Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Carmel Valley Expressionist Artist Patricia Qualls’ Artwork in High Demand Nationally, Internationally

From humble beginnings on a farm, to a Ph.d., and an internationally collected artist, there is an underlying theme that has resonated throughout artist Patricia Qualls' life: the privilege of life long learning, hard work and perseverance.

Carmel Valley, CA, January 18, 2016 — From humble beginnings on a farm, to a Ph.d., and an internationally collected artist, there is an underlying theme that has resonated throughout artist Patricia Qualls' life: the privilege of life long learning, hard work and perseverance.

Qualls is a nationally and internationally known expressionist artist with art in collections in Switzerland as well as in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Phoenix, Dallas, Vail, Sun Valley and Palm Desert, among others. Her work is also part of the George Blair permanent collection at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.


Qualls' paintings are large scale and bold. Some of her series' emphasize powerful strokes of color and texture, while others are more subtle with washes of cream and shades of white. While her style is unique, some of her series could be likened to styles found in the great expressionist artists of the early-to-mid 20th century such as Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Hassel Smith, Joan Mitchell and Jackson Pollock.

She opened Patricia Qualls Contemporary Art, a 1,400-square-foot studio/gallery in 2008 in Carmel Valley Village in Monterey County. The studio/gallery's large, open-beamed ceiling with 15-foot walls allowed her to produce the large scale paintings.

“I love the physicality of painting large...There is something about being able to use my whole body, there is so much synergy...to have room to move...it's like dance...to be fully engaged with my whole being. I don't have to sit in a chair, and at the end of the day I feel like I've had a good days work. I am so blessed to be able to do this!”

Its no question where Qualls' work ethic comes from. “I grew up on a farm in Middle Tennessee and there's not much play time on a farm. We used to work seven days a week, which is what I do now as an artist at age 62. It's amazing that I have a profession that brings me such fulfillment,” says Qualls.

After life on the Tennessee farm, Qualls left for a job in Nashville. In 1980 she went on a blind date with a man who happened to be from Carmel. “That changed my life,” she says.

Qualls moved to Carmel, and began the process of personal growth and deep lifelong learning. The precious time with great therapists, kind professors and brilliant mentors opened the door to a life that seemed impossible to ever imagine.

She has an executive MBA from Pepperdine University and a Ph.D from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Part of her passion as a therapist entailed holding “Life Presence” 4 day retreats. One of the retreats included a group of artists and it had a profound effect on her.

“I realized I needed to do something creative and playful,” she says.

So she took a class on “intuitive painting,” and that was all it took. She fell in love. To hear her tell it, “art found me.”

“I would go to the garage and paint every morning for 15 minutes,” she says. “Then I got obsessed. I got so excited I would get up at 4 in the morning and paint. I was just trying to find my own voice.” Waking before the sunrise was not new to Qualls, but, unlike waking to the crow of a rooster on her family farm as a child, she would now wake with a hunger to explore her new found passion.

Qualls delayed taking art classes or reading art books, just trusting her intuition and inner voice to guide her painting and style. This helped shape her artistic philosophy of experimentation: a willingness to play, free from self judgement or self scrutiny.

When she first started painting it was to get out her head and other people’s heads and to discover an outlet for her voice: a way to express herself that did not involve words.

And what cinched it was an art book on California Expressionists a friend had recommended she read.

Up until this point Qualls' desire for pure self expression—void of outside influence—had kept her from reading about abstraction. “But when I read that book I cried like a baby, I had found my people.”

Before long, her therapy practice gave way to painting full time, resulting in her opening her studio/gallery in Carmel Valley Village in 2008. She can usually be found working in her studio, experimenting with color, texture, brush strokes and various tools and techniques.

And, just as she wanted to help people as a therapist to access their emotional life, as an artist she wants people to access their creative life. She feels everyone is creative and that all they need is the space for them to express their need to express.

“I love the solitude of being in the studio by myself and love the emotions of the things that go on in people’s lives, quilting together pieces of other peoples’ stories and putting them together on a canvas,” she says. “Each painting tells a story. Life is not without work, there is dark and there is light and hope. My paintings are layers that move toward the light.”

When asked where her inspiration comes from, she said it comes from within and of course is influenced by the world we live... my job is to trust and stay engaged with the process.

Contact:
Patricia Qualls
www.patriciaqualls.com
831.245.8076

“Inspiration lives inside of me, it's just a matter of letting it come out without judgment,” she says. “It comes knocking all the time. I can't do it fast enough, there's not enough time in the day. “I am so grateful that I get to run experiments all day long,” she says. “Where else can you do that? It is magic to watch the power of color and brushstrokes. Every day in my studio is a blessing to me.”

