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Gypsy Getaway Wagons: A Unique Take on the Tiny Home Movement

11 Mar

GYGW-Pink_LogoWhen Jeff Deming left New York to settle out West, he wanted to find a quiet place to think and reconnect with his soul. Deming’s dream of bettering the world, as well as making a living that he could share with his two young kids led him to the creation of Gypsy Getaway Wagons.

Gypsy Getaway Wagons is a modern, minimalist, alternative living options that allows customers to escape the noise of today’s society in an uniquely designed, work of art that posses the comforts of luxury living with the ability to escaping off the grid.

Everyone needs it whether they know it or not. Life decisions, romantic getaways, meaningful family vacations…we all need to live like a gypsy to reconnect occasionally.” – Gypsy Getaway Wagons Owner Jeff Deming

With the growing popularity of tiny homes in our culture, Deming’s big idea mixed with his years of experience running boutique hotels, guest ranches and other various hospitality services allowed his dream the ability to grow. He teamed up with a local artesian to custom built unique Gypsy Wagons for costumers, as well as build several used for rental purposes.

While tiny homes can potentially be challenging to maneuver place to place, Gypsy Wagons are built on trailer beds that allow you to hitch to your vehicle and get away on a whim! Deming’s custom built wood interior mixed with the easy mobility of the wagons makes for a unique vacationing experience!

Gypsy Getaway Wagon’s is a family matter; Jeff credits his 11-year old and 13- year old children as lead designer and creative director of all Gypsy’s unique designs.

Public Relations Intern

5 Jan

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Full Plate Publicity, a small public relations firm handling busy clients, is looking for an intern interested in learning all aspects of the public relations field. The intern who fills this position should expect to learn the field from top to bottom, and will complete graduate from this program ready to enter any fast-paced public relations firm with excellent skills. It’s essential that applicants to this position have excellent communication skills, demonstrate creativity, and understand the importance of attending to even the smallest details.

Responsibilities

  • Monitor all forms of media
  • Schedule and coordinate speaking engagements, appearances, photo shoots, and other special events
  • Write press releases and other materials
  • Conduct follow up phone calls
  • Assist with mailings, print production
  • Create interview preparation materials
  • Compile contact lists
  • Search for press clippings
  • Create or update databases
  • Comfortable interviewing sources, especially on camera

Requirements

Students applying for this internship must have strong communication skills and should be majoring in Public Relations, Communications, Marketing or Journalism. Applicants should also have strong writing skills, as well as a solid understanding of social media. Only interns proficient with Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office applications, with phone and Internet connection should apply. An interest in the travel, hospitality, culinary and luxury lifestyle industries is necessary.

Majors

Public Relations, Marketing, Communications, Journalism

If interested, please submit a resume and three writing samples to Michelle Blackley Glynn via email to shellblackley@gmail.com.

This position is unpaid but available for course credit. A stipend may be available for events.

Find the holidays in the golden state

29 Dec

fortybefore40No one thinks of the spending the holiday season in shorts, but when you are visiting a place like Los Angeles, it’s hard to have the Christmas blues when it’s 70 degrees and sunny outside.

Fly: Getting to Southern California via Long Beach Airport is a favorite among those who appreciate art deco architecture and old Hollywood. Three miles northeast of downtown Long Beach, it’s also historic for its convenience. Feel like Grace Kelly as your de-board the plane on the tarmac and enjoy a pre-flight provision on your way out, at the oval shaped bar that overlooks the runways.

Eat: Many residents of Long Beach are transplants from across the country. Those who do not return home often host “orphan” dinners. Friends and co-workers gather for a meal at someone’s home and then head to Pine Avenue in downtown Long Beach or the Broadway Corridor for light barhopping.

A current popular eatery is the Federal Bar. Originally a bank from the early 1900s, patrons enjoy its “swanky” atmosphere, excellent cuisine (try the Fried Chicken & Biscuit) and the handcrafted cocktails created by friendly mixologists. Located on Pine Avenue, lined with palm trees decorated with Christmas lights, it would be hard not to be in a festive mood.

For a more upscale dining experience, climb aboard the legendary Queen Mary, where she is permanently docked in the Port of Long Beach; or brunch at the scenic Schooner or Later for their Crabs Benedicts and a wine-based Bloody Mary that will cure a holiday hangover.

 

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Courtesy of 4thstreetlongbeach.com blog

Shop: For a unique shopping experience, head to retro row where eclectic small business owners will help you navigate their shops for you or anyone on your nice list, while bargain hunters can head to the Fashion District in Downtown Los Angeles. A flea market that stretches several city blocks, discover great bargains on high-end designers like Dior and Gucci, but be prepared to haggle with vendors! While downtown, it’s always great to visit the Standard Hotel’s Rooftop Lounge or Perch. Both venues feature fresh so-cal cuisine and sweeping views of the Los Angeles skyline. Make sure you depart by 9 p.m. if you’re over 30 and want to avoid the millennial crowd.

