Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Honey Gift Boxes from Carmel Honey Company Makes for Great Holiday Gifts for Foodies and Honey Lovers on your List

If you're looking for the perfect gift this holiday season you can't get much sweeter than a gift that is produced locally, helps the environment, and contributes to research and education for the betterment of the world.

Carmel, CA, September 19, 2017 — If you're looking for the perfect gift this holiday season you can't get much sweeter than a gift that is produced locally, helps the environment, and contributes to research and education for the betterment of the world.

Holiday gift boxes featuring honey and custom Carmel Honey Company logo items are now available from the company, which was founded by 14-year-old Carmel student Jake Reisdorf, who was 11 at the time. The gift boxes are available online or at the company's store in Carmel.

The three gift packages available so far include:

* $100 box. This box features a custom Carmel Honey Company logo apron, custom mug with attached spoon, custom honeybee/honeycomb design socks, a 12-oz. jar of Wildflower Honey, an Orange Blossom Honey Stix pack, and a honey dipper, all in a white box with bow.

* $50 box. Features Earl Grey Supreme Tea in a silver tin, 8-oz. jar of Sage Honey, custom mug with attached spoon, and honey dipper in black box with bow.

* $30 box. Features a four-pack of Carmel Honey Company honey, Sage Honey, Wildflower Honey, Orange Blossom Honey and Meadowfoam Honey, gift wrapped in black box with bow.

The four types of honey currently produced comes from Jake's 120 beehives, and is all-natural, pure, raw, premium honey that comes straight from the hives.

And Reisdorf, as part of his “Jake Gives Back” program, donates some of his proceeds from the sale of his honey 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 13-year-old who likes honeybees,” 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.”

So when you purchase these gift boxes 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 gift boxes can be purchased directly from the website (which grew out of a class project) at www.carmelhoneycompany.com or at the store in Carmel Plaza:

Carmel Honey Company store
Carmel Plaza, Suite 118,
Ocean Avenue & Mission Street
Carmel, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 687-8511
Hours: Mon – Sat 10-6, Sun 11-5

Photos Available for Media Use: .Click on this link, http://www.richardgreenphotography.com/Chatterbox-Public-Relations/Bee-Boy-Gift-Boxes-9-12-17/, enter password, chatter, lowercase.

About Jake and Carmel Honey Company:
Jake Reisdorf is the chief beekeeper and owner, with his family, of Carmel Honey Company. Jake started the business as part of a school project when 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, 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.

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 ninth grade at Carmel High 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

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Monday, September 18, 2017

Imagine an Exquisite, Sun-drenched Mediterranean-style villa in the South of France or Tuscany

Imagine an exquisite, sun-drenched Mediterranean-style villa in the South of France or Tuscany. Now take that villa and drop it onto a 1.4-acre hilltop site with a stunning panoramic view of the Monterey Bay and beyond.

Salinas, CA, September 19, 2017 - This custom villa with separate guest house boasts four bedrooms and 4.5 baths filling almost 6,400 square feet, complete with an outdoor kitchen, pizza oven, fire pit, fountain and generous patio space, featuring exquisite architectural details with high-quality construction and finishes.

And it’s no accident that this villa seems like it was plucked out of the lavender fields in the south of France. Owners Chantal and Philippe Tourtin are originally from France and own the Paris-based Cinq Mondes Spa Carmel, the only Cinq Mondes spa located in the United States.

The villa is perfect for the automobile enthusiast, with two garages able to accommodate seven cars, four in the main villa, three in the guest house.

The main villa features a spacious master bedroom, two bedroom suites, separate dining and living room, gourmet chef’s kitchen with eat-in dining area, office, pre-wired media room, multi-purpose room, laundry room, a mechanical room and a safe room/panic room that has its own built-in safe.

It also features an 800-bottle wine cellar with cork flooring, hand-painted mural, eucalyptus cabinets with three-bottle deep horizontal wine rack.

The two-story guest house features two bedrooms, one bath, three patios, one with a panoramic view of Monterey Bay, and a separate gated entrance.

And better still, there are expansive bay views from virtually every living space in the villa and guest house.

This gorgeous custom Mediterranean-style villa, located in the Hidden Hills area overlooking Monterey just off Highway 68, is perfect for a family compound, an investment opportunity or for the car enthusiast.

