Sunday, December 10, 2017

Have your "cupCAKE" and eat it too !

Wow ! Just looking at my photos makes me want to go out and get one of the best cupcakes around from SIMPLY SWEET CUPCAKES of Egg Harbor City, N.J.




 Meet Jac and Gina Ciaburri  (pronounced  (CHA-BERRY)


These ladies give a whole new meaning to family fun.... they are SISTER-IN-LAWS as their husbands are brothers.... yea, for real !!!!!  LOL

Let's go back and see a little of the story as these gals took home the bacon.... I mean the cake... I mean the cupcake at CUPCAKE WARS !   Winners of the show a few years back.... here is how it started....

First they were in the cleaning business...then they were in the candle business...then they were pregnant and stay at home Moms watching the food network ! So one day, they made cupcakes for a bake sale and the rest is history. At first, it started out as a hobby... their big break came, as they told me, when they were hired to cater an event. This wasn't just any old event either...it was a send off party for the Bat Mobile !  Yep, a party before the Bat Mobile was shipped off to L.A. to be shot for the movie THE DARK KNIGHT. Many customers sent in nice comments on the cupcakes and before they knew it, the CW Network contacted them to apply for CUPCAKE WARS.



At first, the girls took it as a joke...3 days later they did a skype interview for the show and then found themselves ON the show !  When the limo came to pick them up, they realized this was no joke! Even better when they came home with the grand prize !

Today, they have an amazing reputation and live up to that with amazing cupcakes !

They love the camaraderie the best . "It's like our 2nd family", they said. They compared themselves to the familiarity of the show "Cheers"....." Where everybody knows your name....."

Let me tell you, Jac and Gina are a hoot !  Get over there if you are in the area...and tell them Ava sent you ! You will love the cupcakes. You can relax and grab a cup of "Joe" with your cup of cake in the spacious seating area that looks out onto downtown Egg Harbor City....

If you don't catch Jac and Gina there, you can catch Michelle James, their manager and all around right hand....



I even loved the way the place was decorated for the holidays and various themes.....



Maybe the popular Red Velvet is your cupcake of choice.......


No matter how you slice it, Simply Sweet cupcakes will have you wanting more from your first step into the quaint shop....

Find them on line at 


130 Philadelphia Ave. Egg Harbor City, N.J. 08215

You can even email them at 
simplysweet_cupcakes@yahoo.com

Find them on Face Book at Simply Sweet Cupcakes.....where I found more delicious photos....








Enjoy !




Monday, December 4, 2017

How do you think DIFFERENT.......

...... Notice there is no Question Mark at the end of that statement..... I want YOU to find that Question inside you and put it into action...

First let me say this busy weekend has taken me to post this on Monday...... and I personally want to thank ALL of you for taking this blog to almost 54,000 viewers and growing. Love you guys ! We are read in the U. S. yet also in  Germany, France, Poland , the Ukraine the U.K, Canada, Spain, Brazil, India, Italy and Mexico. ... THANK YOU !

Now let's look at the Question of How you think DIFFERENT... or DIFFERENTLY ... as the case may be....



I had the honor and pleasure of attending our PR Council luncheon, here in Atlantic City last week, with well known Celebrity Entrepreneur SCOTT PETINGA.   Raised in Atlantic City, Scott now makes his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota yet has lived in many places across the Globe from Reading , PA to California and several places in between....

Scott fascinated me with his entrepreneurial spirit and what has happened in his life to get him to where he is.... As I always say, everything leads you to where you are.....


Check out his book at selected locations and on Amazon..."NO ONE EVER DROWNED FROM SWEAT"


One of the things he mentions goes back to the saying , "...getting up one more time than you fall..."
Scott proceeded to talk about the failures in his life that led him to his next adventure. As my Dad would always say to me, learn by your mistakes....
Scott is a Cancer survivor, has several different Non profits he founded or oversees, and is PASSIONATE about being the Change we want to see in the World.... I love that ! He owns about a dozen different companies and follows his PASSION on a daily basis.



I loved this:    🔻 VII 🔺 VII

Can anyone guess what that is?????    Ok, time is up... I'll tell you.... He was down 7 times yet got up 8.....

So why the no Question Mark????   I want YOU to put that in on the what you think is THINKING DIFFERENTLY.... better yet, let that be the stamp you leave on the World..... Take a little look into the life of Scott Petinga.... Thank you Scott for sharing your moments with us and for making us THINK a little differently, for making us know that following our dreams and our Passion is the best way to navigate through life ! AND....thank you for allowing me to share this !



www.scottpetinga.com

www.acprcouncil.org
Public Relations Council of Greater Atlantic City

#AidsAlliance
#TesticularCancer
#CancerSurvivors

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Elvis Tribute Spotlight # 4 fills us with "Joy" and Peter Alden



Hello friends and fans. We are here with Spotlight # 4 of our ETA special edition with facts from Krista Joy on the fabulous ETA style of Peter Alden....

