Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Shop Local Network is excited to announced that AJ’s Garage has become a Shop Local Mission Partner

AJ’s Garage, located at 1556 W. LincolnwaySte 1 in Valparaiso, Indiana sets the bar high when it comes to detailing.

LaPorte, Indiana, August 14, 2018 - AJ’s Garage, located at 1556 W. LincolnwaySte 1 in Valparaiso, Indiana sets the bar high when it comes to detailing. Nick Bello, president of The Shop Local Network stated, “I am blown away each time I stop by. From full size, bus type RV’s to boats and classic cars, they are trusted to handle the big jobs as well as the small!”


We are now a fast paced society and with that comes more time in our vehicles and even eating in them. Some of us have jobs that we get dirty at and have to climb into our cars after. Maybe you just have the kids snacking in the back seat and you have those crumbs and goldfish crackers under the car seats. AJ’s has seen it all and they make it look like it like it never happened.

New car clean! That is what we want, yet none of us have time to do it ourselves. At AJ’s garage, you can get just about anything automotive related detailed quickly and affordably. They take extra special care of each vehicle which is why people come back time and time again and refer others over and over.

AJ’s garage has become a Mission Partner with The Shop Local Network and participates in the Shop Local keytag discount program. Just by showing them your keytag, you can get 10% Off any service. This makes it even more affordable to have someone else do our dirty work.

So stop by today or give them a call. Your vehicle can be sparkling on the inside and out!

(219) 531-9274
http://ajs-garage.com/

Contact:
Nick Bello
The Shop Local Network
LaPorte Indiana
1-800-501-2632
support@TheShopLocalNetwork.com
http://www.TheShopLocalNetwork.com

Monday, August 13, 2018

Goodwill Central Coast Board Members, Staff Reflect On Legacy Of Service And Opportunity With Reopening of Renovated Capitola Store on Aug. 22

With the grand reopening of the Capitola Goodwill store on Aug. 22 fast approaching, board members and staff instrumental in implementing Goodwill’s strategy in achieving its goals reflect on the mission of the organization.

Capitola, CA, August 14, 2018 — With the grand reopening of the Capitola Goodwill store on Aug. 22 fast approaching, board members and staff instrumental in implementing Goodwill’s strategy in achieving its goals reflect on the mission of the organization.

Walt Henning and Charles Leigh-Wood are outgoing board members who played key roles in the development of Goodwill’s strategy, while staff members Jessica Hogue and Taylor Strang are production supervisor and assistant manager, respectively, at the Capitola store.

Henning, who is completing his service on the Board at the end of the year, says that the renovations of the Capitola and downtown Santa Cruz stores means that all four stores in Santa Cruz County have been renovated in the last two years. “Our employees have never had better, safer working conditions than they do right now,” said Henning.

Leigh-Wood says that even though Goodwill moved their headquarters to Salinas a year ago, they remain committed to Santa Cruz County and have expanded their workforce development partnership with the County of Santa Cruz. In the last year, Goodwill has provided work experience training hundreds of individuals referred by the county.

Both Henning and Leigh-Wood emphasize that Goodwill Central Coast is a community-based nonprofit organization with a charitable mission and both take pride in the organization's good work.

Hogue started with Goodwill six years ago as a temporary employee helping with Halloween and now manages 12 employees in a production space that has tripled due to the renovations. “I’m now a leader within Goodwill and have a career rather than just a job.”

“I started in 2014 as a participant in Goodwill’s work experience program. Now I’m the assistant manager for our biggest store,” says Taylor, who says that she has benefitted from Goodwill expansion. “The expansion of our Capitola store has made it possible to accept, process and sell more donations which opens up more jobs for our local community. Not only has it created a better work environment for employees but a more organized shopping experience for our customers.”

The store at 1550 41st Avenue in Capitola will host city officials, Goodwill board members and staff for a grand reopening ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, and will open to the public at 9 a.m.

The store has expanded into an adjacent space, growing from 11,500 square feet to 17,500 square feet, expanding and improving its donation processing area and retail sales floor. The expansion also allows Goodwill to add six more full-time employees to its current 24 employees.

