Monthly Archives: February 2016

Promote Your Bar & Restaurant via Facebook

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Leap year has given us an extra Monday morning in February! I strongly urge you to use this extra day to learn more about Facebook for Restaurants. Fantastic mustaches recommended but not mandatory. PS Even though this class is directed toward restaurants & bars, any business owner can benefit. Click below to RSVP.

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I’m Moving To Florida! (+20 Years)

As of today, February 5, I have lived in Florida for twenty years.

I braved a solo five-day moving truck trip through a freakish Mississippi ice storm and a final leg across the panhandle that seemed extraordinarily long, arriving in Flagler Beach in the early evening.   It was a cold, blustery Saturday but it felt like paradise after the -26 wind chill I left 5 days earlier in southern Missouri.

I didn’t come with much.  A 10′ moving van filled with some of my parents’ things they had left with me when they came to Florida a few years before, lots of books, clothes, and some heirloom furnishings.  I had sold most of my furniture, electronics, and even my car to finance the trip.    I had just turned 24 and was coming off a three-year “tour of duty” as a juvenile corrections officer.


With one of my detention co-workers at my send-off party in Springfield, MO (Culley’s Pub).  January 23, 1994


Leading a conga line at Crabby Joe’s. (Summer 1996)

There was a small “Welcome To Florida” party at Crabby Joe’s, the Beverly Beach eatery that would be part of all of our lives here in Flagler County (albeit under different names) until it burned to the ground in December of 2006.  I fully embraced the beach life, getting tan and drinking rum.

I took it easy for a couple of months before answering a help-wanted ad for the landmark Sheraton hotel in Palm Coast, thus beginning a twenty-year Flagler County hospitality career.  During my stint in hotel management, I was part of the developmental meetings concerning a new attraction with the odd name of European Village.  By the time European Village opened I had shifted gears in my career and was blossoming as a bartender at the beachside Golden Lion.  One of the charter businesses at European Village was a cigar bar known, simply, as The Humidor.


Recent dolphin sighting while fishing in my backyard.

It is now February 5th, 2016.   I still have a wild appreciation for Florida every day, be it an appreciation for the scenery, the weather, or the wildlife.   I’m a proud tourist in my own town.   In a twist that I could never have predicted, I now live with a great partner (Christa aka SuperBroad) steps from the former site of the Sheraton (It was flattened in 2004), the promise of a new resort hotel never filled.  All that remains is the waterside pavilion (I had a wedding reception there once) and the still functioning Palm Coast Marina.  Second twist?  I am now the managing partner of The Humidor in European Village and co-founder of the Flagler Cigar Company line of cigars.   My years in Flagler County have been good to me.  I’m calling it right now, I’m officially a Flagler County icon!


Enjoying a Missouri beer overlooking the Palm Coast Marina (November, 2015)


After 20 years, I’m most happy when I’m hanging out with these two.

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Learning Opportunity in Palm Coast: Facebook For Restaurants

Flagler County Area restaurant, cafe, bar owners or managers who want to move the needle in 2016 with their social media communities should attend this workshop.

In this one-hour workshop, you will learn:

  • Practical ways to keep your content fresh
  • Concepts and tools for problem solving low-traffic nights
  • A 2-minute thing you can do for your facebook page that’ll set your business apart
  • Making your specials seen outside of your network
  • Amplifying post and page-reach using your inner circle
  • Measurement (Metrics/Analytics unpacked) so you can track
  • Email addresses collected on facebook with a purpose
  • Making sure page info is correct including your operating hours
  • Picture-taking that elevates your brand and your team

When: Monday, February 8th, 2016
Time: 3:00PM-4:15PM
Location: 20 Airport Rd, Suite B
Price: $79.00*


Your instructors, Mark Woods & Ky Ekinci,  have combined 40 years experience in restaurants & hospitality.  


Click for more information and to reserve your seat.   

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