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17 05, 2015

Progress Takes Time

By |May 17th, 2015|Business, Design, Family, Fashion, Food, Friendship, Health and Wellness, Inspiration, Marketing, New Businesses, Olive Connection, Philanthropy, Products, Retail Stores, Selling, Uncategorized|

I’ve been busy, thus the lag time in writing my blog.  Everyone said our timing to open beginning June was too aggressive…and now I know why.  Takes more time than we envisioned.  We are a month delayed.  The good news is we have time to to show the space to our friends, whose opinions we trust, to give their ideas and suggestions and brainstorm.  Here is Alan and Pam, [...]

26 10, 2014

The Art of Raising $-it’s Marketing!

By |October 26th, 2014|Celebrations, Education, Entertainment, Family, Food, Friendship, Health and Wellness, Inspiration, Marketing, Passion, Philanthropy|

I’ve been in the philanthropy circuit the last few months,  involved with wonderful organizations and people that do great work in the non-profit world.  Employees and volunteer teams work hard to support families, men, women, and girls. I have had the task of raising money, learning what it takes to get a commitment, and what motivates people to GIVE.

THE RED CROSS-  I had  the privilege of being invited to [...]

5 10, 2014

50 Year Celebrations

By |October 5th, 2014|Celebrations, Entertainment, Family, Friendship, Health and Wellness, Retirement|

I’ve always been a Car Gal.  My favorite car the FORD MUSTANG. Fifty years ago the first Mustang was introduced- 1964. At this time, growing up in the midwest, my father had Buicks, my grandfather had Chryslers, my boyfriend had a Chevy, and my mother had a Nash Rambler.  I knew the names and models to every car on the street.  

My friends in college drove Mustang convertibles.  We were [...]

26 08, 2014

1 Yr of Retirement-What’s Next?

By |August 26th, 2014|Education, Family, Food, Health and Wellness, Inspiration, New Businesses, Passion, Retail Stores, Technology, Travel, Women's Issues|

This month marks one year since my official retirement from a 40+ year career in retail…so how did I do this first year?

I really dislike the word retirement!  We have to find another way to describe the next phase.  I had lots of goals, (on paper) and have achieved many of them.  ‘Slowing down’ was never a goal, as the pitch of my day and calendar is full.  I [...]

21 08, 2014

Do You Remember Camp?

By |August 21st, 2014|Art, Education, Entertainment, Family, Food, Health and Wellness, Leadership, Passion, Sports, Travel, Women's Issues|

Did you go to Girl Scout Camp?  I remember feeling excitement and fear, loneliness being away from home, and liked the new friends I made adjusting to the experience. I loved my counselors and can still remember their names. I remember the smell of the tents and the mosquitoes. It was the north woods of Wisconsin, the land of the vicious bugs! Jumping into the cold lake water with [...]

29 07, 2014

A Rich Life in Tuscany

By |July 29th, 2014|Education, Food, Health and Wellness, Home Decor, New Businesses, Passion, Travel|

Freshest vegetables gathered from the garden with taste that is to be remembered and savored

Organic vegetables and meat and you know what you are eating because you know what the animals have been fed

Simple cooking methods with great flavor coming from every ingredient

Delicious like it is the first time you have tasted food…ooh and ahhs… express our cooking experiences in Tuscany this month.

And tell me why we cannot eat like this every day, [...]

21 07, 2014

A Tribute to a Mentor and Friend

By |July 21st, 2014|Business, Entertainment, Family, Food, Health and Wellness, Home Decor, Inspiration, Leadership, Loyalty, Passion, Women's Issues|

Barbara Turf, former CEO, past President, and Head Merchant for Crate and Barrel passed away after a short battle with cancer last week.  I felt it was important to write a tribute to her, as she was a Mentor, Leader, and Friend to me my entire Crate and Barrel career.  At the funeral last week, people she touched came from around the world to celebrate her amazing life of [...]

27 06, 2014

Retail In Our Blood

By |June 27th, 2014|Ambition, Business, Entertainment, Health and Wellness, Inspiration, Passion, Retail Stores, Selling, Sports, Travel, Women's Issues|

The Five Most Powerful Women in Retail from Forbes 100 Most Powerful women are to be admired for their influence and impact on the industry:

Rosalind Brewer, CEO of Sam’s Club Walmart Stores-spearheading a collection of programs to increase customer experience and market share. Miucilia Prada, Owner and Fashion Designer Prada- brand image of elegant, crisp style Carol Meyrowitz, CEO TJX- in its 36 year history TJX has only had [...]

17 06, 2014

Markets of Local Abundance

By |June 17th, 2014|Business, Food, Health and Wellness, Loyalty, New Businesses, Selling, Travel|

Each day in Provence there is a market to find the most fabulous ingredients. To quote the French, “Rather have a little bit of  great food than a lot of ‘not’ the freshest.  We support farmers we trust to provide us only the best.”  Loyalty at its finest.

There is a hierarchy as to positioning of vendors…location-location-location. Some have been in the same place for 30 years. New vendors are [...]