Friday, April 22, 2011

Lemonade Stands

Lemonade stand in Brielle.
Lovin' the lid and straw.
Whenever I drive by a lemonade stand I have to stop.   I don't stop because I'm thirsy. Rather, I stop because I once was that kid with a homemade sign, powdered lemonade, a few cups and ice if our customers were lucky.

My lemonade stand was located outside my childhood residence at 120 Delacy Avenue in North Plainfield. Our business location had little driving or foot traffic but it was a great location close to a fully stocked kitchen.

The stand was staffed with my siblings and my best friend, Katie.  On our creative days, Katie and I would come up with new recipes for lemonade and "treat" our regular customers with our tart or sugary creations.    Sometimes our stand would carry additional items like iced tea or services like manicures for customers interested in a new nail color while they enjoyed our fine beverages.

Our customers were all known by name, sometimes referred to as "mom" and "dad".   We knew which cars would stop and who would tip a few extra cents.

Now that I have my own business, I often look back on the days of my lemonade stand. I knew I was onto something.  While I couldn't spell entrepreneurship at the time -  I knew someday I was meant to have my own business.

I encourage all kids to use their creativity to express an interest in business.  I admire kids that look for activities other than watching tv, browsing the internet and playing hours of video games.  

I am happy to support, and always heavily tip for lemonade. Just put up a sign and I'll be there.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Relax Concierge Recommends... (Long Beach Island, NJ)


Many vacationers at the Jersey Shore already know Relax Concierge for their egyptian cotton linens rentals, luxurious towel rentals and beach item rentals. What you may not know is we provide free recommendations to area restaurants, stores and local area attractions.

Relax Concierge wants to provide you with the customer oriented assistance you would receive if staying at a fine hotel. Feel free to call us and ask for assistance. If we don't know we'd be happy to look it into your request in more detail.
The following are just a few recommendations on Long Beach Island (L.B.I.), NJ.

Chicken of the Egg (Chegg)207 North Bay Avenue, Beach Haven 
Great wings day or night! We stop in at least once a year. You can expect a wait on a weekend morning in the summer. Who cares! There are great stores in walking distance to check out.
Also recommended in the "Best of Jersey" issue by NJ Monthly 

Daddy O
4401 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach 
Great bar for a date or martinis with your friends. 
Also recommended in the "Best of Jersey" issue by NJ Monthly 

Mustache Bill’s Diner
West 8th Street at Broadway
Also recommended in the "Best of the Shore 2010" issue of Philadelphia Magazine. 

Plantation Restaurant

7908 Long Beach Blvd.Harvey Cedars
We were there in the fall and had the best New England clam chowder. That's quite a statement and everyones tastes are different. Maybe it was the chilly day, hunger or whatever but we truly enjoyed it!

Sea Shell
10 S. Atlantic Ave. Beach Haven
I've never had food here but the happy hour is one of my all time favorites.Walk off the beach, bring a sweatshirt, grab a drink and hang out with friends and family while watching a great cover band.

104 24th Street
Also recommended in the "Best of the Shore 2010" issue of Philadelphia Magazine. 

806 North Bay Avenue

Also recommended in the "Best of the Shore 2010" issue of Philadelphia Magazine. 

Wyndecrest Home
233 Second St Beach Haven
They can come over and decorate for us any time! We enjoy walking around while waiting for a table at CHEGG.

Surflight Theater
201 Engleside Avenue Beach Haven
(609) 492-9477
Received a great update from the owner at a recent Southern Ocean County Chamber Meeting. We are looking forward to great shows for Summer 2011.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Networking Fun

On one freezing cold evening in January, we ventured to Red Bank for the Jersey Shore Vacations

"New Year's Resolution Networking Party".

 After living in Red Bank for several years, we thought it would be fun to check it out with our Red Bank neighbor Jenn Woods. (Jenn is a wonderful supporter of Relax Concierge.)

The event was held at Taste in the Galleria and attracted a large crowd of networkers. We were fortunate to meet Chris (owner of Jersey Shore Vacations)  realtors, financial advisors, etc.

It just so happened we also met Kim G, from the Real Housewives of New Jersey. Kim was so kind to pose for a picture with us. This picture is now included in the Spring issue of Red Hot Magazine.

Kim- If your friends or your family vacation at the Jersey Shore, please have them contact us to make their stay more relaxing and enjoyable.