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

Monday, January 9, 2017

Honey for your Honey this Valentine’s Day! Love is Sweet. Pure, Raw Honey From Carmel Honey Company, Started by 11-Year-Old Carmel Student, is the Perfect Gift for your Honey on Valentine’s Day

Sweet as can Bee! Honey from Carmel Honey Company, founded by 14-year-old Carmel student Jake Reisdorf who was 11 at the time, is the perfect heart healthy treat for your honey this Valentine’s Day!

Carmel, CA, January 10, 2017 — Sweet as can Bee! Honey from Carmel Honey Company, founded by 14-year-old Carmel student Jake Reisdorf who was 11 at the time, is the perfect heart healthy treat for your honey this Valentine’s Day! This golden liquid, created and stored by some of the smallest and most industrious members of the natural kingdom, has come to stand for all that is sweet and desirable in the world.

Honey in History
Apiculture, or bee-keeping, dates back to 700 BC, but man’s desire for the bee’s precious nectar goes back much further than that — a 10,000-year-old rock painting in Spain depicts two human figures on a ladder collecting honey from a wild hive. In 2100 BC, honey was mentioned in the sacred writings of Egypt and India; in the Old Testament, the Promised Land is described as “the land of milk and honey”. And mythological rumor has it that In Greek mythology, it is said that Cupid dipped the tips of his “love arrows” in honey to fill the lovers hearts with sweetness.

Honey and Health
The amazing benefits found in honey include antioxidant and anti-microbial properties that are unique to this all-natural sweetener. Honey has also been used for centuries as a natural, fragrant and wholly pleasing beauty treatment, due to its humectant qualities and silky feel. It is said that Cleopatra herself owed much of her legendary beauty to a daily infusion of golden honey.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, be sure to treat your special someone to the gold standard of what has become sweet and desirable in the world this Valentine’s Day -- honey! Carmel Honey Company has four types of honey currently available — Sage Honey, Wildflower Honey, Orange Blossom Honey and Meadowfoam Honey. Carmel Honey Company provides all-natural, pure, raw, premium honey that is harvested straight from the hive.

And Reisdorf, as part of his “Jake Gives Back” program, donates a portion of his honey sales proceeds to organizations that are expanding research and education efforts by addressing the production, nutritional value, health benefits, economics, and/or quality standards of honey bees and honey.

“I'm just an average 14-year-old who likes honey bees,” Reisdorf told California Bountiful magazine. “With beekeeping, you are helping the environment and it is really fun and interesting. I'm all about the education and practicing beekeeping and doing honey. The message that I want everyone to know is: If the bees go, we go, so help save the bees.”

In addition to individual jars of honey, Carmel Honey Company offers three special packages perfect for your honey this Valentine’s Day: Carmel Honey Company Honey Sampler, Honeycomb and Honey Stix.

The Sampler is the ideal way to sample all four pure, raw, premium honey varietals. This set includes 3-oz. jars of Sage Honey, Wildflower Honey, Orange Blossom Honey and Meadowfoam Honey.

They are packaged ready for gift giving in an elegant clear gift bag and red bow. There is a special gift box available only on the website for Valentine’s Day.

Honeycomb is the absolute purest form of honey. Circular frames are placed inside the beehive and the honey bees instinctively know to build it out first with wax, then fill it with honey. Since the honey bees make the wax and honey, the 8-oz rounds are 100% edible. Harvested individually at different times, from a variety of hives, no two rounds will taste exactly the same. These honeycombs are delicious on a cheese board or cut and placed over soft-serve ice cream. Also an excellent gift for the foodie in your life.

Honey Stix offer a great boost of energy in a convenient package. In a lunchbox or purse this 12-pack is an easy way to curb sweet cravings the natural way. Filled with the Wildflower Honey varietal, each Stix contains 1 teaspoon of honey. Excellent portion control for tea and coffee and also an ideal stocking stuffer or unique gift for all ages.

And remember, when you purchase a jar of honey from the Carmel Honey Company, (or place a honey bee pollination hive in your backyard), you have contributed to the research and education of the public on the importance of pollination and the benefits of the honey bee.

Carmel Honey Company honey can be purchased directly from the website (which grew out of his elementary class project) at www.carmelhoneycompany.com.

Valentine’s Day Recipe:
Baklava
· 1 package store bought Phyllo Dough (from frozen section)
· 4 cups Chopped Nuts (walnuts/almonds preferred, but whatever you have on hand)
· 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
· 1 plus 1/2 stick Butter, melted (FYI - you’ll probably need more)
· 2 cups Carmel Honey Company Wildflower Honey
· 1/2 cup Water
· 1/2 cup Sugar
· 3 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Directions:
Remove frozen phyllo dough package from freezer and refrigerate for 24 hours to thaw.
Set at room temperature at least 1 hour before using.

