Monthly Archives: September 2008

Case Study :: Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Case Study :: Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

This Case Study outlines what we did and how we did it and demonstrates our results. Planning Research: A team member was searching for things to do in the Wichita area and found a mention of Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. We located the 2007 Smithsonian website and were disappointed to learn that only two Wichita museums had participated that year. We chose to address Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day as a community based cultural awareness project. With a sign-up deadline less than two weeks away, we limited our outreach to Sedgwick County area museums and compiled a list of all venues that fit the criteria …

 

Vote for the Best of Wichita

Vote for the Best of Wichita

Each year, Wichita magazine conducts a reader survey to determine the BEST OF WICHITA. Everyone should vote for his or her favorites. Maybe your picks are some of my picks. FOOD & DRINK Service: blueberrylemon.net (I know they mean customer service but this blog is a service to foodies and helps them determine where the best places to eat are – food, value, service, location, hours, etc…) SHOPPING & SERVICES Art Gallery-Retail: Center Gallery Children’s Store: littlebluestem.com Gift Store: Frank & Margaret Place for a Massage: Donna Jestmore’s Health & Therapeutic Energy PEOPLE Local Artist: Linda K. Robinson Local Celeb: Bucky Walters Local Media Personality: Larry Hatteberg Local Musician/Group: Heart of America Men’s Chorus ENTERTAINMENT & …

 

Small environmental changes can save some green

Small environmental changes can save some green

    Posted on Thu, Sep. 18, 2008 BY DAN VOORHIS The Wichita Eagle Being environmentally sensitive can make sense even for cost-conscious small-business owners and managers. Conserving electricity can easily cut 30 percent off a power bill with some minor up-front spending — and more with a more serious investment, experts say. It begins with small stuff, such as unplugging computers at night, using programmable thermostats and switching ballasts in fluorescent lights from mechanical to electronic. But many small-business owners and managers don’t see the return on investment on a lot of things green. “It’s always an easy sell when it’s ‘This will pay for …

 

It’s time for another Final Friday Gallery Crawl

It’s time for another Final Friday Gallery Crawl

Bust a move Friday night! (I stole that from Emily Christensen of Frank & Margaret - she’s having 80s flashbacks.) KMUW is hosting “Visual Discourse” at Start-Thinking (KRIS‘ OFFICE, 916 E Douglas). New work from all ten KMUW artists will be on display during a private artist reception (boohoo, Rebecca Hoyer will be out of town) from 5:00pm until 7:00pm, and then open to the public from 7:30pm until 10:00pm. Please call 978-6789 if you would like information about tickets to the artists’ reception. Center Gallery "left of Center" exhibition postcard Personal friend, exceptional photographer and new business owner Linda K. Robinson celebrates the grand opening of CENTER GALLERY at …

 

Hit the Ground Driving

Hit the Ground Driving

It was only two days into my gig with Start-Thinking when a client called with a challenge, “I need 26 nice chairs that are different from anything I have ever used and I need them in two days for a noon luncheon.” I’m always up for a challenge so I hit the ground running driving. I showed our client some options and we decided on a brown leather parsons chair. I checked local sources and several had onesies or twosies but no one in town could deliver 26 chairs in 24 hours. One of our vendors has multiple locations and if I wanted …

 

Enjoy the Journey – The Hard Work Will Be Worth It

Enjoy the Journey – The Hard Work Will Be Worth It

I set off on a nice 50 mile ride this morning. Kind of a make-up for the cancelled 150 miler. The winds were out of the NNW at 24 gusting to 36. The temp at 8:00 was about 58 degrees. The plan was to head north to Newton and then back. 50 miles round trip. It was immediately apparent that this wasn’t a great idea because of the strong head winds but we persevered. Normally a stop every 10 miles is about right but we made it just over 7 before it was time. A drink of water and a …

 

Re (cycling)

Re (cycling)

I recently rode my bike to the West branch YMCA , a first for me. It was part for the exercise and part because I wanted to save gas. Other than a leisure ride around the neighborhood with my kids, I have never ridden any sort of distance. Granted, according to Mapquest, it was a hair less than 4 miles. So I figured how hard could it be? I’ll be using “human powered transport” to work my muscles and reduce my carbon footprint. An interesting thing happened as I was riding past the Farmers Market at 21st and Ridge Road. A …

 

Recycle in style

Recycle in style

Recycling sometimes is not the most glamorous thing in the world, but here are some signs that will help you get started off on the right foot. The files are available for download. Just click on the picture of the one you want. If you want both then you are more then welcome to them both.

 

Branding in College Football

Branding in College Football

College football is becoming one of the biggest sports in the United States – if it’s not there already. The fan base is growing each and every year and to compete with one another, colleges are running their sports departments more like companies than mere pep clubs. Like every smart businessperson knows, a key element in owning a successful business is having a strong image or brand. The same holds true with college football. Take for example, my favorite team, Kansas State University, who has completely re-branded the athletic department from baseball to volleyball and in the middle of it …

 

KMUW to host art exhibit Final Friday at Start-Thinking

KMUW to host art exhibit Final Friday at Start-Thinking

This article originally appeared at This Is Wichita State and appears in its original form, except with the addition of hyperlinks. Ten talented and generous regional artists have shared their artwork with members of KMUW 89.1, Wichita Public Radio, during the past five years. In their honor, KMUW will host an exhibit of the artists’ recent work from 7:30-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at Start-Thinking, 916 E. Douglas, as part of Wichita’s Final Friday art gallery tour. A Meet the Artists ticketed reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. The KMUW artist tradition began in 2004 with Rebecca Hoyer. For Hoyer, the drawing is the …

 
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