To take a virtual tour of this magnificent home, view a gallery of interior and exterior photos, see all the amenities it has to offer and to examine its floor plan, go to www.HiddenMesaVilla.com.

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Monday, September 11, 2017

CycleBar Westgate West Celebrates the Coming of Fall and Back to School with Special Events, Sales and Campaigns

CycleBar Westgate West, part of an emerging concept in premium indoor cycling, is getting ready for autumn with a number of events, special sales and cycling challenges.

San Jose, CA, September 11, 2017 — CycleBar Westgate West, part of an emerging concept in premium indoor cycling, is getting ready for autumn with a number of events, special sales and cycling challenges.

For example, for the Report Card Challenge, riders will receive a card and their goal is to go on as many different ride formats as they can. There are 12 different types of rides and three levels of winning CycleBar merchandise as prizes.

CycleBar Westgate is also offering a number of specials on classes and merchandise and apparel. During the month of September, four- and eight-pack monthly packages will be reduced: four classes per month for $69 per month; and eight classes per month for $129 per month. A VIP contract for $185 per month features unlimited rides and two guests passes.

Buy a monthly four-pack and get 20% off your next CycleBar Boutique purchase; buy an eight-pack and get 30% off; and buy a monthly unlimited package and get 40% off.

And if you're a teacher or a student, you can get a discounted $15 drop-in class rate.

Catch CycleBar Westgate West at lululemon in Santana Row in San Jose on Sept. 16.

On Sept. 23, CycleBar Westgate West will be offering three 30-minute outdoor rides at the Cupertino Whole Foods. To sign up, for 1PM go to https://westgatewest.cyclebar.com/class-detail/?apptid=3315534, for 2PM go to https://westgatewest.cyclebar.com/class-detail/?apptid=3315535, and for 3PM go to https://westgatewest.cyclebar.com/class-detail/?apptid=3315536

CycleBar Westgate West will also be a sponsor for the Sharks Foundation 5K/10K on Sept. 30. Catch us at the start/finish line!

We also offer CycleGiving rides. These are a philanthropic movement where we partner with local organizations and charities to help them raise donations by creating exciting and energetic indoor cycling rides for companies, teams, groups, and families to help raise proceeds that benefit their cause. If you have interest in setting up a CycleGiving ride for your school, charity, or any non-profit close to your heart, please contact don.dasher@cyclebarwestgatewest.com.

About CycleBar Westgate West
Founded in 2017, CycleBar Westgate West is located in San Jose, California, and serves the greater Silicon Valley area. CycleBar delivers a premium indoor cycling experience via daily classes in its state-of-the-art CycleTheatre. CycleStar instructors lead workouts set to an invigorating mix of music and lights, helping riders reach their workout goals.

CycleBar Westgate West
5293 A Prospect Road
San Jose, CA 95129

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Vendange Carmel Inn and Suites Announces New Wine-Themed Room in Partnership With Award-Winning Soledad-Based Carmel Road Winery

Vendange Carmel Inn and Suites has announced a new wine-themed room designed and decorated by Soledad-based Carmel Road Winery.

Carmel, CA, September 6, 2017 — Vendange Carmel Inn and Suites has announced a new wine-themed room designed and decorated by Soledad-based Carmel Road Winery.

Carmel Road wines are inspired by the wind and the waves that define Monterey, which in turn inspired the vision for the Carmel Road wine room at the Vendange Inn.

“We were honored to be selected to bring one of their suites to life with the Carmel Road look and feel,” says Chrissy Gray, Carmel Road tasting room manager. “We chose cool blue and seafoam green tones to give guests that tranquil feeling of being at the beach. Think upscale picnic with your toes in the sand — with a wine glass in hand, of course!”

Gray says they wanted to bring to life the coastal, peaceful vibe found in Carmel, as well as in their tasting room, so they created several large photo canvases showcasing the nearby ocean, with a wine-themed twist. There’s also a beautiful nook under a wine rack where guests can sit and simply relax with a glass of Carmel Road Pinot Noir or Chardonnay.

To really give guests a sense of what Carmel Road Winery has to offer, in the room they will find a selection of Carmel Road wines for purchase, information about their wine club as well as the winery, beautiful etched glasses, stone coasters, plush throw blankets, and complimentary tasting cards for up to four people.

