As garden centers across the United States are ordered to shut their doors to comply with shelter in place and social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, Little Prince of Oregon Nursery has launched a new online referral program to help businesses maintain service to customers and offset losses without requiring cash outlay.
Beginning March 26, garden centers can use their social media, email marketing, and other digital channels to refer customers to the Little Prince online store—and make 20% of the purchase price on each sale they refer. No web setup, no tech, no inventory management, just an opportunity to continue to get plants to customers and money in the bank. The new program is called Garden Center 911 and is intended to create a low-input income stream for garden centers at a time when revenue is imperative for survival and while face-to-face interactions and transactions are severely limited.
Mark Leichty, Director of Business Development at Little Prince, says, “One of our core beliefs at Little Prince is the best place to buy Little Prince plants is your local Garden Center. That’s the first message an online shopper sees when they enter our online store, and that will never change.” He continues, “We know that many garden centers have closed temporarily due to COVID-19, and we want to help support those businesses that supported us for so many years.”
About the program, Shaina Froehlich, Garden Center Manager of Froelich’s Farm and Garden Center in Pennsylvania says, “In a time when the future is unknown, Little Prince of Oregon brings a beacon of light to the independent garden center industry. For the 2020 season, our first day open was also the last day before we were forced to switch our sales to curbside pickups and local deliveries only. Little Prince of Oregon’s Garden Center 911 program gives us the opportunity to create an avenue of revenue, even when our doors are mandated to remain closed.”
How Garden Center 911 Works
-Upon approval of documents submitted, each garden center will receive an individualized referral link to http://www.littleprinceplants.com for digital sharing.
It’s that easy!
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Why Partner with Little Prince of Oregon?
Lloyd Traven, owner of Peace Tree Farm, a wholesale nursery in Pennsylvania, says, “Little Prince has fabulous and cool plants, packaged cleverly and marketed for consumer joy, and has also devised a solid shipping system already in place to go NOW. Their website is easy to use and robust.” Customers can select from nearly 1,000 varieties, including succulents, perennials, ornamental grasses, groundcovers, and more. “This could really be a lifeline to hard-pressed retailers who need to shut the doors for safety and cannot sell now. So many do not have any working solution for online business, and it might be their only option for months,” says Traven. “Even though we are a wholesaler, we will be participating. Why not?”
While participating in Garden Center 911 won’t replace all income lost by garden centers, it offers an easy way to replace some income (in hopes of reopening) and continue to get plants to customers who are clamoring for them right now. And for those garden centers that are open, but focusing on edibles for food-essential positioning, Garden Center 911 allows garden centers to “sell” ornamentals without needing to order, stock, care for, and devote resources to them—the best of both worlds.
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It’s time to get back in the garden! With these great plants and products ensure success this season. To get you excited this spring, Garden Media Group has released its 2020 Garden Superstars for Spring. This year’s list features durable gardening tools, beautiful blooms and new innovative ways to garden.
“Spring is here and that is usually a sign of hope,” says Katie Dubow, president of Garden Media Group. “Yet in these uncertain times, people are finding hope hard to come by. Gardening offers us so much – from physical and mental well-being to delicious and nutritious food. We urge you to just grow something today.”
These plants and products are sure to bring ease and peace of mind to everyone this season and year.
Here is Garden Media’s list of Garden Superstars for Spring 2020.
Digging with Ease. Grow with ease this spring with Power Planter’s Auger Starter Pack. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a new homeowner, this set is a great choice for planting everything from bulbs and seeds to plugs and annuals. The kit includes two garden auger drill bits that turn any hand power drill into a powered soil digger that makes planting a breeze. Hand-welded and proudly made in the USA, Power Planter products are guaranteed to last!
Visit http://www.powerplanter.com for more information.
Blooms for All Seasons. Looking for plants with real flower power that bloom all season? Try Bloomables® from Star® Roses & Plants, the introducers of The Knock Out® Family of Roses, launched this spring. With over 35 varieties of Star Roses’ best flowering roses and shrubs to choose from, these varieties are easy-to-grow and offer high reward in the garden. Bloomables has it all. Bright colors, unique textures, and of course, amazing blooms, make this collection stand-out!
Check out the collection at http://www.bloomables.com.
New Possibilities. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… REPURPOSE! Smart Pots has powered up a way to reuse milk crates for gardening with new Milk Crate Liners. These square, breathable liners fit into the crates perfectly to ensure proper drainage of water, while containing the soil medium for your plants. While the liners themselves are easy to maintain and use, the milk crates allow you to move and rearrange your plants safely and easily.
For more information, visit SmartPots.com.
For more exciting new plants and garden products for spring 2020, visit gardenmediagroup.com.
Garden Media specializes in home and garden, horticulture, outdoor living, lawn and landscape industries, offering innovative PR campaigns designed to secure top media placements and partnerships. For more information visit: http://www.gardenmediagroup.com
A Safe Haven Foundation announced today the closing on US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and US Veterans Administration (VA) 75 Unit Apartment Project called The Rauner Family Veteran Apartments by A Safe Haven Foundation. It is a 75-unit Supportive Housing development in Hobart, Indiana. The apartments will be made available to low income, senior and disabled military veterans who are referred to A Safe Haven by the local Veterans Clinic and Jesse Brown VA. Onsite services will include supportive housing, individualized case management and peer support services. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for next month.
In addition to over million in Federal HUD/VA rental housing tax credits, bond volume and other financing secured from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), former Governor of Illinois and Venture Capitalist, Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana Rauner, have generously gifted ,000,000 to A Safe Haven Foundation to support financing and long-term ongoing support.
To make this development a reality the leadership team at A Safe Haven Foundation has worked with KMA Companies as the development partner and the City of Hobart on this project for almost three years.
