It’s Just Weather….Or is it? by BB Webb

APTOPIX Winter Weather GeorgiaIt comes and goes, doesn’t it?  Just as the jubilant times or travails in our life.  Wait awhile and we’re in a new mood.  Grieve a loss and a new gift appears in your life.  We’re all conditioned based on our experience.

When 2 inches of snow fell on Georgia in early February, our fine city of Atlanta became paralyzed.  Well, of course it did!  Having lived in many snowy states in New England and with family living in Montana, at first blush it all seemed ridiculous.

Here’s the rub.  If you were asked to conjugate a string of verbs but didn’t know the language, could you do it?  Well, of course not.  Though we’ve had some experience with sticky weather in Georgia, this was clearly an infrequent phenomenon, all of course which could have been better avoided with more thoughtful planning and coordination, yet inside all that icy, cold sunshine-with-god-grace-wallpaperhysteria, I found a gift.

Having been asked to speak to the group of Realtors way west in Dallas, GA, I made my early morning trek after speaking to my host presenter the night before and the morning of my talk.  She felt certain that the snows would come early afternoon, making my noon appearance in plenty of time to get back home the hour and half I had to travel.  However, we all witnessed the pretty white stuff with its delicate introduction around 10am.

Weather is just that way….a tad unpredictable despite all our advanced technology!

As predicted, my talk was hurried along as soon as the scant participants began arriving; clearly we Georgians are far from seasoned at navigating the white stuff, and, with massive exits from school, work and the emergency ‘milk, bread and egg runs’, the roads became swiftly clogged and impassable.

I was one of the lucky ones.  I traveled 20 miles of my 70 to get home in 5 hours.  Others slept in cars, bounced metal against metal with other wayfarers and worse, walked in cold, snowy slush to find shelter, restrooms and food.  A minor apocalypse or as the incident was fondly named, ‘snowpocalypse’.

Not one to be patient ‘sitting still’,  I weaved my car up and down icy backroads, slipping and sliding as I saw neighbors out Silver-lining-in-thunderstormpushing one another in heroic fashion.  I gratefully made it to a warm Hilton Hotel with folks piled warmly in the toasty lobby, mingling at the bar, serving themselves from the buffet.  The spirit of it all was heartwarming, people sharing stories, considering where they might sleep.  I befriended a kind woman who offered up the second bed in her room as all others were taken.

Each challenge we encounter can yield a greater good, and I’m not just putting on my ‘Pollyanna’, rose-colored glasses.  Certainly tough times hurt, but they’re like weather, they come and go.  Eventually, the snow melts, we go home and tell everyone about our adventures, help a few people along the way, and realize perhaps, how fortunate we really are, caught in a snow drift or receiving the kindness of strangers.

Click Here to listen to BB’s interview with Ken Coleman on The Ken Coleman Radio Show  recounting her Snowcalypse winter tale.

 


Carl House Bride Recipient of Wedding Gown From ‘Brides Across America’!

With the distinctive din of bagpipes resounding in the background, Allison, glides down the Carl House ceremonial brick paved pathway, wearing a stunning designer gown, gifted to her through the ‘Brides Across America’ organization in conjunction with Wedding Angles Bridal Boutique.  Doug, her husband-to-be, and his groomsmen, their eyes transfixed in her direction, are stunningly clad in full military attire.  Helping to fulfill her ‘once in a lifetime’ dream wedding, Allison was one of this year’s recipients of a complimentary wedding gown from Brides Across America and Wedding Angles Bridal Boutique.

Allison and Doug relished their October 6  fall wedding at Carl House with family and friends. The couple was enthusiastically introduced to the welcoming crowd during the gathering as they traveled through a military arc of swords. Guests enjoyed an elegant meal prepared by Carl House Executive Chef Justin Johnson including Cilantro Citrus Beurre Blanc and a favorite, Boursin Mashed Potatoes.

Brides Across America is a nationwide charity dedicated to encouraging bridal salons to providing free wedding gowns for military brides. Wedding Angles Bridal Boutique, located in Roswell , is a selected bridal salon for Brides Across American and was the only Georgia bridal salon to donate free designer wedding gowns to military brides. Their next event is scheduled for November 11 and 12, 2013.  Hats off to this fine organization and with Vetran’s Day earlier this week, to all the fine men and women who serve in the armed forces.

