Father and Son Team develop The Balcony Bar ideal for OC’s increasing number of Apartment and Condo dwellers
Balcony Living Announces Their Innovative Attachable Tabletop Surface, The Balcony Bar.
Father-Son team announce Kickstarter campaign for their new product the Balcony Bar: a solution to traditional balcony and patio furniture.
Costa Mesa, CA Balcony Living, an Orange County outdoor accessory company, has announced their newest product called The Balcony Bar. This attachable tabletop surface easily clamps to most balcony and patio railings around your home. No tools are required and installation will not damage the balcony. The father-son company was founded to create forward-thinking outdoor product solutions for enjoying the best moments of life with family and friends.
As a Father and Son team, Rick and Scott Melgren have worked hard designing and building Balcony Living products. As a company they strive to achieve the highest level of standards to deliver a quality product that people can enjoy with their family and friends. Rick, as an inventor saw the problem of limited space on today’s balcony spaces and wanted to design products that could help people maximize their outdoor area. Scott, with an education in Marketing and with an understanding of today’s online marketplace, wanted to help bring his dad’s products to life.
The Balcony Bar is designed as a portable alternative to difficult-to-move tables used on patios and backyards. Where the traditional outdoor table is limited to one location and blocks views, the Balcony Bar clamps onto your railing to create an instant surface great for drinks, food, plants and even décor items. It allows people to sit higher than a table, making it possible to see above your railing and experience the best views possible.
Founders Rick Melgren and his son Scott Melgren have started a family tradition of inventing products creating innovative ideas to share with the world. Rick is well-known to be a man of many exciting projects throughout his life, and previously had much success with his Southern California based motorcycle and BMX accessories manufacturing company. Scott is a marketing executive and has helped Rick with ideating, constructing dozens of ideas since he was young. The Balcony Bar is coming to retail in late 2016, and they have announced a Kickstarter to fund the creation of the first 3 color-ways of tabletops.
“We’ve started with the Balcony Bar to get the wheels turning with plenty of other product ideas to get you and your friends outside and enjoying an outdoor style of living.” – Rick Melgren / Co-Founder
You can find out more about this innovative product on the social crowdfunding site Kickstarter– http://www.balconyliving.com/kickstarter
New Restaurant Concept Affordable-Fit comes to the OC
Diners no longer have to choose between healthy food and fast food
Laguna Hills, California – Moe Ghazi, top restaurateur, creator of Cafe Panini, in Corona Del Mar, Mosun in Laguna Beach, Ten Asian Bistro in Newport Beach, Momos Grill and Taleo Mexican Grill in Irvine, California is a master of creating the ultimate dining concepts. Cabo Kantina Ghazi’s, most recent venture takes place with a health conscious new casual food concept that will revolutionize the restaurant industry. Eat well and live well….
Ghazi has taken on the greatest challenge of his career but he knows it will be his biggest accomplishment! He proudly now presents, from the Coast of Cabo to Laguna Hills, California.
Where it costs less to eat here, than make it at home.
Quality, Healthy and Value–That’s what we’re all about.
The cuisine at my newest restaurant goes beyond anything I’ve ever created. Everything is prepared to order, the freshest ingredients, nothing is fried or pre-cooked. All our lean proteins are oven roasted with no additional fats or oils. My vision is to serve gourmet food with fast food pricing…. with “healthy eating” for everyone: our children, athletes and the elderly! Small changes can make a difference to your health.
In order to compete with fast food restaurant chains and their pricing, such as a Big Mac and fries for $9.00 and stay with the health conscious appeal, Ghazi was and determined to take the next steps to see how he can serve affordable, delicious, fresh wholesome food and charge the same price.
After months of researching on how he could bring this concept to life, he realized that in order to accomplish this mission, he needed to start his first location in a lower rent area of Laguna Hills, serve food in disposable plates and keep his labor costs down by running each location with a smaller staff. They are able to be more efficient because each team member is personally trained by Ghazi on a variety of skills. In a small restaurant operation such as a family restaurant multi-tasking saves money because each employee is not assigned to a specific task, and hence not wasting time waiting to do a specific task.
