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SMOKE HOUSE TRUCKS – During the 30’s and 40’s my grandfather knew about building relationships with customers. He took his butcher and grocery business beyond the store – going directly to the customers.  Every week he sent out 3 produce trucks into the community ringing brass handbells, delivering and selling fresh cut meats, fish, and produce to patrons where they lived. Todays equivalent of produce trucks going out into the buying community is communicating your business service directly to the customers where they are shopping – ONLINE.  Are you ringing your bells?

MESQUITE SMOKE – What’s your favorite food-smell? Imagine hearing my Grandfather’s handbell ringing in your driveway. Imagine the wonderful aromas people must have experienced while shopping next to his open-side meat trucks. The smells of fresh garden vegetables, spices, salt and pepper, pickles, hickory smoked meats and bacons, smoked fish, cured hams and sausages. The Charlottesville downtown mall is similar as restaurants send out their mesquite-smoked grill smells enticing customers for dinner.

OLD WORLD ATTITUDE – It’s an old world attitude transformed into a new world technology – going to your customers. Just like old world relationship building, it’s still the rock of good business. That attitude is not about selling, it’s about relationships – consistently communicating your unique story to the village. These are the values customers love to believe in. Customers have expectations today, demanding online functionality, making it easy to conduct business with your company. You can no longer be just another website.

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Kissing Bridges – Growing up near an 18th, century grain mill and a 19th, century timber-covered bridge parallels images out of Tolkien’s story ‘The Hobbit’. Old covered bridges are a sure landmark of ancient paths and portals through which many carriage wheels and hoofs have crossed. Read my Blog at… http://www.designdataconcepts.com/blog_concepts.html
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CODE 3 – Hailing volunteer firefighters, the firehouse alarms from towns in all directions sounded off with distant muffled wails. The ringing alarms triggered a brave assortment of pickup trucks flashing promptly to their wailing station calls. Dispatchers shouted directions; fire Chief’s ordered their commands, Police officers prompted ‘Code 3’ over radio scans.
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#33 – 5/3/13
HARDWARE MAN -
Do you need an ax or a pack of tacks? Growing up hanging out with Dad as his ‘side-kid’ made for many trips to every Hardware & Supply Store in my hometown area. Naturally this fun kid-experience put a love for hardware stores in me.  Not so much the big-box stores, I prefer the old-fashioned ‘small-box’ stores, the family-owned hardware stores. The clerks are knowledgeable librarians who can locate the oddest and rarest items that no one else has heard of. Dad always knew the right slang name for everything so the clerks would dash directly to the correct shelf or bin. I enjoy the nostalgic stress-remedy of walking down the long overcrowded isles stacked with every handyman tool or item likely to ever need. The man-smells of fresh cut lumber, lamp oil, rubber, mixed paint, leather, oiled tools, and machines all transport me back through a portal of time. Old fashion family-owned hardware stores are hometown community centers and hideouts for the old-boys club.
 
BINS AND STACKS - When Martin Hardware called me to build their website, I was thrilled. Spending time with all the folks working there and the fun banter with customers passing through made for a really nostalgic assignment. I call it the handyman everything hardware store. Martin Hardware has been here in Charlottesville since 1893, 120 years, and it’s family-owned.  There is an old-fashioned feel about walking down the long quiet isles taking in the bins and stacks and rows filled with hooks, screws, nails, plumbing, wheel barrels and shovels.
 
THE CONCEPT - Rewiring your business for today’s market place.  Old-fashioned hardware stores are nostalgia of the past, however these brick and mortar establishments continue attracting business. They’ve been retrofitted, rewired for modern online e commerce success. No, it’s not about websites; it’s about online business. Gaining the rewards by moving your company into online activity must become your most urgent pursuit. Online business and digital marketing involves content that tells your unique entrepreneurial story. That’s what customers love to believe in. Get answers to your E Commerce and online marketing questions. See more…http://www.designdataconcepts.com/blog_concepts.html
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#31 – 4/19/13
PICKLES IN THE SMOKE HOUSE - What’s your favorite food smell? Ahhh! The nasal nostalgia of smoked bacon, cured hams, and downtown restaurants grilling their tender delectables. These aromas trigger powerful childhood memories of certain events I remember.  My grandfather owned a butcher business and a grocery store which provided some of my earliest ‘olfactory memories’. I can smell every detail of his smoke house, his storage bin of cured hams, the steaming cauldrons in the cook house, the sausage makers, and fresh meats displayed in the chilled cases.  The smells of sawdust, salt and pepper, pickles, hickory wood, spices, and fresh cloths-line dried cotton transport me back through a portal of time.
 