“We still have a very strong commitment to Santa Cruz County,” said Ed Durkee, President and CEO, referring to the recent move of Goodwill Central Coast headquarters from Santa Cruz to Salinas. “Once completed, we will have remodeled, moved or renovated all four retail stores in Santa Cruz County in less than 24 months. This is all part of our strategy to serve the community by turning their donations into the best jobs possible.”

Goodwill’s Santa Cruz store at 204 Union St. is also getting a new look and is scheduled for completion about the same time as the Capitola store.

Andy Stone, director of the Santa Cruz County Workforce Development Board, says that Goodwill is a good partner of the County. “The County likes working with Goodwill because of the number of high quality worksites that they have in every part of the County.” He said that Strang, the assistant manager of the Capitola store, is a great example of how county residents can use County services to get back into the labor market.

Note to media: Outgoing Goodwill board members Walt Henning and Charles Leigh-Wood and store staff members Jessica Hogue and Taylor Strang are available for interviews. Contact Marci Bracco at (831) 747-7455 to set up interviews with them.

About Goodwill Central Coast
Goodwill Central Coast, a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization, began in 1928 in the city of Santa Cruz and today has expanded into three counties: Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo. Goodwill Central Coast now employs over 600 people, including employment training professionals, sales personnel, donation center attendants, warehouse and distribution workers, and administrators. Its programs strengthen communities by improving job growth, the lives of individuals and families, and the health of our environment. Each year Goodwill assists more than 9,000 job seekers get back to work and reclaim financial and personal independence. Goodwill provides a positive learning environment that creates brighter futures through connecting people to meaningful work.

Capitola Goodwill
Donation Center and Store
1550 41st Avenue, Capitola, CA
(831) 462-1300
https://www.ccgoodwill.org

Store hours:
9 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Saturday
10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
https://www.ccgoodwill.org

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Monterey Symphony's 2017-18 Annual Report

After a few challenging years, The Monterey Symphony has been able to right the ship and is looking to 2018/19 as a season of financial stability and growth.

Monterey, CA, August 07, 2018 — After a few challenging years, The Monterey Symphony has been able to right the ship and is looking to 2018/19 as a season of financial stability and growth. The most recent annual report just released reveals one of the Symphony’s most successful seasons.

The Symphony’s concerts were within two dozen tickets of selling out each; its Music for the Schools programs was so successful a fourth county will be added to the roster; and it met and exceeded its foundation granting goals in December 2017, halfway through the last season, which ended June 30.


“We’re doing well, everything’s up, and 2018/19 is going to be a spectacular year for the Symphony,” says Nicola Samra, Symphony executive director. When Samra was named the new executive director in July 2017, she was able to hit the ground running. She was already a member of the Symphony staff as director of Institutional Advancement with several months under her belt, she had experience as director of development for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at CSU Monterey Bay, and for almost four years as director of development and marketing for the Carmel Bach Festival.

As the Symphony’s director of Institutional Advancement she had already developed a three-year plan for the Symphony and her experience in development gave her the confidence to approach the various foundations and rebuild their relationships with the Symphony.

“I met with every program director from every foundation, if I couldn’t meet with them in person, we spoke on the phone. I also read proposals and reports from the last five years,” says Samra. “I took it as a vote of confidence from the community that what we do here is important, that what we do is important and impactful.”

Concert ticket sales only account for 18% of the Symphony’s annual budget, with grants from foundations and donations from individuals and other sources accounting for 80%. The 2018/19 budget is $1.74 million, smaller than the 2017 budget, but one that allows the Symphony to “live within its means,” says Samra.

The Symphony was able to save $250,000 by consolidating its concert venues and focusing on the two concerts Saturdays and Sundays at the Sunset Center in Carmel (along with a free concert on Monday for student groups).

In fact, with new funding, the Symphony will add two youth concerts in Salinas in May of 2019 and hopes to add additional transportation for some of the school districts that don’t have funding for buses to the concerts.

