Neighbor orchestrates donation of over 200 turkeys for local teachers

A short blog entry to give kudos to the South End Neighborhood Association President and my good friend Robert Norvell who orchestrated the delivery of over 200 TURKEYS this year to South Olive Elementary and Conniston Teachers, Custodians & Families in need.

From the story on WPTV:

So, Norvell is doing something about it. He spent his Monday morning at the grocery store shopping with volunteers from the South End Neighborhood Association.

The group bought turkeys and gift cards for the families and staff at Conniston Middle School.

“For some of them its the first time they ever cooked a turkey so it’s going to be an unique experience for them,” said Norvell.
Forty turkeys were given to families with kids who attend the middle school. Families like April Belasco are thankful for the donation.

“This is going to benefit me a lot, because times are hard, so putting the turkey in the oven, that will be great,” said Belasco.

The money to fund the turkeys was donated by individual doners as well as the South Olive Elementary PTO and the South End Neighborhood Association.

On Blogging – a Conversation with a co-worker

We are now on day 24 of the Social Media Club South Florida’s 30-Days of Blogging Challenge. Traditionally I am not a very verbose blogger, preferring with post pictures up on my blog, and deliver any commentary via 140 character snippets on Twitter.

The 30-day challenge forced me to think ahead, line up interviews and then down and think a little more about what I was writing. This has been both fun and challenging.

One of the pitfalls of people who are just beginning to blog is that they focus on a very small group, specifically by blogging about Social Media. The trap here is that Social Media people are very active and you’ll find a quick audience, however you will find that it’s hard to reach out and get the attention of your non-technical audience which is a much, much bigger audience.

I try as much as possible to stay away from blogging about blogging, but in this case I’ll make an exception.

To try and figure out what people are interested in I cornered Alex Thompson and asked him some questions about his blog reading habits.

aGoC: How long have you been reading blogs for?
AT: About 5 Years

aGoC: What is your favorite blog
AT: Kentucky Sports Radio. I also read webpronews, because one of my buddies writes there and I generally like his writing style so I try to keep up.

aGoC: What makes a blog interesting
AT: When a blog can take topical content and mix it with Pop culture, I might not be interested in every single blog entry, but if they are well written I’ll come back for the content. GrantLand is like that.

aGoC: How many articles out of 10 would you need to enjoy to keep you coming back to a blog
AT: If I’m interested in 1 out of three

aGoC: Would you ever read a blog on a topic that you’re not specifically interested in?
AT: No, I only read blogs that I’m interested in. Sometimes if I see a lot of comments on a blog entry there are a lot of comments and I see that it’s getting juicy.

aGoC: But you read my blog.
AT: No, I just read the headline and see if it’s something that I’m interested in.

aGoC: Do you go to blogs or do you pop up on the facebook page
AT: Outside of KSR 80% of the blog entries I read come from my facebook

aGoC: I’m going to list some blogs, tell me if you read them

Gawker: Not really
The Onion: only a link appears in my Facebook feed or gossip blogs like Perez Hilton: No

aGoC: Do you ever read any blog entries on Social media or marketing
AT: No

aGoC: Do you read political blogs
AT: If it’s funny, I guess I’ll read it. I read enough to keep the blood pressure elevated.

aGoC: How many times a day do people send you emails with links
AT: I don’t know, look in your sent email box.

aGoC: Do you ever comment on blog entries
AT: Only when people are being especially idiotic.

aGoC: Do you comment more when a blog has a Facebook Comment or a generic blog comment form.
AT: Generic form, I don’t like it when it leads back to my facebook.

Well, that’s about as far as our discussion on blogs went. While it was short it did provide some insight about what “normal” people are looking for in blogs.


My top 5 favorite food vendors at the West Palm Beach Green Market

West Palm Beach has a phenomenal Green Market. From October to May over 100 vendors come down to the West Palm Beach waterfront to sell their wares and produce to the locals.

With food, music, charities, activities, locals and their canine companions, the Green Market is always a good time on Saturday mornings.

In no particular order, here are my top 5 Green Market vendors.

Eurochefs Catering

Joey and Helen make up the EuroChefs catering company, and when they aren’t catering high-end Palm Beach events you can find them at the Green Market selling their delicious crab cakes and delicious raspberry lemonade.

Joey and Helen are the EuroChefs

Havana’s Cafe con Leche

I live half a block away from Havana’s on the corner of Dixie and Forest Hill, however I trek down to the green market to get a cup of their Cafe con Leche. Because it’s just that good!

There is always a line and at least a 15 minute wait to get that cup of coffee, but when I go to the Green Market you can be sure that I will stand in line to get a cup!

Cafe con Leche, it's worth the wait.

Cafe con Leche, it’s worth the wait.

Two Friends Pepper Jelly

So my Father-in-law visited us last month from Frankfurt, Germany. On one of the first days he found a jar of Dave’s famous Pepper jelly in our fridge and I guess since they don’t have anything like that in Germany, insisted that we took him to get some to bring back with him.

We had to bring him to the Green Market so that he could get as much Pepper Jelly as he could carry.

Come for the pepper jelly, stay for the amazing 'stache

Come for the pepper jelly, stay for the amazing ‘stache



Now, to fully enjoy the West Palm Beach Green Market you need to come Hungry. You will find lots of opportunities to find delicious things to fill you up. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, then look no farther than the delicous crepe stand.

