Archive for January, 2009

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January 23, 2009

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[Note: Ends 1/27.]

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January 23, 2009

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By Pretty Patti.

Help The Candle Lab after the Grandview fire, this Tuesday night (2/3), 7 – 9pm

January 21, 2009

[Update, 2/1: This event was postponed on 1/27 due to the snow!  We have rescheduled it for this Tuesday, 2/3.  Come out!]

[Note: There’s a chance this might be rescheduled so it doesn’t conflict with the COSI Tweetup (thanks for the heads-up @Irene_ExpCols).  What do you think?  Please weigh in.]

[Update, 1/21, 11:45am: This isn’t going to be rescheduled.  Make it happen and come to both, if you can.]

Here’s the deal.

A BUNCH of local businesses were affected by last Saturday’s by the fire in Grandview a couple weeks ago.

There are still a lot of unknowns at this point, in terms of who is going to need what, but one thing’s for sure: people are going to need some help.  From us (you and me).

My hope is that we’ll have a coordinated effort underway soon to help ALL the businesses involved, in a meaningful, responsible way.

And that there will be plenty of opportunities to do so.

Until then, however, if you’re looking for a way to help, here’s one fun, social way you can:

Pour Your Own.  Then Have Them Pour One For You.

When: Tuesday (2/3), from 7 – 19 pm

Where: The Candle Lab (Worthington location) + House Wine

What: Lounge in the Lab after hours, get to know Steve and Katesha, pour your own custom candle, then, while the wax cools, step next door and enjoy a glass of vino.

How much it’ll cost: $16 (one candle + one glass of wine.)

Why: Because you care.

Never been to The Candle Lab before?  Now’s the time.  Already a Lab member?  Share your love.  (Didn’t know you could become a member?  Come hither.)

Bring your spouse.  Bring your BFF.  Bring a neighbor.  Invite your twitter and Facebook friends.  Come show some love.

Here’s a map.

If you’re coming, maybe RSVP in the comments, if you want.

[Note: Since this is about supporting local businesses in their time of need, not tools, it’s worth mentioning that being on twitter isn’t a prerequisite for joining us, and neither is blogging or being on facebook, etc. OK?]

(I won’t)

January 15, 2009

In case you weren’t ‘leisure working‘ yesterday, let me bring you up to speed.

Personal insurance is one thing — fine — but direct mail is another.

I promised before I wouldn’t waste your attention or pummel you with messages and I won’t.

Nobody wants that:

Just give me the $ and let me create something that might actually add value, instead.

(As @jonmyers said: but that would be too obvious.)

My goal has been to operate independently and create a new culture from the ground up — something I could believe in.

And I’ve done it.

BUT, brilliant is a boutique division of a traditional insurance agency, still (one of the top 25 independent agencies in Columbus, no less).  I got folks to answer to.

but But BUT… as somebody over at the Brains crew said at one point — and I firmly believe — you MUST:

Everything I’ve done so far has been for a purpose.

From whom I do it for: local, independent businesses, creatives, collectives, non-profits, etc — i.e., cultural entrepreneurs.

To how I do it: wherever (I’m mobile), whenever (day, night, week/end), I come to you — just make an appointment.

(That’s IF you want to meet.  If you’re too busy or in a pinch, we can do the whole thing via twitter, chat, text, email — whatever you prefer.  And you ALWAYS know how to get in touch.)

So here’s what I’m going to do.

I’m going to start handling some personal insurance.  On a limited basis.  Only by referral.

I will not work with just anybody.

This a boutique: I provide specialized services to select group of clients.  I have litmus tests.  I am picky.

I underwrite accounts with a curatorial eye.  My network of clients reflects that.  We work collaboratively towards the common good.

So you have to either already know me, know somebody I’m working with, or else we need to be connected somehow online.

(Likewise, if these conditions apply, you can refer friends.)

I figured out long ago that great clients inspire great service.  And I don’t bother feigning impartiality about either.  This is the deal.

One last semantic note:

From day one, the adjective in our name was meant to be descriptive of our clients, not us.  (Of course.)

I got the idea after doing this gift card.

Between you and me, I’ve always thought of it more in the cheeky, British sense — as in ‘particularly good’ or ‘unusually wonderful.’  Rather than meaning quite literally brilliant.

Think you might be a good fit?  Get in touch.

We heart you

January 13, 2009

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@SuprDave

@noelclarington

@phyllisnichols

@KelvinNichols

@ahuman

@formerfactory

@1datarecovery

@CherylHarrison

@emilyerhodes

Brenda Direen

Kevin Joy

Jami (my wife)

Thank you for joining us at Tip Top Saturday before the show.

(Am I forgetting anyone?)

Plus all the folks we saw later at The Riffe:

@artieisaac

@danielskreened

@jonmyers

@suziwest

@di418warren

@walkerevans

Anne Evans

Tim Lessner

(Definitely leaving some folks out.)

As @avltheatre put it:

Thanks to @Jim1Coe for making it happen.

And an Extra Big Thanks to Tim and the rest of the Tip Top crew; it was the Saturday night dinner rush and I was pretty much in the way the whole time; my apologies.

Thanks for being such gracious hosts.

Volume II coming: soon.