Monday, January 9, 2012

People I‘m keeping an eye on in 2012

I wanted share on some of the people I ‘m keeping an eye on in 2012. 

Choyse Music Group; I have known Rick Vigil for a long time, and what he’s able to do with music is just awe inspiring.  His hits on Facebook and Youtube are definitely getting some nationwide attention.  I venture to say that by the end of 2012 his reach will be across the Atlantic. 

Jerrica Armijo, Jewelry Maker.  People are coming out of the wood work to get their hands on her creations.  From just personal every day wear to wedding jewelry, Jerrica is rapidly becoming one of Albuquerque’s go-to girls on beautiful artistic jewelry.  Take a look at her Facebook page and see what she’s turning out. 

ABQ Trolley; these guys are going into their 4th season.  Mike and Jesse took an old trolley that the city tried to phase out and made it an instant success!  From their 10-buck-tour, to the Trolley of Terror, these guys really know how to show off Albuquerque, and have made the trolley tour a “Must do” when coming to visit Albuquerque.  I’m just waiting for them to call me as a “guest tour guide” one day!  ::hint hint:: 

Chillz Frozen Custard; OMG, have you been by to try their ice cream yet?  Rick introduced me to these guys earlier this year, and all I can say is Wow!  Coldstone has got some competition in the University area, that’s for sure!

Legacy Church; these guys raise the bar every year in their service; their giving and influence on the community.  From Pastor Steve Smotherman making headlines on the front page of the ABQ Journal for standing up for his beliefs, and backing up what he says when it comes to how some of the politics are handled in this city.  Their record fund-raising for “Make-a-wish” of $45,000 this year, the fire cam program, and wrapping it up with the most awesome-est Christmas Eve program I have ever seen… EVER! Legacy Church continues to break records in attendance, with services that actually touch the hearts and minds, and addresses the issues that people are actually facing today.  Legacy Church doesn’t just preach the word, they exemplify it!

Restaurants that I see using Social Media  in the right way:
Monroes Restaurant – I now know that Friday is Puerto Rican night.  And that’s how it’s done folks!

Isabella’s Bakery – We know what’s for lunch, and that my friends is important when you’re working down town!

Gold Street CafĂ© – You guys make me wish I lived next door to you.  I’d have breakfast there every day, and I would be fat and broke! 

2012 is going to be a great year!  I know it, I feel it, I see it around every corner I turn!  The opportunities are out there.  It’s up to you to go out there and claim them!  I look forward to seeing you out there in 2012. 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

2011 A Year in review - and sweep under the rug!

2011 a Year to sweep under the rug and pretend never happened.
2011 was a rough year on everybody it seams.  I don’t know, it seems like the number 11 just sets people into some kind of weirdness.  We’re all glad to be done with it, including me!  It just seems like 2011 wasn’t nice to anybody.
 I mean look at Obama...  He announced to the world that the most feared, and hated man ON THE PLANET was dead, and we American’s hunted his sorry can to the ends of the earth, leaving no rock un turned, no hole un-dug, (of course finding him right next door to an Afgan military base) and made him pay dearly for every last life he took; then he ordered his body to be flushed down the back of an aircraft carrier in the middle of the ocean. 

Sounds to me like the man should be re-elected - no questions asked, right?  Nope...  Not a month later, people started hating on him again.
2011 was tough on relationships too.  Couple's shocked the world by splitting up.  (OMG! The Kardashians, right! And what’s his name from the last Bachelor…  Brad!  Good Lord.  I still think he shoulda picked Ashley!)

Close friends of mine, who I thought were completely solid - surprised me.  Even my own relationship took a huge hit.  Then a prince took a commoner, and restored the world with its faith in love, and towards the end of 2011 people woke up and started fighting for what was right.
Oh, and who can forget the devastating Cadillac wreckage of 2011!  I don't wanna talk about that, I’m still trying to collect from them!
2011 was a dismal year for business too.  Although we started seeing trends that showed the economy was on the upswing again, it didn't come fast enough for some folks.  But as with relationships, that engine finally warmed up, and 2011's black friday was one of the most successful in retail business than it has seen in years.  So much in fact that opening the doors was similar to opening up the flood gates of a dam, and some violence and destruction occurred.
Oh, and guess what, the sales weren’t all that great folks.  Many of the popular items were the same price as they were the month before.  I checked.
Toward the end of 2011 Cherokee Street started picking up calls again showing signs of life after a very successful but very draining event - the United MMA series. 

Although Cherokee Street wasn't meant to be an MMA promoter, we knocked our first and only MMA fight out of the park, and then we decided that this is not what we want to be known for.
 Now we venture into 2012, and we have bright hopes, fresh ideas, and soo glad 2011 is over.  I venture to guess people are not making too many resolutions this year, but looking to what lies ahead, acting on ideas, and making plans on how we can make it successful. 
Stay tuned for my next article: What I’m paying attention to in 2012!