The Rauner Family Veteran Apartments by A Safe Haven Foundation is scheduled to open in spring of 2021. The 75 apartments will showcase fully furnished apartments, a flexible meeting space/community room, exercise room, laundry room, bike storage and a beautifully, professionally landscaped outdoor patio courtyard, the US Flag and a Flag from every branch of the military. The walkway to the main entrance will feature a Bronze Star monument to Michael J. Rowland, a decorated Korean War Veteran and father of A Safe Haven Co-Founder and US Army Veteran Brian M. Rowland.
“Twenty-five years ago A Safe Haven Foundation set a new paradigm and standard of care for helping to address the root causes of poverty and homelessness. A Safe Haven is raising the bar again by expanding our portfolio of providing transitional, supportive, affordable, senior and military veteran housing in safe, beautiful and healthy settings," said Neli Vazquez Rowland, President of A Safe Haven Foundation. "We are so proud to have the opportunity to help build beautiful award-winning homes for our nation’s heroes and to make our vision of a new affordable veteran housing project in the State of Indiana a reality."
Vazquez Rowland added: "We would like to give a special thanks to A Safe Haven Foundation’s Indiana Veterans Advisory Board lead by Pat O’Donnell, Veterans Radio, Dan Mills of the American Legion, Bob Carnegie of DAV, Bill Emerson, Jim Chancellor and Victor Baker. We are grateful to have had the support of Governor Eric Holcomb, Mayor Eric Snedecor, and to have partnered with the US Veterans Administration, US Housing and Urban Development, Indiana Housing Community Development Authority, City of Hobart, Lake County Community Economic Development Department, Cinnaire Investment Corporation, Multifamily Coalition for Affordable Housing, The National Bank of Indianapolis and the Rauner Family. Bruce and Diana Rauner were one of our original and ongoing supporters who took the leap of faith in helping to back our cause over 20 years ago. With their assistance we have helped over 20,000 military veterans in crisis and their families get their lives back on track throughout the years. We are grateful to have had the privilege of working with so many committed and caring national, and local leader and veteran advocates. We could not have done this without all of their spirit de corps commitment and support.”
About A SAFE HAVEN FOUNDATION
A Safe Haven (ASH) is a social enterprise that provides a comprehensive and vertically integrated approach uniquely designed to address root causes of poverty and homelessness for social and economic development to achieve sustainable self-sufficiency. Populations served: Individuals, Adults, Families with children, Youth, Veterans and non-violent re-entry. ASH Services: Individualized case management, shelter, food, treatment, education, job training, access to employment & affordable housing. Partnership network: public/private/corporate/foundations and other entities to provide a network that can help deliver a seamless continuum of care, housing and employment and/or resources including funding to achieve financial stability & sustainability. Impact Goal: improved return on investment, efficiencies and results for all stakeholders. Learn more: [http://www.ASafeHaven.org
Power Planter, a third-generation family-owned business, has joined forces with another family-owned business, Garden Media Group, a public relations firm specializing in the lawn, garden and lifestyle industry.
Power Planter is leading the way in creating innovative lawn and garden tools. Their famous earth augers, which are 100 percent made in the U.S.A., are hand-welded to make gardening easier.
“Garden Media has an unrivaled brand reputation and vast connections in the lawn and garden industry,” says Greg Niewold, owner of Power Planter and grandson of founder Wayne Niewold. “As we continue to expand our brand, we wanted a firm that understands our market and customer base.”
Power Planter’s augers range in size from 2-inches to 9-inches in diameter with more than ten different sizes and models, giving each customer exactly what they need to get the job done. These tools help gardeners to do everything from planting bulbs to planting 1-gallon and 2-gallon potted plants and installing fence posts easily with an auger powerhead.
“Power Planter is a quality-first company,” says Katie Dubow, president of Garden Media Group. “We're eager to tell their unique story, elevate the brand to new heights in the gardening space and use their tools. Who doesn’t want something to make gardening easier?"
Currently, Power Planter offers a full range of premium gardening augers sold on their website, Amazon and retailers nationwide. The products range from the brand's original, and customer favorite, Bulb Auger & Bedding Plant Tool, to the quart, gallon and two-gallon augers.
With more than 30 years of growth and expansion, Power Planter has become a staple-tool for individuals and companies worldwide. Described as durable and efficient by their valued customers, these earth augers are necessary for any gardener – whether novice or professional.
Find more information about the products as well as a guide to find your best fit auger on their website.
Garden Media Group specializes in the home, garden, horticulture, outdoor-living, lawn and landscape industries, and offers innovative PR campaigns designed to secure top media placements and partnerships with both traditional and social media. For gardening tips and tricks, new product announcements, and PR and marketing tips, visit their GMG! and Garden Plot blogs. http://www.gardenmediagroup.com .
ViVODOMi, the premier lifestyle management, project management, and concierge services company, offers a completely unique and highly personalized experience to the cream of the cream (individuals, top business families, celebrities and high net worth individuals) in New York City. Their services also include taking care of the townhouses and Pied-à-Terre of such individuals and families.
“We truly recognize and understand the extraordinarily high standards of service that our customers expect and unfailingly deliver what we promise, each and every time,” says the spokesperson for ViVODOMi. “We stand apart because of our ability to deliver world-class experiences to our valued customers. Exceptional service is core to our business and we are constantly striving to make every experience a highly remarkable one for you.”
ViVODOMi has years of expertise in providing perfect solutions in the areas of home maintenance, renovation, and repairs. The company also specializes in problem management and is equipped to handle projects of all sizes and complexities for its clients in NY City. They play the role of a personal life assistant to perfection.
With their deep familiarity and knowledge of New York City, ViVODOMi helps clients utilise the city’s amazing and top rated services. They offer a variety of concierge services plans thoughtfully crafted to ensure that the clients enjoy best-in-class services.
