Idea of The Week: Where do golf nuts go in downtown Vancouver?

>The Situation: Question: where can you eat, drink and breathe golf in Vancouver’s downtown concrete core? If you’ve ever met friend and MD member, Darrell Ross, you know the answer. It’s Vancouver’s first ‘golf cafe’ (named ‘Links Golf Cafe,’ to be precise), opening in Spring, 2011, at Burrard and Pender. I missed the  pre-opening launch […]

Idea of The Day: Wanna fight?

> The Idea: Here in Canada last week, the gloves were off – and it was down and dirty. Why? Because every year at this time, our homegrown coffee and donut behemoth, Tim Horton’s, holds its “roll up the rim to win” contest – recognized world wide as one of the greatest marketing campaigns ever. […]

Idea of The Day: How stories get around…

> The Idea: Someone named Laynie Kelly told a blogger named Drew McLelland – who told his readers (including an MD member named Chris Mapson, of Winton Global Homes) – about a cab driver named Frank.  Why? > The Key Point: Well, because Frank is a cab driver with a difference.  How different?  What different? […]

Idea of The Week: Olympic gold – far from the podium!

 > The Situation: Apparently, there aren’t enough hours in the retail day. So. Vancouver’s Hudson’s Bay Store is staying open 24 hours a day – for the last three days of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Why? Because they have to!  > The Idea: The idea is capitalizing on something that everyone wants to be a […]

Idea of The Day: A passion for ‘Junk Style’ & ‘Shabby Chic’

> The Idea: Last week I told you how HomeGoods stores engage customers by inviting them to share photos of the unique pieces they buy – once they are in place in their homes. This week, a twist and turn finds us in our own backyard, here in Langley, BC. After reading last week’s article, […]

Today: Beware of “false profits!”

 > The Situation: Big telephone company. Won’t mention the name. Because the big ones are all pretty much the same. I open my telephone bill (for my Canada/USA toll-free number). A lot of minutes in the previous month. That’s good. People are calling. But, because the amount was higher than usual it prompted me to […]

Today: They came through…

 > The Situation: A couple of days ago, I told you about a coupon offer that I found in a coupon book (oddly enough). It was from a store called Meridian Meats and Seafood. And. As you may recall, they made me an offer that I could not refuse. So. I took that coupon into […]

Today: “Most of our planes land safely…”

 > The Situation: Imagine that you’re watching television. A commercial comes on, promoting Fly By Night Air. And the announcer says (with excitement): “Our seating is spacious; our service is great, and…almost all of our planes land safely." Feel like rushing right out to buy a ticket? Umm, not so much.  > The Idea: The […]

Today: “Treat your neighbors well”

 > The Situation: Calgary, Alberta. Earls Restaurant (Dalhousie) in the north end. A busy, bustling, hub of activity. My son Brad is chef. I’m visiting for the first time. I’m impressed.  > The Idea: Of course I’m looking for what Brad (and his Restaurant Leader partner (Angela) and their team are doing to differentiate the […]

Today: “You are cordially invited…”

 > The Situation: I’m in Prince George, BC, working with Marlene Fehr-Power and her great team at Winton Global Homes. It’s evening and I’m about to enjoy dinner at the Coast Inn of the North hotel’s Shogun Restaurant (yes). But it looks like I’ll be making a detour. Because. There, slipped under the door, is […]