Showing posts from 2018

Star Barn Closed

Star Barn, located in downtown Star, Idaho, has been a popular and affordable location for weddings, receptions, church and community events. The barn has closed and will be for the foreseeable future while the owners make needed repairs to bring the barn up to code. If you have an event scheduled at the barn in 2019 or 2020, and you have not been contacted by the owners, you will need to contact them as soon as possible. If you would like suggestions on alternative venues, give us a call. We are here to help.

David's Bridal Files Bankruptcy

On Monday, November 19, 2018 David's Bridal filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. Chapter 11 enables the store to restructure to pay off a massive debt load reportedly in the hundreds of millions of dollars. As part of the restructuring some stores will be closed. There is no word yet on the fate of the Boise store. 
If you are considering ordering a gown, as opposed to purchasing off the rack, David's may not be the best choice right now until more is known about the future of the business.

Tips For Reporting Tip Income

Do you provide services for special events, such as DJ services, hair and nail services, photography, catering, limo service or something else? If so, you probably receive tips from satisfied clients. Uncle Sam would like you to share a portion of those tips with him. Tip income must be reported to the IRS and the State Tax Commission as part of your annual income.

New Store Makes Crafting Fun and Affordable

If you are a crafter or need craft supplies for a special project, be sure to visit the Reuse Market. Here you will find a treasure trove of crafting supplies for just about any project. The Market's goal is to keep clean, usable art and craft supplies out of the landfill and place them in the hands of artists, teachers, students and others at a reasonable price.

Accidents Happen. Are You Covered?

At a wedding yesterday the mother of the groom fell down the stairs, hitting her head on a step and leaving a massive bump and bruise near her eye. A few years ago, two children were chasing each other when one fell and hit his head on a large ceramic pot, resulting in a trip to the emergency room for stitches. Small fires occurred at three events, all the result of guest negligence, not realizing that votive candle flames can be dangerous. Accidents happen, some because of careless behavior, others through no fault of the injured. But how are the costs associated with an accident handled?

Are Business Cocktail Parties on the Way Out?

You receive an invitation to a company dinner or conference, including the obligatory cocktail party. Do you attend? Or skip it and attend only the dinner? You know it will be the same old thing, feeling like a wall flower while the same few people congregate together, some over indulging at the bar. After all, the company is paying the tab, right, so why not drink up?

Plan a Scavenger Hunt for Your Next Team Building Activity

Five teams raced through the streets of Old Town Scottsdale, each responding to directions received on their phones. One team member might be told to take a picture of the team jumping. Another person might be told to find a certain sculpture (Scottsdale is filled with public art) and count the number of fish in it. We raced; we looked for items; we photographed; we uploaded. Through it all, we laughed, we got lost and we didn't win, but we had fun trying.

You might try a similar activity with your employees. A scavenger hunt provides a good break during a day of meetings, or in my case, conference activities. Mix up the teams so people who don't know each other are forced to get acquainted. You can provide clues via phone, as we did, or you can be less techie and require teams to collect items, such as a brochure from a hotel or a napkin from a coffee shop. Your employees will enjoy the exercise and the opportunity to break up their day doing something fun.