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Click here to learn more about Brides Across American

 

 


Walking Sicily…

Walking Sicily…A PANACEA SWEETER THAN WINE, by BB Webb

Just as my mother played Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmichael tunes well into her seventies, to shower her ether waves with sweet memories from her past, I find myself this week dressed in my stiff, touristy ‘map of Sicily’ apron preparing robust dishes reminiscent of my recent walking tour adventure in beautiful Sicily.  With garlic, eggplant (aubergine), fresh onions, tomatoes, capers, green olives and ricotta cheese, I find myself not ready for re-entry into my workaday world.  Fortunately my role as venue owner allows me to share with my savvy chef for a continued recreation of some of the delightful cuisine that had me at ‘buon gior·no’!

VegetablesOur tour was conceived by friend Susan Evans, a fellow Georgian and owner of Italian villa, Fondo Le Teglie, (a Carl House sister destination), hands down the most perfect and well-appointed vacation getaway I’ve yet to visit and, I hold my standards high…it’s my business to do so!  (www.ilgustodelpaese.com).  It’s no wonder that Susan not only assembled a bright, adventuresome and entirely fun group of professionals, (an even dozen), but as importantly, recruited two of the finest walking tour guides to hit the Mediterranean way.  As an all-inclusive excursion, I found all needs met a moment before they were realized!

Awaking early to a sumptuous breakfast, regional confections, meats, cheeses and fresh café au lait, off we’d fly on our custom-fitted bus to our first walking adventure.  Within our week we traversed up volcanoes, dipped toes in three oceans, hiked mountainsides picking fresh blackberries, prickly pears, walked past hectares of olive groves and sampled ripe grapes basking in the sun to soon be plucked for aromatic Sicilian wine.  We delighted in the clanging of cowbells, braying of sheep herds and swift slithering lizards.  We walked the cobblestoned streets of small towns, inside gilded churches and stood like toy soldiers amidst grandiose ruins.

FishEvery afternoon and evening we were met with a perfectly set luncheon and later dinner table to enjoy whatever local cuisine was planned along with wines one more delectable than the next and once, a homemade Grappa that I still savor, made sweet with fresh home harvested honey.  Someone coined the onslaught of first course anti-pastas as the ‘Normandy invasion of foods’….fresh, healthy, expertly prepared, prawns, swordfish, arugula, a multitude of vegetables, pastas, breads and small confections to end the meals.

Aside from the plethora of fresh foods, wine and breathtaking scenery, my more monumental takeaway was the camaraderie amongst this diverse group of newly introduced, extraordinary individuals living throughout the US.  With each trek the coupling of conversations would shift and turn, each of us visiting with one another as though perfectly planned.  At the end of the week I felt a deepened connection, respect and admiration for each person, for their unique ‘story’, knowledge, challenges and view of the world. In my microcosm of small business ownership, I felt heartened, healed in a sense by the warmth, closeness and diversity of experience we brought to one another.

Together, on this geographic ‘football’ island at the bottom of the Italian ‘boot,’ me the fortunate goalie to be a part of this extraordinary walking tour win, truly a panacea sweeter than wine!


In the News…

There is a lot happening at Carl House and Owner BB Webb is spreading the word out and about throughout the nation!  With our upcoming Bridal Event (deadline today at 5pm)…(see upcoming events link)….and our wine dinner on September 27th, we have lots to share.

To view BB’s interview with Christine Pullara, host of WXIA Channel 11′s Atlanta & Company program, click here!


A Decade in Business…with the Best Yet to Come! Thanks for the Memories.

By BB Webb

BB Webb Derek Wintermute PhotographyBeing a decade in business I’ve found is no small feat.  The delights certainly out number the hardships, though to covet a few hard won scars would be unrealistic and certainly point to no risks taken.  I have my fair share.

I speak throughout the country to business owners, entrepreneurs and their employees.  This includes women’s groups, college age folks, anyone who I might share a little about the ups, downs and ‘turn-arounds’ of building a successful business. Though I have no biological children of my own, I think growing and nurturing a business is not unlike raising children.

There are a plethora of books on growing businesses, and a few too on raising children, yet we all tend to dive in with our eyes half shut and our enthusiasm high!  And why wouldn’t we, as passion is what takes us from one day to the next and it’s where we strive to spend our time, in our passion points!