They also provide and manage housekeepers for tasks such as housekeeping and laundry, drivers, a dedicated personal concierge, are experienced in managing, estate relocation, and estate renovation projects. Unlike property managers or simple assistant, ViVODOMi acts as an extension of the customer’s team to manage their projects in NY more efficiently. In a nutshell, they solve the most complex problems that clients face on a day to day basis.
The staff they provide are completely trustworthy and the vendors they use are well-vetted and licensed, and have been associate with them for years. They are chosen after carrying out detailed and meticulous background checks.
ViVODOMi easily adapts to the evolving needs of their customers and have proven expertise in delivering solutions that not only match but exceed their expectations on a consistent basis.
At ViVODOMi, the customer is special and highly valued as they come from the top layer of society. They serve the unique needs of the city’s leading VIP guests, star athletes and celebrities, and top businessmen. The company takes great pride in its ability to offer the most comprehensive array of services available across the luxury sector.
Here’s what some of their customers have to say about their services:
ViVODOMi, what a fantastic concierge services firm! They are professional, resourceful, and keep my house running in perfect order. They are easy and fun to work with, and free up my time by shopping, running errands, arranging repairs, and doing other life tasks, all so I can spend my time on what’s truly important to me. I’d be lost without them. - P.C. | Philanthropist & Busy Traveling Professional
The ViVODOMi team is attentive, professional, flexible, and easy to work with. They are quick to respond to requests, and there is no task they haven’t been able to complete. They know the right questions to ask and deliver top notch service. Although we’d like to keep them all to ourselves, I highly recommend ViVODOMi to anyone looking for concierge services. - L.H. | Daughter of Client
ViVODOMi is amazing – they are organized, thoughtful, proactive, and take great pride in helping their clients. I could not be more satisfied with their services. - L.T. | Entrepreneur & Investor
For more information, visit vivodomi.com
ViVODOMi was founded by Eli and Robert, two creative entrepreneurs committed to delivering excellence. Eli has been in the concierge services business since 2007 and leads the field team. Robert is an expert in construction management and property maintenance. He was a fashion designer before switching his focus to interior design in 2010. He oversees the operations teams. Together, they form the pillars of the company and have played a stellar role in its success. The ViVODOMi team personifies the concept of trust and reliability.
As the year winds down, savings are revving up at Brandenberry Amish Furniture in Shipshewana, Indiana. Brandenberry is hosting an End-of-Year Blowout Sale which features savings of up to 65% off clearance items and 15% off store wide items. The event runs Thursday, Dec. 26, to Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, at Brandenberry Amish Furniture in Shipshewana, Indiana.
In preparation for the New Year, Brandenberry wants to move out all its clearance items by year end. And customers get to benefit. Because all clearance items are being offered at savings of up to 65 percent off. This means 65 percent savings on Amish-built, solid hardwood furniture for the home. Some wooden accessories and craft items are also being offered at savings of up to 65 percent off.
Every item not otherwise marked down is on sale for 15 percent off at Brandenberry Amish Furniture’s End-of-Year Blowout. This includes items for every room in the house -- such as quality Amish furniture for the bedroom, living room, dining room furniture plus your in-home office. What’s more all home accessories – including pictures, wall hangings and beautiful craft items – are going for 15 percent off. However, the sale ends Dec. 31. So hurry and visit Brandenberry Amish Furniture. The store is located at 1045 N. State Road 5 in Shipshewana. It’s at the intersection of State Road 5 and US 20, near the Indiana Toll Road and nestled in behind the 5 & 20 Country Kitchen just south of E&S Sales. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.
About Brandenberry Amish Furniture
Brandenberry Furniture opened its doors in 2008. The Brandenberry Furniture concept allows customers to design the furniture of their dreams. Including to explore the rich woods and stains that only nature can offer. Nothing matches the feel, the smell and the weight of hickory, oak, cherry and maple. And these real woods come to life in an Amish handcrafted piece. Also, the pieces are meant to last a lifetime and beyond.
Is your favorite style Mission, Traditional, Modern or something in between? If Brandenberry Furniture doesn’t carry it, our craftsmen will build it to your specifications.
At Brandenberry Furniture, we offer everything from bedroom and dining collections to home accessories. Also patio and exclusive furniture pieces. So browse our easy-to-use website. It contains detailed photographs and information. Also, you’ll find furniture categorized by room. These include family room, dining room, bedroom, office and children’s furniture. What’s more, you’ll find furniture categorized by style and wood species. These species include oak, hickory, cherry, elm, maple, pine and cedar.
Roger Mumford of Roger Mumford Homes has been named the recipient of the RiverCenter’s 2019 Community Partner Award. RiverCenter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit formed in 1991 to manage the Borough of Red Bank’s Special Improvement District. The Community Partner Award is given each year to an individual or organization that works to promote and/or improve Red Bank.
“We can’t think of a worthier candidate,” said James Scavone, Executive Director of RiverCenter. “The projects [Roger Mumford] has developed in Red Bank over the past several years have truly improved the landscape of our community. His housing projects have brought hundreds of people to live in our town. These people become instant customers to our downtown businesses and support the economic well-being of Red Bank. In addition, the work you did on the T. Thomas Fortune House allowed that space to become a destination and preserve a valuable piece of Red Bank history at the same time.”
Roger Mumford Homes accepted the Community Partner Award earlier this month at Triumph Brewing Company in Red Bank. “We all love Red Bank and are delighted to be part of its Renaissance,” said Roger Mumford of Roger Mumford Homes.
Headquartered in Red Bank, Roger Mumford Homes recently unveiled the Brownstones at Red Bank, authentically styled high quality townhomes between River Street and Catherine Street, and Fortune Square, new luxury apartments located on Drs James Parker Boulevard.
