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 !

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#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


Monday, October 23, 2017

The weekend Warriors !

Hey all,

Whew ! Another  crazy weekend.  Today it's Monday and I find myself a little overwhelmed...... I'm pushing through that with great tools around me as I recoup from a Weekend Warrior position.... It's times like these we need to take a step back and reflect on what we do.... You can't keep all your frustrations, your hopes, your drive bottled up. You can't run on all 4 cylinders and not take a break. Even when you drive your car for long distances, and those of you that know me, know I love the road trip.... I LOVE to drive.... that car still needs a break and a time to relax..... that said, let's take a look at this weekend and fill our cups with MY weekend warrior and the warriors with me that made it so special.....


First..... Friday ... Our mastermind series continues "  A KNIGHT'S OF THE ROUND TABLE HAPPENING" This time with MASTERMIND AND A MOVIE.... All I can say is WOW... at our discussions after the movie  and continually over the weekend, we heard several different views on the subject matter from the movie. That is what makes us all human and feel something. It was definitely an emotional journey.... I just want to give a shout out and thank you to our movie/mastermind attendees:  Lisa Diane Hall, Sylvia Henderson, Marco Panting, Doreen Prinzo, Michelle McLaughlin, Michelle Verbit, Gabby Verbit, Tamar MacLean and Wren, Marcia and Ed Moser, Raymond Tyler and Angel Anes....
What started this journey was meeting Author Ron Hall at the eWomenNetwork conference this year in Dallas, Texas.

There we were treated to a wonderful interview with Founder and CEO of eWomenNetwork , Sandra Yancey. Seen here interviewing Ron. ( If you visit my Face Book page, you can watch the 45 minute interview...very compelling)

Ron shared an incredible journey of his life. He wrote the best selling book along with his real life mentor Denver Moore over a 3 year period . The  book was made into a major movie with Greg Kinnear playing Ron.  Through this journey, Ron has helped to revitalize shelters for the homeless and raise much needed funds. He also sells packs that people purchase to give to shelters which include a back pack filled with things like socks, water bottles etc... If you can , catch the movie
 'THE SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME".  I can't really give away the movie by telling you more.... yet you can watch the interview ( which goes a little deeper than the movie) or even read the boo. It was a great evening of mastermind-ing with our special guest Sylvia Henderson.



Sylvia is an Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Radio/TV Host and good friend.... She came in from the D.C. area to view the movie with us and facilitate discussion as well as talk about how and what we do with our ideas once we have them..... ( Possibly as Ron's real life wife Debbie saw in her dream).... We then took Sylvia with us on some of our "roller coaster weekend warrior adventures" . We even squeezed  in  a little time to walk on the Atlantic City Boardwalk and take in some ice cream and a few sites....




That night, Saturday, we were honored to be able to tape my new TV Show at the beautiful Arts Garage in Atlantic City, New Jersey. There we were invited to the first "Art of Fashion" event brought to the facility by Designer and Entrepreneur Tonya Khadijah Wright . My TV show airs on line on the 4th Thurs. of each month at 2:00 PM EST....

After the taping, we were able to  interview various people on our media platforms including our friends and affiliates of  Awesome T.V.  


With that I'd like to talk a little bit about Mark Legrand and the Mark Legrand Boutique .
As you may have already heard, Mark is our manufacturer for Ava's Eye Bagz and we are so excited to have them made in the USA and right here locally at the Mark Legrand Boutique.
Mark specializes in all types of events and designs and makes clothing from the Couture Wedding Gown to African American Attire.... check out his web page at www.marklegrandboutique.com 
If you are in the area, stop into the shop at 711 N. Main Street Pleasantville, NJ and tell Mark that Ava sent you !

Moving on to the main event Saturday evening.... it's all TONYA KHADIJAH WRIGHT
Find her on Face Book at Khadijah Wright of WrightTouchProduction
Making her debut at the Noyes Arts Garage with ART OF FASHION


I had the opportunity to chat a little with Tonya as we were taping my TV show for the WBTVN. Shout out to Marco Panting, Mr. Panting Photo/Video who tapes all of our shows and makes the team behind the scenes look very well.... 


                                                                       Mr. Panting (above)
                                                                  Lisa Diane Hall  (below)


Shout to John Staples , lead photographer for this event.. JBMS 1 Photography  and Gerald Triglia 
Lead Videographer   World Fashion Photographer and Videographer. 
Shout out to Lisa Diane Hall of LD TV and Shalanda.... Guests on my show ...

Getting back to Tonya now...



....What a blessing to experience this first event with her. The runway was set, the models were changing and the vendors were prepping for a great night as we taped our show from the Oriental Arts Studio of Kenny Ho

Tonya incorporated 9 designers into this first show including Mark Legrand and a couple of youth designers.... It was an amazing event with gorgeous clothing gracing the runway surrounded by Art.

Part of Stockton University, the Noyes Arts Garage of Atlantic City features a varied palate of artists and artisans throughout the garage space right off the Atlantic City Expressway. 
Tonya partnered with the garage for the Saturday evening event. She brought in 13 vendors including Sweet E's cakes . A fun evening for all ages. Youth designers and models as well as Heather Hires who does body art and graced the runway with  2 hand painted shirts....
.(that's the shirt made of all paint directly on the skin)..... AMAZING !
So hat's off, heels up, sneakers jumpin' and capes flowing to Tonya Khadijah Wright 
We look forward to more from her as she grows ! Here are some more photos from the show including designers Tonya Wright/ Mahindini Jain/ Mark Legrand  before we move onto Sunday.....
Photography by John Staples
Shout out to ALL  the beautiful models and designers !









Mahindini Couture

Painted Body Art shirt by Heather Hires

Below:  Tonya Khadijah Wright




Sunday  -  Wedding event at  Greenbriar Oceanaire in Heritage Circle , Waretown , NJ

We were a vendor at this event promoting our brand new Bridal Tour Excursions



This event was put on by the great people at JSWA 
 of which I am a member.... reserve your seat now for the Nov. Bridal tour

A great time had by all .... including a 10,000.00 give away to one lucky couple ! Door prizes, food and wonderful vendors !


AND IF ALL THIS WEREN'T ENOUGH FOR A WARRIOR ..... I even found time to drop off a green screen to the fabulous Alyssa Lego ( courtesy of Tim Devine )

Alyssa Lego and Amanda Witowski have partnered up to create Autism awareness among our youth and then some.... being teens themselves my hats go off to them too as they are bringing not only awareness yet powerful messages of positivity  to the forefront of a Society in desperate need of that !


Alyssa Lego crowned miss Northern Lakes Outstanding Teen 2018 and Amanda Witowski crowned National American Miss N.J. are no strangers to the scene. 
With the creation of  "Shop , Sell, Strut" these fabulous young Women are turning heads to causes and creations that are made for the public eye !




Stay tuned for more about "Shop, Sell, Strut" Season 2 coming sometime in April..... 

In the meantime, find your Weekend Warrior, your Warrior friends...tear it up to the World and then take a step back to relax and take it all in !

See you next week !

Enjoy !