Huston's Bed & Breakfast is open again this week, with
my 15-year-old nephew coming today for a summer stay (my 15-year-old niece stayed
with us a couple of weeks ago). I'm sure three teenage boys (two with guitars
and one with a drum set) won't be too noisy. So, here's another edition,
while I can still hear myself think. If you want to make a reservation at the B&B,
you know where to find me.
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The Hotness The Pitch: Did you
happen to see Paris Hilton's response to the
McCain ad featuring her and Britney Spears? Funny! Google it. Seems like everyone's
feeling the political excitement lately and here's your chance to take advantage
of it. The Page Seed Co. (asi/75760) has
patriotic seed packets (item #PSASM), featuring the American flag, an eagle, and the
Statue of Liberty. Inside, you'll find seeds for red, white and blue flowers. Plus, the
packet is made from post-consumer recycled paper. Pricing starts at: Qty.-250;
list price-90 cents; price code-P. Web
address: http://75760.asisupplier.com/. The Bottom Line: All-American.
Toe to Toe The Pitch: The latest in
spa treatments sounds a little fishy to me … and I mean that literally. In a DC-area
salon, pampered princesses can opt for the fish pedicure, where little swimmers nibble away
at the dead skin on your feet. Doesn't that sound heavenly? No, I don't think so
either. The five-piece foot spa kit from Hit Promotional Products
(asi/61125) is more my taste. Item #9108 includes body lotion, plastic
nail brush, toe separators, plastic foot file and waffle slippers. This is perfect for spas
and salons … and how about podiatrists? Also think about anyone who wants to promote
their business as "putting their best foot forward," or who wants a chance to go "toe
to toe with the competition." Pricing starts at: Qty.50;
list price-$11.30; price code-R. Web address: www.hitpromo.net. The Bottom Line: Feet first.
Pooch Power The Pitch: Advantages'
managing editor Joan Chaykin told me something funny yesterday (well, she tells me something
funny every day, but this is yesterday's tidbit): Some synagogues are now allowing dogs to
come in for their "bark mitzvahs." I
guess that's the point at which a puppy becomes a dog. Have we gone too far with our
animal lovin'? Use this wackiness to boost sales with cool pet products. Custom
HBC Corp. (asi/47934) has just what Poopsie needs to get ready for
his special day. Item #14125-0.25 is grooming spray in a .25-oz. pocket sprayer. It adds an
extra coat of sheen and is safe for all pets. Pricing starts at: Qty.100;
list price-$1.68; price code-R. Target
veterinarians, pet shops and dog and cat shows, too. Web address: www.customhbc.com. The
Bottom Line: Time to shine.
Fly Me The Pitch: This week, on
our Internet radio show (www.asicentral.com/radio),
we covered a bunch of topics, both funny and insightful, and one of them was the crazy charges
airlines are adding nowadays. Besides paying $2 for water on U.S. Air, you will have to pay $7
for a blanket and pillow on Jet Blue (with or without the lice, I wonder?). It's probably
a lot more sanitary to bring your own anyway. Via! For Travel (asi/93757) has
a very nice travel kit with a micro-fleece-topped pillow case, 50" x 60" charcoal micro-fleece
blanket and lining, inside a zippered water- and stain-repellent 15" x 10" nylon carrying
case with a secure storage pocket and inflatable travel pillow (item #FT2100). Pricing starts
list price-$25; price code-R. This would be a nice gift for incentive trip attendees
before departure. Web address: www.viafortravel.com. The Bottom Line: Prepare for take-off.
Olympic Spirit The Pitch: If the athletes can survive the smog in Beijing, the Olympics start
Friday. I happen to love the Olympics. When we were little girls, Nadia Comaneci was the golden
child of gymnastics. My sister and I would pretend we were her and work the picnic bench in
our backyard like a balance beam. Yes, we were pretty goofy, but it was fun. Other aspiring
sports stars would appreciate colorful, single-panel, acrylic awards from Noteworthy
Awards (asi/74359). Their Sports Achievement Series (#ASA7X5Sx) includes baseball,
basketball, softball, golf, tennis, football and soccer. Obviously, a perfect choice for youth
sports programs. One for $45 (R). Web address: www.noteworthyawards.com. The Bottom Line: Get on the winning team.
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