 

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Courtesy of perch la

Catch a glimpse of the “Real Housewives of Orange County” being filmed in Newport Beach, while perusing retail favorites like Nordstrom, Neiman’s and Bloomingdales. A quick drive down the Pacific Coast Highway is worth the view of surfers catching waves in Huntington and Sunset Beaches.

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Fashion Island, Newport Beach

Explore: A visit to Southern California would not be complete without being at an event at the Staples Center or photographing the Hollywood Sign. The world famous landmark on Mt. Lee may be visible from all over the city, but it is possible to hike to the sign (but illegal to get too close). The best viewpoints are Hollywood and Highland, The Griffith Observatory and Mulholland Drive.

 

Michael Blackley contributed to this post.

No drink no problem

22 Dec

Pregnancy and health concerns can have a way of taking the festivity out of holiday events, but partygoers do not have to forgo their favorite provisions just because there’s a baby on the way.

img_0182-2Non-alcoholic mocktails let pregnant women and teetotalers enjoy the flavor of the holidays; and the good news is staying sober does not have to be boring.

A simple online search can reveal delicious and some nutritious virgin drink recipes, however, it may take asking a friendly bartender (and unfortunately, sometimes this can be a challenge). Thankfully, Canadians are friendly and a recent trip to Toronto led to discovering a new drink recipe.

 

Blueberry Mule

Courtesy of Café Boulud

 

Best served in a Moscow mule mug

 

Ingredients

8 oz. ginger beer

2-3 cinnamon sticks

1-cup blueberry juice

1-cup grapefruit juice infused with cinnamon*

Crushed ice

Sprig of mint

 

Instructions

Place cinnamon sticks in a carafe of grapefruit juice (1:1 cup works well). Infuse from 4 to 24 hours. Let sit out for 30 minutes before use, otherwise refrigerate when not in use.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add blueberry and grapefruit juices. Shake vigorously until well chilled.

Fill mugs or glasses with ice and pour the mixture over.

Top with ginger beer and stir.

Garnish with mint.

 

*Cinnamon is excellent for regulating blood sugar and improving alertness and concentration.

Last contiguous state but not least

17 Nov

fortybefore40Arizona is made for taking in the desert landscape and embracing the hot and dry climate in the winter, but it can also be appreciated for more than it’s natural beauty.

Years ago, after one bitterly cold winter in the Northeast, a hectic work schedule winding down, and recently ended relationship, Phoenix welcomed me with open arms.

Wear: Spring in Phoenix can offer a hot sun, so lather on the SPF. Both long pants and shorts work in almost all resorts, and the former is fine if traveling for work. A light sweater or sweatshirt should be enough to layer. Flip-flops are a must for poolside activity, as are sneakers – even if your schedule permits just a walk among the cul-de-sacs, you’ll be protected against the cacti and burn off the margaritas with a powerful stride.

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The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

Shop: If you’re lucky enough to be staying in one of the 80 stylish casitas at The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, be sure to visit the gift shoppe where you’ll find fashion forward apparel, including perfect-for-the-weather tunics, authentic Native American art and a variety of Southwest-themed souvenirs.

Explore: Discover the jewel of the desert at the historic Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. This grand space has been hosting vibrant social events since 1929 and 87 years later, charming architecture still greets its guests. If you’re lucky enough to stay here, experience world-class golf and dining; but if you are just passing by, it is still possible to see this majestic site. Schedule a tour with the concierge.

Eat: On the property at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is the Hole-in-the-Wall, a favorite of guests and locals. The iconic eatery is housed in an original 1940s era ranch house and dishes up mouthwatering smokehouse. Open seasonally for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the latter menu includes grill and BBQ including baby-back ribs, smoky mesquite-broiled steaks, and kettle-smoked brisket. End the night with cocktails on the sunken bar, at the adjacent Saloon.

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Bring the savory, southwestern goodness home with you in the form of a rub. This BBQ spice is mild enough to use on just about any meat, especially before grilling. Dry rub gives chicken breasts a nice flavor boost and no sauce is needed when using on ribs or other meat.

New blog series to focus on travel and cooking

11 Oct

Pearls, Plates & Planes, the travel and lifestyle blog of Full Plate Publicity, is pleased to announce the launch of “Forty Before 40” and “Page to Pantry”, two new series that will be published on a regular basis.

“Forty Before 40” will highlight travel to 40 states and tfortybefore40he best places to eat, where to play, and what to wear while there. It will also explore how locals live, and the cultural and adventurous side of each destination. The idea was born when Full Plate Publicity‘s Owner and Chief Creative Officer Michelle Blackley Glynn realized that decades of work and personal travel have added-up to 40 visited states, just in time before turning 40 years old in 2018.