Let me first say that a lot goes into me getting the "story" for these special editions. I love to be able to meet and/or talk with the artist themselves yet that is not always possible. I do the best I can to bring you the best story I can render on our special ETA'S.... I did, however, for this piece, have the pleasure of speaking with Booking Agent Krista Joy.... boy is she herself talented and creative and I just fell in love with talking to her... we will expand on HER story below as well.....

Right now, Let's take a look at the Life of Peter Alden.... You can visit his Face Book fan page
PETER ALDEN FANS and stay up to date there too.... also, ALL of Peter's information can be found on his web page  www.peteraldenentertainment.com 

I took a listen to an interview of Peter on the Geri Petito Show. (find her on Face Book).. ...crazy, I'm going to be on her show next week and I'm so excited about that. Shout out to you Geri. What a great interview this was. I heard Peter's deep voice and even got to hear him close out the show with a little of "How Great Thou Art" . You can find that song on a Gospel album Peter has also released. If you'd like to see the entire interview head over to the Face Book page of Krista Joy and check it out....  Elvis won 3 Grammy's for his Gospel work. This was one of the songs that was recognized in his illustrious career.

Peter is interesting as he does several different tributes. He does a whole Elvis show... and one is coming up in Dec. so check that out..........

................yet he also does a few other things... like Dean Martin working with the Corvairs....
He works with a band known as Splashback which is a tribute to the Beach Boys  and does an entire show as a Ricky Nelson Tribute Artist as well.

One of the things I thought that was interesting in his interview with Geri is that he was talking about a new show he is working on called  Mr. 57.... this is an Idols tribute of sorts.... Fitting as American Idol comes back to us in 2018.... Peter tags the show with "....before there was American Idol, there was American Bandstand"... and he goes on to discuss Dick Clark and all the memories many of us share there.... So I'm truly grateful to bring this spotlight to you as one of the show panelists asked,
"What's a bandstand?".... Well, for those of you that know , this was truly funny !  Peter proceeded to describe what Bandstand was and what Dick Clark represented then.... he said he felt rally old doing that...now I feel really old !  I WAS a kid when I used to watch it....  So needless to say, there was no lack of conversation talking about Bandstand, Mr. 57, Ricky Nelson and of course, our favorite, ELVIS !

Check  out Peter's web page and see when you can catch a glimpse of one of his shows.... Thank you, Peter for being part of our ETA spotlight this month....
We will feature an ETA ( Elvis Tribute Artist ) on the last Sunday of each month....

Krista Joy is not only Peter's Girlfriend.... oooh la la, yet she handles all the bookings, does the fan club newsletter,  is President of Peter's Fan club and still finds time to inject us with her creative endeavors.... She is an Elvis fan and a Disney fan and has had the wonderful opportunity to turn her passion for Disney into her own personal and successful web page:
www.disneyways.com  Krista is also a social media expert and web designer.  She has been able to sit in with the coveted 33 Club at Disney with  Disney 'Imagineers' and other insiders. She is also the Narrator of   Enchanted Secrets of Disneyland   produced by themeparkology !
Currently she is working on TCB radio which is another passion.... We are so lucky to have Peter and Krista joining us in this month's spotlight !

Please note that Krista is not affiliated or employed by the Disney company or Elvis Presley Enterprises - she is just a fan - with a passion for sharing her interest and love of these 2 entities with others.







Thank you again... stop by www.cdbaby.com/peteralden for downloads and information about purchasing his music.


 We, at 4 A STAR and AVA's Eye Bagz  are honored to know you both ! Happy Holidays from Ava, your Balcony Blogger......

Enjoy !

#PeterAldenMusic
#DisneyWays
#KristaJoy
#TCBRadio
#AvasEyeBagz





Sunday, November 19, 2017

What's your DOT COM ???

Good evening on this beautiful Sunday....

I'm heading back to a short blog post that I did some time ago.... now that we have more "eye-ball s's here", I thought I'd take a look at a few things and share it with you... well, I can't share it all as I am loving the DOMAIN GAME and if you are not familiar with that- it may be something you would like to visit.....

So I took a look at some fleeting DOT COM's . What do I mean by that...well take a minute and any idea or thought that pops in your head....add a DOT COM after it and see if anything exists on line...

Here is what I found as I was thinking about a few things ....




ok... I really like these 2 pics so I entered them first... yet let me go in order....

First up Elvis.com....yep, it exists... it takes you to the official Elvis site where you can find out about the new projects with the Royal Philharmonic among other things....

