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Disney World, here we come!

In Family & kids on July 16, 2008 at 11:55 am

Thanks to Misty, I think my child is adequately excited about our upcoming trip to Walt Disney World.

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Confessions of a first-time eBay’er

In Day-to-Day on July 13, 2008 at 7:16 pm

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I had never done eBay before. Dave has an account and like other things he handles, I guess I figured that meant I never had to figure it out. But then cleaned out my closet and got antsy to get rid of some things. And some extra cash for vacation would be nice.

Here’s what I learned. Name-brand gets attention. You never really know what’s going to sell and what isn’t. I thought I’d have some takers for my Fluevog shoes, but never thought I’d get more than $100 out of them. Woohoo! On the other hand, I thought Disney fanatics near and far would flock to the sequin Mickey clutches I bought during my days as a Walt Disney World intern.  Lesson learned… unless you’re okay accepting 99 cents for something,  list it with a minimum bid.

All and all, that was a fun experiment. Surprisingly good $ on one item, not so much on the 4 other things I listed.

McCormick & Schmick’s Fish Toss

In Food Retail, Raleigh NC on July 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm

I know I’ve been writing a lot about my client McCormick & Schmick’s, but this project has kinda been my life lately! And, it’s really been a lot of fun. The part that my team has probably been the most excited about is the fish toss which is a McCormick & Schmick’s tradition signifying the opening of a new store.

My video is really shaky, but I hope you’ll still enjoy it. It was a great event and a fun beginning to our final pre-opening event which was a manager’s reception where we had more than a thousand people come through the doors! It was amazing! Everyone loved the food, drinks & great McCormick & Schmick’s service.

McCormick & Schmick’s Mixology

In Food Retail, Raleigh NC on July 9, 2008 at 2:59 pm

A preview for all planning to attend our reception at McCormick & Schmick’s in Raleigh tonight:

A restaurant groupie?

In Food Retail on July 9, 2008 at 10:32 am

Has anyone ever heard of a restaurant groupie? Last night at one of the pre-opening events for McCormick & Schmick’s, I met a guy who claimed to be one. Listen carefully to what he says at the beginning of the video about the openings he’s attended. Are there other folks out there who share this hobby???

Live from McCormick & Schmick’s

In Food Retail, Raleigh NC on July 8, 2008 at 4:09 pm

It’s our second day of pre-opening events at McCormick & Schmick’s at Crabtree Valley Mall. We’ve done two mock lunches hosting close to 150 people each. Last night we had a PR & marketing networking cocktail reception and a benefit dinner for the Food Bank. All have gone extremely well. GM Robert Berbary has done an excellent job of hiring the best talent in Raleigh. Everyone has said the service has been excellent and the food delicious.

I was especially excited to get to meet Doug Sutton, author of Raleigh Native Review and community content go-to guy for WNCN, in-person yesterday. Read what he wrote about his McCormick & Schmick’s dining experience: http://blogs.wncn.info/dsutton/2008/07/07/mccormick-and-schmicks-brings-it/  A great review!

Putting the Crab in Crabtree Valley Mall

In Day-to-Day, Food Retail, Raleigh NC on July 1, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Jake, the 700 pound crab, finally made it to Raleigh! He is now on top of the McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant at Crabtree Valley Mall. As previously mentioned, McCormick & Schmick’s is one of my clients, and today was a most fun & entertaining day learning/witnessing what goes into getting a huge inflatible crab on the roof of a restaurant. The highlights included: 1)Meeting Scott who travels around and installs Jake and is the guy who typically gets to “flip the switch” to inflate Jake, which I think is just cool! You’ll see Scott in the video… he’s the one dangerously close to the edge of the roof! 2) Seeing the entire in-training staff come out to see Jake as well as a news camera interviewing Robert the GM.  3) Realizing that I wasn’t the only one who wanted to blog about Jake — see links below.

http://projects.newsobserver.com/taking_stock/jake_arrives_today

http://raleigh.mync.com/site/raleigh/community/

http://www.ginnyfromtheblog.com/

http://blogs.wncn.info/dsutton/2008/06/30/hes-coming-hes-coming-we-all-have-crabs/

http://projects.newsobserver.com/taking_stock/jake_has_arrived

JW — Writers’ Workshop

In Family & kids on July 1, 2008 at 6:53 pm

JW reading his storyJW took a writer’s workshop through the summer program at school. The teacher told Dave that on the 3rd day the lesson was on word choice. She explained that by using a thesaurus the students could replace some of the original words they had written with more exciting words. When she got to Jackson to see if she could help him look up alternative works, he said, “No thanks. My story is fine the way it is.”