It might be April Fools’ Day but this sale is NO JOKE!

 

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Hi Folks,

As an inventor and small business owner, it is always a highlight when I can offer a bonus to my customers and prospective customers (in addition to providing them with a fantastic product, of course).

There is a 2-day FREE SHIPPING sale for all RestoPresto orders in the US on the online store: www.restopresto.com. Use code: NOFOOLING at checkout until midnight on April 2nd (EST). I hope that you take advantage of the free shipping and please pass this offer along to your friends & family! It is the perfect time to stock up on RestoPresto, which is THE must-have for spring & summer.

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Our model shows us how to wear RestoPresto as a hood, scarf and wrap…with snaps & drawstrings it is EASY to do!

RestoPresto® is a carefully designed product that converts from small pouch to a versatile extra layer providing numerous easy configurations when and how you need it in an instant. Equipping all ages during all seasons, indoors and outdoors with easy solutions wrap dup for all ages during all seasons indoors and outdoors. for impromptu and planned events. We proudly manufacture in the USA.

Click on the video below to see some of the ways that people use RestoPresto!

HO HO HO….HOLD ON…I still need a brilliant stocking stuffer!

The Candi Dish is dishing about RestoPresto® the compact pouch that converts to a versatile soft mat in an instant! You can literally sit on, sit under AND wear RestoPresto® and with its lightweight, water-repellent, UPF 50+. small design plus snaps, drawstrings and loops, you can configure it however you need it whenever you need it! 

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Do you have any of these people on your Christmas list? If so, RestoPresto® is the perfect, unique and useful gift for all ages to use during all seasons!

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It is cleverly designed in New York, New York and manufactured in Allentown, PA! To find out more about the patented RestoPresto®, to watch videos and see photos, go to www.restopresto.com 

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Purchase by December 19th to ensure delivery by Christmas Eve in the USA!

The Candi Dish turns TWO!

Thanks for being a Candi Disher!

Thanks for being a Candi Disher!

Dear Candi Dishers,

The Candi Dish blog launched 2 years ago today!

At the time, my life was quite different than it is now:  I was psyched to be putting this blog in motion but was also very focused on bringing my vision for my product invention to life. It was a busy time of “my” firsts: creating my first Limited Liability Company (LLC); creating my first blog: The Candi Dish and of course, creating a consumer product from scratch for the very first time! I am very proud of that product and would be honored for you to learn about RestoPresto® on the product website and online store: www.restopresto.com. What started as a sketch has flourished into a very real, incredible convenience item. RestoPresto® converts from a small pouch to a versatile extra layer that you can sit on, sit under & wear. It is water-repellent, durable, UPF 50+ and with snaps, drawstrings and loops, can be used TONS of ways to make your busy life easier. Planned events, spontaneous outings during all seasons for all ages….RestoPresto® = multifunctional value on the go! Manufactured in the USA; patents pending and we are stocking up for the holidays so gift giving will be a snap!

The Candi Dish blog was my first foray in putting “it” out there into the vast world wide web and I look forward to dishing more stories, snapshots and suggestions – thank you for being a fan!

Have a sweet day!

www.restopresto.com

www.restopresto.com

 

New Orleans on my mind….

I have loved New Orleans for over 30 years.

Being able to have my product invention, which is incredibly important to me, with me in the beloved Crescent City during my past two visits was really special.

It was with pride that I took photos of something that I created from scratch (RestoPresto) in some fantastic spots around the Big Easy.

With New Orleans on my mind, I share the photos with you along with a blog repost from December 2013.

 

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Today is my Birthday and even though I am not there, I celebrate New Orleans, her people and all of her wonder!

“Old Spanish Stables” on Governor Nicholls Street in the French Quarter

“Old Spanish Stables” on Governor Nicholls Street in the French Quarter

 

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Have you heard about the “never lefts”?  The people who visit New Orleans for a festival, convention or a weekend getaway and fall under her spell and stay.  Well, I have never lived in The Big Easy, but I am a spiritual “never left” and fall more in love each visit.