Then... Animals.com.... well, it says this site is under construction.....which leads me to believe that this site also exists....

Next   Health.com   yea, that's out there too. It is sort of a generic site yet seems to cover some ground... If you scroll a little , there is actually a link to an Oprah Article about her favorite sneakers.... so I went there to find a photo of them and to find out that wearing these sneeks...that Oprah likes can make it easier at the airport when you are checking in..... HMMMMM.....

Since we are sitting her with the Sunday night Football game on, I thought I would try Football.com
Yep...that is there too ( love those pics !)  You can actually choose if you like American Football or European Football.... interesting....

So on the way home from Cherry Hill this evening "The Mr." and I saw a shooting star.... I find that I see them around the Holidays yet not this soon usually.    Marco said that this was the first one he has ever seen. Good things to come is what I say !  So I entered Shooting Stars.com     What I found there was a black screen with what looked like stars all over it...and this it what it said there..

THERE AIN'T NOTHING HERE YET 
BUT THERE WILL BE. 
SOON....

Found that quite interesting....

Since we have the "give back" part of our handbag line getting ready to kick in... I decided to end the searching with Shooting Stars.org... jus tor shits and giggles.... AND I f ound this:


and then it said, coming soon underneath of it.... another HMMMM.......

I find this very interesting and a great way to see what else is out there....

So I ask you, "What is your DOT COM?"   Maybe you will find something that resonates with you !

Enjoy !



Sunday, November 12, 2017

Coffee anyone? Bagel? Cake? Comfy Couch???

Good Sunday evening and we are back...from the Balcony Blogger with this week's post !

Say hello to Deborah and Mark Becker of Barista's Coffee Shop now located in Linwood, N.J.

                                             
If you are out this way, this is a 'MUST DO' !!!!  As it is stated inside the shop,
"Time stands still at Barista's".... When you walk in you just want to spend time there...from the warm brown and tan tones to the soft comfy couches . From the selection of papers to read to the freshly made meals done right in the back.... and , oh yes, did we forget something.....?????

                                                                        COFFEE !!!!!



The best coffee around is at Barista's. Now if you remember, we did a post about Barista's some time ago....now they have moved to new location and it's time to visit and re-visit Barista's Coffee shop.

With freshly made meals prepared on the premises, Barista's hits the spot for your breakfast and lunch taste buds....even if you are not a coffee drinker, you can find something at Barista's....like Gelato, Coconut Cake, Delicious Bagels and more.....

Mark and Debbie are also friends of mine. We go back a number of years , BC... ( Before Coffee)
Well before the coffee shop anyway , LOL.

                                                     PHOTO FROM THE LOCAL PAPER

It was 15 years in the imagination of Debbie and Mark to have a coffee shop. They put a lot of thought and actual physical effort into opening a business in Galloway in 2008.  When that lease was up, it was time for something new.... a new place for coffee.... So the Becker's took a year off to work on logistics and work out things as we all do when we need to move to the next level....

Finding an old Art Gallery in Central Square, Linwood seemed like a cool place to go. It took many months to convert the space into what it is today, even after taking a year off.....Yet hard work and perseverance took over and soon it became the Barista's in Linwood  we know now.... with much of the construction and over-haul done by the Becker's themselves....

If you want good coffee....no great coffee.... great food, great atmosphere and to be around a great couple serving it up, head over to Barista's while you are in town....

199 New Road, Suite 10
Central Square
Linwood, N.J. 
609 904 2990

....and tell them Ava sent you !..... 

Enjoy !

                                                                 Visit Our Web Page

#Coffee

Monday, November 6, 2017

How do you PLAY today???

Hello all,

Whew ! It's Monday evening and I'm just getting in here. Another crazy yet wonderful weekend in the world of the "Arts".... And where is the time going? It's already November and Thanksgiving is just around the corner.... Welcome to this edition of Ava's Allocations from the Balcony Blogger !

So do you remember how to play?  Did your parents tell you to go play in traffic just to get you out of the house?  Do you PLAY on your laptop or your phone?  I like to do it all.... play outside....maybe not in traffic LOL, yet outside for a brisk walk... a game  of some sort... I also like to play on my ipad  ....some of the games, anyway..... Well last weekend I had the honor and pleasure of meeting some people who play in style.... boy do they play !  I'm talking  GAME A CON...that was right here in AC.... (Atlantic City, N.J.)
check out Play All Gaming, LLC for more info......
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I also met some of the coolest people in panel discussions that we will be talking about again soon.... Kati Coe  and Skyward Song.... sure left THEM Holding the bag!  Hahahaha.....






Actually, they were so gracious to me. I was blown away by the panel... Skyward Song, C3Cosplay and Kati Coe...stay tuned for more about them.... in the meantime... it's Game a Con AC Baby !

