Carcinogens and Other Fun Stuff . . .

I recently did a presentation to a Scientific Group at the Holloway House Restaurant in Bloomfield, NY.  The presentation was about the dangers of carcinogens, something that’s found in every day products that people use. First of all, I am not the type to scare the living daylights to people, and I didn’t want to come off as the natural “know it all”, so I knew this presentation had to be lighthearted (hence the name of this post).  I was aware that this group (by their name) knew something about science, and decided to start with a fun quiz.  Fun, meaning that mass produced products that we all know have carcinogens and some items that you may think have carcinogens do not. 1. True or False: For instance, Dove Beauty Bar, that’s 99% water but the other 1% includes quaternium 15 and formaldehyde, which are known carcinogens.  True. 2. True or False: Johnson’s Baby Shampoo contains carinogens as well as irritants to the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes.  True. Try our pure castile soap, made with 80% Olive Oil and unscented great for babies! 3. True or False: Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulftate is high in carcinogens by itself.  False.  While these are not carcinogens by itself, it is usually teamed up with other ingredients that are (we avoid the two because it is high skin irritant, known to cause hair loss and other bad stuff).  We use a coconut based surfactant that lathers up nicely without irritating your skin. 4. True or False: Talcum Powder, Talc, the main ingredient is a carcinogen that increases the risk...

Holiday Art Walk This Friday – Wick-edly Sent has Artists

This weekend is busy in Canandaigua, we have the annual Holiday Art Walk this Friday, from 2 pm to 8 pm, where 14 galleries, stores, and boutiques have art and music, including community caroling. Some of the scheduled artists and events include: Acrylic painter Renee Combs and Landscape photographer Maria Johnson at Artiques Heirlooms and Art, 37 South Main Street. Artist Nicole Yacano from TRU jewelry will be present, plus a trunk show at JOOLZ 237 South Main Street. Book signing of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland held by artist Nancy Wiley Studio, 206 Main Street. Celtic musicians Barbara Jablonski and Kathleen Cappon will play Christmas music favorites with special instruments such as hammered dulcimer, guitar, harp, and button accordions 4-6 pm at Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery, 71 South Main Street. Artist Karen Miller, jeweler Andrea Taft and pianist Bryan Babcock will feature at Wick-edly Sent Soap and Scented Candles Company, 94 South Main Street. Plus bell ringers from Saint Mary’s will play at Finger Lakes Gallery and Frame, 36 South Main Street. A community caroling event led by Connie Fredericks Malone will close the busy day at All Things Art, 65 South Main Street at 8pm, plus art goers can also enter to win a $1000 Shopping Spree from Downtown Merchants. Holiday Art Walk is free for all ages, and there will be refreshments served. For more information about participating merchants visit:...

Holiday Open House this Weekend at Wick-edly Sent

Scott and I will be handing out free stocking stuffers this weekend, Friday thru Sunday at Downtown Canandaigua’s Holiday Open House.  We’ll also have a holiday drink, and there’s more in store. Register to win a $1000 Shopping Spree, see carolers on the street, horse drawn carriage rides, and much, much more. Holiday Open House is Friday November 20 thru Sunday November 22nd: Located in Historic Canandaigua: $1000 Holiday Shopping Spree Vote for your favorite Holiday Doors of Canandaigua Elf handing out free Shopping dollars Holiday Drink Recipe Contest Horse Drawn Wagon Rides Carolers on the street Singing Your favorite Holiday tunes Free Stocking Stuffers, grab a stocking fill it with free stocking stuffers at merchants! for more info visit Christmas in Canandaigua...

Canandaigua Wine Walk and Ring of Fire This Saturday!

Lots to do for this last weekend of Summer.  Labor Day is approaching, kids are back to school, or going back to school, and if you’re left wondering how can you possibly fill your weekend, don’t worry.  On Friday, Connie Fredericks-Malone will be performing at the Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua.  We love to hear her cool jazz tunes, while sipping on a glass of Finger lakes wine. Speaking of wine, this Saturday marks the beginning of Canandaigua Wine Walk Fall, which is right on Main Street.  We are included this time, with Seneca Shores Winery pouring, owner Dave will have you in stitches.  The wine is great, they even have blueberry. Other wineries are Casa Larga, Fox Run, Prejean, White Springs, Wagner, and Kings Garden.  All but one are from Seneca Lake.  If you stop by our store, you’ll receive a free sample of shea butter lotion!  Plus we’ll give you some tips on where to eat. For a list of merchants participating go here. Plus don’t forget Ring of Fire and 9pm. Taken from the Canandaigua Lake Association: Photo Courtesy of Canandaigua Lake Association “Held on Canandaigua Lake the Saturday before Labor Day each year, the Ring of Fire is a magnificent sight you won’t want to miss. This year, 2009, the bonfire on Bare Hill, as well as lighting flares around the lake, will take place on Saturday, September 5, at 9:00 p.m., exactly fifty-six years to the day it was first celebrated.  We anticipate a Native American will speak at the bonfire lighting. If you would like to watch the bonfire lighting on Bare...

10 Tips for Comfortable In-Person Networking

We occasionally hear from friends that they’re uncomfortable with networking and that they feel awkward in social situations.  Our friend Carol White Llewellyn offered to write a post about this topic. People who know me now would be surprised to discover that for most of my life, I have been painfully shy.  Throughout my career, I chose positions where I could be “behind the scenes” making things happen.  I became an event planner  – a stage manager no one sees whose job it is to make others look great. One day at a conference, a man introduced himself to me.  He had been watching me at the conference and confronted me, asking why I hid behind my work.  I was shocked.  I had never really thought about it, but I realized he was right.   I also realized I hid it because I’d never really learned how to network, mingle and simply chat with people.  That was an awakening.  I set out to change it. Several years later, I began publishing a travel magazine, and out of necessity, I had to step out from behind the curtain and into the spotlight.  I found that I enjoyed it and that I love networking and meeting new people now.  So, here are some tips I’ve discovered for those who are reading and who dread every event they attend where they’re afraid they’ll be a wall flower: ~ Arrive at the event early.  Pretend  you are hosting the event and that it is your job to make others feel welcome and comfortable. ~ Realize that a lot of the people in the room feel as uncomfortable as you.  Find a...

The Power of Person-to-Person Networking

These days, few people would deny the power of networking. There are numerous technologies that offer people a way to network online, and they are invaluable in helping build an online presence, develop authority and become known among a much broader circle of individuals. Yet, the importance of in-person networking should never be overlooked, especially in these challenging economic times. People like to do business with people they know.  They are more likely to recommend someone for a job who they’ve worked with or with whom they’ve had a business relationship.  They trust people with whom they’ve had prior positive experience. Person-to-person connections can be invaluable and the best way to make them is through attending networking events  or to be introduced through connections you already have.   Many successful business people we know try to go to a minimum of one networking event per week. Think of networking as dropping a pebble into a pool of water.   The concentric circles from the pebble get larger and larger.  Networking, done well, works the same way.  As you meet one person, your circle grows because you suddenly have the possibility of meeting their pool of friends. Just as someone you know might connect you with people in their network,  you will also be able make connections for those you meet.  While this may not be immediately helpful to you, it will enhance your reputation as an influential, you’ll be seen as someone who helps others and as a “go to” person.  People will want to help you, and will begin putting you in touch with others who could ultimately help you grow your business, help you find a job, or...