March into Spring!
March is the official first month of spring and I know that most of us are ready for warmer temperatures. Living on or near the Gulf Coast means that we are only a short drive from sandy white beaches and outdoor fun.
March also means new beginnings for so many people. Flowers are a great symbol of everything "new". They are such an inspiration for the upcoming month. It is so wonderful to take a drive and take in all of the blooming beauties! Be sure and make the time to visit Belligrath Gardens in Mobile, Alabama this month to see a quarter of a million azaleas in bloom! Get outside, take in some Vitamin D and enjoy living in the South!
What's New with Meet da' Boss?
So much is happening in March! I launched a new and improved version of the website that includes Baldwin County and Baton Rouge (bosses coming soon). Take a look around the platform. My team is so excited about sharing great local businesses with you from these new communities!
Let's get started!
Meet Kassie Gundlach, owner of Back on the Rack, an upscale resale boutique in beautiful Fairhope, Alabama. Her store has been open since July of 2015 serving a loyal and discerning clientele.
Helping ladies find a treasured handbag or piece of jewelry brings a smile to this young entrepreneur. Women enjoy the caring attention that she and her team provide to each and every customer that walks in the door.
Shoppers will find a great collection of Louis Vuitton merchandise, David Yurman jewelry, designer clothing and shoes. New items arrive on a daily basis. Speaking of that, if you are doing some spring cleaning why not put some items in her store on consignment?
407 Fairhope Avenue
Rumor has it!
Have you ridden down Cottage Hill Road in Mobile, Alabama lately? You may have noticed all of the Daycool Heating & Air vehicles parked in front of the building that used to house plumbing parts.
Guess what? Brandon Day and his team are moving in soon! We love that they are in the heart of West Mobile, ready to take care of their customers!
Congratulations on the NEW location for the Daycool team. Watching this business take off and expand so quickly has been so much fun! It is a testimony to the remarkable customer service that owner, Brandon Day requires from his team.
Click here to read his story.
Welcome to Fairhope!
A BIG congratulations to Lesley Senne on the opening of her new location of Salt & Light Spa in Fairhope, Alabama.
Lesley has been at the forefront of offering leading-edge spa services to her dedicated customer base in Mobile. Now she is bringing this devotion of excellence to the lucky residents of Baldwin County.
If you are in town check out the new spa at 456 W Morphy Avenue near the picturesque downtown of Fairhope. Good luck Lesley with this latest venture!
Boss of the Week
Darrell Pitts owner of Yellowhammer Inspection Services
What adjectives would I use to describe Darrell Pitts, home inspector and owner of Yellowhammer Inspection Services? He is a conscientious, detail-oriented, honorable businessman. Every home he inspects is scrutinized for flaws that could end up costing the potential buyer major dollars. I caught up with him recently and asked him a couple of questions!
#1 What insider tip would you share with people moving to or visiting the Mobile, Alabama area?
Take the Bienville Bites Tour in Downtown Mobile. It's a history tour through the city with stops along the way at several different restaurants with food sampling at each stop. ~ Darrell
#2 What is your favorite thing about living in Mobile?
Opportunities abound for all kinds of lifestyles in Mobile, whether you live downtown, real or somewhere in between. Mobile has great coastal destinations like Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Dauphin Island. ~ Darrell
#3 What is one thing you would like people to know about your business?
Yellowhammer Inspection Services offers home inspections and commercial evaluations for buyers or sellers of property. We provide mold sampling and air quality testing. We are ASHI and InterNachi certified and have a State of Alabama residential home builder/remodeler license. ~ Darrell
#4 What do you do for fun?
My hobbies include DIY projects at home, spending time with my granddaughter and flying my plane. ~ Darrell
Fun Facts about March for this Week!
Monday, March 9th is National Meatball Day! I don't know about you but I think we'll have to celebrate this one!
Tuesday, March 10th is Harriet Tubman Day! She escaped slavery and lead 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people including friends and family using the Underground Railroad.
Wednesday, March 11th is Johnny Appleseed Day. Wow, that brings me back to my childhood! His real name was John Chapman and he was a pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to parts of Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. He died on March 18, 1845.
Thursday, March 12th marks the beginning of the Girl Scouts in the US. Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the first Girl Scouts organization. It began with 18 members and now boasts 3.5 million across the nation.
Friday, March 13th will make friggatriskaidekaphobia sufferers miserable! Go look that one up!
Mark Your Calendars!
Saturday March 14th - Annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Baton Rouge starts at 10 AM. Click here for details and parade route. This is a "don't miss" if you are in town!
Saturday, March 14th - Callaghan's 74th Annual Street Party beginning at 11:00 AM in Mobile, Alabama. Click here for more information.
Baldwin County has several St. Patrick's Day celebrations scheduled. McSharry's Irish Pub in Fairhope will be open at noon serving corned beef & cabbage, green beer and more!
O'Chopper's Irish Pub in Orange Beach will be serving their famous Reubens and so much more on Saturday, the 14th.
The Park at OWA is kicking off their St. Pawtty's Day celebration at noon. This annual event has "gone to the dogs" and serves as a fundraiser for the Baldwin County Animal Shelter. I've got two furkids that would love to strut their stuff at the event! Click here for the details. They are hoping we eat at Paula Dean's new restaurant and leave with "doggie bags"!
Spring into to March with both feet firmly planted on the ground! This is going to be an incredible time of growth for so many local businesses and individuals! Invest in yourself and your future. You are truly amazing! ~ Charlsie
PS. Check out this inspiring Facebook video from my friend Ellen Pino, owner of Avant Tous in Baton Rouge. Even though she is talking about memberships, her words of encouragement are beautiful.