This first video was a promo for the event.....then move on to the one below, a  5 minute video that explains Game A Con  ( Game Arts Conference) and takes you on a little journey inside......



So this was really all new to me.... I am still learning about a lot of the electronic games and I was really enjoying the panel discussions on Cosplay.... yet there were laser tag rooms, hands on games, artists like Raisa E. Cabrera among others... and lots of fun....even caught Polanco and the Mr. playing some games...



 another of my favorites was the Yogibo bean bag furniture...you may have seen them on the business segment of MSNBC.... It was so cool to see them in person....




There was so much planned for activities and panels , even You tube panelists and a performance from Nerd Surge !



                                                 Met these guys before.... way cool !

All in all, I hope they come back to AC next year bigger and better. We had a blast in AC at Game a Con !

Enjoy !


#Cosplay
#GameaCon

Sunday, October 29, 2017

"Take me to Church"....ETA Spotlight #3

Good Sunday Eve...
Hello from Ava, your Balcony Blogger....
Thank you all for taking this blog up over 52,000 viewers thus far. We are embarking on some great things and great stories to bring you.  Hopefully, you will enjoy our newest feature, the ETA Spotlight once a month. This slot is designated to my last blog post each month...the other 3 weekly blogs can be about anything and everything...mostly staying with our evolving theme: EMPOWERMENT, THROUGH BUSINESS, ENTERTAINMENT AND FASHION....


Nothing fits all of those words better than the KING himself, Elvis Presley. Just a quick re cap... I went down to Graceland in August to do a story on the new complex the week prior to Elvis Week. This year marked the 40th Anniversary of the passing of Elvis Presley.  You can scroll back a few blogs to get to that story if you'd like to see it. I then thought of all the FABULOUS ETA's ( Elvis Tribute Artists) Across the Country and thought how cool it would be to spotlight these fine entertainers along with all of our love for Elvis.

  Our first spotlight went to ETA Richie Santa from Long Island, NY.... Last month we spotlighted  Jimmy T. as Elvis from Exeter, PA  and this space is now dedicated to Doug Church of Indiana.... Wow ! I am so excited about this feature and I am also honored to have met and become friends with these ETA's.  Enjoy the journey with us..... 




When I say, "Take me to Church"...you KNOW that's an expression of something that is so spiritual it reminds you of going to that place you love to pray in...whether it's Church, Temple , or the side of your bed in your room....it's a spiritual place that is sacred....a place that is truly Amazing !


I had the pleasure of seeing Doug in Hammonton, New Jersey a few months back. I was blown away. I have loved Elvis for a long time yet I never got to see him perform live. I was just a teen-ager when he passed away. Funny, I remember to this day, exactly where I was when I heard the tragic news. 
So I got to see Doug in this brand new event center space in Hammonton  KATHEDRAL.   Find Kathedral on twitter as well @kathedralnj     






What an experience. A packed house, standing ovations in droves and a concert fitting of the KING....that's what I got to see..... I then became friends with Doug on line and soon after was able to chat with him personally by phone.  I swear I felt like I was talking to Elvis !  All this aside, let's get into some stuff here.... 

These ETA's have a love for Elvis that is amazing.  I remember loving that Doug mentioned in his show, " I am not Elvis, I am just paying tribute to the man and the music ".  The quote was something like that.... and the other ETA's I have interviewed and spoken with share the same sentiments.  I love the fact that they all have this circle of friendship that is also truly amazing.  

Doug is the  1991 Images of the King World Champion and a Veteran of the Legends in Concert stage show. During his 20 plus year career, Doug has performed all over the U.S. and in more than a dozen Countries Worldwide. 

Doug also offers a program where you can learn to move and sing like Elvis..  "Sing like the King"

Doug has earned the moniker "The True Voice of Elvis" for his uncanny ability to mimic Elvis Presley's singing style. 

In speaking with Doug, I found him to be a humble man, gracious in every sense of the word.  I am hoping to get a chance chat more with him this August, when I head back to Graceland to do a follow up story on the ETA experience there.  

For now, watch out for our ETA spotlights in the last week of each month right here. As always, you can reach out me at www.4astar.com for any information on my blog etc... 

If you are in the Indiana area, catch Doug Church, "The True voice of Elvis", at the American Countryside Market every Wednesday evening.  Find out all the info on Doug's FB page... 
His web page is www.dougchurch.net  . You can see and hear some video there too. 

Doug also has a TVOE Face Book group page.... 

"TAKE ME TO CHURCH" With a true artist, performer, and one of the best ETA's in the biz... 

                                                          DOUG  CHURCH 

Let's take a 4 minute listen as Doug performs "My Way"....

Video taken by Susan Quinn Sand












#TVOE