The Fortune Square project incorporated both the reconstruction and donation of a cultural center “Maple Hall”, the home of visionary T. Thomas Fortune, now a National Historic Landmark as well as a National Center for Historic Journalism. “The project provided a platform to do something I believe in – sponsoring a Cultural Center for education, advocacy, journalistic integrity, promoting better human relations and preserve Maple Hall,” Mumford added.
The Fortune Square project consisted of the restoration of the entire property, along with an entry area with benches and a monument commemorating Fortune, parking areas for visitors, internal walkways circulating the site and an apartment building to the rear that incorporated the French Mansard style of Maple Hall.
Looking to the future, Roger Mumford plans to develop unique projects in Red Bank with individual character that complements the area and preserves history.
About Roger Mumford Homes
Roger Mumford Homes was founded in 2005 by Roger Mumford, former President and Co-founder of the Matzel & Mumford Organization, which built over 75 new home communities in New Jersey. The builder has since earned multiple awards in recognition of its excellence in design and detail, reinforcing its brand and reputation. To learn more, please visit RogerMumfordHomes.com or call 732.842.1580.
mem property management, a leading property management company in New Jersey, recently announced the integration of a new cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to accelerate task and project management and enable better collaboration and between residents, employees, clients, vendors, or consultants.
The software provides state of the art tracking and e-notifications so individuals who escalate an issue or task will be able to see that the issue is being worked on, who is responsible for solving the assigned task and notification and confirmation as soon as the issue is resolved.
“The software allows us to plan our project activities, assign work, manage resources and collaborate with our team better to get things done faster and more effectively,” explains mem property management founder and CEO Martin Laderman, “we were able to find a software solution that was flexible enough to work with our existing systems.”
For over thirty years mem property management has been providing New Jersey’s top associations and residential communities with a range of services including: vendor management and contractor supervision; building inspections and maintenance needs analysis; financial management and association budget preparation and review; and day to day management and oversight. mem property management is also recognized as an industry leader for embracing new technology to better serve their communities.
“Our new software as a service (SaaS) will help mem property management create efficiencies by organizing milestones, ‘to do’ lists, and tasks to help us organize complex projects into easily manageable units,” says Laderman, “we invest heavily in technology that will help our residents and communities. We believe that integrating cloud-based project management software will allow our company to move faster and more effectively than our competitors and maintain our position as the leading property management company in New Jersey.”
About mem property management
mem property management supports a diverse range of communities throughout New Jersey, from ocean-front condominiums to large master-planned communities to age-restricted active adult communities.
Through a series of strategic acquisitions and attracting the most experienced property management professionals in the region, mem property management has become one of the fastest-growing private companies in the country, recognized in the prestigious Inc. 5000 list, while retaining the personalized touch and customized, hands-on approach that has contributed to its success serving multi-family properties in New Jersey.
The 2020 Louisville Show, Jan. 15-17, will be bigger, and better than ever, with 53 model homes, a record number of service and supplier exhibitors and more than 20 leading manufactured housing industry professionals moderating and presenting during the show and pre-show seminars.
For the past 61 years, The Louisville Show has presented cutting edge home designs, tech specialists and a top network of suppliers in the manufactured housing industry. In 2019, The Louisville Show attracted a record-breaking number of industry professionals, reaching 3,564 attendees from 1,156 companies.
“The excitement around the 2020 Louisville Show is unprecedented,” Show Chairman Byron Stroud said. “Service and supply exhibitor space sold out earlier than any previous year, by a large margin, and we have a great mix of new homes on display from major manufacturers and new independents. It is certain to be a great year.”
Organizers for the 2020 Louisville Show have decided to add service and supplier exhibit space into the show. Contact Dennis J. Hill at (770) 587-3350 about added space availability and details.
2020 Louisville Show Seminar Topics Announced
The Louisville Show Seminars
Wednesday, Jan. 15
8-9 a.m. — State of the Industry
9-10 a.m. — Leadership vs Management
10-11 a.m. — Internet Marketing
Thursday, Jan. 16
8-8:45 a.m. — Issues Eating Companies Alive
8:45-9:30 a.m. — Manufacturer Panel - 2020 Top Trends
9:30-10:30 a.m. — Growing Your Business
Friday, Jan. 17
8-8:45 a.m. — Chattel Financing in Today’s Market
8:45-9:45 a.m. — Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac & Duty to Serve
The seminars require show registration and will be held at the Crowne Plaza.
Pre-Show Seminars on Jan. 14
The pre-show seminars prior to the kickoff for the 2020 Louisville Show will include a Manufactured Housing Manager Class. Successful completion of the class, attended by hundreds of successful operators, provides professional industry certification from EducateMHC. Topics span from management basics, to selling and leasing, resident relations, maintenance and more.
The Manufactured Housing Manager session is a separate 5 registration fee from registration for The Louisville Show. The class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport, which is just across the street from the main show venue at The Kentucky Exposition Center.
The other pre-show opportunity for manufactured housing professionals going to Louisville is the 2-5 p.m. class titled Success 2020: 5 Ways to Boost Home Sales. This special three-hour session led by seasoned industry professionals also is a separate registration from The Louisville Show and will help participants learn more about:
Why Attend The Louisville Manufactured Housing Show?
The Louisville Show allows exhibitors to showcase their products and services at the place where qualified industry buyers come for ideas and inspiration. January is the key time to understand customer wants and needs as they prepare for the region’s spring selling season.
Each year, The Louisville Show is organized and presented by The Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation, which represents the states of Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois.
As an industry trade event, the 2020 Louisville Show is not open to the public. For more information, visit The Louisville Show website at http://www.thelouisvilleshow.com.
Show Produced and Managed by:
Show Ways Unlimited
Dennis Hill, Show Coordinator
The Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation
The Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation is a trade association dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the manufactured housing industry throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. The Federation holds the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show annually in Louisville, Kentucky.