Melt ½ stick butter. Set aside.

Remove the phyllo sheets as needed keeping other sheets covered under a damp cloth.

Toss together nuts and cinnamon. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a rectangular baking pan. Trim phyllo stack to fit pan.

Place sheet of phyllo in pan and brush with melted butter. Repeat 4 times for a total of five sheets.

Sprinkle nuts to make a single thin layer.

Butter three sheets of phyllo and place on top of nuts. Add layer of nuts and buttered sheets.

Repeat, until you're out of nuts (keep in mind next (final) step)

Top with at least 4 buttered phyllo sheets, to ending with a buttered top.

Cut a diagonal diamond pattern (or in simple squares) using a very sharp knife.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown.

While Baklava is baking, combine butter, honey, water, sugar, and vanilla in saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.

After removing Baklava from oven, IMMEDIATELY drizzle half the saucepan evenly over top, allowing pan to sit/absorb for a few minutes. Then drizzle remaining sauce until thoroughly moistened.

Allow Baklava to cool, uncovered, for several hours to set.

Eat, Share, Gift, Enjoy!

About Jake and Carmel Honey Company:
Jake Reisdorf is the chief beekeeper and owner of Carmel Honey Company, which he started as part of a school project where his teacher assigned professions to each student and directed them to research the profession and build a presentation on it.

While researching his assigned profession of website designer, Jake, 11 years old at the time, decided to take it one step further and actually create a real website. At that time, Jake had taken one beekeeping class with his Dad and thought it would be cool to design a website about honey bees.

Not only did Jake get an “A” on the project, but it inspired him and spurred him to start Carmel Honey Company. That was three years ago.

His passion for honey bees grew as he learned about Colony Collapse Disorder and real honey. Expanding his research and education drove Jake to learn more about honey and bees and ultimately decide it was critical to give back.

In addition, Jake places hives on residential and commercial properties to raise awareness and encourage others to support the honey bee.

The “Jake Gives Back” program includes sharing honey bee knowledge with kids and adults of all ages. Whether he is in a classroom speaking to first-grade students, or at a corporate event talking with business owners and seasoned professionals, his passion and appreciation of how honey bees impact our world is infectious. He also “gives back” by making a financial donation to honey bee research and education organizations.

Jake currently attends 8th grade at Carmel Middle School and keeps his knowledge of Apiology (the scientific study of bees) current by continuing to manage his own honey bee hives and attending industry conferences throughout the country.

Carmel Honey Company
(831) 687-8511
www.CarmelHoneyCompany.com
www.Facebook.com/CarmelHoneyCompany
www.Instagram.com/CarmelHoneyCompany
www.Twitter.com/CarmelHoneyCo

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

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Clement Palo Alto Celebrates Love and Romance with Special Valentine's Weekend Package, Feb. 10-12

The Clement Palo Alto, which opened in March 2016, celebrates love and romance for its first Valentine's Weekend with a special package featuring a variety of amenities.

Palo Alto, CA, January 09, 2017 — The Clement Palo Alto, which opened in March 2016, celebrates love and romance for its first Valentine's Weekend with a special package featuring a variety of amenities.

The luxury all-inclusive hotel that boasts 23 spacious and richly appointed one-bedroom suites, starts your weekend off in style with Welcome Amenities that include early check-in, champagne with cotton candy and flowers.

That evening, guests will be treated to a specially created three-course candle-lit dinner paired with fine wines. After dinner, you can toast each other under a gorgeous full moon at the hotel's cozy rooftop pool deck with fire pits. Keep in mind that the full moon rises on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 11.

The morning after your romantic night, savor a full breakfast with mimosas or Bellinis delivered to your room. Then luxuriate some more because you have a late check-out that day!

To make your romantic weekend complete, you can also book a relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatment with our partners at nearby LaBelle Day Spa & Salon for an additional cost.

Rates for this special Valentine's Weekend start at $429 per night available Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10-12.

Please call one of our staff member at (650) 322-7111 to book this special package.

About The Clement Palo Alto
The Clement Palo Alto opened its doors March 2016 and is one of the most innovative, personalized and unique luxury hotels in the country.

With 23 spacious and richly appointed one-bedroom suites, The Clement Palo Alto sets a new standard for personalized luxury accommodations in a contemporary residential-style atmosphere.

While unparalleled service is key to any great luxury hotel, The Clement Palo Alto takes its impeccable service to another level with an all-inclusive concept, including personalized concierge services, breakfast, lunch and dinner in an on-premise location of the guest's choice. All wine, beer and cocktails, in-room mini-refrigerator (stocked with the guest's favorites), and fully-stocked Guest Pantry available around the clock, are just a few of the amenities included in this all-inclusive experience.

