reward the best, not the rest. The publisher is Publishing Directions LLC.

Dr. Betsy Kruger’s book explains how any business can profit from using new marketing strategies. Some of Aesops Keys are to focus on quality, compete on strength, target top prospects, and reward the best. The chapters update tales by Aesop, relate his wisdom to marketing, and show how to adapt each key to their business.

For example, a vignette in Chapter 10 describes what happens when a business does not stratify its customer service policies. The manager of a CPA firm confided, Long ago we realized the 80/20 rule predicts our sales so our sales reps seek prospects that are similar to our most profitable clients. What special benefits do you provide your top clients? We treat our clients equally.

I asked her, What about complainers? Were going through a difficult time so we dont want to lose any clients. We do whatever it takes to keep complainers from switching to a competitor. Speechless from her flawed logic, I thought, Thats why youre going through a difficult time.

This vignette updates a tale by Aesop. A soldier feeds his horse well on barley when they are at war. But when the war is over, the horse complains, You make me work like a slave. I must carry heavy loads and get nothing to eat but chaff.

The trumpet sounds the call to arms so the soldier mounts his horse. Stumbling at every step, the horse says, You better join the infantry since you can’t ride me with the cavalry. You changed me into a donkey. How can you expect to change me back into a horse?

Aesop warns us against neglecting an important asset like a soldiers horse — or key customers. Most sales people wine and dine prospects during the sales process, but neglect them when they become key customers. Due to the neglect, they may lose interest and switch to a competitor. Im no longer your customer. How can you expect me to return?

Most businesses neglect their key customers, yet give special benefits to complainers. Complainers are in the bottom eighty percent of customers so they produce little profit. They complain because your business does not fulfill their requirements.

A wise business rewards its key customers so they will remain loyal. Key customers deserve to be rewarded since they produce eighty percent of the profits and refer key prospects to the business.

Discourage complainers by stratifying customer service policies. A business is not discriminating against complainers if its policies are consistent. Provide perks to key customers, but limit benefits to complainers. Reward key customer as they reward the business.

Dr. Kruger has laid out an easy-to-use process for growing top customers in any business, confides Robert Iocco, CPA, CIC, CEO, Trustpoint Insurance, Bristol, VA.

Dr. Krugers mission is to ignite the engine of prosperity with her message. She conveys twelve ways any business can profit by using the 80/20 rule.

After selling her software worldwide, she provided consulting to many corporations and coached over 2000 start-ups to succeed. Her first book, “Top Market Strategy: Applying the 80/20 Rule,” enriches graduate marketing courses. She owns Strategic Power, a marketing consultancy rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau and certified by WBE and WOBE.

Dr. Betsy Kruger coaches business leaders and speaks to associations and businesses. She is an expert source on the topic of marketing for small businesses and start-ups. For more information, please call her at 386-235-5296 or email Betsy(at)BetsyKruger(dot)com.

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Easter Seals Southern Georgia Sweet Charity Event a Success


Valdosta, Georgia (PRWEB) July 10, 2014

Easter Seals Southern Georgia hosted Sweet Charity on June 26th at the Mathis City Auditorium in Valdosta. While enjoying food and drink, guests participated in a silent auction with a variety of items donated by local businesses. Participating restaurants were Wiregrass Restaurant and Bar, Friends Grille and Bar, 306 North, Quality Wines and Spirits, Longhorn Steak House, Wiregrass Technical College, Mama June’s, The Cup and Cake Shop, Atlanta Bread Company, Ellianos, Quality Wine and Spirits, and Jays Mountain Water.

Proceeds from the event topped $ 7,000 which will benefit Megan’s House, children’s respite home, in Valdosta. Megan’s House serves children with developmental disabilities or who are medically fragile and are between the ages of 0-17. Easter Seals Southern Georgia operates three Megan’s Houses locations in Albany, Valdosta, and Waycross.

Easter Seals Southern Georgia provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. Stay connected! Sign up to receive news and special announcements. To read more about our organization go to http://www.easterseals.com/southerngeorgia/ or call 229-439-7061.


Voted Northern VAs Best Food Festival by Virginia Living, The Reston Chamber of Commerce Announces Taste of Reston Dates, June 13-14, 2014


Reston, VA (PRWEB) June 12, 2014

Voted 2014, 2013, 2012 Best Food Festival in Northern Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine, this years Taste of Reston is sure to please the whole family. Starting Friday at 3pm, the Reston Town Center will come alive with food and drinks, carnival rides, and live entertainment.

More than 20 Restaurants from the region, will provide food for purchase during the festival. Stop by an old favorite for samples or try new restaurants! Food tickets are available online and at the festival. Domestic ales and craft beer will be available to guests of age including Blue Moon, Corona Light, Fat Tire, Miller Light, Sierra Nevada and wine provided by The Wine Cabinet and Paradise Spring Winery.

With multiple stages of live music and entertainment there is something for everyone. Local bands and DJs will provide endless entertainment throughout the festival. Favorites such as Abby Miller, 3 Sense Shy, Cherry Crush Band, and Love Seed Mamma Jump will fill the Town Center with live music.

This year Taste of Reston is once again featuring a carnival complete with Ferris Wheel and Merry-Go-Round. Purchase all you can ride wristbands online or stop by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce office. The YMCA Fairfax Reston will offer games and prizes, and fit demonstrations from the YMCAs Zumba instructors and Hula Hoops from Tilly Whirl all in the Family Fun Zone.

Taste of Reston will be taking place Friday, June 13, 2014 from 3pm to 11pm and on Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 12pm until 11pm along with a carnival bonus day on Fathers Day, June 15 from 10am until 8pm. Please visit http://www.restontaste.com for more details and to pre-purchase tickets.


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Satellite Phones

Satellite phones are there for many reasons. They are need for when a person is in an area that won’t have cell service. This is normally in the dessert, on an island, or in the mountains. They can be used for emergencies giving you access to the outside world. Satellite phones send a signal to a satellite in orbit. That satellite then sends the signal to a station on earth. That station then sends the signal where it needs to go. Satellite phones are not used as a replacement for cell phones, but an alternative for when you will be in areas that you won’t have service. Many companies offer the ability to rent these phones. These are great during catastrophic events when all other forms of communications are severed. Satellite phones are made to give you a peace of mind in case something happens while you are in an area that you now you won’t have service.


Womens Health Club

A womens health club is working hard to make every women have no excuses on being healthy. With the busy lifestyles most women are dealing with, staying healthy is sometimes at the very bottom of the list of things to do in the day. Eating on the go is not always ideal and exercising sometimes means walking up the stairs to the second floor or running to catch the elevator. A womens health club wants to make sure that women are taking the time for themselves. It doesn’t matter if you are a business woman, a mom, or even both. There are many perks of these clubs. They are not just a gym. They are a gym, spa, and boutique. They have kid centers for the children while you are exercising, or enjoying the spa. When you need a little quiet time you can enjoy a facial, a massage, pedicure, and manicure. A womens health club only has the busy women in mind.


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