New Orleans is a “big city” that maintains a small town pace, which is fantastic for visitors because it means that you will not be rushed as you saunter and observe.

I have always said that New Orleans is the least American city in America in the most wonderful way because of its robust cross-cultural and multilingual heritage. To discover the magic of NOLA, one should always be looking up, down and from across the street.  There are hidden gems everywhere and you will notice something new even if you have passed the same block multiple times.

Surrounded by the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, the Crescent City has about 70 neighborhoods. If you are a visitor with a limited amount of time, I highly suggest getting a map of the French Quarter and begin there with a walking tour (professionally guided or self-guided) to get to know the rich history, landmarks and architecture of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood. The open container law allows you to imbibe as you sightsee (by foot, of course).

The “Go NOLA” free app caters to visitors and provides free celebrity-guided walking tours.  If you Tweet, then it is worth following NOLA handles on Twitter for news/updates while you are there: Visit New Orleans @VisitNewOrleans and New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau @NewOrleans.

I always stay at a hotel in the Vieux Carré and spend most of my time there because to me, the French Quarter is a little slice of heaven where you can do just about anything you want.

Creole Townhouse in the French Quarter

Creole Townhouse in the French Quarter

The Candi Dish Vieux Carré Favorites

Casual breakfast:  Vacherie on the corner of Toulouse and Dauphine (in the St. Marie Hotel).  Weather permitting; try to dine in the courtyard. The fried green tomato breakfast is excellent.

Casual Lunch:  Café Maspero on Decatur & Toulouse.  The rarity of finding a vegetarian muffaletta on the menu attracted me but this joint has something for everyone, is well-priced and good.

Casual Dinner:  The Gumbo Shop on St. Peter between Chartres and Royal captures creole cuisine very well. Jambalaya, red beans and rice, gumbos galore, strong drinks and the staff is a trip!

Upscale Dinner:  Galatoire’s is a MUST.  On Bourbon & Iberville, it is a New Orleans institution, delicious and fun. The service is terrific but if you can get Peter (“Boston Strong”) as your server, then you are golden!

The Candi Dish favorite restaurant is GALATOIRE’S

The Candi Dish favorite restaurant is GALATOIRE’S

Musts for Cocktails + Ambiance:  * Revolving bar/Merry-Go-Round at the Carousel Bar & Lounge in the Hotel Monteleone, which is an official literary landmark (Hemingway, Faulkner, Williams, Capote), on Royal * Pat O’Brien’s is famous for a reason.  Originally a speakeasy, Pat O’Brien turned a small bar into a huge business. In the 1940s when all liquor except for rum was hard to come by, an experimental concoction called The Hurricane (served in a glass the shape of a hurricane lamp) was born! With its celebrated and fabulous courtyard, dueling pianos and fun specialty cocktails, it is easy to spend hours at Pat O’Brien’s * The Old Absinthe House on the corner of Bourbon and Bienville is over 200 years old, haunted and THE place to try an absinthe (Herbsaint) cocktail.

Fantastic fire pit in Pat O’Brien’s courtyard

Fantastic fire pit in Pat O’Brien’s courtyard

Dessert/Snack:  Café du Monde (open 24 hours a day) in the French Market for beignets and café au lait.  IT IS A MUST.

Pralines and candy:  Southern Candymakers (various locations).  Known for praline, try the salted caramel tortue.

Upscale Jazz:  Hearing (and seeing) Jeremy Davenport at the Davenport Lounge at the Ritz (Canal at Dauphine) on Thursday – Saturday evenings is bliss.  Mr. Davenport is as smooth and charming as his voice and trumpeting.

Bar-Hopping: Bourbon Street, of course.  It is gritty and fun! I love it. I love that I can dance to a cover band at The Famous Door and if I do not like the next song, can skip over to The Beach or Funky 544  (with the same drink in hand).  Bourbon Street is like your very own entertainment menu and you are a human remote control.  Enjoy it – there is nothing like it.