Fine Art Shippers, a NYC-based art transportation company with offices worldwide, is pleased to introduce Firecup, a company that will change your view on outdoor fire pits. Firecup produces unique, custom-made wood burning fire pits that are much more than just a fun way to create a warm and cozy gathering place in your patio, garden, or backyard. Each of them is an art masterpiece made by a team of skillful and well-trained craftsmen, which was designed to turn any outdoor space into a stylish oasis.
As an international art logistics company, Fine Art Shippers has the pleasure of dealing with many creative and talented people in different parts of the world. We provide a full range of art handling, art shipping, art packing, art storage, and art installation services to artists, gallerists, collectors, dealers, curators, and all those who love and appreciate art. Our business is also our passion, and we are very grateful for the opportunity to work in the fascinating world of art and design, which is full of amazing creations that can blow the mind. For example, some of the most unusual, beautiful, and, at the same time, functional pieces that we have ever seen are outdoor fire pits from Firecup.
Founded in Moscow in 2014, Firecup is now the leader on the market, known far beyond the borders of Russia. The company has made its name by producing one-of-a-kind designer fire pits in the form of a sphere, each decorated with artistic cut-outs created by Firecup masters according to the client’s choice of shapes and images. Such fire pits are as beautiful and eye-catching as they are functional because all of them are made of durable steel and designed to contain fire, improve airflow, and minimize smoke at the same time. As for the intricate cut-outs on the metal, they are made with a laser. The thickness of even the smallest elements is carefully verified so that they do not burst from the heat. Besides, each fire pit is covered with two layers of heat-resistant paint that protects it from high temperatures.
Outdoor fire pits from Firecup are created for a magical, touching atmosphere in the garden, patio, or elsewhere. They are also used during various festivals as focal points for gatherings. In particular, Firecup designer spheres are installed in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada during the renowned Burning Man festival, the recent edition of which came to an end on September 3. These artistic creations are, without a doubt, true masterpieces able to turn any space into a relaxing nook you will never want to leave.
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has been chosen to list one of Portland’s most iconic floating homes, ‘The Aqua Star.’ Long hailed as an artistic masterpiece in and of itself, the 2,800 square foot home on the Willamette River was listed this week by Jason Mendell, broker, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty.
Fondly named The Aqua Star by owners Buzz and Pam Gorder, the home has been described as a ‘floating fantasy’—like living in a sculpture reminiscent of the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. The Aqua Star was the first home featured on Home and Garden’s Extreme Homes series and has since become a Portlandia icon and has been featured in movies.
The 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home was built by current owner, Buzz Gorder, who combined incredible passion, design and innovation to create a retreat style of living incorporating many Well Building features. The one-of-a-kind home boasts bright light and sweeping panoramic views from every room bearing witness to nature interacting with urban living.
This idyllic dream home is perfect for an active lifestyle or enjoying the tranquility of the natural environment from your home. The interior is inspiring with artistic features around every corner with sustainable design components throughout, including silos as domes. For video lifestyle images of this spectacular home click here.
The Aqua Star has 15-foot ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows and offers both secure privacy and scenic flair for a unique living experience. Imagine watching Portland’s famed Christmas ships, spring and fall runs of chinook salmon and enjoying year-round boating, kayaking, sailing, stand-up paddling and swimming out your doorstep. The Aqua Star also offers access to the East Bank Spring trail for cycling, running past Oaks Bottom Natural Preserve to downtown Portland, swimming in the no-wake Holgate Channel, 10-acres of shoreline walking trails, and Sellwood-area restaurants and shops.
“We chose Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty to list our beloved home because of the team’s proven and creative marketing methods—and Jason demonstrates an outside-the-box style that matched our home perfectly,” says Pam Gorder, owner. “The national and international partnerships of Cascade Sotheby’s offer access to global exposure and marketing that the home so richly deserves. We wanted a one-of-a-kind iconic realtor for our one-of-a-kind home. We look forward to finding the next steward who may want to create their own Portlandia experience on the river!”
Other features of this extraordinary property include:
About Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty
For over a decade, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has been an innovative leader in the regional residential real estate market. Our brokers are passionate masters of their craft, combining local expertise and global connections to set the standard for real estate guidance in Oregon and SW Washington. We have grown and evolved in rhythm with market and technology advancements and seen significant progress and change in our communities. Along the way, we have never lost sight of what inspires us—the endless beauty and distinct landscape of our remarkable place here in the Pacific Northwest. It is this deep—almost sacred—sense of place that we share with our clients and compels us to accompany them on the journey to buying or selling a home. Cascade Sotheby’s is powered by the global prestige, heritage and fortitude of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand. In an ever-changing real estate market, that gives us staying power. Today, we have 12 offices and nearly 300 brokers that form the most expansive luxury and lifestyle real estate network in the Pacific Northwest. This exceptional team of brokers all share one belief—your best life begins with a home that inspires you.
For more on this stunning and unique property, contact Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty broker, Jason Mendell, at 503-349-4711.
Media Contact: Claudia Johnson, 503-799-2220
A team from Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) has won the Grand Prize in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, a collegiate competition that challenges student/faculty teams to design and build highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. Southland Log Homes provided the Virginia Tech team with guidance on timber fabrication and construction techniques to help the group of designers, engineers, and architects arrive at the winning design.
The Virginia Tech team prevailed in the competition against teams from almost 40 other universities, including Georgia Tech, Penn State, Carnegie Mellon, and Yale. The winning design, named “TreeHAUS”, focused on the goals of energy efficiency, sustainability, and financial feasibility.
The Virginia Tech team reached out to Southland for help and guidance with the design, recognizing the company’s industry leadership and over 40 years of designing and manufacturing log homes and log cabin kits.
“Southland Log Homes was an incredible help and inspiration to the team," said Zachary Gould, PhD Candidate in Environmental Design at Virginia Tech.
