When I add partners to this site, I spend time vetting them for you. One of the first things I look at is how long a company has been in business. I prefer to work with companies that have been around for at least 5 years. Next I "deep dive" into their reputation online and in the community. I am looking for high ratings, great reviews and personal endorsements. Finally, I spend time with the owners, learning as much as I can about their business.
My latest "boss partners" are Clint Killingsworth & Eric Ludgate with Ensec Pest & Lawn. I KNEW it was the ideal time to bring on a pest control business to the platform. So many of my neighbors had "invasions" of unwanted guests in their attics and garages. Whether it's a scurry of squirrels or a mischief of rats, they can do seriously expensive damage to your home.
Ensec Pest & Lawn has the right gear to handle your latest challenge. Combined, Eric & Clint have almost 4 decades of experience in dealing with furry critters, bugs and lawn issues. Read more about this locally owned and operated company by clicking here. Schedule a free estimate by calling the office at 850-204-3813.
Welcome aboard, Ensec!
Need Handy Tips for Packing?
Houston Horne is back at it again on YouTube with his latest video. This boss partner taught me a thing or two about professional packing. I'll never buy bubble wrap again. Packing paper is the key! Wow, what an informative video!
What's Happening with my Boss Partners?
Richard Lindsey & Paula Waldo are two of my favorite boss partners. They have been working with my platform for years! I have lost count of how many folks I have sent to them. This CPA firm specializes in working with local business owners. They attempt to help them keep more of their hard earned revenue.
This week they are off to a conference for continuing education. I have witnessed how dedicated the two of them are at keeping up with the ever changing tax codes.
If you are looking for a top notch team of public accountants, give Lindsey & Waldo a call at 251-633-4070. Office manager, Kristen Davis will be happy to help you!
Jessica Zoltek of Healthcare Resource Center Mobile has moved to a new location! She is now in the AlaCoast Insurance Agency building at 4430 Government Blvd., Suite C. I am excited to have her back as a partner this year. She is your resource for supplemental insurance coverage.
Jessica has been working with folks turning 65 for years. Because she represents all supplemental insurance providers available in Alabama, she can find the best fit for her client's needs.
If you know someone who is turning 65 soon, please give them her number at 251-751-5434. She is ready to meet and help navigate the maze of choices.
Andrew Lee and his crew of master mechanics at Ronnie Lee's Automotive are back from vacation. They are ready to get your European car in shape for your next road trip. Call 251-625-3355 to schedule your next oil change or repair. This family owned business is celebrating 25 years of keeping cars on the road and out of the shop! Located at 8392-A CR 64, Daphne, Alabama 36526
New in Town!
Look what's new at the Mobile Museum of Art. Plan to visit at 4850 Museum Drive this month. New hours: MMofA is now open Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm, with free admission on Thursday for Mobile County residents.
I was talking to a neighbor this morning and she told me her granddaughter had never been to a museum. She had no idea that MMOA has a large children's section and that it is FREE on Thursdays to residents. I imagine they will be headed that way next week!
I was traveling most of this week so I haven't released any new YouTube videos on my channel. I do want to share some of my favorites and hopefully inspire you to spend some time cooking this week!
It is almost TOO hot to cook these days so any recipe that doesn't require turning on the oven is a winner. I absolutely relish this Martha Stewart inspired Tuna Salad Sandwich. The flavor is incredible and it is so EASY to whip up for lunch. Click here to check it out and don't forget to subscribe to my channel!
Pork Egg Rolls and Fried Rice are always a favorite around my house. Check out this easy to follow recipe for both and you'll have folks clamoring for more! This is easy to prepare and delicious! You can make chicken or shrimp egg rolls if you prefer!
With almost 17K in views this Southern Pound Cake recipe is a winner! Yes, you will have to use the oven, so plan to bake this one late in the evening or early in the morning. Remember you can freeze leftovers and I tell you how in the video description. Serve with fresh strawberries or blueberries!
Coming this Sunday...
I am embarking on finding the best crab cake recipes for home cooks. Tune in Sunday for Episode 1! Here's the link and let me know what you think! Where do you order crab cakes or do you make them yourself?
After going through the Visit Mobile's Ambassador training in the fall of last year, I felt like the Port City has an identity crisis. Instead of attempting to be a mini "New Orleans" I'd like to see this city develop its own personality. Having spent quite a bit of time in New Orleans this summer, I will be the first to tell you that the vibrant energy of that Louisiana destination would be difficult if not impossible to reproduce in Mobile. Let me take you on a little tour of what I am talking about.
In New Orleans there are countless boutique hotels and large branded options nestled in the heart of the city. You can literally walk out the front door of your lodgings and board a street car headed to the garden district. You'll pass hundreds of dining options, historic architecture and locally owned shops. (There are 41,000 hotel rooms in metro New Orleans versus 6,000 in metro Mobile).
You can exit the street car on Carrollton Avenue and dine at the Camellia Grill. They've been serving folks breakfast (my favorite), lunch and dinner since 1946. In that same block, La Madeleine serves French cuisine and New Orleans Original Daiquiri quenches your thirst. So many choices...1400 restaurants in the city. (Mobile offers a fraction of that number to residents and visitors).
Perhaps you'd rather explore the French Quarter. You can ride the street car in the opposite direction and end up close to this historic area of the city. Down in the quarter you can dine on authentic Cafe du Monde beignets and Cafe au lait. This landmark opened in 1862 and is still locally owned. The biggest challenge will be deciding what you want to do next since there are so many great choices. You could spend weeks there and barely skim the surface of places to explore. Whether you are in search of delicious food, incredible live music, historical architecture or friendly folks, New Orleans offers more than enough opportunities for the most seasoned travelers.
Please don't misunderstand my opinion about this comparison. Mobile has some fantastic opportunities for tourists to enjoy. I've blogged many times about the USS Alabama, Bellingrath Gardens and our lovely beaches. My view stems from the erroneous idea that Mobile is just like New Orleans. I would love to see our little city become her very best unique destination and get out of New Orleans' shadow!
Have a wonderful week ~ Charlsie