So, when the first delight of having actually gotten the loan you need, or the first customer to take interest in your product or service or a potential employee answers your ad, you’re elated!  ‘This can work!’ you hear yourself muttering.  And then, ‘Wow’ when you receive your first kudos, ‘this was the best day of my life!’  You hang it on your wall, share with your stupendous team!

You’ve opened your doors to customers, you create jobs, people are liking what you offer and then your first hiccup.  Someone wasn’t served tea at a function and the rains begin to fall.  You’re stupefied that someone can become so angry with you for an unintentional error.  ‘I’m so sorry’ you hear yourself say, ‘how might we make that up to you?’

And on and on it goes, the delight and challenge of expanding your vision, making policies stick, navigating governmental atrocities, assuring you are bringing in the right people to tend your business, your baby, working to grow your company to consistently exceed expectation, remain in the black, endeavoring to not kill yourself in the wake.  As a parent has many sleepless nights, so too does a business owner, working to successfully navigate through changing and challenged economic times and the unexpected throes of working with people.

And as you do traverse the very, very good, the shockingly bad and the beautiful or nefarious people who come in and out of your life, you remember to express thanks for this opportunity you have, created for the purpose of doing good, for creating memories, jobs, goodwill in the community and to lift the bar for what excellence means.

And though owning a business, or raising children is not for everyone, certainly either choice not for those lacking true fortitude, it’s nonetheless a blessing to have the opportunity to creatively work for the betterment of all and to intend all good, despite the occasional tea being missed, or miscommunications which sometimes ensue.  And at the end of the day, if the good you have achieved outweighs the bad, rest assured in a job well done!

I’m thrilled to be moving into our next decade of business at Carl House with the intention of doing more good, positively impacting more lives and exceeding even our own expectations!

View our video memories of then and now!

http://youtu.be/u7bNhEA4WTw  (Under Construction, 2003)

http://youtu.be/u7bNhEA4WTw  (A Decade in Business, 2013)

(Above photo by Derek Wintermute)

 


BB Webb Speaks with Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman Chats with BB Webb Today at 6:08pm on 550AM or 102.9FM (6-20-13)
Points North Award-Derek WintermuteTune in for some lively banter between the unstoppable BB Webb and the candid and always interesting, Ken Coleman….two possible tornadoes who might set fire to the airwaves!
(For those who missed the broadcast, visit Ken’s website below)!
If you’ve not tuned into the  Ken Coleman Show, treat yourself weekdays between 5 and 7 pm on 550AM or 102.9FM. Listen or watch at www.kencolemanshow.com/live
A more colorful program you’ll be challenged to find!
For more on BB’s latest speaking and writing pursuits and offerings, visit Arriving with BB Webb.  To view her latest talk, ‘Build Your Business.  Find Your Twirl,’ featured on Comcast through the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce, click here.
And, for the latest happenings in and around the property where memories are made, visit Carl House!
Stay tuned also for an upcoming new offering at Carl House,
a collaboration between BB and her new Chef, (soon to be announced)
‘Find Your Twirl Dipping Sauce,’
…..where she encourages guests to
Dip into the Life You LOVE!’
 BB’s official announcement upcoming!
 
Top photo by: Artstar Photography. Bottom photo by: Derek Wintermute Photography

 


The Miracle and Many Meanings of Color!

A dear friend and colleague of mine, Peggy Herrman, wrote a wonderful blog about color which I’m sharing below.  Aside from being one of the most erudite conflict consultants (to people needing help, attorneys, businesses and non profits, See Doc Peg is IN); Peggy is known as ‘The Orchid Lady’ (See Orchid Ladies). She introduced me to our Floral Designer, Lindy LaMarco, and I am forever in gratitude.  Lindy too knows color and how to put the most incredible combinations of living things together to make a statement which reflects the signature style of each and every one of her brides.  It’s no wonder, Lindy used to work with Peggy Herrman.

Below, a treatise on color and so much more!  Thank you Peggy.  ~BB Webb

Colors: Emotions and Design

Posted on June 8, 2013 by Peggy

Color drives decisions about Orchid Ladies arrangements, just as color drives choices of garden plants.  Our worlds are suffused with color; we bath in color all the time.  But, I suspect most people assume color, barely stopping to consider what they are  ”seeing.”  This post lightly taps into 3 questions: (1)  what is color?  (2) what is the emotional impact of color?  and (3) how do floral and garden designers use color?  Answers to all three questions fill libraries, so please consider this as simply an invitation.

