Now more than ever, we could all use the expertise of Kelly over at Macaroni Kid Springfield! Kelly provides a weekly eNews chock-full of great activities, crafts, recipes, and more that are perfect for keeping your kids busy and bringing the family together. When the world isn't in quarantine, she also features local events perfect for the whole family. Did we mention that it's FREE?! With the kids at home for the foreseeable future, we couldn't think of a better resource for mom chiks to take advantage of. You can check out all of Kelly's articles and sign up for her eNews here.
How did you get started with your business?
This is my tenth year publishing and when I first moved to Western Mass with my family, I used Macaroni Kid Springfield to find events in the area to keep busy with my toddler!
What do you feel is most important for others to know about your business?
Our children are our future and we need to give them a strong foundation through unconditional love, being surrounded by family and friends, and of course - PLAY! My newsletter and social pages help make it easy for families to find their fun. FOR FREE!
How would you describe your leadership style?
I love working together with locally owned businesses to collaborate on projects, events and of course promotions! While I am the only one to run my edition, I enjoy collaborating with others from time to time.
When you were growing up, what is your ultimate dream job? If it's this, how does it feel to have met your dream?! If it was something different, how did your dream change over time?
I wanted to be an actress and a news reporter! This job lets me do that in a way. I get to report and research on all the things happening in our area for families. I can be dramatic and events with the kids like when I host trunk or treats or story times... even when I make videos and go "LIVE" on social!
Every business owner faces challenges. How are you empowered to overcome yours?
It can be challenging to step away from the computer and phone - I always want to be connected and respond to families. Taking time to unplug helps and gives me focus.
Tell us (in one word) how you would describe your boss chik business!
If you're running out of things to do at home with your kids, we couldn't recommend Kelly enough! You can find here here:
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Cupcake Charlies is one of our all time favorite clients! We were fortunate enough to work with Penny and her team last fall with the grand opening of their latest Wareham location. They now have 6 locations across New England and offer a wide range of sweet treats. Those treats include 16 cupcake flavors (cupcakes that were featured on Cupcake Wars, mind you!), Whoopie Pies, S'mores Bark, Ring Dings, Cake Pops, Push Pops, Cupcake Jars, Frosting Shots, Cookie Dips, Trifle Cups and so much more! It's actually heaven on earth. With all that is going on in the world today, we couldn't think of a better way to make someone smile, than to send them a box of Cupcake Charlie's!
*Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Cupcake Charlies is currently only open for takeout in their Plymouth, MA location. However, they are also offering an expanded shipping menu to include Easter products and additional flavors. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started with your order today!
Check out Meghan's (virtual) interview on the Rhode Show chatting about how you can communicate with clients around COVID-19. If you're interested in learning more, please email email@example.com to purchase our more in-depth webinar.
I'm Monique Vacon - an Executive leader, advocate and educator within Young Living Essential Oils. I truly believe we can all feel like queens- imagine having more energy, sleeping better and smelling so good all the time. Reach out to me if you are open to learn more. I love to educate! We can chat about oils and our fabulous products.
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We cannot say enough good things about Monqiue and Young Living! We absolutely adore their essential oils and have been swearing by Thieves currently!
**Please note, this visit took place prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Worcester Public Market is currently closed until the week of April 6th. We highly recommend giving them a visit after things have stabilized with the virus.
As someone who has lived in New England her entire life, I am always looking for new day trip locations to explore. I had the pleasure of visiting the Worcester Public Market this past weekend and for the day-tripper, it’s a must see.
For those who aren’t familiar, here’s a blurb on the WPM from their website:
The vision to establish the Worcester Public Market first evolved in 2014 when Canal District entrepreneur and WPM founder, Allen Fletcher, purchased a plot of land and began assessing community need for the new market. The once vacant dirt lot had largely served as a parking lot for Crompton Place, a former manufacturing building once known as the Crompton Loom Works. The site now boasts a mix of service-based businesses, offices and retail shops that sell locally-made goods. There’s a bay-windowed bakery and coffee shop, gift and home décor shops, a book shop and an event space.
Upon arrival, I noticed that the whole area surrounding the space was alive and filled with sites to be seen. When you plan a visit to the WPM, make sure you leave time for the surrounding home good stores, fashion shops and for BirchTree Bread Company – home of some of the best bread I’ve ever tasted and one of the largest iced teas I’ve ever been given!