“Carmel Road is a sense of place, and we hope the guests in this room come to discover that special feeling for themselves,” says Gray.
Carmel Road joins 14 other wineries in partnership with Vendange to sponsor wine-themed rooms. From the McIntyre Vineyards’ room with its impressive 100-year-old grapevine section to J. Lohr’s wine barrel on the balcony, every winery’s room offers a signature luxury experience. The participating wineries include: Blair, Cima Collina, Dawn’s Dream, Galante, Holman Ranch, J. Lohr, Joullian, Manzoni, McIntyre, Otter Cove, Tudor, Twisted Roots, Mesa Del Sol and Ventana.

About Carmel Road Winery
Inland from Monterey’s rugged coastline, yet still directly in the path of the ocean’s relentless influence, Carmel Road Winery creates vibrant Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Pinot Grigio that capture the essence of this remarkable region. The winery tailors its viticulture and winemaking techniques to capture the compelling character of this windswept area. Since its founding in 1997, the family-owned and operated winery has worked continually to improve farming and winemaking practices, creating complex wines while also preserving the ecosystem for future generations. Carmel Road is certified by SIP (Sustainability in Practice) and CCSW (Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing) and recognized as a leader in water conservation, energy efficiency and land restoration. Learn more at www.CarmelRoad.com.

Carmel Road Winery

Visit our tasting room in Carmel-by-the-Sea
O: 831.624.1036
C: 503.730.7727
Lincoln between Ocean and 6th
P.O. Box 2314, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
Tasting Room Manager: Chrissy.Gray@carmelroad.com

Photography Available; https://www.dropbox.com/sh/17e8jjd9rzjtq1p/AABLlUEj7AMCKTTNBzZD5aFfa?dl=0

About Vendange Carmel Inn and Suites
Vendange Carmel Inn and Suites is at 24815 Carpenter St. in Carmel, a short drive from the Monterey Peninsula Airport, just off of scenic Highway 1, with free parking for guests. It’s minutes from downtown Carmel’s shopping, fine dining, scenic 17-Mile Drive, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

In France, vendange means the annual grape harvest. In Carmel, it means a celebration of the bounty of Monterey County’s vineyards at Vendange Carmel Inn and Suites.

Vendange creates a unique guest experience through its partnership with 15 local wineries, each sponsoring one room or suite by providing their own creative touches.

For 2017, Vendange has put together some interactive packages that combine the luxury and convenience of the inn’s Carmel location with the adventure and romance of the nearby wine country.

Telephone (831) 624-6400; email: reservations@vendangecarmel.com; website: www.vendangecarmel.com.

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Friday, September 1, 2017

Book About ‘Silly Smiling Snake’ Not Only Entertains Children, But Saved Life of Veteran, Now Also Benefits Veterans Group

Snidely may be a silly snake who tells side-slapping stories for children in his new book, but he's also a life-saver.

Monterey, CA, September 01, 2017 — Snidely may be a silly snake who tells side-slapping stories for children in his new book, but he's also a life-saver.

Not only that, but Snidely will also help fellow veterans of his co-creator, a disabled U.S. Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War era, with $1 of the proceeds from each book sold going to the PTSD Foundation of America.

The foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring our combat veterans and their families with post-traumatic stress, feeling it is our duty as Americans to help these mighty warriors and their families adjust and find their new normal.

Silly Smiling Snidely” was co-written by Reuben Maestas and his wife of 34 years Lucy and illustrated by Reuben, a veteran who suffers from extreme PTSD, which riddles his body with pain from his injuries.

Fortunately, Reuben found an outlet for his disability by writing. When the PTSD gets too much for Reuben to handle and he feels like he wants to give up, he writes down the crazy characters in his head. He says he tries to lose himself in the character and thinks about how it will help children of all ages to be happy even if it’s just while they are reading about his silly snake.

Snidely and the book has proven to be a life saver in Reuben’s case and has helped his PTSD more than any medication has helped. He has been sketching and writing about Snidely since 1989. He would start on it for a few days and then get discouraged and put it away, a few months would go by and he would pick it up again for a few days. This went on for years until finally Reuben and Lucy both decided it was too cute to keep it to themselves. They finished the book in 2015 and published it in 2016.

There's also a little twist to “Silly Smiling Snidely,” which recounts Snidely's travels and adventures as he “slips, slides, and slithers sideways slowly south.” He speaks only using words that begin with the letter “s.”

Or as Reuben and Lucy would say: “Snidely sure says some side-slapping stories. Silly, silly snake.”