Southland Log Homes, America’s largest designer and manufacturer of log homes, and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, has been previously honored with multiple national awards for excellence in design of log home plans. “We congratulate the Virginia Tech team on their achievement," said Ken Sekley, President and CEO of Southland. “Their effort is a further demonstration of the energy efficiency and environmental sustainability that can be achieved with homes designed using beautifully natural, solid wood timbers.”
About Southland Log Homes: Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, Southland Log Homes was founded in 1978 and is the largest log home company in the United States. Southland operates model home sales offices and has authorized Southland dealers located throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Model homes are located in Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge, LA; Biloxi, MS; Birmingham, AL; Charlotte, NC; Christiansburg, VA; Columbia, SC; Dallas, TX; Danville, PA; Fredericksburg, VA; Gatlinburg,TN; Greensboro, NC; Greenville, SC; Houston, TX; Northwest Indiana; Kansas City, MO; Lake City, FL; Louisville, KY; Macon, GA; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; Springfield, MA; and San Antonio, TX. For more information about Southland Log Homes, call 800-641-4754 or visit SouthlandLogHomes.com.
The backyard paradise of your dreams could be just a click away thanks to Today’s Homeowner and Pavestone! The two home improvement brands are partnering once again for a national “Backyard Paradise” contest, which begins today.
This annual contest is very popular with Today’s Homeowner fans, and draws thousands of entrants from across the U.S. A 2018 survey from LightStream indicates rising popularity for outdoor living projects. In fact, the survey reports that 43 percent of homeowners are planning to improve their outdoor spaces, with deck, patio and landscaping projects rising to the top of the list.
Continued interest in outdoor living doesn’t surprise Home Improvement Expert and host of “Today’s Homeowner” TV, Danny Lipford.
“I’ve watched the trend of outdoor living grow steadily among my audience and clients for the past 15 years,” says Lipford. “People are looking at their backyards as an extension of their homes, and the industry has responded by creating stylish, comfortable and affordable products that help homeowners easily bring the indoors out. I'm looking forward to helping the lucky winner of our ‘Backyard Paradise’ contest create a space they can enjoy, and at the same time, give our audience great advice and inspiration to transform their own spaces.”
The “Backyard Paradise” contest kicks off today and runs through April 14, 2019. The contest is open to legal residents of the U.S. who are at least 21 years of age and current homeowners. Contestants may enter the contest online at https://www.todayshomeowner.com/contest. Entries should be submitted with a 100-word or less summary of why the backyard needs a makeover, desired improvements, and a description of how an upgraded space would be used. Submission of videos and photos are highly encouraged.
The winner of the contest will receive:
Lexington couple, Walt and Beth Arnett, won the 2018 Backyard Paradise contest. They submitted a funny video appealing to show hosts, Danny Lipford and Chelsea Lipford Wolf, to rescue them from their boring, broken-down backyard. The “Today’s Homeowner” TV episode featuring the Arnettsand their backyard makeover is available on TodaysHomeowner.com.
About Today’s Homeowner Media
Today's Homeowner is a trusted home improvement authority delivering fresh, original, practical advice to consumers across diverse media platforms including the top-rated, nationally syndicated “Today’s Homeowner” television show, now in its 21st season, and its radio counterpart, the nationally syndicated “Today’s Homeowner” radio show.
Additionally, the media brand hosts the top home enthusiast destination website, TodaysHomeowner.com, drawing more than 2 million monthly visitors, the weekly “Today’s Homeowner” Podcast, robust social media channels and the award-winning lifestyle blog and web series, “Checking In With Chelsea.” 3 Echoes Productions, the professional production arm of the brand, serves an impressive national clientele with expert video services.
Host and founder of the brand, Danny Lipford, is among the most sought-after home improvement experts in the country. The seasoned remodeling contractor and media personality served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s “The Early Show” and The Weather Channel for over a decade and has made more than 190 national television appearances on “FOX & Friends,” “Inside Edition,” “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” FOX Business Channel, “Rachael Ray” and more. He travels the country making appearances as a brand ambassador and spokesperson, and contributes expertise to hundreds of popular magazines and online media outlets each year.
Founded in 1980, Pavestone® is a leading manufacturer and supplier of concrete pavers, retaining walls, fire pits and other hardscapes for outdoor living. With manufacturing facilities across the country, Pavestone® is a design resource for landscape architects and contractors as well as homeowners. Part of The QUIKRETE® Companies’ hardscapes division, Pavestone® fulfills its brand promise for “Creating Beautiful Landscapes® every day. For more information about Pavestone® visit pavestone.com.
The Lawn Care Experts at Giroud Tree and Lawn have been carefully planning the official start of the lawn treatment season because the 2018-2019 winter was the wettest on record. A later start will yield better results for homeowners’ lawns and Giroud Tree and Lawn shares the reasons why it’s better to delay a lawn care treatment program.
The birds are chirping and the days are longer, which can only mean one thing- Spring is in the air! Homeowners are looking forward to enjoying time outside in the sunshine, and many may be eager to start a Lawn Care Program. However, the Lawn Care Experts at Giroud Tree and Lawn have been carefully planning the official start of the season, because this year a later start will yield better results after the wet winter.
Winter weather can affect how a lawn fares in spring and summer, but carefully timing lawn care treatments can be the deciding factor between a lush, green carpet of grass and one riddled with problems all season long. Fertilizer and weed control are only effective if applied at the optimal time.
“We have to time it just right,” explains Tom McMonagle, Giroud Lawn Care Technician. “It’s a domino effect, and if we start too early, all the other treatments will be too early as well. That’s why we start on the weather, not based on the time of year.”