I digress… Filled with a variety of food vendors, a small market for fresh produce and mini cider donuts, and a half dozen shops filled with homemade soaps, cupcakes and cooking accessories, the market put a smile on my face and a beer in my hand. Anchored at the end of the market, Wachusetts Brewery Co. offers a variety of beers for all palettes. So you can grab a brew stick around the Brew Yard’s beautiful open space, or head into the food area and snag a snack.
The Worcester Public Market makes the perfect weekend day trip, or even a convenient spot to grab items you might need during the week. Be advised, they don’t open till 11am, so plan accordingly. We will certainly be back!
ATTENTION: In light of the recent developments regarding COVID-19, we have decided to postpone this workshop. The health and safety of our attendees is of the utmost importance to us. The workshop will be rescheduled for Tuesday, June 16. Your tickets will be valid for this new date automatically. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com. Thank you for your support and understanding.
In light of recent developments and public health concerns surrounding Covid-19, we wanted to touch base with you regarding our upcoming events, including Chiks' Night Out, Let's Get Social Workshop with Hardwick Winery, ChikFlick Screening, and more.
Please note we are continuously monitoring the latest guidance from reliable sources including the Massachusetts Governor's Office, Mass.gov, and national infectious disease specialists like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
At this time, there are no major changes planned for any of our events, but be assured we will notify registrants immediately should circumstances change in any way.
While the events are not cancelled at this time, Chikmedia suggests the following actions as proactive and precautionary measures:
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Founder, Owner Ashley Tresoline is a personal chef, kid/adult cooking class instructor and food educator here in Massachusetts. Ashley has been living with MS since she was in her early twenties and it is what drives her to help people stay healthy and heal themselves through food. Ashley’s love of food and her desire to help other people stay healthy with food that is organic and high quality as well as tastes amazing is what made her want to start my business. Ashley always says being healthy starts from the inside out.
Bella Foodie was created over 6 years ago as a way to spread love of healthy cooking with the local community. Bella Foodie’s goal is to create locally grown, delicious, healthy and organic food that gives people the feeling of having a personal chef in their kitchens or at their events. Food is all about joy, love, friend and family.
How did you get started with Bella Foodie?
I have always loved to cook and grew up in a big crazy Italian family where food was a big part of our lives. I have been living with MS since my whole adult life and learned how much food plays a big part in our health. A strong love of food and a desire to help other people on their health journeys and heal themselves through food that is organic and high quality as well as tastes amazing is what made me want to start my business. We have evolved over the years and started offering classes for Mini Foodies and adults which gives me so much happiness to teach the next generation.
What do you feel is important for others to know about your business?
Healthy organic food can be delicious and full of flavor. A lot of people come to me because they have healthy issues that center around their diet, I am here to help them figure out what is next .The best part about my work is seeing that moment in a person when it finally clicks in their mind that everything we have been working on with their dietary needs makes a difference. It makes it all worth it for me, knowing I am helping make someone’s life better through food even if it’s only a small part.
How would you describe your leadership style?
Fair. I believe in accountability on every level. You make a mistake own up to it, if there is skill you need help with tell me, you aren’t clear on your tasks and so on. I want to give everyone I work with a chance to shine in their roles which ultimately makes everything we do better as a whole.
What is your ultimate dream job – or are you living it?
I love what I do, no doubt. It is an amazing feeling helping people and creating through food. I would love to have a chance to share my love of food and educate people on a bigger scale.
Every business owner can face challenges, how are you empowered to overcome yours?
Challenges are a part of life personally and professionally. You can give up or face it head on and work the problem. I will always choose to work the problem. Coffee helps too!
Do you have any exciting upcoming classes for kids and/or adults?
We have a new Kid’s Cooking Class -Let’s Go Green, coming on March 18th, in our brand-new location at St. George Cathedral and Hall in Springfield, MA on St. George Rd. Our new space is bigger and freshly renovated!! To register please email Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-342-4641. Ages 4 and up. $34 per Mini Foodie.
Where can our readers go to learn more about your business?
If your readers would to know more about Bella Foodie, LLC you can check out our website www.bellafoodie.net. You can also email me with any inquiries or questions at email@example.com.
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