The menu is extensive. If you’re a purist you can just go for powdered sugar, or Nutella. Or you can go nuts and get a combination of Nutella or Caramel with Banana, Strawberry, or many other rich toppings.

Each portion is huge, sweet, and very, very delicious. You simply can’t miss this one!

Chef cooking up some Crepes for breakfast

Chef cooking up some Crepes for breakfast

Mom’s Pops

Mom’s Pops are our absolute favorite. Homemade popsicles, with some of the most tasty and original flavors you’ll find. Today we had “Red Dragon”  and “Strawberry Balsamic”. Over the weeks we’ve had many, many fantastic flavors including the weird and wonderful “Watermelon Jalapeno”

Everything is homemade, you can get one popsicle for $3, 2 for $5 or you can get a whole box to bring to a party or a day at the beach.

These are just a few of the amazing vendors that come down to our wonderful Green Market each week. Hope to see you there soon!



Friday Update

What a busy week! We had the grand opening of J Flynn’s Irish Gastropub (I know, it’s a mouthful), Jimmy John’s is open, and we flew through Startup Weekend and had a lot of great Entrepreneur Week events.

A big thanks to everyone who voted for aGuyonClematis for the Miami New Times  Best of Web Awards – It was a ton of fun, but unfortunately we were crushed by the masses of Miami. We’ll get them next year!!!

Clematis Street News

  • The word is that the space that used to be  Club Mystique / Club Aura will be used again as  something called Camelot. Let me know if you have any details!
  • The building that was last used for Velocity Cycling is finishing it’s renovation and looks fantastic.
  • No word on if the work on Tabac (aka Subculture Coffee)  has started. Jimmy John’s is open as is J. Flynn.
  • Visit WPB has partnered up with Relentless Watersports to offer JET PACK RIDES on the waterfront!

Get your Christmas trees!

A friend tagged me in this picture of a big tent that is on the old Opera Place lot right off of Dixie which will be providing West Palm Beach with all of its Holiday tree needs


Christmas trees!

Half way into my Blog-a-Day Challenge

We are on day 22 of my 30-Day blogging challenge! This is HARD!!!

Catch up by clicking on the links below!

Upcoming EVENTS:

Tonight – If you live in the South End, join your neighbors tonight at our 7th Annual Covered Dish Mania in Celebration of Thanksgiving Holiday Time!

WPB Community Redevelopment Agency contracts Aqua Marketing to work on rebranding West Palm Beach

The first time I heard about Aqua was in one of our Economic Development Director Chris Roog tweeted out:


Today news came in via the Palm Beach Post that the city of West Palm Beach is contracting with Aqua to work on branding the city.

The idea is to both define the city image and target businesses and industries and urge them to set up shop in West Palm Beach. On top of that, Aqua would find ways to keep businesses in town, and find out why a business left town, or why a business had West Palm Beach on a wish list but ultimately set up shop elsewhere.

Who is Aqua

For a company that is only popped on the scene in March of 2011, Aqua Marketing and Communication, Inc has made quite a name for itself. The St. Petersburg, FL based company has gotten awards for work in the following organizations: Collier County CVB, Amelia Island TDC, Seminole County CVB, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, St. Pete/Clearwater Area CVB, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, Florida International Museum, Salvador Dalí Museum

Their website claims that Aqua Marketing:

Offers an interdisciplinary approach, specializing in tourism, economic development, real estate and healthcare industries, and governmental entities.

I’ve got to say, from the website examples that are on the site it looks like they do pretty good work. Other than that, we don’t have a lot more information as to what the scope of this project will be.

This blog entry is day 22 of my 30-Day blogging challenge where I have committed to post a blog every day.

Please read the previous blog entries in this series:

Day 21: WPB Community Redevelopment Agency contracts Aqua Marketing to work on rebranding West Palm Beach
Day 20: Crowdfunding and Cocktails – IdeaBar’s unique live Crowdfunding event
Day 19: Roxy’s 5th annual Beerfest on Clematis Street is Saturday the 30th
Day 18: Startup Weekend, Spending time with the Family & Sweet Sleep
Day 17: Yo! App – creating a business from conception to funding in 24 hours at Startup Weekend West Palm Beach
Day 16: West Palm Beach Startup Weekend – Day 1
Day 15: National Recycle Day: Building the South Cove Natural Area #AmericaRecyclesDay
Day 14: Startup Weekend and West Palm Beach as a Technology Hub
Day 13: Dreyfoos in White is Tonight – Location will be announced at 5pm
Day 12: Inside the Palm Healthcare Foundation in Downtown West Palm Beach on Diabetes Week
Day 11: Honoring our Veterans on Clematis Street – the West Palm Beach Parade!
Day 10: Muses & Visionaries – M&V Magazine & a short chat with Roy Assad
Day 9: What does diversity mean to you? WebMonday & bringing everyone in!
Day 8: Weekend is almost here – Fun things to do in West Palm Beach
Day 7: J. Flynn opening on Clematis – this is an Irish Gastropub, it’s all about the food.
Day 6: Why every small business owner should read the Costco Connection
Day 5: Bee Organics – The new organic café and “lifestyle space” in Downtown West Palm Beach
Day 4: Introducing BarCamp Palm Beach – Monday the 18th of November
Day 3: My top 5 Beaches in Palm Beach County
Day 2: City of West Palm Beach Chili Cookoff
Day 1: It’s November, and I’m Starting the 30-Day Blogging Challenge!

Living the life in Downtown West Palm Beach