Palo Alto Hardware, Ocean Shore Hardware, Willow Glen Hardware, and Wisnom’s Hardware all become Hassett Hardware!
PEA member Larry Hassett, who will be celebrating his 20th year in PEA in September, recently announced that his four hardware stores are being renamed to Hassett ACE Hardware!
Larry’s sons Eric and Richard have posted this announcement about the recent name change:
In 1957, Bob Hassett opened up the first Hassett Hardware store, hoping to supply and serve his Campbell neighborhood with hardware and trade tools. Little did he know that his philosphy of “customer service above all else” would be carried through to a third generation of Hassetts. As his son Larry, and now his grandons Richard and Eric continue to grow the family business to our current four locations (Half Moon Bay, Palo Alto, San Mateo and Willow Glen) we think it’s time to honor our family hardware history by using the Hassett name as a beacon to our customers of the great service offered at all Hassett ACE Hardware stores. We are thrilled to carry on the family-owned tradition at our San Mateo store (formerly Wisnom’s Hardware) a local family-owned business since 1905; and our store in Half Moon Bay that has been locally-owned and serving the Coastside for over 40 years.
As we continue to expand, we want to stay true to our mission: To provide the best service and product selection for the communities we serve, by empowering our family of associates to always male it right; for every customer, every time. And we want our customers to know when they’re in a Hassett ACE Hardware and that we’ll provide the same level of great customer service they’ve come to expect. We want you to know who we are, so when you see your statement, or you call a store for help, you’ll see and hear the Hassett name and know that you’re in good hands.
Our door is always open and we’d love to introduce ourselves to you. Anytime you’re in one of our stores, ask for us and help us be in better touch with the communities we serve.
Congratulations on the big change Larry! To learn more about Hassett ACE Hardware stores, visit their website.
Coming up on April 30 is the Small Business Resource Fair, hosted by PEA member The San Mateo Daily Journal.
Interested in participating but need to know more? Click on the informational handout below:
PEA will have their own booth at the fair, and we would love to see you! Come stop by and visit our table from 9 am to 1 pm at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto.
If you are interested in becoming a partner at the fair, contact Skip Gould to get set up!Google+
Erik Jacobsen, Threestory Studio specializes in the design of information. Erik explains more on his website:
“Information design: The communication of data, systems and concepts by visual means. Good information design fosters understanding, making the complex approachable and prompting new insights.
Threestory Studio designs custom information graphics for presenters in science & medicine, for marketing communications professionals in the technology industry and for journalists and publishers of news and books.
Our information graphics (or “infographics”) are custom designs that fit your purpose and extend your brand.”
Erik recently finished a project for the Palo Alto Networks Research Center Blog. His beautiful design can be seen HERE! Spend some time clicking on the ‘Key Questions’ on the left hand side of the screen and watch his design shift to show you the answers.
Great job Erik!
(Full link: http://researchcenter.paloaltonetworks.com/app-usage-risk-report-visualization/#sthash.DEAbjzh2.dpbs)Google+
The Palo Alto Daily News recently asked their readers who the best businesses were in Palo Alto, and they recognized 11 PEA businesses!
Congratulations to the following PEA businesses for being voted the 2013 People’s Choice winners:
Best Auto Body Shop (Paint and Body work): Yeaman Auto Body
Best Florist: Stanford Floral Design
Best Jewelry Store AND Best Watch Repair: Gleim the Jeweler
Best Auto Mechanic Shop: Larry’s Autoworks
Best Home Contractor: GR8WORK Builders Inc.
Best Optometrist: Mountain View Optometry
Best House Painter: Pro-Staff Painting
Best Plumber: A&A Plumbing
Best Mortgage Banker: Julie Fukuhara, Wells Fargo Private Bank
2nd Place for Best Local Market: Mollie Stone’s Palo Alto
Congratulations again to all of our PEA businesses! Click HERE to read the article and see a full list of winners.Google+
Long time PEA members Larry and Laurie Moore, Larry’s Autoworks was recently featured in a nationwide magazine, Shop Owner Magazine!
In the article, Larry describes how he first got into the auto repair business and the ways he adapts to the changes in his industry. He emphasizes in the article how important networking has been for him over the last 30 years.
Being a member of local business groups has helped me stay on top of what is going on locally and also make adjustments. Business is constantly changing, so it’s important to stay in touch with others in the same boat. Some of my most effective business practices have come from discussions with other business owners.
Their article can be found in the featured articles section on Shop Owner Magazine’s home page, or you can click to read the full article here!
Congratulations Larry, Laurie, and the whole team at Larry’s Autoworks!Google+
PEA member John W. King, Keller Williams Realty has recently started blogging (with the help of Neal Coogler and Melanie Maxwell of All About Business Services)! He already has two great posts up on his blog, UNreal Estate Blog.
John talks about interesting and unusual things happening in the real estate market on the Peninsula and in Silicon Valley. With topics like “Bad Appraisal Nets Seller Big Dollars!?” and “Crazy Bidding Wars! Back to the Future, Again?“, John brings his 30 years of Bay Area real estate experience and his intimate knowledge of the market together in fun articles.
He is posting regularly at UNreal Estate Blog, so check out his posts and subscribe to stay updated!Google+
The San Mateo Daily Journal will be hosting the “Small Business Resource Fair” in Palo Alto on April 30, 2013.