And since Snidely is such an entertaining lifesaver for someone with PTSD, $1 from every book sold will go to the PTSD Foundation of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring to the country's combat veterans and their families suffering from post-traumatic stress.

“It was so much fun working on this book and we are very proud of the outcome,” says Lucy. “So many people and especially teachers say what a wonderful, educational book for all ages to enjoy; it’s so much fun to read!”

Reuben and Lucy are already working on not one, but two sequels to Snidely's stories.

“It’s exciting to be part of something that will make people smile,” says Lucy. “That’s what I am most proud of, when you can be part of something that makes people laugh, smile and be happy in this terrible world then that’s an accomplishment in my heart.”

The book is available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble, as well as a handful of brick-and-mortar bookstores:

Indigo Baby, baby clothing store
De Vargas Center
185 Paseo De Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Doolet’s gift shop
120 Don Gaspar Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Astro-Zombies, gift and comic book shop
3100 Central Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

About the PTSD Foundation of America
PTSD Foundation of America is a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring to our combat veterans and their families with post-traumatic stress. Many warriors are coming home with visible wounds; countless others are coming home with scars we cannot see, wounded souls from witnessing the horrors of war over and over again — PTSD. We feel it is our duty as Americans to help these mighty warriors and their families adjust and find their new normal.

PTSD Foundation’s Mission
1. Bring healing to our military community (Active duty, Reserves and National Guard, veterans, and their families) through pastoral counseling, and peer mentoring, both on an individual basis, and in group settings.
2. Raise awareness of the increasing needs of the military community through public events, media outlets, social media, service organizations, and churches.
3. Networking government agencies, service organizations, churches and private sector businesses into a united “Corps of Compassion”, to bring their combined resources together to meet the needs of the military community on a personal and individual/family level.

PTSD Foundation of America/Camp Hope
9724 Derrington Rd
Houston, Texas, 77064

Donations and Mail:
P.O. Box 690748
Houston, Texas, 77269

Phone Numbers:
PTSD Veteran Line : (877) 717-PTSD (7873)
Office: (832) 912-4429

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Meet the Artist Paul Seftel -- Paul is Available for Media Interviews and Studio Tours

Paul Seftel's journey as an artist began when he was only 4, thrown out of his first school for the crime of drawing a “lewd picture” of a dog standing up wearing a suit, taking a piss.

Salinas, CA, August 31, 2017 - Seftel has always pursued his own path, finding further study in Denver and learning masterful techniques in creating and applying paint and plaster. PS Project Space in New York, which he opened in 2011, served as a studio, gallery and collaborative project space for a few years.

Seftel has done several artist's residencies around the world, living and working from a few months at a time to a few years in Taos, New Mexico, Denver and Vail, Colorado, Barcelona, Costa Rica, Hawaii and now in Pacific Grove at the American Tin Cannery.

“My work is very much about the physical elements and the textural emotional elements of our lives. The ephemeral motions of the crashing ocean waves to the way fog moves across the water somehow represent our timeless and changing human state to me,” says Seftel while sitting in his studio/workshop at the American Tin Cannery, a former commercial outlet center and one of the few surviving original sardine canneries at the edge of Cannery Row.

When talking to the London-born and raised artist, these elements, and how they organically become part of his work, are never far from any conversation about what he does and who he is.

Yet Seftel isn't only inspired by nature, he's compelled by it. He is aware that he is also a part of this same nature, and as such sees himself as a “co-creator” and “channel” in his artful process. This process doesn't involve just conventional paints and brushes, but investigates the nature of surface, deconstructing traditional fresco formulas and ancient techniques, whilst integrating modern materials and chemistry. The mixtures and solutions are applied with the aid of gravity and his own active painting techniques.

One work could be composed of limestone, iron oxide, copper patina, pigments and polymer on canvas, while another could be cast gypsum, cast mineral stone an crystal. He adds layers and layers of colors, hues and textures that transform and react to each other to create yet another layer.

The bio on his website isn't a recitation of what schools he attended or where his works are displayed, but about his journey as an artist.

“What is discovered is a ‘dynamic process,’ where awareness of internal experience and a connection with the creative forces of the universe is found,” he writes. “Confronting the many conundrums of time and space, the beauty of what we have and what has been lost is texturally explored, revealing patterns and depths in the endless layers of formless form behind the nature of the seen and unseen world.”

