Experience a Nice Weekend Getaway, and More, at Gervasi Vineyard

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JFW_2520WebMy wife celebrated a milestone birthday early this week (the number will not be provided, in fear of sleeping on the couch and/or bodily harm). To celebrate, she asked for 2 things – relaxation and wine. After researching trips to warm weather cities, weekend getaways, and winery tours, I stumbled upon Gervasi Vineyard, in Canton, Ohio. After perusing their website, I decided this was just the place I was looking for. They offer a complete package – two restaurants, a tour of the winery with food/wine pairing at the end, Italian-style villas for overnight stays (including a free breakfast delivered to your villa), massages, wine and cooking classes, and more. The attention to detail is amazing and it seems no dollar was spared to make Gervasi a great experience, even for non-wine drinkers like myself. What started out as a search for a winery tour and nice place to have dinner with friends, ended in a wonderful surprise for both my wife and I. If you are looking for a relaxing getaway, planning a wedding, or just looking for a nice restaurant (you don’t have to stay at Gervasi to eat at either of their restaurants), all for a very reasonable price, I highly recommend Gervasi Vineyard.

– Kevin

Speaking of Maps…

Our most recent White Papers written by our very own Kevin Fromet, have enlightened us about maps, map design and their use. If you haven’t read them, check them out here. When you’re done reading those, check out this article on coffee maps in New York and London. Fun idea, can’t wait for CLE to have one!

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3026103/maps-of-the-best-coffee-shops-in-london-and-new-york?partner=rss

MAPS: HOW WE GET THERE

STRATEGIES, TOOLS AND GRAPHIC ELEMENTS FOR EFFECTIVE MAP DESIGN

February 2014 Issue 24

Author: Kevin Fromet

They say you only have one chance to make a first impression. There is no doubt that saying applies to organizations, entities and physical places. Now more than ever, the world is competing for customer time and money. Therefore, that first impression better be a good one.

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APA National Conference

Exhibiting/Speaking: Atlanta, GA | April 26 – 29, 2014

Exhibitors/Speakers: Rachel Downey, Cathy Fromet

Rachel Downey 
Sunday, April 27th at 5:30 pm
“Building and Burning: What happens when you give the City to the Citizens”

Cathy Fromet
Monday, April 28th at 12:00 pm
“Getting People to Place: Branding and Wayfinding as Tools for Growth”

For more information on the APA National Conference click here

Lose Yourself in a Bookstore

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Between client meetings on a recent trip to Columbus, OH, we stopped in at the fabulous Book Loft in German Village. For those of you not familiar with this gem, it’s an independent book store housed within a pre-Civil War era building, with 35 different rooms chock full of books divided by subject matter (check out the photos below). I’ve been to this cozy book store many times, but I noticed something new this time around—they play different music in each different room. It’s fantastic! Talk about setting the mood while perusing the shelves. The music isn’t overwhelming, but it creates the most wonderful atmosphere, and clearly thought is put into the type of music going into each room. I was drawn into one of the rooms simply because of the jazz seeping out into the narrow hallway. Who knew I wanted to look at books about boating while listening to a trumpet solo? Music in a retail environment is not a new concept, but curating the music similarly to the store organization and tight spaces allows customers to get lost in a different world—similar to the worlds books provide. I can’t wait to go back and get lost again!

- Carrie

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