There’s a Chill in the Ground
The Philadelphia area has been enjoying the spring-like temperatures this week, but it’s important to know that air temperature is different than soil temperature. It takes a lot more energy for the soil to warm up, and the soil needs to be at optimal temperature to get the best results from the fertilizer treatments. Crabgrass Pre-emergent Control needs to be applied just as the Crabgrass is beginning to germinate, which won’t happen until the soil temperature is 55 degrees or above for at least 3 days in a row.
It was a very wet winter! Homeowners may notice that the ground is almost spongy when and there are pools of water on many properties. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “From December 2018 through February 2019, the total U.S. winter precipitation was 9.01 inches that was 2.22 inches above average. That made it the wettest winter on record beating the winter of 1997-1998.”
Giroud Lawn Care Technicians have been carefully monitoring soil conditions for 3 important reasons:
1. An Even, Uniform Application- excess water will dilute the product, causing some sections get too much and others not enough.
2. Maintaining the Product’s Strength and Effectiveness- wet conditions like these can dilute crabgrass controls and weaken the protective barrier.
3. Preventing Lawn Damage: If the ground is soft and still absorbing all that water, driving heavy equipment onto the grass will only damage the lawn! In some cases, the ground is still so soaked that even walking on it could leave divots and dents.
Here are a few things homeowners can do now to get the lawn ready for a great season:
1. Give the property a Spring Cleanup! Clear brush, rake up leaves, and pick up anything that may block the early spring sun from shining down on those little grass sprouts.
2. Have the soil’s pH level checked. A balanced soil acidity will only strengthen the effectiveness of a lawn care program!
3. Schedule a Lawn Evaluation with a PA Certified Lawn Care Technician! A lawn expert will analyze the growing environment, the current condition of the lawn, and check for any emerging issues.
About Giroud Tree and Lawn
Giroud Tree and Lawn specializes in tree service, lawn care and mosquito and tick control programs that make customers love doing business with the company since 1974. Serving Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, the company offers professional tree and lawn evaluation, tree pruning, tree removal, insect and disease control, fertilizing, stump removal, traditional and 100% organic lawn programs and mosquito and tick control. Giroud Arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and have the knowledge and experience required to properly diagnose, treat and maintain trees and lawn health. The company is Accredited by the Tree Care Industry Association and Better Business Bureau. Giroud has also been awarded the Angie's List Super Service Award® every year since 2005. The “Giroud Treework for Charity” program donates free tree care services to parks, historical sites and other non-profit organizations located in the Company’s service area. For more information, visit the company website at http://www.giroudtree.com or call 215-682-7704.
TMC Financing, a commercial real estate lender specializing in SBA 504 loans for growing businesses, helped owners of Plow to secure .5 million in total project cost through the SBA 504 loan program. The funds were used to purchase a 4,000 square foot mixed-use property in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.
Plow is owned by the husband and wife team of Joel Bleskacek and Maxine Siu, who fittingly met at a restaurant close to 20 years ago. In 2010, while on a break from the restaurant scene, Joel and Maxine discovered a vacant architect studio within their own neighborhood of Potrero Hill and took a leap of faith. Armed with a shared love for food and wine, the pair signed a lease to open their own restaurant, Plow.
According to Joel and Maxine, Plow is a tribute to timeliness recipes accompanied with California cooking and warm hospitality. The restaurant is an extension of their home where they often entertain friends and family. Gayot recognized Plow’s welcoming feel and said walking into the restaurant felt like coming home.
After learning about the low down payment and low interest rate of the 504 loan, Joel and Maxine knew that owning was within reach and knew it was something they needed to do. However, in the Bay Area, it’s not always that easy. The owners didn’t want to let go of their property but Joel and Maxine remained persistent. After four years, they agreed to sell. Joel and Maxine purchased the building they were previously leasing with only a 10 percent down payment by utilizing the SBA 504 Program.
“Owning the property gives us long term security for Plow,” explains Joel. “We have peace of mind knowing that the building is ours. We don’t have to worry about increased rent or losing our lease.
“Owning also encourages us to make improvements to the building, as those improvements become equity in the long run,” continues Joel.
The acquired property, located at 1297-1299 18th St in San Francisco, is comprised of the restaurant space, five apartment units and two garages. The restaurant occupies 75 percent of the property, Joel and Maxine collect rent on four of the residential units and Plow uses the remaining square footage for storage and office space.
“Working with TMC was fantastic. Even though we had a fair amount of experience in the real estate world, they were very patient and willing to take the extra time to make sure we understood each step of the process,” states Joel.
Joel and Maxine have a lot of feats to be proud of, including opening a neighborhood gem that regularly has over an hour wait, being coined one of the best brunches in SF, getting added to the list of 100 things you must eat in SF before you die, and being a part of SF’s greatest hits list. TMC is proud to have played a part in their most recent feat of purchasing an official home for Plow.
About TMC Financing
TMC is an SBA Premier Certified Lender and has funded projects worth more than billion across California and Nevada, resulting in the creation of an estimated 60,000 jobs. TMC has worked with restaurant owners and business leaders for over 35 years. TMC can help you find the financing that is best to purchase a building or equipment for your restaurant or business. For more information about SBA 504 loans, contact a TMC Financing Loan Expert.
"We are thrilled that Ezvid Wiki has selected not one, but two of our Solarmeter Handheld UV meters for its Top 10 Best UV Testers Wiki," commented Jeffrey W. Hall, EVP Commercial Operations at Solar Light Company, Inc. Ranked in the #1 position, Solarmeter's Model 6.5 UV Index Meter provides instantaneous UV index measurements for outdoor activities or monitoring UV lamp intensity and aging. "With a NIST-traceable calibration certificate, you can rest assured its accuracy is unquestionable," says Ezvid Wiki. Coming in at #7, the Solarmeter Model 8.0 UVC Meter is a “must have” according to Ezvid Wiki for monitoring germicidal lamps or testing eyewear. Learn more about the Solarmeter® family of compact, handheld light meters and how their simple pushbutton operation can help you measure human and animal health-related light levels at http://www.solarmeter.com.