In fact, The Clement Palo Alto is more than all-inclusive, it is all-exclusive, catering exclusively to the guest's personal tastes and desires.

The Clement Palo Alto is ideally located across from Stanford University and next to downtown Palo Alto, with its award-winning restaurants, world-class shopping and upscale spas. It is just 45 minutes south of San Francisco and only 30 minutes north of San Jose, not only making it convenient, but easily accessible to the world-famous sights and myriad activities of both cities.

Overall, The Clement Palo Alto offers a unique, one-of-a-kind 6-star experience in the heart of Silicon Valley with unparalleled personal service, all-inclusive luxury and privacy in a warm, inviting and luxurious residential environment.

The Clement Hotel
711 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California 94301
650.322.7111
www.theclementpaloalto.com

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

Friday, December 30, 2016

Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers has Long Played Leading Role in Promoting Outpatient Surgery, Efforts Spotlighted in National News Story in New York Times

Thomas Wilson, CEO of Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers, one of the largest locally owned and operated outpatient surgery organizations in the U.S., has long played a leading role in promoting the benefits of outpatient surgery.

Monterey, CA, December 30, 2016 — Thomas Wilson, CEO of Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers, one of the largest locally owned and operated outpatient surgery organizations in the U.S., has long played a leading role in promoting the benefits of outpatient surgery.

The work of industry leaders Wilson and MPSC is symbolic of what the Ambulatory Surgery Center industry can achieve, and was spotlighted in a recent article published by the New York Times. The article discusses the ongoing debate over whether Medicare should pay for knee replacement surgery in free-standing surgery centers or outpatient facilities. Wilson, past-president of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA), presented compelling evidence to support this assertion including a lower infection rate when compared to surgeries performed in a hospital setting, sky-high patient satisfaction scores and significant cost savings.

This could save Medicare hundreds of millions of dollars annually. MPSC, located in Monterey, California, performs approximately 200 total joint replacement surgeries per year, with infection rates three times lower than similar surgeries performed in hospitals. The age of patients receiving total joint replacements at MPSC ranges from 38 to 82 years old, with the average age of 59. This compares to the national average of 62. He asserts most patients receiving a total joint replacement are not sick and do not need to be surrounded by sick people and thus an outpatient facility is an ideal choice.

How can you tell if a person is a good candidate for outpatient joint replacement surgery? Wilson says the best candidates have a low to moderate body mass index, healthy heart and lungs and a good social support system. A patient meeting these criteria is teamed with a friend or family member who functions as a coach. The patient and coach attend an educational session before the operation and learn about the anatomy of the procedure, how the patient's pain will be successfully managed without opioids or narcotics, and will undergo the recovery process in the comfort of their own home. The major difference in outpatient surgery is that the patient spends one night in the facility and goes home with a physical therapist visiting the patient soon thereafter. According to Wilson, this is possible because of surgical advances with minimally invasive techniques and the use of long-lasting, non-addictive anesthetics. Many hospitals are adopting these innovations and sending total joint replacement patients home after one or two days in the facility.
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As a leading proponent of ASCs and outpatient surgery, Wilson was contacted by the New York Times to represent the ASC industry and relate MPSC's experience with TJR cases as it relates to Medicare's position on outpatient knee surgery.

A debate has been raging nationally in the medical community regarding this issue, with physicians weighing in on both sides. The Times' story said the issue “is sowing deep discord in the medical world, and the debate is as much about money as medicine.”

The article noted that demand for knee and hip replacement surgery is growing — 1,000,000 are performed each year in the U.S. — and that number is likely to grow to three million annually by 2030, “making these complex and expensive operations some of surgery’s biggest potential growth markets,” said the Times.

The article headlined “Should Medicare Allow Outpatient Knee Replacement? Doctors Are Deeply Split,” was written by Christina Jewett, a senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News, and was posted to the newspaper's website on Dec. 20 and appeared in print on Dec. 21 on Page B1 of the New York edition.

Presented with such evidence by Wilson and board certified orthopedic surgeon Sohrab Gollogly of Monterey Spine and Joint in 2016, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Advisory Panel that recommends outpatient payment policies to Medicare officials, unanimously recommended that Medicare remove the total knee replacement procedure from the inpatient only list, effectively allowing it to be performed in the outpatient setting.

Opponents of the change by Medicare say that there are concerns that moving surgery out of hospitals will force vulnerable patients into emergency rooms with uncontrolled pain, blood clots or other complications.

But proponents such as MPSC's Wilson say the change will give patients more choice and potentially better care and save Medicare hundreds of millions of dollars. And, according to recent rule-making documents, an “overwhelming majority” of those who commented said they want to allow the operations out of hospitals.