The Daily Journal continues its high profile series of community Business Events with the Small Business Resource Fair, designed to help local small business owners and self-employed professionals thrive in today’s ever changing marketplace. Small business means big business in the Bay Area. If your company or organization markets to owners, C-level execs and self-employed professionals, then this event is vital for your success.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto
PEA member Skip Gould, San Mateo Daily Journal shared information about attending and sponsoring this event with PEA at last week’s meeting. For more information on how to attend the seminar or how to become a sponsor, contact Skip!Google+
PEA member John W. King, Keller Williams Realty wanted to send everyone this quick reminder!
This is just a gentle reminder that today, Monday, December 10th is date that the 1st installment of property taxes are due for fiscal year 2012-2013 for California property owners, before they become deliquent and you incur a 10% penalty. You need to have your payment postmarked today. As an option, you can go directly to the assessor’s website to pay your bill online but you might incur a processing fee depending on how your payment is made.
These links were obtained from a Google Search so please make certain for yourselves that these are valid sites. Hope this is helpful for you.
If you don’t own a home, did you know that property taxes are deductible?
Thanks John! Don’t forget to check out John’s current listings and get more information at www.JohnWKing.com!Google+
Peggy Calhoun, Garden ANew has been designing gardens for 26 years. She began her talk by suggesting everyone visit her website, since she typically sends all her clients there to view the pictures she has posted.
The most basic service Peggy provides is a one-hour consultation. This consists of a walk-through and a discussion of what you have, what the possibilities are of making minor or major changes, and any concerns about budget or construction. An example Peggy shared was her recent design the small area in Judy Johnson, Unexpected Treasures backyard. Judy had a small area that needed some attention. Peggy looked at the light that the area gets and other design elements in the garden to help her design this area. Next Peggy used a picture of Judy’s neighbor to share ideas for improvement with all levels of budget. A lower budget could make changes as simple as adding large pots with trees. The largest budget could make larger changes like adding an arbor and replacing some not very exciting plants with something more interesting.
If a garden is established but looking tired, Peggy can go through and suggest changes for each individual bed. This redo of just the plant beds is the second level of service Peggy can provide. These changes are things like what plants to leave, what plants to replace, ideas for replacement, and quick sketches of ideas. She types up her notes and lists and sends them to the homeowner so they can order the plants themselves, or you can hire Peggy on to pick out the plants personally and supervise the placement and planting.
Finally, the third level is a full garden design. This is a three-hour on site design, including everything from paving, planting, beds, and even fireplaces or outdoor kitchens. Peggy brings her grafting table onsite and the goal is that at the end of the three hours that they have a full sketch of the garden plan. Peggy shared an example of one of these jobs where she started with an oddly shaped yard with nothing but a few trees. She ended with a plan that included the front entry, driveway, side yard, raised plant beds, a vegetable garden, patio, sitting area, and an outdoor living room. From there, you can execute the plan yourself or hire Peggy at an hourly rate to choose the plants and supervise the gardeners to implement her plans. Peggy loves what she does and loves coming to your home to be a problem solver. She is always looking to find ways to make your home more comfortable and enjoyable.Google+
Jon Maystrik, Arborwell Professional Tree Management explained that he wanted to give PEA members a basic idea of a day in the life of an Arborwell tree care field employee. Jon knows he is the face of Arborwell, but there are 25 other guys who put their lives on the line every day. At 6 am, the employees all meet in the Arborwell yard. Everything is done with their cell phones, including clocking in and out. They call a number, enter their employee id and that clocks them in.
Every morning, they begin by gathering to go over new jobs, any incomplete jobs from the previous day, time off needs, tool and equipment needs, and ‘near misses’ which are accidents that could have happened but didn’t. After going through all their old and new business, the account managers distribute work orders. Jon handed out a work order for members to look at. This order is for a landscape company that provides landscaping but no tree services. Arborwell often subcontracts with these landscaping companies, which works well for both parties since Arborwell is adding value to their services, and Arborwell gets jobs through them. The second page of the work order lists the service request – how many trees and what they will be doing. Jon explained that for this job, a crown reduction, he suggested they bring a ladder. Crown reduction is a pruning technique that reduces the tops of the trees to control the size of the tree. These olive trees are being reduced partly because they get sprayed annually to reduce the amount of fruit, and this is more effective on a smaller tree.
Jon gives the guys an idea what their day will look like, including when they can expect to take breaks, and any extra tools they might need. He explained that all of their trucks have chippers, hard hats, chainsaws, climbing gear, hand saws, gas, oil, and all the basics needed for tree work like cones, caution tape, etc. Trucks also have a type of alcohol used to disinfect the saws to reduce the amount of pathogens transferred between trees.
Back on the first page, there is a checklist for the workers to go through in the yard, on-site, an inspection, things to do during the job, and a completion checklist. These checklists get turned in the next morning before they receive a new work order. Arborwell offers monthly bonuses for employees who turn in the most of these, signed by all team members, by the end of the month.
One of the first things on the checklists is stretching. Jon explained that this significantly reduces injuries, especially in the morning. Another thing the guys look for is different hazards. If cars are parked under trees, they can’t trim them unless the cars are moved. They also try to protect landscaping and anything else that might be damaged below the trees with tarps and plywood.
Jon then took PEA members on a field trip to see Arborwell at work at the Sheraton. They were doing a crown reduction on trees by the pool, and were going to be trimming more trees by the parking lot when they were done.
All new Arborwell employees spend two days doing classroom training and need to pass safety quizzes before going into the field. After this, they are on a 90 day probation period where they are paired up with a mentor. If they will be trained to climb trees, they go through another year of training.Google+