“It will be interesting to re-explore these 40 states through photos, journals, and recipes – nothing describes a place like its people and what they prepare to eat for their families and friends,” Glynn said. “As readers follow along with the series, I hope it encourages them to visit these domestic hotspots and discover their own bucket lists.”

pg2pantryWith a focus on the culinary appeal of “Forty Before 40” some blog posts may be accompanied by “Page to Pantry”, a cookbook review that is relevant to the destination.

For updates, continue to visit the Pearls, Plates & Planes blog or watch its T.V. show by the same name on “LCTV“.

 

 

Small town PR company with global impact

7 Jan

P3_STAMP-01A new public relations and social media agency for the travel, hospitality, culinary and luxury lifestyle industries has been formed in Western New York and South West Florida.

Full Plate Publicity will use the latest techniques in marketing and social media to create fresh, innovative and thoughtful campaigns for a variety of clients. The energetic team has an unparalleled passion for achieving media hits with a purpose, directly helping their clients’ businesses and presence in the marketplace.

With a solid presence in the book publishing industry Full Plate Publicity sees 2016 as the appropriate time to launch into industries that encompass culinary, travel and fashion, while specializing in hospitality and luxury lifestyle brands.

“With a strong background in the lifestyle industries, and media contacts in New York and globally, this is the ideal time to launch such a venture,” said Michelle Blackley Glynn, chief creative officer, Full Plate Publicity. “Using a multimedia approach on a daily basis, we are excited about growing our client list and staff as we embark on this initiative.”

Full Plate Publicity will formally launch internationally at the end of the month in New Delhi, India at SATTE, a three-day event showcasing more than 750 exhibitors from the travel and tourism industry, including 35 national tourist offices and 26 state tourism boards from India, airlines, hotels, destination marketing companies, cruise liners and more.

 

See the Pitons drink the beer

23 Jan
The Pitons, St. Lucia

The Pitons, St. Lucia

While the kids are enjoying one of the many pools, or hanging out in the “Kids Club,” enjoy a can or two of Piton Beer, found stocked within every mini-bar at Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa in St. Lucia.

Piton Beer is a refreshing mountain brew that’s perfect for tropical weather consumption and sure to satisfies thirsts. This pilsner lager, made with specially selected malt, hops, yeast and maize, gives a fruity, floral and hoppy aroma.

For more information about the Pitons or St. Lucia, visit http://stlucianow.com/.

A version of this post is also on takingthekids.com.

On the Road

8 Jul

woman-cartoon-travelingIn 2009 “Up in the Air”, a book-turned-movie starting George Clooney became popular just as Facebook did. Therefore, every time a road warrior entered an airport, his or her captive audience knew about it. As someone who’s been “Up in the Air” a lot in the past decade, I know that it’s not all sharing a cocktails and more with a Clooney-esque at a hotel bar. For the most part it’s long grueling hours, networking and eating unhealthy food.

A highlight does arrive every now and then, for example, when I come across a kindred spirit, get to push another pin onto the worldwide map or discover a new restaurant, dish, food, or culture. Sometimes there are even tokens of appreciation for attending a function at this various destinations.

Enter Sweet Serendipity: Delicious Desserts & Devilish Dish by Stephen Bruce, from New York’s legendary restaurant and boutique Serendipity 3. A book gifted to me by a recent host. Outrageous sundaes, candied apples, pudding, pumpkin pie, blueberry cobbler, Patch’s Bourbon Balls, Orange Raisin Cookies, The World’s Largest Wedding Cake, and more, are all detailed in scrumptious recipes throughout this nostalgic cookbook.

Enjoying a Cake Pop at Serendipity 3 in Las Vegas

Enjoying a Cake Pop at Serendipity 3 in Las Vegas

Gentlemen preferred blondes but what sweet dessert did Marilyn Monroe desire? Did you know that Andy Warhol savored the Lemon Icebox Pie; stealing bites while watching others dine through a hole in a newspaper? Learn where he sat. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis came in for the famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate with John-John and Caroline.

Not only does my job send me to interesting locations for eye opening experiences and opportunities to grow our business, but even so much more on the home front; therefore, I’m going to be writing a weekly column entitled “Niagara Now” for the Niagara Hub and bi-weekly for Niagara Frontier Publications. A radio component will also air the second Tuesday of every month on WLVL (starting August 14); and segments will re-air Saturday mornings on WECK.

Be sure to tune in and hear what’s going on in Niagara USA, voice your opinion, ask questions, etc.; or, if you have an interesting “Up in the Air” story to tell please post share the comments below!

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Grand Canyon West and Above

4 Oct

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