In December 2016, the Secretary of HHS did not adopt the recommendation. However approval could occur in 2017 under the Donald J. Trump administration. President elect Trump and Tom Price MD, his selection for Secretary of HHS, have suggested they favor limiting government controls and fostering innovation and increased competition in healthcare.

In recent months, Medicare has shown a strong interest in outpatient knee replacements, noting the potential for “overall improved outcomes” as well as the potential savings for the government program.

Many doctors, however, caution that not all patients are candidates for outpatient surgery, such as those who are frail or have chronic health issues, live alone or in a dwelling with stairs, and don't have good caretaking at home.

“While we realize this can be good for some patients, it’s not for all patients and all locations,” says Dr. Thomas C. Barber, the chairman of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ advocacy council. Wilson agrees that outpatient total joint replacement is not for all, however to deny it to those who seek it is unjust and unwise public policy.

About Thomas D. Wilson
Mr. Wilson is CEO of the Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers, which has partnered with two local hospitals and 90 surgeons and is one of the largest locally owned independent surgical services organizations in California. He leads the Minimus Institue, the destination medicine division of MPSC, as patients have traveled from 47 states and 10 countries for outpatient surgery at MPSC over the last five years. Wilson and Scott Leggett founded Global 1, one of the largest medical service organizations in the country providing commercially insured transparent all inclusive Bundled Payments through a network of 53 ASCs and over 350 physicians in California.

Mr. Wilson is a past president of Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, the California Surgery Center Association and is Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones’s appointee to the California Insurance Guarantee Association Board of Governors.

Tom Wilson received his undergraduate degree from Utah State University and a master's degree at the U.C. Berkeley Hospital Administration program.

Background on MPSC:
MPSC and its surgeons are recognized leaders in outpatient surgical care as measured by the high demand for its services, extremely low infection rates, 99% patient satisfaction scores and affordable, transparent pricing. It is known for performing complex surgery, including total joint replacements, major spine surgeries, hysterectomies, breast reconstruction and thyroidectomiesin the outpatient setting. In excess of 31,500 surgical procedures in 13 specialties are performed annually at MPSC by its 190 physicians on staff.

About Minimus Institute:
Wilson also founded and heads the Minimus Institute, a national state-of-the-art concierge surgical institute located in a beautiful setting on California's Central Coast, providing patients access to world-class surgeons. Offering transparent pricing and clear, comprehensive outcome information and patient-satisfaction scores, Minimus demystifies the surgical-care experience allowing patients to make the most informed decisions about their care.

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

Friday, December 16, 2016

The Clement Palo Alto Offers Exciting Guest Packages for 2017, Including Spa Treatments, Shopping Trips, Wine Tastings and Stanford University Tours

The Clement Palo Alto, the area's first and only all-inclusive luxury hotel, is pleased to announce four exciting special packages available to its guests in 2017.

Palo Alto, CA, December 16, 2016 — The Clement Palo Alto, the area's first and only all-inclusive luxury hotel, is pleased to announce four exciting special packages available to its guests in 2017.

The packages available so far include a special shopping outing at the world-famous Stanford Shopping Center; a half-day pampering experience at Palo Alto's renowned LaBelle Day Spa & Salon; two special tours at the award-winning Thomas Fogarty Winery in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains; and tours of the famed Stanford University campus, located just across the street from The Clement Palo Alto.

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“We have carefully curated these packages to give our guests the best possible experience when they stay at our hotel,” said xxx, Clement Palo Alto xxx. “And we've made it easy for our guests to take advantage of these special packages. Once they sign up for one, we take care of everything, from beginning to end.”

Here are the special packages that will be available in 2017:

The Stanford Shopping Center Package
The famed Stanford Shopping Center recently completed a multi-million dollar redevelopment project, with world-renowned Bloomingdale's moving to a new location to make way for the improvements. The three-level, 125,000-square-foot reimagined Stanford Shopping Center store includes 68 designer shops, over 100 new brands, and a refreshed assortment of stylish essentials for women, men, children and home.

The 25 new retailers to set up shop in the new area include: Anthropologie; Allen-Edmonds Shoe; LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics; Luisa Spagnoli, a Italian women's fashion boutique; AllSaints, a British fashion house; lululemon; Everything But Water, a designer swim and resort fashion boutique; The North Face; Uno de 50, a Spanish jewelry shop; and Vineyard Vines, a clothing and gift store; Japanese lifestyle retailer Muji and girls' retailer Brandy Melville.

Three new eateries were also part of the renovation, including the vegan/vegetarian restaurant True Food Kitchen; Tender Greens, which features fresh local produce; and Minamoto Kitchen, a shop that will sell artisanal Japanese desserts.

Several of Stanford Shopping Center's existing retailers also moved to expanded locations in the mall, including Victoria's Secret, BCBG/MAXAZRIA, J. Crew, Solstice and Tommy Bahama.