“We are now on the path to financial sustainability, we’re grateful to the community for its support, we’re excited by the increased attendance at our concerts and we’re looking to the future to see how we can continue to serve our patrons,” says Samra.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
https://www.montereysymphony.org/

Spill the Milk Vintage in Valparaiso, Indiana joins The Shop Local Network as a Shop Local Mission Partner

Spill the Milk Vintage, located at 3152 W. Morthland Drive Valparaiso, Indiana, aims to inspire people to explore their individual style.

LaPorte, Indiana, August 07, 2018 - Spill the Milk Vintage, located at 3152 W. Morthland Drive Valparaiso, Indiana, aims to inspire people to explore their individual style. Nick Bello, President of The Shop Local Network stated, “Spill the Milk is really a one-of-a-kind store. It is a different store every day and it is like a walk back in time! A must stop if you are in the area!”


At Spill the Milk Vintage, they believe that every item can be repurposed. They give a heart to every item in the store. They think that every item is sure to be unique or an item that makes you think nostalgically. With Spill the Milk Vintage, it is easy to find that one piece that can transform an entire room.

This vintage store prides itself on having an extensive variety of items that include, furniture, mirrors, armories, benches, cabinets, and chairs. They also have collectable signage, original and preowned artwork, and urban salvage and decor. They also have a variety of purses, and small gifts along with many other items.

The name, “Spill the Milk Vintage,” comes from one of the two concessions that Al Steele ran. This later turned into a carnival game. Al Sr. was the current owners grandfather. They were one of the 17 Steele’s that traveled with the carnival.

So, are you ready to make something old new to your home? Go and visit Spill the Milk Vintage today!

Call or visit their website today for hours or other information.

219-286-3955
Spillthemilkvintage.com

Contact:
Nick Bello
The Shop Local Network
LaPorte, Indiana
1-800-501-2632
support@TheShopLocalNetwork.com
http://www.TheShopLocalNetwork.com

Monday, August 6, 2018

The Shop Local Network is excited to announce Martin Landscape Center as a new Shop Local Mission Partner

Martin Landscape Center located at 9961 West 109th Street in Cedar Lake, Indiana is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs.

LaPorte, Indiana, August 07, 2018 - Martin Landscape Center located at 9961 West 109th Street in Cedar Lake, Indiana is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Nick Bello, President of The Shop Local Network stated, “Martin Landscape Center has a huge selection of plants, trees, flowers and all your landscaping needs. Not only do they have a huge selection, but the quality is second to none!”


Stop by and check out their wide selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and herbs that include old favorites as well as new and exciting varieties. Martin Landscape Center carries everything you need to keep your new plants healthy and looking their best for years to come. Step inside and shop for birdhouses and birdfeeders, decorative pots and other garden accessories to add interest to your landscape. Martin Landscape Center is there to meet all your landscape and gardening needs.

Martin Landscaping is a landscape design and build firm which caters to the differing needs and budgets of each customer. They tailor their services to homeowners, contractors and builders to make sure that they receive the best experience possible in a timely and cost sensitive manner.

Martin Landscaping offers a full service garden center which stocks fresh and unique plant material each season. This allows customers to come in and choose the items they would like to see in their designs and ultimately their homes.

Want to see what they have to offer? Stop by, give them a call or check out their website.

(219) 365-2424
www.martinlandscaping.com

Contact:
Nick Bello
The Shop Local Network
LaPorte, Indiana
1-800-501-2632
support@TheShopLocalNetwork.com
http://www.TheShopLocalNetwork.com

Sunday, August 5, 2018

New Fine Jewelry Line From Designer/Entrepreneur Vivian Storms Features One-of-a-Kind Sculptural Artwork From Acclaimed Cold Glass Artist Jack Storms

Pre-Sale Starts August 1st with 5% of All Sales Benefitting Los Angeles Based Children’s Charity!

Valencia, CA, August 05, 2018 - CEO, Fine art publisher and gallery owner, marketing visionary, fashion designer and loving mother, Vivian Storms has clearly accomplished a great deal at just 31 years of age. Vivian’s latest venture adds the title of fine jewelry designer to her already impressive resumé as the founder of Viv Storms Fine Jewelry.

Viv Storms Fine Jewelry will launch its new line of exceptional jewelry, fashioned from one-of-a-kind, original cold-glass artwork produced by her former husband and business associate, artist Jack Storms, on Aug. 1.