Other Highlights in the Quarter:  * After roaming the French Market, take a snack and drink towards Governor Nichols Street Wharf and have a seat overlooking the Mississippi River (you can hop on the Riverfront streetcar here as well) * Visit St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest practicing Roman Catholic Church in the US (built in 1727 and rebuilt after being destroyed by a fire in the 1850s). At night, go to St. Anthony Garden in the rear of the Cathedral to see the awe-inspiring shadow of a statue of Jesus projected by floodlights (between St. Ann and St. Peter on Royal) * Café Amelie, while established in 2005 has a 150-year old historic courtyard and carriage house.  I did not eat there but enjoyed a drink by the fountain while I mingled with locals and visitors. * For souvenirs and kitsch, I prefer shopping in the French Market & Decatur Street to Bourbon Street.  Antiques are everywhere, particularly on Royal Street.  Peruse the street art around the perimeter of Jackson Square.  * I like to walk “up”, “down” “towards the river” and “towards the lake” with a drink in hand checking out the shops, street tiles, architecture, people, and hand-painted soft clay molded tiles stating the name of the street when New Orleans was the Capital of the Spanish Province of Luisiana between 1762-1803.

Spanish tile of Calle del Hospital on what is now Governor Nicholls in the Quarter

Spanish tile of Calle del Hospital on what is now Governor Nicholls in the Quarter

Brief Candi Dish Tips on the Garden District

The second neighborhood to explore is the residential Garden District, which is overflowing with Southern charm.  Viewing the beautiful Greek Revival, Italianate and Victorian style homes, gardens and LaFayette Cemetery No. 1 are musts.  Again, consider a guided walking tour to have a New Orleans expert show you the details that you would most likely miss on your own.

Dining in the Garden District:  Commander’s Palace on Washington is a Brennan classic.  Between the bright turquoise and white Victorian exterior, glass-encased Live Oak tree trunk in the middle of the floor, 25-cent martinis at lunchtime and its award-winning cuisine – you cannot go wrong!

Magazine Street is a delightful commercial area filled with places to eat, drink and shop. To explore the boutiques, antique malls and allure of Magazine, I suggest starting around 8th Street and working your way toward Felicity.  Right before you reach Felicity, cut across to St. Charles to catch the streetcar or walk back to the Quarter.  At Lee’s Circle, veer right and enjoy the architecture on Camp.

“Before I Die ____” Chalkboard in a parking lot off of Camp

“Before I Die ____” Chalkboard in a parking lot off of Camp

Jazz & A Streetcar Named Desire

For casual jazz in the evening, venture to Frenchman Street in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood:  The Spotted Cat, dba, Snug Harbor…just follow your ears.

Traveling on the St. Charles Streetcar (which connects uptown and downtown) is a great way to view part of the Warehouse District, Garden District, Audubon Park and the beautiful homes along St. Charles.  A popular route is to catch the Streetcar at the intersection of Canal Street & St Charles in the Quarter and hop off at Washington Avenue towards Prytania Street and Lafayette Cemetery No. 1.  The streetcar fare is $1.25 or you can purchase the aptly named “Jazzy Pass” for unlimited use of streetcars and buses. In addition to the St. Charles Line there are 3 others: Canal Street, Riverfront and Loyola lines.

Every street has a story, every courtyard, every balcony, every building and of course, every person has a story.  Soak it up, enjoy every minute and geaux to New Orleans soon! Laissez les bon temps roulez!

Frozen beverage & the mighty Mississippi River

Frozen beverage & the mighty Mississippi River

 

Please note that I was not compensated for this post.  My hope is to simply spread The Crescent City amour!

What in the world is a RestoPresto®???

