Congratulations to those brave souls who completed the Chicago Marathon, I hope your toes have healed by now! I’m impressed by your achievement and envious of your dedication. I’m still committed to my personal fitness goal.
I have no intentions of running a marathon! I just want to lose a few inches in some very specific places! I asked my Trainer yesterday if he could “fix my face” pull up a few sagging parts, since he has exercises to pull everything else up! LOL I have yet to re-capture my 18 year-old body but I’m still keeping the faith that I can get pretty damn close!
Lately I have been very busy preparing for my big Halloween Party. I’m known for my off the wall parties. Last year I was so busy with the Café, that I didn’t have time to plan a Halloween Party My friends let me know just how disappointed they were, in no uncertain terms! I don’t normally have a theme but this year it’s a Zombie party! I wonder if that has some subconscious meaning…lol
Right now I’m beat because I’ve put so much into planning and decorating for the party. I want my guest to have a visual experience. From the time they step onto the front porch, I want them to believe that they are in another place. I have borrowed tips from one of my customers, Jason, who is an extremely talented Theater Designer, to create a dramatic Zombie Graveyard right in the middle of Englewood! I’ll be the innocent (OK, maybe not so innocent ) girl wearing a poodle skirt from the 50’s complete with musical notes, ankle socks and a big surprise which I can’t reveal now.
My regular morning coffee customers, I call them my family, asked me if I enjoy having these outrageous parties since it puts so much stress on me? My answer was a definite yes. I want my guest to have the same experience that my customers experience at the Café.
That experience is:
• Make it Memorable – create an emotional experience for your customer or your guest. Make them feel the environment was created specifically for them and them only. For example, for the Halloween Party, I created a plan for every room in the house, consulted with an expert to execute the plan and have scenery in every room that will stimulate their five senses. At the Café, I have staged a lounge where you can sit, relax and enjoy the sweet sound of Jazz playing in the background.
• Create a Happy Environment – make it a place where people feel comfortable and protected, to step outside their normal life and do things that they would be afraid to do otherwise. They will be grateful for the chance to stretch, to grow and explore in a safe place.
• Keep Happy People Around You – they help you to live longer!
Have a safe, happy and entertaining Happy Halloween to all!