1.  what is color?  Color happens when electromagnetic light waves bounce off objects (flowers, buildings, faces, etc.) in varying lengths.  Those waves strike our eyes, stimulating light receptors, our brain and emotions.  Goethe described the impact of color and the color wheel, this way: “When the eye sees a color it is immediately excited and it is its nature, spontaneously and of necessity, at once to produce another, which with the original color, comprehends the whole chromatic scale.”  Theory of Colours  Did you know the idea of a color wheel originaled in nineteenth century France?  

See the illustration below.  To read the rest of Peggy’s blog, go to http://orchidladies.com/blog/?p=775

color-wheel

Light receptors in our eyes pick up three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue.  They combine in greater or lessor degrees to create all other colors.  Floral artists and landscape designers depend on combos and threads of colors to help you experience harmony in a design.

You don’t see white and black on the wheel.  White encompasses all other colors.  Black is the total absence of color.  The wheel above illustrates color families and how they blend to create endless colors.  As a child did you dream of having your very own box of 64 crayolas?

2.  The emotional component of color is often subconscious, and can be conscious.  When driving, do you see a rainbow, pull over and smile with joy?

rainbow-3

To read the rest of Peggy’s blog, go to http://orchidladies.com/blog/?p=775


Build Your Business. Find Your Twirl…with BB Webb

Owner BB  Webb will be speaking at the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce Georgia Power Luncheon event June 6th at 11am in Paulding County.  Her talk, ‘Build Your Business. Find Your Twirl,’ explores key tenants she’s learned in building a successful business and with equal importance, how to maintain your passion in the midst of challenge and growth.  To register online click here and go to upcoming events.

BB Webb Derek Wintermute PhotographyBeing an entrepreneur is easier said than done and in a challenged economy, all the more tenuous.  BB Webb shares colorful stories and lessons learned to help guide other business owners and their employees into creating successful, profitable enterprises that can prosper far into the future! Her talk, ‘Build Your Business. Find Your Twirl!’ will inspire both the seasoned and budding entrepreneur into a journey of new possibilities and empowered direction.  As a former actress, BB brings with her an energetic, unique delivery and hard earned experience as an entrepreneur!  With a spirit of creative fun and discovery she shares inspired ‘takeaways’ that will help you grow your business in new and profitable ways!

Key talking points include:

  • Mining Your Assets, Rising Above the Rabble!
  • Surrounding Yourself with the RIGHT People
  • Cash is STILL King!
  • Navigating the ‘Hard Stuff’
  • Play to Your Passion.  Find Your Twirl!

BB will be speaking at four Wedding Market Expos this year.  For more information on where to buy tickets, contact: www.weddingmarketexpo.com

August 6-8, 2013 – Austin, TX – Palmer Events Center

September 10-12, 2013 –Lakeland, FL – The Lakeland Center

October 22-24, 2013 – Atlanta, GA – Gwinnett Center

BB’s topics include:

 ‘Building Your Business.  Find Your Twirl’ (description above) and ‘Mining Your Assets, Rising Above the Rabble!’

BB Webb continues her message of a self-empowered, professional focus as she shares stories of entrepreneurial near disaster and her inspired solutions to rise above the fray.  With both laughter and tears she’ll send you away with perspectives on how to muscle through the tough times and have you working on an action plan that will create greater abundance and focus on the possibilities available to you!  Be prepared to focus on your strengths while refusing to become a part of what BB calls the ‘Limited Laggard – Honey Boo Boo’ mindset, embracing the inspired, creative, forward moving professional you were born to be!

Key Talking Points Include:

  • Making Things What They Are!
  • The Importance of Relationship. Business IS Personal!
  • If It COULD Work, What Would It Look Like?
  • Who Do You Need To ‘Fire’ From Your Life?
  • Your Roadmap For Change And Support Along The Way

To contact BB to speak at your next event, contact her at bbwebb@arrivingwithbbwebb.com  (photo by Derek Wintermute)


Love Among the Memories!!

Written by Owner BB Webb, the article below will appear soon in Southern Distinctions Magazine!  (Insider tidbit…the event below inspired her to create her gorgeous grand ballroom….read on)!!!