Mr. Ghazi went on to explain how the dining experience differs from what’s available for that price point at national franchise operations.
Our goal was to create a casual and relaxing atmosphere. The decor is bright with thatch awning over the bar to make our customers feel the calm sense where they can imagine the sand under their feet and the sun on their skin, like a vacation in Cabo. It is perfect for dine in or those on the go.
Prices are definitely reasonable when you consider that all the ingredients are fresh, not pre-packaged. Their menu sounds reads like something you would find at a five star resort: hormone free range chicken and steak, caramelized carnitas, whitefish, salmon, mahi mahi, shrimp and ahi tuna. Customers can have it prepared in a taco, burrito, bowl or on a salad with their favorite protein as an entree or ala carte.
Cabo Kantina is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Beer and Wine coming soon.
For more information, visit: our website: www.CaboKantina.com or call (949) 716-9716
Fitness on the Go Offers In-Home Personal Training in Orange County
Company to bring Fitness Equipment and Trainers to homebound, busy professionals and new parents
Career opportunity for fitness entrepreneurs
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Fitness on the Go, the leading Canadian in-home personal training franchise, has expanded to Orange County, California. Local entrepreneur Carter Kinsella had acquired the territory that serves Orange County, Los Angeles County and San Diego County. The partnership represents the latest example of Fitness on the Go’s continued expansion efforts in the U.S.
“People understand the importance of fitness, but many are intimidated by big gyms, so they choose to work out at home,” said Kinsella. “Having mobile trainers that arrive to your home or setting of their choice, makes taking that first step towards a better quality of life very accessible and less intimidating. We only hire trainers that are highly qualified and certified, so anyone who books our service is guaranteed to be trained by the best.”
Fitness on the Go was founded in 2005 by Vancouver native Dan Mezheritsky. As a nationally-ranked decathlete, Dan had hopes of competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. After a torn hamstring derailed his career, he moved back to Vancouver that same year and shifted his energy to launching Fitness on the Go. Driven by his love for fitness, Mezheritsky started the in-home personal training service that brings customized workouts along with any fitness equipment needed to clients. Fitness on the Go’s only requirements is 6 feet by 6 feet of floor space, 60 minutes, and a positive attitude.
Fitness on the Go began franchising in 2008, but in 2012 Mezheritsky switched up the business model that allowed the trainers more autonomy and cash. By eliminating unnecessary fees, franchisees are offered a work from home opportunity for a low investment fee of $12,500. Corporate support systems allow the franchisees to focus on recruiting trainers, while the trainers can focus on doing what they do best: training.
“Our business model is unique on both the franchisee side and the trainer side,” said Mezheritsky. “This structure has been so well received because all parties are in alignment – the way employers profit is by squeezing as much money away from the employee so they can keep the difference. We want our trainers to make as much as possible because the more money our trainers make the happier they are, and the longer they stay with Fitness on the Go, which is what we want. Trainers pay a flat monthly due of $400 which provides them access to a full management team to make running their business far more professional and efficient than doing it on their own. Franchisees have the freedom to find trainers who fit the fitness needs of their territory, while also building name recognition throughout their city’s fitness community.”
A session can cost anywhere between $51 to $65, depending on length of commitment and the number of fitness sessions. Clients can select from a variety of programs including pre-natal and post-natal exercise, 50 and 60-plus fitness and injury rehabilitation, to name a few. Clients also have an option of choosing a male or female trainer. Each trainer is certified and highly educated, and is dedicated to providing a high level of service that also involves coaching clients on how to make exercise and healthy choices a foundational part of their lives.
Currently, Fitness on the Go has over 150 trainers throughout the U.S. and Canada. In Orange County, Carter is looking to hire 10-15 trainers who share the same passion for fitness and determination to be their own boss.