A new outdoor plaza, which was part of the renovation of the shopping center's common areas, features gardens, a stretch of lawn where people can sit and a water feature with infinity edges.

One of the three anchor stores in the Stanford Shopping Center is the iconic Bloomingdale's. The Clement Palo Alto is now offering an exclusive shopping trip to this celebrated store. This exciting experience can include such things as:

Complimentary Style Advisor (personal shopper) appointments and beauty consultations (advance reservations required)
* Little Brown Bag welcome amenity
* 15% off Savings Certificate (see in-store for details and restrictions)
* Exclusive event invitations
* Car pick-up service

About Bloomingdale's
Bloomingdale's is America's only nationwide, full-line, upscale department store and a division of Macy's, Inc. It was founded in 1872 and currently operates 38 Bloomingdale's stores and 16 Bloomingdale's, The Outlet Stores, in California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. In addition, Bloomingdale's has an international presence with a location in Dubai. Be sure to follow @bloomingdales on social media, become a Loyallist, and for more information, or to shop any time, visit www.bloomingdales.com.

The Perfect Pampered Day Spa Experience
After a long day of travel or a week of seemingly endless meetings and appointments, what could be more relaxing and rejuvenating than a soothing spa treatment at LaBelle Day Spa & Salon?

Start off your day with breakfast in bed with your favorite morning delicacies. A private car waits for you, then whisks you off to the relaxing LaBelle Day Spa & Salon at the nearby Stanford Shopping Center.

Enjoy a half day of pampering with a 60-minute full-body massage and a 60-minute oxygen facial along with a silky foot peel. Or you could opt for a pedicure that includes a 15-minute massage. Once you're fully relaxed and glowing, you'll get your hair washed, blow dried and styled, followed by a professional daytime make-up application.

You'll then return to the hotel for a refreshing glass of champagne and lunch at The Rooftop Pool & Cabanas. You could enjoy the afternoon shopping at Stanford Shopping Center, which features some of the Bay Area's finest stores, or just stay at the hotel and relax. For the evening, make plans for cocktails and dining on-site or now that you're rejuvenated, go for a night on the town.

Cost for the spa package is $375, and includes transportation and a goodie bag filled with travel-size beauty products. Price does not include the cost of the suite, please give our Guest Experience Specialist 48 hours to book this package.

To book a room with a spa package, contact Oscar Gonzalez, our Guest Experience Specialist, at ogonzalez@theclementpaloalto.com Monday thru Friday or call (650) 322-7111.

Thomas Fogarty Winery Packages
These packages celebrate one of California’s signature agricultural products and all that vintners and growers bring to the economy, culture and lifestyle of the Golden State. If you are a wine lover, this is a unique experience you won’t want to miss, available only at The Clement Palo Alto.

Antonio Galloni of The Wine Advocate has high praise for the wines and wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains: “There is no doubt in my mind the Santa Cruz Mountains is the greatest and most overlooked terroir in the United States. Period.”

Few wine regions on earth can match the climates, soils and breathtaking views of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation.

One of the top wineries in that region is the acclaimed Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyard, which has been named “Winery of the Year” and listed as one of the top 100 wineries in the world in 2014 by Wine & Spirits magazine. The Fogarty winery has been producing some of the most critically acclaimed estate wines in California since 1981.

Situated at 2,000 feet above sea level, the Thomas Fogarty Winery offers a rare confluence of great vineyard sites, sweeping panoramas of the San Francisco Bay area and some of the best wines in the world.

The Clement Palo Alto is pleased to be able to present two fascinating experiences for wine lovers at the extraordinary Thomas Fogarty Winery, located just directly west of Palo Alto and Stanford University in the picturesque Santa Cruz Mountains.

One package offers vineyard tours and a private tasting of Fogarty's current release wines and some choice library selections. The second offers a private moderated tasting of several of Fogarty's wines with the owner and winemakers in the winery's tasting salon.

Experience No. 1:
Guided Vineyards Tour & Tasting
This down-to-earth experience involves an intimate tour of Fogarty's eight micro-vineyards covering 25 acres of ridge top and steep southeast- and east-facing hillsides on the property.

These 35 to 40-year-old organically farmed vines produce the small, allocated quantities of Thomas Fogarty's award-winning, single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines.

As you visit each of the eight vineyards you will learn about the history and organic farming practices of the winery, which dates back to 1978 when Stanford cardiovascular surgeon and world-renowned inventor, Thomas Fogarty, planted his first grapes and in 1981 established a commercial winery in the mountainous area.

Following the tour, you will convene in the proprietors' tasting salon for a moderated tasting of current releases and selections from the winery's library.