The pre-sale, which launches Aug. 1 on vivstorms.com, totals 500 pieces available for order and counts five different designs for rings, necklaces, earrings and cufflinks all affordably priced at $600 and up. Furthermore, the website will include 360-degree videos of each jewelry piece available to allow customers to behold their beauty before purchasing.

All pre-ordered pieces will be shipped for delivery on Dec. 3, 2018 and those participating will receive a 25% discount on orders placed between Aug. 1-31 (while supplies last). The ability to shop now and pay later will also be available on purchases over $199 as customers will have up to 6 months to pay for their items.

Viv Storms Fine Jewelry will donate 5% of all proceeds from the pre-sale to a Greater Los Angeles children’s charity. In addition, as a way of thanking clients for supporting the pre-sale, a $15,000 sculpture from Jack Storms’ personal collection will be given away. All participating in the pre-sale between Aug. 1-31 will be eligible to enter the giveaway for which details will be provided following checkout. The winner will be announced Sept. 15.

Over the last decade, Jack Storms has become a dominant force in the landscape of cold-glass art. One look at any of Jack’s fine art pieces and it becomes obvious that there is a special force at work.

Vivian’s intense love for art and fashion along with her willingness for the mesmerizing work of one of the world’s greatest cold-glass artists to reach an even wider audience than ever before were the key inspirations behind her new venture into fine jewelry. Vivian believed that someday, the heavily involved process to produce the kaleidoscope cores that ignited Jack’s sculptures could be harnessed into smaller stones to imbue with radiance, the stunning jewelry pieces she envisioned.

“We have an amazing team of collaborators helping me take this crazy idea of a jewelry line based on fine art from thought-form to reality,” said Vivian about the process of creating the line.

After approximately two years of trial and error, the final product was finally achieved thanks to her love and unequalled passion and enthusiasm for creating and designing. Viv Storms Fine Jewelry is set to officially launch in Dec. 2018 as a formerly inconceivable notion becomes manifested reality with the creation of her fine jewelry collection. Outshine diamonds with jewelry from Viv Storms Fine Jewelry.

Video of Viv Storms Fine Jewelry https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cl019xo8qq7a29y/AAD2Ti8eUh_Mo2cNflFxhHU1a/vs_1x1_20sec.mp4?dl=0

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.vivstorms.com/

Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Shop Local Network is excited to welcome Coyote Cantina as a new Shop Local Mission Partner

Nick Bello, president of The Shop Local Network stated, “The food at Coyote Cantina is amazing.

LaPorte, Indiana, August 04, 2018 - Coyote Cantina, located at 1090 US HWY 41, Schererville, Indianabrings Fine Mexican cuisine to Northwest Indiana. Nick Bello, president of The Shop Local Network stated, “The food at Coyote Cantina is amazing. It is like a flavor explosion with every bite!” When you go there, you will enjoy the energy and passion of Mexico in the innovative yet authentic flavors of their Latin-inspired dishes, crafted by Executive Chef Dudley Nieto and his culinary team. Dietary preferences are accommodated, with vegetarian options available.


Everything they create is fresh, made from scratch and with passion- including handmade tortillas! The menu includes street tacos! Each has its own amazing ingredients, whether it is steak, shrimp, chicken, pork or vegetarian. Using the freshest, locally bought ingredients, their unique menu offers many selections that they know their guests will enjoy and love.

In Coyote’s luxurious bar, choose from the finest tequilas and Mezcals, along with an extensive selection of fresh, seasonal cocktails crafted by the Tippling Bros. Signature margaritas are made with fresh lime and fruit juices and are infused with herbs, flowers and spices to create a refreshing, mouth-watering tequila cocktail.

So make plans to visit Coyote Cantina as soon as possible. You will not be disappointed, and you will make plans to return! Learn more about them by visiting their website, or give them a call today.

219-319-0902
http://www.coyotecantinanwi.com

Contact:
Nick Bello
The Shop Local Network
LaPorte, Indiana
1-800-501-2632
support@TheShopLocalNetwork.com
http://www.TheShopLocalNetwork.com