AROMA WHIFF - During childhood we create a multitude of memories that become triggered by particular smells. One specific smell can bring on a flood of memories.  For me, it’s an instantaneous emotional response whenever these aromas whiff through my senses. I recall the emotional connection to my grandparents family operated business. I see the old-world European style of their butcher shop, the grocery isles, and the clerks wearing stiff white aprons and starched white shirts.
 
THE CONCEPT – Is your business slowly passing back into that portal of time?  Sniff up a whiff of nostalgia and turn on your sausage makers. Go ahead! Grill up some delicious rib eyes - begin to celebrate the future proofing of your business. No, not a website, it’s online business. Advancing your company into online activity must become your most urgent push forward. Online business and digital marketing involves content that tells your personal story. That’s what customers love to believe in. Get answers to your E Commerce and online marketing questions. See more…http://designdataconcepts.tumblr.com/
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SLEEPING IN THE VINEYARD
“Day-colored wine, night-colored wine, wine with purple feet or wine with topaz blood, wine, starry child of earth, wine, smooth as a golden sword, soft as lascivious velvet…” Pablo Neruda.

BARRELS AND JAZZ - Winter in the vineyard looks all naked with stick rows and empty stakes frozen on bare dirt. Last seasons fruit is sleeping in the shed, pressed and bleeding – resting now as sediment falls to the bottom. In wood barrels, red wines are drawing in tannin and oxygen as they slowly mature into a unique character. Meanwhile, cozy cabins and warm tasting rooms are fireplace blazing alive in winter time. These are the venues for intimate enjoyment where you’ll love the jazz music, the classical, or  bluegrass offered with savory pre-release vintage selections.  The corks are drawn,  the paired foods presented and the fusion begins.

SPAGHETTI SANDWICH – Did you know that Provolone cheese along with a Chardonnay tastes so good?  Well, to me it does. That’s because individual taste and pairing of wine and food is a personal flavor thing. There is happiness in discovering the combinations you like as taste pleasures. Occasionally, I gourmet up (from scratch) a spaghetti dinner for family and friends, served with something like Ruffino Chianti Classico, or a local Virginia Cabernet Franc.

OLD–WINE ATTITUDE – What is a favorite story about your business? The Virginia wine business has a unique story to tell about every vineyard hill, veritable, or tasting room. That’s not selling – that’s relationship building between wine lovers, and wineries. This is still the rock of good business in spite of changing technology. That attitude is about relationships – consistently communicating with your village and merchants. Building business traditions, telling your personal stories – these are the values customers love to believe in. You can no longer be just another website.

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#36 – 5/24/13
BARN FIND – Can you imagine the live Dixieland Jazz Band music? You are likely to hear lively jazzy sounds when cruising through antique car shows. I like going just to photograph the cars, and checking out their restored handcrafted styles; it’s one of my favorite photo subjects. It is interesting taking-in the colorful shimmering action blurred off the reflections and glaring across each shapely body. I can see the excitement flickering from the polished enamel curves and mirrored chrome trim of every classic car?
 
RARE BEAUTY - Legendary finds of vintage vehicles, antique automobiles, and classic cars is a loved fascination all over the world. Hidden from view for decades, unearthing classic cars from barns or fields is one of America’s favorite romantic hobbies. A ‘barn find’ is a rare classic car that is discovered abandoned, usually in rusty dilapidated condition. Many of the people who discover barn finds tend to be collectors and offer to purchase the car to restore it back to its exotic beauty.
 
THE CONCEPT - Sand out the rust and polish off the scratches. Does your marketing reflect the astonishing brilliance of an authentic handcrafted business? Is your business retrofitted and rewired for today’s online e commerce demand? Your most urgent charge must be future-proofing your company with polished online activity. It involves content that tells your unique entrepreneurial story. That is what customers love to believe in. Get answers to your E Commerce and online marketing questions. See More http://www.designdataconcepts.com/blog_concepts.html
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#34 – 5/10/13
PURPLE BEAN CAKE – Chocolate cake for breakfast, chocolate cake on spaghetti, dark chocolate cake after midnight, muddy chocolate cake forever whenever! Did you know that chocolate cake baking is a form of communicating? When I would start baking, a certain young girlie would climb up on the counter and we would talk-story about life as chocolate. ‘Life is a box of chocolates’ said Forrest Gump. Willy Wonka taught us about the irresistible nature of chocolate. The muddy gooey drippy mound of happiness has been one of my favorite pursuits for years; endeavoring to create the best chocolate cake.
 
DARK SECRETS - It's a cacao tree - the flowers and fruits grow out of the branches including the lower trunk of the tree. The red-brown fruit is about the size and shape of a football, with bumpy ridges. Inside, the purplish bean is the raw ingredient for our favorite chocolate pleasures. Quality of ingredients, precision measurements, accurate timing, creative flamboyance, and tempting presentation all leads to luscious success every time. The reward in part becomes many deep dark secrets shared in the most intimate settings.
 