This tour takes about three hours, involves some light walking and climbing in and out of a military-style all-terrain vehicle. Participants are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and active attire. The tour is limited to eight people. $500 per person.

Additionally, and at extra cost, you can end the day at Palo Alto's renowned Zola restaurant, where Chef/Owner Guillaume Bienaime and winemaker Tom Fogarty Jr. will prepare a menu of dishes paired with Thomas Fogarty wines.

Experience No. 2:
Private Tasting in Proprietors' Tasting Salon
Participants will enjoy a private tasting of Fogarty's allocated current release wines and some choice library selections in the Proprietors' Tasting Salon with either owner Tom Fogarty Jr., winemaker Nathan Kandler or cellarmaster Marshal White. The tasting will be moderated and the seven to 10 wines included will be chosen in advance based on your preferences and with your input.

This experience involves no walking, takes about 90 minutes, is limited to eight people and is $250 per person.

The Concierge can assist you in customizing your experience. The Clement team is also happy to arrange Uber for an extra fee.

The new wine packages are available for booking in conjunction with a hotel stay. Rooms begin at $995 per night for the first guest and $150 per person for additional guests. (Rooms accommodate up to four guests.) To book a room and one of the new wine packages, contact Oscar Gonzalez, our Guest Experience Specialist, at ogonzalez@theclementpaloalto.com Monday thru Friday or call (650) 322-7111.

The Stanford University Package
Stanford University is one of the most prestigious and highly respected universities in the country. Its sprawling, tree-lined campus is also one of the largest and loveliest in the country and well worth a visit. And as luck would have it, The Clement Palo Alto is located just across the street from the university campus.

The Stanford University Package includes one or more of the following experiences:

·A tour of the university, founded in 1891, starts at the Stanford Visitors Center at the corner of Campus Drive and Galvez Street. From there, guided one-hour walking tours are held seven days a week at 11 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

·A tour of Stanford would not be complete without a visit to its most visible landmark, the 285-foot Hoover Tower, located a short walk from The Quad, the school's academic center. From the 14th floor of the Hoover Tower Observation Platform you'll be met with spectacular views of the campus, the city of Palo Alto, the foothills and the San Francisco Bay Area to the north.

·Art lovers will be tempted to spend all day at the Cantor Arts Center and the adjacent Rodin Sculpture Garden. The Center has 24 galleries devoted to a wide range of art spanning 4,000 years, from ancient Chinese ceramics to 19th century American drawings to contemporary sculptures.

·The Rodin Sculpture Garden contains the largest collection of Auguste Rodin sculptures outside of Paris, including the astounding 20-foot-high bronze “The Gates of Hell.” Inside the Center there are even more Rodin works, almost 200 in total for both sites, mostly bronzes, but also works in wax, plaster and terra cotta.

·Dedicated in 1903, Stanford Memorial Church is at the center of the campus and is the University’s architectural crown jewel. It was one of the earliest, and is still among the most prominent, interdenominational churches in the West. It is open to visitors weekdays and on Sundays with ecumenical worship featuring choir and organ music.

·For the scientifically inclined, a trip to the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center just west of the main campus should be on everyone's must-do list. The versatile astrophysics laboratory, which has more than 3,000 scientists, six of whom have been awarded Nobel Prizes, may be best known for its two-mile long linear accelerator, which is currently the longest in the world. Regular guided tours are available weekdays at the Visitor Center.

·If a little physical activity is more to your liking, The Dish is one of the most popular destinations for joggers and walkers on campus. Named after the prominent old radiotelescope that is visible throughout the area, The Dish offers a paved path that climbs the rolling hills and offers panoramic views of the surrounding area, including, on a clear day, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and the East Bay. The main loop is a 3.5-mile trail that takes about 90 minutes to walk.

Contact:
The Clement Hotel
711 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California 94301
650-322-7111
http://www.theclementpaloalto.com

About The Clement Palo Alto
The Clement Palo Alto is ideally located across from Stanford University and next to downtown Palo Alto, with its award-winning restaurants, world-class shopping and upscale spas. It is just 45 minutes south of San Francisco and only 30 minutes north of San Jose, not only making it convenient, but easily accessible to the world-famous sights and myriad activities of both cities.

Overall, The Clement Palo Alto offers a unique, one-of-a-kind 6-star experience in the heart of Silicon Valley with unparalleled personal service, all-inclusive luxury and privacy in a warm, inviting and luxurious residential environment.

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

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

5 Must-Haves for Document Management in Google Drive

Many G Suite users find themselves needing a streamlined workflow for handling documents and features specifically for work collaboration.

San Jose, CA, December 14, 2016 - Many G Suite users find themselves needing a streamlined workflow for handling documents and features specifically for work collaboration. It is possible to fully operate with your Google Drive and veer away from Google’s Team Drive limitation to only users in your organization. This limits collaboration with clients, company partners, and contractors. Here are the 5 must-haves for Document Management to operate on top of your Google Drive-- all provided by Collavate.