I hiccupped in on a small plane from Atlanta to my hometown of Lititz, PA recently.  I was delivering a talk at my former girl’s school and spent time with my beloved Aunt Sue and Uncle Jack.  For 50 plus years I’ve visited them on their beautiful ‘farm’ which has been in our family for generations.  At one time it boarded horses and when I was young, a llama named ‘Pepito’, one of the Uncle’s strange and wonderful gifts to my Aunt Sue.   No, they aren’t your ordinary couple, and I always liked it that way!

We held many weddings on their grand estate over the years, my cousin Steve’s wedding one glorious June afternoon.  My Aunt Sue, a triple threat, beautiful, a savvy business woman plus, she had homemaking skills and talents to rival Martha Stewart, (minus the jail incident).  She could do anything!

A tenacious and exacting talent, she’d grown a rainbow of flowers around a gazebo, (which she probably built), where the ceremony was held, family seated in a semicircle to one side, as if fashioned for a magazine cover.  The sky was a perfect azure, not a cloud in sight.  Family members and friends entered the grounds and sat quietly as if rehearsed, while chamber music prompted the nearby willow trees to dance.   This was my proud and elegant ‘Auntie’ at her stellar best!

As a woman I’d admired for decades, Sue entered poised and flowing in her taffeta, ‘Mother of the Groom’ and sat down directly in front of me.  Everything was in order, the grass was coiffed and fashioned to ‘stay’, slick and perfect as the bridesmaid’s neatly combed and heavily sprayed locks. I remember a woman in pink reading a poem, another in bright florals warbled sweetly as a Nuthatch in spring.

And then, as if God were issuing a reminder, one lone grey cloud danced its small self across the sky and stopped directly above the ceremonial gazebo.  The rest of the sky continued its stunning blue display but ‘Mr. Grey Cloud’ instantly began a downpour as the ‘I dos’ began beneath ‘the gazebo of joy’.

wedding2 2 My most vivid memory was my soon-to-be new cousin, Lesley, laughing with ecstatic joy in her eyes, a knowing perhaps that, ‘s— happens’ and then my Aunt Sue’s head falling to her chest, her carefully planned event now a deluge of wet!  I swear I heard her distinct Pittsburgh accent muttering, ’oh for God’s sake!’…..and indeed it was, reminding us that life is perfect in all ways, the ups, downs and turn arounds, all in divine order!

We all ran for cover under a large tent with buffet food teasing our taste buds and cheerful flowers in every corner.  Our playful cloud had quickly dissipated, having performed its task and lesson for the day….

We truly have so little real control.

With matted hair and extra wrinkled linen clothing, there was no more perfect day or memorable wedding, and I’ve seen a few! (and this the event which inspired me to build our Carl House ballroom for our ever popular ‘rain back up plan’!!

Joi de vivre!  Live for the day!…..it’s the best medicine I know!


State of the Art at Carl House

There is lots we are celebrating this year at Carl House…foremost, our first full decade in business with lots of plans for growth moving forward. With a solid team of dedicated and passionate professionals with an extraordinary new chef in the ‘wings’, we continue ‘on the grow’ with development plans for our off premise catering, talk with investors for a possible second venue and overnight facilities behind Carl House, expanding our floral division and so much more.

We continue to develop solid relationships with our vendor partners, extraordinary professionals who complete the very special events we develop with you. We’re also planning a variety of events for the public in 2013 including owner BB Webb’s favorite, our Pup and Cat Co. Animal Fund Raiser on Feb. 8th, raising money for the continued education on the care of and fostering of animals in Barrow County. Our wine dinners will take a new twist with a variety of entertainment and dancing to accompany them and themes to make each event unique and fun.

We’re grateful to boast a variety of awards in 2012 including BB Webb’s Barrow County Business Woman of the Year and her selection of one of the top 10 Savvy and Successful Business Women in North Atlanta. In addition, Carl House was thrilled to be selected as 2013 The Knot Magazine- Best of Wedding Venues 5 Star Award, 2012 Best of Gwinnett Magazine, 2012 Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award, and 2012 mywedding.com True Love Award.

Please stay tuned as we roll out a calendar of exciting events at Carl House, both in house and off premise where we endeavor each and every time to create for you the most extraordinary, memorable events!!

Kimberly Yoak, Marketing Director

 


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