THE CONCEPT - Are you using the ‘Golden Ticket’ that sends your business across half the world? Unifying it all together, unifying the delicious ingredients combined to successfully ‘bake your cake’ – or build and communicate your business. Not just a website; it is about online business. Online business and digital marketing involves content that tells your unique entrepreneurial story. That is what customers love to believe in. Get answers to your E Commerce and online marketing questions. See more… http://www.designdataconcepts.com/blog_concepts.html
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#32 – 4/26/13
TAILS FROM KAUAI - Kalalau
Hiking the Na Pali Coast Kalalau trail and camping at Kalalau beach is perhaps one of the greatest experiences in my life.  The trail is notorious as one of the most difficult hikes in the world earning its 9 points out of 10 by the Sierra Club. It’s coveted by many global backpacking travelers.  Na Pali, meaning “The Cliffs” in Hawaiian, snakes along the rugged North Shore coastline of Kauai, my beloved island home for 12 years.
 
HIDDEN BEACH - The trailhead opens at Ke’e Beach climbing and descending for the next 11 miles along vertical switchbacks, strong-current river crossings, mud slippery narrow paths, and cliff edge drop offs straight down to the ocean breaks far below. After a full days strenuous hike reaching the destination, my grueling journey gains its reward; behold the pristine Kalalau Valley and its hidden silken sand beach. Waterfalls are pouring down thousands of feet out of white foggy mist gathered there among the soaring cliffs. The towering monuments appear covered with velvety blankets of deep moss designed for collecting billows of rain. Hovering over the-days- end, night begins to merge the sea and sky together again as trillions of stars canopy my weary bones into a deep nights rest.
 
OCEAN PORCH - There, crashed along the coral-sea ledge, hues of lavender, pink, turquoise, and resinous gold dissolve leisurely across the departing night air. Morning Star sparkles out from her purple veil waking my mood, hungry, and gloriously awake. In solitude yet not alone, I watch as though unraveling in stages, the radiant sunrise exposes dawn’s flaming ocean porch. Its dependable morning splay assures me of this quest I wear wholly upon my countenance rising from within. Aloha!
 
THE CONCEPT – I invite you into the gateways of the uplands before you. The wild uncharted regions of your business boldly ascending into the future.
Go ahead - begin to traverse the strong-current river crossing toward future-proofing your company. No, it’s not about websites, it’s about online business. Gaining the rewards by moving your company into online activity must become your most urgent pursuit. Online business and digital marketing involves content that tells your unique entrepreneurial story. That’s what customers love to believe in. Get answers to your E Commerce and online marketing questions. See more…http://www.designdataconcepts.com/blog_concepts.html
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DEVIL’S DEN - Our Cousins, the Baker’s lived right next to the Civil War era Gettysburg Battlefield, Peach Orchard.  With their close backyard-proximity, we had direct bicycle access to the entire national military park. Discovering the Civil War became a summertime adventure when we were kids. There were many summer days spent cruising for miles on our bikes exploring summit tops, steep slopes, fishing creeks, monuments, artillery commands, and the massive boulders at Devil’s Den. Crawling through and around the caves and huge cracks at Devil’s Den was a lot of fun as 10-year-old boys. I have plenty of fun memories growing up exploring that national park.  However, today 150 years since that Civil War battle, my attitude leans much toward sorrowful sentiment for any human conflict of war.
 
GHOSTS – There were two companies of sharpshooters (about 200 men) positioned among the boulders at Devil’s’ Den along with 2,000 volunteer infantrymen. Devil’s Den is the site of one of the most horrific conflicts of the Battle of Gettysburg in July of 1863.  Devil’s’ Den is considered America’s most haunted grounds because of the morbid massacre that had occurred there. Paranormal activity is often reported with spooky stories about shadows or transparent apparitions appearing on horseback. Nearby Little Round Top and Devil’s Den was part of major assaults during the second day of battle.  The Plum Run Valley between Houck's Ridge and the Round Tops earned the name Valley of Death on that day.
 
THE CONCEPT – Some say business is like war. Thank God brutal hand-to-hand combat is not the norm though. Internet business is like discovering summit tops and exploring through vast national parks. Does your business have the close backyard proximity to - and direct access to - the entire global market place? Be careful not to become a casualty or fall a historic romantic failing to move ahead beyond traditional 20th century brick and mortar business. Advancing your company into online activity must become your most urgent push forward. Online business and digital marketing involves content that tells your personal story. That’s what customers love to believe in. Get answers to your E Commerce and online marketing questions. See more…http://designdataconcepts.tumblr.com/
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