Compiled with twenty-three hours of research, this newly published 10 Best UV Testers Wiki in Ezvid Wiki’s electronics category is a broad-ranging, impartial assessment of UV tester options available to consumers in the United States.
About Solar Light Company, Inc.
Solar Light Company, Inc., has been providing specialized light-measurement solutions to advance global health protection and environmental monitoring sciences for over 50 years. From our research-grade, laboratory and field-based systems to our handheld sensors we strive to contribute to the improvement of global health and the environment by providing high-quality solutions, supported through a premier global infrastructure.
Sierra Designs is proud to announce the successful resolution of a challenge in German court to their intellectual property, regarding their innovative zipperless sleeping bag. The Backcountry Bed is confirmed as the true pioneer in zipperless sleeping bags in the European Market.
“We’re pleased with the confirmation that this award-winning product is truly the original, and excited to announce that the most comfortable sleeping bag on the market is one uniquely available from Sierra Designs,” says VP/GM George Bryant.
Designed to work more like a bed and less like a sleeping bag, the Backcountry Bed features a unique zipperless construction with access provided through a large opening in the top. An oversized, integrated comforter seals this opening, allowing you to sleep comfortably and intuitively on your back, side or stomach, a feat that is impossible to accomplish with a traditional mummy bag. The comforter can either be tucked in on cold nights or untucked when the weather is warmer. All of this means the Backcountry Bed is the most versatile and comfortable sleeping bag on the market today. The Backcountry Bed features PFC-free hydrophobic 700 fill DriDown™ insulation and materials and is offered in 20? Reg/Long and Women’s-specific constructed options, and 35? Reg/Long.
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About Sierra Designs
Born in California and bred on the trail, Sierra Designs has been on a mission to redefine how people interact with the outdoors since 1965. Today, that means creating equipment and apparel that is functional, beautiful, and most importantly, attainable. Our team believes that adventures should be within everyone’s reach, because it’s not only about the destination, it’s about the journey you take along the way. Find more information at www.sierradesigns.com.
Sagora Senior Living, a Fort Worth-based private corporation, announces the acquisition of Brookdale South San Angelo (2695 Valleyview Boulevard, 76904). The community becomes Sagora’s 39th senior living community.
"Sagora is proud to expand further into the West Texas area, enhancing the family-owned atmosphere we provide to enrich the lives of seniors and their families," said Sagora Senior Living, President Bryan McCaleb. “Our decision to expand assisted living and memory care in San Angelo allows our associates to provide a caring environment that fosters health, safety and high quality of life for each of our residents."
“Our team will focus on keeping our residents as independent and active as possible and on providing activities, entertainment and therapies to enhance and stimulate residents’ social needs.”
Residents of the community will receive the highest level of attention from professionally trained associates. Each resident is evaluated, and a custom care plan is designed and followed to provide the best care and service for them.
The community features 77 apartments—60 Assisted Living and 17 Memory Care apartments—and offers medication management, assistance with activities of daily living, transportation and common areas for social and recreational activities. Sagora employs their Pathways Memory Care Program, which is a focused approach to programming that provides the best possible lifestyle, care and environment for Memory Care residents.
“This community is all about changing the lives of our residents by putting them first in all we do,” said Sagora Senior Vice President Dara Brown. “Our qualified associates will provide personalized care, respect and comfort to our residents, spending quality time to get to know them and to understand their specific needs and interests.”
About Sagora Senior Living
Sagora Senior Living is one of the nation’s top 50 senior housing operators. The privately- owned company operates senior living communities throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida and soon in California. Living options include cottage homes, independent living, assisted living, respite and memory care. The company’s mission is to serve and celebrate the wisdom of residents and family members by enriching their lives with a “Resident First” philosophy developed locally within each community. Sagora hires qualified industry professionals, implements beneficial services and activities, and makes it a priority to listen to their residents. For more information about Sagora Senior Living, visit http://www.sagora.com.
As a Vancouver-based fencing company, the team at QS Fencing have specialized in residential fencing solutions since the company launched in 2010. To help homeowners who require fence installation for privacy and protection, QS Fences provides all-metal fencing and gates. For more, go to: http://www.qsfencing.ca/
Three of the most popular residential fencing services provided to homeowners are the repair and installation of metal pickets, privacy fences, and gates.
Picket fences function as a decorative or ornamental fence while providing a physical barrier around a property or garden. Commonly seen around the perimeter of a yard, the distinct style of a picket fence is well known to homeowners and easily adapted into metal for greater durability and style.
While privacy fences are more commonly associated with commercial rather than residential applications, options like the chain link fence, ornamental aluminum or steel fence panels are a viable option for homeowners concerned about safety and privacy. Products can be powder-coated in an unlimited selection of colors, and for commercial applications where security is paramount, options like barb and razor wire can be added.
Finally, as part of the services QS Fencing provides, gates (automatic or otherwise) can also be added to a fence. The team can work one on one with homeowners to help select and implement a solution that suits the property, architecture, and budget.
As a Vancouver fencing company, QS Fencing is fully licensed and insured. All workers are also WCB insured. With 15 years of experience in the industry, these professionals are committed to meeting any and all needs related to commercial and residential fencing. To learn more or request a free quote, call (604) 777-3057.
About QS Fencing
Established in 2010, QS Fencing is a family-owned business that aims to provide quality products and superior service. It is a Vancouver-based fencing company that is licensed and insured. All employees are WCB insured as well. QS Fencing serves the geographical areas of Vancouver, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge, Richmond, Surrey, and Delta, BC. To learn more, visit http://www.qsfencing.ca or call (604) 777-3057.