For Seftel it's all about the process and he never really knows where it will take him, though for now, the Monterey Peninsula has captured him. Living the dream, the quality of the light, and the energy of earth, ocean and sky meeting on the central coast captures him in both reality and imagination.

Learn more at: http://www.paulseftel.com/

Visit his Pacific Grove Studio in the American Tin Cannery Building Address: 125 Ocean View Blvd Suite 311, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 Phone: (970) 376-1577.

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Bay Area Investment Manager With 18 Years of Experience Launches A Global High-Quality Growth Fund, Corvara Capital LLC

The timing was right for investment manager Dave Geisler to strike out on his own after 15 years of working for private and public investment managers.

San Francisco, CA, August 30, 2017 — The timing was right for investment manager Dave Geisler to strike out on his own after 15 years of working for private and public investment managers.

Geisler founded and launched Corvara Capital LLC in March of this year, managing a global, high-quality growth, focused portfolio of 20-30 stocks offered through separately managed accounts (SMAs).

“This is something I've explored for a number of years and the timing was right,” says Geisler. “The firm was approved as a Registered Investment Adviser at the end of June, the infrastructure for the firm is now in place, and the fund has just recently launched.”

Geisler started his career in venture capital, working for Piper Jaffray Ventures, investing in early stage healthcare companies. He spent three years on the sell side covering the Internet sector for Cowen and Company, then spent the last 10 years working for a global equity manager and a domestic concentrated manager as a co-portfolio manager for Artisan Partners Global Equity and Lateef Investment Management, respectively.

Geisler believes his experience working for small companies like Lateef (20 employees) as well as larger firms such as Artisan (200 employees), give him the well-rounded experience and expertise to launch his own company.

“I've been on the buy-side for over 10 years, so I understand what clients are looking for in a global manager,” he says. “I have the experience and knowledge to run an asset management firm.”

Geisler has received a lot of support for his new venture, especially from those he has worked with, both fellow employees and clients.

“This business is about trust and relationships,” he says. “Former colleagues and friends have been very supportive, offering their help, opening accounts at Corvara and introducing me to new clients.”

He believes there are at least two things that make Corvara stand out from other similar firms: the fund is unique in that it is solely focused on quality, growth companies across the world and the product’s low-cost structure and transparency.

“Having a consistent investment philosophy is very important, individual and institutional investors look for this when they hire a portfolio manager,” he says. Dave is currently the largest client at Corvara and has invested his own capital to launch and support the firm.

Born in Belgium, where French was his first language, Geisler spent his school years, ages 7-17, on the Monterey Peninsula, graduating from York School. His parents, brother and sister, in fact, still live on the Peninsula. Geisler has also lived in Madrid, Spain and Minneapolis, Minnesota, but has spent the last 18 years in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Geisler graduated from University of California, San Diego with a bachelor's degree in economics, with highest distinction, and a master's degree in business administration from University of California, Berkeley with certificates in management of technology and entrepreneurship.

According to Corvara's website, Corvara is focused on preserving and growing its clients’ assets by applying its investment criteria and using a disciplined investment process. Corvara focuses on “highly liquid global companies that meet our high-quality criteria: high or improving ROIC (return on invest capital), a quality balance sheet supported by consistent free cash flow, high barriers to entry, sustainable competitive advantages, operating in markets with stable growth, value creating capital allocation, proven management, and valuation that support-long term capital appreciation.”

Geisler believes Corvara's “low-cost strategy for investors” and “full transparency” will serve its clients well in the long run.

Corvara Capital Investment Approach
Corvara believes that consistently applying growth and high-quality investment criteria, using a disciplined investment process, and building high active share portfolios can provide long term excess return above relevant benchmarks.

Corvara’s investment strategy rests on a limited number of core beliefs:

Corvara believes that high quality companies outperform in down markets and outperform the broad market over time. The highest quality companies have high returns on capital, attractive business models supported by higher barriers to entry, and sustainable competitive advantages addressing end markets characterized by stable growth.

Corvara identifies undervalued global companies expected to generate greater than average earnings growth. Quality companies with sustainable earnings growth outperform over time.

High Active Share
Corvara focuses on high conviction ideas and thus limits its portfolio holdings to 20 to 30 global, liquid, mid-to-large cap companies. High active share managers have outperformed diversified managers over the last 15 years.

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455