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One of my biggest challenges as an inventor is figuring out how to explain all of the features and uses of RestoPresto®! It is a great challenge to have and quite exciting when customers are constantly sharing how RestoPresto® makes their lives easier!

For those of you who follow The Candi Dish but do not know about RestoPresto® the 3-in-1 portable, compact, water-repellent, UPF 50+ mat that you can sit on, sit under & wear, please check out www.restopresto.com and read below (check out the video, too)!

How does RestoPresto® work?

Well, it is carefully designed to be a multi-functional & easily transportable mat that makes busy people’s lives easier. When in its pouch RestoPresto® fits in your hand, when open it is the size of a beach towel and it weighs under 8 ounces. Made of a special fabric that is water-repellent, UPF 50+, soft and durable both kids and adults enjoy how it feels against the skin and how well it functions. Snaps, drawstrings and loops provide the user with endless configurations so you can literally use it to sit on (picnic, beach, concrete, public floor), sit under (when you need an extra layer) and wear (chilly indoors or out; to get you from Point A to Point B in the rain or snow). It is a product for all seasons, all ages and is unisex!

The RestoPresto® business is proudly run by me as a small, woman-owned Company that took the road less taken by designing, assembling and manufactured my unique product in the USA. Red & gray mats are currently in stock & can be purchased on www.restopresto.com!  Each RestoPresto® comes with 1 branded carabiner, 1 set of 4 branded mini-stakes & 1 instructional brochure.

Buy yours today!

So many uses in one dynamic gadget!

So many uses in one dynamic gadget!

RestoPresto is great for ALL seasons and ALL ages!

RestoPresto is great for ALL seasons and ALL ages!

Dish of the Day: “RestoPresto Follow Friday”

Happy Friday! 

Are you on Twitter? Facebook? Instagram?  If so, please follow @RestoPresto and use #RestoPresto when you post!

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As an entrepreneurial, small business owning inventor, I know how powerful “word of mouth” communication is when building a brand. I am grateful for how many people take the time to share their stories and photos showing how they use their RestoPresto mats and how it makes spontaneous and planned events so much easier! Join in!

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Right now there are a handful of RestoPresto mats in stock and  READY TO BE YOURS on www.restopresto.com so buy today! If you have any questions or comments about this unique and fantastic convenience product, please reach out to the RestoPresto Team: info@restopresto.com

 

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RestoPresto is a 3-in-1 portable, compact, water-repellent mat that you can sit on, sit under & wear. It fits in your hand when in its integrated pouch and opens to the size of a beach towel. With snaps, drawstrings and loops, the configurations are endless!  

www.restopresto.com

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

239 years ago on the 4th of July, the Declaration of Independence was officially adopted by Congress to formally separate from Great Britain and the United States was born.

The Declaration of Independence, one of the most important founding documents of the United States, is kept safe and sound in the Rotunda of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.

Last month, I was in D.C. and took an early morning stroll along Pennsylvania Avenue. When I happened upon the National Archives, it was not open yet so I took a quick snap of RestoPresto from the outside. It was a meaningful moment to bring my invention to this striking building that holds a document that bestows life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

RestoPresto at the National Archives Building

RestoPresto at the National Archives Building

I am incredibly proud to have seized the opportunity to design, manufacture and assemble my product in the USA. I recognize the significance of this and view it as my own American dream achievement.

If you celebrate Independence Day on July 4th, may this holiday be a happy one for you and your loved ones!

All the best,
Candi

 

 

Picnics? Beach? Hiking? Biking? RestoPresto is your portable compact multi-functional mat!


Whether your outings are planned or spontaneous, having an extra layer that you can sit on, sit under & wear is a HUGE bonus! RestoPresto™ is that bonus!

A 3-in-1 portable, compact, water-repellent mat that you can sit on, sit under and wear! When RestoPresto™ is contained in its pouch it fits in your hand and when open, it is the size of a beach towel. With snaps, drawstrings and loops at each corner, the configurations for RP are endless making it a multi-functional solution for impromptu and planned events.

