Wednesday, January 27, 2010

We're moving...

Yes, it's true. We're moving the blog to another blog provider. We've been working with a new CMS system and it lets us host our own blog, so in the interests of SEO and all that other good stuff, we're moving the blog there. Here's the new address:

http://www.theniagaraguide.com/_blog/The_View_from_The_Niagara_Guide

I know what you're thinking. "Couldn't you have made it shorter?" Probably.

Here's how it will hopefully be set up really soon.

http://blog.theniagaraguide.com

Just wanted to let you all know where we've gone. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Fine Kettle 'O' Fish now Online

After having eaten close to a dozen meals at The Fine Kettle 'O' Fish, I have to say it is my new favourite fish & chip restaurant. I used to hang out at Laurie's Orchard Cafe in Vineland but when she closed, we stopped eating fish & chips. Now I've got a new place and I couldn't be happier!

Malcolm and Doris took over The Kettle in 2008 and have been steadily improving the overall experience there. The staff are great and the owners certainly take pride in what they're doing. Having extensive experience in hospitality from running a five-star resort doesn't hurt either.

If you're not into deep fried food, you have TONS of dining options at The Kettle. There are so many ways to prepare fish without frying that you'll be certain to have a nutritious and flavourful experience there. Try their Boston Style Fish & Chips - definitely one of my favourites.

Niagara Romance - Why We're a Sponsor

The Niagara Guide is a sponsor of the Niagara Romance Expo. This is a bit of a "naughty" step for us as Niagara Romance is being promoted as Niagara's only Expo featuring Sex, Romance, Intimacy and Relationships.

So, what are we doing sponsoring this event?

Well, for one thing, it's run by Power Two You Productions and we sponsor their other events, so there's a bit of history there. Carrie and Donna are two great ladies to work with and we enjoy helping them out.

There's also the fact that waaaaaay long ago, The Niagara Guide attended a romance-style show in Toronto. The price was right and we were promoting Niagara as a romantic getaway. At the time, we registered the domain NiagaraRomance.com which we've held onto for years. The show was a bit of a bust (no pun intended), but we still had the domain. When Carrie and Donna came up with their idea, I thought it would be a good fit for The Niagara Guide again.

So, we'll be there, along with the exotic bodypainters, erotic hypnotists and other TRULY sexy businesses but we'll be promoting our accommodation, dining and winery advertisers as having THE places to go for romance.

Check them out - NiagaraRomance.com. 18+ only can attend, but the website's pretty tame.

There's also some press online about this event and our sponsorship, available here.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

What Year is it for You?

Welcome 2010! The New Year is another one of those opportunities to sit back and navel gaze about the year that's gone by. So, while you're sitting there contemplating the fuzz of 2009, here's a great question to ask yourself.

What kind of year is 2010 going to be?

I know from my own experience there were things I could'a, should'a, must'a done but for one reason or another, didn't get done. Is 2010 going to be another year of that? For my sake, I intend to act faster to get my business and life positioned the way I want it to be.

Did you make it through 2009 meeting all your goals? Most people sat back and did the same-old, same-old and made it through the year. Is that going to be you, or will you be making changes so you can start living your dreams?

I know which way I'll be going. Thank you for being with me on the journey so far, and I look forward to your continued company.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Cornerstone Carpentry

We're glad to welcome Carl from Cornerstone Carpentry to The Niagara Guide!

Yes, I know, 'tis the season to be spending tons of money on gifts and other goodies, but if you're anything like me, your home probably needs some TLC in a few places.

Carl provides complete, professional renovation and building services. If your idea of a Christmas present to yourself is refinishing your basement, call Carl. Is your deck falling apart? Call Carl. Want to put some new laminate or hardwood flooring in? Call Carl.

If it needs doing around your house, Carl's the guy to call. 905-734-4470 or visit online at http://www.cornerstonecarpentry.ca.

Welcome aboard to Cornerstone Carpentry!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Chlorine in Your Daily Shower

I hadn't really thought about chlorine in water very much. Then I moved to Thorold where the water in our area had a distinct taste of chlorine. So I switched to bottled reverse osmosis water for our drinking and cooking needs. Good start, right?

Well...there's more.

This new article from The Water Superstore brings together some of the research that's been done linking chlorine to health issues such as cancer, bronchitis and asthma. Click on the link below for the full read.

http://www.niagarahealthguide.com/niagara-healthcare-articles/your-daily-shower-chlorine-exposure.asp

Having a shower? Definitely read this article. Personally, I picked up a shower chlorine filter. The water definitely smells a lot better now and I feel better knowing I'm not inhaling chlorine.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Looking for a place to showcase your stuff?

Press Release

Power Two You Productions is Wrappin’ it Up for Charities/Non-profits & Organizations across Niagara

September 28th. 2009

WRAP it UP! – 2009 is in search of unique vendors

Power Two You Productions, in its 4th.year of hosting, “WRAP it UP!” - Niagara’s Only Christmas Shopping Extravaganza and is inviting all unique vendors to register for their 4th. Annual “WRAP it UP”, Niagara’s ONLY Christmas Shopping Extravaganza in support of The Hope Centre, W.A.R.M. & The Niagara Chapter Native Women.

Event happens Sunday December 6th. At Four Points by Sheraton and features over 50+ unique vendors from across Southern Ontario – featuring gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list including; unique attire, jewellery, gift baskets, home d├ęcor, fashion & beauty, health & wellness, photography and many food vendors.

Advance tickets are on sale now for admission to event at $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00 and are in support of The Hope Centre, The Niagara Chapter Native Women. and W.A.R.M. With over 50+ door prizes and 1 Grande Prize – value at $300+ ( for advance ticket holders only) featuring a one night stay at Four Points, breakfast and all the things needed to make a perfect evening. Advance tickets are already 50% sold out.


For complete vendor registration and ticket information please check out the website www.WrapItUpNiagara.com or contact:
Donna Panetta at 905-714-1642/ fndpanetta@hotmail.com or
Carrie Matthews 905-735-9798/ knowit@niagara.com for further information.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Leadership - IdeaShare Niagara

I just came back from IdeaShare, which is a monthly meeting focused on developing and mentoring leadership in business people.

Attendance was down from the usual, which is interesting to me.

We're in / just coming out of a recession. Business has its challenges. We all need to get / hone our business edge, which often means getting stimulated, motivated and educated - and IdeaShare helps do this and more.

Still, attendance was down.

Are businesspeople in Niagara not interested in being leaders? Are they content to be sheep? The people who attend IdeaShare regularly say they wouldn't miss it. I'm part of that crowd - I learn something new every time and I enjoy sharing what I know.

If you're interested in attending an IdeaShare meeting, they're on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. RSVP to me at info@theniagaraguide.com if you want to come.

Today we discussed how leadership pervades every aspect of our lives, from raising children to running corporations. If you're not focusing on leadership, where exactly are you going?

Hope to see you at IdeaShare.