1. Team Drive for everyone without limits

Google offers Team Drive for G Suite Business users and has limitations such as only allowing Team Drive for colleagues within the same domain. Collavate offers a Team Drive for everyone, including G Suite Basic and G Suite Business. A Collavate Workspace folder creates a Team Drive for whomever you’d like to invite with an email address-- not limiting you to only users in your domain or organization.

2. Social project management

Document sharing, collaboration for work, and effective team communication is made easy with an Enterprise Social Networking platform. Collavate Group Post is designed to increase work productivity while accommodating user-friendly options. Public groups are viewable to all users in your domain which can broadcast information regarding a company event, news, and announcements to all users pertaining to the topic of the group. Private groups allow exclusivity of posts and collaboration for projects and department discussions.

3. Group Post

Collavate Group Post goes beyond a Slack Channel or a Facebook group’s service capabilities. Collavate’s Group Post features are specialized for team project management and document sharing. All shared files within the group is stored in a Google Drive group folder accessible to group members. An Admin of a Collavate group can send member invitations to any user with an email address.

4. Remote Drive User

Capability to invite users outside of your company as a remote user in Google Drive. Remote users can temporarily be a company staff user. A remote user will be able to have access to Collavate’s features in your domain, and all files the remote user shares and works on will be stored within your company’s Google Drive, permitting company ownership of files.

5. Contract management

With a streamlined approval process, contract management can be kept organized and can reduce financial risk. Manage contract creation, ensure proper execution and analysis to maximize operational performance, and share contracts made with customers, vendors, partners, or employees. Contract templates, expense reports, and financial statements can be be set as a template to be reused and duplicated by users to save time in drafting stages. A PDF with a cover page can be generated for contracts showing date of creation, approval timestamps, and comments made by contractor and contractees.

These beneficial features increase business productivity and operates with your Google Drive, allowing users and organizations to expand their work capabilities that rely on Google Drive. Collavate offers a powerful, streamlined workflow approval with additional collaboration features for work. Step-up your G Suite and Team Drive with Collavate!

Contact:
Harry Jung
Collavate Inc
San Jose, CA 95129
+1 (650) 515-3733
hjung@collavate.com
http://www.collavate.com

Friday, December 9, 2016

Hofsas House Launches Pin it to win it Contest

Tell the Hofsas House where you’d love to visit and why and you could win a 2 night stay!

Salinas, CA, December 10, 2016 - So many of us add “travel more” to our list of yearly resolutions! Whether it is somewhere close by, a beautiful beach or international destination, tell the Hofsas House where you’d love to visit and why? Post pictures of your ideal destination on a Pinterest board and our favorite board with win a 2-night stay at the Hofsas House hotel!


To enter the contest simply:

Pin It To Win It!

· Follow us on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/hofsashouse/

· Create A Board Titled: Time to Travel!

· Add a minimum of 5 pictures of your favorite quotes with the hashtag #HofsasHouseGetaways

· Email a link your board to: marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com

· One lucky winner will win a 2-night stay at our hotel!

· Enter to win between January 1st and January 30th. Winner announced on February 5th.

· Includes Hotel stay only- airfare, transportation, meals and other amenities not included

Hofsas House Background:
Owned and operated by the Theis Family, Hofsas House hotel is within walking distance of everything Carmel has to offer, including a stunning beach, fine restaurants and shops, and wine tasting. It provides peaceful respite and European charm just minutes from Monterey , Pebble Beach, Big Sur and Pacific Grove . The Hofsas House’s 38 spacious, one-of-a-kind rooms boast European comfort and lovely views, not to mention amenities like fireplaces, private balconies, wet bars, kitchens and patios. Large suites provide the perfect stay for newlyweds and everyone else seeking an extra special getaway. Dutch doors in every room allow guests to welcome in the ocean air, and free WiFi enables them to stay connected — if they want to.

The Hofsas House hotel family works to ensure every visitor's experience is special, striving to offer the highest quality personal services. Consider the continental breakfast, abundant with fresh French Roast coffee, tea, juice, fruit and pastries from a neighborhood bakery, or the personalized concierge services for guests and their families, including their four-legged family members, who are welcome, as well.

For large groups — wedding parties, company meetings, family reunions and others — Hofsas House Hotel offers a spacious room equipped with a fireplace and full kitchen that can comfortably accommodate 40 people. A heated pool, dry saunas, decks with views and off-street parking are on offer as well.

Hofsas House Hotel is located on San Carlos Street, north of Fourth Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea. For more information, call (831) 624-2745 or visit www.hofsashouse.com. Like us on Facebook

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