Easy to carry, easy to use, easy to stuff in its self-contained pouch. Easy convenience!

RestoPresto™ can be purchased on www.restopresto.com! Colors available are black, royal blue, red and pewter gray. Each RestoPresto comes with 1 branded carabiner, 1 set of 4 branded mini-stakes & 1 instructional brochure.

Designed, assembled & manufactured in the USA!

Buy yours today! www.restopresto.com

So many uses in one dynamic gadget!

So many uses in one dynamic gadget!

Dishing about a RestoPresto MILESTONE!

Golden Tree 2014 marks RestoPresto’s first vendor exhibit!

Golden Tree 2014 marks RestoPresto’s first vendor exhibit!

 

As an inventor and small business owner, I hit a huge milestone last Friday exhibiting RestoPresto at the New York Junior League Golden Tree fundraiser; marking the first time RestoPresto was a vendor. Witnessing people’s excitement about the product that I created from scratch at a festive and philanthropic event is an indescribable feeling.

For those of you who have taken the leap to make, launch and build a company, a product or a service understand how incredible, educational and validating it is to obtain positive feedback from prospective and new clients. I had 11 full hours to talk about and show people RestoPresto and the fact that it was in a supportive and pro-small business environment like Golden Tree, with proceeds supporting charitable community projects in New York, was extra special.

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My thank you list is enormous and begins with the New York Junior League for providing me with an opportunity to spread the joy of RestoPresto to so many people and a special thanks goes out to Charlotte for continuous positive encouragement. I appreciate that my US factory was able to squeeze RestoPresto into the production schedule to produce a small pre-Kickstarter order so that I could take advantage of this invaluable experience. From my heart, I thank my sister, Dana for hours and hours of preparation and planning and for being an outstanding RestoPresto ambassador. I literally was able to physically arrive and set up my exhibit table at Golden Tree because of my cousin Nina whose joyful and calming disposition made a stressful morning fun! The talented Kayle of Dot Zev Sweets, whose delicious and beautiful “RP” cookies were a HUGE hit, made my display even sweeter!

Each day since I first came up with the idea for RestoPresto, I have worked on some aspect of the product or business so accomplishing the first public exhibition is superb!

 

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Dishing about RestoPresto™!!!

Introducing RestoPresto™!

 

Dear Followers of The Candi Dish,

I am thrilled to share news about my product invention, RestoPresto™.

RestoPresto™ is a 3-in-1 portable, compact, water-repellent mat that you can sit on, sit under and wear.  When contained in its pouch, RestoPresto™ (aka “RP”) fits in an adult hand and when open, it is the size of a beach towel. With snaps, drawstrings and loops at each corner, the configurations for RP are endless making it a multi-functional solution for impromptu and planned events.

Picnics, the beach, travel, unexpected weather changes, sport events, child care (including diaper changes), festivals, pet care, playgrounds, commuting, exercising on the go and so much more! RP is for all ages and all seasons!

 

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I came up with the idea for RP in 2013 and have been designing, creating prototypes, testing fabrics and trims and searching for manufacturers in the U.S. that are willing to work with a first time inventor.

I am very pleased to have established a relationship with two prospective factories in the U.S., finalized the design after creating 15 prototypes, registered my trademark and have a provisional utility patent and a design patent pending.  I am now ready to put RP into the hands of consumers!

This is where you come in! To get your own First Edition RestoPresto™, I will be pre-selling through a Kickstarter campaign to fund the first production run in the U.S.  Up until this point, I have self-funded each stage of the pre-manufacturing process and would like to secure funding before taking the leap to production.

Now that you now have the link to my LIVE Kickstarter campaign, please check out the site spread the word to your friends, family and social media networks.  #RestoPresto

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I hope that you will support my project to get your own First Edition RestoPresto™! 

I cannot wait to find out how RestoPresto™ makes your life easier!

Thank you and warm regards,

Candi

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