About Fitness on the Go
Founded in 2005 by Dan Mezheritsky, Fitness on the Go is an in-home personal training service that brings customized workouts and fitness equipment at the setting of your choice. No equipment is needed — the only requirements are 6 feet by 6 feet of floor space, 60 minutes, and a positive attitude. To date, Fitness on the Go has serviced over 7,000 customers throughout North America. Fitness on the Go hopes to open 60 territories in the United States over the next few years. For more information, please visit http://fitnessonthegopt.com.
Helene Sankovitch contributed to this story. Photos courtesy of PostNet.
Local Couple open B2B Service Center
New B2B Business in Town Provides Business-Enhancing Print, Marketing and Shipping Solutions for SMBs and SOHOs in Northern Orange County
Fullerton, Calif. – Local husband-and-wife team Roy and Ko Chou are slated to open a new PostNet center in Fullerton, located at 1545 South Harbor Boulevard, Fullerton. Their new Business Service Center provides customized, business-enhancing print, marketing and shipping solutions for small-businesses and small-office/home-office (SOHO) professionals throughout Northern Orange County. The idea is that small businesses may not have employees with the expertise or equipment to do jobs themselves. If you are a one or two person operation, you don’t have the resources to hire a graphic designer, invest thousands of dollars in printing equipment, and figure out how to distribute your marketing material through the mail.
The new business’ menu of services includes graphic design, full-service digital printing, direct mail, signage, document binding and finishing, and ancillary business services, like private mailbox rental and more. Unlike other mail places, PostNet has strategic partnerships with all of the major logistics companies – UPS, FedEx, U.S. Postal Services, and DHL – offering a multi-carrier selection coupled with in-center professional packaging services to meet the specific shipping needs of its customers.
PostNet in Fullerton has both a physical storefront in the community as well as an Online Print Center, offering customers the benefits of quick online transactions and traditional face-to-face service. “Whether entrepreneurs are looking for printing, shipping or marketing solutions, PostNet is filling the void for convenient services that are essential to the success of small businesses,” said Chou, who previously owned a consulting business. “We are looking forward to supporting the growing Fullerton business community.”
PostNet is a growing franchise which screens franchisees to make sure they have the know-how and equipment to meet the needs of today’s small businesses. PostNet fills a niche in this growing business sector with its comprehensive suite of solutions from design to distribution. “Our franchise partners understand the challenges and opportunities that are unique to small businesses in their communities because they are small business owners themselves,” said Steve Greenbaum, co-founder and CEO of PostNet. “Of course there are other providers that design, print and ship, but the culture, guidance and direction we provide small business owners make the difference, creating ongoing partnerships between us and our customers.”
Founded in 1992, PostNet is the leading business-to-business franchise known for providing customized, business-enhancing print, marketing and shipping solutions. PostNet locations offer full-service digital printing; direct mail; signage; document binding and finishing; graphic design; and ancillary business services, like private mailbox rental and more. They also offer professional packaging services and shipping with UPS, FedEx, DHL and the U.S. Postal Service. In addition, with the brand’s bricks and clicks business model, each PostNet franchise has both a physical storefront in the community as well as an Online Print Center, offering customers the benefits of quick online transactions and traditional face-to-face service. PostNet has nearly 700 franchise locations across 10 countries.
PostNet has won numerous awards and recognitions including: 2015 Entrepreneur Franchise 500; 2015 Franchise Gator Top 100; 2015 Entrepreneur America’s Top Global Franchise; 2013 Top 10 Best Franchise for Veterans by Military Times; 2013 Satisfaction Award from Franchise Business Review; and 2013 Mail Innovations Award from the U.S. Postal Service. For more information about PostNet services, go to www.postnet.com; for information about owning a PostNet franchise, visit www.postnetfranchise.com.
A new tax-deductible way for businesses to help Orange County Students by donating unneeded office supplies.
SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA in the Fall of 2015 the Child Creativity Lab opened its doors to the Depot for Creative Reuse, a reusable materials resource for teachers, afterschool programs, community organizations, artists, and families. Their facility is located at 1815 E. Wilshire Avenue, Suite 906 in Santa Ana. The Child Creativity Lab’s mission is to nurture the creative mindset of our children in the headwinds of the busy parents, the consuming technology culture of our youth, and standardized testing for purposes of enhancing problem solving, critical thinking, divergent thinking, and ability to innovate. The nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization offers STEM-based educational programs that focus on creativity-enhancing stimulation and inspiration in alignment and in support of overarching California State Department of Education initiatives for pre-K through 8th graders.
The organization’s newest program allows business to donate their unneeded office and manufacturing supplies to be used in schools. This is a simple way for businesses to help out kids in our community. How many times have you thought, “[I]t’s a shame we are throwing perfectly good office supplies away. There is nothing wrong with them except for the fact that we just don’t have room for them anymore.” ?
The non-profit organization’s newest program will be filled with reclaimed and reusable materials donated by OC businesses. They accept a large variety of materials including: clean manufacturing scraps, a variety of colorful fabrics and textiles, paper goods, decorations, coffee bean burlap sacks, school supplies, picture frame moldings, paper and many other items that can be repurposed for educational projects, arts and craft supplies, and home decorating.
There is a great need to help out public education in California. According to a study done by EdWeek, California’s schools ranks in the bottom 5th among the nation’s states; and according to figures from ballotpedia.org, the average teacher in California takes home a bit under $70,000, even though he/she has a high teacher/student ratio of 1:23.7. According to the NEA average per/pupil spending was $9,541, the amount of money California schools had to spend on each class was only ($9,541 x 23.7) $226,121 during the 2011-2012 school year. Even with the large increases school spending in the state budget, that’s not enough. After teacher compensation and administrative costs, teachers may not have the basic materials needed to engage students in creative learning plans.
Child Creativity Lab’s focus on hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, the Depot for Creative Reuse will also provide pre-packaged STEM-Based Challenge Kits that support the continued engagement and enrichment of STEM fields in our youth. Monetary donations will allow Child Creativity Lab to distribute these materials free of charge to educators, afterschool providers, and other community programs serving underprivileged children.
Teachers and school staff can access donated materials through the Depot for Creative Reuse’s membership program. “Providing this resource to our local education sector meets a considerable unmet need,” said Peter Chang, Executive Director of the Child Creativity Lab. “According to a recent study summarized in Forbes magazine, teachers are spending significant amounts from their own pockets – over $500 per year per teacher – in order to provide supplies and instructional materials for their classroom every year. The Child Creativity Lab Depot for Creative Reuse will help to alleviate some of that financial burden while assuring creativity in the classroom isn’t compromised.”
While surrounding counties have had the luxury of reusable materials centers for their communities, Orange County has been lacking. Jenn Kinkel, President of the Orange County Chapter of the California School-Age Consortium, has had to drive to Gardena (approximately 33 miles from Santa Ana) to Trash 4 Teachers to get her inexpensive educational supplies over the years. “The beauty in a local resource such as the Depot for Creative Reuse is that it will undoubtedly serve as a multifaceted tool for teachers, for families and for the community,” emphasized by Ms. Kinkel. “While visitors will utilize the ‘loose parts’ that are meant to develop creativity and critical thinking skills, an equally compelling side benefit is that these materials that would otherwise be discarded will be given a new life.”
ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA SCHOOL-AGE CONSORTIUM
Since 1982, the California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC) has worked to support and advance the out-of-school time field by connecting professionals, enhancing competency, and building community. CalSAC offers a variety of resources to help support out-of-school time programs, including free and low-cost trainings through their statewide Trainer Network. These trainings include, but are not limited to: STEM, Bullying Prevention, Behavior Guidance, English Learner, Behavior Guidance, etc.
Peter Chang contributed to this article. For more information please contact the Child Creativity Lab at (714) 580-8392 or email@example.com
Reference Ballotipedia article http://ballotpedia.org/Public_education_in_California
Education week http://www.edweek.org/ew/qc/2014/state_report_cards.html
Problems with reported spending levels http://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/pubs/pdf/pa662.pdf